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How to Avoid Beginner Mistakes in Forex Trading


Given the size and scale of the global forex market (this boasted a cumulative value of $2.409 quadrillion at the end of 2020), it’s little wonder that currency trading is so appealing to aspiring investors.


However, the fx market is also incredibly volatile and highly leveraged, which introduces considerable risk from an investor perspective and makes it possible to incur significant losses over time.


So, what are the key mistakes to avoid in the world of currency trading and how can you operate successfully within this space?


#1 – Not Preparing to Fail


Unfortunately, the vast majority of retail traders record a loss, with up to 70% of all currency investors achieving this unwanted accolade.


Too many forex beginners fail to recognise this fact, which in turn prevents them from managing their expectations and preparing to fail in a way that actively safeguard their capital.


For example, it’s crucial as a trader that you don’t deposit or commit more capital than you can ever afford to lose, while you should also utilise risk management tools such as stop-losses to automatically close positions before they incur a predetermined level of loss.


Such steps are crucial if you’re to achieve long-term success as a trader, as they account for the volatile and derivative nature of currency trading.


#2 – Taking on Too Much Leverage


In forex, the term ‘leverage’ refers to the process of taking on debt (margin) in order to open and control currency positions that are considerably larger than your initial deposit.


Leverage is usually displayed as a ratio, and some reputable brokers will offer retail traders up to 100:1 in relation to their deposit.


However, while this may enable you to pursue potentially larger returns with oversized positions, it also increases your exposure and puts you at the risk of sustaining substantial losses and debt.


So, try to minimise your exposure initially, while ensuring that this is in line with your deposit amount and the predetermined amount you can afford to lose as a trader.


#3 – Not Using a Demo Account


While you may have built a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge prior to entering the marketplace, this means unless you’re able to translate this into practical trading experience.


This is where a demo account can come into play, with this enabling you to access a simulated and real-time marketplace through your MT4 web platform.


You can utilise this type of account for between three and six months, during which time you can experiment and hone your trading strategies without having to risk your hard-earned capital.


This can provide a steep but invaluable learning curve, and one which is crucial if you’re to trade successfully with real money over an extended period of time.





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