Forex trading provides potential investors with plenty of opportunities to make money and, potentially, a new career.
This guide will show you how to become an investor in the forex markets and do it successfully. Many traders fail to get good results so follow this guide to ensure that doesn’t happen to you.
Forex trading is difficult to learn and master. There are many resources available telling you one thing and another saying the complete opposite. Throw out everything you may have seen and stick to this guide – we have made money from forex using it
In this guide, you will see how to becomes a successful forex trader and how to trade on the live markets. If you are new to forex trading, you should also read our article dedicated to beginners, which you can find below:
These two materials will set you well on your way to becoming a successful investor in the currency markets.
So without ado, here’s how.
Table of Contents
- 1 A Beginner’s Guide To Investing
- 2 Forex Education
- 3 How To Invest In Forex
- 4 Finding Entry and Exit Points
- 5 Professional Investing
- 6 Conclusion
A Beginner’s Guide To Investing
Before you do anything, you first need to know what you want to get out of investing. But don’t be unrealistic with your goals – you won’t make a million in a year without large starting capital and correct bankroll management.
Instead, make SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. See this graphic from Brian Tracy:
For example, you may want to make 5% ROI each month for the next 5 years.
You need to be making long-term goals as they will help your mindset to achieve the lifestyle you want in the future.
Once you have set your main trading aim, you now need to learn how you’re going to get there. There are many factors that will impact this, for example, how much starting capital you’re willing to invest with up front – we actually recommend you start with a minimum of $10,000. There are also other factors to consider, such as how long you really want to be investing for.
From here, it’s time to plan on currency pairs you want to focus your efforts on. There are many choices and that’s what makes fore so appealing to investors.
Of course, without a trading strategy in place, you will find it difficult to pick the currency. If you want to become an investor, you need to prepare a plan. This will require a lot of studying, which takes you to the next step in the process.
Forex markets are always changing so to be a successful investor, you need to be able to understand how they move.
Fact: there is no guaranteed way to predict how the markets are going to move and guarantee you success. However, there are strategies that can help you make accurate predictions of how they are going to react.
You need to then combine this knowledge with patience and the forex mindset to be successful. If you can understand this, you are on your way to completing the first lesson in your forex education.
If you didn’t already know, forex investing is very technical and requires you to understand things like ratios, charts, and indexes.
Investing is a skill.
Now, some of you may be reading this and thinking that you can skip through this part and go straight to the markets. We can tell you right now, you will not be successful without putting the time into the research side of investing.
Take your time, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. If you try and advance too soon, you may lose your bankroll and end up broke. It’s important to how you achieved every winning trade and how to improve every losing trade.
So with this in mind, here are the steps to help you become a successful forex investor.
How To Invest In Forex
Here are eight key tasks that will help you become an investor.
It can be easy to think you can have a day or two off. If you start feeling like this, ask yourself this:
How many successful people do you know have put off doing things they can do today until tomorrow?
If you were to honestly answer, you would know the answer is none.
You need to turn investing into a habit and avoid procrastinating. The best way to do this is to keep doing it until it becomes part of your daily routine.
Grasp every opportunity you can to achieve your investing goals.
Avoid Demo Accounts
This may seem completely different to what you’ve been told before by other guides. However, we never recommend demo accounts to any of our students.
For example, if you make a profit from a demo account trade, you don’t make any real money. There’s also a risk that these profits can convince you that you’re the greatest trader ever when all that’s happened is that you’ve got incredibly lucky.
You can read more about this in the article below:
Learn And Keep Learning
Sounds simple enough, right? After all, it doesn’t take a genius to know that proper education is important, no matter the subject.
Our blog has a lot of training materials to help educate yourself with some of the most profitable strategies around. Alternatively, we have a complete course that will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know.
When it comes to investing in forex, there are no shortcuts. You can never stop learning new techniques for more efficient profits or how you can learn from a mistake. The more time you put into it, the better your results will be.
Know Your Tolerance To Risk
To make the most money from investing, you must be able to recognise the difference between safe and risky trades. Risky trades require self-reflection. You must be able to tolerate larger losses. This will obviously affect your targets so make sure you are trading within the realms of your own self-tolerance.
Invest What You Can Afford
You may have heard that gamblers get into a lot of trouble because they risk what they can’t afford to lose. Forex isn’t gambling so don’t treat it like a slot machine. Start with smaller stakes and only increase your unit sizes as your bankroll increases. This is all part of proper bankroll management.
You must remember that you don’t need to risk a lot of money to make a profit. Keep your long-term goals in mind every time you make a trade. This will also help you bounce back from potential losses.
Stick To A Single Currency To Start
As we have already seen, forex is popular with investors because there is so much choice. However, when becoming an investor in forex, start with a single currency pair.
Currency prices are affected by many external factors, such as political events. As an example, at the time of writing, the UK Chancellor is to release the last Budget before Brexit, affecting GBP prices against other currencies.
For this reason, it’s best to stick to a single currency so you can study all the current affairs that will directly affect it. Stick to one that you can easily obtain the latest information for and you are familiar with.
Keep Emotions Away
This isn’t a strict method to help you invest but it can certainly help you avoid making costly mistakes to your confidence and bankroll.
If you allow emotions to creep into your decision-making process, you should step back immediately. Investing has no place for emotional trades. This includes positive and negative feelings. Emotions can lead to trades that will ruin your entire trading strategy.
You should also maintain a level head and stick to methodical approaches to your trading. If you have a plan, stick to it. Don’t move away from it because you have a ‘feeling’ the price will act in a certain way.
Keep Frequent Records
The final thing you need to become a successful investor is to make a record of all your trades. Traders and successful traders are separated by the way they use their mistakes. Regular traders ignore them and go on to make the same decisions, expecting different results.
Hold on… isn’t that pretty much the definition of insanity?
Successful traders recognise that learning mistakes helps them continue making the right choices and making money.
These steps will ensure you know how to become an investor, rather a successful investor, in the forex markets.
Finding Entry and Exit Points
This section is going to be on the more technical side. If you’re unsure of the terminology used, read our forex trading for beginners article for clarity.
There are a number of investing indicators that can help you decide when to enter or exit a trade, such as the MACD or Bollinger Bands. The more indicators that agree with the direction of a price trend, the better the entry or exit point.
Here are examples of particular entry and exit points to be aware of.
- Bullish candlestick engulfings or other formations
- Trendline breakouts upwards
- Positive divergences in RSI, stochastics and MACD
- Moving average crossovers
- Strong, close support and weak, distant resistance
- Bearish candlestick engulfings or other formations
- Trendline breakouts downwards
- Negative divergences in RSI, stochastics and MACD
- Moving average crossovers
- Strong, close resistance and weak, distant support
You should always place stop profit and take profit exit points before entering a trade. points should be placed at key levels and modified only if there is a change in the premise for your trade (oftentimes as a result of fundamentals coming into play). You can place these exit points at key levels, including:
- Just before areas of strong support or resistance
- At key Fibonacci levels (retracements, fans or arcs)
- Just inside of key trendlines
For those looking to taking investing to the next level, here are the fundamentals you need to become a professional investor.
Develop A Trading Strategy
As previously, you need to have a clear idea of how the markets are going to move and how you are going to react. This will ultimately depend on how you trader, eg as a day trader or a swing trader.
You must be comfortable developing and using your chosen strategy. It will take lots of time and practice to understand the ins and outs so be patient. If you don’t know what you’re doing, your bankroll can evaporate in the blink of an eye.
The time you put in will pay dividends once your investment fund grows, leaving you to place trades at over $1,000 per unit. You will succeed as long as you keep at it.
Avoid Demo Accounts
We said it earlier but we will say it again. Do not use trading accounts, even if you’re a professional.
What’s the point in developing a strategy and making fake money when you can make real cash while you learn?
Unless you’re ready to start trading in the first place, you shouldn’t be anywhere the markets. Get back to studying before entering the live scene.
Steps To Be A Successful Investor
Once you’ve mastered the knowledge and perfected your strategy, you should then follow these steps for successful investing in forex:
- Set stop-losses for every trade. If you don’t, failure is almost certain.
- Develop a trading plan and stick to it no matter what.
- Never risk more than 1-2% of your bankroll on a single trade.
- Do not get emotionally involved.
- Never chase losses.
- Only trade when the time is right.
- Don’t be afraid of losing. Every trader experiences a loss at some point.
- Try to achieve more profitable trades, and have less unsuccessful trades.
By following these steps, you will become a successful investor. There will be losses, mistakes and stresses along the way. But even in adversity, don’t give up. The next profitable trade is just around the corner, as long as you put the effort into learning why you lost. If you would like to learn more about investing, be sure to head over to our blog. You will find plenty of opportunities to further your knowledge and understanding of the forex markets.
Becoming an investor gives you access to a whole new income stream, based on knowledge and skill. You don’t need to go into the office. You can invest from anywhere in the world that has access to the internet. By following our guide, you will see your bankroll soar and wonder why you never started sooner.
The sooner you start investing, the faster you’ll achieve your financial goals and have the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. Start investing now and you’ll never look back.