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10 Forex Trading Tips to Avoid Disasters

10 Forex Trading Tips to Avoid Disasters

Foreign currency trading, or forex trading, is one of the most complex and difficult to understand industries out there. If you’re serious about not only getting into forex trading, but becoming a success in the field, there’s a lot to learn and watch out for as you begin this journey. Many come into forex trading with one thing in mind: profit. The fact of the matter is that profit in the forex world will not happen overnight. But if you keep the following tips in mind, you’re sure to get into the game on the right foot and with a much greater chance for success.

1. Understand yourself before you dive in

One of the most overlooked aspects of forex trading is that it’s not all about numbers, markets, and probability. It’s also one big psychological game. If you’re not yet self-aware enough about your strengths and weaknesses, it’s best to really understand where you stand before you head into your first trades. Emotions like greed and fear can quickly take over while trading and that will ultimately lead to a loss of money for you. Developing skills like patience and perseverance in yourself will ultimately lead you to success in forex trading.

2. Plan, plan, and plan again

One of the biggest factors to success in forex trading (or virtually any other venture) is intensive planning, setting goals, and sticking to those goals. If you plan for everything and keep that plan close at hand, you’ll be less likely to deviate from it. Figure out what determines success and failure in your specific case. Measure out how much time you can dedicate to your trading career. And also, set high goals for yourself, but not too high that they’re absolutely unattainable.

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If you want to take risk, plan ahead. You need to check the recent past graphs of the trade. You need to make a note, your most important success tips, print it in large bold fonts and stick it on the wall. Whatever, happens follow that guide. If you picked a figure for stop-loss, follow it. If you have picked a figure for profit, follow it. Being too greedy and emotional is the main crime in forex trading. It’s a brain-game. So, be calm and think wisely.

3. Logic is king

In forex trading, logic rules over everything else. If you’re a naturally impulsive person, really take a look at that and see how you can train yourself to be more logical in your actions. Forex is a world of numbers, probability, and logic. If you don’t understand this one rule, you will have a hard time finding success.

4. Follow the 2% rule

This one should be your Golden Rule when it comes to forex trading. You never want to risk more than 2% on a trade, otherwise known as a 2% stop-loss. This is one very easy way to make sure that you keep your trades safe and ensure profit in the long-run.

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5. Have big dreams, but also be realistic

A majority of beginning forex traders come into the business with high hopes for making huge profits in their first year of trading. If you’re extremely lucky, this might happen. But most of us can’t count on luck to find success. Before entering the forex trading world, you should take an in-depth look at what you’re able to put in before you decide what you want to get out of it. How much time do you have to dedicate to trading? How much cash do you have to invest in this field? Really take some time to figure out the answers to these questions before you begin.

6. Make sure to pick the right broker

Having the right broker with right analytical tools is a must if you want to succeed in the world of forex trading. Be sure to do your due diligence before you start with any of the broker. Measure their customer service to see how helpful they are in times of need. How is their trading software and does they provide access through app (iphone, android)? Is there commission par with the market rates? If they are charging too-low than market price, then showing can be fishy. So always look for reviews online which are genuine and not made.

7. Start with “one” at a time

The forex trading world is incredibly complex due to the dynamic nature of world markets, so any way of making your trading game simpler can only help you on the road to success. Most expert traders will advise you to stick with one currency pair that you’re most familiar with before you learn enough to expand your portfolio. It might be best for you to start with the currency of your own country to start with. It’s all about patience!

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8. Take notes about your failures & successes

 Learning from your failures is one of the most important pieces of advice out there and it’s even more relevant in the forex trading world. The fact of the matter is that failing is an inevitable part of being a beginning trader. So when you do fail (or when you succeed!) take some time to yourself and note down what happened and how you can improve for next time. That way, when you get to a similar circumstance down the road, you’ll have your notes to follow up on and make better decisions.

9. Patience is and always will be a virtue

If you made to the top in seconds, then you will fall in micro-seconds.

You must have heard, slow and steady wins the race.

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Every one of us has heard the old adage that patience is a virtue. You may be tired of hearing that, but it’s so true in the realm of forex trading. You’re going to be in this for the long-haul if you want to be successful and make a profit. If you’re generally not a patient person, take some time before you start trading to try to determine how to instill that patience in yourself. This will not only help your career in trading, but also your life in general.

10. Keep going, no matter what

Perseverance is key when it comes to finding success in trading. Even if you find yourself failing many times and it may seem like giving up is the way to go, keep persevering. That is the only way that you’ll eventually learn from your failures and find more success down the road.

The most important thing you should remember about forex trading is that there’s no such thing as too much preparation. Take these points above and do more research on how you can find success in the forex world. Prepare as much as you can, learn how to be patient and to persevere through tough times, and success is sure to be found.

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How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

Personal finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. That’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

In this article, we will explore ways to set financial goals and actually meet them with ease.

4 Steps to Setting Financial Goals

Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task, if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps to get you started.

1. Be Clear About the Objectives

Any goal without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream, and this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore, if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it’s for. It could be anything, including your child’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car, etc.

Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives that you foresee in the future and put a value to each.

2. Keep Goals Realistic

It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a Pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going beyond what you can realistically achieve will definitely hurt your chances of making meaningful progress.

It’s important that you keep your goals realistic, as it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

3. Account for Inflation

Ronald Reagan once said: “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman.” This quote sums up what inflation could do your financial goals.

Therefore, account for inflation[1] whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far into the future.

For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years from now, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is a mere 3%. Always account for this to avoid falling short of your goals.

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4. Short Term Vs Long Term

Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach to achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It’s important to bifurcate goals into short-term and long-term.

As a rule of thumb, any financial goal that is due in next 3 years should be termed as a short-term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long-term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short-term vs long-term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

By now, you should be ready with your list of financial goals. Now, it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

How to Achieve Your Financial Goals

Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a two-step process:

  • Ensuring healthy savings
  • Making smart investments

You will need to save enough and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals.

Ensuring Healthy Savings

Self-realization is the best form of realization, and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

1. Track Expenses

The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your spending. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you will be surprised by how small expenses add up to a sizable amount.

Also categorize those expenses into different buckets so that you know which bucket is eating most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pumping up your savings rate.

If you’re not sure where to start when tracking expenses, this article may be able to help.

2. Pay Yourself First

Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classic mistake when setting financial goals. We pay ourselves last!

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Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world, i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and manage all the expenses from the rest.

The best way to actually implement this is to put the savings on automatic mode, i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (mutual funds, retirement accounts, etc) every month.

Taking the automatic route will help release some control and compel us to manage what’s left, increasing the savings rate.

3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick With It

Learning to create a budget is the best way to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be organized

Nowadays, several money management apps can help you do this automatically.

At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely, but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options, and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

4. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that, in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

Make savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counterintuitive to many, there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

  • Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Weekends are more expensive.
  • If you are a travel buff, try to travel during off-season. You’ll spend significantly less.
  • If you go shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

The key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice, which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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5. Talk About It

Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission.

Therefore, in order to stay the course, surround yourself with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

6. Maintain a Journal

For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

If you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energized to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot easier for you to track your progress.

Making Smart Investments

Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However, savings, when invested wisely, can do wonders.

1. Consult a Financial Advisor

Investment doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so it’s wise to consult a financial advisor.

Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings, and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

2. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the common ones, like a savings account, Roth IRA, and others.

Just like “no one is born a criminal,” no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference[2].

As a general rule, for all your short-term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature, for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds, etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less compared to equity instruments.

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3. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

Einstein once remarked about compounding:

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.”

Use compound interest when setting financial goals

    Make friends with this wonder kid. The sooner you become friends with it, the quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

    Start saving early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

    4. Measure, Measure, Measure

    All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments and taking stock of how our investments are doing.

    If we don’t measure progress at the right times, we are shooting in the dark. We won’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not, whether the financial advisor is doing a decent job, or whether we are moving closer to our target.

    Measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

    The Bottom Line

    Managing your extra money to achieve your short and long-term financial goals

    and live a debt-free life is doable for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. Use the tips above to get you started on your path to setting financial goals.

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