FOREX Trend Following - Doing It the Right Way for Bigger Gains

By: Kelly Price
If you want to make money in forex trading then you need to learn forex trend following and how to lock into the big trends and milk them for all there worth. The big trends last for months or even years and can offer fantastic profits, if you learn to follow them.

So how do forex trend follow correctly?

Let's start with some basics:

The big trends in currencies last a long time, because they reflect economic cycles and they last for months or years, so currency trends do too.

Forex trend following does not mean trying to day trade or scalp this is a way to lose money, as all short term volatility is random so don't try it.

How do you catch and follow forex trends? You need a robust, simple, forex trading system which is based on forex charts. Here are the basics of a system that will catch EVERY Big move.

Buy breakouts - FACT:

Most major forex trends start from new market HIGHS, so you need to buy breaks of resistance.

The more times a resistance level has been tested the more valid it is and if possible the time frames should be weeks or months apart.

The more tests, in more time frames and the wider they are apart the better.

When you buy these breaks make sure price velocity is on your side.

You can find out by using some momentum indicators these are covered more fully in our other articles - but two great ones are the stochastic and RSI Indicators. If they support the break then you have a potential high odds trading signal.

The stop is then easy - right below the breakout point.

With this method you're not interested in trading for the sake of trading, you need to be patient as the big high odds trades don't come around every day and sometimes you need to wait weeks or even months for a high odds trade to present itself but they always do and when they do offer stellar profits.

Your not interested in trading for fun - your interested in trading for big gains so forget all the lows odds trades.

Once you have locked into a trend and it's underway, you need to get ready for the hard part:

Following the trend and this takes a lot of discipline.

The bigger a profit becomes the more tempted a trader is to take it or lock in profits by moving his stop. The bigger the profit becomes the bigger the temptation is to take it, that's human nature - but you must stand firm.

You are going to have to sit on open equity swings against you which eat your open equity however so long as the long term trend is intact, hold it.

Trail your stop very slowly and way outside of random volatility and accept the fact when the trend changes you are going to have to give a good chunk back - but that's ok, if you caught 70% of every major trend you would be very rich.

Forex trend following is all about having a simple system, being patient, buying valid breakouts and following breakouts with discipline - its not easy to do - but if you can do it, you will make huge gains and enjoy currency trading success.

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