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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Developing Strategies in Forex Trade

By Bart Icles

Years ago, forex trade was only available to central banks, governments, commercial banks, investment banks, and other similar institutions like hedge funds. These days, the foreign exchange marketplace is now available to practically anyone who wants to participate in trading currencies. Even stay-at-home investors can now participate in foreign exchange trading. With the forex marketplace now open to both small and large investors, it is also presently offering a variety of venues for an investor to trade into. A forex trader can participate in the exchange of options for futures, currency futures, largely unregulated over the counter or OTC transactions, and many others.

With the rise in the popularity of foreign exchange trading, being able to participate in forex trade and ending up successful has become quite a challenge. As a forex trader, you must be able to determine which venue you would want to participate in and which instruments you would want to trade. Once you have done so, you will need to develop a well thought out trading strategy before you can even think about putting any of your trading capital at risk. You should also consider your exit strategies, as well as your other risk management tactics. You will be in great need for these once the trade has gone against you.

There are lots of strategies that you can potentially use and one way to organize them is through grouping them into directional and non-directional approaches. Directional strategies are those that take long and short positions in the market, while non-directional strategies are market-neutral strategies that you can use.

Most investors who participate in forex trade are familiar with directional or net long/net short approaches. Net long strategies are generally profitable in rising markets. On the other hand, net short strategies allow investors to realize profits in falling markets. There are lots of ways by which trading can be done using directional strategies, and they can be further summarized into trend-following strategies, moving average crossover systems, breakout systems, and pattern-recognition strategies.

There is not one strategy that will work for every investor. Forex trade is unpredictable in nature so it helps to learn how you can quickly adapt to changes. In this manner, you can minimize the risks that threaten your investments, and you will be able to increase your chances of ending up successful in trading currency pairs. At the end of the day, what is important is that you are able to learn how to understand the different signals going around the market so you can better develop the trading strategies you will use. - 23208

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