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10 Myths About Forex Trading

10 Myths About Forex Trading

With an average turnover in excess of USD 5.3 trillion per day (according to the preliminary global results from the 2013 Triennial Central Bank Survey of Foreign Exchange and OTC Derivatives Markets Activity), forex (FX) is the largest market in the world in terms of volume of trading.

Like any other trade, forex trading isn’t without its fair share of myths. These myths can potentially affect any trader, seasoned or novice; so knowing and steering clear of these myths can save them unnecessary frustrations.

Below, we look into some of the most common myths about forex trading, which will be helpful for those who are thinking about trying their hand at currency trading.

1. Forex trading is easy

This is the most common of the myths about forex trading. “Read a book or two, set up a brokerage account and you are ready to make daily profits in the forex market.” Well, if you are thinking about jumping into trading forex, it takes a lot more than just reading a book or two.

Understand that trading is anything but easy. If you are dreaming about a quick buck trading the forex market, you’re in for a rude awakening! Some might suggest, “Download and set up an Expert Advisor Software and you’re sure to make big money trading FX.”

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Installing a piece of software may be easy, but being able to use the program effectively to for maximum profit requires a certain level of understanding of the market. The successful traders in forex not only put a lot of effort into what they do, they also have acquired years of experience to be able to place winning trades.

2. You need a degree in economics to trade forex

It is true that foreign exchange requires an understanding of world economics to a certain extent and that having a general idea of economic concepts is helpful in trading forex.  Nevertheless, it is not necessary to have an advanced degree in economics and understand every economic principle to be trading currencies.

Many forex traders come from diverse academic backgrounds. To be a successful trader, what you need is a good head for numbers, an intuition to help you guesstimate where the market is heading and the ability to react quickly to market-moving events.

3. You need to predict what is going to happen in order to make money in forex

Since geopolitics has a big influence on the forex market, the traders who make money are the ones who are quick to react to the things happening around the world, rather than the ones making predictions.

Trading predictions can sometimes be made. This may be possible by analyzing the charts and recognizing certain patterns that have occurred in the past and assuming they might occur again. But for the most part, it is rather the quickness of reaction that makes a trader money instead of novice predictions which may or may not come true. A good trader is always alert, reads and interprets the news and is always willing to learn and evolve.

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4. You need a large sum of money to trade in the forex market

There was once a time when only larger international banks and financial institutions could access and trade in the foreign exchange market. Thanks to the advent of electronic trading, those days have come and gone. Instead of launching a full blown and costly brokerage firm or bank, a small organization can simply launch a forex white label and be able to run a forex trading business very economically.

Furthermore, now that the forex market has become accessible to small traders through forex brokerage accounts, anyone with a reliable internet connection and a relatively small amount of money can trade currencies online. Nowadays, a brokerage account can be opened with as little as $25.

Of course, trading with $25 will probably not bring in as much profits as trading with $25,000. Nevertheless, a novice trader can hone his/her trading skills with smaller amounts first.

 5. You need to watch the market 24 hours a day to be successful

The forex market is open 24 hours a day and requires a lot of commitment from traders who want to succeed. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to watch the market 24 hours a day to make money.

Some traders even have regular jobs. They manage to allocate a little time from their daily schedules to trading, which allows them to execute some trades at the end of the day – and still make a good income doing so. You don’t really need to sit in front of a computer staring at charts all day long.

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Besides, there are automated software packages available in the market that do a lot of the work for you.

6. Being unconventional improves your chances of success

Being conventional or unconventional does not have much to do with a person’s chances of success trading forex as much as one’s understanding of the FX market, its drivers and the factors that influence foreign exchange rates.

Rather than trying to be unconventional, good traders learn and adapt to the changes in the market, which improves their chances of success.

7. The higher the leverage, the better

Trading forex on margin carries a high level of risk. A good trader knows that the higher the leverage, the higher the level of risk because the multiplicative effect of the trades is higher. Trading with relatively smaller amounts of leverage reduces the possibility of losing all your funds, while trading with high leverage could lead to large losses that even exceed your invested capital.

It is true that you can get lucky and have higher leverage work in your favor, but the reality is that you have an equal chance that it can work against you. Why take that chance?

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8. You can get rich quickly in forex

In Forex, there are quite a few short term speculators who jump into the market hoping to get rich quickly with very little effort. Unfortunately, quick prosperity is rare even in the world’s richest market.

Trading takes a fair amount of effort to master, as well as significant patience and consistency. The impulsive gambler mentality seldom works in the realms of foreign exchange.

9. The more complex the strategy, the better

Complex is not always better. Although complicated trading strategies may sometimes bring you big returns quickly, it rarely ever happens. In fact, complex strategies in trading often prove  much more difficult to execute and earn a profit with.

Good traders often stick to simple strategies; strategies that make them money. In forex, even the best trader wins only a few more times than he loses, making a profit from the difference. Consequently, tweaking strategies to make them more complex may be detrimental and only increase the overall risk.

10. The market is rigged

When too many bad trades are made, some traders often complain that the market is rigged or that the brokers are corrupt. While it is true that a country’s currency can be controlled by governments and central banks to a certain extent, forex, as a market, is not a scam.

The truth is that forex is too liquid and volatile to be rigged. Forex rates change often and disciplined traders are there to take advantage of the fluctuations using winning strategies. If you are making too many losing trades, think about the most likely culprit: that you need to spend more time learning to trade rather than the market is rigged.

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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