Posts Tagged ‘forex’

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

01.10.2010 Post in Trading

Any indicator, giving signals, is aimed at helping a trader to make a correct decision. The indicator is to provide clear and distinct signals so that they did not appear ambiguous to a trader.

The Ichimoku indicator was developed in Japan by Goichi Hosoda for Nikkei 225. Today this indicator is combined with Japanese candlesticks’ analysis due to the inability of the latter to determine market entrance and withdrawal levels and also market stop and limit orders.

Ichimoku is a trend indicator, detecting the generating trend, the one that has just originated and the reversing one. However, the Ichimoku indicator is not as effective for a flat market than for a trend one. Using this indicator, a trader can determine the currency status: flat or trend and the direction of the movement.

The Ichimoku indicator provides much information about the existing trend, its direction, support and resistance levels. It is represented by the five lines on the price chart. Four of them show the mid-point of the price spectrum for a certain time span. These lines can be also interpreted as the border line between bull and bear dynamics of the market.

The indicator’s lines:

  • Tenkan-sen (red line) shows an average price for the first time span, seen as the sum of low and high for this time span divided by two.
  • Kijun-sen (blue line) signifies an average price for the second time span.
  • Senkou Span A (yellow line) indicates the mid-point between the two preceding lines, shifted forward for the second time span.
  • Senkou Span B (brown line) shows an average price for the third time span, shifted forward for the second time span.
  • Chinkou Span (green line) indicates the price at which the current candlestick has been closed has been shifted back for the second time span.
The distance between Senkou lines is hatched in another colour, depending on which line is
situated above, and called ‘the cloud”.

The distance between Senkou lines is hatched in another colour, depending on which line is situated above, and called ‘the cloud”.

ishimoku

The key signal given by this indicator is the price crossing Senkou Span B line. The price crossing it from top downward is a signal to open a sell order and vice versa.

If the market is flat, the price is detected in the hatched area of the indicator. Crossing Tenkan-sen line from top downward suggests opening buy orders and vice versa.

If the mid- or short-term lines of Kijun-sen and Tenkan-sen are parallel to Senkou Span B it means that the market is being stable.

If the price is displayed in the hatched area and crosses Chinkou Span line from top downward, buy orders can be opened and vice versa.

Senkou Span A and Senkou Span B lines shape the resistance and support line in the hatched area. If the levels are higher than these lines then Senkou Span A and Senkou Span B lines are the first and the second resistance correspondingly.

The Ichimoku indicator signal is the Tenkan-sen line direction. If the line surges, the trend uprises; if it falls, so does the trend. If the line is parallel then the market is flat.

Added by Dmitry Antipov,
InstaForex Clients’ relationship manager

07.09.2010 Post in Trading

Daily Forex market popularity gathers pace. Today almost all trading markets of the world depend on Forex currency market. Every day hundred thousands of traders come into the market. Despite that a great many of trading speculators join the market you have a chance to become more successful trader. In order to earn profit permanently a trader must remember that a great role in the trading belongs to charts.

Exactly due to charts usage in the work on Forex the trader will not miss the whole point focusing on the most important aspects.

Charts usage will allow you to evaluate the importance and significance of all capital investments in any currencies or shares; this is the functioning essence of Forex charts. If you desire to have a success on the market then you have to learn comprehending Forex graphs. Applying to Forex charts you will be able to determine the current market trends and dynamics of the rate fluctuations.

Forex charts have become available recently that was caused by a violent development of computer technologies. They have become the main element of the market behavior analysis in distinct from the news line and fundamental outlooks mostly used previously.

In a simple trading terminal the charts of Forex operations are presented by 4 types: candlesticks, bars, lines and noughts-and-crosses. To this day the most popularity was captured by the Japanese candlesticks because of their usability as the charts of the Japanese candlesticks make it easy to lay on them the indicators and other marks.

Each trader must use in his trading the Forex work chart, as operating without it is a risk of funds loss. The currency fluctuations occur every minute or even second, that is why Forex charts suit well for online trading. Even by means of very insignificant movements a trader can make huge gains using Forex charts.

The major success component on Forex market is operational flexibility which is supplied for you by a chart. The key is to follow its work closely and in this case you will reach your goals.

At the chart you will be always able to monitor even the slightest fluctuations of currency rates that comes as a recipe for success and beneficial trading on the international currency market Forex.

Added by Alexandr Demkin,
InstaForex Clients’ relationship manager

25.08.2010 Post in Trading

In order to make profit on the international foreign exchange market, a trader needs to constantly monitor price movements, in accordance with which he decides whether to buy or sell the currency. Various indicators are of great help in defining price fluctuations.

Indicators are graphically represented mathematical formulae, based on the data about price fluctuations and trade volume changes. They are aimed at showing the current price movement, signaling the price hitting significant levels and, under certain conditions, specifying these areas. There is no 100% accurate indicator though.

Many indicators have been offered for now. You can download and test them for free and thus select the one which would suit your trading style best. The indicators differ in the methods of price analysis.

The base is constituted of a certain period of time and price dynamics within the period. The analysis is carried out with application of several absolute and temporary parameters. The figures are then compared to price values – maximum, minimum, average ones – to traders’ activity on the market and many other market factors. The result received is a definite rate of the expected price movement, to which a trader is targeted. The value is demonstrated on charts as a combination of multicolor zones, lines and points. This is what most indicators look like.

Traders often tend to use several indicators in their work. There are 3 major groups of indicators:

  1. Trend indicators, showing price movements; defining the current and expected trend simultaneously or with a little lag;
  2. Oscillators, depicting the prolongation or change of the trend in advance or synchronically;
  3. Psychological indicators, which determine the sentiment of the market participants.

The indicators’ diagrams can be either extracted to a separate window or integrated into the price chart in MT4 terminal. You can use several indicators at the same time to make more accurate forecasts of further price movement.

At present, MT4 trading platform offers a wide range of integrated indicators.

Added by Tatyana Makhina,
InstaForex Clients’ relationship manager

02.07.2010 Post in Trading

The fundamental analysis is one of the most important elements of the analysis and forecasting on the Forex market. The technical analysis is also a powerful instrument, however, the forecasts made on the basis of the fundamental analysis are more precise and the process of the analysis will allow to go to the root of the situation at the market.

One of the most important processes affecting the movement on the market is the process of the interest rates’ change by the central banks, in most cases this leads to the activation of the market. In this article we will discuss the connection between the change of the interest rate and exchange rate.

Each state has its own interest rate policy of the central banks. When it is formed, such major instruments as the base rate and bank rate for the transactions on the financial market are used. All decisions about the change in the interest rates are taken on the assumption of different macroeconomic indices. The market is the most unpredictable in the moment when the interest rates are change unexpectedly. That is why each trader, who uses the fundamental analysis, should pay attention to the forecasts and reports. Basing on his/her knowledge the trader should make the conclusions regarding the probable behavior of the market in future. This will allow to avoid the probable losses and to use the situation for his/her benefit.

The basic concept of the interest rate

Traders, using the fundamental analysis, have to take into account the role of the interest rates. This moment is very important for the traders who work during the day. The explanation is very simple. The trader, who works on the Forex market during the day, orients on the certain amount of the profit. That is why such trader has a particular level of the intraday income. Correspondingly, the higher is the level, the greater are the sums used by the trader.

However, such type of trading should not be considered as the opportunity to earn quickly the large sums of money. It is far from true. The fundamental analysis of the Forex market is a vast science, which requires form the traders the intellectual flexibility and efficient application of knowledge. This implies that trading on the Forex market the dynamics of the market should be taken into account, since the currency fluctuations can lead either to the profit or to large losses.

How the value of the interest rate is determined?

Primarily, you should remember that the interest rate is the leverage of the Central bank on the national currency and is one of the links of the monetary policy. Every Central Bank has a Board of Directors, which takes the decision concerning the short-term interest rates. The interest on credit is determined by the short-term interest rate, which is issued by the Central Bank to the commercial banks. In case the inflation starts the Central Bank, depending on the targets, will try to influence the national currency due to the control over the interest rates. When the counter inflationary decisions are taken, the interest rates are raised. In such way, the volume of active money will be decreased and this in its turn will lead to the decline of the inflation. If the decision is taken to advance the money supply then the interest rate will be lowered.

It is impossible to foresee which decision will be made by the Central Bank. That is why the trader should study the fundamental analysis. The trader should know the economic indices, which will help to forecast what measures will be accepted by the Central Bank in regard to interest rates. In this connection it is worth to pay attention to the following indicators:

Housing Price Index

Employment rate

Consumer Price Index

Consumer Spending Index

How these data can be used?

Earlier, we have talked about the indices, which should be taken into account by the trader, using the fundamental analysis. Besides, the Central Bank can take into account other data also, however, the indices which you can see above are the base. That is why the traders have to follow their dynamics. If the indices improve then the economy develops normally. In this case the level of the interest rates is unchanged, or it is increased partly. If the readings of indices worsen than the level of the interest rates declines. In such way the amount of funds, which are in circulation, increases.

What should the trader do when the level of the interest rate changes?

Very often the forecasts can be mistaken, because the measures taken on the control over the interest rate can be unexpected. That is why each trader should carefully study the fundamental analysis in order to know what to do even in cases of force majeure. At first, the trader should remember that in case the interest rates are decreased unexpectedly, then the bulk sale of currency is possible. This is connected with the fact that the majority strives to protect themselves against the possible losses.

Conclusion

The fundamental analysis of Forex market is a complicated system, which consists of different indicators. Nevertheless, despite the fact that it is almost impossible to study all details of the fundamental analysis, the knowledge of the basic factors is necessary for the successful trading on the international Forex market. The interest rates are one of the bases of the fundamental analysis.

Added by Alexey Badianov,
InstaForex
specialist in finance