Trading strategies are crucial to being a successful FOREX trader. However, there are many different strategies for trading and thus FOREX traders must find their own unique style. Technical or fundamental analysis approaches are preferred by many traders, but the amalgam of both strategies will ensure a broad overview of the financial market.
The most important concept that technical analysis relies on is that prices move by trends. A common saying in FOREX trading is “The trend is your friend.” There are identifiable patterns in market movements that have been analyzed for many years. A good understanding of these trends and how to read them makes up the foundation of a good trading strategy.
There are several analytical tools around to help you understand market movements. The novice FOREX trader would be smart to study every one individually to gain a working understanding of the ideas and uses. Once any tool is understood, it should be used while studying the rest. The tools tend to reinforce each other.
Many Forex trading strategies utilize support and resistance levels. The price level that is most often the lowest price is what ‘support’ is referring to. The price that is usually the highest that the stock will usually trade for is the resistance level. Also, price movements over a certain time period are contained within the support and resistance levels.
Price are expected to continue in the direction they are moving when they break through support or resistance levels e.g. if the price falls below the resistance level, the price should continue to fall.
Price charts needs to be analyzed to look for any unbroken support and resistance levels. Though charts with longer time frames show more important support/resistance levels, analysis can occur over any amount of time. Support/resistance levels are a tool that traders can use to figure out when to enter or exit a trade.
Another common tool used in Forex trading strategies are moving averages. The average price during a specific time period over a certain period of time is the SMA, or simple moving average. Moving averages give a better understanding of price movements because they can eliminating any short term price fluctuations. An SMA can be plotted by Forex traders who can use the information in order to determine the times the prices seem to either rise or fall. Once a price has risen above the SMA, they will typically keep rising. Similarly, once a price falls below the SMA, they will usually continue to drop.
Here are two different kinds of trading strategies, which you can use on their own or in conjunction with one another. Technically, the FOREX trader should possess a whole range of trading tools, which will help to analyze fluctuations in the market, and to back up the conclusions of scholarly studies. If many of these tools are combined to indicate that the market is progressing a certain way, then the trader can be more confident in undertaking a course of action.
In a similar way, fundamental analysis can be used to either reinforce or cast doubt upon technical findings. The FOREX trader, ideally, will use several indicators when plotting a trading strategy.
To be a successful FOREX trader you should be able to understand when to enter, as well as exit a trade, be alert to the signs of market changes, how much you can afford to lose if a trade goes against you. Learning these technical analysis rules will go a long way in making your future both profitable and successful.