Forex for a trader
How i lost all my money in forex

How i lost all my money in forexOh, Crap! I just lost all of my money. 5 reasons why it happened. 5 reasons everything is going to be okay. So you lost some money on the foreign exchange. You are now in good company. You’re also probably feeling, at least initially, three things: Panic about : The Future Desire to give up Temptation to get revenge. Don’t panic. Don’t give up. Do get revenge. I’m here to help! This article can help explain what happened, and set you back on the track of success. Please don’t listen to your deepest fears, and don’t listen to your desire to give it all up. It’s bad, yes, but it’s not as bad as you think. Losing money is the easiest (and hardest) way to learn the path to discipline and success in trading foreign currencies. All of us – every successful trader I have ever met – had to learn the business this way. The unsuccessful traders are the people who stopped where you are right now. So, if you want to join the ranks of the successful traders, read on – and determine right now that you are not going to give up. The next sections will tell you why it happened, and what you have to do next.

You probably started trading currency for the same reason I did: to make money. While that’s a worthy goal, and one that you’re likely to reach, it’s just not wise to try and make a year’s worth of profits in one trade. Most of us, at one time or another, have risked 50% or more of our account on one or more trades. Most of us try that on our demo accounts, and then we start to feel invincible (look! See what I can do! I can double my money in just a week!). Of course, this led you to try something similar in your live account. That was a bad idea (but you already know that now). Solution: Never risk more than 1% of your account on a single trade. Preferably less. This is a money-management solution. If you don’t put a lot of money on the roulette table, you can have a lot of your money taken off the roulette table. Setting a stop loss is like zipping up your pants in the morning. It’s not required, but you can feel really embarrassed, really quickly, if you don’t do it. To tell you the truth, you could conceivably set a stop loss 100 pips wide just to get 10 pips. If you are not risking more than 1% of your account on the trade, it doesn’t much matter. I have done this before.

I don’t do it any longer, because that is a dumb risk:reward ratio. The point here is that you must set some type of stop loss so that if the market really gets wild, that you don’t get crushed. You and I sometimes get a good string of trades put together, and then we start walking around like we’re the Warren Buffet of forex (we’re not). A good thing to remember at a time like that is this: you are not the Warren Buffet of trading – and the longer you keep up that attitude, you’re more likely to end up looking like the ENRON of forex. Bring yourself back down to earth before every trade. Make sure you take your time before every trade. Make sure that if you’re making what you believe to be a “sure bet,” then you better not risk more than 1% of your capital and set appropriate stop loss orders. Especially at the beginning of your trading career. You can start to risk more when you learn more. When you have a track record. Your first trades with real money are the most amazing opportunities to lose money. You and I both did it – one week after I opened my first live account, I lost 90% of my account. I felt like crawling under a rock.

Or smashing my head with one. It’s like magic: open a live account, lose money. Realize that no matter how good you were on a demo account, you’re going to trade on emotion as soon as you open a live account. Mostly, you’re going to feel afraid to follow the same hair-brained strategy that you used when you were on the demo account. Here are five ideas that will help you avoid this: 1. Open your next live account with $2,000 or less. Trade for less than $1 per pip. 2. If you built a strategy system while on a demo account, use it! It worked then, right? 3. If you didn’t build a system already, use that new small account to build one. 4. Don’t be afraid of losing money. Be afraid of making stupid trades. 5. NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER trade when you’re emotional. Well, it’s true: sometimes the market does things that it’s not supposed to do. Take Japanese intervention in the Yen – it’s not supposed to happen in a perfect world, but it does, and it can really throw off your perfect short trade. These are the unpreventables, as I call them, and they don’t happen as often as we suspect.

When you get burned by a totally unpredictable movement in the market, just sit back, relax, and ask yourself: did you only risk a small amount of your capital? Do you have a stop loss? Is there any chance the trade is coming back in your direction? It’s going to be OK. (And here’s why.) If you lost more than 10% of your account on one trade, then you did something wrong. You goofed. It’s okay, just don’t do it again. Take a day off from trading. Step back. 1. Write down why you entered the trade. 2. Write down why you exited the trade. 3. Write down what you should have done differently.

NOT studying your worst moments is like smashing your thumb with a finger, and then smashing it again. And again. I have worked with traders who have been making the same mistakes for more than a year – have blown more than one account – and then when they spend a week studying the reasons for their trades, they become profitable traders. YOU HAVE TO STUDY YOUR BAD TRADES. YOU HAVE TO LEARN FROM THEM. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL START MAKING MONEY. Did you enter the trade on a spur of the moment, emotional feeling? Write everything down. If you feel like you did everything right, that you entered the trade for all the right reasons, then maybe you didn’t stay in the trade long enough.

If you have NO IDEA what happened, maybe you should write me – or someone who has been trading longer than you have. Ask them to look at the charts. Ask them what you could have done differently. You should get in the habit of keeping a trade journal. The journal should include the following information: 1. Time of entry and type of trade (Buy, Sell, Pair, Lot size). Stop loss and limit orders. 2. WHY YOU ENTERED THE TRADE. For example: “5 EMA crossed below the 30.” 3. Time and price of exit, and any gainloss. Many traders who give a reason for a trade entry don’t give a reason for the exit. The best reason to exit the trade is that it’s profitable and you want the money in your account. The worst reason to exit a trade is because it’s going against you and you don’t know what else to do. You have to have a plan for the trades that go against you! Before you start trading as a career, or with any substantial money, you should make a plan for what you’re going to do if a trade goes south. Some questions you need to answer: 1. How far am I willing for this trade to go against me? Sometimes traders set a stop loss that’s too wide or not wide enough, and then they disregard it anyway. 2. What are the criteria for realizing that the trade was not a good idea? Here, it’s not enough to say, “I’m losing money.

” I mean, if you enter trades on an oscillator or indicator, do you exit based on those tools as well? What signals are given for a trade exit? 3. Under what circumstances will you raise or lower your stop loss and your limit orders? I once got a bad haircut: at the end, nearly all of my hair was gone. I vowed to never let that happen again. Talk about (with a friend who trades) or write down what you would have done differently. Would you have avoided entering the trade altogether? Would you have waited longer – for example, if the position eventually turned profitable, you have learned that sometimes the only thing separating you from profits is time. Would you have double-checked the indicators? Would you have looked closer at candlestick patterns? Asked an expert? Once you decide what you would have done differently, then find someone who can help you keep your goal to act differently next time. Find a fellow trader who will double-check your trades.

Set goals and get someone to help you keep them. Trading requires discipline and you can increase your discipline by working together with someone. Now create a list of goals for your forex trading – make the list as short as possible, but you should probably include as one of your goals “Never make the same mistake I just made ever again.” Once you’ve written your goals, you should also consider making a complete trading plan. That plan would include rules that you follow on getting in and out of trades, indicators that you watch, and maximum losses that you are willing to withstand before exiting a trade. It would also include a method for follow up (including your trading journal). Now, take those goals. And implement them. Get mad about your loss.

I hate losing money. Hate it as much as anything else. Do you? If so, channel that anger and become more disciplined. Channel it and develop new goals. Channel it and commit to change your trading habits so that you can make money. Don’t be afraid to get revenge. But, as a good leader in battle, plan for it. Study it out. And then attack. I’ve said it before in other places. You can become a highly profitable trader. You can even support yourself and your family on the profits. And you don’t have to start with a lot of money.

You can even start with as little as a few hundred dollars and build it up over time. Most importantly, it’s not how much you start with, it’s how well you take care of what you’ve got. About the author. Rob Booker is an active proprietary trader, money manager and forex educator. Mr. Booker has trained hundreds of forex traders around the world, assisting them with developing their own trading systems. But more importantly, Rob focuses on helping traders deal with the mental, psychological, and discipline issues related to trading. This is Why you Lost All of your Money Trading in Forex. What is profitable trading about? You see, successful profitable trading is all about the right time frame. Are you losing money? YES YOU ARE! They say that 95% of traders lose money.

The fact that you are reading this article means that you are still searching for a way to make money trading. At least you are not giving up yet. But will you eventually make money? There are over 25 ads for Forex training just this week in local papers and TV ads in my neighborhood alone. I could not believe it. Statistics show that 95% of all traders lose money trading. It is the hardest business to succeed in, and yet there is an expert teachertrader on every corner. Why do YOU lose? You know why. Because the mortgage payment is due tomorrow, so is your credit card payment and maybe even alimony. Somehow you have convinced yourself that YOU can make money FAST by trading currencies and pay your bills tomorrow. A pip here and a pip there, a little bit of cheap spread, trailing stop and a nap and you made millions. So you hopped on the first Forex website you could find. You opened an account and 15 minutes after funding it with your nest egg the entire $1000 is almost gone. It was "make it or break it" for you. Someone smart once said something like this: "The way of thinking that created the problem can not be the same way of thinking to solve it". Markets don't have a heart. Here is an old saying for you. Scared money does not make money.

Here is another one. Trade with the trend. Here is even a better one. STAY AWAY FROM THE SMALL CHARTS. In fact, the GREATEST, BEST KEPT SECRET about trading is to trade in large time frames. Once you can get your head around the fact that you will NOT MAKE MILLIONS TODAY but will make money slowly, you just might start enjoying this little business of ours. That is why you failed. You gambled when you were supposed to be running your own business. The fact remains that if you trade BIG CHARTS you will change your way of thinking and POSSIBLY MAYBE even make some money. Of course if I were you, I would get me some REAL Professional training first. Could you possibly start a car repair business tomorrow if you knew nothing about car repair? Come to think of it, perhaps you could, and that would explain a lot about why my car never runs AFTER the repair. Believe it or not although a good technique has a lot to do with making money in trading, the most crucial element to success for a new trader is the trading time frame - which chart are you taking your trades in. I know you have been told that you can make money in 5 -10 -15 minute charts but you are being slightly misled.

Although possible, it is not the easiest way, and definitely not for you until you get to an expert level. Those are the toughest time frames to trade in. Here is why. Because there are at least 4-5 different market conditions throughout a trading day if you trade like that. They require completely different approach and some are not for trading at all. All of this thrown at you is like land mines on the road to ensure your failure. These days thousands of new traders are opening trading accounts daily. There are more suckers everywhere. A simple risk disclosure statement that the broker is required by law to show you frees the broker from any liability from your losses. It has become like hunting for ducks and of course you are not the hunter. So don't trade the small time frames. Trade like the pros, the secret is in the big charts. Why do they work? Because each 4 hr bar, for example, contains all the quirks and chaos of what happened in the 15 min increments and therefore what ever that last 4 hour bar looks like is probably the whole story.

You are trading on a scale of 3- 4 days and therefore a spike due to some economic news will not affect you as badly and since your stop loss will be much bigger pip wise (money wise still the same as you have adjusted your lot size to be smaller) and you will be well out of trouble and still in trade. Fluctuations of 50-60 pips will now start to mean nothing to you as you remain calm in pursuit of your first 500 pip trade. In fact it will also keep you away from the computer except for every 4 hours when you check up on your trade. This is necessary so that you do not mess with your trades. YOU happen to be the next biggest reason for your losses. But enough about you. There is the light at the end of the tunnel. In case you ever wondered I want to make it clear to you - Yes you can make money trading and a lot of it and yes there are techniques that anyone can follow. Remember there are 25 experts in the paper this week. Hopefully at least one of those could do 5-6 profitable trades in a row. He's the guy to talk to even if you have to pay him $10000 to teach you. Trust me, that pales in comparison to what you will lose without training. How i lost all my money in forex. My friend Peter just blew his account.

After spending $15,000 on Forex courses, $10,000 on coaching, and losing $5,000 to a scam broker (InvesttechFX) – he was ready to call it quits. After all of that, he decided to give it one last try. He bought an Expert Advisor (EA, also known as a trading robot). After 6 months, boom… his trading account was gone – again . “I am just stupid! Bloody stupid.” he told me. However, Peter didn’t understand that it wasn’t his fault . He wasn’t “stupid”. He was being harsh on himself.

It wasn’t his fault for believing marketers and people with their “track records”, MyFXBook results, and hundreds of testimonials. It is hard to resist. Upon closer inspection though, it was obvious to me that this would never have worked. Do you really think Warren Buffet relies on MyFXBook or a MetaTrader 4 account to make his buying decisions? Do you think that anybody in the City of London or Wall Street make trading decisions based on that? I do have an unfair advantage though. I spent 23 years on Wall Street trading wealthy client accounts. The last 13 years have been spent trading for myself. During that time I have seen a number of miracles happen. One of my biggest wins early in my trading career was a trade in 1982. I started with a paltry $8,000 to my name and I used it to buy silver on the futures exchanges. As it turns out my analysis was spot on, and I ended up running my $8,000 account to a little over $280,000 in only 30 days.

Since that time I have modified my trading strategy – slightly . After 120,000 trades, 1,200 trading accounts, and 8 Wall Street Firms – I am going to give you an exact guide to walking away with 4 additional winning trades per month and avoid losing your shirt – like Peter did (I’ll tell you what happened to him in a minute). Before you read this article you must agree to the following statements: There’s no magic pill. The markets are full of sharks and they will eat you alive. You need to stick to simple and sensible rules. The Forex systems and robots churned out by internet marketer’s are laughable. – especially if you think that’s how they make money on Wall Street. And trust me, they DO make tons of money. Forget about making 20% per month.

That’s how poor people think. I’ll let you know exactly how much you can actually make later in this article. Now, if you agree with all of those statements then I salute you. If you disagree with any of them, then close this page right now. Still here? Good… You are part of a small group of people who can separate reality from outright dreams and lies. And for that reason you will understand the words in this article better than anyone. I don’t have time for ‘internet traders’, the ‘Forex forums’, or any other breeding ground for newbies who pretend they really know how the markets work – and neither should you. This article is going to be simple. I am going to show you how to get 4 – yes, just 4 – additional winning trades every month. Don’t be fooled by the goofy EA developers and internet marketers out there. Having 4 profitable trades per month is more than enough to push you into the big boys club. You can make more, but my aim is to get you started with something consistent.

Once you’ve got that mastered you can increase your output. Why you won’t make a dime from the information contained in this article. Most people reading this won’t make a single dollar. Not because the content sucks – I believe it is some of the best trading tips in the world. It is because people are lazy and don’t implement what they learn. It is because people lose their shit and take too much risk. And it is because you might not be able to handle my style. My past results really are no indication of you making any money whatsoever. You might simply not have what it takes.

However, there are a small percentage of people who do. And by following the rules you might be one of them. There are no guarantees. So read carefully and make sure you examine every word on this page as if your life depends on it. Because it might just change it forever – if you have what it takes. #1. The last opportunity for major profits in the Forex market. Have you ever been stopped out of the trade, just for it to change direction immediately? Do you ever feel like every decision you make is the wrong one? There is this big lie out there that hundreds of thousands of Forex traders believe. And you may have believed this too at one point. “The Forex market is the most liquid market in the world and therefore it cannot be manipulated “. That is plain wrong.

Governments have been cracking down on big banks because of their manipulation of a whole host of markets. Check out this article on the BBC: Have a look at this chart they supplied: Have you ever been knocked out of a trade that just seemed totally random? Well, chances are somebody rigged it. And chances are… you didn’t confirm your trade with a “2-pattern overlay”. More on that in a little bit. You and I are small fish who are competing with much MUCH bigger sharks. Sharks who know the waters better than you do. I used to swim with them. Merrill Lynch was only one of 8 companies I worked for on Wall Street. They did NOT take prisoners. There are entire teams who’s job it is to cheat the system. And those are some of the brightest minds in the world from the best universities in the world.

You have to accept that you cannot beat them. That’s why, what I’m about to reveal, is the very last opportunity to profit in the Forex markets. Forget scraping a few pips off the charts. Forget taking daily pivot trades, or “snipers”, or FAPTurbos, or whatever else these idiots are selling these days. You have to stick to simple daily trades that unfold over a period of days, weeks, and sometimes months. By riding the wave on a boat, you’ll be safe from the sharks on Wall Street. #2. How to dominate a currency with profitable trades. That’s a lie. You can never ‘dominate’ a market. That kind of thinking will get your account murdered.

However, you can put the odds severely in your favor by doing one thing. You can use a simple “2-pattern overlay” before entering a trade. I’ve been using this since the 80s and it still works better than anything. One million dollar client at EF Hutton & Co (another Wall Street company) dubbed me the “2-pattern wizard”. Every time I used it he knew he was about to make enough cash to buy another house. All you do is look for a minimum of two chart patterns to “confirm the trade”. Now, that doesn’t mean you confirm an entry. You simply confirm that you potentially want to take a trade. Here’s an example from one of my trades: I saw a triple “core support bounce”, and then a simple overhead resistance. (If you don’t know how to spot price patterns then don’t worry… I’ll get to that). DON’T jump into the trade just yet – it isn’t that easy. You still have to know when to enter.

I use a very specific ‘trigger’ that usually means the market is coiled like a spring, ready to burst in the right direction. Keep reading and you’ll learn all about it. #3. Use this simple trigger. Most newbies would simply jump into the trade because they saw a “double bottom” or some other pattern. You and I know better. You have to wait for the market to form a coil. There are several different types of market “coils”, however the one I’m about to reveal is the easiest to spot and tends to give me better results. It is called an “inside day bar”. So, looking at the daily chart I would wait for this bar to form. Here’s a real live example from a trade I took a while ago: Two inside day bars were the beginning of a nice coil. Here’s another example: #4. Have a tight stop loss and await the coming burst in movement.

Remember that silver trade I told you about in the 1980s? It was my first big win. Even though I turned $8k into $280k the risk was minimal. I did that by scaling into a rocketing market. Despite what people say… NEVER do that. Not until you understand the true risks involved. It can take a heavy psychological impact on you. I once saw a guy at Commodities Corp (now a division of Goldman Sachs) throw his computer across the room because he leveraged his position by scaling in too much. Theres no need to do it. Simply stick with what I am about to reveal and you could walk away with a handful of winning trades each month. Keep the initial stop loss tight, and then keep it loose… The initial stop loss is very tight. I anchor it close to the previous bar. If you’ve established the correct price action and trigger bar, you should see it shoot off in the right direction. Only 1 out of 2 trades tends to linger around. If they turn, then it means the trade is a dud and your stop loss will kick you out quickly. However, when it goes…

it goes. Here’s an example of a good trade I took. I made a fat 5.2% in about one week. This example shows how it immediately jumped in my favor. That means I spotted a good coil. By the way… those are actual trades. My trading platform marks them with those little circled arrows. Here’s another example: EURGBP immediately jumped after a trigger coil for a 2.5% gain in just one day. I don’t usually exit trades in the same day, however, 2.5% is a lot of money in my world. You don’t often see 2.5% days. If everyday was like that my account would grow by a billion every month. So when it happens… I take it. #5. Exiting the trade for a fat profit. This is how you get 4 additional winning trades. If you get the coil right. Your trade should shoot out of the block like Usain Bolt.

This allows you to have a tight stop loss. It puts you in a great position to make huge gains with a tiny risk. If your stop loss was far away from your initial entry then your risk would be greater and you’ll have to reduce your position size. Therefore, I would recommend a hard and fast 3:1 risk reward ratio. If your stop loss is 35 pips away, your profit target will be 105 pips (three times the stop loss). Now, admittedly I use a way more complicated process for my exits. I could write an entire book on it. However, when I looked back at my last 300 trades, I noticed that if I used THIS exit strategy I would still have made a great return. It is simple and it takes psychology out of the equation. I learned this while working at Bridgewater Associates (they manage about $170 billion) from a funny looking Irishman.

Back in 20112012 I forgot this rule and I duly got slaughtered. There is a story inside of the book ‘Marketing Wizzards’. It talks about a great trader who locks himself in a room with no distractions. No windows. No TV. No Computer. He has his assistant bring him his chart-book without the instruments named. So he doesn’t know if he’s trading pork bellies or gold. He doesn’t care. All he cares about is the price and the fact that he has no distractions. It means he ‘never loses’. My rule gives me the same sort of piece of mind. Before I let you in on it you must know what I mean by ‘never’ lose. When you lose a trade – you aren’t ‘losing’ .

It is simply part of the process. It is the equivalent of a business expense. You will always lose trades. However, when you lose your mind and you don’t follow your own rules. That’s when you truly lose. So here are the exact rules you need to follow to NEVER lose, always stick to your rules, and always win in the long run. Do not share your trading results. I did once. And only once. It was a huge mistake. All of the sudden I was answerable to thousands of people who happen to stumble across my profile.

This doesn’t work when you are a trader. I lost focus. I kept fussing about whether a trade was a winner or a loser. I didn’t focus on whether it followed the rules or not. As long as you follow the rules… you are winning. When you don’t follow the rules – you are losing (even when you make a profit). Systems and routines are the only thing that make you profitable in the long run. It is the only thing that’ll protect you against the sharks. So whatever you do – don’t share you trading results. Not even with your husband or wife. It’ll put external pressures on you. Don’t even mention a winning trade or a losing trade. Simply tell them you’re winning because you followed the rules.

#7. How to make $1m from trading. Do you want to know the real secret? The one that most people ignore, because they don’t really take their trading seriously? Well, it is a system of recording and documenting your trades in detail. I call it a trade journal. Super original right? Every single time I am about to take a trade, I stop. I take a snapshot of the chart, I write out my analysis (the reason WHY), and then I enter the order. 90% of my orders are pending orders, which means they only enter when the market reaches a specific price. This is an example of three pages inside of my journal. By doing this with your trading you’ll be able to get a lot more focussed. When you look at the markets you will feel excited. You will get a rush of adrenaline. Stop. Take a deep breath and start recording the trade before it happens.

It gives you the breathing room you need to make rational decisions. It helps you to be a winner every time by following the rules. Seriously. Get my journal. It’ll show you how you should structure yours for maximum results. You’ll also get a better feel for the way I trade. #8. Past trading results on MyFXBook will drain your trading account. This is the biggest difference between the Wall Street traders and normal folk. On Wall Street – we know that past results don’t mean anything.

They really are no indication of future performance. Even if the results are third party verified. Think about it. How many times have you bought a system or a program based on their past results? And… how many times has it worked out? Now you have two choices. I should congratulate you. You’ve read the entire article. However, this is just the start. You now face two choices. Choice #1. Forget what I told you and keep doing what everybody else is doing. It is easier to follow the herd after all. Some of the things I talked about aren’t easy. Some of them are plain boring.

Yet this is what it takes. And I think you know that, which is why you’ll probably go for… Choice #2. This is the choice smart Forex traders go for. You grit your teeth and follow the rules. So that you can finally break away from the ‘internet herd’ and actually start taking pride in being a trader. Don’t fall into the same trap as Peter. Be the person that “actually makes money”. How nice would that feel for a change? I’ll help you out by giving you my 21 Power Strategies without asking you for a dime. Just let me know which email address I should send it. 10 ways to avoid losing money in forex. The global forex market does more than $5 trillion in average daily trading volume, making it the largest financial market in the world. Forex’s popularity entices foreign-exchange traders of all levels, from greenhorns just learning about the financial markets to well-seasoned professionals. Because it is so easy to trade forex – with round-the-clock sessions, access to significant leverage and relatively low costs – it is also very easy to lose money trading forex. Here are 10 ways that traders can avoid losing money in the competitive forex market. 1. Do Your Homework – Learn Before You Burn.

Just because forex is easy to get into, it doesn’t mean that due diligence can be avoided. Learning about forex is integral to a trader’s success in the forex markets. While the majority of learning comes from live trading and experience, a trader should learn everything possible about the forex markets, including the geopolitical and economic factors that affect a trader’s preferred currencies. Homework is an ongoing effort as traders need to be prepared to adapt to changing market conditions, regulations and world events. Part of this research process involves developing a trading plan – a systematic method for screening and evaluating investments, determining the amount of risk that is or should be taken and formulating short - and long-term investment objectives. 2. Take the Time to Find a Reputable Broker. The forex industry has much less oversight than other markets, so it is possible to end up doing business with a less-than-reputable forex broker. Due to concerns about the safety of deposits and the overall integrity of a broker, forex traders should only open an account with a firm that is a member of the National Futures Association (NFA) and that is registered with the U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a futures commission merchant. Each country outside of the United States has its own regulatory body with which legitimate forex brokers should be registered. Traders should also research each broker’s account offerings, including leverage amounts, commissions and spreads, initial deposits, and account funding and withdrawal policies. A helpful customer service representative should have all this information and be able to answer any questions regarding the firm’s services and policies. 3. Use a Practice Account.

Nearly all trading platforms come with a practice account, sometimes called a simulated account or demo account. These accounts allow traders to place hypothetical trades without a funded account. Perhaps the most important benefit of a practice account is that it allows a trader to become adept at order-entry techniques. Few things are as damaging to a trading account (and a trader’s confidence) as pushing the wrong button when opening or exiting a position. It is not uncommon, for example, for a new trader to accidentally add to a losing position instead of closing the trade. Multiple errors in order entry can lead to large, unprotected losing trades. Aside from the devastating financial implications, this situation is incredibly stressful. Practice makes perfect: Experiment with order entries before placing real money on the line. Once a forex trader has opened an account, it may be tempting to take advantage of all the technical analysis tools offered by the trading platform. While many of these indicators are well-suited to the forex markets, it is important to remember to keep analysis techniques to a minimum in order for them to be effective. Using multiples of the same types of indicators – such as two volatility indicators or two oscillators, for example – can become redundant and can even give opposing signals. This should be avoided. Any analysis technique that is not regularly used to enhance trading performance should be removed from the chart. In addition to the tools that are applied to the chart, pay attention to the overall look of the workspace.

The chosen colors, fonts and types of price bars (line, candle bar, range bar, etc.) should create an easy-to-read-and-interpret chart, allowing the trader to more effectively respond to changing market conditions. 5. Protect Your Trading Account. While there is much focus on making money in forex trading, it is important to learn how to avoid losing money. Proper money management techniques are an integral part of successful trading. Many veteran traders would agree that one can enter a position at any price and still make money – it’s how one gets out of the trade that matters. Part of this is knowing when to accept your losses and move on. Always using a protective stop loss (a strategy designed to protect existing gains or thwart further losses by means of a stop-loss order or limit order) is an effective way to make sure that losses remain reasonable. Traders can also consider using a maximum daily loss amount beyond which all positions would be closed and no new trades initiated until the next trading session. While traders should have plans to limit losses, it is equally essential to protect profits. Money management techniques, such as utilizing trailing stops (a stop order that can be set at a defined percentage away from a security’s current market price) can help preserve winnings while still giving a trade room to grow. 6. Start Small When Going Live. Once a trader has done his or her homework, spent time with a practice account and has a trading plan in place, it may be time to go live – that is, start trading with real money at stake.

No amount of practice trading can exactly simulate real trading. As such, it is vital to start small when going live. Factors like emotions and slippage (the difference between the expected price of a trade and the price at which the trade is actually executed) cannot be fully understood and accounted for until trading live. Additionally, a trading plan that performed like a champ in backtesting results or practice trading could, in reality, fail miserably when applied to a live market. By starting small, a trader can evaluate his or her trading plan and emotions, and gain more practice in executing precise order entries – without risking the entire trading account in the process. 7. Use Reasonable Leverage. Forex trading is unique in the amount of leverage that is afforded to its participants. One of the reasons forex is so attractive is that traders have the opportunity to make potentially large profits with a very small investment – sometimes as little as $50. Properly used, leverage does provide potential for growth; however, leverage can just as easily amplify losses. A trader can control the amount of leverage used by basing position size on the account balance. For example, if a trader has $10,000 in a forex account, a $100,000 position (one standard lot) would utilize 10:1 leverage. While the trader could open a much larger position if he or she were to maximize leverage, a smaller position will limit risk. A trading journal is an effective way to learn from both losses and successes in forex trading. Keeping a record of trading activity containing dates, instruments, profits, losses, and, perhaps most important, the trader’s own performance and emotions can be incredibly beneficial to growing as a successful trader. When periodically reviewed, a trading journal provides important feedback that makes learning possible.

Einstein once said that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Without a trading journal and good record keeping, traders are likely to continue making the same mistakes, minimizing their chances of become profitable and successful traders. 9. Understand Tax Implications and Treatment. It is important to understand the tax implications and treatment of forex trading activity in order to be prepared at tax time. Consulting with a qualified accountant or tax specialist can help avoid any surprises and can help individuals take advantage of various tax laws, such as marked-to-market accounting (recording the value of an asset to reflect its current market levels). Since tax laws change regularly, it is prudent to develop a relationship with a trusted and reliable professional who can guide and manage all tax-related matters. 10. Treat Trading As a Business. It is essential to treat forex trading as a business and to remember that individual wins and losses don’t matter in the short run; it is how the trading business performs over time that is important. As such, traders should try to avoid becoming overly emotional about either wins or losses, and treat each as just another day at the office. As with any business, forex trading incurs expenses, losses, taxes, risk and uncertainty. Also, just as small businesses rarely become successful overnight, neither do most forex traders. Planning, setting realistic goals, staying organized and learning from both successes and failures will help ensure a long, successful career as a forex trader. The worldwide forex market is attractive to many traders because of its low account requirements, round-the-clock trading and access to high amounts of leverage.

When approached as a business, forex trading can be profitable and rewarding. In summary, traders can avoid losing money in forex by: Being well-prepared Having the patience and discipline to study and research Applying sound money management techniques Approaching trading activity as a business. Why Do Many Forex Traders Lose Money? Here is the Number 1 Mistake. by David Rodriguez , Quantitative Strategist. Big data analysis, algorithmic trading, and retail trader sentiment. Your Forecast Is Headed to Your Inbox. But don't just read our analysis - put it to the rest. Your forecast comes with a free demo account from our provider, IG, so you can try out trading with zero risk. Your demo is preloaded with ?10,000 virtual funds , which you can use to trade over 10,000 live global markets. We'll email you login details shortly.

You are subscribed to David Rodriguez. You can manage you subscriptions by following the link in the footer of each email you will receive. An error occurred submitting your form. Please try again later. We look through 43 million real trades to measure trader performance Majority of trades are successful and yet traders are losing Here is what we believe to be the number one mistake FX traders make. W hy do major currency moves bring increased trader losses? To find out, the DailyFX research team has looked through over 40 million real trades placed via a major FX broker's trading platforms. In this article , we look at the biggest mistake that forex traders make, and a way to trade appropriately . Why Does the Average Forex Trader Lose Money? The average forex trader loses money, which is in itself a very discouraging fact. But why? Put simply, human psychology makes trading difficult. We looked at over 43 million real trades placed on a major FX broker's trading servers from Q2, 2014 – Q1, 2015 and came to some very interesting conclusions.

The first is encouraging: traders make money most of the time as over 50% of trades are closed out at a gain. Percent of All Trades Closed Out at a Gain and Loss per Currency Pair. Data source: Derived from data from a major FX broker* across 15 most traded currency pairs from 312014 to 3312015. The above chart shows results of over 43 million trades conducted by these traders worldwide from Q2, 2014 through Q1, 2015 across the 15 most popular currency pairs. The blue bar shows the percentage of trades that ended with a profit for the trader. Red shows the percentage of trades that ended in loss. For example, the Euro saw an impressive 61% of all trades closed out at a gain. And indeed every single one of these instruments saw the majority of traders turned a profit more than 50 percent of the time. If traders were right more than half of the time, why did most lose money? Average ProfitLoss per Winning and Losing Trades per Currency Pair. Data source: Derived from data from a major FX broker* across 15 most traded currency pairs from 312014 to 3312015. The above chart says it all. In blue, it shows the average number of pips traders earned on profitable trades. In red, it shows the average number of pips lost in losing trades.

We can now clearly see why traders lose money despite being right more than half the time. They lose more money on their losing trades than they make on their winning trades . Let’s use EURUSD as an example. We see that EURUSD trades were closed out at a profit 61% of the time, but the average losing trade was worth 83 pips while the average winner was only 48 pips. Traders were correct more than half the time, but they lost over 70% more on their losing trades as they won on winning trades. The track record for the volatile GBPUSD pair was even worse. Traders captured profits on 59% of all GBPUSD trades. Yet they overall lost money as they turned an average 43 pip profit on each winner and lost 83 pips on losing trades. What gives? Identifying that there is a problem is important in itself, but we’ll need to understand the reasons behind it in order to look for a solution. Cut Losses, Let Profits Run – Why is this So Difficult to Do? In our study we saw that traders were very good at identifying profitable trading opportunities--closing trades out at a profit over 50 percent of the time. They utlimately lost, however, as the average loss far outweighed the gain. Open nearly any book on trading and the advice is the same: cut your losses early and let your profits run. When your trade goes against you, close it out . Take the small loss and then try again later, if appropriate.

It is better to take a small loss early than a big loss later. If a trade is in your favor, let it run . It is often tempting to close out at a small gain in order to protect profits, but oftentimes we see that patience can result in greater gains. But if the solution is so simple, why is the issue so common? The simple answer: human nature. In fact this is not at all limited to trading. To further illustrate the point we draw on significant findings in psychology. A Simple Wager – Understanding Human Behavior Towards Winning and Losing. What if I offered you a simple wager on a coin flip? You have two choices. Choice A means you have a 50% chance of winning 1000 dollars and 50% chance of winning nothing. Choice B is a flat 450 point gain. Which would you choose? 50% chance to Win 1000.

50% chance to Win 0. Expect to win $500 over time. Over time it makes sense to take Choice A—the expected gain of $500 is greater than the fixed $450. Yet many studies have shown that most people will consistently choose Choice B. Let’s flip the wager and run it again. 50% chance to Lose 1000. 50% chance to Lose 0. Expect to lose $500 over time. In this case we can expect to lose less money via Choice B, but in fact studies have shown that the majority of people will pick choice A every single time. Here we see the issue. Most people avoid risk when it comes to taking profits but then actively seek it if it means avoiding a loss. Why? Losses Hurt Psychologically far more than Gains Give Pleasure – Prospect Theory. Nobel prize-winning clinical psychologist Daniel Kahneman based on his research on decision making. His work wasn’t on trading per se but clear implications for trade management and is quite relevant to FX trading. His study on Prospect Theory attempted to model and predict choices people would make between scenarios involving known risks and rewards. The findings showed something remarkably simple yet profound: most people took more pain from losses than pleasure from gains . It feels “good enough” to make $450 versus $500 , but accepting a $500 loss hurts too much and many are willing to gamble that the trade turns around.

This doesn’t make any sense from a trading perspective—50 0 dollars lost are equivalent to 50 0 dollars gained; one is not worth more than the other. Why should we then act so differently? Prospect Theory: Losses Typically Hurt Far More than Gains Give Pleasure. Taking a purely rational approach to markets means treating a 50 point gain as morally equivalent to a 50 point loss. Unfortunately our data on real trader behavior suggests that the majority can’t do this. We need to think more systematically to improve our chances at success. Avoid the Common Pitfall. Avoiding the loss-making problem described above is very simple in theory: gain more in each winning trade than you give back in each losing trade. But how might we do it concretely?

When trading, always follow one simple rule: always seek a bigger reward than the loss you are risking. This is a valuable piece of advice that can be found in almost every trading book. Typically, this is called a “ rewardrisk ratio ”. If you risk losing the same number of pips as you hope to gain, then your rewardrisk ratio is 1-to-1 (also written 1:1). If you target a profit of 80 pips with a risk of 40 pips, then you have a 2:1 rewardrisk ratio. If you follow this simple rule, you can be right on the direction of only half of your trades and still make money because you will earn more profits on your winning trades than losses on your losing trades. What ratio should you use? It depends on the type of trade you are making. We recommend to always use a minimum 1:1 ratio . That way, if you are right only half the time, you will at least break even. Certain strategies and trading techniques tend to produce high winning percentages as we saw with real trader data. If this is the case, it is possible to use a lower rewardrisk ratio—such as between 1:1 and 2:1. For lower probability trading, a higher rewardrisk ratio is recommended, such as 2:1, 3:1, or even 4:1. Remember, the higher the rewardrisk ratio you choose, the less often you need to correctly predict market direction in order to make money trading. We will discuss different trading techniques in further detail in subsequent installments of this series. Stick to Your Plan: Use Stops and Limits. Once you have a trading plan that uses a proper rewardrisk ratio, the next challenge is to stick to the plan. Remember, it is natural for humans to want to hold on to losses and take profits early, but it makes for bad trading.

We must overcome this natural tendency and remove our emotions from trading. The best way to do this is to set up your trade with Stop-Loss and Limit orders from the beginning . This will allow you to use the proper rewardrisk ratio (1:1 or higher) from the outset, and to stick to it. Once you set them, don’t touch them (One exception: you can move your stop in your favor to lock in profits as the market moves in your favor). Managing your risk in this way is a part of what many traders call “money management” . Many of the most successful forex traders are right about the market’s direction less than half the time. Since they practice good money management, they cut their losses quickly and let their profits run, so they are still profitable in their overall trading. Does Using 1:1 Reward to Risk Really Work? Our data certainly suggest it does. We use our data on our top 15 currency pairs to determine which trader accounts closed their Average Gain at least as large as their Average Loss—or a minimum Reward:Risk of 1:1. Were traders ultimately profitable if they stuck to this rule? Past performance is not indicative of future results, but the results certainly support it. Our data shows that 53 percent of all accounts which operated on at least a 1:1 Reward to Risk ratio turned a net-profit in our 12-month sample period. Those under 1:1? A mere 17 percent. T raders who adhered to this rule were 3 times more likely to turn a profit over the course of these 12 months—a substantial difference. Data source: Derived from data from a major FX broker* across 15 most traded currency pairs from 312014 to 3312015. Game Plan: What Strategy Can I Use? Trade forex with stops and limits set to a riskreward ratio of 1:1 or higher.

Whenever you place a trade, make sure that you use a stop-loss order. Always make sure that your profit target is at least as far away from your entry price as your stop-loss is. You can certainly set your price target higher, and probably should aim for at least 1:1 regardless of strategy, potentially 2:1 or more in certain circumstances. Then you can choose the market direction correctly only half the time and still make money in your account. The actual distance you place your stops and limits will depend on the conditions in the market at the time, such as volatility, currency pair, and where you see support and resistance. You can apply the same rewardrisk ratio to any trade. If you have a stop level 40 pips away from entry, you should have a profit target 40 pips or more away. If you have a stop level 500 pips away, your profit target should be at least 500 pips away. We will use this as a basis for further study on real trader behavior as we look to uncover the traits of successful traders. *Data is drawn from FXCM Inc. accounts excluding Eligible Contract Participants, Clearing Accounts, Hong Kong, and Japan subsidiaries from 312014 to 3312015. View the next articles in the Traits of Successful Series: The Traits of Successful Traders. This article is a part of our Traits of Successful Traders series. Over the past several months, The DailyFX Research team has been closely studying the trading trends of traders via a major FX broker. We have gone through an enormous number of statistics and anonymized trading records in order to answer one question: “What separates successful traders from unsuccessful traders?”. We have been using this unique resource to distill some of the “best practices” that successful traders follow, such as the best time of day, appropriate use of leverage, the best currency pairs, and more. Stay tuned for the next article in the Traits of Successful Traders Series.

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