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Learn How To Trade Forex Like A Professional Trader

I don’t often share trading statements on my blog, but i have decided to share this one, as it shows not only that i have the skills and market knowledge to be able to teach you how to trade like a professional trader, but it also shows some interesting statistics regarding profit and loss.

To be a successful trader.

To be a successful trader you have to have market knowledge. Knowledge is by far the biggest asset to a successful trader. Many traders say that psychology or discipline are the most important things you have to master. They say that if you are not a disciplined trader, or you do not have the correct mindset then you will not succeed.

Both of these attributes are needed to become successful, but having the correct market knowledge and understanding the forces that drive price, is the most important thing you need to learn. You can have the greatest discipline in the world, but without market knowledge you will not be successful.

The importance of profit and loss.

Profit to loss ratios can sometimes be overshadowed by win to loss ratios, but profit and loss is a key factor to long term profitability. Lots of traders are turned on by a high win to loss ratio, but winning 99% of your trades is no good if the one loser blows out your account.

The statement below shows where you need to be regarding your profit to loss ratios.

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When i am hitting it out of the park i can have a win to loss ratio of above 95%. Yes that’s pretty impressive i know, but its the profit to loss ratio that really counts. As you can see from the trading statement, the win to loss ratio is 73.98%. Now while that is not particularly high, the profit to loss ratio is very good, with a gross profit of £34,763.81, against a gross loss of £3996.01. Which is a profit to loss ratio of almost 9 to 1.

How do you achieve a high profit to loss ratio?

Cut your losers quickly and let your winners run. I am sure you have heard that statement before, but its probably one of the hardest things to do in trading. No one wants to take a loss, that’s completely natural, but letting your losers run too long will kill your profit to loss ratio.

To achieve a consistently high profit to loss ratio you first have to have a great strategy. When you have developed your trading strategy you have to trade it as mechanically as possible. If the reason for entering a trade has changed, then get out of the trade as quickly as possible.

For example. You enter a trade at a specific price point as you expect the market to go in your favor. As soon as the market does not do what you expect it to do, and the reasons for entering that trade are no longer valid, then exit the trade. There is no point sitting in a losing trade hoping it will come back.

Sitting in losing trades hoping they will come back just grinds you down. It also stops you from looking at other trading opportunities, as you are glued to the chart, watching every move your losing trade is making. Just take the hit and move on. If you have a good strategy then you will soon get back that small loss.

You can see on the statement that the largest profit on a single trade was £427.60, against the largest loss on a single trade of £74.89. So even though the win to loss ratio is not that high, the profit to loss ratio is. So a consistently high profit to loss ratio will always trump a high win to loss ratio. If you can have both then that’s even better.

Learn how to trade like a professional trader.

If you want to be successful in this business you have to trade like a professional. All professional traders have sound market knowledge, and good profit to loss ratios. Forex trading is a cut throat business. This is not a Sunday afternoon kickabout in the park, its a ruthless business where only the best traders will survive.

You have to be on top of your game if you want to mix it with these sharks. If you are not the best you can be, they will eat you for breakfast. Trading at a professional level is something that i believe is almost impossible to learn on your own. Getting educated and mentored by a professional Forex trader is a must as far as i am concerned if you want to trade full time and make it your job.

Yes i would say that, as i offer education and mentoring. But listen, i am a trader first and an education provider second, and that is an important thing to remember. I am not a Forex training school, that offers the same old rubbish you can get on the internet for free. What i teach, you cannot get on the internet, or anywhere, free or paid.

My Forex training course is not cheap, but when you have the market knowledge to enable you to turn £10,000 into over £40,000 in less than 6 months, then i am sure you can see the value in what i am offering. If you cant see that, then i am sorry but i can’t help you.

For more information on my Forex training course please click here.

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Do You Have An Unconscious Trading Bias?

Do you have a trading bias? Or are you a trader that is comfortable on both sides of the market?

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What is a trading bias?

A trading bias can be an opinion about the market, or a certain currency pair, but it could also be an unconscious behavioural pattern that is affecting your profitability in the market.

Many traders do not realize they have an unconscious trading bias, but recognizing that you have one, and understanding how it can impact your trading performance, is something that you may need to do in order to make yourself a better trader.

Trader psychology does play an important role in trading, fear and greed are the most common problems that traders have to deal with on a daily basis, but if you have been trading for a while, as I have, there are some interesting characteristics that you may be applying to your trading behaviour, without actually realizing it.

When I first started trading.

I have been trading for almost 25 years. I first started trading equities in the early 90’s. When I started out on my trading career all those years ago, I did not have all the sophisticated charting software that we have today. I remember having to plot my charts on graph paper that I purchased from WH Smiths.

I first started out as a retail investor rather than a trader, plotting my charts by hand with end of the day prices taken from the Financial Times. My strategy was to buy and hold, buying value on dips, and following the long term trend. I had never heard of shorting, and with the limited resources available to me, I only really had the option to buy stock. So my brain was conditioned to only look for buying opportunities.

This early learned behaviour pattern has unconsciously been carried with me all my trading career. Even now when I am trading, I always feel more comfortable when buying rather than selling. These early trading experiences have shaped my trading psychology to this day, and there will be others in the same mindset.

Did you start your trading career buying equities?

If you started out in equities as I did, there is a good chance you will be more comfortable with long positions, rather than short positions, as I am. This bias does not stop me from taking short trades, but it just feels a little more normal when I am long.

start trading careerIf you keep a trading diary as most traders do, it would be a good idea to look back at the trades you have taken, and compare your long trades against your short trades. Are you taking more longs than shorts, or vice versa? Also look at the profitability of your longs verses your shorts.

An unconscious trading bias can also affect the length of time you stay in trades, so check that too. Are you mostly staying in long trades or short trades?

Knowledge is the biggest asset to trading profitability in my opinion, but it will help your trading if you can understand your trading behaviour, and recognize any trading bias that you may have, that could be affecting your profitability in the market.

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3 Critical Tips For Choosing A Forex Broker

The importance of choosing the right forex broker is often underestimated. New traders with dreams of getting rich quick often look for features that are not important, and can even do more harm than good. In this article, we describe the three most important things to look for when choosing a forex broker.

1. Choose a broker who is subject to strong forex regulation.

The importance of this cannot be understated. Unregulated forex brokers are able to take advantage of you in ways you do not even realize. A prime example is slippage. Slippage is the difference between the price your trade is executed at, verses the price that was quoted when you placed the order. Slippage is a normal part of trading, because prices fluctuate all the time, and can easily move in the short time between when you place an order, and when it executes. However, unregulated brokers can pass the unfavorable slippage on to you, but keep the favorable slippage for themselves. This increases your transactions costs, and the effect can be significant over time, especially if you are a scalper.

The CFTC & NFA have arguably the strictest forex regulation in the world, and they audit their brokers regularly to make sure that slippage practices are neutral. This is just one of many ways that forex regulation can protect you as a trader.

2. Choose a broker who obeys the law.

This may seem obvious. However, it may surprise you to know that as of May 2015 there are only two forex brokers left in the United States who have never been fined by the regulators. The rest have been fined or banned from doing further business. Even in the face of strong regulation and regular audits, forex brokers still try to get away with cheating their clients. Do you want this kind of broker handling your money? Of course not. If you screen for United States forex brokers from this broker review page, you can easily see which brokers have been fined, and which have a clean regulatory record.

3. Choose a broker with low transaction costs.

Transaction costs are a lot lower than they used to be, and you may think this does not matter much to your trading anymore. If so, you are mistaken, and the following example illustrates why:
Say your starting account balance is $20,000. You have a simple trading system with a 30 pip stop loss and a 30 pip take profit level. You leverage 10:1 and you win 55% of your trades. Broker A offers a spread + commission of 2.5 pips, and Broker B offers a spread + commissions on only 0.7 pips. You make 450 roundtrip trades per year, which is just under two trades per day. The following chart shows the results after one year:

tips for chosing a Forex broker

The chart shows that with Broker A:
• 83% of your gross profits get lost to transaction costs
• Your net profit for the year would be $4,500 or 22%
With Broker B:
• Only 23% of your gross profits get lost to transaction costs
• Your net profit for the year would be $20,700, or 104%

In this example, you are clearly better off with Broker B. The difference in transaction costs will have the greatest impact to your trading if you trade frequently, or have a narrow trading edge.

This article was kindly provided by Forex Scam Alerts, who provide advice about the risks of forex trading and how to avoid scams.

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The Secret To Successful Forex Trading

What does the market do everyday?

If you think about it logically the market can do 3 things every day. It can go up, it can go down, it can go sideways, but it always does something. The market does not stay at the same price for 24 hours, its always moving, it never stays still, and if its moving, its moving for a reason, and if you understand why its moving, then there are opportunities to make money from those moves.

what does the market do every dayMost traders fail to understand why the market moves as it does.

They think price goes up because people are buying, they think price goes down because people are selling, and they think the market goes sideways because people are not buying or selling.

That can sometimes be the case, but its not always the case. Most traders react to what they see on the chart, if they see prices going up they buy. If they see prices going down they sell.

So why is it that 95% of traders lose money, if they are doing what the chart is telling them to do?

Why traders lose money in the market.

The reason most traders lose is because they buy when they should be selling, and they sell when they should be buying. The reason they lose is because they buy when prices go up, but because they don’t know why the price is going up, they don’t know how long to hold the trade for, when prices then reverse they get stopped out. The same applies if price is going down.

why do traders lose moneyHow much money would you be able to make if you knew why price was going up or down, and you knew how long you could hold your trade for to make maximum profit. Not because of buying or selling, but because of some other factor that’s making price move.

So you have had no success with buying or selling into a move, so you try to catch the bottom or the top of a move. Prices start going up, so you sell. Prices start going down so you buy. Prices keep going so you add to your losing trade, and prices still keep going. When you have been stopped out prices then reverse.

Why did you lose your money? For the same reason that you lost it before. Because you were buying when you should be have been selling, and you were selling when you should have been buying. Whether you are trend trading, or counter trend trading you need to know why prices are moving, and whether you should be buying or selling.

Its not just as simple as buyers or sellers. Prices move for many reasons, and you need to know that reason before you enter a trade, so you are on the right side of the move.

Understanding the Forex market.

understanding the forex marketI get a lot of calls from traders that think i have some sort of magic formula for trading the markets. A holy grail, or a guaranteed method for Forex trading success. Well guys i have to confess that i don’t have such a thing, as such a thing does not exist. No one knows with a 100% confidence what will happen next in the Forex market. But if you fully understand what is making prices move, and take high probability trades based on that understanding, then you can be a successful trader.

I am not the master of the market, or a Forex trading guru, and i cannot promise you untold riches by enrolling on my training and mentoring program, but what i can promise you is that i will teach you what you need to know in order for you to be successful, and if you devote the time required to learn what i teach, then you will be a consistently profitable trader.

Embrace new ideas and beliefs.

How i trade, and what i teach is very unlike what you may have come across before, and it can take some traders longer than others to fully embrace what i teach, and adapt their trading strategies accordingly. It can be a struggle for some traders to get in the mindset of how a professional Forex trader thinks, and how he trades.

the truth about ForexIf you have been trading for a number of years and losing money all that time, it can be hard to let go of your learned behavior, and look at the market in a different way. Some traders however, will see my stuff as a light bulb moment in their trading journey, and my teachings will literally transform their trading overnight.

So to any prospective students reading this, if you are considering coming on board with me, please have an open mind, and be prepared to embrace new ideas and thought processes about how the market works. What i have to say will turn your understanding of the market on its head, so be prepared for some shocking revelations.

Use your understanding to trade with confidence.

I trade Forex with confidence and an unrivaled understanding of the forces that drive the market. My entries and exits in the market are based on high probability reversal points.

trade with confidenceSome of my entries and exits are so precise, that it does sometimes seem like the market is dancing to my tune, which has prompted some of my students to ask me if i have a contact on the inside, someone feeding me information on where to enter and exit the market. 🙂

It does sometimes look that way, but i can assure you i do not have a contact on the inside, and there is no slight of hand involved.

Everything i trade and teach is based in what the chart is telling me to do. I am not going to go into detail about how i trade, and how i teach, but its all based on market knowledge. All the information you need to do what i do is contained within the chart.

Don’t waste time and effort with free education.

free forex educationThere are many Forex training companies, or individuals that will give away free information, or make videos of how you should trade the market. There are 1000’s of free videos on You Tube that you can spend years trawling through. I respect those people for taking the time to put together training videos to help people learn how to trade Forex. But the sad fact is they are a waste of your time and effort.

You have heard of the saying you don’t get something for nothing, well its true 99% of the time. You can spend a few years going through all this stuff on You Tube, and don’t get me wrong, its entertaining stuff, and you will learn a lot of the basics, but as far as making money goes, there will be very little in there that will help you in that regard.

The secret to successful Forex trading.

I am going to give you something now that will help you in your journey to becoming a profitable trader. This is a very important part of what i do, and in my opinion is the real secret to successful Forex trading.

the secret to forex trading successMost people think the Forex market is random, but its not. I have been in this business long enough to know that no matter how random it looks, its not random. The market is very structured. The same things happen, time and time again in the market, and when you understand the market as i do, you can easily pick up on these recurring events, and use them to make a profit from the market.

This is what i teach you in my training course. I teach you to recognise the recurring events in the market, and how to profit from them. And i am not talking about chart patterns, like head and shoulders. Although head and shoulders are a very good pattern, if you know how to trade them correctly.

I am not talking about buying and selling at trend lines, or support and resistance levels. I am not talking about Elliot Wave, or Harmonics, or Moving Averages, or MACD or Bollinger Bands or any other indicator that you can find to give you trade signals. What i am talking about here are the guaranteed moves in the market that happen every day.

Use what you know about the market to make money.

what-do-you-knowThis may seem like a strange statement, but try and think about what i have just said.

Use what you know about the market to make money. Think about what you know about the market, and what makes price move. What do you really know, with the highest probability? Work out what you are most confident about, and trade based on that.

If you are unsure about how price is going to move then don’t trade. You need to focus on probability to be successful. Be proactive in your trading not reactive. Analise the market for probability, and trade when the probability of a successful trade is most in your favor.

Thanks for visiting my site, and have a great day. 🙂