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Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” -Napoleon Hill

After devising a strategy from a trader’s granary of knowledge and experience. One final step is only needed for a trader to attain financial stability, Automatic Trading System.

It is a program code intended to apply the devised strategy in a manner that it would run the trade automatically. It is often used with Indicators and Expert Advisors to assist in performing the intended task. To create such system, skills in both trading and programming is required. A trader must first convert his strategy into a set of rules that the computer would understand. After doing so, the computer would run it through your trading software which would then seek trades that would fit to the rules.

Formulating the algorithm and its automation could really be a challenge and thus should be carefully tested to make necessary corrections. But once finished, the reward greatly compensates the author. It would provide a continuous source of money for a long time unless the market demands such changes. Like any other system, it also has 2 sides. The good and the bad one.

Advantages

1. A trader doesn’t need to monitor all the time. It gives the trader the chance to concentrate and exert more effort in improving the strategy and money management rules.
2. The human factors are dispensed. The emotions and human error that lead us to abdicable results would be taken out of the formula.
3. Executions of orders are maximized since it would only need a signal to perform the task.
4. It provides more potential profit because it could run continuously.
5. The strategy would be strictly followed. Unlike humans, it wouldn’t hesitate its course.
6. The already gained profit is more secured

Disadvantages

1. The loss may go out of hand if the algorithm is not properly coded and tested.
2. Certain rules are impossible to code thus making it difficult to create the automated system.
3. It is not flexible. Unlike an experience trader that may react once a perceived potential to profit is seen, this kind of system would strictly follow its course, thus losing the potential profit that could be gained.

If you’re wondering if all the troubles is worth it – I would definitely say yes. There maybe times wherein we may wear from trading but with this kind of system it would save us from the supposedly deficit in our profit. Plus the benefit of acquiring the leisure of time to spend in more important matters really gives a favorable vantage.

Stephen Stevenson.

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

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