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Top 4 Qualities of a Successful Forex Trader


December 3, 2018 ( Newswire) Plenty of people try their luck on the forex markets and end up losing their money. To be successful, you require certain key qualities. And, in case you were wondering, luck has very little to do with it.

Most traders don't have all the traits listed below, but as long as you have some of them, you can work on the rest and join the hallowed ranks of successful forex traders.

1. Cool Under Pressure

To be a successful trader, you need to be a tough cookie. People like George Soros didn't get where they are today by caving in when a deal looked like it was crumbling. They stood their ground and single-mindedly pursued profits with great tenacity.

Try and stay cool under pressure. Remember, not every trade needs to be a winner. As long as around 30% of your trades are successful, you will make money. Don't let the losses faze you. All traders lose money. Losses are not a bad thing, as long as they don't wipe out your trading account. Learn from your losses and use the information gleaned from these mistakes to educate you going forward.

2. Stay Disciplined

Have a trading strategy and stick to it. The moment you deviate and go off on a tangent is the moment when it all starts to fall apart. Successful traders stay disciplined at all times. They pay attention to the forex signals on easyMarkets and are ready to act when the time is right. They have a strategy and are committed to sticking to their plan. They know that distractions are fatal. Losing focus could mean the difference between a profitable trade and a loss.

Even if there is nothing worth trading, stay alert. Don't let impatience push you into making a trade without examining the data. It is the fastest way to lose your trading capital.

3. Go with the Flow

The forex markets are continually shifting. No trading system is fool-proof and to stay on top of your trades, you need to go with the flow and make changes as and when they are required. Successful forex trades can adapt to market forces and tweak their trading strategies to suit.

Currencies don't always behave in ways that you expect. A currency might be strong one day and then something happens, causing it to crash overnight. Be ready to shift your trading strategies.

4. Understand Your Tolerance to Risk

Not everyone has the stomach for making risky trades on the forex markets. That's OK. As long as you understand your risk threshold, you can't go too far wrong. For example, if your primary aim is to make some extra money to pay for a vacation, you probably shouldn't transfer all your savings in a trading account. If you do and lose the lot, it won't end well. On the other hand, if you have plenty of spare cash and you don't mind if you blow the lot, that's a different story.

Always learn from the experts when forex trading. Study the pros, read expert blogs, and learn the ropes with a demo account. That way, you won't go too far wrong.

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