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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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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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