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One of the most frequently asked questions among forex newbies is: How much money should I put in my trading account?

The short of it is that, you should only trade money that you can afford to lose. 

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However, there are also risks to being undercapitalized, so it does not make much sense to open an account with just a few measly bucks.

You see, once you step into live forex trading, the way you look at capitalization will never be the same. Forex trading is now a business – YOUR business.

One key business principle you need to understand is that it takes money to make money.

Being properly funded will allow you to sweat out periods of bad business (poor trading), and give you a higher chance of surviving long enough so that you may experience periods of good business (good trading).

To give you an idea on how much you should put in, here are some important questions that you need to ask yourself:

  1. Will you be trading full-time or part-time?
  2. Do you plan on making a living out of forex trading?
  3. Will you be supporting your family through trading or just yourself?
  4. How are you going to be educated?
  5. How much can you spend on trading tools such as charts and news feeds?
  6. What is the maximum amount you can you afford to lose per month or per year?
  7. Do you make money from being more right than wrong?
  8. What is your average variability of returns on a per week or per month basis?
  9. Will you be trading different strategies or systems to diversify?
  10. Do you plan on building up your capital with additional funds regularly?

After answering questions like these, then you can estimate how much you need to start with.

Once you’ve decided on your initial capital and have begun your forex trading business, only then can you start growing it.

But of course, like any other business, you should only expand when you are already making money and successful. You don’t build a second McDonalds if your first one is still struggling to rake in profits!

These are all basic management principles, but they will be essential to setting the foundation of your trading career and business.

So make sure you have both a solid trading plan and a business plan in place before you decide to get your feet wet and go live.

Naabiae Nenu-B is a Medical Health Student and an SEO Specialist dedicated to flushing the web off fake news and scam scandals. He aims at being "Africa's Best Leak and Review Blogger" and that's the unwavering stand of Xycinews Media.

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Fx Analysis

Chart Art: Back-to-Back Yen Plays With AUD/JPY and GBP/JPY

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It may be the last trading day of the week in the forex market but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a couple of pips before you close shop!

Check out AUD/JPY and GBP/JPY’s downtrends on the 4-hour chart.

Think you can make pips from these setups?

AUD/JPY 4-Hour Forex Chart
AUD/JPY 4-Hour Forex Chart

AUD/JPY is consolidating at the 81.25 area!

And why not? The level not only hits the 50% Fib retracement of last week’s downswing, but it also lines up with a mid-channel resistance AND a broken support earlier this month.

If you’re an Aussie bear, you can start loading them shorts as soon as you see some momentum. The 80.20 previous low is a good initial target but you can also aim for new monthly lows if the (bearish) force is strong enough.

Feeling like buying the Aussie instead? Look for new weekly highs for AUD/JPY and see if an upside breakout can lead to a retest of the 100 SMA closer to the channel resistance.

GBP/JPY 4-Hour Forex Chart
GBP/JPY 4-Hour Forex Chart

Don’t worry, you’re not seeing double. Guppy is showing us a similar setup, yo!

GBP/JPY is about to reach the 152.25 area that lines up with not only the 100 SMA but also the descending channel resistance that started gaining traction in late June.

This time, pound bears also have the support of a hidden (read: continuing) divergence on the chart.

Now who’s ready to sell GBP/JPY? The most recent candlesticks haven’t exactly hinted at a reversal yet, so keep your eyes peeled for the start of some selling. July’s lows are a good level to target but make sure you also lock in pips along the way in case the pound doesn’t go back to its previous support.

If you’re confident that the pound has seen its lowest levels against the yen this month and that GBP/JPY will break above its trend line resistance, then you gotta design trading plans around a possible upside breakout.

Good luck and good trading, my dudes!

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Weekly Forex Market Recap: July 19 – 23

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After a volatile start to the week on covid-19 fears, markets calmed down to a steady recovery by the end of the week.

The Canadian dollar was the top dog among the majors, not only rising with the recovery in risk, but also likely on rising oil prices as traders forecasts tightening supplies.

Notable News & Economic Updates:

Intermarket Weekly Recap

Dollar, Gold, S&P 500, 10-yr Treasury Yield, Bitcoin, Oil
Dollar, Gold, S&P 500, 10-yr Treasury Yield, Bitcoin, Oil

Risk aversion sentiment hit the markets at the start of the week as traders priced in fears that the recent rise in the covid-19 cases around the world would weaken the economic recovery. On the chart above, we can see the turn lower in risk assets (i.e., equities, oil, and bitcoin), as well as a fall in U.S. Treasury yields.

That sentiment lasted through Tuesday’s session, where a bottom in risk aversion sentiment seemed to quickly form, despite a lack of attributable news events or headlines. With no apparent catalysts for the shift in sentiment, that bottom was likely a “buy the dip” move by traders.

In the currency space, safe havens like the euro, yen, and Greenback benefited from the risk-off moves on Monday and Tuesday, and as expected in this environment, the comdolls were hard hit early on.

But as positive risk sentiment slowly recovered through the rest of the week, the comdolls eventually took the top spot among the majors, lead the Canadian dollar. The Loonie’s out performance was likely boosted by the swift recovery in oil prices as traders speculated that oil supplies would tighten.

The euro had the most notable scheduled event of the week for currency traders with the latest monetary policy statement from the European Central Bank. This event came inline with the expectations that the ECB would remain accommodative, raised their inflation goal to 2%, and re-iterated that they’re not too eager to pull emergency support anytime soon. Euro volatility quickly pick up quickly on the event, ending with the euro lower on the session.

USD Pairs

Overlay of USD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of USD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

GBP Pairs

Overlay of GBP Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of GBP Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

EUR Pairs

Overlay of EUR Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of EUR Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

CHF Pairs

Overlay of CHF Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of CHF Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
  • No major news or catalysts from Switzerland this week. Price action was mainly influenced by broad risk sentiment as discussed earlier.

CAD Pairs

Overlay of CAD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of CAD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

NZD Pairs

Overlay of NZD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of NZD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

AUD Pairs

Overlay of AUD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of AUD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

JPY Pairs

Overlay of Inverted JPY Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of Inverted JPY Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart

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One Simple Trick to Avoid Overtrading

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Most forex newbies often think that taking more trades leads to catching more profits.

The more setups you take, the better your chances of winning, right?

WRONG!

This isn’t the lottery, y’all!

Overtrading refers to taking so many trade setups to the extent that you lose your market edge.

One of my favorite trading psychologists, Dr. Brett Steenbarger, explains that the root of overtrading is the mismatch between one’s profit expectations and market volatility.

In other words, traders often feel the need to catch multiple market moves in order to hit their goals.

While it’s helpful to set trading goals, there’s one major problem with this line of thinking.

The market does not move based on your expectations!

This kind of mindset may lead a trader to overestimate his trading skills in an effort to reach his targets and mentally convince himself that he’s had a good trading day.

While this may work in some cases, it can wind up being harmful to your trading psychology when it makes you feel invincible and overconfident that you can trade in absolutely any market environment.

If you often catch yourself in this situation, don’t beat yourself up! It’s much more common than you think, and it happens even to seasoned traders.

You see, most of us have been conditioned to think that we must work harder and do more in order to achieve better results. While clocking in your 10,000 hours of deliberate practice has its merits, it’s a misconception to think that working harder equates to taking more trades.

Working hard means taking the best (a.k.a. high probability) trade setups.

This could involve waiting patiently or sitting on the sidelines if you have to. Doing nothing and refraining to take a trade when it’s not aligned with your strategy is a trading decision in itself.

Of course this is much easier said than done, so here’s one simple trick that can help you avoid overtrading:

Take only ONE TRADE each day.

That’s right, no exceptions. If you catch a big win, you’re done for the day. If you snag a loss, you’re done for the day.

Day trading coach and author Galen Woods calls this the One Bullet Action Plan.

Setting this absolute one-trade rule forces you to think like you have just one bullet left, which means that you have to aim properly and pull the trigger at the right time in order to make the most out of your only shot.

It sounds so simple, but it requires a lot of work.

You have to comb through the charts and all the available setups to see which ones line up with your strategy, so this addresses the psychological need to “do more.”

You must be extra picky in filtering out the “best” one for the day and at the same time be alert in catching the move.

Keep the wisdom of the great American philosopher Eminem in mind: “You only have one shot, do not miss your chance.”

What about undertrading?

Don’t worry about that just yet. Far more traders wipe out their accounts from overtrading than undertrading.

Once you are able to easily avoid overtrading, you’ll be able to fine-tune your market edge.

From there, sticking to high-probability setups will be like second nature to you, helping you stay consistently profitable in the long run.

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