Previously, one thing we looked at was Picking a Favorite Market to Trade. When you are looking at trading, there are a lot of things to consider and one of them is what you are going to trade. A lot of traders have a currency or pair that they identify with. Shawn Lucas, for example, is a EUR/USD trader. This is actually the pair that most traders connect with in the world. Looking at the pairs everyone trades, including the EUR/USD, there are lesser known pairs that don’t get attention but are still great for trading. So, here are a few different currency pairs that can be tried in trading.
Signals can be a very polarizing subject. On one side, you have the person who believes their strategy proves itself enough that no aid is needed or that a signal will not help you learn and is a waste of time. On the other hand, some traders believe that getting a trade entry and exit to place can help identify trends in the market at that point that they may not have seen or that a signal can be a great confirmation for a preexisting idea in the market. Either way, signals are a big thing in the trading world, but what are they?
The markets are an ever-changing depiction of a country's strength against another. As the strength of a currency rises and falls, some traders will prosper while others will lose their profits previously gained. While these changes will at times be unfavorable for a country, they can also be unfavorable for a trader. Depending on your trading style, what is “unfavorable” will change. This is one reason Apiary Fund teaches a variety of styles: so that when it's unfavorable for your trading, you can try a different setup and hope to make profits from that.
Scalping and swing trading are very common ways to make your profits while trading. Each has advantages over the other and they have their disadvantages, too. No matter the type of trader you are, the other trading style still must be recognized as it can move markets in its own way and can catch movements that the other side would not catch. So, whether you trade like Shawn Lucas and scalp or if you do a longer term swing trade approach, knowing the difference and what they can add to your trading is important if you're adapting to the new strategy.
Pips are the most talked about thing in FOREX. ‘PIP’ stands for Price Interest Point or Percentage In Point and is typically the fourth number after the decimal point, unless you are dealing with the JPY, in which case it is the second decimal point. Pips dictate, along with the trade quantity, how much money you are making or losing in the market. Most every transaction measures its success or downfall in terms of pips as well. Pips are paramount in the FOREX market and Apiary Fund reviews their importance because of that throughout their education.
With all the difficulties that a new strategy can pose and the ever fluctuating markets in the foreign exchange market, backtesting a strategy when you start a new one or when looking at a new pair is important. You don’t want to have the win to loss ratio ratio or the best take profit and stop loss range for a pair with your specific strategy present itself only after you have entered a trade and had it run its course. Backtesting a strategy on a pair gives the ability to best suit your trading, this is the primary reason Apiary Fund puts such high stress on the idea of backtesting. Backtesting gives the opportunity to help a strategy grow and find ideal profits for your trading.
When you're talking about what pairs to trade, knowing what you're looking for is key. Without a specific goal in mind, there is no best pair. Apiary Fund reviews strategies for a wide range of different types of trading, each one of those has a best pair to use it with. That pair, however, can vary depending on time of day, time of month, and overall news in the market. Finding the easiest currency pair to trade will greatly depend on what you want to get out of the markets.
Demo accounts are great for many reasons. They offer the opportunity to try a strategy without risking everything and they allow for traders to try out a platform without having to commit their investment capital. However, depending on who you trade a demo account with, you could be preparing yourself for unrealistic expectations. Whether you are looking into a new broker and trying out their demo account to see if you want to invest money or if you are just going back to practice a new strategy, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to trading a demo account.
Everyone has that one pair. The first one they look at when they look at their platform for the day. The last pair you look at before signing off for the day. Or, if you only trade one pair, it is that pair. Everyone, whether they realize it or not, has a favorite pair. The favorite pair you have may just happen to be the only pair you’ve traded or one of the few pairs you’ve traded and was the most profitable. No matter how your favorite pair came to be or what it means for your trading, sometimes a little change can do a trader some good, especially when your trading maya be in a slight funk. While Apiary Fund has 29 pairs to choose from, looking at them all can be overwhelming, so having a favorite, or favorite few, can be beneficial.