When you tell someone about trading and forex, what do you tell people? Most likely you are telling them all the best things about trading, these good reasons are the reason why you trade in the first place after all. These stories that you are telling other people are what is creating an expectation in them of what trading and forex actually are. If you look anywhere on the internet, there will be people talking about forex and how much you can make, how easy it is, and how life-changing it is, very rarely do you hear horror stories or the opposite feelings. This creates a certain expectation from people outside of the trading circle, expectations that do not really match up to the reality of what trading is and what it involves. We are going to be looking at what some of the realities are when compared to the expectations that a lot of people have and seeing whether the general expectation is right, or if reality is completely different.
It’s Incredibly Easy or Hard
When all you hear about is the fact that people are making a lot of money or that people are making some great returns then it would make it seem like trading is easy, thousands if not millions of people are making money doing it, this is true, but they are putting in a lot of effort in order to get to that level, they did not simply sign up and then place trades in order to be successful, a lot of work needs to be put in. On the other hand, looking from the outside, it can look like it is incredibly complicated, with numbers all over the place, charts, indicators, and more. It can seem very complicated which would make it seem hard to do. When in reality, it is quite straightforward, it does take time and work, but it is nowhere near as complicated, most indicators are self-explanatory and when you actually start using them, they make a lot of sense.
You Need A Lot of Money
If you have watched any trading films, it would make it seem like you would need a couple hundred thousand to trade properly, and to be honest, this would be true if you went for a 1:1 leverage account. The thing is that a lot of brokers these days are offering far higher leverage. In fact, some go as high as 2000:1 which is a little extreme, but even the popular 500:1 makes it so that trading is far more accessible to the average person. Many brokers allow you to sign up with a minimum deposit of $10, which will allow you to trade, you would need a couple hundred to trade properly, still a far cry from the hundreds of thousand that you otherwise may have thought you would have needed.
Forex Is A Scam
When something seems too good to be true, then most people would consider it a scam, and many people see forex as too good to be true, a way of making money by sitting at home in your underwear. It is Perfectly understandable why people think that trading is a scam, but in reality, it is not. Yes, there are people who try to scam newcomers into trading or to take advantage of what they believe, making quick profits, but trading in itself is not a scam. It really is a way to make money at home, even in your underwear, but it takes time and effort, so don’t believe the huge and instant returns that are promised and work on your own trading. Oh, and you should also keep an eye out for those dodgy brokers, but choose a good one and you should be fine.
It’s All the Same
From the outside, all the different currency pairs look pretty much the same, the charts look pretty similar and they all work the same way. Fortunately, that is not the case, in fact, every single currency pair acts completely differently, they have different levels of liquidity, different levels of volatility and offer a new trading experience when compared to another. For this reason, it is recommended that you learn a single currency at a time, then move on to a new one, if you start with a load you will be confused and make losses. With so many different currency pairs to choose from, it ensures that trading will always be interesting and there will always be new challenges to look for.
The Gambling Aspect
For some trading and forex simply looks like a gamble, there are only two outcomes, after all, the markets will either move up or they will move down. While technically true, there is a lot more behind it than simply that. There are thousands of different things that can influence the markets. News events, natural disasters, Donald Trump tweeting something, or just other traders thinking the markets will move a certain way. You need to take all of this into consideration, once it has been analyzed you can work out the most likely direction of the markets, it is not simply a 50/50 chance of it moving one way or another. Some people do of course come into it and gamble, but they very quickly learn that you cannot be successful by trading that way.
Managing your expectations is vital when it comes to trading, many people come into it with expectations that are far too high, thinking that they can make a lot of money overnight, this just won’t happen. If you have your expectations in the right place then you will be in a much better place to achieve your overall goals. Managing your expectations is vital for a successful trading career.
Those are some of the differences in the expectations that people have compared to the realities of trading. From the outside forex looks like a very different beast than it is from the inside. You don’t really know what is involved until you are in it and when you are, your expectations will be quickly broken as you realize what it is really about.