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Secrets of Successful Forex Traders - by Nial Fuller Below Expert Forex Trader Nial Fuller Talks About Secrets Of Successful Forex Traders. The “secrets” of most successful Forex traders are perhaps not so secret. What I mean is that you probably already know most of the things you need to do to be a profitable trader, but you don’t do them because you think you will find a “short-cut” or you think you just “feel” the market better than most people so you will be able to cut the corners you know you should probably be taking. Most struggling traders think in a similar manner to what I just discussed above; they think they are always just one trade away from hitting a big winner and then they will start to be disciplined and create a trading plan and trading journal. Unfortunately, it’s usually too late for traders who think like this, meaning because they think like this they are reinforcing trading habits that are inhibiting them from making money in the markets. Don’t be like the masses of losing traders, be different, be realistic, do what you know you should do to excel in the markets, stop cutting corners and start trading in an organized and responsible manner. Here are a few things that ALL consistently profitable Forex traders do, and that you probably are not doing: Trading frequency Most traders seem to have a natural tendency to want to trade a lot. Rather, traders who are undisciplined, have no trading plan and who don’t view their success as being defined over a long series of trades want to trade a lot. Most very successful traders do not trade as much as you probably are. In fact, there are studies that PROVE that investors and traders that trade less frequently than day-traders or scalpers make more money over the long-run. If you think about it, isn’t the “long-run” really what matters anyways? Why does it matter if you make 50% one month only to give it back the next month? Isn’t it better to just make 50% a year and keep that 50%? Of course, everyone would answer yes, but most traders’ actions do not reflect this. If you boiled down the reasons behind most traders’ actions, you would see that they are primarily concerned with the ‘here and now’ and not so much on their end-of-year trading results. Of course, when the end of the year comes and they look back over their trading performance, they realize that they traded way too much and that had they just traded less frequently, they probably would have made a lot more money…or in most cases made some money. What is the point? Well, the point is that one of the biggest ‘secrets’ of successful traders is that they don’t trade very much. If you take a look at your own trading performance you’ve probably entered 5 or more trades in the past week, in my opinion, that’s too many. I focus on the daily chart time frame, and I only enter very obvious price action setups that I consider the ‘low-hanging fruit’; I don’t like to put my hard-earned money at risk in the markets unless my trading edge is present. This is how a professional trader thinks, whereas an amateur / losing trader just manifests trading signal after trading signal, mutating their trading edge to meet their desire to trade, or altogether ignoring the fact that their trading edge is not present. Discipline Another ‘secret’ of successful Forex traders is that they are disciplined. If you are not consistently successful in the markets yet, it’s a fair bet that it’s because you are not disciplined enough to consistently manage your risk or to consistently stick to your trading plan, i.e. not over-trading. Almost every trader who struggles to make money in the markets does so because they risk more than they should per trade…rather more than they know they should, and also because they trade too often. Both of these problems are a result of not being disciplined enough to stick to what you know you should do and what you need to do. Successful traders are successful because they are disciplined enough to wait for the most obvious trade setups and also because they are disciplined enough to never risk more than they are totally comfortable with losing per trade. Simplicity Finally, perhaps one of the biggest ‘secrets’ of successful Forex traders is that they do not use complicated trading methods. Whilst every trader is different and trades in a slightly different way, by and large, pro traders are using simple price action-derived methods. You are going to be hard-pressed to find a pro trader with 10 different indicators on their charts. Most successful traders have long since realized that the only thing overly-complicated indicator and software-based methods do, is cover-up the high-probability price action setups that occur on the price chart beneath them. Most beginning and struggling traders seem to have the idea that they by putting more ‘crap’ on their charts they are somehow going to gain some inside information or understanding of price movement. All they’re really doing is masking the price action of the chart and making it more difficult and complicated to interpret and trade from. Most traders who make it out of the woods of beginning trading and searching for the “Holy-Grail” trading system, eventually end up gravitating towards natural and raw price action trading because they ultimately realize that a market’s raw price movement is the best and most accurate tool for analyzing it and making trading decisions. Unfortunately, Forex trading is a very easy industry for people to develop trading systems and ‘magic-bullet’ indicators that sound and look great, and are very easy to market and sell. As a struggling or beginning trader, the best thing you can do is to be skeptical; if something sounds too good to be true…it probably is. There are no short-cuts to success in Forex, and the ‘secrets’ that I’ve discussed in this article really are just common sense things that you probably already know you should be doing but most likely aren’t. So, make the change today and start doing what you know needs to be done to succeed as a currency trader. You Can Visit Nial Fuller's Price Action Trading Community Here - Forex Trading
One of the biggest mistakes that aspiring Forex currency traders make over and over again, which keeps them from reaching their full potential in the market, is interfering with their trades after they enter them. Any trader who has been trading for a long enough period of time is guilty of becoming over-involved with their trades and with trading general. I’m included. However, eventually after enough trial and error I figured out that interfering with my trades once they are live and over-analyzing them is almost always the wrong thing to do. I’ve boiled down how I stopped interfering with my trades into three primary points which I will share with you below. • You need master a high-probability trading strategy that is also simple, for me the most logical strategy was price action trading. I learned to master price action trading to the point where I knew what I was looking for in the market without a doubt. After you truly master an effective trading strategy like price action, it means you know almost instantly whether or not your edge is present. This is the first step to becoming a successful price action trader, and if you actually do this, it will mean that meddling with your trades after they are live is not a good idea because you have identified your edge and traded it with a preemptive plan when you were the MOST objective and clear-thinking. Messing around with it anymore is only going to lower your over-all probability of success. • Messing with trades once they are live is almost always an emotional reaction to the markets. Emotion is the enemy of successful Forex trading. Your trades should be pre-planned, as well as your trade management. The only time you should interfere with your trade is if you have pre-planned to do so, meaning you have a pre-planned trailing stop routine or other exit strategy. But, most of the time traders interfere with their trades it is an emotional activity that leads to inconsistency and reinforcement of bad trading habits. Read here about how price action can help cure emotional trading problems. • By using "set and forget" trading techniques traders can learn to "let go" of their trades once they are live. This strategy removes all temptation to interfere with live trades by accepting before-hand that you are the most logical and objective BEFORE you trade, not during or even after it. So, the advantage that the set and forget forex trading strategy gives to traders is that they can go about their normal lives and let the market do the work. This is of course assuming that they have mastered an effective trading strategy like price action. Once you have truly mastered your trading strategy you can learn to enter the market at high probability times and walk away from your computer until your next pre-scheduled trading time. This is the most stress free and effective way to trade Forex with price action. Nial Fuller is an expert on price action forex trading strategies, you can visit his website at Learn To Trade The Market