Building a profitable forex business sounds technically simple enough – buy a currency pair at a low price then sell it for more than what you paid for it. Understanding this universal investing principle, however, is not enough to get your forex business up and running, much less thrive. Without proper training, you can stand to lose all your capital in one big trade or a multitude of small ones. Here are five things you need to train as a forex business owner.
Find a Mentor
Mentors are what separates the good from the great in any industry, whether it’s in sports or academia. Successful investor, Warren Buffett, attributes a huge part of his investing success to his mentor, Benjamin Graham, who was also a seasoned investor and economist. While theoretical learning supplemented by books and articles can help you understand fundamental investing concepts, a mentor can give you a higher-level picture of the business. You can find a mentor through online forums, investing conferences, and intensive forex trading training programs.
Get Capital You Can Lose
It may sound pessimistic or foreboding to expect to lose all of your capital in forex, but it’s a mindset that will help you avoid many detrimental habits, such as overtrading, revenge trading, or securing debt to trade the market. If you are using capital that you’ll need to withdraw to pay for next month’s rent and utilities, you’ll feel a greater degree of stress and pressure every time a trade enters the negative territory. Protect your capital at all times, but avoid using money that you cannot afford to lose otherwise it can lead to trading based on emotions rather than logic. There is no specific amount of capital you need to start a forex business. However, the general rule of thumb is to have at least $1,000.
Sign Up With the Right Broker
Before you can place your first forex trade, you’ll have to set up a broker account. This is where all trading of financial products happens, whether it’s foreign currencies or stock indices. When comparison shopping for brokers, a few things to factor into your final decision include how fast the broker can execute your orders, the cost per roundtrip trade, what currency pairs are available for which account tiers, what customer service options are accessible, whether or not they offer a demo account, and the solvency of said broker. If a broker files for bankruptcy, it can be a hassle to withdraw your capital back.
Use a Demo Account
Now that you have a broker account, you can start to place trades. A demo account is a smart and low-risk way of familiarizing yourself with both the broker’s platform and the whole investing business in general. Demo trades will look and feel the same way a real trading account would but with the important distinction of putting zero risks to your capital. That being said, any winning trades on your demo account will yield no real profits. Nevertheless, it’s not uncommon for novice forex business owners to stick with a demo account for the first few months of their business. You can then transition to making real money trades once you have a better grasp of the business.
Use Analytical Tools
A forex business, like any traditional business, needs a strategy to gain a competitive edge. And any technical strategy is built through the use of analytical tools, including backtest algorithms and value indicators. Most tools and resources you’ll need to build a strategy for your forex business cost practically nothing. In fact, you’ll find third-party tools to be offered free of charge. An analytical approach to forex trading can help you make sharper trading decisions that are consistent, predictable, and relatively low risk. Standard broker platforms often provide a set of technical indicators, such as Bollinger Bands and Moving Average indicators, that you can use to find price patterns and gaps.
Proper training in forex requires time and deliberate effort. Simply relying on gut instinct or luck turns the endeavor into gambling rather than a legitimate business. Every forex business owner should work towards building each of the five things aforementioned in this article. The quicker you get these five things nailed down, the better your chances of surviving in this highly unpredictable industry.