Forex Trading - What Makes Forex Traders Successful?

By: Amar Mahallati

Forex trading can be a good fit, but it's not for everyone. You have to take many things into account, and of course, you always risk losing money. If this isn't for you, don't worry. A lot of people aren't cut out for it. However, if you are considering jumping into forex trading, read on. Following are some traits that successful traders share. If this is you, you just might be a success. If not, perhaps forex trading is not for you.

You have to have discipline. Successful forex traders work on establishing their own trading system and then keep with it. They do not try to "trade on the fly" or do hit or miss trading.

You have to be able to accept risk. Although many will tell you that forex trading is not particularly risky, this is not really true. Just like any type of trading, you can lose money. You have to be willing to accept that this might happen to you.

Be willing to fail. Even the best forex traders lose money sometimes on some of their trades. This happens to everyone and is simply the nature of forex trading itself. However, unlike the average forex trader, successful forex traders don't focus on failing. They accept what has happened, learn from it what they can, and then move on to the next trade.

Have confidence. To be a successful forex trader, you have to be competent in your knowledge and in your ability to make trades that succeed. Don't doubt or second-guess your trades.

Be willing to be wrong. Remember that no one is perfect and you're going to make mistakes. There will be times when your analysis just doesn't hit the mark. However, don't stay in trades that have gone bad just because you don't want to be wrong. Cut your losses, get out and then look for the next opportunity to succeed again.

Have patience. If you're smart, you'll follow your system and wait for a good opportunity to present itself. You don't have to have your positions open at all time. You can go a day or two without any trades being made at all. Don't trade just because you think you need to. If you think this way, you're likely to make many more mistakes than you have to and many more bad trades than you need to.

Know when you should get out. As with any successful trading, you don't just need to know when to get in, but you need to know when to get out as well. Many traders have gotten greedy and wanted to stay in a trade too long; when they do this, their profits can be wiped out by a sudden trend downward. When you've got your trading system established, listen to it. It will tell you when to get out.

Know what your financial limitations are. Don't over-leverage yourself. Don't trade with money you can't afford to lose. If you trade with the mortgage money for next month, you're in trouble. You risk losing everything you have and ending up on the street. Make sure you only trade with money that you can afford to lose. It's okay to start small, with just a few hundred dollars if you need to. Don't risk losing more than you can afford to.

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