Trader's Blog would like to welcome back Bill Poulos from ProfitsRun.com. Whenever I ask Bill to come and teach, he always delivers. This time is no different with his article on the free trade strategy. Please take time today to read the article, comment below, and also if you'd like to learn more from Bill check out his “Forex Smart Start Profit Strategies Session” webinar here.
Trading the Forex markets is risky business, make no mistake about it. As a trader, if you do not pay attention to risk first and foremost, you will lose, plain and simple. There are at least two key aspects to managing risk. One is the placement of stops and the management of the trade as it unfolds, and the other is the position size of the trade relative to the trader's account size. If either one of those is not handled properly, the trader will lose in the end.
The good news is that both can be managed to the trader’s advantage resulting in minimizing losses and providing the opportunity for great profits.
Forex traders have today a wealth of information from which to evaluate and select potential trades (some would argue too much information). These markets are moved by two primary forces: Fundamental forces (balance of trade data, money supply, interest rates, economic and financial reports, etc.) and Technical forces.
While many traders advocate fundamental analysis-based trading, it should be argued that this style of trading is very difficult especially for people who have little time to trade (less than an hour a day), or who are new to trading Forex.
Fundamental analysis traders tend to be 'always on' -- or, day trading because it requires PRECISE timing to move with the markets. If you can't get to your trading platform the minute a 'surprise' report hits the newswire, you'll be too far behind the action to respond to it.
I'd have to say that EVERYTIME Bill Poulos is a guest blogger, he gets almost as many comments and attention as Adam...ALMOST. Today should be no different. I called Bill and asked him to write an article on risk management in Forex. I read the article and it delivers, so you won't be disappointed. This article focuses on the method he uses and he's produced two videos (Flexible Forex Discovery VIDEO ONE.....Flexible Forex in Action VIDEO TWO) so check out the videos, enjoy the article, and let the comments fly as I told him he'll have to teach in the comment section!
When trading anything, risk management is first and foremost. Without it you will lose, period. When trading the Forex markets or any highly leveraged market, you must have a risk management plan that accounts for that leverage.
Forex broker’s are fond of touting the fact that they provide 100:1 or even 400:1 leverage, but the truth is, if a trader ever takes on position sizes that take full or even partial advantage of that leverage, the account will soon be wiped out. That is because the maximum % of one’s account size that could be risked on each trade allowed by the broker, would lead to excessively large position sizes and levels of risk far beyond what a good risk management system would allow.