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22.11.2010 Post in Trading

Before starting the work on Forex each trader needs to elaborate his/her own, individual business plan that will help him to succeed in carrying out operations on the market.

We shall touch upon the most important points to be considered when elaborating an effective business plan.

1. Personal growth

Being optimistic is vital for a trader, since negative mood is a key hindrance to cope with.

It is a peculiarity of human psychology that one cannot succeed all the time – there are both ups and downs in any enterprise.

A negatively thinking person is fated to suffer losses and be incapable of taking steps towards success. Thus, a trader needs to set achievable goals. Only through accomplishing small subgoals will you reduce negative emotions’ effects and develop positive thinking.

A trader should seek to transform all his/her negative emotions into positive ones. More positive thoughts will help you to get rid of previous negative impressions. The victory over negative emotions is the first step towards success.

2. Figuring out the aim of trading

1.       Defining general priorities of activity.

2.       Calculating time expenditures and economic costs.

3.       Writing a plan.

4.       Methods of planning.

5.       Maximum hedging against possible losses.

6.        Profit and loss calculation.

Finding out the main priority of activity

Let us outline major priorities of a trader. If you strive for success on Forex, you definitely should:

–          invest in books, seminars and market researches;

–          cooperate with prosperous traders;

–          be open to new concepts and ideas.

A trader willing to gain constant profit should:

–          focus his/her attention upon price dynamics of a given short-term trading market;

–          make every attempt to ensure over 70%profit;

–          assist other traders in exploring Forex.

Calculating time expenditures and economic costs:

  • Economic costs:

Before becoming a trader one should define the amount of funds necessary to start with, including an initial deposit, computer software, a trading program, quotations, books etc.

  • Time expenditures:

These imply the time you are ready to spend for trading. Some traders work several hours a day, while others can trade as much as 16 hours daily. You need to decide which period is the most convenient for you and to keep an eye on what happens on the market.

Writing a plan

It is of crucial importance to chronologically record all the operations you carry out on the market. Write down all the deals you made in your trader’s notebook in order to analyze them at the end of your working day.

Methods of planning

A trader should choose the methods he/she will use for entering the market and be always prepared to react to slightest market changes. A trader should be able to clearly gauge a moment to close a deal whether it is profitable or unprofitable. Decide in advance on which ways of closing a deal you will employ.

Maximum hedging against possible losses

If you suffer losses deal after deal, there must be some drawback in the strategy you elaborated. Sticking to such style may well result in complete waste of the deposit. If, however, you are armed with a set of rules for this situation, you are sure to preserve you composure at watching your balance decreasing so that you will be able to restore profitable trading.

Profit and loss calculation

The last but not the least: a trader should define what profit he makes for a month taking into consideration all the trading expenses. Forex trading is in fact a sort of business which sooner or later yields profit. In order to make it maximum, elaborate your own trading plan and then be sure you will succeed on Forex.

Added by Evgeny Staroviborny,
InstaForex Development manager

10.11.2010 Post in Trading

The majority of totally green on Forex traders start their market experience with intraday or short-term trading.  Which can be easily explained, as there is no need in possessing a substantial initial capital for such type of currency market operating; in addition, a trader has a possibility to test the trading methods that he or she has chosen for working.

Basically, the structure of price movement is nearly identical on five-minute and on four-hour charts. Irrespective of the chart, there always emerges a market pattern with the impulsive correctional waves. In order to estimate the efficiency of the developed trading strategy, it will be more comfortable for a market player to analyze it on short time intervals. However, one should keep in mind certain features of short-term trade.

  • Macroeconomic news and speeches of high-ranking officials and politicians. A trader must consider these facts. Right after releases of key news, there emerge fluctuations. It extremely difficult to forecast climbing or falling. Though a trader that is working with a short-term chart should predict a possible price advance before the news release. The best way out is waiting for the news publication, of course, if there are no open positions on the account. If the deals bring profit, one should fix it, and the positions with losses need setting up the stop-losses.
  • A trader should make allowance for the trading session as well. Four trading sessions are known: the Pacific, the European, the Asian and the American. As the market is functioning 24 hours a day, one is able to conduct deals at any time in a 24-hour period. Nevertheless, during the night there can be either strong wobbles or, on the contrary, trading is slack. Consequently, it is essential to choose carefully the time of trading and the currency to work with.
  • Besides, the choice of the day for trading is also very significant. Here Monday and Friday perform the main role. On Monday, the trading week opens with gaps, in particular, if important events took place during the weekend. And at the beginning of the week traders start to observe the situation on the market. Friday, on the other hand, facilitates sharp price jumps. It is caused only by a trading session coming to an end. The majority of traders do not leave open the positions through the weekend, thus, by closing the deals they raise the price dynamics.

These are the general traits of short-term trading.

The interview was obtained by Anna Shubina ,
InstaForex Clients’ relationship manager

27.10.2010 Post in Trading

Forex trade should be based on a sophisticated trading strategy. Of course, the main trading principle remains the same – buy cheap, sell expensive. Profitability of your trade depends not only on right predictions of a market movement, but also on your ability to work out an effective strategy. The strategy designed completely by the trader is the only kind of strategies that can effectively work for him/her. It implies accurately planned actions that rely on market trends.

There are 4 types of strategies – long-term, medium-term, short-term and supershort-term.

Medium-term strategy suits those traders who cannot permanently follow market changes. The longer the strategy period is the less risky it is, but the more money it requires to deposit.

Medium-term trading supposes positions being opened for the period from one day up to one week. Proper correlation of deposit and margin allows the trader to avoid almost any risk.

Medium-term trading is the most popular type of Forex strategy as it unifies Forex newcomers and
professional traders.

For successful Forex trading it is useful to carefully choose a trading strategy and stick to a logical and rational approach.

Added by Alexandr Kornilov,
InstaForex Clients’ relationship manager

21.10.2010 Post in Trading

The long-expected new trading platform MetaTrader 5 by software developer MetaQuotes Software Corporation was officially released on 1st June 2010. It has a set of impressive advantages both over the previous MetaTrader4 and other trading terminals.

Now there is a single position for total result of each currency pair, which makes trading more convenient. Moreover, abolition of position locking minimizes trader’s expenses for entering and exiting the market. Also the terminal now supports 4 types of order execution: Market, Instant, Request and Exchange. Aside from the market orders Buy and Sell, 6 types of pending orders are supported: Buy Limit, Buy Stop, Sell Limit, Sell Stop, Buy Stop Limit and Sell Stop Limit.

Another useful novelty is that quotation history in MetaTrader 5 terminal is stored in the minute timeframe (M1) only, and all charts are constructed on its basis. Such a concept allowed increasing the number of timeframes up to 21, so any period is available for quotation analysis: from minute to month timeframe. The way of historical data storage in MetaTrader 5 terminal is also highly economical.

Another important advantage of the new platform is the implementation of new development environment – object oriented programming language MQL5. It includes MetaEditor 5, MetaTrader 5 Strategy Tester, MetaQuotes Language 5 (MQL5) and client terminal MetaTrader 5 where expert advisors are executed. MQL5 has a very high speed of execution and is very close to C++ language in that parameter. For comparison, new language is 4-20 times faster than MQL4. High speed makes the development of even the most complex expert advisors easier and faster. MetaTrader 5 Strategy Tester is the most powerful instrument for any expert advisors developer. With it you can acquire expert advisor work results based on history before using it in real trading. Detailed reports on trading system allow traders to test expert advisors, detect their weaknesses, and compare them with other similar products.

Added by Tatyana Makhina,
InstaForex Clients’ relationship manager

12.10.2010 Post in Trading

The trading on the international currency market is divided into two groups: long-term and intraday. However, their methods and approaches are different. Today we will talk about the features of long-term trading on Forex market.

It is deductible from the term that this kind of trading requires a long period of time. This method implies a deal with “take profit” and “stop loss” orders.

In several days or weeks, or even months the trader sees that one of the orders got activated. In this case only two variants are possible – big profit or insignificant loss that depends on the level of your stop-loss. Besides, using long-term trading it is possible to close the deal in advance. Everything seems quite simple, but it is necessary to remember that before making a deal and setting the “take profit” order a serious analysis of the current market situation should be carried out.

The trader should foresee if the currencies are now going to move the right way and continue this behavior in the future. It is not a problem for an experienced trader – conclusions about currency fluctuation can be based on weekly or monthly flow chart.

There is one thing the trader should not forget about while long-term trading – it is swap. Swap sets a deposit limit for long-term traders. In case you open the position that moves against you, you will regularly lose swap. It means that even if your deposit is comparable to swap loss, you will not get any significant profit despite the fact the trend moves the right way. You will lose money every time the position is passed overnight.

In spite of the fact swap losses are not big, they are very frequent. On the other hand, swap can be means of earning in case of the right market movement. Passing the position overnight is not dangerous itself, but in case the direction is originally wrong the deposit should be big enough to resist price movement against it.

Long-term trading has a considerable advantage – losses are very rare. Risk of loss is even less when you deposit a considerable sum. Working with as little as 1-3% of your deposit you make sure it is well defended. Even if currencies move thousands pips against you it will not affect your deposit. Nevertheless, certain money management rules should be followed; otherwise, it is just as easy to lose everything in the future.

Long-term traders must have a lot of patience. You will have to wait for a long time; if you cannot wait so long, you probably should pick another type of trading – short-term trade.

Added by Alexey Skachilov,
InstaForex
Clients’ relationship manager