Let’s be honest with each other, we have all made some silly mistakes when we do something for the first time. This is certainly true when it comes to forex trading. We have made a number of mistakes and when we look back at them now, we can see how silly some of those mistakes were. We also aren’t alone, many people are making the same mistakes that we were back then. They can be easily avoided, but you need to know what they are first. So we are going to be looking at some of the things that traders should not be doing when they first start trading the forex markets.
Trading Too Soon
Many new traders are excited about actually placing their trades. The problem with this excitement is that it means that a lot of traders do not actually learn enough before they decide to place those first trades. They learned the basics, what a trade is, and how to put it on, but that is about where the learning ended before trades have been placed. The problems that you will not be using a proper strategy with proper risk management, and so you are taking a lot of risks by placing trades too soon. Instead, you need to ensure that you know what you are doing. You need to have a strategy in place that will tell you how to place your trades and you need to have risk management in place in order to ensure that your account is protected and that you won’t be losing too much of your account balance with a single trade that goes wrong. Take your time, there is no need to start placing trades as quickly as possible.
Diversifying Too Early
There are a lot of currencies and a lot of assets available to trade, the variety is great and can really help us to be profitable as we can always find something to trade. There are however downsides to it, each and every currency and asset behaves slightly differently and is affected differently to real world events and news events. So there is a lot to learn. What a lot of newer traders do is that they start to pick a lot of assets at once and try to trade them all, this can be really confusing and ultimately overwhelming as you cannot learn about all of them at the same time. Instead, it is always recommended that you take your time to learn a single currency or asset at a time. Learn everything that there is to do with it, master it, and only then should you look at trading another asset. Of course, just one at a time until you learn all that there is about it and then another. Continue like this and it will help to keep you from overwhelming yourself or getting mixed up between a number of different currencies or assets.
Not Continuing to Learn
Forex is ever-evolving. Things are always changing. The markets are always changing and what you need to know is always changing. There is also an incredible amount of information, so much so that not a single person will know everything about everything when it comes to trading. So it is always a mystery why some people think that they do not need to learn anymore, and this is more often than not those that are newer to trading. They have learned their first strategy, they have placed some winning trades and so they believe that they know all that they need to know. You need to keep learning though. Every day you can learn something new, as soon as you stop, the market conditions will change and this will basically throw off anyone that is not learning anymore. They will not know how to adjust in order to match the markets and so they will begin to make losses. One major rule of trading is that you never know everything, you need to always be on the lookout for new things to learn.
Devoting Everything to One Trade
Something that newer traders don’t necessarily take as seriously as long term traders do is risk management. What we see a lot of traders do is to place trades that are far too large for their account size. This can be due to a lack of understanding, or it can be due to the fact that they want to make more money or that they are desperate to make more. Either way, it is not a sensible thing to do and it will ultimately only lead to losses or even completely blown accounts, especially if they are not using the proper risk management techniques in their trades. It is always better to trade too small than too big, at least that way your account will be safe should the markets turn against you.
Trading Too Much
Another thing that a lot of new traders do along with placing trades that are too large is to simply place too many trades. Whether or not someone is using a strategy for their trades, when you begin to place a lot of trades it can only lead to disaster. When we place a trade we use up a little bit of our available margin, as we place more we use more and more up, as we begin to use up a lot of it. It won’t take much for the markets to move against us and for the account to blow. We will also be placing trades that may not be considered as good trades, trades that are on a hunch or that are not in line with any strategies, we need to avoid doing these. More is not always better, you need to place trades that you are more sure of, rather than lots and hoping for more wins than losses.
Not Using Stop Losses
Stop losses are amazing things. These can be set for each trade. When the markets reach that level they will automatically close the trade at a loss. Why would we want to close a loss? To protect our account. If you do not use them, then a single trade could potentially blow an account. The stop losses are there to ensure that we only lose what we are prepared to lose on that single trade. Any more will be prevented which is how a trader remains profitable, by controlling how much they lose with each trade. Yet we see a lot of newer traders trading without them. Maybe they do not know about them or fully understand the importance of them, or some just don’t want to as they do not want to lose. Instead, they hold trades until the markets turn, if they turn. This is dangerous and not something we would recommend. Always use stop losses when trading,with every single trade.
Those are just some of the things that newer traders do not seem to do. There are, of course, other mistakes that are quite common. Consider whether you did or still do some of the things mentioned above. If you do, what do you think you can do to help change this? Try ad work on your trading to take out some of these things that you probably should not be doing.