Forex Trading Psychology

Forex Trading Psychology

What Is Forex Trading Psychology?

Forex trading psychology  refers to a trader’s emotions and  their mental state. It is one of the most important deciding factors of whether a trader will make it or not . It is also about a trader’s character which plays a big role in influencing their trading decisions. Most failures in Forex trading are more about how traders manage themselves.

Manage Yourself, Manage Your Money

I always say that if you can manage yourself, you can definitely manage your money. Most traders think that the most important thing for successful trading, is finding amazing tools and trading strategies. I also understand that we cannot control what happens in the markets, but we can always control ourselves. Now that we know what Forex trading psychology refers to, let’s look at the few specific behaviours and emotions that can be associated with it.

Self Discipline/Control

In whatever that we do, we mostly need a certain level of discipline, without it, chances of being successful are limited. I will make an example with trying to keep fit and getting healthier, we need a lot of self discipline/control in terms of what we eat and also making sure that we get moving and exercise. If we lack self control, we will feel tempted to eat junk food and justify it by saying that everyone around us was eating junk. I love using these as examples because I know how difficult it is for most people to discipline themselves in terms of what they should eat and not eat. Healthy eating is one of the important things that I am passionate about because health is wealth. Let me go back to the business of today before I go on and on about food and health.

How Important Is Self Discipline?

When it comes to Forex trading, discipline should be your strongest weapon. If you cannot discipline yourself in the markets, the markets will sure discipline you through a margin call and that is not a nice thing to experience as a trader. Disciplining yourself involves you saying NO to that urge to trade all the time/over trading, using a bigger lot size when your account is small and risking more that what your account could handle.

What Happens When You Lack Discipline?

When you lack discipline, Forex trading feels like a very bad addiction. When you lack discipline, you are unable to stick to your own plan. The good thing is that discipline is something that can be learned, as long as there’s a will to learn and enough support from a Forex trading mentor/coach. I have learned that it is easier to win when you have a support system to help you up when you stumble (that’s basically what I do with my mentees). A mentor/coach clears a way ahead for you. I never do anything without a mentor/coach until I can stand on my own. Normalise doing the same, it really helps.

Fear

When fear strikes, you are likely to miss out on great trading opportunities for the fear of making mistakes and losing money (especially if you’ve made some mistakes that lead to you losing money). The fear of missing out is also another form of fear that is associated with Forex trading psychology. When this type of fear strikes, a trader feels like if a day goes by without placing any trades, they are definitely missing out. But the truth is, a missed trade is never a loss. There’s another type of fear that I won’t indulge in that much on this post, and that is the fear of success. You can read all about it in the post that I published a year ago, HERE. 

Greed

According to its definition, greed is a selfish want for something beyond one’s need. A greedy trader is a trader who is never satisfied no matter how great their trading session can be, it always ends very bad. No matter how much they make in a day, it always ends in great losses at the end of the day. A greedy trader never takes money home, it only goes as far as trading history. The good thing again is that, this is something that can be unlearned, as long as you’ve identified and acknowledged it, you can learn NOT to be greedy. Unlearning forms a big part of learning, read more about that HERE. A while ago, I published a post about overcoming GREED, you may want to check it out. 

Forex trading psychology is also that one area that I focus the most on. I recently started posting weekly tips on the App that are mainly focusing on Forex trading psychology. The main aim is to help you shape your mindset and gear it up for better trading experiences. The weekly tips are only posted on the app. You can download the app on Google Playstore and make sure that your device allows push notifications to be notified whenever a new weekly tip on Forex trading psychology to improve your trading is posted. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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3 Ways To Avoid Margin Call In Forex

3 Ways To Avoid Margin Call In Forex

What Is Margin Call?

Margin call: When your trading account does not have enough funds to sustain open losing trades. The broker will then close all your positions automatically one by one until the account shuts down completely. You could have an account with a $5 000 balance but still end up with an account with zero balance in an instant. It happened to me, you can read all about it Here.

Forex trading can deceptively appear as the easiest thing ever whereby one only needs a cellphone and technical indicators to confirm some lines and that’s it. Because of that notion, most people are venturing into Forex with high expectations to profit from it but not enough information of what is really needed from them. One has to be a realist and know their abilities and limitations when it comes to Forex. Fortunately though, it is a skill that anyone can learn, as long as there’s willingness.

One of the most painful things a trader can experience is margin call. Majority of Forex traders have had this unpleasant experience, yours truly included. That experience does not only leave you shocked but extremely ashamed and embarrassed. Below are the 3 ways to avoid margin call.

1. Mind Your Margins

Having a live trading account with no clue of what a margin is, was my biggest downfall. Knowing all the other details on my platform, like the balance (which is really not that important now that I am well-informed) neglecting what I now think is the most important part, your margin, free margin & margin level. You don’t want to deplete your free margin because that’s what gets your account to margin call. Know what gets allocated to each trade. That is golden information that you need to understand the most.

2. Avoid Bigger Lot Size

There is absolutely nothing wrong with trading a bigger lot size as long as your account can handle it. In fact, in Forex trading, size does matter. A bigger lot size allows you to make bigger profits (and bigger everything else such as losses, which is something that can be controlled with the right coaching and mindset)

Knowing whether your account can handle it or not, lies in the margin for each lot size that you trade. This is the part that I emphasise the most in my private coaching, as I believe it forms a bigger part of money management. I also try by all means to simplify this in a way that makes it easier for my mentees to understand it like a business cost without bombarding them with lot size calculators and a whole lot of complicated systems. I am a simple girl who believes in simplicity.

3. Avoid multiple trades

Because most people do not have a clue of what really causes margin call ( I think I have tried to explain that and I hope you now have a slight idea) they usually just open as many trades as possible hoping to maximise the chances of making more profits. Opening more trades simply means that you’ll use more margin and increase the chances of depleting your free margin which will eventually lead to margin call, should those trades go to bigger losses.

No matter how good your trading strategy is, if your money is not well managed, you are playing a losing game. The last point that I want to get across is that the internet is your main tool in Forex trading. You cannot really do much without good connection. The markets do not care if your internet is slow. If you have live trades, be sure you have good internet connection especially if you are a day trader. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you find this post valuable. If you do, kindly share with your peers so it can reach as many people as possible who are looking for practical Forex tips.

Forex Trader Vs Forex Gambler

Forex Trader Vs Forex Gambler

There’s a thin line between trading and just gambling

The statement above can be very true for many people. It was also very true for me too for so many years. It is very easy to adopt a gambler’s mentality when trading the financial markets, especially when you are expecting trading to be exciting and you are viewing it as some cash slot machine. How you view your trading account makes all the difference and has an impact in your performance. There are a number of contributing factors which may lead a Forex trader into becoming just one more gambler without even being aware. On this post, I want to focus on this one big factor listed below.

Trading psychology

From the day a Forex trader decides to go from a demo to a live account, things change in so many ways. The trades that they do become emotion based instead of logic based. They become indecisive about so many things, like when to take profits, or when to cut the losses and whether to enter the market or not. If you start to feel like that, you have just discovered the effects of trading psychology. It is just a phase that is likely to pass if you really want it to pass. What you do after that, will determine whether you’ll succeed or you’ll become a gambler.

How does this affect your trading?

It actually clouds your judgement. There are two most important emotions that I am sure every trader has experienced in their trading career, these two are:

  • Fear
  • Greed

Fear

Fear can either cause you not to place a trade even when opportunities are plenty in the market, or it can make to you to close good running trades prematurely without giving them a chance to actually be profitable, and it can also cause you to hold on to a losing trade even when there is no hope for that particular trade, for the fear of being a loser. As long as one stays in the market, this emotion will at some point affect them. We all go through it at some stage of our trading journey or career.

The good news though is that it does get better with time. Actually, it does disappear completely. Think of the first time you had to be in the car driving alone and think of yourself now when driving alone. The fear that you had is no longer there. But if you stopped driving on that first day just because you became too scared and you ended up crashing your car, you would not be as experienced today. What made you become better was the fact that you never stopped driving and you faced your fears head on. That gave you strength to keep on trying and improving. You did not park your car and go back to public transport. It’s not just driving, there are so many other situations when you had fear and today you are a master in that area of your life simply because you did not give up.

Greed

Greed is the most dangerous zone, you don’t want to find yourself here. This emotion can cause you to take trades that are too risky with an aim to score big or to make massive profits in a short space of time or it can also be just about trying to appear clever and impress the crowd or even to be seen as the best. Greed can also make you to not close winning trades hoping that you can still make more out of them.

This emotion causes a trader never to be satisfied even when they make profits. They keep on holding on to a trade until they sometimes find themselves on the wrong side of the markets. When they are finally on the wrong side of the markets, they want to trade even more by opening more trades in the opposite direction to make up for a loss.

The good news again is that this emotion can be dealt with effectively as long as you are willing to put in the work that is needed. A good mentor/ coach is able to assist with such issues. I work together with my mentees to help them deal with these issues and I have had successful cases (but only where there was willingness and commitment from a mentee) Should you need private lessons, mentorship and coaching, you can enrol here.

Just like any other business whether online or offline, risk becomes part of it, but it should be a calculated risk because if it is not, it can eventually lead to the business closure. In closing, we can all be profitable traders as long as we understand that we never lose but learn, and we focus more on being consistent and getting it right because by getting it right, the profits start pouring eventually. Thank you for stopping by. If you find value in this post, kindly share with your peers and subscribe for weekly publications. You can also download the App on Google Playstore for a quick read and weekly tips which are only posted on the App.

Trading the U.S markets

Trading the U.S markets

Is there a difference between stock market and Forex market?

Before I get into the U.S markets, I thought I should start by answering the question above . There is a difference between those two. Back in 2015, I published a blog post describing the differences. You can read that post HERE.

What is stock index trading?

Stock index trading is when you are trading a basket of stocks which makes up an Index. You can do that on your Forex trading platform and do it through an instrument.

Advantages of trading stock indices

  • Stock indices have generally higher returns than the stock market they represent.
  • The Volatility is reduced as compared to currencies.
  • Stock index trading requires less research as opposed to trading /investing in individual stocks.
  • When trading a stock index e.g Nasdaq, you do not have to spend weeks analysing all the companies under this umbrella but all you can do is just follow the instrument as you would do analysing your currencies.
  • Stock index trading does not require any traditional stock brokerage where you pay high fees, you can buy and sell on the same Forex trading platform as you would do with your currencies and it is cheaper.

Stock trading

You are trading stocks of specific companies, and each company has its own price. Once you’ve bought, you own a stock and it has to be transferred by the seller.

There are different markets that one can focus on. In this post I will only focus on U.S markets and share a few stock Indices that you can choose from. I will do other markets as well in a different post.

U.S markets

1.Nasdaq

Sector: Technology. Nasdaq stands for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation. Nasdaq comprises of 100 companies listed on the stock exchange in the United States. This is one of the popular one’s amongst traders.

2. Dow Jones

Sector: Industrial. Dow Jones also known as the DOW, is the stock index that measures the stock performance of 30 large companies listed on the stock market in the United States.

3. S&P 500

Sector: Financial. The S&P 500 index measures the stock performances of 500 large companies that are listed on the stock exchange in the United States. The S&P market cap is 70 to 80% of the total US stock market capitalisation. It is a commonly used benchmark for stock portfolio performance in America and abroad.

What economic indicators affect these 3 Indices

The method of trading that I personally use, focuses more on fundamental analysis. Fundamental analysis is all about understanding the reasons why certain things happen in the markets. Economic data releases such as Consumer Price Index (CPI), employment data, GDP, trade wars and the Interest Rates are some of the key indicators in trading these indices. I cannot share these in detail over a blog post but I hope you have learned a thing or two about stock Indices. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this post. kindly share with anyone who maybe in need of this content. Your shares are always appreciated.

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