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Forex, A Week In Review - 3/20/06 To 3/24/06

We like to wrap up every week with a review of the previous week's trading. So, here goes.

Cable gave us a run for our money last week. We were able to end the week up anywhere from 100 to 200 Pips based on personal exit strategies, so we are not complaining, but the daily trading range has been very tight and very unpredictable making big profit targets was almost impossible.

It was important this week to work your trades, we were able to nail 3 out of 5 entries but if you were not watching and working an exit strategy, all but one trade could have gone against you.

If you were not using good trade management strategy you would not have closed the trade around 9:00 AM (before you were actually in the trade) and it would have gone against you for your stop loss. Remember, not taking a trade is a position, often time the best position.

For those of you watching our daily newsletters, we had another good week. We had three winning trades, although only one was for our full target, and more importantly no losing trades.

With that said we have nothing to complain about, going 3 for 3 with two days with no trades, remember taking no trade is as much a position as taking a trade.

And no losing days means we did not give back any of our gains and can add the full gain into our account for compounding. This is what the week looked like;


Short @ 1.7570, Stop @ 1.7615, Target @ 1.7520 & 1.7490

Did not fill either trade but had plenty of reason to get out of trade around 1.7530 on three separate occasions during the day, and there was no reason to not have protected your trade by at the very least moving your stop loss to break even. For 0 to 40, Pips on both trades.


Short @ 1.7540, Stop @ 1.7580, Target @ 1.7500 & 1.7440 - We filled the first trade for 40 and the second trade we closed at 1.7470 for 70 Pips.


Short @ 1.7490, Stop @ 1.7530, Target @ 1.7450 & 1.7410 - We filled both trades we an early exit at 1.7460 for 30 & 30 Pips.


Short @ 1.7460, Stop @ 1.7500, Target 1.7420 & 1.7380 - Missed entry by 11 Pips.


Short @ 1.7370, Stop @ 1.7420, Target @ 1.7310 & 1.7290 - Missed entry by 18 Pips. Closed both trades around 9:00 Am due to reversal indicator. Saved a 100 Pip loss.

About the Author

Eddie has trained traders for 10 years. His Forex trading course, or Forex seminar, is the only Forex Trading Education you need to make money Forex trading.

FOREX A to Z: all you need to know to start trading FOREX

Being new to FOREX trading? Don't worry, getting started in FOREX trading
is easy and you can always test your skills first in a demo account before you
go 'live' with real money. To get started in
Forex trading, we have
to get to know what FOREX is. FOREX trading involves buying and selling the
different currencies of the world. Buying one currency and selling another at
the same time make a FOREX deal. FOREX market is the largest trading market
in the world. It yields an average turnover of $1.9 trillion daily and the figure
is nearly 30 times larger than the total volume of equity trades in United States.

Who are the major players in FOREX market?

Although FOREX trading involves such a big volume of trades nowadays, it is
not made available for the publics until year 1998. In the past, the FOREX market
was not offered to small speculators or individual traders due to the large
minimum business sizes and extremely strict financial requirements. At that
time, only banks, big multi-national cooperation and major currency dealers
were able to take advantage of the currency exchange market's extraordinary
liquidity and strong trending nature of world's main currency exchange rates.
Only until the late 90s, FOREX brokers are allowed to break huge sized inter-bank
units into smaller units and offer these units to individual traders like you
and me. As a fact in FOREX trading, FOREX is mainly traded in large international
bank. According to Wall Street Journal Europe, 73% of the trade volume is covered
by the major ten. Deutsche Bank, topping the table, had covered 17% of the total
currency trades; followed by UBS in the second and Citi Group in third; taking
12.5% and 7.5% of the market. Other large financial cooperation in the list
is HSBC, Barclays, Merril Lynch, J. P. Morgan Chase, Coldman Sachs, ABN Amro,
and Morgan Stanley.

Starting in FOREX trading

To start trading on FOREX, one must first learn how to read FOREX quotes. Foreign
exchange quotes are always listed in pairs (e.g. USD/JPY 109.2): the first listed
currency is known as the base currency with a constant value of 1 unit; while
the currency listed in the second is known as counter. In our given example,
USD/JPY 109.2 means a dollar of United States Dollar is equal to 109.2 Japanese
Yen. In other words, the quote shows the relative value of one currency compare
to the other. It means the value USD had been increased when USD/JPY quote goes

However, a two-sided quote (e.g. EUR/USD 1.2435/1.2440) consisting of a 'bid'
and 'ask' is often seen. The 'bid' price is the price
at which you can sell the base currency; while the 'ask' price is
where you can buy the base currency. The different of 'bid & ask'
price is commonly known as 'spread'. In the example of EUR/USD 1.2435/1.2440,
this means you can buy 1 Euro Dollar with 1.2440 USD or sell 1 Euro 1.2435.
Currency brokers make their profit through these differences of 'bid &
ask' price and this is how they manage to provide their services to individual
investors without charging them commission fees. If you are new to trading it
makes sense to deal in the more popular currencies. There are two main reasons
for this. Firstly you do not want to be left with a currency where there is
little interest and you may have difficulty selling. Secondly the spread between
the bid/ask prices is likely to be narrower, making it easier to make a profit.

Major currency traded in FOREX market

There are seven major currencies, the US dollar (USD), Euro (EUR), Japanese
yen (JPY) British pound (GBP), Swiss Franc (CHF) Canadian dollar (CAD) and Australian
dollar (AUD). The US dollar is the most traded currency followed by the Euro
and the Yen. The Euro is the relatively new currency of the European Union although
some member states, including the UK, have not changed their currency. Also,
if you live in a country using one of the major currencies, when you first start
trading it makes sense to begin with that currency. Not only are you familiar
and comfortable with the currency, but you are in a better position to judge
its strength. The internet has a wealth of information on the financial climate
of a country, but if you live there you have access to all newspaper content,
as well being in the unique position of experiencing first hand changes at the
consumer level.

Why I should trade FOREX?

Main Question raised in your mind might be: Why should you trade FOREX? There
are lots of reasons why you should involve in FOREX trading. FOREX market is
truly a global market where it opens 24 hours a day through out the whole week
(weekends excluded). With the ease of Internet access, transaction in FOREX
can be done in anytime regardless on your location. This gives you the convenience
to work on any time, anywhere - which in turns gives you the freedom you
cannot have in investing other kind of trading.

More over, trading in FOREX gives you an equal prospective in rising and falling
market. As trades are always done in pair of currency pairs, FOREX traders can
always find chance to make money in anytime, regardless on the fall or rise
period of one single country currency. Also, FOREX trading offers incredibly
high leverage rates to the traders. By trading currency in margin up to 200
to 1, you can start off your FOREX trade with minimum capital and huge ROI.


Wrapping things up, I hope that the article gives you a better general understanding
about FOREX trading. With the flexibility you can get, FOREX trading suits perfectly
into most people investment plans. Like with any new form of trading you need
to know what you are doing, especially as there is margin involved. If you are
new to FOREX, take all the time you need to learn this new trading skill well
-- practice everything you learn with a demo account before you consider going
'live' with your own money. Investors should read books, attend seminars and
paper trade until they are comfortable with there strategy.

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HOW DO Economic Events impact Global Currencies:

When I asked several traders about their thoughts about using fundamental analysis as a part of their trading decisions, I have received two opposite responses.

RESPONSE of Trader A

Fundamentals that you read about are typically useless as the market has already discounted the price. I am looking at (1) the long term trend, (2) the current chart pattern and (3) identifying a good entry point to buy or to sell.

RESPONSE of Trader B

I almost always trade on a market view. I don't trade simply on technical information alone. I use technical analysis and it is terrific, but I can't initiate or hold a position unless I understand why the market should move.

There is a great deal of hype attached to technical analysis by some technicians who claim that it predicts the future.

Technical analysis tracks the past; it does not predict the future. You have to use your own intelligence to draw conclusions about what the past activity of some traders say about the future activity of other traders.

For me, technical analysis is like a thermometer.

Fundamentalists who say they are not going to pay any attention to the charts are like a doctor who says he's not going to take a patient's temperature. If you want to be a successful trader in the market, you always want to know where the market is- up ? down- trending or choppy .You want to know everything you can about the market to give you an edge.

Technical analysis reflects the vote of the entire marketplace and, therefore, does pick up unusual behavior. By definition, anything that creates a new chart pattern is something unusual.

It is very important to study the details of price action to see and observe. Studying the charts is absolutely crucial and alerts to existing disequilibrium and potential changes.

For forex traders, the fundamentals are everything that makes a country tick.

The release of economic & inflation indicators (i.e., consumer spending, employment cost index, government spending, producer price index, etc.), political actors, government policy or an individual event can set the market in a frenzy. These have to be considered when making the decision ? to trade or not to trade.?

Technical analysis, is a way of using historical price data in different ways to predict the future price of a currency pair.

Fundamental analysis is a very effective way to forecast economic conditions, but not necessarily exact market prices, and you SHOULD trade in agreement with the supporting technical indicators.

Foreign exchange traders put the most emphasis on technical analysis, because traders around the world use similar charts and tools in predicting market trends.

The reason the FOREX market can be so predictable some times is that if the majority are using the same graph for determining patterns and trends, then it is highly likely that they will act in a similar manner.

So several thousand traders who have all charted the same resistance line, for example, will most likely either set their trades and direction conform to that line.

When fundamental data is made available to the public there is a reaction from investors and speculators.

Information in the form of news and economic indicators is more vague than that of technical indicators. There is a lot of gray area in this type of analysis. The market will ultimately react to how people think the economic data compares to the current market situation.

Economic indicators usually reveal information that "Should cause a currency to go up in price" or "May cause a currency to go down". The words ?SHOULD? & ?MAY? in the quotes above reveal the ambiguity of the fundamental data.

Here is an example of what analyzing fundamental data is like. Let's suppose there are six economic indicators (there are a lot more).

Let's call our six indicators 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Now we wait for the data from our indicators to be published in a financial magazine or at an online source. We get the readings for our economic data for the EURO as following:

Indicator 1: is in a range where the Euro may go up

Indicator 2: is in a range where the Euro should go up

Indicator 3: is in a range where the Euro could go down

Indicator 4: is in a range where the Euro usually goes down

Indicator 5: is in a range where the Euro could go up

Indicator 6: is in a range where the Euro may go down

By looking at the above indicators, you don't know what the Euro is going to do. Furthermore, currencies are always traded in pairs. So you would have to get the fundamental data for another currency pair and compare it with the EURO. I think you can image that this is not a simple task.

I do not want to discourage you away from fundamental data. The best way to learn is to learn about one piece of economic data at a time. Eventually you will build a puzzle from all of the fundamental and technical data and make more informed trading decisions.

About the Author:

Veteran Trader Martin Maier is the Founder of Fenix Capital Management LLC He is the developer of various futures and commodities trading programs and his systems have been ranked and rated by various large American Investment Profile Rating Companies such as STAR and MAR.


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