This is Why you Lost All of your Money Trading in Forex

By: Marijan Koturic

What is profitable trading about? You see, successful profitable trading is all about the right time frame. Are you losing money? YES YOU ARE! They say that 95% of traders lose money. The fact that you are reading this article means that you are still searching for a way to make money trading. At least you are not giving up yet. But will you eventually make money? There are over 25 ads for Forex training just this week in local papers and TV ads in my neighborhood alone. I could not believe it. Statistics show that 95% of all traders lose money trading. It is the hardest business to succeed in, and yet there is an expert teacher/trader on every corner.

Why do YOU lose? You know why. Because the mortgage payment is due tomorrow, so is your credit card payment and maybe even alimony. Somehow you have convinced yourself that YOU can make money FAST by trading currencies and pay your bills tomorrow. A pip here and a pip there, a little bit of cheap spread, trailing stop and a nap and you made millions. So you hopped on the first Forex website you could find. You opened an account and 15 minutes after funding it with your nest egg the entire $1000 is almost gone.

It was "make it or break it" for you. Someone smart once said something like this: "The way of thinking that created the problem can not be the same way of thinking to solve it".

Markets don't have a heart. Here is an old saying for you. Scared money does not make money. Here is another one. Trade with the trend. Here is even a better one. STAY AWAY FROM THE SMALL CHARTS. In fact, the GREATEST, BEST KEPT SECRET about trading is to trade in large time frames. Once you can get your head around the fact that you will NOT MAKE MILLIONS TODAY but will make money slowly, you just might start enjoying this little business of ours.

That is why you failed. You gambled when you were supposed to be running your own business. The fact remains that if you trade BIG CHARTS you will change your way of thinking and POSSIBLY MAYBE even make some money. Of course if I were you, I would get me some REAL Professional training first. Could you possibly start a car repair business tomorrow if you knew nothing about car repair? Come to think of it, perhaps you could, and that would explain a lot about why my car never runs AFTER the repair.

Believe it or not although a good technique has a lot to do with making money in trading, the most crucial element to success for a new trader is the trading time frame - which chart are you taking your trades in. I know you have been told that you can make money in 5 -10 -15 minute charts but you are being slightly misled. Although possible, it is not the easiest way, and definitely not for you until you get to an expert level. Those are the toughest time frames to trade in. Here is why.

Because there are at least 4-5 different market conditions throughout a trading day if you trade like that. They require completely different approach and some are not for trading at all. All of this thrown at you is like land mines on the road to ensure your failure.

These days thousands of new traders are opening trading accounts daily. There are more suckers everywhere. A simple risk disclosure statement that the broker is required by law to show you frees the broker from any liability from your losses. It has become like hunting for ducks and of course you are not the hunter. So don't trade the small time frames. Trade like the pros, the secret is in the big charts. Why do they work? Because each 4 hr bar, for example, contains all the quirks and chaos of what happened in the 15 min increments and therefore what ever that last 4 hour bar looks like is probably the whole story.

You are trading on a scale of 3- 4 days and therefore a spike due to some economic news will not affect you as badly and since your stop loss will be much bigger pip wise (money wise still the same as you have adjusted your lot size to be smaller) and you will be well out of trouble and still in trade. Fluctuations of 50-60 pips will now start to mean nothing to you as you remain calm in pursuit of your first 500 pip trade. In fact it will also keep you away from the computer except for every 4 hours when you check up on your trade. This is necessary so that you do not mess with your trades. YOU happen to be the next biggest reason for your losses. But enough about you.

There is the light at the end of the tunnel. In case you ever wondered I want to make it clear to you - Yes you can make money trading and a lot of it and yes there are techniques that anyone can follow. Remember there are 25 experts in the paper this week. Hopefully at least one of those could do 5-6 profitable trades in a row. He's the guy to talk to even if you have to pay him $10000 to teach you. Trust me, that pales in comparison to what you will lose without training.

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