Why You Need A Forex Trading System To Succeed – A Story Of Two Forex Traders Just Starting Out

With whatever field or investment you’d like to take on, there are always tools and resources available to assist you. And this is especially true when it comes to Forex. The currency market can be quite overwhelming, and becoming a successful Forex trader does not come from pure luck. There are simply too many factors that can affect the direction that currency prices will move toward.

Here are two important realities to consider:

1. Most newbies try to take on Forex using no assistance or tools. (Most newbies lose all of their money).
2. Most successful traders use a Forex trading system to help them (Successful traders make VERY good money in Forex).

But even with these realities commonly known, newbies still try to attack Forex blind, basing their buying and selling decisions on limited knowledge and experience. It is not until they have lost all of their trading funds that they consider that it probably would have been smarter to invest in a Forex trading system and software from the beginning. Don’t make the same mistake. If you want to be successful with currency trading (ie. making consistent profitable trades) then it is highly recommended that you investigate the many Forex trading systems and software on the market.

Let me illustrate further with a story of about two Forex traders:

Tom and Jim have been reading about Forex a lot recently. Both have been spending hours online trying to understand what currency trading is and how (and if) they can make some quick profits. All of the marketing ads that they read say that you can increase your money very, very quickly. Sure, there’s some risk involved, but the potential rewards are just too good to pass up. So they both decide to try out Forex and see if they can make a go of it.

Both guys are highly motivated and want to give Forex their best chance. So each of them is going to invest $1000 of their savings into currency trading. If they lose the $1000, then they will quit Forex and re-evaluate whether or not to try again in the future. By investing a thousand bucks, both have shown that they are fully committed to making Forex work for them.

Starting Out:

Tom takes his entire $1000 and transfers it into a retail online Forex broker. Tom will be making all of his trading decisions on his own. He will be doing his own research and will lurking on Forex forums and blogs to see if he can get some much needed tips.

Jim goes a different route. Although he is just as motivated as Tom, he is also aware of the complexity of the Forex market and realizes that he just doesn’t have much experience at this point. So he takes $900 and transfers it to the same retail Forex broker as Tom. He saves the remaining $100 in order to get access to tools and resources (ie. Forex trading systems and software) to help him make better trades. He used to day trade stocks and knows first hand the edge that these tools and resources can have (especially if you are just learning the ropes).

Month 1:

Tom jumped right into currency trading. His first trade started off in the positive, but quickly went south. Before he could post his sell request, he had lost $100. Although he did have some minor profitable trades, overall his trading history was very similar to his first trade. Many trades started off good, but for some reason (that he just didn’t have the experience or knowledge to understand), then would eventually trend down. At the end of his first month trading currencies, Tom’s trading account was down to $400.

Jim, did a little bit of research and found Forex Ambush. This was a membership website that provided its members winning signals. What really caught his eye was that they boldly stated that their trading signals were 99.9% accurate. How could they make such a bold statement? Jim did some more digging and found lots of positive feedback from current members. And there was one more thing that finally swayed Jim into giving Forex Ambush a try: they offered a 7 day trial at a fraction of their normal price.

For less than twenty bucks, Jim had seven days to try out Forex Ambush and their 99.9% accurate trading signals. He was really excited. He had $900 in his Forex trading account and still had $80+ to use in case Forex Ambush didn’t help.

The next day Jim received an email with a trading signal from Forex Ambush. He was still very new to Forex, but with the bold accuracy statement still in his mind, Jim put in his order just as the trading signal specified. When his transaction closed later that day, Jim had made a $145 profit. He was very excited! After his 7 day trial ended, Jim went ahead and signed up to be a permanent member of Forex Ambush. Although not every trading signal resulted in profits, almost all of them did. And the losses that he did have were very small. After a month, Jim had $1750 in his Forex trading account.

Month 2:

Tom was feeling deflated. Within a month, he had gone from $1000 to $400. In order to try to make back his money, he did higher valued trades that were much more risky. The end result: he was down to $0 before the month had even ended. Tom was angry and frustrated. He swore off ever doing Forex again, telling anyone that would listen that it was a scam and that they should save their money.

Jim, on the other hand, was on cloud nine. He had turned his initial $900 and turned it into $1750. He was still getting the daily email from Forex Ambush with the trading signals, but he was also testing out a few other Forex trading systems. After a month of profitable trades, he had a much better understand on the Forex market and was full of confidence. By the end of month 2, Jim’s trading account was now at $2355.

And the most remarkable thing was that Jim was doing all of this in his spare time. He still had a full-time job to cover his living expenses. Everything he made in Forex was extra. He has been contemplating quitting his job and trading Forex on a full-time basis. But for now, he’s happy for the stability his current job brings him and is enjoying the benefits that his “side” money in Forex is providing him.

The moral of the story: if you want to succeed at anything that you have very little knowledge and experience with, it is highly recommended that you invest in the tools and resources to maximize your chances of success.

You need to ask yourself: do you want to be like Tom, poor, angry, and swearing that Forex is just a scam? Or would you rather be like Jim, investing in tools to help you succeed and enjoying the profits that those tools will help you make? If you are serious about making money with Forex, then you owe it to yourself to find a Forex trading system that will give you the winning edge.

Forex Signals – How to Instantly Trade Like You Have Decades of Forex Trading Experience

Seriously consider forex signals if you are not yet trading profitably, have limited experience, or just don’t have much time to devote to your forex trading.

From the simple one email a day variety to the forex mentor who sits with you all day holding your hand as you trade, a portfolio of forex trade alerts can be virtually free and can transform you into a profitable trader instantly.

If like us you’ve ever analysed a chart and placed your own trades, you will almost certainly have also sat in front of your screen wondering if you were doing the right thing.

Questions like “have I entered this trade too late ?” and “am I trading in the right direction (long when I should be short)” will certainly have entered your mind.

How many times have you wished you had an expert trader with decades of experience guiding your trades, keeping you out of dangerous trades, and pointing you towards trades with a higher probability of success ?

We were certainly in that position many times in the early days, but always imagined the cost of having an expert on hand would far outweigh any extra profits we might make. It turns out we were quite wrong.

There are numerous services available, known variously as forex signals, forex alerts, or forex tips.

Trading signals come in a variety of formats, suited to how much of your day you can devote to trading. And yes beware, there are loads of scams out there too, but we’ll show you how to avoid them, and we’ll direct you towards the better ones.

Forex Trading Signals – many varieties

The main characteristics of forex trading signals to be aware of are as follows;

  • Cost: Free OR monthly subscription
  • Complexity: Simple “one email a day” OR Full-Service
  • Control: You keep full control OR the signal provider trades your a/c for you
  • Trading style: e.g. frequent scalper OR low volume swing trader

A free forex signal may at first seem like a fabulous idea, but as we will reveal here, you may very well prefer to pay for a free subscription service (yes, we know that doesn’t make sense – but read on)

Most forex trade signals charge a very modest subscription fee, usually in the region of USD $80 – $400 per month (although happily most are at the lower end of this range), while there are also websites which provide forex signals for no charge.

In their simplest form a forex trading signal will send you a forex alert email once a day listing trade set ups for the next 24 hours.

Some of these are purely computer generated, some are computer generated and then audited by a human expert, and some are completely researched and generated exclusively by a human expert trader who may add some market commentary to their forex forecast.

Some forex trading signals are high volume scalpers, calling many trades in a day aiming to profit a handful of pips on each. Others only call a few trades a day, aiming to profit 20 – 80 pips on each single trade.

At the more full-service end of the market is the type of forex signal service which provides you with an almost 24 hour a day live online broadcast calling forex trading tips as they occur, explaining the logic of the proposed trade and backing it up with an email or even a video clip.

Some forex trading signals will even trade their signals in your own account for you, leaving you to just sit back and watch.
This is similar to what a robot does by using forex signal software, but with the added reassurance that it’s being done by an experienced intelligent human trader rather than a dumb machine following an algorithm.

Think of full-service forex trading signals like a forex TV station, which you have running in the background on your pc or internet connected laptop throughout your day. The broadcast remains quiet when there is nothing to do, freeing your time for the other priorities in your day, then calls for your attention when there is a trade to place or manage.

You may be surprised, as we were, to discover that the prices charged by full-service providers are usually very similar to those charged by the one email a day providers.

This type of service usually also includes an interactive facility, enabling you to send a message to your forex mentor if you have a question.

Many forex signal services have very loyal memberships, and some even limit the number of members they will accept.

Free forex signals (virtually)

On the basis that time is money, in our opinion the amount of time we can now devote to other activities by not slaving over our charts for hours searching for the perfect trade set up, not to mention the improvement in our trading results, has more than paid for the very modest cost of the forex signal subscriptions.

Indeed if you apply this logic, subscription based services can effectively be free when you take into account the improvement in your trading profits, and the freeing of your time for other profitable activities.

If you think about it, a subscription based forex signal service has a built-in incentive to call profitable forex trading tips, as its subscriber base would soon evaporate if it failed to provide profitable currency trading tips. “Free” non subscription signals do not have this incentive.

Manage your risk

In any aspect of forex trading your primary goal is to manage your risk. Choosing, and trading a forex trade alert should be no different.

Even the best most experienced provider of forex signals will regularly have losing trades. However taken with all of their winning currency trade signals the overall result should still be profitable, but not all systems work all of the time. Some forex alerts may even have a completely losing week or month.

However, we have found through our own experience that the best way of making consistent profits with forex signals is to subscribe to several different currency trading signals and trade all of their signals. If one of them is having a particularly bad week, the others should compensate and still net you a profitable week, or break even at worst.

Always do your due diligence before trading a provider’s forex alerts. Good forex signal services will publish their last 6 – 12 months results on their website. Some will even show you details of the actual trades they took. Expect to see losses as well as winners – that’s just the nature of trading. Indeed, if the results show only winners, or the provider is unwilling to show you any results, or to provide contact details of some of their clients willing to give a reference be on your guard.

Most will offer you some sort of free trial or discounted special offer. Make sure that you clearly understand the terms of this offer and know the deadline by which you need to give notice to terminate if you’re not happy with the service provided.

If you compare the last 6 month’s results of all the forex signal service providers you intend to use, you should find that taken as a whole they delivered a profit.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results, but we have found that if you have a good combination of trading styles in your trading signals portfolio you are in with a fighting chance of consistent profits whatever the market conditions.

Again, think about the cashflow logic of what you will be doing here – the subscription costs of each forex signals service are already very modest, and by combining them you are increasing your probability of consistent profits. They can’t all get it wrong all of the time, and remember they are all incentivised by their membership to get it right as often as possible.

Even with experienced traders calling your trades, it’s prudent risk management to never ever risk more than 3% of your initial capital on any one trade, preferably only 1%. So, if for example your initial capital, (or to put it another way, the maximum you can afford to lose) is let’s say 5,000, the position size you take on each trade should be such that if the trade hit your stop loss, your maximum loss would be no more than 1% x 5,000 = 50.

Using forex signals as trade ideas

Even if you prefer not to follow forex tips to the letter, you can still profit from their trade idea.

For example, if you receive a forex tip trading the GBP/USD long with a 40 pip stop loss, but on analysing the charts (following your attendance on a forex training course) you feel more comfortable placing the stop loss let’s say 63 pips below entry, giving the stop protection below a visible area of recent and prior support, which happens also to be below the weekly pivot point, and in doing so are happy to have a longer range target – then go right ahead and do so.

We were surprised to find that when we did exactly this with one of our forex signals’ tips our trades actually performed better than theirs did. Two heads better than one maybe.

The point is though, that without the forex market forecast drawing our attention to that particular chart at that particular time we would never have seen that trade idea.

This also makes the point that while it may at first seem temping to let a signal provider trade your account for you, if you have the time you may actually prefer to control it yourself.

If you have been through a good forex training course and understand the concepts of support, resistance, pivot points, trends etc you should always use this knowledge to perform your own due diligence on forex alerts. You may well find as we did that you can enhance the overall performance of your portfolio of forex trade recommendations.

Free forex signals

This section would not be complete without mention of forex signals providers who don’t charge any subscription fee.

As we mentioned above even subscription charging services should be effectively free to you by virtue of calling enough profitable trades to more than cover the subscription cost.

In addition we prefer to use subscription based forex signals as they have an incentive to consistently call profitable trades, in that their subscribers won’t stay with them for very long if they don’t.

Free signals by comparison have no such incentive, so be warned and trade them at your own risk.

Online Forex Trading Strategy – How to Make Currency Trading Systems Work For You

Now that there are hundreds of Forex margin brokers, millions of free Forex trading tips webistes and literally hundreds of thousands of Forex day trading strategy “home based business” Forex traders, we can say that virtually anyone with an internet connection can trade Forex with the pros.

In any power trading strategy, a proven trading method will mean that through Forex strategy testing and by using trading risk management, no more than one or two per cent of a total account value is put at risk in a single trade. This is key in the path to big Forex profits. Any trader beginning out will look at the trading methodologies available to them and decide to create trading rules for their Forex trading strategy.

Forex trading (currency trading) initiates should be aware therefore not only of technical and fundamental analysis and predicting Forex prices, but also of how to be a trading strategy tester and to have strong Forex trading rules that help them to make the big Forex profits they are seeking. The alternative is to have more experienced Forex trading systems used by more experienced traders end up causing you to lose all your money in your Forex business – the harshest possible outcome.

Having the following in place could assist you in getting started right away in Forex trading (currency trading): a Forex trading software platform; a free Forex trading strategy (or a paid for one for that matter); an understanding of fundamental and technical analysis and a trading risk management system. From these elements (and also the support of a daily Forex strategy briefing from a margin broker or some other site) you can start Forex trading in the fx market with your own Forex trading strategy rules.

Learning currency trading online needs to begin with sound trading risk management and how to manage your trading account balance by making intelligent risk decisions with your trading account. The risks can be higher with Forex because the moves in a week can be equivalent to a month in stock moves. Volatility is to be expected.

Currency trading strategy rules for a Forex business can be developed by amalgamating Forex trading systems of others or simply garnering a Forex education to include: fundamental and technical analysis; trading money management (risk management); a daily Forex strategy briefing from a “third party” and a way of creating Forex forecase signals (in other words a means of predicting future Forex prices from perhaps a technical setup on a currency pair or simply from Forex strategy testing that has been carried out.

Forex strategy testing can either be done through using a practice account through your broker or by paper trading your strategy. A third option is to use software such as Forex strategy tester which can run a simulation of what could happen if you trade by your rules with some limitations on accuracy.

Free Forex trading strategy tips are available from Forex ebooks webistes all over the web. The truth is that the Forex trading fx market needs to be treated as a business that runs like a Forex trading machine as much as possible. This is key if you are to make big Forex profits in live trading. Lack of regulation means that anyone can sell a “scalping trading strategy” or so-called “foolproof trading method” and make themselves out to be an expert or even say they are a long term bank trader when they are not. There is a need for caution therefore when deciding on where to get your Forex education because not any Forex trading guide is actually going to help in your predicting Forex prices in the near, medium or long terms.

It behooves you to go out and look at what is on offer from Forex trading websites and learn more about the global currency markets after you have read this article. Some sites are listed in the resource box at the end to start you off. Trading Forex online then presents challenges. The rest of this article will address those challenges. In order to trade effectively, a Forex trading guide is needed for the initiate in to the Forex markets to be able to learn online currency trading, understand trading risk management and how to manage money, discover technical and fundamental analysis, how these types of analysis of the market differ and how to apply them in creating a Forex trading machine.

This means that after all the cogs are set in place you will have a Forex trading machine that enables you to its like a professional and make decisions based in the moment and on the facts that are presented to you, rather than guess or gambling work – although there is invariably an element of risk, your job is to eliminate the risk as much as possible in applying your trading strategy.

To make this happen, you will start to think about what you may need in order to implement your trading strategy. For example, will you be needing a daily Forex strategy briefing from either a paid service or a free provider of its strategy briefings – such as perhaps your broker or a third party service. In your technical analysis will you be utilising traditional indicators such as those involved in a bands trading strategy (Bollinger Bands), will you rely on charts created by a its platform or other currency price forecast type service or will you be professional analyst charts to make your decisions?

A proven trading method is hard to come by. There are educators who have been trading Forex for banks and other institutions for many years. However they are still going to find it incredibly difficult to pass on their years of knowledge, at least not in the time most people want to go from knowing nothing about Forex trading (currency trading) to being an expert and making money with its as a business.

In sum, it is multidimensional. There are several aspects of absolute importance. These include strategy, both in terms of trading and money management, education – both initial and ongoing and focusing in on mastering a specific area whether that be a particular currency pair or aspect within the field – such as global economics of a particular country.