Currency trading is the most popular way to earn to money and it is without doubt a very profitable market. However few are familiar with its unpleasant intricacies and most ignore a very important aspect: risk. It is not enough only to be given the chance to invest your money successfully, you have to be careful because Currency trading can be an efficient trading system or it can ruin you. Why is Currency trading risky?
– Currency trading is very unstable. It is the subject of rapid and overwhelming changes. The market is volatile and it is influenced by political events.
– One can loose at any time especially when he has just ventured into Currency trading. Experience, information and attention are necessary.
– Some unexpectedly loose the Risk Capital which sometimes consists of College money, the retirement funds or some other substantial sum that shouldn’t have been considered as Currency trading capital in the first place.
– Fluctuations in currency prices, discrepancies between interest rates in two different countries, insolvency of financial institutions that take part in transactions and limited flow of exotic currencies will most likely lead to loss.
– Large profits and minimal losses are impossible to predict with 100% certainty.
– The Currency trading market has great winning potential, but it also has loss potential.
– Misinformation and the emotional baggage are most of the time cause of loss. Use facts, not hope or fear, when Currency trading.
– Sometimes trends can lead to money loss.
– Huge leverage is available to traders. This leads to dangerous positions that risk too much in comparison with the size of the account.
– Lacks of money management and of back testing plans are the mistakes that currency traders make sometimes.
– Using brokers is sometimes inefficient because this counterpart can refuse to trade during volatile market conditions affecting the retail trader. They can even widen spreads. However it is recommended to collaborate with a broker, because he can deal in the interbank market and he surely knows more about Currency trading making it safer from other points of view.
– Scams were very common years ago when dealing with a broker. However, one can be confident with the person he is working with by checking their background and the Institutions he is associated with (large banks, important insurance companies).
Don’t be frightened! It isn’t all about risks. And don’t start trading in fear! You will loose this way. You just have to keep in mind all possibilities and avoid unwanted situations only you can get yourself into. All Currency traders have to be very well informed about their activity. They have to know technical analysis and how to read and interpret charts, they have to develop effective strategies and minimize risk. The financial exposure has to be limited and this can be done in many ways available to currency traders who inform themselves.
So, educate yourself, be prudent, take risks only when you can handle loss and always be prepared for anything. And have this in mind: If Currency trading isn’t profitable then why are so many financial investors, banks, international institutions and important players that obtain huge amounts of cash by simply turning their own money into other currencies?
Forex (foreign exchange) trading, which is buying one currency while concurrently selling another, is getting a considerable amount of press as an attractive alternative to trading on the stock exchange. Among the reasons of Forex trading becoming a popular alternative is that Forex provides a 24-hour market, lower transaction fees, and no one entity can corner the market because of its sheer vastness. The drawback is that it is not easy to learn Forex trading on your own. While it can be done, the lessons can be relatively expensive.
A Forex mentor will help you learn the ropes of Forex currency trading. With so many people out there offering the same service with different methods of delivery, how do you determine which method of learning is best for you?
With all the e-courses, videos, books, and seminars that are easily available online and offline for a price, it is difficult for you as the consumer to guess which one will be the one that clicks for you. You have to examine several options before purchasing one that works and some people go through several methods and never find one that actually helps them learn Forex trading. While this is not rocket science, it can be quite confusing and a little knowledge can be more dangerous and expensive than a true education.
I’m not saying that a four-year degree is necessary, nor are college courses in Forex trading, but a proper education is never a bad idea, especially when you’re putting your money on the line. Investing in books, videos and seminars is a great plan if those things work for you and you feel that you are prepared properly and adequately for Forex trading once you’ve completed the material. If this is the case, then it is money well spent. Most people, however, end up with more questions from these sources than answers.
This is why I suggest a mentor to assist you in the process of learning Forex. A mentor is a teacher, guide and companion on your journey. A Forex mentor is someone who will use his experiences in Forex trading to teach you the necessary skills to be successful. He will use his past successes and failures as examples to help you get started. He will help you identify your best method of learning and choose materials that will assist you according to what you need. A mentor will save you countless hours of research that will not help you as well as thousands of dollars purchasing ineffective material. You are also likely to find that you are making profitable currency trades much sooner than you would have been without utilizing the services of a mentor. ( Part II )