|How difficult is it to make money trading the Forex market? How
much time does it take to actually be able to make a living
trading the Forex market? These and other important aspects of
trading are to be discussed in this article.
Trading the Forex market has many benefits over other financial
markets, among the most important are: superior liquidity, 24hrs
market, better execution, and others. Traders and investor see
the Forex market as a new speculation or diversifying
opportunity because of these benefits. Does this mean that it is
easy to make money trading the Forex Market? Not at all.
Forex brokers agree that 90% of traders end up losing money, 5%
of traders end up at break even and only 5% of them achieve
consistent profitable results. With these statistics shown, I
don't consider trading to be an easy task. But, is it harder to
master any other endeavor? I don't think so, consider musicians,
writers, or even other businesses, the success rates are about
the same, there are a whole bunch of them who never got to the
Now that we know it is not easy to achieve consistent profitable
results, a must question would be, Why is it that some traders
succeed while others fail to trade successfully in the Forex
market? There is no hard answer to this question, or a recipe to
follow to achieve consistent profitable results. What we do know
is that traders that reach the top think different. That's
right, they don't follow the crowd, they are an independent part
of the crowd.
A few things that separate the top traders from the rest are:
Education: They are very well educated in the matter; they have
chosen to learn every single and important aspect of trading.
The best traders know that every trade is a learning experience.
They approach the Forex market with humility, otherwise the
market will prove them wrong.
Forex trading system: Top traders have a Forex trading system.
They have the discipline to follow it rigorously, because they
know that only the trades that are signaled by their system have
a greater rate of success.
Price behavior: They have incorporated price behavior into their
trading systems. They know price action has the last word.
Money management: Avoiding the risk of ruin is a primary subject
to the best traders. After all, you cannot succeed without funds
in your trading account.
Trading psychology: They are aware of every psychological issue
that affects the decisions made by traders. They have accepted
the fact that every individual trade has two probable outcomes,
not just the winning side.
These are, among others, the most important factors that
influence the success rate of Forex traders.
We know now that it is not easy to make money trading the Forex
market, but it is possible. We also discussed the most important
factors that influence the rate of success of Forex traders.
But, how much time does it take to have consistent profitable
results? It is different from trader to trader. For some, it
could take a life time, and still don't get the desired results,
for some others, a few years are enough to get consistent
profitable results. The answer to this question may vary, but
what I want to make clear here is that trading successfully is a
process, it's not something you can do in a short period of
Trading successfully is no easy task; it is a process and could
take years to achieve the desired results. There are a few
things though every trader should take in consideration that
could accelerate the process: having a trading system, using
money management, education, being aware of psychological
issues, discipline to follow your trading system and your
trading plan, and others.
About the author:
Raul Lopez is a full time Forex trader, his trades are based on
a price behavior approach. Raul is also founder of
http://www.straightforex.com a high quality Forex training company.
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