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5 Tips to stay focused while Forex Trading

Forex trading can often be taxing especially when you are trading day in and day out. At some point fatigue, distractions can often cloud the judgment of the day trader. For the most part, the biggest challenge for forex traders is staying focused.

This is even more important especially when a trader has taken a string of losses. For traders, staying focused even after the markets beat you down is of utmost importance. This is how emotions start to creep into the trader's psyche which will result in incurring further losses.

Almost every trader, at some point in their trading journey has had to deal with the issue of staying focused. Make no mistake, it is easier said than done when you read about staying focused when trading. It takes a bit of practice and strong will to make a comeback in the markets.

If you are one just trader struggling to stay focused, then this article is for you. We talk about five ways traders can remain focused when trading forex.

1. Take a step back

Let's start with the most obvious. When you are too involved with something it can be difficult to get a different perspective. When trading a particular currency pair for example, over time we start to believe in our convictions or bias for the particular currency pair.

This ends up with the trader sticking to their bias. Unfortunately though, the markets are never rational and directions or trends can change at the market's own whims and fancies.

Most of the losses also come at a time when a trader is deeply involved with a particular instrument. The best way to stay focused in such circumstances is to take a break and step back.

Giving a break from your trading routine can help you to recover and recoup yourself. Most importantly, you will be able to recollect your thoughts and look at the markets with a fresh perspective.

Trading is no different to many other aspects and it helps to take a break from the markets at regular intervals and to re-evaluate your analysis with a fresh set of eyes.


2. Get enough rest and have a cool mind

Trading or speculating is actually a psychological game. It is you versus the markets. The markets are known to be tricky. They give you profits and they can also take back the money and put you down by a few extra bucks as well.

It is therefore important for traders to get good rest and keep a cool mind. Staying objective in the markets is one of the key things for success in trading forex and for staying focused as well.

Getting enough sleep, exercising or meditating can help the trader to approach the markets with a calm mind.


3. Do something else besides trading

It is very easy to get drawn into the forex markets. Traders can often spend hours at a strech exploring the next big trading opportunity. This can lead to a downward spiral where you end up spending your spare time still looking for clues in the markets.

Having a hobby or doing something else besides forex trading can help to take your mind off things and the markets.

Doing something things such as gardening or reading a book (that is not related to financial markets) can help from getting you too involved in the markets and eventually burning out.


4. Get to know the markets better

It is ironic to note that the word speculator is often made to a day trader. Yet, the markets themselves are speculative. At the end of the day, although the fundamentals drive the markets, it is the traders or speculators such as yourself that drive the markets.

Thus, getting to know not just the fundamentals but also what other speculators are thinking can give the trader great insights and helps to stay focused.

There are numerous examples where speculation drives the markets. It is why we have the term "buy the rumor sell the fact" (although not always true). Understanding the reason why prices are rising or falling despite bad or good news can help you to stay on top of your game.


5. Never trade when under pressure

Trading under pressure, whatever the reasons may be (be it to reach your monthly trading target or dealing with a personal crisis) is a big no. When your mind is already preoccupied with other thoughts, it can lead to making costly mistakes.

The best way to deal with this is to just not trade when you feel you are not up for it. Sometimes, the urge to trade can be great. In such cases, just switch to a demo account and trade if you cannot control the temptation to trade. This way, you would be better off from risking your hard earned capital.

In conclusion, remember that just as a trading strategy and money management is important for trading, you also need to have the right mindset to stay focused. Trading is mostly a psychological game and a game of speculation. The best way you can be successful is to stay focused when trading forex.

Follow the above five simple tips to stay on top of your game.

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