3) Master an effective Forex trading strategy
You only need to master one trading setup to be a consistently profitable trader. Screen time will allow you to master one setup. After you have mastered one setup and “own it” you can add another setup. This can be an ongoing process developing your own style.
The best price action setup to begin with is the one that you see and understand easiest. If you are forcing yourself to learn a setup because you believe another person is successful using it you may be taking the longer route to profitability. We are all different. Our brains and personalities will gravitate to different setups. This is also true of exit techniques. Most traders I hear from lengthen their road to profitability by trying to apply too many concepts before owning the first one. They have studied a myriad of techniques but have yet to master any. This allows them to talk about trading but they are unable to consistently trade profitably.
The first decision to make is; do you desire to be a counter-trend trader or a trader who trades with the trend? Eventually, you can be both. At the beginning, or at a new beginning perhaps, you will do best by choosing to master trading one setup with the trend. If you have been at this game for awhile and are not yet consistently profitable you know what I am saying is correct.
This site contains trading techniques and setups with the intent that it will aid you in creating your own personal trading style. My personal trading style is a combination of various styles and setups. I trust this website will be an exercise in my personal understanding of my own style allowing all to benefit. So, learn what I teach here and then “make it your own”, every trader will trade price action a little bit differently, there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you keep it simple and remain disciplined.
4) Make a Forex trading plan (and use it)
Next, you need to solidify your mastery of your trading strategy by creating a Forex trading plan around it. If you learn from me you are going to learn my price action strategies, thus you’ll need to build a price action Forex trading plan before you start trading the markets. It’s really not that difficult to make an effective forex trading plan. click on that link to the left to learn more.
A trading plan is a critical element to becoming a full-time Forex trader because it acts as a guide for you to follow and as a constant reminder of how to trade your strategy. This helps you to stay focused and disciplined and helps you to avoid over-trading, over-leveraging your account or generally trading emotionally. Emotional trading is the reason why most traders lose money in the markets, and by creating and using a Forex trading plan you can give yourself a much better chance at avoiding turning into an emotional trader.
5) Make a Forex trading journal (and use it)
You also need a Forex trading journal so that you can track your trades and see your trading performance over time. The reason I said “and use it” in these last two sections, is because many traders create a Forex trading plan and forex trading journal and never use them, or they use them for a day or two and then upon their first losing trade they forget about them. You’ve got to have more discipline than that, understand and accept that you aren’t going to win every trade and you’ll have a far easier time sticking with your plan and using your trading journal religiously. Don’t treat
trading as a game, because it isn’t, it’s a business, and if you’re trading with real money you need to treat it like a business. Businesses have plans and they track their costs vs. their profits, you need to do the same with your trading business.
After you have mastered an effective trading strategy and forged a trading plan around it and have your journal ready, you can start practicing your trading strategy on a demo account. Do not blow-off demo trading as something you don’t need to do, because you most definitely do need to do it. Demo trading allows you to get familiar with your broker’s platform if nothing else, and this is important because many traders make silly trading errors just because they aren’t familiar with how to input or close orders, and when trading with real money this can cost you dearly. I suggest any serious trader practice their trading strategy on a demo account until they are consistently profitable for 3 months or more before even thinking about trading with real money. It’s true that there is a difference between demo trading and live trading because there’s no emotion involved in demo trading, but if you treat your demo trading like a live account it will do a good job of preparing you for real-money trading, which can save you tons of money and time.
7) Risk Management
Managing risk should be seen as your number 1 priority if you want to become a full time forex trader. because if there’s one thing that full-time Forex traders do exceptionally well, it’s manage risk effectively. Simply put, you CANNOT become a full time or professional Forex trader if you don’t properly manage your risk. Managing risk properly means NEVER risking more than you are comfortable with losing per trade as well as never funding your account with money that you aren’t truly OK with losing.
You need to understand the power of risk reward and you need to also understand position sizing. as these two things are crucial components to correctly managing your risk in the Forex markets. Amateur and struggling Forex traders by definition do not manage their risk properly, and it’s one of the main reasons why they don’t make consistent money, not because they haven’t found the “perfect” trading system yet. No trading strategy or system will work if you don’t use it in conjunction with an effective risk management strategy.
8) Trading Psychology
Finally, the fundamental difference between beginning / struggling traders and professional / full-time traders, is that full-time traders think differently about trading. Struggling traders tend to gamble in the markets whereas professional traders view trading as more of a business and take calculated risks. It’s very easy to become over-confident after a winner or a few winning trades in a row, and it’s also very easy to become vengeful after a losing trade and want to jump back into the market to try and make back the money you just lost. However, when you have these feelings, you must understand they are not logical and they are not part of your trading plan. Indeed, it is HERE that your Forex trading plan comes into effect. After every trade you take, whether a winner or a loser, you should go and read your plan to make sure you stay focused and don’t jump back into the market for an emotional reason. Check out this cool article on developing the proper Forex trading mindset for more, and if you want to learn more about learning price action trading strategies and how to formulate them into an effective trading plan, checkout my price action Forex trading course and member’s community .