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I can see the blooming motivation of a beginner trader transpire through this question. You’ve just discovered forex trading and you’re wondering “gee, could I do this, like, all the time!?”

Well the answer is almost. The forex market is a 24/5 market. It simply means that the forex market is opened for 24 hours every working days of the week. Depending on your time zone, it opens on Sunday night (at 10PM GMT) and closes on Friday night (at 10PM GMT).

As you can see, the forex market is actually closed during weekends. I remember back when I first started trading forex I was so disappointed that it would be closed on weekends. I wanted to trade more! After a while though I realized that I actually needed to sleep once in a while and having free weekends became a pretty cool thing. Obviously it was at this point that I decided to do some intensive testing for different strategies and I couldn’t do that during the week (trading time!) so I decided to test during weekends. Sleeping time was over.

The market being open is not enough a reason to be trading. There are several reasons for this.

1) You need to rest

Weird to start from there, but I think it’s an important point. As a beginner forex trader, you might start to get obsessed with trading and will want to spend all your waking hours looking at candles going up and down.

You need to sleep. The market will still be there tomorrow. Have a rest, get away from your computer and think things over. I’ve had my most important forex trading breakthroughs away from the computer. You could be spreading bread on a piece of toast and suddenly realise “heyyy, here’s something I should be testing!”

2) The market conditions are not always great

As you’ve learned by going through our forex training (if you haven’t, shame on you), the forex market is divided in several sessions. Some sessions are more active than others. Thankfully for us in the UK, the UK session is the most active session of all.

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Risk and Stop Loss Orders

You should always use some kind of hard stop loss order that is entered into your trading platform. When your stop losses are hit, it can feel like a slap in the face. If the price then comes back in the direction that you originally wanted it to go, the anguish increases even more. You will need to ignore these feelings and instead be grateful that your stop loss order limited the maximum amount you could possibly lose. Sooner or later you will be grateful that you had the stop in place.


Experts sometimes trade without hard stop loss orders (also sometimes referred to as stop limit orders). They can get away with this because they are experts and because they are probably using little or no leverage. Ignore these methods, for your own safety, and be sure to always use a stop loss or stop limit order.

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The momentum of market focus has once more shifted back to the Eurozone. 2011 has not been a good year for the Eurozone, as Greece, Spain and more recently, Italy and Ireland just cannot seem to shake the cobwebs off.


The recent announcement by the Greek financial minister that the country has resources to pay salaries only until October is not cheery news at all. Ireland is also being asked to cut down salaries of government workers, one of he highest in the zone in an attempt to get the debt profile of the country to below 10.5% of its GDP.



The recent resignation of the ECBs Jurgen Stark just seems to add to the panic. We saw the Euro tumble against the USD by more than 800 pips since the month of September.



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