The modern financial sector offers a myriad of lucrative opportunities for investors and aspiring currency traders, as the rise of technology and smart tools has allowed anyone with the required investment capital to become a forex trader quickly and easily. However, there is a difference between becoming a forex trader, and building a successful career in the field. After all, forex is one of the rare industries in the world that offers a high potential for a quick ROI, but you need to know what you’re doing and you need to make the necessary preparations in order to avoid making common Forex trading mistakes.

For all its potential and promises, forex can be highly volatile, and while this volatility means that you stand to gain plenty, it also means that you can lose just as much if you’re not careful. To help you avoid the common pitfalls and ensure long-term success in the field, today we’ll be looking at the five actionable tips you need to implement into your strategy to become a successful forex trader.

Allocating startup financial resources

First things first, you need to assess how much initial trading capital you need in order to venture into the forex market and start trading safely. The good thing about this industry is that you don’t need a lot of capital to become a trader, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t allocate plenty of financial resources just the same. On average, you needn’t allocate more than 300$ US to open a trading account and get in the game. That said, this is the bare minimum and it doesn’t provide you with a financial cushion.

Ideally, you would start trading with at least a thousand dollars in your account, and preferably double that amount if you want to create a sizable buffer that allows you to cover any potential losses in the early stages of your career. Keep in mind that because you’re still operating a smaller balance, you might get forced out of a trade if you don’t have backup capital, so be sure to allocate resources against this common problem.

Doing your research and learning the ropes

Forex Trading Research

Of course, long-term success in the modern business world means that you’re constantly learning, seeking out new challenges, and that you’re evolving with the prevailing industry trends. This means that you need to learn how to monitor the trends in the forex realm on a daily, hourly, and minutely basis, and stay on top of the latest developments so that you know when to cash out, invest, and prevent losses. But it’s not all about trends and forecasts, it’s also about learning about the industry as you grow your career.

You can become a forex trader overnight, but you will need to make it your priority to learn more and more about the field and overcome more complex concepts if you are to develop your competitive edge, progress to more lucrative trading options, and ultimately achieve your financial goals. This will also allow you to become a flexible and agile trader, and develop your own trading strategy to surpass your competitors. 

Finding the right forex trading platform

The success of every forex trader will highly depend on the platform they’re using, and the broker they’re working with. Forex is not a one-person job, rather, you need a team of professionals at your side that can provide you with the platform, the knowledge, and the support you need to make the right decisions on your way to long-term success. The key is to have all of the relevant information readily available no matter if you’re trading at home or if you’re on the move, and that you can make quick decisions on the spot with minimal risk.

This is why the firm you choose to work with needs to provide you with the latest in trading technology, such as the MetaTrader 5 platform, a dedicated smartphone app, and numerous online solutions. What’s more, make sure that your broker can guarantee the highest level of asset security, meaning that all financial assets are properly segregated and protected by your country’s foremost banking institution.

Build your forex trading strategy

Building a Forex Trading Strategy

Every new business venture needs a robust trading strategy, especially one that comes with a certain degree of risk that you have to mitigate as early as possible. Some of the essential points of your own trading strategy should be your rules for entering a trade, market analysis, comprehensive risk management, your entry and exit points. What’s more, be sure to define your risk profile. 

Create your unique risk profile

No matter the industry or your starting capital, there is always a certain degree of risk that comes with the trade. This is why it’s imperative that you create your unique risk profile that will guide you through every decision-making process, and allow you to trade safely while avoiding the common pitfalls. 

To that end, be sure to invest only as much as you can afford to lose, spread out your investments over multiple markets, and most importantly, be prepared to lose at one point or another. All of this will help you define your risk profile, and choose between a moderate, conservative, or an aggressive trading approach. 

Final thoughts

The forex market is on a seemingly never-ending rise across the globe, and it’s quite literally one of the most lucrative industries in the modern world. This means that there is plenty to gain by becoming a forex trader, but before you jump into the fray, be sure to adhere to these tips that will help you prepare and make the right decisions in those early stages of your career.

Posted by Keith Coppersmith

Keith is an Adelaide based business journalist with a degree in Media Management. He enjoys writing and providing insight into the marketing industry based on both practice and theory.