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Forex Trading: The Most Common Flaws

Many traders are very much attracted to the sophistication offered by the multi indicators and use them in their forex trading systems. Many of the confluence system indicators show the price movement and in no way adds any value to the trade. Due to this, the traders either end up over bought or oversold technical indicators like the stochastic, momentum indicators, candle stick chart pattern recognition, Bollinger band breaks out even neural networks which are supposed to be artificial intelligent systems.

The technical indicators just show signals which are like buy or sell or hold, making the signal generated to be correct. Theoretically it sounds good but, to arrive at a conclusion might be difficult. As a result, the traders are confused in making a right decision. They either enter too late or too early or remain still without being able to decide to enter the market. The major flaw is due to the use of useless trading system which does not serve the purpose to make profits but confuses the traders and complicates the forex trading until the trader loses.

Another dangerous flaw found in forex trading is of an emotional nature interwoven into the process. It is fear and greed of the trader. A profitable forex trade can lead to exuberance and over joy, but this is the time when greed comes in and crosses the aspects of risk management. When a trader is hooked to winning, out of greed he over-rides all aspects to see more and more profits, only to see them crash to earth. They wait for the prices to regain, but in dismay may some time and with worst possible losses. This is the time when fear crops up and paralyses the trader not making him to open any position. Hence while trading, the trader should not override the emotional side of trading, stick to discipline of the trade which can prevent them from committing the flaw of forex trading.

Another kind of flaw can happen when the trader is an unconcerned person or the one who is lazy, or with no drive to gain profits or feels the need to be profitable. These people would have entered forex trading due to hearing it as an easy game. For them it is not a trade which involves skill, trade management, preparation, and re-investment. It is a fun game for them, where loses do not make any difference to them. Such persons make a wrong footing, with a wrong objective.

Flaws in forex trading due to the inadequate knowledge of the trader:

 Some of the losers start with good purpose in the trade. Even though they had gained some knowledge from here and there they might find it difficult to apply them practically in the trade. Inadequate knowledge might be the major flaw which stops them from achieving success.

Forex Trading Strategies

Forex trading has a big appeal among the people due to the possibility of creating instant wealth. If forex trading is equipped with a good strategy, preferably a unique one will be of great help in achieving success. Forex trading strategies reduce the risk irrespective of the person’s participation in position trading, or day trading, or swing trading provided they are disciplined enough to stick to the strategy adopted. The best forex trading strategies are adopted by forex traders who are blessed with keen market sense and who can be privy to get inside information. Based on that information they develop forex investment strategies. The forex trading strategies which are devised after observing the market for quite some time gain profits by rising above the odds. The forex traders who are best in their profession do not enter a trade without devising an exit strategy. They are the people who know very well when to minimize their losses and when to maximize their profits. They are very disciplined in doing both.

Leverage strategy: Forex trading strategies help achieve success in forex trading or online currency trading. Forex trading differs from trading stocks and the use of forex trading strategies help the person to gain more profits in a noticeably short period. There are many forex trading strategies adopted by the investors, the most useful among these strategies is called as the leverage. This forex trading strategy allows the online traders to get more funds than the deposited amount; by adopting this strategy the benefits are maximized. This strategy helps in utilizing the amount deposited in the account even up to 100 times against any forex trading by backing high yield transactions very easily and better results are got. This leverage forex trading strategy is used by the traders on a regular basis to take advantage of fluctuations happening in the forex market in short term.

Stop loss order strategy: Stop loss order forex trading strategy is also used commonly among forex traders. This strategy protects the investors and creates a situation called the predetermined point, not allowing the investor to trade when it is reached. This forex trading strategy minimizes the losses. Sometimes this strategy might backfire and make the investor to run the risk of stopping their trading leading to a higher loss, hence it is up to the trader to use or not to use this forex trading strategy.

Automatic entry order strategy: </b>An automatic entry order forex trading strategy is also one of the widely used strategies. This strategy allows the investors to participate in the trading activity when the price is suitable for them. Here the price is already determined and when the situation is reached the investor enters the forex trading automatically.

Apart from the above strategies, there are certain basic rules to be followed as strategies to gain profits in forex trading:

The amount exposed in the foreign currency trading should always be kept in track to ensure to be within the accepted levels. While trading, the trader should not be very greedy or breach when keeping the returns in mind which is expected out of the transactions. The main objective should be kept in mind; it might be either capital appreciation or constant returns or high profits. Keeping track of one’s own experience will reward at a later stage.

Investment should be within the affordability to lose. Also relying on experts opinions, history prices, and analytical statements may be effective some time rather than going by their own instincts.

Forex and Commodities Futures and Options

The popularity of trading futures and options has been growly rapidly for several years. The ease of accessing constantly updated data online has prompted an increased fever by day traders to attempt to be successful and make money in this risky investment area. Individuals can now trade these markets with the same ease and speed as large companies.

Trading forex (foreign exchange) and commodity futures and options is not for everyone. It is a complex and risky business that experiences volatile price and value swings. Before you invest any money in forex, commodities futures, or option contracts, you should:

Consider your financial trading experience, goals, and financial resources and know how much you can afford to lose above and beyond your initial payment.

Understand commodity futures and option contracts and your obligations before committing your finances into trade contracts.

Understand your risk exposure and aspects of trading by thoroughly reviewing the risk disclosure documents your broker is required to give you.

Know who to contact if you have a problem or question.

Ask more questions and gather more information before you open an account.

Commodity futures and option contracts:

A futures contract is a legally binding agreement between two parties to buy or sell a specific financial product or commodity in the future, on a designated exchange, for a specific quantity of a commodity at a specific price. The buyer and seller of a futures contract will agree now on a price for a product to be delivered, or paid, for at a specifically set date and time in the future, which is known as the “settlement date.” Actual delivery of the commodity can take place in fulfillment of the contract, but most futures contracts are closed out or “offset” prior to delivery.

An option on a commodity futures contract is a legally binding agreement between two parties that gives the buyer, who pays a market determined price known as a “premium,” the right (but not the obligation), within a specific time period, to exercise his option. Exercise of the option will result in the person being deemed to have entered a futures contract at a specified price known as the “strike price.” In some cases, an option may confer the right to buy or sell the underlying asset directly, and these options are known as options on the physical asset.

In the United States, an individual, cannot trade futures contracts and options on futures contracts directly on an exchange. A person or firm must trade on your behalf. People and firms who trade on your behalf as a customer generally must be registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Two general categories of trading accounts:

Individual Account. In an individual account, trading is done only for you. An individual account may be setup as either a “non-discretionary” or a “discretionary” account. A “non-discretionary” account means that you will make all the trading decisions and the broker may not execute any transactions without your prior approval and consent. A “discretionary” individual account means that you give permission to the broker firm carrying your account or some third party to make trading decisions on your behalf.

You may open an individual account with a registered Futures Commission Merchant or through an Introducing Broker. An Introducing Broker may accept your orders and transmit them for execution to a Futures Commission Merchant with which the Introducing Broker has a relationship. You deposit funds directly with the Futures Commission Merchant. In an individual discretionary account, you grant power-of-attorney to a Futures Commission Merchant, an Introducing Broker, one of their Associated Persons, or a Commodity Trading Advisor to make trading decisions on your behalf.

Commodity Pool. You may also trade commodities through a “commodity pool.” This means you are purchasing a share or interest in the pool, and trades are executed for the pool, rather than for the individuals who have interests in the pool. Pool participants share in any gains or losses.

If you have a dispute or a problem arises out of your commodity futures or option account, first try to resolve the problem with your broker. If that is not successful, then you have options for resolving disputes: (1) the CFTC Reparations program; (2) industry sponsored arbitration; or (3) court litigation. In selecting a particular approach, you may want to consider the cost, length of time involved and whether the assistance of an attorney is required. More information on dispute resolution is available from the CFTC’s Office of Proceedings (202-418-5250).

A Checklist “Before You Trade”:

Make sure you have:

Clearly identified your financial goals, including the amount of risk and loss you can handle?

Determined how much assistance and help you may want from a trading advisor in making trading decisions?

Checked the registration status and disciplinary history of the advisor or pool you select with the National Futures Association?

Received and thoroughly reviewed the disclosure document — before you open an account?

Clearly understood the disclosure document, including the statement of fees, the potential for loss, your right to withdraw your funds and the “break-even analysis?”

Make sure you ask questions for anything that you do not understand. Remember, it is your money, make sure you know where it is going.

Call the CFTC or the NFA with any questions you may have?

http://www.cftc.gov

http://www.nfa.futures.org