Trading for a living. Tip #1

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jgerousis
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jgerousis  

Fantasy Vs. Reality

The most important thing you need to check yourself for, if you want to be a professional trader, is the ability to identify your fantasies and quarantine them, as opposed to reality.

As a professional trade, I have been able to identify real forex issues, as opposed to dreams and fantasies. I have the ability to quarantine them, and put them aside. Without this skill, one can never achieve the goal of trading for a living.

I have ran across many traders, who dream of making millions, while they have a few thousand dollars in their accounts. One friend started with $2000, and wanted to be a full time trader! These are fantasies. Those people will try to open positions on a large scale, and thus endanger their account against margin calls, and thus a complete failure.

As I have mentioned in a previous tip, a 3% monthly gain on account is realistic. Amounts like 30% and higher, are just fantasies

Nadeem
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Nadeem  
jgerousis:
Fantasy Vs. RealityThe most important thing you need to check yourself for, if you want to be a professional trader, is the ability to identify your fantasies and quarantine them, as opposed to reality. As a professional trade, I have been able to identify real forex issues, as opposed to dreams and fantasies. I have the ability to quarantine them, and put them aside. Without this skill, one can never achieve the goal of trading for a living. I have ran across many traders, who dream of making millions, while they have a few thousand dollars in their accounts. One friend started with $2000, and wanted to be a full time trader! These are fantasies. Those people will try to open positions on a large scale, and thus endanger their account against margin calls, and thus a complete failure. As I have mentioned in a previous tip, a 3% monthly gain on account is realistic. Amounts like 30% and higher, are just fantasies

100% right! I totally agree.

nicesurf
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nicesurf  

What we need in trading is not amount of money but ampunt of PIPS. Those who can make alot of pips will make more money.

Nic

StrategyTrainer
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StrategyTrainer  

Money management and a good strategy is the key to full time trading. Without one or the other and you will be funding the full timer accounts. That is what we teach how to become the full timer with profitable strategies and money management.

MChurner
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MChurner  

I've always shared with students and friends that trading for a living is not as easy or simple as it sounds. that's because there are several keys that go into the equation to ensure you are successful and stay that way (with regards to trading for a living).

One most important key is that you must be properly capitalized and if I were to poke at a general figure (i know the figure is specific to different traders), i would say to have at least $50k for trading.

2nd and last key i want to mention here (there are many others) is that you must be prepared for drawdown periods.

Cheers!

michal32
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michal32  

I disagree. I am living with forex trading and I earn 20% monthly on average for one year. My largest all-time drawdown was 40% of my trading capital. And I started with $3000. (When I started being profitable of course... I was a loser for one year and lost a lot of money before.)

You simply don't earn huge percents BECAUSE YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE. That's all. And if you don't believe, you cannot achieve it. There are no limits. YOU make the limits. Think about it.

Scorpion
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Scorpion  

I agree and disagree because evidently there're a lot of conservative traders who consistently make 20% to 30% a year for 50 years, and there're also a lot of traders who fantasied becoming a millionaire from 500-dollar account of borrowed money and then actually became millionaires in a year of trading. So who's right? Who's wrong? It's correct either way. I believe the key to be successful consistently is in fact "following" one's system and the money management.

jgerousis
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jgerousis  

Scorpion, but the fantasied traders will blow out their account at anytime. Don't you agree?

nicesurf
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nicesurf  

We should control our trading before our account swept away. Get a very safe entry before we get profits.

Nic

spotbabe
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spotbabe  
nicesurf:
We should control our trading before our account swept away. Get a very safe entry before we get profits. Nic

I do agree! we really should know how to be careful in terms like that.. because in a blink of an eye, we might be eaten by a shark..

damien_lee
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damien_lee  
Btrader:
I do agree! we really should know how to be careful in terms like that.. because in a blink of an eye, we might be eaten by a shark..

I definately agree!

But the thing is, to be consistently profitable, one will need to know when to be conservative, and when to be aggressive.

I don't quite agree when people say that Forex market movements are random. The fact that there are consistently profitable traders in the World already disproves their hypothesis. A trader can be lucky for a few months, but he can't be lucky for 5 straight years, can he?

The whole idea (as many of you would know by now) is to find the right trading system to follow.

Unfortunately there are countless scams on the internet today -and some with very nice-looking websites- that cheat money out of honest traders that are looking for a decent system to trade with.

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