Becoming A Forex Trader Means Mastering The Tools Of The Trade

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The Forex market is very much a technical market and as such it is supported by a barrage of software tools which are not simply helpful to the trader but are an absolutely essential part of trading in a market which enjoys both high volume and considerable volatility. It is essential therefore that traders not only know what tools are available to them but are skilled in their use.

At the heart of Forex trading is a wealth of information which has to be not only constantly updated but which also has to be accurate. Such data, which is essentially displayed through a series of computer screens, needs to cover both current currency price data and historical price data and the systems in use needs to be able to analyze and display this data in a form that is of value to the trader.

In addition traders need to have fast and easy access to current and historical political and economic data and have to have the ability to analyze currency movements in relation to such information.

There are two fundamental forms of trading in operation today - reactive trading (in which a trader buys and sells in direct response to political and economic events) and speculative trading (in which a trader buys and sells on the basis of his prediction of the direction in which the market will move in response to current political and economic events). Whether a trader is buying and selling on a reactive or speculative basis it is essential that he has accurate and up-to-date information on which to base his decision.

But information alone is not enough and traders also need to have access to a range of tools that allow them to analyze this information, whether such analysis is fundamental or technical in nature.

Fundamental analysis is based upon the belief that the market moves in response to such things as political events, economic news, changes in trading patterns, movements in interest and similar events. Tools required here will therefore include such things as software programs that can plot currency movements against trade data and interest rate data and use historic data to build models which predict movements in a huge variety of different political and economic conditions.

Technical analysis by contrast is based upon the belief that the market follows a pattern which has been well established over time and that future movements in the market can be predicted by analyzing and charting historical data to produce a series of models which can be used to predict future patterns.

Whatever your position either as a reactive or speculative trading and whether you are buying or selling on the basis of a fundamental or technical analysis of the market the one thing you need is information. In essence this means using a range of complex analytical tools and you will need to take the time to familiarize yourself with the tools available to you and then to master the skill of using these tools.