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FOREX OPTIONS ORDERS FIXES Thu 28 Nov

How month-end rebalancing works

How month-end models can predict movements into the end-of-month fix Here is how SocGen explains its month-end currency rebalancing model and it's a good basis for how all firms try to anticipate what will happen into the month-end fix. The FX Month-End Rebalancing model explained The model is based on the concept that global portfolio managers have set benchmarks for currency hedge ratios and, as the value of their assets within their portfolio changes over the course of the month, portfolio managers will need to re-hedge their currency exposure, so that their currency benchmarks are maintained. Typically, these FX rebalancing flows are seen at the end of the month and usually their impact is felt most near the 4pm London fix on the last trading day of the month. We look at the change in equity performance by market capitalisation for all G10 currencies. and we adjust this for monthly FX spot moves. This provides an indication of how the value of assets has changed over the course of the month and thus the extent of portfolio rebalancing flows that will likely take place at the end of the month. We generate a signal for all USD"10 currency pairs indicating the expected direction and strength of FX month-end flows. The strength of the signal is dependent on the size of equity/FX moves over the course of the month, relative to previous history (from 2002). The signal is on a scale from +5 to -5. A signal of +5 indicates month-end flows are expected to be strongly USD/CCY positive, while -5 indicates flows are projected to be strongly USDICCY negative. In my experience, these models are tough to profit from except for a very short period around the fix at the end of the month but at times during period of high volatility and large divergences in global assets, they can be valuable. h/t @bovell_GM - Nick Bovell ForexLive

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UNUSUAL MARKETS Sat 23 Nov

When the market is focused elsewhere, bet on the trend extending

Interesting paper on the effect of distractions Some of the best trades come from focusing on something that everyone else is ignoring. Market participants are naturally attracted to volatility but oftentimes there are clearer signals that build up in quiet markets before they finally make a move. Afterwards the momentum traders are pulled in and the runs extend. A recent paper takes a deeper look at the effect of where traders are focused. It highlights the times that trading floors tune into something that's not market-centered at all. They note that during the OJ Simpson trial verdict, volume on the NYSE fell 76%. Authors Joel Peress and Daniel Schmidt studied 'distraction days' and found some things that were obvious -- that volume and liquidity were lower -- but also second-order effects like that they were fewer reversals. That was particularly true in hot stocks that were highly traded at the time. We consider events that distract noise traders and we trace out their consequences for markets. We find that when noise traders are distracted from trading, liquidity and volatility decrease and prices reverse less. The actionable lesson here is to recognize the days and moments when the market is tuned into something that's not market moving. During those times, bet on trends extending. It's probably not a trade that will make a fortune, but anecdotally it's a great trade. Some events to keep in mind: The World CupThe OlympicsNatural disastersMajor criminal justice news, including terrorismPolitical drama that isn't market movingCelebrity deathsMilitary dramaThe caveat to all this is that algos don't get caught asleep at the wheel, so keep that in mind. The paper only looks at events up to 2014 and even since that time, markets have changed considerably. At the same time, the study shows that this effect increased in the period leading up to 2014 so many something else is at work, something they speculate about:Our results highlight that the importance of noise trading has not declined in recent years, despite the downward trend in direct retail ownership. We offer three possible explanations for this observation. First, retail noise traders may simply have been replaced by institutional ones. Second, changes to the information and trading environments,such as those caused by the Internet,may have emboldened noise traders and offered new trading stimuli.Third, noise traders may interact with algorithmic traders in ways that magnify their impact.Markets are quiet now, don't waste the opportunity to take a deep dive into some hidden spots and look for opportunities. Charts don't stay flat forever and when they bust out; it's often in a big way. ForexLive

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BASICS | EDUCATION FROM BROKERS Fri 22 Nov

3 strategies for how to trade forex

How to combine strategy, analysis, and indicators  A successful Forex trader stands out from the crowd with the types of trading strategies they choose to deploy to and how to utilize different strategies in different circumstances. More experienced traders know that a single strategy will not do when trying to become a success in the world of Forex. A trader must show flexibility and use the right strategies in the right market conditions if the aim is to become profitable. The same can be said for the types of analysis a trader uses and how contrasting forms of analysis tie in well with certain strategies. There are many types of trading strategies with varying degrees of complexity. Some strategies are better suited to fundamental analysis as certain strategies may marry up better with technical analysis all underpinned by a general understanding of economics. What is important is harnessing all knowledge and strategies and attaching them to the right analysis to capitalize on market movements. Scalping   Scalping is a strategy adopted mostly by people who are new to the trading world as it requires less knowledge of trading as a whole as well as platforms such as MT4 - which in itself can take some time to master and always seems to have an undiscovered feature.   The purpose of scalping is to get in and out of a trade quickly and profitably. Traders using this strategy hold on to their position for a very short time. A trader will submit a 'buy' trade for example in a time of market volatility. They will rely on the market moving in their favored direction, in this case - up and then close out the trade manually when the trade goes into the trader's desired profit zone.  This can be especially useful when trading with brokers who offer high leverage and allow scalping as a strategy. New broker on the market EagleFX offers both high leverage of up to 1:500 on Forex and allows scalping - all of which backs into the MT4 platform. Scalping and high leverage is a delicious cocktail for traders who do not like to hold on to positions for too long and want to see a quick return of profit. Scalping is favored by traders of all abilities but more commonly used by beginners who may be new to the world of economics. Long/short hedging strategy Any advantage a trader can use to gain an advantage on the rest of the market is known as edge. Traders are always looking for ways in which to gain an edge and they commonly do this by using certain strategies to suit them with a blend of analysis for good measure.  There is no guaranteed strategy that is absolutely foolproof however, long/short hedging is commonly known in the Forex space as being one of the safest strategies to adopt if used effectively. When executing a trade, there are 2 actions traders can perform - ''Buy'' or ''Sell'' often referred to as 'going long' or 'going short'. Long being buy and short being sell. So how do we put the long/short hedging strategy into practice? When traders are looking to hedge, they will select 2 different instruments and go 'long' as well as 'short' with a view to minimizing risk. In terms of forex trading, traders need to select two pairs which positively correspond with one another.   For example: EUR/USD & GBP/USD First of all, a trader must make use of some analysis to determine the performance of the US Dollar in terms of appreciation or depreciation. Fundamental analysis is a method of reading the market by analyzing social, economic and political trends and how that may affect the performance of a certain currency. Brexit would be a good example to use in this case. One way or another, the result of the referendum would affect the GBP and or EUR - when faced against the USD. This form of analysis may be best suited to the long/short hedge strategy due to the amount of variables to consider when predicting the performance of the USD.  Should your analysis tell you that the USD will appreciate, traders should buy one pair and sell the other to keep risk levels low.  Eagle FX offers over 55 Forex currency pairs and over 30 cryptocurrency pairs for its users to enjoy fast execution and a range of commonly known pairs as well as more exotic Forex pairs as well as a diverse range of cryptocurrencies.  Divergence and Indicators  Indicators are used to show traders where they will find areas of divergence. Divergence is when the price of an asset is moving in the opposite direction of a technical indicator, such as an oscillator, or is moving contrary to other data. Divergence signal momentum with a possible trend or signal a reversal when a trend is almost over. A visual discrepancy between price and indicator is known as divergence.  Benefits for users is that they do not have to learn about all the concepts of trading. If a trader can master the divergences with basic price action and support and resistance levels, Forex trading can be simplified and become easier to digest.  A trading strategy can be developed based on what a trading indicator shows. Traders can put in a stop loss based on a candlestick or based on resistance lines. Traders can also put in a 'take profit' after a certain number of bars which can also be based on a resistance line. All of these functionalities and more are available on the MT4 trading platform. Summary So, what have we learned? We know that in order to trade successfully we must combine a healthy mix of strategy, analysis, and indicators in order to be profitable. It is important to identify, as a trader, what exactly you would like to gain from Forex trading.   Are you a scalper and would like to get into a trade and get out early with a small profit? If so it may be an idea to consider commission charged by your broker. Are you more of a fence sitter and would prefer to hedge bet? If so, it would be advisable to look at how tight the spreads are when selecting a broker. Are you more into indicators as a tool to help you trade? Then it may be of benefit to look at a platform that backs into the MT4 platform. New on the market EagleFX offers all the benefits of unrivaled tight spreads, low commission as well as a brand new 'Daily Analysis' section where traders can view within the site, how certain currency pairs are performing. This is supported by informative news and charts, all conveniently wrapped in one place and updated daily. Develop your own strategy and start trading with EagleFX for free today!  This article was submitted by EagleFX. ForexLive

BASICS | EDUCATION FROM BROKERS Tue 12 Nov

Why are forex trading signals important?

Understanding forex trading signals After you are happy with your 'demo' account, you will want to start trading. However, the truth is that you would not have trained yourself properly in Forex trading. Signal services are offered by either brokers or professional traders, or some market analysts through desktop or pager alerts, emails and SMS. Some brokers send signals by WhatsApp. It is always better to subscribe to these Forex trading signals so you don't have to spend time in monitoring the market for entry and exit points. However, it is also essential to analyze the track record of the Forex trading signal provider before subscribing, to ensure that the majority of the time, they were right, and the track record is reliable. One of the main advantages of using Forex trading signals is that you don't need to worry about analyzing the market. This is taken care by the Forex trading signal providers. They also tell you the entry and exit point by monitoring and analyzing the market. Even though signals are usually a paid service, some brokers provide it for free. For some providers, you may have to pay an additional fee to get signal services for the unusual currency pairs that are not used often or in other words, rare. Few providers will also provide you with the charts that they use for taking these market decisions. Albeit Forex trading signals help you in minimizing risk or losses in Forex trading, it is vital that you have confidence. Never trade when you feel insecure because it can lead to poor judgment and wrong decisions. ForexLive How to find the best forex signals providers There are many forex signals providers out there, and it's difficult and sometimes confusing to find the best providers of forex signals. The best forex signals are the result of years of experience and professionality. Usually a team of professional financial analysts and traders provide the trading recommendation with specific take profit, stop loss and trading zone. You just need to execute the trades in your trading platform and that's it. Your responsibility is to choose a broker that provides signals you can trust. Best forex signals are not based on mathematical formula or parameters. They are the fundamental, technical and psychological analysis of professional traders who do it for living. Contrary to popular opinion, trading signals are not used solely by beginner traders. Many experienced traders incorporate signals in their everyday trading routine., because signals usually help them to control their emotions. The best forex signals come from real traders who may or may not use automated algorithm to generate signal. A good forex signal provider provides you details guideline about using the signal in the best way. Regarding money management, a good forex signal provider offers you detailed instructions to follow. The mission of a profitable forex signals provider is to provide you with clear and best forex signal in real time. They have upgraded servers, SMS, email, and WhatsApp notifications to ensure best result. The best companies come to market to provide Signal Service for long period of time. One way to choose a signals provider is to review its activities and reviews. But usually past history does not provide any guarantee or prediction about the future, so we recommend simply to try it for yourself. If a broker is offering trading signals (especially free trading signals), it is in their best interest for you to check them out. They want you to keep using their signals so as a rule you will get very good signals. This article was submitted by LegacyFX.

WAR STORIES Thu 7 Nov

Think it's too late? The world's greatest fund manager didn't make money until he was 52

Jim Simons had modest wealth at 52; now he's worth $23 billion Financial markets -- and risk taking in general -- are largely the domain of the young. Early adulthood is the time to swing for the fences while middle age is a time for prudence, perhaps risking a manageable part of the nest egg. Yet that's not always true. It's particularly untrue of some of the world's greatest investors. Among them is Jim Simons, the king of quants. Yesterday Gregory Zuckerman published "The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution." It details how a 40-year old math professor walked away from a job at Stony Brook University to try trading currencies. He had no idea what he was doing but raised $4 million with a few partners. He recruited renowned mathematicians to help him. It didn't work and losses topped $1 million. "If you make money, you feel like a genius," he told a friend. "If you lose, you're a dope." He gathered more data and persevered through the 1980s with a mixed record. In 1989 he lost 4%. Finally, Simons along with recently recruited colleagues Henry Laufer and Elwyn Berlekamp, started to focus on short-term patterns -- Monday's price action often followed Friday's, while Tuesday saw reversions to earlier trends. It worked and the Medallion fund gained 55.9% in 1990. It hasn't stopped. His fund as generated average returns of 66%, racking up gains of $100 billion. No other fund or manager is even close. A $10,000 investment 30 years ago excluding fees would be worth $40 billion today. Even after fees, it would be worth $195 million. How the fund makes money is one of the world's most-closely guarded secrets but it's story isn't. Simonds certainly had mathematical talents but he know almost nothing about markets when he started out at age 40 and managed to amass one of the world's great fortunes. ForexLive

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TRADING PSYCHOLOGY Wed 6 Nov

If you want to win in anything you need to believe in yourself

A bit of inspiration Success in any endeavor is similar. It takes a combination of dedication, discipline, resilience and luck. On the weekend, Canelo Alvarez pulled off an incredible feat -- moving up 20 lbs in weight and knocking out Sergey Kovalev to win a light-heavyweight title. It makes him a four-weight world champion and settles most arguments about who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Heading into the fight, he was plagued by doubters but his knockout in the 11th round answered all the critics. What impresses me is his mindset. It's something that's consistent in champions and in life. it shows a deep confidence in himself that's almost universal among successful people. He was asked about the naysayers after the fight: "Maybe those people don't like me, and they'll never place me at No. 1. The only point here is: I felt No. 1 my entire life. "That's why I have reached where I've reached. Ever since I started my profession, I felt No. 1. And I continue feeling the same way."The phrase "that's why I have reached where I've reached" is telling. He's not saying that he was always the best. He's saying he became the best because he believed he was the best. Trading is a lot like boxing. You have to take countless punches but if you can roll with them, defend and keep hitting back, you come out on top. Canelo was beaten by Floyd Mayweather six years ago but he was undaunted. The important thing is to keep your faith in yourself. It's not always easy. One thing I do when it's not going well for me isn't necessarily to step away (although there's nothing wrong with a break). It's to trade on extremely small positions. Scoring small or even tiny victories is a great way to put defeat behind you and refocus on risk management. ForexLive

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BASICS | EDUCATION FROM BROKERS Mon 21 Oct

10 trading tips you need to know for 2020

Some tips to help your trading going into the new year No doubt, a quick internet search will yield a plethora of forex trading tips and strategies. The problem with many of these are now dated and are either no longer valid or need to be tweaked so as to be applicable to current lines of thinking. The tips and forex strategies for 2020 that you see listed below can be put to use immediately and should also prove helpful throughout the coming year. ForexLive   Tip #1: Embrace Cryptocurrency Trading If you've been bypassing digital assets, now is the time to give them a serious look. Massive profits have been generated by those who traded cryptos throughout 2019, as these assets provided clear, strong price trends to trade upon. Top brokers such as EagleFX are now offering a wide variety of cryptocurrencies for traders to trade on, thus providing unlimited profit opportunities. Tip #2: Work Smarter Rather than Harder Modern platform tools render the analysis process easier and more accurate than ever before. Move past any old, time-consuming analysis processes and embrace these tools in order to save time and boost profits. Tip #3: Don't be Fooled - The Trend Is Still Your Friend Yes, there are plenty of new strategies that require you to trade against the trend, but don't be fooled. Even in 2020, trend trading is still the way to go. Trading against the trend consistently will only lead to unnecessary losses. Tip #4: Protect Against Unexpected News If 2019 has taught us anything, it would be that unexpected news can wreak havoc on the markets. Always set a stop loss. Not because you expect to lose, but instead to protect your account from the potential of a large loss brought about by unexpected news. Tip #5: Always Use a Demo Account Even if you've been trading for years, always use a demo account to test strategies. Brokers such as EagleFX offer unlimited demo accounts with no obligation and no deposit requirements. Why test a strategy with your hard-earned money when you can test using mock funds? Tip #6: Never Trade The News For years we heard about trading just prior to, during, or just after market altering news was released. Today, we know that the best plan of action is to look for opportunities to trade once the dust has settled. In other words, allow the price action tell you whether the news caused the market to be bullish or bearish. Tip #7: Utilize Using a Mean Reversion Tool Want to avoid entering into overextended markets? Use EMAs as a means reversion tool. Watch for the bearish or bullish signals that come from seeing an asset price move above or go below your selected levels. Tip #8: Get to Know Your Broker Better Your broker is much more than a platform provider and payments processor. Let's say that your power goes out and you need to close a trade. Is your broker available around the clock? Can they be reached via phone? Brokers such as EagleFX take a "client first" approach and therefore make a good choice for those seeking a full-service firm. Tip #9: Stop Ignoring Long-Term Trends There is little to be learned from short-term price analysis. Long-term price action tells so much about what to expect from an asset. Consider ditching the less reliable short-term trades and opt instead for the lessened risk level that comes with being a wise and patient long-term trend trader. Tip #10: Limit Financial Risk Using Micro Lots Forex brokers such as the aforementioned EagleFX now allow their clients to trade in micro lots, using trade sizes as small as 0.01 lot. If you're new to trading or simply are not confident in a trade, but want to trade anyway, consider using these smaller trade sizes as a means to limit financial risk. As time passes, traders are provided with more education, better strategies, and are given access to incredible brokers such as EagleFX. Clearly, there has never been a better time to trade forex, with 2020 looking to be a year of record-setting profits for those that do. Consider using the tips and strategies listed here to help ensure that you make the most of the limitless profit opportunities that come your way in the coming year. This article was submitted by EagleFX.

FUNDAMENTAL STRATEGY Sat 19 Oct

Examples of trading with fresh sentiment

A case study in sentiment trading A few weeks ago I wrote a post here on trading fresh sentiment. From September 23 - October 08 I kept the news flow going for Justin over the European am session, so I thought I would put together a few examples of fresh sentiment trading that there was during that time. I meant to post this article last week, but I made the fatal mistake of downloading Apple's new OS, Catalina, to my computer. Big mistake! It took me three days to restore my machine to the condition it was before I downloaded Catalina!  All the examples below are trades that I have actually taken and you can see the entries and exits marked on the charts with little arrows, so I have tried to make this as useful and realistic as possible.    Example 1 When a hawkish Central banker turns dovish On Friday 27 September, the BoE member, Michael Saunders, made a comment which moved the GBP.He made some dovish comments which the market quickly reacted to. Why? Because Michael Saunders is known as a hawkish board member. Therefore, when a hawk makes a dovish comment it is generally going to be market moving. In the post I asked two questions designed to help us engage with the news: Is it new? Yes, prior to Saunders comments we expected him to maintain a hawkish biasIs it significant? Yes, as a sooner than expected rate cut will bring the GBP down in value Here was the trade I took, as I was expecting the AUD to remain strong on the session, so a retracement provided the perfect time to short GBPAUD. See entries and exits below for a 40+ point profit. Example 2 US manufacturing plummets and sinks the USD  On October 01 the US ISM manufacturing index printed a low of 47.8 vs 50.0. This was the worst report since June 2009 and was the catalyst for the recent concerns that the global slowdown is hitting the US's shores. It also came at a time as the USD was gaining in strength. The shock of the data point was obvious and the weakening dollar, associated with geo-political risk, made Gold longs a perfect choice for this trade. Here are my trade entries and exits below. I closed the long gold position after the NFP data entering at $1474 and closing at $1503.   Example 3AUDJPY falls as risk tone is hit On Tuesday October 08 this week we saw a retaliatory measure taken by China's Ministry of Commerce over the US's blacklisting of 28 Chinese companies due to their reported treatment of the Muslim Uighur community. This came in the context of a generally weakening risk tone and I mentioned at the time that I expected the AUDJPY to keep falling. The AUD is traded as a proxy for the yuan and the AUD is very sensitive to trade talks progress between the US and China. The JPY was bid on a typical risk off flows.I entered AUDJPY shorts at 72.25 and my TP was hit at 72.00. It was a +25 point trade. Example 4Silver and gold shine on safe haven playsAlso on Tuesday 08 October I flagged that Gold and silver longs looked really good with so much risk in the markets on the day. The rationale was very simple, but the trade had strong conviction. At the time there was not much more than this to say:   Risk everywhereBrexit going badlyUS/China trade talks tenseGold and silver longs look attractive as investors look for the safety of gold and silver I entered at $17.50 and exited at $20.39 as risk tone became more positive the following day: So there you have it. Trading with fresh sentiment and a few real trade case studies. If you are still struggling with this concept go back to this post and read it again. Go over the forexlive thread for the day in question and read the context of the day. (Start with Eamonn's wrap and move your way through the day and notice how the mood changes with the headlines). Finally, consider getting a coach to help you work out how to recognise these sentiment shifts. It takes a bit of getting used to if this is totally new, but it soon becomes intuitive after a little practise ForexLive 

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UNUSUAL MARKETS Wed 16 Oct

Sometimes the reaction is the tell

Crypto bulls are not happy with me The classic expression is that: "The bigger they are, the harder they fall". For markets, it might be "the harder they fight, the weaker they are." I've written about markets for more than a decade and often the articles that generate the most-surprisingly lively reactions are the when a market is weak and you say it's going lower. Or write something negative about something that's already beaten up. It's true that the most-ardent defenders of something are those who have suffered the most pain. That brings me to something I wrote about crypto today. Bitcoin has been falling for a week and it's down almost 25% in the past month and 41% since the June spike. The bulls are licking their wounds. Today's decline is probably just a continuation for the building bearish sentiment after the failure to break the 38.2% retracement of the Sept fall. Bitcoin is the most-technical market I know of; probably because there is a dearth of fundamental news. However I wrote about a tangential fundamental story today as US authorities used Bitcoin to bust 338 people who used it to pay for child porn on a South Korean website that was one of the largest of its kind. It highlights that people who were using Bitcoin thought they had some level of anonymity. Was the news responsible for today's 3% fall in Bitcoin and a similar decline in the larger crypto space? No one knows. It's the same in every market. You can't get into the head of every seller. What was different? The post generated a surprising amount of anger. The bulls tell me that everyone knows Bitcoin isn't anonymous. Well the 338 people who are in jail now certainly didn't know. In addition, there are still many ways to make Bitcoin anonymous and crypto is used in illicit activities (so is the dollar, I know). Without getting deeper into the argument, I think the takeaway is the reaction. it's the kind of reaction you often see in a market that's weak. I'm going to take all the anger directed at me as a sign of growing FUD. I'm not writing anything that hasn't been said before. The vitriol is probably a barometer of the jitters in the market, and weakness. Watch out for a break of $7700. ForexLive

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TRADING RULES | EDUCATION FROM BROKERS Mon 14 Oct

Ten mistakes all successful FX traders should avoid

Ten mistakes to avoid when trading FX If you aim to become a successful and profitable forex trader, there are a number of seriously damaging mistakes that you'll want to avoid. It should go without saying that you will make some mistakes when learning how to trade. It's simply unavoidable. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as mistakes allow you to learn and grow. The ten mistakes that you'll read about below are among the most common and as such, tend to be the most damaging when not noted and corrected. 1. Entering into too many trades at once If you're entering into multiple trades at once, you're likely over-trading. Each trade deserves your full attention to help ensure that it is profitable. Dividing your attention among multiple trades will only decrease the odds of each of those trades resulting in profit. Less is more when trading FX and the sooner you realize this, the better off you'll be. 2. Devoting too much time to analysis and trade planning While trade analysis is necessary, it can take up too much of your time. You may even find that you're spending way too much time in the planning phase and very little actually trading. There will only be a number of optimal entry points each day. Don't miss out on too many of these by being locked into exorbitant trade planning. 3. Placing too much focus on short-term charts Trading too frequently on the short-term charts can lead to over-trading and over-trading can lead to fast losses and a gambling-like approach to forex trading. Additional, critical data comes from higher time-frame charts such as those seen within the EagleFX platform, and these charts tend to be more important than lower time-frame charts. With higher time frames, you'll receive more reliable signals and a reduction in your stress levels. 4. Bypassing the opportunity to trade on a demo account One should never trade with real money before trading with mock funds using a demo account. Even if you've done your homework and are certain that you know how to trade, you need to see trades in action within a platform. EagleFX offers free, unlimited demo accounts to all. Visit them now to create a practice account and avoid this terrible mistake. 5. Trading solely based upon the news Don't assume that you know which way the market will move based solely on the news. Far too many traders have experienced serious losses due to making this mistake. You absolutely must carry out technical analysis with fundamental analysis on each and every trade. 6. Thinking that past "wins" guarantee current profits So, you're last ten trades using the same parameters and selections were all winners. Congrats! Now, don't make the mistake of assuming that if you open yet another using the same selections that it too will be profitable. Yes, trading with the trend can result in a round of easy profits, but each trend has to end a some point. Always remember this. 7. Trading out of desperation If you're feeling a sense of urgency to trade, then you're likely better off walking away. Terrible decisions come from trading during desperate times. Take a break, collect yourself, and make a new plan before trading again. 8. Failing to follow the process Although each trader may use their own strategies, there are general steps that all traders should follow when trading. Skipping past some of these (particularly analysis) can result in losses. Follow the process laid out by the successful traders who have come before you if you want to have the best odds of being successful. 9. Making unplanned changes to live trades Just because trading platforms such as the MT4 platform provided by EagleFX allows for changes does not mean that you should make them. No doubt, strong emotions can come from watching price movement during a live trade. Acting on these can cause problems though, so unless you are 110% positive that you're doing the right thing, leave your open trades alone! 10. Entering the market after an optimal entry point has passed Missed an optimal entry point? Move on. Never assume that you can jump into a trade soon after a missed entry using the same expected price movement and profit. Yes, it can sting to miss out on a great entry point, but others will come along. What truly sets the best forex traders apart from the worst is that the best are those who have made mistakes such as the ones mentioned above, but took action to correct them going forward. Those who do not do this may end up making the same mistakes over and over again, eventually draining their trading account. Select a top-tier broker such as EagleFX, establish a solid plan for trading, and make corrections when necessary. If you do these things, you can expect to come out on top. This article was submitted by EagleFX. ForexLive


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