Forex trading can be a lucrative way to make money if you know what you’re doing. “Forex” stands for “foreign exchange.” This type of trading trades on currencies rather than with stocks or bonds, for example. Nonetheless, it’s the largest market in the world and operates 24 hours a day.
If you’re new to Forex trading, it does have a learning curve and you will need to study it carefully before you jump in. However, this is easy to do. One of the best ways to learn Forex trading is to do it in practice mode. Most foreign exchange brokers offer “demo” accounts to new traders. You can sign up for a demo account and practice trade without ever risking your own money. Once you know what you’re doing, you can trade with real money, but don’t do so before you’re truly ready.
Foreign exchange trading trades in countries’ currencies, and it’s a calculated game of prediction that takes a lot of skill to win. With Forex trading, you trade in currency pairs; you predict whether or not one currency is going to be stronger or weaker against another currency and then use that prediction to your advantage. For this, you’re going to need to know how to analyze and predict what trends will be.
There are two different types of analysis you need to do to be successful as a Forex trader. The first, fundamental analysis, focuses on a country’s economic, social and political influences. These influences help determine the strength or weakness of the country’s currency. As an example, if a particular country’s economy is strong and the government is not under duress, the currency is likely to be more valuable than that of countries whose economic stability is less certain.
The second type of analysis, technical analysis, has you examining currencies over a specific period of time so that you can determine specific trends and patterns. These trends and patterns will help you predict whether or not a particular currency is going to go up or down. For example, if a particular currency’s value has gone up over the recent past, it’s a good bet that you can predict it will continue to go up for least the short term.
It’s important that you practice when you learn Forex trading because you’re simply not going to know all the ins and outs of the market if you don’t. Foreign exchange trading can be a very lucrative way to make money, true, but to make money you have to be able to buy, hold or sell currencies properly based upon the information you have. In addition, practicing also lets you make mistakes and learn from them.
Another important factor when you learn Forex trading is that you have to be psychologically ready for it. You are going to lose on some trades, no matter what you do. That part is certain. Even very successful traders lose on trades sometimes. Therefore, you have to be able to be dispassionate about your trades, so that you can get in, stay in, or get out of trades based upon your analyses and sometimes intuition. This means that you may need to get out of trades that you are still making money on if your analyses tell you that it’s time to do so, or you may need to get out of trades you’re losing money on rather than staying in, in hopes that you’ll make your money back.
Importantly, again, you have to be prepared to lose money. Forex trading can be a very lucrative way to make some extra money, but it does require that you take some risk. Nothing is guaranteed. Therefore, when you trade in Forex, be prepared to lose whatever you place on a trade. That means no risking money you really need for necessities, such as rent, mortgage or food.
Finally, when you first begin to trade in Forex with your own money, start small and trade with as little money as possible. This will give you the opportunity to practice without risking a lot; even so, you’ll have real psychological pressure to deal with because you are risking your own money that you won’t have with demo trades. This will let you get used to this kind of pressure before you risk a lot of money. Most Forex brokers let you trade with as little as $10. Your gains will be small, true, but so will your losses. Don’t risk more until you’re truly ready to do so.