Forex Trading - Trade With Your Personality

By: Winson Peh

Forex trading is not as simple as it sounds. When we hear about people making so much money in this area , we always wonder if we could do likewise. What we may see or hear are the success stories. Very seldom people want to talk about failures.

The forex is a huge market and it is an knowledge based industry. Like any other profession , education is one of the most important and also the first step to take. Many people dive into this market without much preparation , and eventually they pay to the market. Invest in learning before you invest a single cent in the forex market. There are many successful forex strategies out there that you may want to consider. They either come in the form of online coaching or physical seminars that you can attend.

End of the day , a system is a system. It may or may not fit you. Back testing and paper trading is the only way to find out if the trading system fit you , without having to pay to the market.

Always start with paper trading , which does not involve real money. Practice makes perfect. Upon successful paper trading only then you may go "live" , trading with real money.

Once you started trading with real money , you will find that your emotions and psychology is so much different compared to paper trading. As we can see , it is important to trade with your personality.

Trading is an Art and also a Science. The Science only teaches you the steps and procedures to trade. The Art involves your emotions as well as your personality ...

Realistically speaking - the weakest link in the trading system is not your computer , it is not your trading strategy , and it is rarely your broker. It is You , the trader, who is responsible for your losses or , even more so , for your profits. Trading forex involves emotions and psychology.

Trading systems prosper or fail as a function of consistency in implementation or execution. And consistency in implementation is a direct function of the trader. Everyone of us has different emotions and personalities. We all need to trade with our personalities.

Over the couple of years , behavioral experts have studied the role that personal psychology or personality plays in trading. Understanding some of the common mistakes traders make can better help you avoid these mental traps .

Self-confidence - In any trading , there is a very thin line between bravado and stupidity. A trader must be careful not to over estimate his or her abilities and knowledge. Traders should always review their strategy and search for alternatives views and feedback. Stay humble and keep an open mind is the key to success.

Trade rationalization - A major issue in Forex trading is the vast amount of available information. Researchers have found that investors look for information that supports their trading views while ignoring or discounting evidence that runs counter to their positions. We need to avoid information overload.

When all of the researches or back-testings are over , when the perfect trading systems have collapsed, when market theories have been dashed on the hard rocks of market realities, and when confident traders have failed and given up , the only thing that remains still intact is trader personality and his psychology and what it can teach us about ourselves and others.

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