Friday, August 31, 2007

Forex Beginner Systems - A Step-By-Step Guide to Trading Profit

This forex beginner systems article is a comprehensive guide to the steps needed in devising a forex trading system as a beginner. Knowing which way to jump with all the information floating around can be a daunting proposition; so having a step-by-step guide by a successful experienced (and humble: lol) trader is obviously a great start. There aren't any in depth explanations here as the purpose is to highlight the areas which require further investigation, and in what order of importance. I have articles specific to each category on my website which I will link to at the bottom of the page. Anyhow, follow through with each of these steps and you will be well on the way to forex trading profit.

The main steps are:
1.) Get background information on what forex trading entails.
2.) Learn how to manage risk and size positions correctly.
3.) Find a strategy you are comfortable with.
4.) Test your strategy.
5.) Interpret the numbers.
6.) Find a broker.
7.) Rake in the cash!

First of all, with forex beginner systems, it is important to know just what you are getting into. Forex trading is just like any other business. You wouldn't go off and try to build houses without reading a book or getting some lessons now would you? Constructing systems is much the same. Without any knowledge of the market you are essentially building a "house of cards". You don't need a Phd in macro-economics, but a solid knowledge base will only aid in your trading decisions and help ease your mind throughout the entire process.

Risk Management:
The next thing to learn is how to manage risk and size positions. These factors should be the cornerstones of any system. In essence: you need to know how much to risk losing on each trade. People often make the mistake of ignoring this factor; that's why over 90% of traders fail. Think of it in terms of being a gambler or being a casino; we know who always wins right? Do your due diligence on risk management and position sizing and you will be well on the way to becoming one of the 10% of successful traders.

Once you understand the numbers a little better you can look at specific strategies to trade. Forex beginner systems should be quite simple. As with many other things; simple can also be very effective. I have found that trend trading and swing trading in particular can be very simple and also very effective. The main thing though, is that you feel comfortable trading a strategy. Psychology plays a large part in forex trading too, so having a simple yet effective strategy is often the best. It's a case of K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid!).

The next aspect of creating forex beginner systems is testing. Testing your system is all important in knowing if you will turn a profit or not. Don't "go off half cocked"; you may wind up with a "blown up" trading account. It's a step closer to being a "casino" and another step away from being a "gambler". To add further perspective; just imagine if boeing didn't test their planes before they used them..... Would you be getting on one? I didn't think so! It's much the same with trading; test your hypotheses and make sure they work.

Analyzing the results of these tests is the next thing to do. Anyone can see if a system will be relatively profitable from the results of testing. The hard part comes with understanding how to interpret the results and how they will effect your trading in real time. Analyzing the results and making necessary changes to your forex beginner systems will also likely make you substantially more profitable. There is no end to what can be done with statistics. Again let's look at our jet-plane analogy. From flying the plane we know it doesn't crash. But how much fuel per mile did it use? How much will we need to fly from our place to a nice island in the Maldives? How can we get their faster or without using as much fuel. You get it? Knowing how to get there is one thing; but getting there the cheapest and fastest way possible is harder.

Now it's time to find a broker to trade your forex beginner systems with. Brokers offer free trial accounts with play money to check out their wares. By all means take advantage of these offers. Also, you should be aware of some of the different types of brokers and the features they offer. This is important as well. Think of it as choosing to fly "Econo-miser" or "Champagne" airways.

Now you should be all geared up with some shiny new forex beginner systems if you have investigated all these things thoroughly. If you're still not sure, there is loads more information on my site and others. There are loads of people researching new ways to make money in the currency markets, so please, check the web regularly and see what else they have found. Some offer their information free (like me) and others charge for their info. Do not be too tight with the purse strings though; as one profitable trade can often see an item paid for many times over. Now off you go and rake in some of that cash!

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My Experiences Trading Sugar Commodity Futures Contracts and Options

Sugar trading is romantic! Here's some valuable hints and kinks taken from actual trading experiences.

Sugar is a great market for beginning commodity traders. Sugar futures contracts require a small margin and rarely make extreme moves. Currently, an account margin of $1200 will control about $13,000 worth of sugar. (112,000 lbs at 12 cents per pound) A one cent move in sugar equates to $1120.

Brazil is now energy independent from its use of ethanol in the form of alcohol. Ethanol is derived from sugar. This has brought a great increase in the number of speculators and commercial hedgers trading in sugar futures and options. The volatility and liquidity generated is a positive by-product.

Sugar trades for only three hours a day, from 9am-12pm. What a great life to be an expert sugar trader! It's a fifteen hour work week.

Sugar has made several extreme moves over the last thirty-five years. The last big move to 18 cents a pound was last year. In the early 1980's sugar hit 44 cents a pound. In the early 1970's sugar hit 66 cents!

On the other side, sugar once got as low as 2.5 cents a pound. The whole 112,000 pound contract was worth only $2800! You could have taken delivery and warehoused it for a few years and sold it for 15 cents a pound or $16,800. (Or just kept rolling the contracts forward with no delivery) That's not a bad profit if you believed sugar was not going to be free. Multiply this times ten contracts and you are looking at over $160,000 on a $30,000 investment. There certainly is opportunity if one is willing to take on the risk.

During normal or quiet markets, options on sugar futures are usually cheap and you can buy a lot of time. Strategies are abundant for spreads, straddles, and strangles. Sugar makes lots of long-term patterns and formations. Wave analysis and swing trading works well for sugar when it's trending.

Some traders look for the possibility of "pyramiding" contracts when sugar is active. This is a risky technique used when the market is in an extended trend. A trader tries to keep adding futures positions using previous profits. Dont ever forget this is a double edge sword. If you add to positions, make sure to adjust catastrophic stops so that your losses are not out of control if the market reverses. If the market stops you out and moves in the other direction, dont be afraid to get back in if the trend is still intact. Sugar trends can last a lot longer then most expect.

Look to exit positions after big moves during the morning opening or near the close. Sugar futures tend to reverse after very large moves by gapping open the following day. Try not to keep big profits over the weekend thinking Monday morning will have a big follow through. You may want to lighten up on Friday right before the close.

If you feel nervous about holding onto big profits, my best advice and rule of thumb is to keep one-half of your position and sell one-half. This way you can never be more than one-half wrong, and one-half right. This is a form of "scaling out", which is a favorite technique of mine. Besides, after a climatic move the option prices are usually very inflated. The option premiums may actually decline on a flat opening Monday because the previous panic reaction wasn't justified.

Hurricane seasons are a time when the sugar market gets a lot of attention. There is always the possibility that the crop in some of the sugar growing areas could get blown away and damaged beyond recovery. This could happen, but is rare. Many traders buy options to cover this vulnerable period of time, looking to profit. Though over the long haul, more precise timing is required to cover the option premium expenses.

A great strategy for sugar is buying a call and selling another call at a higher strike price to cover some of the premium expenses. (spread) Also, you could buy a futures contract and buy a cheap put as protection. And finally, sell options in a trading range after a big move. This is a strategy used to capture inflated premiums for profitable erosion.

Sugar has long term "kick-in-the-pants" cycles that produce massive moves every eleven years or so. Keep an eye out for the next one.

Here's how I look for opportunities in the sugar markets: First I generate a TimeLine forecast that shows a strong move up or down in sugar. The TimeLine is based on time cycles and other preprogrammed patterns. I then determine if the move is expected to be choppy, trending, and for how long. This helps us focus on possible directional futures/option positions or writing options in a range, or even writing options with the trend.

Next I use automated option software to search for the best of 1600 strategies based on the expected market move. I compare these option to option combinations against futures to options combinations. At some point I will find a compromise between risk, profit and simplicity in one or two strategies. In hindsight there's always a best strategy we could have used. Keep this is mind when narrowing down the choices. When finished, we want to have one or two potential trades to work with. We call the selected few, "high probability, low risk trades."

Remember there is more to planning a trade than just coming up with a forecast. The market may move as predicted but we can still lose by choosing the wrong trading vehicles. Pick the right vehicles and strategies that will allow us to stay in the market without excessive fear, but still carrying calculated risk.

We NEED to take on calculated risk or the market will not pay us for our services. In addition, the vehicle has to move far enough to make a profit without letting the expense of protection eat us up. Excessive protection (risk avoidance) can come in the form of option premiums, too close-in stop loss orders - and overdone, complex spread strategies. Matching a forecast to a strategy is an important skill to succeed in commodity trading.

Good Trading!

There is substantial risk of loss trading futures and options and may not be suitable for all types of investors. Only risk capital should be used.

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Forex Scalping- A Key Market Factor You Must Know

Forex scalping requires a completely different mindset to other forms of day trading. Those who engage in Forex scalping normally make a number of trades a day taking somewhere between 5 to 10 pips from the market each time in many cases. Of course, the more trades that are made, the higher probability the scalper will have losses.

Hence the need to exercise discipline and not shoot at everything that moves. Look for only high probability trades. This however is easier said than done. That is why the following piece of information is critical in understanding market behavior from a Forex scalping point of view.

A Crucial Piece Of Information

The crucial piece of information we are referring to is this:

Somewhere between 60 - 80% of the time, the market is in consolidation.

This means that most of the time, the market is not making significant moves. It tends to range in a consolidation channel for hours at times before another significant move takes price to another level.

This market behavior pattern is ideal for Forex scalping once the trader fully understands it.

Develop Recognition Skills

Whenever the trader opens a chart, key support and resistance levels need to be identified. Previous highs and lows should jump out at the trader and be quickly recognized and identified.

To this end it helps to draw horizontal lines on the charting software to mark the top of a channel and the bottom of a channel on whichever time frame the trader is using.

The Key Forex Scalping Principle

The main principle that governs Forex scalping is the same principle that applies to all forms of day trading:

Sell The Rallies - Buy The Dips

Hence, when Forex scalping, the trader will look for ranges or consolidation channels where price is obviously moving (often within a 20, 30 or 40 pip range) and set an entry order to go long when price hits the bottom of the range, or an entry order to go short when price hits the top of the range.

There is always the possibility price will breakout at that point in which case it will be a losing trade. That's why it is important to maintain tight stops, perhaps no more than around 15 pips to keep the profit/loss ratio within reason.

Be Selective

To make Forex scalping trades higher probability it is important to select trades that have a number of elements going for them.

It is often not enough to just jump in on any range you see and enter an order to go long or short at the top or bottom of the range.

You want to look for ranges where the top or bottom coincides with other indicators. For example, the 200 EMA (Exponential Moving Average) is a very powerful indicator on the 4 hour, 1 hour, and 15 minute time frames. Seeing it is one of the most popular indicators of all time used by traders in the global market place, it pays to take notice of where price is in relation to the 200 EMA.

So if you see a trading range where the top or bottom also coincides with the 200 EMA on one of the higher time frames, zero in using the 5 minute chart, draw your horizontal lines to mark the range or consolidation channel, and choose a suitable order entry point. The 200 EMA provides a strong level of support or resistance, depending on which direction you are trading.

Likewise, if the top or bottom of the range is also lining up with a pivot level, or a Fibonacci retracement or extension level, you have added reasons to believe price is going to respect that level, at least for a while. You can then enter an order at the price point with reasonable certainty that you can grab 5 to 10 pips from the market, depending on the height or depth of the trading range.

Why Forex Scalping Methods Should Be Part Of Your Overall Strategy

This characteristic of market behavior, the fact price spends most of its time in trading ranges, makes Forex scalping a very profitable method once the trader has acquired experience and developed understanding and recognition skills.

Rather than waiting for the occasional significant price move, the trader who also has a Forex scalping strategy in his toolkit can utilize those long periods in the trading day when price doesn't go anywhere.

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Medical Uniforms Have Expanded to Include a Much Wider Range

Earlier whenever we pictured the medical professionals the image of white lab coats, gloves and scrubs formed in front of our eyes. Now gone are the days when the medical staff would easily fit into such stereotype images. The world of medical uniforms has undergone a revolutionary change and now the medical uniforms are easily available in a variety of designs, styles and colors. Made out of different materials, the uniforms have managed to bring about a complete image makeover for the professionals in the medical field. The internet has also managed to add to the options available within the range of medical uniforms and many online shops have come into existence to offer a wider choice to consumers.

Medical uniforms should be chosen with extreme care, as the people who wear it are responsible for handling patients and providing care to them for long durations at a stretch. The material used for making the uniforms should be comfortable so as to absorb sweat and any pungent smell that forms a common feature of any hospital or nursing home. Most medical uniforms are therefore made of cotton or poly-cotton materials. The traditional medical uniforms were usually buttoned and back-button ones but now the drawstring pants and pullover tops have changed the complete appearance of the uniforms. A medical staff also has the opportunity to wear formal yet trendy clothes, thereby doing away with the preconceived notion of the medical staff being drab and boring.

The online shops have managed to bring convenience to the desktop of consumers. Now, simply by clicking onto a website that offers medical uniforms, a customer can get a complete preview of the product and the cost attached to the purchase. Most reputed online stores do not charge any hidden costs or additional charges for shipping the product or for the timely delivery. Online shopping convenience makes it possible for the customer to get medical uniforms as per his or her requirements within a time limit of around two days in most cases. Also, as the online sites let the customer have a look at the design and style of the medical uniforms, there is no chance of the customer not liking the final product. The medical uniforms can now easily be chosen according to the preference of the customer who now has a much larger variety to choose from.

The ease of purchasing medical uniforms online is that a number of people could have a look at the uniforms without having to physically walk into a store. Purchasing uniforms in bulk for yourself and your colleagues may also get you an enviable bargain and a heavy discount on the best quality products. Separate divisions of the medical ward can select separate look and style of medical uniforms like the pediatric ward staff can have uniforms with cartoon characters drawn on it. The only point to be kept is mind when buying uniforms online is that the company should be legitimate and the return policies should be in place.

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Forex Trading - Instantly Increase Your Profits With The 80 - 20 Rule

The 80 20 rule was not devised for Forex trading - however if you apply it in your trading, you'll instantly increase your profit potential. The rule is simple to understand and apply - and all Forex traders should use it.

So, what is the 80 20 rule, and why is it so powerful in terms of making Forex profits?

The Logic of the 80 20 Rule

In the nineteenth century, Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian philosopher, observed that a small section of the population held most of the money and power. He postulated that in most countries, 80% of the money and power was controlled by around 20% of the people. Therefore, 20% of the participants accounted for 80% of the results.

The 80 20 rule applies to many other areas of life - including Forex trading, and in simple terms, the key point to consider is this:

80% of your results will be generated by 20% of your efforts.

This also means that:

20% of your results will be generated by 80% of your efforts.

In Forex trading, its a fact that most traders make this critical error they trade too much - and try to force results by working too hard.

Heres what you need to do, to apply the 80 20 rule in Forex trading, and increase your results:

1. Cut out short term trading - like Forex day trading. In day trading, you trade frequently - but it simply doesnt work. This is because all short-term volatility is random - and you can never get the odds in your favor.

2. Only trade significant technical patterns - such as critical breaks of support and resistance, with your Forex trading system.

3. Risk more per trade on the good trades - up to 20% is OK. Remember, risk goes with reward - and you need to take meaningful calculated risks, when the odds are in your favor.

4. Dont diversify! Forex traders think this spreads risk, but all it does, is simply dilute profit.

In terms of your Forex trading strategy: Focusing on the above will make you more money but youll also reduce the effort you put in.

Shift your emphasis to long term trading - and only trade the best signals. By doing this, your workload - and the amount of time you need to spend on your Forex analysis will be reduced.

If you apply the 80 20 rule to your Forex trading in the above way, youll cut the effort you put in. Youll also increase the profits you make - and thats what all Forex traders want!

Cutting the Effort You Put In and Getting Bigger Rewards

Many people think that the more effort you put in, the better the results you obtain. This is true in many areas of life - but not Forex trading! Here you are paid for being right with your Forex trading signals - thats all.

Also, dont fall for the myth that the more you trade, the better your chance is of having Forex trading success. This is simply not true - because the big trades, with the best ratio of risk to reward dont come around that often.

Incorporate the 80 - 20 rule in your Forex trading strategy, and watch your profits soar.

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Commodity Trading Make Money Fast In 5 Simple Steps

This article is all about trading commodities for big profits and how to make money fast.

We will outline the best method and the best commodities to enable you to have big profit potential, so lets get started.

Commodity trading covers a variety of areas including currencies, stock indices, energies bonds and a variety of soft commodities.

1. Commodity Trading - Your method

Look at any chart of any commodity, you will see trends and it these trends you want to lock into and trade for profit.

The best way to do this is with a technical trading system and you should be looking to trade the longer term trends as these yield the biggest profits.

There are lots of good trading methods, but the most important point to keep in mind is you need to understand the method and why it will work and have confidence in it.

Many traders simply buy computer systems they dont understand, or try and follow an advisor or broker. If you do this you will probably lack confidence and when loses come you will deviate from the method.

The biggest attribute a trader can have is discipline.

You need to have it to apply your method. If you dont, you really dont have a method at all.

2. Commodity Trading Best markets to trade

There are two key factors in deciding what markets to trade and they are - Trending nature and liquidity.

While all commodities trend, some tend to offer better, more consistent trends than others. Market sectors that offer good reliable trends include Currencies, energies and interest rates and these are great for all traders.

They also offer high liquidity, which means trades can be entered and exited quickly, to lock in profits or liquidate losing trades.

Many commodities have low liquidity and erratic trading patterns and these should be avoided.

3. Commodity Trading Diversification

If you want to make money fast DONT diversify too much. Stick to one or a few areas only. Diversification dilutes profit potential. If you have confidence in your method dont diversify across to many sectors.

4. Money Management - Risk

If you want to make money fast then you need to take risks. Commodity trading offers great profit potential, but with reward goes risk - Its as simple as that.

On small accounts those below ($100,000) you have to risk more because you have small equity and your risk per trade needs to be higher.

If you have an account of $25,000 and you risk 2% (as many experts will tell you) you are risking $500.00. Chances are you will get stopped out a lot of the time and take a string of losses.

Many traders try so much to restrict risk; they end up creating it - As they are simply not taking enough of a risk to win.

When trying to build equity fast be selective in your trades and be prepared to risk up to 10% per trade.

5. Commodity Trading - Success has U in it!

If you want make money fast in commodity trading you need to take responsibility for your trades. Many losing traders blame everyone else the system they have market conditions the wife and many more.

However winning traders take responsibility they know that they can get systems and knowledge elsewhere but its up to them to apply the tools for profits.

To make money fast you need knowledge, a robust trading method you have confidence in, the discipline to apply it rigidly and the appetite to take calculated risks to reach your goals.

Approach commodity trading with the right attitude and you could make money fast and pile up big profits consistently.

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Commodity Trading Systems - Learn From a Trading Master and Boost Your Profit Potential!

Legendary trader W D Gann amassed a fortune of $50 million dollars in the first half of the last century, although he died in 1955, his commodity trading systems are still used today by traders all over the world.

Successful commodity trading systems have the ability take the emotion out of trading, liquidating losses quickly and spotting and holding the big longer-term trends and thats exactly what Ganns Commodity trading systems did.

Ganns Commodity Systems Track Record

Ganns commodity trading systems allowed him to make some stunning predictions and trading gains such as:

1. He predicted improvements in business in 1921 and the Bull Run in stocks.

2. 1928 he forecasted the end of the Bull Market in stocks a full year in advance of the 1929 crash. He then bought stocks in the Dow at an all time low in 1932.

3. In 1935, of 98 trades in cotton, grain, and rubber, 83 trades showed a profit. His percentage of profitable trades was often 90% or higher.

History Repeats Itself

Gann was a prolific writer and wrote extensively, outlining his thoughts on commodity trading systems in a series of books and courses. Some of his ideas were grounded in empirical studies, while others were more mystical in nature.

Ganns major contention was that certain laws governed not only the markets, but nature as well and were universal in scope. He believed that human psychology was constant and that this manifested itself in repeatable price patterns.

We cannot escape it (emotion) In the future it will cause another panic in stocks. When it comes both traders and investors will sell stocks, as usual, after it is too late or in the latter stages of a bear market

He was aware that human nature was constant and influenced the majority of traders.

Therefore, in order to make a success the trader must act in a way to overcome the weak points that have caused the ruin of others

For more information on trading psychology excellent books to read any by Jake Bernstein, Jesse Livermore, Larry Williams, Van Tharp and Jack Shwager and you will see why human nature repeats itself.

The Influence of Price and Time

One of the most important thoughts behind Ganns commodity trading systems was the concept of combining price and time.

Gann believed that crucial price movements happened when price and time converged. These points could indicate an important trend change was imminent. If on the other hand, price and time were not coordinated, or did not converge, time always held priority over price. Time was therefore considered by Gann as the ultimate indicator, because all of nature was governed by time.

In the "Wall Street Stock Selector" Gann said.

"Just remember one thing, whatever has happened in the past in the stock market and Wall Street will happen again. Advances in bull markets will come in the future, and panics will come in the future, just as they have in the past. This is the working out of a natural law ..." and, "It is action in one direction and reaction in the opposite direction. In order to make profits, you must learn to follow the trend and change when the trend changes."

Making Big Profits with Gann

There are many commodity-trading systems to choose from and Gann with its unique method of technical analysis is worth serious consideration by any trader.

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Intra Day Charts - How Do You Use Them To Make Profits?

Many trader use intra day charts to try and time the market for maximum profits and keep losses small and make big profits overtime.

But how can you do this? Lets find out.

Intra day charts sound like a great way to maximize profits and keep losses small but all you will do is end up losing money quickly.


Consider what the FOREX market actually is and you will see why using intro day charts is simply a good way to put the odds firmly against you.

The FOREX markets are huge and trillions of dollars are traded everyday and you cannot predict what will happen in such a short time frame as a few hours or minutes.

Its a ridiculous way to trade.

There is insufficient data and volatility in such short time frames is unpredictable.

Trade with the odds

Currency markets trade longer term and reflect the underlying health of the economy (which of course is long term) and intra day movements are random.

You cannot set stops intra day, as daily resistance and support points are meaningless.

The scenario that dooms you to lose.

You can keep your losses small, but your chances of being stopped out are also high.

As for running profits, intra day traders simply want to get out in the day with a profit.

They can do this sometimes (by luck more than anything else) but their profits are never big enough to cover their inevitable losses.

Ever heard the phrase

Run your profits and cut your losses?

Its sound advice.

You cant do this trading intra day.

All you will end up doing is keeping your losses small, have higher odds of being stopped out and never be able to run your profits to cover your inevitable losses.

The net result You lose all your money over the longer term.

Intra day trading is mostly promoted by system sellers or vendors who simply make money selling to you.

They dont trade themselves and if you ask them, can NEVER Produce a real time track record of consistent gains.

You may get a few testimonials or a hypothetical track record in hindsight.

We can all make money in hindsight, but trading intra day in the market real time is far harder and you will lose.

Dont fall for this method of trading you will simply lose as the odds are firmly against you.


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Lack Of Forex Education A Major Cause Of Failure

Lack of thorough Forex education can be costly.

Some new traders open a mini-account and immediately throw $5,000 at it, jump in and get their feet wet. Within 3 months or less the account is finished.

What happened?

There is a lot of hype surrounding the Forex! The internet is full of claims that you can turn a few hundred dollars into tens of thousands within months or 1 or 2 years.

With the most rudimentary information, new traders are sometimes encouraged to begin trading long before they are qualified.

Regretfully, some get-rich-quick merchants merely teach a little technical analysis and basic concepts in the Forex education they offer and miss what amounts to the most crucial part of Forex education: Mental and emotional discipline.

Aspects Of Forex Education

So in brief, here is how the various aspects of a thorough Forex education could be prioritized in increasing order of importance:

1. Forex terminology and trading mechanics

2. Learning how to read charts

3. Learning how to use the online trading software

4. Learning a variety of technical indicators

5. Learning a handful of proven strategies employing those technical indicators

6. Practicing in a demo account

7. Opening a mini account (still viewed as a practice account)

8. Strict risk management

9. Developing mental discipline and control of emotions through experience

Let's take a look at this list a little more closely.

Notice the items of lesser importance have to do with the mechanics of trading. Most Forex education packages spend ample time on the mechanics.

But the most crucial aspects, the factors that can make or break a Forex trader are the last two, items 8 and 9.

Risk Management

Forex education must include a detailed explanation of risk management rules to be of any value.

You need to know how to calculate risk reward ratios and which trades your equity will allow and which ones you need to avoid.

Estimates vary as to what is the optimal risk percentage on any one trade. Some very conservative traders may suggest no more than 1%. As a general rule, 2% seems to be a reasonable figure allowing for a series of losing trades without putting the account in jeopardy.

More liberal traders even suggest 5% but in my view that is dangerous. Image the hit on your mental energies if you get 5 or 6 losing trades in a row if you trade with that kind of risk.

An effective Forex education will devote a serious amount of time to discussing risk management.

Mental Discipline

There is a reason why this is the most crucial factor of all. Most traders fail, not because they don't have a good trading strategy, but because they lack the mental discipline to follow it.

The Forex can take an undisciplined trader on an emotional merry-go-round and empty the account at the same time.

That is why any Forex educational package of value will spend considerable time offering strategies and guidelines on how to keep mental focus and emotions in check.

Some Forex education package are put together by individuals associated with online brokers who don't actually trade themselves. Avoid them.

Go With Professionals

If you are going to invest in Forex education, go to the professionals. Do a little research and make sure the people teaching you are seasoned traders themselves, preferably with years of experience.

So when contemplating the Forex, don't be in a rush. Take your time, research, identify a good mentor, and be thorough in your Forex education. Eventually, you may be in the small percentage of traders who make a substantial income from currency trading.

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What to Sell on the Internet?

The phenomenal growth of ecommerce lures more and more people to dream about starting an online business. The question that bothers many and restrains them from realizing their dream is what to sell on the Internet.

If you have spent sometime on the Internet trying to figure out what product or service you should choose to sell online, you must have noticed that people are selling every conceivable product and service over the Internet. Contrary to popular belief, even big ticket items are also selling on the Internet very well. But, nevertheless, it is not very easy for a newbie to find a product rather quickly and start marketing online.

If you are having difficulty in finding a good tangible product to market on the Internet or afraid to manage all the hassles of shipping and handling you may seriously consider selling information online.

According to data, most people browse through the Internet in search of some sorts of information that they require. Survey conducted by Neilsen Media Research shows that Books and Information Category tops the highest selling product and service on the Internet with a significant margin in comparison to other categories. This makes information a natural product for sale on the Internet. Information sells online in the formats of e-books, articles, reports, data, whitepapers etc. If you have expertise in any specific field, you may consider selling your ideas in one of the mentioned format. Check out Clickbanks marketplace to get a good idea what people are selling. You will be truly amazed by the scope of ideas!

Although, information is the most sought after product on the Internet; that does not mean it is an easy-to-sell product. For one thing there are tons of free information available on the Internet, and the second is people on the Internet are not very willing to pay for information. This is the reason why you have to be very careful in choosing the right product to market online.

People will buy your information product, if it is:

- A particular knowledge that they crave

- It makes their life easier, i.e. saves time

- It teaches them some subject that they would like to learn.

Which are the products that fall in these categories?

Expert advises, tips and ideas in a niche field:

Body building tips, dieting secrets, dating ideas, stock trading secrets, Internet marketing ideas are examples of this category.

Trend forecasts:

Businesses spend fortunes to have a better understanding of specific trends. If you have enough expertise to predict a trend of a specific field, i.e. high technology, stock market, Internet, etc., you may have a comfortable living by selling newsletter and whitepapers. The hard part is: you have to prove that you are really an expert in this field.


Thanks to Internet, more and more people are willing to learn different subjects from the comfort of their work and home. If you have enough knowledge of a particular subject, create an online course and market it through Internet.

Surveys and data:

Business bases on various marketing, demographic, sales and other data. You may collect those data from various sources and by conducting your own online surveys. This also requires enough knowledge of a specific business field and their requirement.

Research and Analysis:

People are often ready to pay for research and analysis information of their fields because, in general, this saves their own time. That is why subscription based stocks and other research websites are thriving on the Internet.

There are number of other reasons why you should consider selling information on the Internet.

Audience size

Millions of people from all over the world are browsing through the Internet in any given time. Your information product can be exposed to a very large number of prospective buyers in no time.

Easy to develop

Information products like reports and e-books are fairly easy to create. All you need is the knowledge of the field, a little determination and enough time to spend on it.

Low cost and low over head

You can create and market a report for less than US $100. You can take advantage of numbers of free marketing tools available on the Internet. You can even keep your overhead low by doing things all by yourself.

You can start part time

This is one business you can start from shoestring and spending only couple of hours a day. You can keep your job until you feel comfortable with the earning you generate through your online endeavor.

Conduct business from anywhere

The best thing about this business is you can do it from anywhere. You are no longer confined to a specific geographical region. While developing your information product keep in mind the following aspects:

- Does this product satisfy a need or does it solve a problem?

- Is their enough value in it?

- Is it a better product than others available on the Internet?

- Is this product easy to market to your chosen market segment?

The last question is very important as the sheer size of Internet makes it virtually impossible to focus on it as a whole. You must segment your market as clearly and as specifically as possible to become a successful Internet marketer.

Once you finished developing your product, initially, try selling your product through a marketplace similar to Clickbank. This will allow you to setup your online business fairly quick. You will not need a merchant account of your own and you can build your affiliate program with an ease.

Nowshade Kabir is the founder, primary developer and present CEO of a Global B2B Exchange with solutions to create e-catalog, Web store, business process management and other features to run a business online. You can read various articles written by Nowshade Kabir at

Forex Swing Trading Swing Trade Your Way To Regular Profit

The rise of online forex trading means that anyone can swing trade for short term profits, Its not only profitable, its easy to learn, good fun and that's what trading should be.

Forex swing trading online provides the ideal market for the methodology of swing trading.

So why are currency markets the ideal for swing trading?

Lets first of all define what forex swing trading actually is

Forex Swing trading aims to identify intermediate swings in price, that can last from anywhere from a few days, to a few weeks.

This is not day trading day trading has no reliable data as the period is to short and you cant make money.

Swing trading here means still looking at short time frames, but the data is reliable enough for you to get the odds in your favor.

The following conditions make FOREX swing trading potentially such a lucrative way of trading

1. Liquidity

Each day the global forex markets see trillions of dollars transacted.

This is a 24 hour market and is the worlds biggest investment marketplace.

The huge size of the markets allows traders to open and close transactions quickly, to lock in profits and minimize losses.

2. Volatility

Currency markets are volatile and this is why a short term trading method such as forex swing trading can be so profitable.

A volatile moving market is essential for swing trading.

This volatility means a large number of potential opportunities that are presented to forex traders.

3. Transaction costs

Low transaction costs that were once the preserve of large institutions, now any trader can get 3 5 pip spreads meaning short term trading is viable for any trader

Swing trades come regularly

While currencies present long term trends, there are many profitable swing trading opportunities within them.

These shorter trends last for a few days to a few weeks and they offer regular high reward low risk trading opportunities for forex swing traders

5 Psychology is easy to learn

Many traders lack patience and want to have quick action well thats exactly what you get with forex swing trading.

FOREX swing trading offers them a lot of trades regularly and you dont need the patience of a long term trend follower.

Swing trades tend to either run to profit quickly or loss, keeping the trader interested, motivated, disciplined and focused.

This is an ideal way of trading for someone who loves trading.

Forex swing trading is also

Easy to learn you can simply use support and resistance lines with some confirming momentum indicators. For example, we use just stochastics and RSI Its simple and a stress free way of trading and best of all can make big profits with low risk.

FOREX Swing trading is fun and very profitable and thats the way trading should be.


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