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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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The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

Debt can feel crushing, like a weight that is always weighing you down. Looking at those numbers, it can feel as if you’ll never get out from under it. However, if you really want to learn how to get out of debt, it is possible with a great deal of focus and self-control.

Getting out of debt isn’t impossible. Like any big goal, all that it takes is an action plan to identify where you are and creating a plan to zero out your debt.

Identifying All of Your Debts

The first part of paying off your debt is getting a complete picture of what you owe. When you have everything written out in front of you, it makes it much easier to create an action plan. Depending on how much you owe, it might also help you realize it’s not as bad you might have originally thought.

Here’s how you can get started identifying your debts:

1. Own Your Debt

Before you start identifying all of your debts, take a moment to process that you have debt but want to get out of it.

Forgive yourself for any past mistakes, missed payments, or overspending. It might be painful to accept how much debt you have at first, but you must own it.

2. Make a Debt Tracker

It’s astonishing how few people ever created a tracker to understand their total debts. Most likely, it comes from not wanting to accept the guilt of having debt, but, if avoided, it can make it nearly impossible to get out of debt.

Open up a new Google or Microsoft Excel sheet and list out all of your debts. Start with the name of the creditor, interest rates, total balance, loan term length (if any), and the minimum amount due each payment. This will include student loans, credit cards, and any other type of debt owed.

3. Get Your Debt Number

Once you’ve made your debt tracker and taken the other steps, identify your total payoff number. This is crucial, as you will have a starting point and a clear goal that you are trying to achieve.

Prioritizing Your Debts

All debt is not created equal. It’s imperative to understand that there are different types of debt.

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1. Understand Bad and Good Debts

Bad debts are usually paying for things you want instead of always need. While there might be some emergencies that max out your credit cards, often times it’s excessive spending[1].

There are three main types of bad debt:

  • Credit Card Debt: The average American household owes over $16,000 in credit card debt!
  • Auto Loan Debt: According to CNBC , the average auto loan in the US is $30,032!
  • Consumer Loan Debt: Consumer loan debt isn’t as common as credit card and auto loan debt, but it’s still considered bad as interest rates are usually between 10-28%.

Good debt is identified as investments in your future. Here are three common types of good debt:

  • Student Loan Debt
  • Mortgage Loan
  • Business Loans

2. Decide Which Debt to Pay off First

Once you know each type of debt and their interest rates, you can begin to pay off debt quickly.

Focus on paying off bad debt first, regardless of if it is a credit card or auto loan. Start by paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first.

If you have several credit cards with different interest rates, you want to focus on the one with a higher APR. You will actually save more money by eliminating the card with the highest interest rate.

3. Don’t Pay the Minimum Amount

Paying the minimum amount digs you into a hole as interest rates will offset your payment. Even a small amount more than the minimum can help you pay off debt much faster.

Removing Obstacles to Pay off Debt Quickly

Creating a debt tracker and prioritizing a plan is simple, but avoiding temptation can be difficult.

1. Set a Reminder to Track Your Debt

“If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.” -Peter Drucker

It’s so important to track your debt to ensure that you get it paid off quickly. Similar to working out and measuring your results, you need to track your debt constantly. Start with a weekly reminder, where you sign on and log your updated number. Did you increase, decrease, or stay the same?

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Regularly tracking your student loan balance can be incredibly motivating, as well. You will get a huge confidence boost each time you see your total debt amount decreases.

Set weekly and monthly goals so you can have short term wins and keep the momentum going.

2. Hide Your Credit Cards

If your biggest debt is credit cards, you need to eliminate temptation and remove them from your wallet.

Some people have gone to extreme measures by freezing their credit cards. Why? This would create an ice block around your card, which would require you to chip away at it slowly. This will give you time to think if it’s the best idea to buy that thing you’re about to buy.

3. Automate Everything

Willpower can be a huge downfall to paying off your debt. By automating your bills each month, you will ensure that willpower isn’t involved.

4. Plan Ahead

Getting out of debt will require some sacrifices, but with enough planning, you can make it work.

For example, if you know that you have a friend’s birthday or family dinner coming up, plan ahead for the costs. Whether you need to cut back on spending the week before, pick up a side job, or meet them after dinner, do what is needed.

5. Live Cheaply

The only way to get out of debt is to make some sacrifices on your spending habits. Find ways to save money each month so you can apply that amount to your outstanding debts. Here are some ways to save money each month:

  • Live with roommates
  • Cook dinners and prepare lunches for work instead of eating out
  • Cut cable and choose Netflix or Amazon Prime
  • Take public transit or bike to work

Finding the Lowest Interest Rates

The higher your interest rates, the harder (and longer) it will take you to pay off any debt.

If possible, you want to find ways to lower your interest rates to help get out of debt quickly. Here’s how you can get started:

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1. Maintain a High Credit Score

Your credit score will have a large impact on your ability to refinance your loans and receive a lower interest rate. If you have a low credit score, it’s unlikely you will be able to refinance your loans. Use these credit tips to increase and maintain an excellent score:

  • Never miss a payment
  • Don’t exceed 30% of your credit limit
  • Don’t sign up for more than one card at once
  • Limit hard inquires, like auto-loans and new credit cards
  • Monitor frequently with free credit-tracking software

2. Find Balance Transfer Offers

Start by opening a free account on credit.com. Credit.com offers you the chance to open a free account and see what type of balance transfer offers you can receive. Some of your existing credit cards might already have 0% or lower APR balance transfer offers available.

Contact each of your credit card providers to ask about lowering your rate for a one-time balance transfer offer[2].

If you do take advantage of this option, make sure that you use a balance transfer and not a cash advance. Cash advances have a ton of high interest fees (15-25%, depending on your credit card) and will only compound your debt problem.

How to Get Rid of Debt Forever

Setting up a plan, removing temptations, and getting the lowest interest rates is the first step to get out of debt.

1. Keep Monitoring and Adjusting

Once you have a plan, don’t get comfortable. Track your debt payoff plan and make the necessary adjustments when needed.

Monitor your credit scores with a free site like CreditKarma. The higher your credit score climbs, the more likely you will be to secure a new, lower-interest loan.

2. Earn More Money

There are only so many ways to save money. Instead of clipping another coupon or making sacrifices for your morning coffee, find ways to earn more money!

Think about it…it is much easier to find ways to earn an extra $1,000 per month than find $1,000 to cut from your budget.

Here are some examples of ways to earn more money:

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Talk to Your Boss

Have a conversation with your boss about current salary and/or commission rates. If you’re not satisfied or want a change, don’t be afraid to look around at other positions. Some of them might even have a student loan debt reimbursement plan!

Start a Side Hustle

This could be coaching students on the weekends, driving for Uber, or taking paid online surveys. There are tons of ways to make money outside your 9-5. Now that you have a clear plan to pay off your debts, you’ll be more motivated than ever to figure out creative new ways to earn money.

Build an Online Business

There are so many websites and blogs that earn money from ads, affiliates, and other online products. Find your niche and get started.

3. Celebrate Your Wins

As you progress in your debt payoff journey, don’t forget to celebrate your wins. You need to always reward yourself for the hard work and discipline that is required to get out of debt.

While you shouldn’t celebrate so big that it increases debt, make sure to factor in little rewards to keep you motivated.

4. Set New Financial Goals

Eventually, with a plan and these steps, you can rid yourself of your debt. Once you do, make sure to celebrate your monumental achievement, but don’t stop there.

Now, you can focus on acquiring wealth and increasing your net worth. Set new financial goals so you have a new target to aim toward. Here’s how to set financial goals and actually meet them.

These could be anything now that you are debt free! Think about where you want to travel, buying your first home, or saving for your future retirement. Just like before, make sure that your goals are specific, measurable, and achievable.

Conclusion

Congrats, you can now set a plan in motion to finally pay off your debt quickly (and hopefully forever)!

Remember, if you want to get out of debt quickly, it’s not always easy. Just like any big goal, there will be sacrifices, challenges, and problems to overcome.

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