Sometimes things are better said as a video. I picked up this video yesterday and thought I'd share it. Its a really helpful way to understand how currency trading are bought and sold on the largest financial market in the world as well as how it influences other asset markets too!.
Forex trading is the buying and selling of foreign currency for profit. You will have experienced it when you are travelling and a currency will be weaker or stronger against another currency.
The primary players in the forex markets are the banks, large commercial corporations, hedge funds, large investment houses and a small portion are the retail traders - which is what I am. The market is really driven by the bigger players.
The currency prices move up and down daily and this is called a trend. A forex trader will follow the trends of a currency and set trades in play to profit from the rise and fall of the currency. Trends are caused by macro and micro economics and a level of people sentiment too.
The forex market trades about US$5 trillion a day and is one of the biggest industries out there. The general public don't really pay attention to the value and size of this market.
All retailer traders will have a brokerage account - which is like your bank account. You will deposit funds for the purpose of trading. Retailers also connect their brokerage account to a platform called Metatrader 4 which is an online global trading platform which shares all the currency pairs out there that are being traded.
There are a set of major pairs which primarily are currency pairs like EURUSD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD, and USD/CHF. These are the major players and most retail traders will have one or all these pairs in their trading portfolio.
Trading isn't a skill we can learn quickly it takes years to be a good trader. It takes a lot of testing of strategies, testing of your own mindset and testing of your ideas. The facts state that 90% of new traders will lose all their investment within the first 90 days of doing trading by themselves. There is a lot of educational material out there to help with trading and a number of FB groups too. My personal route with this topic has been to do automated trading first so that I could learn and earn as I go and not waste my investment.
Automated trading is using artificial intelligence and professional traders to set trades on your behalf. AI is used now by about 80% of traders these days as it helps reduce the emotional side of trading and allowing investors to get into trades when they are not at their computer. AI with trading basically means the technology look for a set of trends and markers which help decide if the technology will set the trade or not.
The forex marketing is open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week and you can trade in any market through an FCA registered broker and the MT4 app.
Risk management and leverage are also key concepts to learn and consider when you start out trading as this will determine the potential profit and the potential loss. I always air on the side of lowering my risk management and ensuring I only trade about 1-3% of my capital in my trade at any one time.
A great place to verify traders and their technologies is a website called 'Myfxbook.com - it’s a great site for reviewing profits, drawdowns, history and trades in play for traders you are looking at. Its a space to analyze , get answers and ask more questions. The automated service I use has a link on here to review to help see the statistics of the trading tool.
Those are some salient points. If your son is keen to trade manually - have a look at www.babypips.com - there is some education there and some learning too which I use. If automated trading is something, he wants to start with so you can learn and earn then I can help with that too - as that is what my platform uses.
There are some points - I hope I’ve been able to make a few things clear. If you have any questions - just ask. Or if anything above is confusing, then let me know.
Trading is a good career to have but it does require a lot of learning, skill growth, commitment and time but if you get it right then it could be a good option.
I started this journey July 2019 and I wish I had started it so much earlier - its the one career choice that I do feel I have control over and feel I could achieve more money abundance even in this pandemic....but like all things we need to test, check, test, check....
I serve people who want their money to work harder for them instead of it sitting in the bank.