Introduction

If you’re just getting started in Forex trading, welcome to the business! You’ll find that there’s a thriving community of traders online who are willing to help you to move forward in learning how to trade Forex successfully. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you need to know everything before you can make money with Forex trading. The truth is, trading Forex doesn’t charts have to be as complicated as most people make it out to be. By the end of this article, you’ll be equipped with the only thing you need to know when you’re getting started in Forex trading.

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Your Focus Getting Started In Forex Trading

Your focus when you’re getting started in Forex trading should be on the main reason why you got into Forex trading in the first place: to make money with Forex trading! You don’t need to know every single chart pattern, trading indicator and fundamental data out there to make money with Forex trading at all. I’m certainly not a walking Forex encyclopedia, and many successful and profitable Forex traders I know aren’t either. We focus on having a simple Forex trading system in place and consistently trading that system day in and day out.

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If you’re just getting started in Forex trading, the last thing you’ll want to do is to spend two years on the sidelines trying to learn everything you need to know to develop a profitable Forex trading system, right? Well, you don’t have to. There are quite a few profitable systems out there available for sale, but how do you know which ones work and which don’t? Simple: you do your research, and verify the results of your research with your own testing.

Do One Thing And Do It Well To Profit

You may hear mind boggling concepts like optimization, portfolio selection and optimum system settings from Forex industry veterans like me every now and then, but all you need to know right now is that if a system makes money over a period of 2 months, it has a good possibility of making money over another 2 months. So all you need to do to verify that a system works is to run it on a demo account for 2 months, which is the typical length of the money back guarantee most systems offer.

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Once you have your profitable system in place, you don’t want to be jumping on top of every new system that comes out on the market! That’s a mistake that most people getting started in Forex trading make, which ends up costing them a lot of money spent on systems that they never give a decent run in the market. When you buy a new system, you’ll want to run it for at least 6 months alone before you get another one. That way, you give yourself enough time to get used to the system and know what you can expect from it, before you take your time away from it to focus on another system.

What You’re Aiming For In The Long Run

In the long run, what you’ll want to have is to build up a good portfolio of two or three different trading systems that don’t run similar trades to each other at any given time. That’s a good way to diversify your risk, and to maximize your returns at the same time. As you go along, you’ll find that you will need to improve your knowledge and skillset to be able to maintain your systems with periodic tune ups to keep them in sync with the markets. As you develop the need for that information, you’ll want to ease yourself into learning that aspect of trading Forex as well. By then, you’ll be at the stage where you can make money with Forex trading very comfortably and easily, which will compensate you for your time and efforts building and maintaining your portfolios. Until then, focus on just doing one thing at a time, and doing it well.

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Thad B. is a Professional Trading Systems Developer who has developed and managed dozens of profitable trading systems over the years for a private hedge fund. Forex trading systems are his passion and expertise, and he has a wealth of helpful resources available for any serious Forex systems trader. 

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