Traders Mindset (Part I)

Can you control your emotions? Can you behave like a robot? Certainly not! Human beings are emotional creatures. Our mind is capable of playing emotional tricks on us. It is often said that we are our own worst enemy. In forex trading, this is the ultimate truth. Most of our trading decisions are guided more by emotional than logical thinking.

Can you control your emotions? Can you behave like a robot? Certainly not! Human beings are emotional creatures. Our mind is capable of playing emotional tricks on us. It is often said that we are our own worst enemy. In forex trading, this is the ultimate truth. Most of our trading decisions are guided more by emotional than logical thinking.

Emotions can work against us. Emotions can work for us. Your battles are won or lost in your mind first. Victories are won and lost in ones mind. We can get seduced into unfavorable situations by our emotions. A traders mindset is the most important ingredient of success. If you have the mental strength to control your emotions, you can become a consistently profitable trader.

Do you have a strong desire to succeed in forex trading? Forex trading is not for everyone. If you just want to try your luck or dabble in trading, you will end up like the majority who end up losing their money. Do you have the passion for trading forex?

In order to become a successful forex trader, you must be highly self motivated. You must have a concrete plan of action and not be afraid of failure. Are you ready to devote a lot of time and effort into picking up trading skills and knowledge?

You need knowledge and skills in trading currencies in order to become a successful forex trader. To attain consistent success in forex trading, a huge amount of time, effort and money is required for a trader.

Losses are the inevitable part of lack of experience and knowledge. But even if you develop the experience and knowledge to successfully trade the currency market, you cannot avoid losses. There is an inherent risk in trading currencies. No one can overcome that risk. Are you willing to accept losses as part of trading? You are going to make mistakes while trading. Do you understand that you can suffer losses in trading? Are you willing to learn from your mistakes? Do you have a traders log that you use to reflect on each lost trade and learn from it?

Most of the new traders read some market analysis from an analyst. They enter into the trade based on that market analysis. Most of us tend to blame the market analysis and the opinion of the analyst if the trade turns out to be a loser. It is easy to blame others.

When you are confident that you have done your analysis to confirm what others are saying only then pull the trigger. Dont be trigger happy! You must reflect on your decision before pulling the trigger. Is it fair to blame the other person when you could have done further market analysis on your own? When you could have planned your trade in a better way, it is foolish to blame others for your mistakes. So accept your responsibility if the trade goes wrong.

Fear and greed are the two most dominant emotions that affect not only the individual traders but also the currency markets. In fact, these two emotions are the main drivers of the forex markets.

Fear makes you over pessimistic about a currency pair. Similarly, greed is going to make you over optimistic in thinking that a currency is going to appreciate. In nutshell, fear and greed are behind the steering wheel of the currency market. When fear takes over, the market turns bearish. When greed takes over, the market becomes bullish.

Mr. Ahmad Hassam is a Harvard University Graduate. He is interested in day trading stocks and currencies. Know Swing Trading. Learn Forex Trading!

Forex News Straddling Strategy (Part VI)

A stop-limit order is basically an order that becomes a limit order once the currency reaches the designated stop price. Only when the specified stop price has been reached, the stop-limit order will instruct the broker to buy or sell at the specific price. At the specific price the stop-limit order becomes a limit order.

A stop-limit order is basically an order that becomes a limit order once the currency reaches the designated stop price. Only when the specified stop price has been reached, the stop-limit order will instruct the broker to buy or sell at the specific price. At the specific price the stop-limit order becomes a limit order.

The main advantage of using the stop-limit order is that the trader can decide ahead of time the price at which the trade will get executed in the News Straddling strategy. However, the stop-limit order may not get filled at all. This is exactly what our strategy is. Either we get the price that we want or we dont trade!

Due to the fast moving nature of the market, the currency price may not stay within the limit range for the order to get executed. Second reason could be there is not enough supply and demand at the price at which the order is to be filled.

We are instructing the forex broker that the entry price is either filled at the limit price or better by placing the stop limit order. Using stop-limit order helps us avoid risking slippage. . If the price that we want is not possible than the order is not executed at all! If we are not able to trade at the entry price that we want, it is better that the position is not filled at all.

However some brokers do not allow stop-limit orders on their platforms. Simply look for another broker that does allow it if the broker does not allow the use of stop-limit order. Simple as that!

The news straddling approach is conceptually similar to a channel breakout strategy. Most often, a horizontal channel is formed prior to the release of the news. This channel may be identified on the intraday 5 minute or 60 minutes chart.

First draw a lower line connecting the two lowest points, forming the support line. Then draw a second line connecting the two highest points to form the resistance line. The two line snow forma channel. The channel should be roughly like 40 pips wide.

A channel basically tells that neither the bulls nor the bears are over enthusiastic about their bias before an important new release. Once you have identified and drawn the channel on the 5 minute chart, monitor it for 20 minutes prior to the news release.

Name of the game is that we either enter at the price that we want or we completely stay out of the market. Place your entry order not more than a few minutes before the news release. Place a stop limit long entry order a few pips above the resistance level and a stop limit short entry order a few pips below the support level of the channel.

For a long entry, a stop sell order is placed at least 20 pips below the resistance level. For a short order, a stop sell order is placed at least 20 pips above the support level. Each stop-limit entry order must be accompanied with a specified stop loss order and profit-limit orders.

The initial profit target could be equal to the width of the channel. A staggered profit taking could be considered. You can set your initial profit objective for half of your lot size. For the rest of the position, you could set profit target equal to the twice the width of the channel.

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How Common Are Pump and Dump Schemes?

How common do you think pump and dump schemes are? When you have people like Cramer or CNBC making predictions do you think these people should be considered as pump and dumpers?

Yes it is very common. If there is a way to make money, people are going to do it whether it is legal or not. I’ll never forget how anti-government, hands off, little regulation of Wall Street during the last 8 years of Republican control led to many such scams on Wall Street.

There was the big scandal several years ago, when a major brokerage exchange was telling their customers to buy one of the worthless dot coms while they were selling like crazy. And of course the recent Bernie Madoff scam.

The most common place you will find pump and dump scams is with penny stocks that are thinly traded (low daily volume with low outstanding shares means even a little buying will move the stock big). Check you spam folder and you will probably see 2 or 3 emails a day hyping some $0.20 a share penny stock that is going to $1 within the next 3 months. You use to see more of these scams done by regular snail mail before the government added additional charges and prison time for using the U.S. Postal Service to facilitate such a pump and dump scam.

Every week there is new action by the SEC shutting down a pump and dump scam. A very recent one involved PacketPort.com, Inc. The SEC claims that PacketPort.com “executed a fraudulent “pump and dump” market manipulation scheme, aided and abetted by defendant William Coons III (“Coons”), involving the illegal sale of PacketPort.com common stock from about December 14, 1999, into February 2000. The scheme included, among other acts, acquiring majority control of a failed and indebted public company, changing the company’s name, laundering restrictive legends from stock certificates representing restricted and affiliate-owned stock, pumping up the trading price of the company’s stock through false publicity, and selling restricted stock to the public at artificially-inflated prices for large profits. Coons, a stockbroker, served as the primary outlet for the pump and dump, selling about 90% of the restricted shares distributed in the manipulation scheme.”