Where do I start trading currencies?

Question

I want to learn about currency trading, don’t know where to start.
 I’m 57 and I’ve done a little buying stock years ago. I’ve always been interested in 
forex trading need clear guidance. Please help

Answer

Hi – many thanks for your email and I will do my best to help. As always, its very hard to know where to start, and its all too easy to sign up to courses and seminars thinking they will give you a quick start to trading. Generally they will not, and what you will probably find is that you attend several of these, spend several hundred or thousands of dollars, and come out more confused than when you started. The problem is that every course will suggest a different approach. And this is the point. Before you start, you need to start forming your own beliefs so that any courses or seminars that you do decide to take, will then build on what you believe in, and not teaching you a methodology that is new, and which you may not ‘buy into’.

Every trader has their own approach which they have developed over time, and which then gives them the confidence to trade. After all, when you think about this logically, every decision we make in life is based on confidence. And it’s the same with trading. Some traders only use a technical approach, others believe that fundamental analysis holds the key. Technical analysis then breaks down into a myriad of approaches from with a myriad of indicators based on all sorts of approaches. Some traders believe Fibonacci is the way forward, others buy into Elliott wave, more still Gann and associated indicators form the humble moving average to Bollinger bands and more. It can all be overwhelming, but the point is this – BEFORE you start you must explore and then reject those which you believe are not for you, as you build your own belief system. As you have already dipped a toe in the stock market, you probably already have the basis of a trading methodology, so start from there and begin building.

My suggestion therefore, before you do anything else, is to start reading. It’s a cheap way to learn, and in reading about the ways to trade, will then also help you to crystalize in your own mind, what you believe will work for you, and what will not. We all have belief systems, and it is no different in trading. You may feel, coming from a stock trading background, that a fundamental approach is what you believe in, perhaps less so than technical. This is the starting point in my humble opinion – to read and research and start to develop your own belief system in trading the forex markets which are the most complex of all, and indeed even more so over the last few years, as intervention and market manipulation have become commonplace. It will change, but at present the forex market is anything but a market of free floating exchange rates!

My advice is to start by spending a few dollars on some good books and to start reading – there is no shortcut and no quick fix to making money from the markets. It takes effort and time to build up your own approach and methodology. Mine is based on volume price analysis – it does not suit everyone and is like the market – there is always more than one opinion! As you probably know I have written three books on trading forex, and whilst I am biased, I hope that in reading them they would give you a rounded view of this market from every aspect. I hope this helps and thanks once again for a great question, kind regards – Anna

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Hi – my name is Anna Coulling and I am a full time currency, commodities and equities trader. I have been involved in both trading and investing for over fifteen years and have traded many different financial instruments, from options and futures to stocks and commodities. I write and publish articles ( mostly for free ) for UK and international publications on a wide variety of financial issues, and in particular I enjoy helping others learn how to invest and trade.

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