When it gets tough, remember why you started in the first place.
If you are living in the same world I am, most of the things that are really worth it turn out to be a fair amount more difficult than initially thought.
Trading FOREX for me has been one of those things. I got started because I thought about WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE, to be able to earn money on my laptop, anywhere in the world I was connected to internet.
I thought to myself, ‘I would flip my screen open at a Starbucks in the northwest for an hour, gather up a few pips before heading out to the Mt.Hood Snowbowl for some fun ski runs.’ Or maybe I would grab up a couple hundred bucks while killing a few hours in the afternoon, visiting my dad in Colorado while we wait for friends to come over to dinner.
Nothing would be better than earning some money, while on a trip in some exotic location, sitting in my boardshorts, drinking cool water and waiting for the wind to die down at the surf spot.
This ladies and gentleman was the fuel. There is always fuel required to instigate action of any type. Something fueled you!
The games begin. We meet the markets with optimism and enthusiasm. Weeks go by, months go by. My performance didn’t match my expectation. No problem, just push the target date out a bit further of when the goal will be realized. More time passes. My skills improve some. I think I’ve got it. I bump up my lot size, after all, if I want to make any meaningful money I need to get into a bigger lot size.
I make some bad decisions, I get a slap on the wrist. Doubt sets in. The target no longer seems to be anywhere in the foreseeable future. I forget about what this opportunity can really provide. I start to focus on the fact that its ‘just another way to make money,’ ohhh bother.
SUDDENLY I snap out of it. NO, not this time. I have seen the power of the market. All of the evil doubts that take so many out of this game don’t have that affect on me. I start to concentrate. I remember all of what I have learned as a student, and stop focusing on all of the challenge that has also come with it.
I start to perform better. I trust myself with more & more money. I am now in a cabana in Nicaragua. I take one trade and it more than pays for the cost of my stay. My dream is realized.
If you haven’t made it past the point of no return, REMEMBER what it was about trading that you wanted badly enough to make you start. If you’re not yet there, you’re probably closer than you think!
I once heard a great speaker say ‘Everyone has a life…Style is how you live it.’
All too often, many people of the western world are pigeon-holed into a life to which they awake to one day, and find that they aren’t as happy as maybe they thought they would be.
This is a result of a model that looks something like this:
‘What are you going to BE’ ——> ‘seek appropriate education’ ——> ‘Earn said lifestyle’
This usually results optimistically in something like this…
‘Doctor’ —> ‘12years education/$300,000 debt’ —> ‘Practice medicine full-time/earn $200,000’
‘Teacher’ —> ‘6 years education/$120,000 debt’ —> ‘Teach/earn $50,000’
While I am in no way criticizing any profession, what I want to bring to your attention is the idea that only the elite few follow this line of thinking and end up in a satisfying life.
An alternative to this would be:
‘I want to have the income to have nice cars & houses, the flexibility to travel, unlimited income, time freedom’
—> ‘who has those things? Traders, entrepreneurs, real estate landlords, etc…’
—> ‘what is something that I CAN do to be in that position?’ —> ‘find someone who does that, learn from them and do that.’
While trading Foreign Currency is certainly not the only way to achieve this attractive idea of unlimited income AND time freedom, it is definitely A vehicle that can get you started down that road, and is ESPECIALLY attractive for people who may not have unlimited time or resources to start a business of their own, especially if they are already working full-time.
The Forex365Institute is a place where you can learn a new skillset, that can help you produce a new result in your life, and most excitingly is something that can be learned PART-TIME, in addition to what you are already doing.
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So you’ve been trading for a while? Are you making any money yet? Really?
If you are earning consistent gains in your account and have figured out a personal frame work to grow your account, then disregard this writing. If NOT, read on.
Looking at compounded account growth on a spreadsheet seeing how lucrative it would be to ‘lot up’ weekly and bypass small withdrawals seems like a no brainer. Why then do the vast majority never accomplish this?
Remember how here at the Forex365Institute we teach that trading is 90% psychological? Let’s look at a psychological effect that can take place if you are of the mindset that you are going to compound a small account. Take for example Trader A and Trader B.
Trader A makes his initial deposit. This is usually between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars. Game on. His account grows. At this size of account, he is trading between a $1 and$5 pip. He has an amazing month. He pulls over 200 pips. This nets him a profit of over $500.
He tells himself, ‘I am on my way to the big bucks!’
The next month the market ranges out for a few weeks. Trader A enters a slump and eats up most of his profits by trading aggressively on a lot size higher than month 1. He is fueled by the excitement of running up his account, and soon by the frustration of not repeating month 1’s performance. The losses are overlooked because, ‘Hey, at least it was the houses money.’ Months of this purposing follows. Friends and family ask about trading. He’s embarrassed. His subconscious mind starts to disconnect from the money he deposited initially, and worse, from the hope that fueled the journey to learn to trade.
A year goes by. Trader A has lost his enthusiasm, his confidence. Life is frustrating.
Trader B trades opens a $1000 dollar account and expects very conservative growth. 45 net pips/month is AMAZING to her. She easily achieves this and WITHDRAWALS her small profit. She takes her $150 dollars and treats her husband to a fun date, courtesy of her FOREX profits.
He encourages her to continue waking up early and is happy to help. The next month, she looks patiently for set-ups she trusts. Her account grows again. This time, she treats herself to a car detail. Now she is rolling in evergreen scented bliss courtesy of her efforts in FOREX. Her subconscious mind loves trading.
Trader A is looking on scornfully, because after all, he didn’t come here to make $150 a month. After a year of achieving her $150/month profit, Trader B receives a nice $5000 dollar tax return. She trusts herself completely to use this money to trade. Immediately, her profits go from $150 to $700+ dollars/mo. This affords her the ability to take a vacation and she hasn’t taken a vacation in years. Her friends want to know more about that FOREX thing. Life is good, and the future looks bright.
End of story.
The point of this story is not to tell you how to manage your money. It is however, something worth considering if you have been trading for a while and feel like Trader A. Maybe, just maybe, the tortoise who isn’t consumed by the greed of the lot ladder, is the one who ironically wins this race.
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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