The Internet has made it easier than ever for the average person to get involved in speculative forms of day trading, like Forex trading.
In the past, Forex trades had to be carried out by calling up your broker’s ‘dealing desk’. Today, though, carrying out a trade is as simply as pointing and clicking from within your online trading account.
This is indeed a luxury but, as you may have guessed, there is both an upside and a downside to the technological ease of online trading.
One of the biggest problems is a phenomenon known as ‘scalping’. Scalpers are traders who rely on the speed of electronic trading (and the ability to bypass the ‘dealing desk’) to ‘scalp’ Pips.
In other words, they trade currencies on the smallest fluctuations in exchange rate. A scalper might trade a pair when it moves from 1.3435 to 1.3436, for example.
There’s technically nothing wrong with doing so, except that scalpers executes these types of trades hundreds of times daily. They may exit a trade before the broker even has time to deal with it, and this results in a loss…for the broker, that is.
Scalping is a risky strategy that is all to easy to perform online. So, the first thing you need to be sure of before you start trading is that you know what you’re doing. Scalping isn’t something you want to do as a beginner, regardless of whether you’re doing it intentionally or through sheer inexperience.
The second thing you’ll want to do is develop a long-term investment strategy. Forex is fun to ‘play’ with, and online accounts make it easy to jump in the game just to try it out. It has almost become a fad.
However, what the sad statistics bear out is that over half of all new Forex traders lose their money within a year. The foreign exchange market is seeing a lot of hype right now, and too many people are signing on in the hopes of making a quick buck. Forex is simply not that easy, though, and it is certainly not a get rich quick scheme for the average person.
So, before you start trading, make sure you take the time to educate yourself. There’s plenty of free information online, as well as top-notch training courses provided by brokers and expert investors.
Putting the necessary time up front into developing a long-range strategy, and educating yourself on the marketplace, will go a long way to assuring your success.
What if you could profit whether the market was up or down? What if you could earn money on losses just as easily as gains?
All of this and more is possible when you learn how to trade currency on the foreign exchange. Let me show you how.