A Day in the Life of a Forex Trader
Are you looking into breaking into the field of professional
foreign exchange trading? Or are you already a forex
trader doing it regularly? Either way, this article may be
of interest to you. The forex trader is a different breed of
human being. They utilize the markets to earn a living everyday.
We have a look into the insight of a day in the life of a forex
Any professional forex trader has the potential to make
massive returns from their initial investment or on the nastier
side any trader can make massive losses. It is not a game of
chance, trading is a skill of emotional control and sound
decision making. Traders have an understanding of market
mechanics and their behaviour as a response of economic trends.
Traders makes their living from taking advantage of price
differences between the buy and sell price of currency pairs and
more importantly they make their money by following the market
trend. If you yourself have studies forex charts you may notice
how the price fluctuates - there are only three directions the
price can do: rise, fall or stay the same. Currency prices only
stay the same if the currency value is not floated and fixed to
a certain value. Traders make their money on the difference on
price so the trader can either buy long and hope the currency
rises or sell short as the currency drops in price and still
makes a profit.
The advanced forex trader waits for a new trade or rather waits
for the right time to open a new trade by looking for the right
indicators and signs to signal an entry into the foreign
exchange market. There are two things that the forex trader can
do at home to watch out for an entry signal: look at charts or
wait for news. Traders watch for the right trending signals to
enter a trade. And the primary rule for the trader is that 'the
trend is your friend.' Stick to the trend and you won't get
hurt. Secondly, traders also watch the news. They must know what
economic data is coming out on which days and what that data
means to the future of the economy of the respective countries.
If they don't keep track of these facts and economic data and
indicators they may find that some currencies are especially
volatile during these news announcement events and see the
market jump. The forex trader must be ready for these economic
announcements to ensure they can anticipate the increased market
Once the forex trader has successfully entered into a trade, a
trade that is going well the trader then simply rides the trend
to completion, implementing a trailing stop to lock in profits
as the price trends the way the trader wanted the trend to go.
But if the trade goes sour, the forex traders needs to exit the
trade with grace. The trader must cut their losses to succeed in
the business of foreign exchange trading.
Hopefully this has given you an overview of what a professional
forex trader does to make a living from simply taking advantage
over the price difference. The technique is to enter a trade
correctly using trend analysis or a news announcement and then
follow the rules of "riding the trend" or the "trend is your
friend" with "cutting your losses quickly."
This article "A Day in the Life of a
Forex Trader" can be found in our Foreign Exchange (FX) Markets category.
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