How to Become a Currency Trader in Three Simple Steps

by Adam on February 18, 2016

The world of the foreign exchange is fast-paced, volatile, and tempestuous, and its speed and complexity can be incredibly daunting for would-be traders. It’s true that it requires skill, time, and talent to master it, but with enough determination and a strong desire to succeed, anyone can make their mark on the markets.

The foundations of your future successes will lie in your strategy, and this is largely determined by three key components: your knowledge, your currency pairs, and your broker. If you can get these right, then your path to profits should be smooth, straightforward, and extremely lucrative.

To help you get started, here are three simple steps that you need to follow…

Step One: Educate Yourself

 Forex trading is essentially an academic pursuit, and like science or maths, the best way to master it is by taking the time to educate yourself. There is no denying that the markets are complex, intricate, and difficult to unravel, but with the right resources and a hefty dose of determination, anyone can wrap their heads around the central concepts of the foreign exchange. Take the time to do your research before you even think about trading, educating yourself on tactics, terms, and everything in-between. Once you feel that you’ve mastered it, go over it all and again, and only then embark on the next step in the process.


Step Two: Choose Your Currency Combinations

Once you’ve taken the time to educate yourself on the world of the foreign exchange, you’ll need to choose your currency combinations, and your newly acquired knowledge should stand you in good stead when it comes to making your decisions. You’ll soon discover that there are dozens of combinations to pick from, and not all of them will suit your preferred tactics or personality type to the same degree. Although the more common combinations are often a good starting point for beginners, it’s handy to try giving a few different pairings a theoretical run through, writing down how you would choose to trade them, and then logging whether or not your strategies would have delivered success.  This will soon help you to discern which combinations work best for you.


Step Three: Choose a Broker

 Once you know which currency combinations you wish to add to your portfolio, you need to do your research and shortlist a variety of brokers who offer them. You’ll often find handy reviews of their professional practices online, and should do some background digging to help you determine how successful they are. Don’t forget to consider the type of service that they offer too (execution-only, advisory, or discretionary), as these will offer varying levels of support, and it’s important to realistically assess how much help you’re going to need from the professionals.

 If you can get these three simple steps right, then you’re off to the very best of starts when it comes to achieving trading success. 

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