These five rules define the most profitable foreign exchange currency traders. Some of these rules are relevant to any market, but some are particular to trading currency. Learn these key habits with discipline and patience, and you will acquire some of the key attributes to building your wealth by trading currency.
Trade with a Plan
You must have a well-conceived plan for each trade that you make. Nobody experiences long-term success by simply “winging it”. FX trading is just too risky for that, so don’t even try.
In terms of your take profits, stay flexible and be prepared to settle for less if that is all you can take out of the market at that moment. Likewise, if market developments are shifting favourably for you, extend your profit targets.
Anticipate Event Outcomes
The best traders think ahead several moves, like a successful chess player. Look ahead to future events and give consideration to how the market has priced an expected outcome. Think about if the event matches those expectations or not, and the likely reactions of that.
Develop trading strategies based on the alternative outcomes and be ready to trade to them. Then you are ahead of the rest of the market who are still trying to work out what happened and redraw their trend lines.
Avoid getting emotionally attached to positions. It’s all about making money, not being right or wrong. Be able to adapt to incoming news and change your position if changing events dictate it. Don’t wait for price action to take you out of your trade.
The best traders are responsive to new opportunities, and react accordingly. Keep enough margin available for additional positions.
Be Prepared for Trading
The FX markets are open 24 hours a day and can behave in a random fashion depending on events happening anywhere in the world. That’s why we like it right! Be prepared by knowing about upcoming data releases, scheduled speakers, setting of central bank interest rates, major meetings of financial leaders (eg: G7), liquidity conditions, and use rate alerts to assess opportunities when unexpected events happen.
Keep Technically Alert
Even if your strategy is not technically-based, still be aware of important technical levels in the currency pairs that you are trading. Know the key Fibonacci retracement levels for instance. Keep familiar with technical levels as part of your overall trading strategy.