Forex Trading: Are You Planning To Win

Sophia Todorova is the host of the live trading room for the London session. She has a background in teaching and psychology, and as such relishes the idea of assisting new traders on their journey to Forex trading success. Technical Analysis is her passion. The charts speak, and she listens.

Every trader should have a trading plan. The saying: ‘If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail’ might be a cliché, but it is none-the-less still very valid. A successful forex trading plan should start with a general outline, and then broken down to specifics. I personally, have a general trading plan, as well as a journal which I use to list my trades, and the specifics regarding setups. For my swing trades, I also note daily developments. Doing this is useful to be because it helps me to later evaluate my trading plan. Here are some guidelines to follow:

Expectations: Why are you trading the Forex, and what are your expectations? Good forex training will guide you in making reasonable expectations. By establishing this from the start, it will help to keep you on track in your trading, and ward off disillusionment.

Risk Plan: Decide how much you currently have in disposable income, and aim to gradually grow your equity. If you are still trading on a practice account, treat it as you would a live account, or you will be defeating its purpose. Once you start live trading, the transition should be easy. Do not risk more than you can afford to lose; you should not be traumatized if this does happen. You should also decide beforehand, the maximum amount of your equity you will risk on trading at any one time.

Types of Trading Accounts: Try to keep separate accounts for different trading strategies. If you enjoy day trading, as well as swing trading, you will be able to more accurately evaluate your performance on each strategy if you keep the accounts separate. This is not difficult to do, since many forex brokers offer the sub-account alternative.

  Goals: Set reasonable goals on your expected returns over a period of time. This should be based on your strategy. Profit targets should be calculated on a daily basis, for day-trading, and swing trading on a weekly, or monthly basis, for instance.

Strategy: Detail each trading strategy you use, as well as the rules for their use. This should include your triggers, or confirmation setups that you need to see before executing a trade. You should also identify specific conditions for exiting a trade, at a win, a loss, or breakeven.

Evaluation: This is a critical process that should be completed. Evaluation allows for improvement in our trading. I recommend reviewing each trade that you execute. Ongoing evaluation is necessary in managing a swing/ position trade, but is useful to every type of trader at the end of the trade. We can rationally compare the trades with the plan we wrote, thereby recognizing trading errors we made, or a flaw in the trading strategy that needs to be addressed.

If we approach our trading in a haphazard manner, our results will reflect that. A trading plan lays the groundwork for future success.

Thank you. I hope that this article provides some important insight, but more importantly, the catalyst that will push you to making the commitment to successful trading by devising a trading plan. Please do leave your comments on useful tips that you use in your own trading plans. That would be very much appreciated. Happy trading, and a wonderful weekend to you. :)

You can aslo read my last technical analysis post here: http://www.winnersedgetrading.com/gbpusd-technical-analysis-2/

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  • http://www.tradestocksamerica.com Kristine

    Excellent article. I am really satisfied with this posting that you have given us. This is really a stupendous work done by you. Thank you and I am looking forward for some more of your posts. Planning is something we should not neglect as a trader. The market is very unpredictable out there so we should be prepared always.

  • http://twitter.com/FXstorm Sophia Smith

    I like the points you raised, Helder. Thanks for sharing, and reminding us of the initial work that needs to be put in. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

  • Helder

    Another good article Sophia. I have read your early articles and they were very interesting and helpful as they reminded of some aspects that i had in a way not thought for some time. It's always good to go back to the roots from time to time to keep us grounded.

    To follow on your article, I would like to say that it is important to also recognize the workload that leads to creating the right expectations, the right strategy, the right goals. It is important to find your trading niche, to find a strategy that fits your niche and to do this we need to play by our strengths. Practice, practice and more practice is the key to get you started. Just as I did, many of us start trading by focusing on indicators and patterns.

    Happy trading!

  • http://twitter.com/FXstorm Sophia Smith

    Thanks, Toby :)

  • http://twitter.com/FXstorm Sophia Smith

    You're welcome, Dedan. Thank you for reading the article, and also for your comment. :)

  • http://twitter.com/FXstorm Sophia Smith

    Thanks, Vladimir :) I post articles on a daily basis, so I look forward to seeing more of your comments. Thank you! :)

  • Toby Okon

    Better education for an aggressive beginner !

  • Dedan

    Thanks for the insight. Very educative, teaching us not to leave things to chance.

  • http://twitter.com/Macromicron Vladimir Chitalov

    Good article indeed and is written simply and exactly. It is very useful for beginners. Hope to read new ones here!