In the world of investing, foreign currency can often times be viewed as the Wild West. In general, people from the ‘financial planning’ world who often use, and promote long term investment instruments that use trends and dollar cost averaging, generally have a scornful view of the FOREX market.
While this can be understandable, usually it is as a result of a general misunderstanding of how the FOREX market works and why it is different. Approaching it with the same strategy as say the S&P 500 is akin to showing up to a horse race with a greyhound dog.
The ‘ah hah’ moment for most comes when they realize and understand that the FOREX market is unregulated, and as a result, is a completely manipulated market. Manipulation scares most because it creates a level of perceived unpredictability, until they realize that manipulation occurs systematically. It occurs systematically because the people who manipulate the market are those with enough buying power to temporarily affect price direction, which causes fear amongst the general public, which then causes them to close their temporarily losing position. The ‘Market Maker’ can take the other side of that same position and now go and win with it.
Anybody who has ever dabbled in FOREX trading likely has 1st hand experience with market manipulation. They are sitting in a winning position for hours, maybe even days… Slowly their profits are increasing, and then suddenly (usually in conjunction with an economic news event,) the market races against their position and takes them from profit to loss, sometimes even hitting their stop loss.
Above is an hourly chart from the EUR/USD that illustrates several examples of market manipulation. You can see that there is a clear trend to the short side. The circled candles are manipulation ‘snaps’ that occurred inside of an hour, probably in minutes, that took out hours upon hours of previous areas that retail traders were likely entering trades short.
What is important to know about market manipulation and how to successfully trade it, is exactly what we teach to our student traders at www.forex365institute.com.
Once you learn the step by step formula that the ‘Market Makers’ use repeatedly week in and week out to make money, you can now wait for manipulation to take place, and take your positions with confidence along side of the big banks because you will know how and why they are doing what they are doing to make money.
‘It’s not what you don’t know that will get you, it’s what you think you know for sure, that just isn’t so.’
Until Next time, Happy Pipping!
By Payton Parnegg