A careful introspection is vital if you want to trade on the foreign exchange. The primary purpose of such an introspection is to allow you to get a comprehensive view of what you need to do to succeed in the market, but more importantly it will allow you to understand the market a little better.
There are various aspects of the foreign exchange that you will need to understand before you can succeed in it. While experience garnered by being present in the market will see you gain this knowledge, it is better to acquire it as early as possible. Consider the following.
Science or Art?
Foreign exchange trading is neither art nor science. It is instead a combination of both. You have to not only be able to understand numbers i.e. technical analysis but also comprehend the overall picture of the market i.e. fundamental analysis. Only through a combination of both these things will you be able to excel in the technical and fundamental aspect of the market.
While having an overall viewpoint of the foreign exchange is crucial for success in forex trading, this has to be tempered with the knowledge that every trade in the market is unique.
In other words, you have to accept the fact that each trade in the forex market is independent of the previous trade and the upcoming trades. Understanding this will allow you to approach each trade as it is meant to be approached i.e. a completely new entity with its own unique nature.
Most new traders have this tendency to underplay the role of psychology on the foreign exchange when it is, in fact, one of the most important aspects. Not only do you need to get the right mindset to succeed in forex trading but you should also understand the combined mindset of all the other traders in the market because sentimentality is a very significant aspect of how forex rates move in the market.
Traders who succeed in foreign exchange trading know how to cope with the risks inherent in the market. This means two things. The first is that you have to accept that losses are inevitable in the forex market. Secondly, you should put in place various measures to counter the inevitability of losses. Managing risks is a very intrinsic aspect of the market and something that you have to learn early if you are to succeed.
The foreign exchange is very accommodating of various personalities. There are techniques, methods, and styles for all individuals, regardless of their personality. However, you will need to understand yourself, play to your strengths, and negate your weaknesses to truly realise your potential in the forex market.
The foreign exchange, as is obvious, is all about money. While your profits are not directly proportional to your starting capital, these two components are related. This means that unless you have the right amount of funding, you will find it exceedingly difficult to take returns from the market.