Even though you may have the expertise in Forex Trading, that is not the only factor that determines your long term success as a Forex trader. You may have all the knowledge and the know-how on Forex trading strategies, efficient and faster platforms and risk management but without knowing how to manage your emotions, you cannot become successful in trading Forex. Remember that precious money is involved while trading and it can be easily lost. In this blog, we will discuss about the kind of emotions that a Forex Trader should avoid to achieve success.

Greed

Greed is definitely a huge obstacle while trading. It is understood that one may get huge returns from Forex but one has to be cautious no to be greedy and try to get huge returns on every trade. This may lead you to blow your account. Risking your whole balance on an account for a single trade speculating an enormous return is not the way to earn from Forex trading. Forex trading is undoubtedly not a ‘Get Rich Quick’ scheme. If you want to get rich, you have to do it slowly.

To overcome greed, one needs to accept the fact that not all trades end up being successful. With this in mind, you know that the market is bigger than you and mistakes are bound to happen. Follow your trading plans instead of falling into greed. Make sure you always risk a small percentage of your capital in every single trade, and follow through this plan to the point.

Impatience

Depending on the type of strategy you might adopt to trade Forex, it should tell you when and where to get into a trade (Price action trading). At least this is true for us and is what we train our traders at Fourthstreet Consultants. You may jump into an entry point prematurely and miss a better entry point that would have earned a profit but end up finding yourself taking a loss.

If your timing seems inadequate despite adopting patience, adjust your strategy so that you may be able to observe more indicators. This will allow you to grow your patience and save you from entering into trades prematurely. This in turn allows you to earn more profit in your trades and make your trading less frustrating. You can only learn these skills from professional traders who have been successful in their trading career, and is what Fourthstreet.co.ke offers its traders/students.

Fear

Fear in Forex trading is understandable. Experiencing fear is normal. This fear understandably results from the increased possibility of losing money while placing trades due to certain uncertainties in the Forex market. This can happen to every trader.

For example, you hold a position and the price starts dropping. You start getting nervous about losing money considering your last trade was quite unsuccessful. You decide that you cannot keep losing money despite your adopted strategy encouraging you to remain resilient and you decide to close early. The next thing that happens is that the price support comes into play and the price also rises. This shows that your fear was the detriment to your trade and it forces you take a loss.

To avoid this, you need to identify the source of your fear and understand how to deal with them to become a better Forex trader. That way you will have turned your fear to a source of improvement.

Over-confidence

Having a series of successful trades is really good but this can also lead to over-confidence. You may think that you can’t lose and that there are absolutely no errors in your methods or strategies. Confidence is indeed quite important to become a successful trader. However, this is not the case when you think you know everything about the market. Over-confident traders tend to get into trouble by trading larger positions than they are used to or even overtrading.

A successful trader needs to always evaluate their trades despite having a long run at gaining profits from Forex. You also need to implement your strategy and implement the right entry points. Needless to say, you also need to limit your losses despite having earned a lot from the previous trades. If you are not careful, you may end up losing all your gains from previous trades.

Conclusion

Mastering your trading psychology won’t make you money in itself, but if you are not aware of the tricks your own mind is trying to play on itself, you will probably find yourself losing even if you are a good trader and are basically right in your trading decisions.

FourthStreet Consultants offers an Online Forex Course that delves deep into the right trading psychology to adopt and much more in order to become a professional trader.

FourthStreet Consultants all-inclusive Online Course program for those committed to becoming a successful trader provides step-by-step trading basics that will equip you with the knowledge and information you need to understand and make consistent returns from the Forex market.

The objectives of FourthStreet Consultants Education Package are:

  • To guide candidates in mastering a professional body of knowledge and in developing fundamental and technical analytical skills.
  • To promote and encourage the highest standards of forex education.
  • To empower many to be able to seize income-generating opportunities through forex trading.

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WHAT IS FOREX TRADING?

Forex Trading is basically the act of buying and selling currencies. In a typical foreign exchange transaction, an entity purchases one currency by paying with another currency.

Forex trading involves the trading of currencies against one another in pairs. Each currency pair thus constitutes an individual trading product and is traditionally noted – EURUSD or EUR/USD just as an example. The first currency (EUR) is the base currency that is quoted relative to the second currency (USD) which is called the counter currency. For example, the quotation EURUSD (EUR/USD) 1.5656 means that 1 Euro = 1.656 US Dollars.

WHO TRADES ON FOREX?

Before the advent of the internet and advancements in technology, the Forex market was only reserved for big players such as big banks, hedge funds, multinational corporations, governments, and central banks.

Things have changed from that period in time with the aid of technological advancements in the Information Technology sector. Access to the market has now been made easier for individual traders and investors. Forex traders can now trade on the Forex market from anywhere around the world as long as they have a computer and an internet connection.

Forex trading is performed by individual traders, institutional investors, corporations, central banks and banks. The reasons these entities trade in Forex range from balancing the markets, facilitating international trade and tourism and making profits.

THE FOREX MARKET

The Forex market is the largest and most liquid financial market in the world with an average daily turnover of $5.3 trillion. Approximately half of this turnover comes from foreign exchange swaps. The rest include spot transactions, outright forwards, currency swaps, foreign exchange options and other products.

Being such a huge market, this means that no single market participant can significantly influence the currencies’ exchange rates. With this in mind, it is important to note that the Forex market hence provides a fair market pricing to all participants.

The market assists international trade and investments by enabling currency conversion. For example, it allows Kenya to import goods from China and pay in the Chinese Yuan instead of the Kenyan Shilling.  It also supports direct speculation and evaluation relative to the value of currencies and the carry trade speculation, based on the differential interest rate between two currencies.

The Forex Market is also quite unique. This is as a result of the following characteristics:

  • It has a huge trading volume. This also means it has a high level of liquidity, which translates to more opportunities to make money.
  • The concept of leverage while placing investments. It is used to significantly increase returns earned from the investments/trades
  • This market operates 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. This means it operates at all times and on all days except on weekends.

WHAT IS TRADED ON FOREX?

There are eight major currencies in the world: the US dollar (USD), euro (EUR), the British pound (GBP), the Swiss franc (CHF), the Canadian dollar (CAD), the Australian dollar (AUD), the New Zealand dollar (NZD), and the Japanese yen (JPY).

There are also other currencies that are not as heavily traded as the major currencies which are known as exotic currencies. Some examples include: the Turkish Lira, the Swedish Krona, the Norwegian Krone, the Danish Krone, the South African Rand, the Hong Kong Dollar and the Singapore Dollar.  Trading these currencies should be left to the more experienced traders, as they can move a lot in very short periods of time and usually involve higher transaction costs than major currencies.

All currency pairs that involve the US Dollar and any of the other major currencies are called “major pairs”. This remains so even if the US Dollar appears as the base or counter currency. In the case where the pairs do not include the US Dollar, but they include two of the remaining seven major currencies, the pairs are called “cross pairs”.

HOW TRADERS MAKE A PROFIT

Forex traders try to buy a currency cheap and sell it later at a higher price. However, there’s also a way to profit when prices fall through a technique called “short selling”.

For example, if the Euro vs. US Dollar is currently trading at 1.5050 and a trader believes that the exchange rate will rise in the future, they would be compelled to buy the pair at the current rate. If after a few hours or days the exchange rate trades at 1.5150, the trader would have made a profit.

CONCLUSION

If you feel like you need to start trading, or you would like to take your trading to the next level, FourthStreet Consultants offers a comprehensive Online Forex Course which is an all-inclusive program for those committed to becoming successful traders. It provides step-by-step trading basics that will equip you with the knowledge and information you need to understand and trade in the Forex market. The Forex Online Course comes with free one-on-one consultations to the signed students, which is done either at the company offices at Karen, Nairobi, or at the student’s convenience with prior arrangement.

Today’s article, Trading-vs-Hunting is inspired by a book. ‘The One thing’ is one of the greatest books I have read and would strongly advice you get. In his book, Gary Keller undertakes to cover in detail the greatest people and the biggest companies that have achieved enormous success mainly by mastering the one thing/skill they are good at, thereby maximizing on their performance and success.

As traders, we should learn from this book, and use the concept of mastering your strength, and banking more on your area of strength as a trader, whether you are a day trader, a position trader, or a swing trader.

Am sure by now you probably wondering why the topic ‘trading vs. hunting’? There are many similarities between successful/high probability trading and hunting. Let’s use a lion hunting for prey in the jungle. Lion in our case being you, the trader, the jungle being the forex market, and the prey being the trading opportunities that we are always looking to find on the markets.

If you have watched the national geographic, then you’d understand the hunting style of a lion, and other cats in the jungle. No matter how hungry the lion is, there is a formula that he uses to hunt. He doesn’t jump out rightly to chase the prey. First, on spotting the prey, he always takes cover, then watches the prey. At this point, I equate lion watching the prey to a trader studying and analyzing the forex markets/pairs that he/she’s looking to trade. After a careful and a thorough evaluation of the prey, the lion then spots the easiest target to catch, whether it is a weak prey, or one that is at the direction that is easier for him to chase.

This is the highlight of today’s article. So then what lessons do we learn as traders from the hunting style of the king of the jungle? At this point, how does hunting relate to trading? One of the most obvious lessons we learn today is that just like the lion, we as traders must not rush at our ‘prey’, i.e. opening random positions in the market, before taking our time to evaluate our chances of ‘catching the prey’ i.e. analyzing and identifying winning trades in the markets. At any one second on the markets, there’s always price movements and volatility, but it is not all the time that we get to identify high probability trades, which have high chances of making us money.

It is therefore paramount that traders need to analyze the markets using the techniques of price action, trend following, while observing the long-term support and resistance zones, in order to go for an ‘obvious’ trade that offers a good loss to profit ratio of 1:2 and above in order to make consistent money in the market. Mastering such strategies, and attaining the discipline of the patience of the lion requires proper trading education, and new traders to practice trading on the live markets while employing the trading education and strategies acquired from the courses they undertake.

As I conclude, it is paramount to note that the lion might not always catch the prey he chooses to chase, but most of the times he catches he’s prey of choice. This relates to trading in that it goes further to show that as traders, we will experience some losing trades, but as long as we have more winning trades that have high ratios of loss to profit, then and only then can we be guaranteed of successful trading and making money consistently from the markets day after day, month after month, year after year.

 

Joshua Matumo,

Fourthstreet Consultants.

Forex Trading as a business

What comes to your mind when you hear or think about forex trading? What makes you wake up every day to open the markets and initiate positions? Is it the excitement that comes with the ever volatile currency markets where 5.3 trillion dollars is traded every day, or is it the short-term gratification that comes with winning small moves in the market? Probably, it might be the applauses you get from your friends and family on how much of a ‘Financial markets expert you.’

I have highlighted the above questions, not to judge but to get your attention on some of the major reasons why you probably haven’t been able to make money consistently from trading the markets, or why you have lost more money than you had invested in trading the forex markets. In fact, I personally fell prey to some of the above effects when I was starting my career 9 years ago, so it is about the right time for you to stay woke and approach trading as a business and as a profession.

Let’s ponder on some life realities for a minute, before I move on to the ‘meat’ of this article. It is common knowledge that engineers, doctors, and lawyers need to attend school for quite a number of years, ranging from 4 to 7 years, before they are expected to be professionals and earn a living. Soccer and basketball players start playing in their lower grades, then proceed to play in college, before they are finally enrolled to play professionally in competitive clubs. Then the obvious question is, Why should traders think they are any different?? Why do traders think they can be professionals and make a fortune from trading the markets after reading a couple of articles and demo trading for a few weeks?? I promised myself that I would rather tell the hard nock truth, get few followers or mentees, than preach the easy gospel of easy money making from trading the markets that is not real. Furthermore, any professional trader will out rightly tell you that trading the markets is one of the most tactical careers you’ll ever undertake, and if you don’t follow the disciplines and the rules, you’ll end up living a frustrated life. Sounds harsh, right? But is it not a common ideal in life, where you have to do your research, weigh your chances, and do a SWOT analysis before getting into any business, job, or venture.

Trading the forex markets as a business requires several key disciplines that come with proper education and practicing trading on live markets. One of the most important elements of professional trading is risk/money management. Learning proper risk/money management skills is paramount in successful trading as a business. Traders learn on how much percentage of their capital they should risk on a single trade. Money management is the only discipline that guarantees traders of the survival and their ability to catch the next opportunity in the market. It allows capital preservation in that you control your risk per trade, thereby preserving your bigger capital to enable you catch the next market moves.

Attaining the right Trader Psychology is equally important in trading as a business. Once you begin your trading career you will soon realize that emotions are involved in trading, especially if it is your real money on the line, and sometimes you have to watch as you get a loss on your capital in the market. If you are among the group of traders that can’t catch some sleep watching your traders overnight, or you can’t leave your computer due to fear of losing, then your money management and trader psychology are in question, and you desperately need to change your trading habits. This can only be achieved by accessing proper trading education like the training we offer here at Fourthstreet Consultants or any other reputable forex courses.

Thirdly, trading as a business requires one to keep their record of trading activities. This means recording their point of entry, the size of their trades (lot sizes), their predetermined stop losses, and take profits, exit points, and the outcome of the trade. Traders are able to do this by using a trading Journal. This way they can track their performance and note their weakness thereby growing holistically in their trading career.

Last but not the least, trading as a business calls for traders to have an in-depth knowledge of trading strategies, understand daily market movements, and chart patterns. People who wish to venture into online trading need to invest in getting education on price action, and how to study and analyze the forex markets, in order to trade profitable, and to join the winning team of high probability traders. Such skills, disciplines, and trading strategies for new and existing traders can be achieved from our comprehensive Price action course that we offer at FourthStreet Consultants. Those who sign up with our course get mentorship from our team of professional and experienced traders who offer Consultation on phone, email, and physical meetings at our offices every day of the week. I wish you happy trading, and that you learn to approach trading as a business.

‘When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble’ is one of the many quotes by Warren Buffet that I love. More Importantly, I have highlighted it at the beginning of this article as it is relevant to our topic. We shall indulge more on what message Mr. Buffet was trying to pass across. That being said, What is high probability trading? What does it entail? What skills or strategies do traders need to employ in the market to be in the smaller margin/percentage of traders that make consistent money in the market?

Anyone can be a trader. As long as you know how to open a couple of positions in the markets, with little knowledge of price action, fundamental analytical skills, and risk management, you qualify to be a trader. However, few people in world are successful professional traders. By successful we imply consistent profitability in the markets year after year. Our sole goal at Fourthstreet Consultants is to create a community of successful high probability traders that can make money consistently in the market, thereby earning a living solely from trading the markets, if they wish to specialize.

High Probability trading can be achieved by having a low risk/high profit ratio. Professional traders’ sole goal in the market is not to open as many positions as their capital allows, but to trade the markets with the odds in their favor. What if I told you today that you only need a couple of trades every month to be profitable consistently in the market? Three or four trades a month are enough to have an edge in the market. This is the highlight of this article. At this point, we revisit Warren Buffet’s quote, ‘when it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.’ This statement was meant to awaken traders understand that good opportunities to trade in the market come infrequently. There is always few good opportunities to open positions at any one moment in the forex markets. If you are looking for high probability trading opportunities, you got to be patient, not to open trades out of anxiety or boredom, the goal is to do nothing the meantime, preserve your capital, and then go big when the ‘big’ boys are moving the markets. I hope you roger that point!

One of the most rewarding strategy to identify the best trading opportunities is by applying price action strategies. This involves studying chart patterns, trends, channels and related pointers. More often, high probability trading opportunities are found within a trending market. Counter trend dips might earn you a few pips, but you will end up losing the opportunity to catch the big moves when market is correcting to rejoin the long term trend. And this is where money is made. The best part with trading within a trend is that it allows traders to risk less, and earn more, which is the ultimate goal of any trader who is trading forex as a business.

Attaining such skills to identify high probability trading opportunities in the market, and the discipline of patience to preserve your capital long enough to rip from the big market moves, requires one to invest in a comprehensive reputable trading course and mentorship from traders who have a proven track record in the market. Invest in education, earn the experience, and soon you will find yourself on the road to financial independence and a career in trading the financial markets.

 

 

Joshua Matumo,

Fourthstreet Consultants.