Humans are creatures of habit, as the saying goes, and traders are no different. If anything, a trader is much more a creature of habit than anyone. Crossover, buy; breakout, sell; new crossover, sell; etc. We fall into the habit of looking at one thing to trigger a response for us to execute a trade or set one up for later. These habits can be good or bad depending on how out there they are. Apiary Fund reviews hundreds of trading accounts and sees good habits and bad habits alike all the time. Here are some of the trading habits Apiary Fund has seen that makes for a successful and lower risk trading account.
Trading has the appeal it has due to the reward it offers. Trading also has the dissuasion it does because of the risk it offers. With anything that offers significant reward, significant risk is going to be there. If there was a great return method with no risk factors, everyone would be well off and there wouldn’t be poverty levels. The risk you take as a trader and the reward you can receive is the same reason people go to casinos and play blackjack along with going to a race track and putting money on dog or horse races. The rush of dopamine when a good trade closes and seeing the balance in your account is great. The rush of cortisol when a bad trade is closing and you have a balance decrease gets the body going.
Recently, we had an article discussing the risk to rewards of trading. Risk is a huge part of trading and in unavoidable. But how can we reduce and manage the risk that we have in the FOREX markets? There are certain strategies such as the Wobble Technique that Shawn Lucas teaches that minimize risk, and there are also more defined ways such as setting up stop losses closer to the trades.
When it comes to trading, there's a lot of risk involved. Whether it be losing your profits for the day or losing most of your account, there's always a risk in the markets. With risk comes reward, though. That’s why people start trading. The rewards it has to offer. Most people, though, don’t know how to fully mitigate the risk in the markets to increase their rate of success. Apiary Fund reviews with all of its traders ways to help mitigate loss and increase your success in the markets.
Have you ever been trading around 5 PM eastern time and had your platform freeze up? Or have you triggered stop losses due to astronomical spreads? Welcome to daily maintenance!! Daily maintenance is something every trader has probably experienced, even if they may not have realized it. If you trade for Apiary, it is at 5:00-5:09 PM Eastern Time. And if you've never looked like the guy below during that time, you're one of the luck ones...
Proprietary trading is not a new concept. In fact, it’s been around for decades, though the structures of today’s proprietary trading firms are as varied as the selection of cereal at your local grocery store. Generally, proprietary trading firms, or prop shops, are focused on finding professional traders who can manage the firm’s assets. While the structure provided by a proprietary trading group is great for the professional trader who knows how the industry works, there are some hidden pitfalls for the semi-pro or greenie trader choosing a firm to work with. In this post from the Apiary Fund, I’d like to go over a few elements common to most prop shops, and show you how the Apiary Fund’s unique model compares.
One comment we hear a lot as traders is, "Oh, you trade Forex? Isn't that risky?" Unlike a fear of snakes or spiders, most of the fear people feel concerning the Forex markets stems from either a lack of information or a misunderstanding; however, instead of exercising a fear of risk you can try exercising risk as a tool to help you in your trading.
In this article we are going to discuss non-directional markets, their sources as well as what to do with them. First, however, we need to define them.
So what is a non-directional market?
Imagine you're trading the EUR/USD. After you perform some market analysis, you belive that the currency pair is going to strengthen so you go long on the EUR/USD. Another day, you might believe that it is going to drop, so you would short the currency pair. These would be an example of directional trading because the trader is taking a fairly confident stance on which direction the trend is going to go. In non-directional markets, you'll notice that the trend doesn't take a clear stance; rather, it moves sideways.
Eastern Europe and the old Soviet bloc during the early 90’s is a perfect example of what happens with extreme fluctuation in currency valuation.
Risk management is essential to profitable trading. No matter how good your trading strategy is you're going to experience losses. As Forex traders, we know that we don't need to fear taking a loss. However, if you don't manage a losing trade then you're going to find yourself in trouble pretty quickly.