Introduction to Forex January 2014

Many traders aspire to be successful traders, but few succeed. An amateur trader looks at the
Trading platform, makes a trade and loses, makes another trade and loses more. Traders lose
because the game is hard and they trade with emotions, lacking a purpose and discipline. If any
of these relates to you, I write the book for you, for I too was in this position once!
Many traders keep making impulsive trades; they do not have any trading plans or a system, and
no money management rules. To put it simply, an amateur trader will cut short his profits, and
let the losses run. Professional Traders accept the importance of psychology, yet the novice
traders ignore it. You have to practice sound money management and you should watch your
capital. In my opinion the markets only exist because losers bring money into the market, which
is necessary for the Industry.
This book is unique in that it takes you the trader, to devise your own trading philosophy, build
your own methodology,-; a trading system which is your own, and not fed to you by the currently
“hot” guru-., It guides you to develop your own trading plan.
To be truly successful you have to become intuitive, and this simply means that you become an
expert in what you are doing – which will come through experience and learning from your past
mistakes. You can be free, you can live and work anywhere in the world. You can be
independent from routine – This is the life of a successful trader. I can give you the knowledge,
only you can supply the motivation.
In this book I discuss many winning strategies that are NOT unique in the world, no doubt you
have come across them, but chances are that you have never considered using them, or you have
never been shown how to apply the strategies correctly. I have put together strategies in this
book that I have developed over time. I am sure that you will find these methods to be very
profitable for you. Some of the strategies here are awesome-. DEFINITELY practice these
techniques in a demo account for a while before trading real money.
No doubt, you might have read many books, written by non-traders, showing you strategies that
do not work; or the author himself is not an active trader. Therefore the methods shown are not
really tried and tested, so how can you trust them?
We are living in an era of information overkill. Amateur traders are constantly tuning in to listen
to “experts” on Bloomberg or CNBC and reading and following so many emails and newsletters
from many trading gurus and then often acting on these “hot tips”. Uncertainty also occurs
because of too much information; having to look at so many indicators, which give conflicting
signals thereby, you do not take any action. Just how can you learn and take action using
hundreds of Candlestick patterns, chart patterns, chart types and indicators? – Just too many!,
no wonder 90% of traders lose money.
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In order to succeed in trading, you have to Keep It Simple Stupid – KISS, and that is exactly
what I am going to do in this book. I will only concentrate on simple strategies, which have
worked for me in the past, with actual charting examples and trades. I do not use lots of
indicators or fancy trading systems. If you keep it simple, you will succeed – but if you overkill
your brain with too much conflicting information, then you are destined to be a loser. In this
book I will cut the crap and go straight to the point!
You do not need any third party killer system, you yourself can create your OWN Killer System,
using some of the strategies shown in this book. You only need to have faith and belief in
yourself.
Let me once again assure you that, there are NO Holy Grails, NO Secret Code, NO Killer
Trading System, and NO Unique Discoveries.
The only thing that is stopping you from succeeding is YOU, because you are looking for
someone to show you a Secret, which does not exist! Because you do not have faith and belief in
yourself.
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“Failure is a man who has not learnt from his blunders. If you are able to cash in on that experience you are
on the path to success”
– Jay Lakhani, Forex Trader
It is a sad fact that 90% of traders fail, and many very quickly give up. Why? When I went
through a phase of losing trades I treated it as a temporary setback and went back to the
drawing board. I analysed the reasons of my failure and I sought the guidance of Top Traders,
Mentors and Coaches to put me back on the path of success and profitability.
In my opinion the high rate of failure for a new trader can be related to the six major obstacles
that a trader faces, which are summarised as follows –
1. Poor Skills
1. Lack of adequate capital
1. Setting unrealistic targets and goals
1. Lack of Patience
1. Lack of discipline
1. High risk aversion.
If we look at the list, it becomes apparent that the failure is as a result of trading without having
in place a proper Trading System and a Trading Plan– One that includes mind training, quality
Forex education and strategies and sound money management rules.
So what are the Characteristics of a Successful Trader? All we have to do is to reframe the
liabilities listed above;
1. Adequate trading knowledge and understanding. You should seek services of good quality
mentors and a trading coach.
1. Adequate capitalisation – Don’t be fooled that you can earn thousands every week from a
starting capital of $500
1. Realistic Goals – don’t expect 100% profit each month, it simply is not possible.
1. Have patience – don’t trade if you don’t have to. You should wait for a set-up according to
your trading plan and system.
1. Have Discipline to follow your rules
1. Understanding and Managing Risk
1. And lastly the most important is having a Trading System and a Trading Plan. Virtually
90% of Traders that I have coached have never had one!
If you look at the advice from the world’s most successful people or traders today, you will notice
that they follow the guidelines as identified above.
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“Define first the level of risk you dare assume. Start with a small position, and then build it up if it
works” – George Soros
“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man
with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk” – J.C. Penny
“ If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your
plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim
Rohn
In this course, I will attempt to turn you from an amateur trader to a master trader. All you have
to simply do is to follow the simple ideas and strategies put forward in this manual. It is only
YOU who is responsible for your success or failure.
“I can show you the path to successful trading – but YOU have to make a choice to follow it or not.”
– Jay Lakhani, Forex Trader.
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It seems that everywhere you look, you see advertisements for software promising accurate buy
and sell signals and profits with every trade. Just have a look at some captions of the adverts I
have seen!
“I’ve Finally Cracked the Forex Code”
“ Make thousand pips every month”
“ Trade Forex with a secret formula that only a handful of Traders use”
The list is endless.. These so-called killer systems don’t come cheap, costing you thousands to
buy. However with just a little bit of effort, you too can “crack this secret code” yourself.
Once again let me assure you, from my experience and knowledge of being a trader for the past
20 years, that there is “NO Secret Code”, “NO Killer Systems”, “NO Holy Grail”, and “No Unique
Discoveries”.
In my opinion most of these adverts are no more than scams. It may not make YOU rich, but it
will certainly make the Vendor’s millionaires. Most of these secrets and codes or discoveries are
readily available to you. The only secret is that YOU don’t know how to use these simple
strategies! Or nobody has shown you how to use them correctly.
This is precisely what I am going to do in my book – “ The way to Trade Forex”, I hope to hold
your hand and show you step by step how to create a killer trading system of your own. However,
the fact is that many traders are simply lazy and cannot make time to plan or create a system.
YOU have a choice, either become a winning trader or continue to lose money!
What Is a Trading System?
A trading system is simply a group of specific rules, or parameters, that determine entry and exit
points for your trade. These points, known as signals, are often marked on a chart in real time
and will prompt you to pull the trigger.
Here are some of the most common tools used to construct a trading system-
1. Chart Patterns
1. Moving Averages
1. Stochastics
1. Oscillators
1. Relative Strength
1. Bollinger Bands
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1. Elliott Wave
Often, two or more of these forms of indicators will be combined in the creation of a rule. For
example, the MA crossover system uses two moving average parameters, the long-term and the
short-term, to create a rule:
Advantages
So, why might you want to adopt a trading system?
· It takes all emotion out of trading – Emotion is often cited as one of the biggest flaws of
individual investors. By cutting down on these human inefficiencies, system traders can
increase profits. Apart from going through lot of strategies in this book so that you can
construct your own Trading System, I am also devoting lot of space in psychology of
trading, without which a trader can simply not succeed.
· It can save a lot of time – Once an effective system is developed and optimised, there is
little to no effort necessary on the part of the trader. Computers are often used to
automate the signal generation.
Developing an effective trading system is by no means an easy task. It requires a solid
understanding of the many parameters available, the ability to make realistic assumptions, and
the time and dedication to develop the system. However, if developed and deployed properly, a
trading system can yield many advantages. It can increase efficiency, free up-time and, most
importantly, increase your profits.
Designing a Trading System
In my book “The Way to Trade FOREX”, I discuss many of the successful and profitable trading
strategies that I have made use of from most of the Tools mentioned above. In addition as a follow
up service, I am also extending a free 1 month mentoring so as to help you not only devise a
Trading system, but also help you in preparing a Trader’s Plan or assist with your Trader
Psychology.
Here are some of the key factors to keep in mind when designing a trading system in the
FOREX:
1. The liquidity and the volume in the Forex market is huge, therefore making trading
systems more accurate and effective.
2. Most brokers do not charge commissions in this market, only spreads Therefore, it’s
much easier to make many transactions without increasing costs. Some brokers offer a
very low pip spread.
3. Compared to the amount of equities or commodities available, the number of
currencies to trade is limited. But because of the availability of ‘exotic currency
pairs’–that is, currencies from smaller countries–the range is not limited.
4. The main trading systems used in FOREX are those that follow trends (a popular
saying in the market is “the trend is your friend”), or systems that buy or sell on
breakouts. This is because economic indicators often cause large price movements at one
time.
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5. A good quality charting package, I use the eSignal and would highly recommend this
package to any readers.
In my long experience of Trading, I have read many books on trading and technical
analysis. I have come across very few books, which focus on the importance of trading
plans and trading systems and assisting their readers in creating such a system.
This is precisely what this book is aimed at, i.e. assist you in creating your own killer
trading system, having a trading plan, and finally a follow-up service.
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· Money Management & Risk Management
· Money Management Rules
· Trading Commitment
· Determine Your Trading Style
· Overcoming Fear
· Discipline, Discipline, Discipline
· A Trading Coach?
· Secrets of Highly Successful Traders
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Overcoming Fear
How do you define fear? “A strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger, it
implies anxiety and usually the loss of courage.” This definition of fear is useful in helping define
the issues that traders face when coping with fear. The reality is that all traders feel fear at some
level, but the key is how we prepare to address our concerns related to taking on risk as a trader.
Mark Douglas, in his book, ‘Trading in the Zone’, says that most investors believe they know
what is going to happen next. This causes traders to put too much weight on the outcome of the
current trade, while not assessing their performance as “a probability game” that they are
playing over time. This manifests itself in investors getting too high and too low and causes them
to react emotionally, with excessive fear or greed after a series of losses or wins.
All traders will encounter fear at some stage, no matter whether you are a professional or a
novice trader, this seems inevitable, and to succeed and fight fear, traders will have to work
through this positively. Winning traders manage their fear, while losers are controlled by it.
Winners take positive action in spite of their fears.
Two of the greatest fears that a trader will encounter can be,
1. Fear of Loss
2. Fear of Letting a profit turn into a loss
Fear of a Loss
No matter how skilled you may be in your technical analysis, or your study of fundamental
analysis, or your having devised some brilliant trading strategies – but you may still face
roadblocks on becoming a successful and a profitable trader. Why? – Overcoming fear of losing
money. I have never met a trader who really likes losing money – at the same time I have never
come across any trader who has NEVER lost any money. I know of one leading “guru” on charts
and technical analysis in UK, who regularly lectures at seminars, once admitted that despite
being brilliant in his study of technical analysis, he has failed miserably in his trading, having
blown his account many times – now he just concentrates on teaching trading to others!
Fear of losing is not a problem, but it is how you handle the loss. A trader, who is relaxed, can
look forward to another trade. Your success or failure in trading depends on your attitudes
towards your gain as well as losses – and how you handle them.
The market does not know that you, the traders exists, you or for that matter any trader cannot
do anything to change the market or influence it. Only YOU can control your behaviour.
Whether it is a big drawdown on an account, or a good profitable trade, a professional trader
uses his head to stay calm and will look for his new trade. Only a novice trader will become
excited and depressed. You are simply wasting your precious nervous energy!
The primary difference between a professional trader and a novice trader is how they handle a
loss. One of the greatest reason for a lack of success in trading is because most traders played it
safe, they are so afraid of losing that they simply do not pull the trigger, even when they have a
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great trade! To a professional trader, winning means being unafraid to lose.
Imagine how many times did you fall down, before you finally learnt to ride a bike? Or how many
times did the baby fall down before the child went from crawling to walking to running?
So for most novice traders, the reason they do not win in their trading is because the pain of
losing money is far greater than the joy of being a winning trader, on the other hand losing
inspires a professional trader, for he will look at that as a way to learn from that loss and he will
always ask the question, how can I profit the next time? The winning trader will have a trading
journal, where he records his trade; he will pull out the chart, and study it carefully, why the
trade made a loss. A professional Trader is more concerned about avoiding a big loss, and less
concerned about small losses.
One trader that I had recently coached had an overall winning trade of 80%, yet his overall
monetary record is of having a massive loss. He likes trading stock futures, particularly the stock
Google, had many, many successful trades on the long side, but finally he went short at $179
and at the time of writing this book, he was still short with the price at $198. He had many
opportunities to come out with a small loss, but “he did not want to take a loss”. This position
has stopped him focussing on new opportunities.
The longer you can stay in the game with a sound trading plan, the more likely you will start to
experience a better run of trades, that will always serve you well in times of temporary trading
slumps. Being a cricket follower, I see that even a world-class cricketer goes through a lean
patch, be it Botham, Tendulkar or Richards – But they all come back with a bang, so it should
not be different for a trader.
What is important is how well you execute your trading plan, and stay focussed with ruthless
discipline. With a good trading plan you should be able to have an entry and exit strategies,
which you will action decisively and not hesitantly.
Fear of letting a profit turn into a loss
I am often asked when do I take my profit? – I simply say, “Go with the trend! – Let the profits
run, and cut the losses short” But what do most Traders do? They SNATCH PROFITS and let the
losses run! Too many traders want to lock in a quick profit to guarantee that they feel like a
winner.
In the above example of a trader who was trading Google, had he just followed the above rule, of
letting the profits run and cutting short the loss, he would have quadrupled his equity. Yet now
he is close to getting wiped out. He is now saving money from his full time job, to fund his
account to have another go!
So when do you take profits? For example I tend to break my trade into 2 lots, or 4 lots,
depending on what time frame I am trading. So lets say If I am trading a shorter term time frame,
I break my trade in 2 lots, so that as soon as I am say 30 points in profit, I close 50% of my trade
and then for the remaining, I move my stop to break even. This way I am guaranteed that I will
not lose! I will let the second lot run and I am seeking to ride the position with a trailing stop on
the remaining portion of the position. Quite often I get stopped out, but imagine if only 2 out 10
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trades you catch are a “big move” – what would that do to your bank balance! – The key is
patience.
If however, I were trading a longer-term time frame, I would break the trade in 4 parts, taking
25% profits gradually, and at the same time trying to catch the big move. This strategy has given
me the most confidence.
In 2003 I went long on the Nikkei Index, after it broke out of its long downtrend. I was so
confident that the bottom was made here, having started of with a wide stop I was now hoping to
ride this all the way up! The position was broken down into 4 parts, i.e. 25% each portion. The
target for each portion was 250 points, 500, 750 and finally 1,000 points. As soon as my 250
points were achieved, I moved my stop to a Breakeven point in money terms, then a limit order
to take profits as the Index went on a run! One of my Trader friends said “ I was crazy” –
subsequently he ate his words. In so many years of my trading experience, I have yet to come
across anyone, unless they have not told me, to have achieved a thousand points. All you need is
faith in your system, with discipline to follow your goal and a lot of patience!
One of my goals is to target a point gain of 5,000 points on Google, either on a short side or
Long. You will know of it, when I achieve it
So just how do you achieve the faith in your system, the discipline and patience? In my opinion,
for a novice trader, it is vitally important to have some sort of consultancy from experienced
traders or have a trader’s coach to guide them. Few thousands spent on being mentored, will
more than be paid for not only from the profits that you will make as a result – but also the
losses you will not sustain. Refer to the section “A trading coach” for more information.
You have a choice, and only YOU, can make that decision
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TRADING STRATEGIES
In this section we cover some unique Forex Trading Strategies that work time after time. They
are easy and simple to follow, and if you just follow it than you should consistently make money.
These strategies have been tried and tested by our traders over many years of trading, and they
do work.
It can be adapted to suit your trading style, be it working on intraday moves or day trades or
indeed position trading.
Here are some of the recent trade examples;
EUR
LONG at 1.2023 on 27th July
EXIT at 1.2337 on 4th August
314 PIPS gain

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