Forex trading is one of those exciting markets that people like to trade in real time. Although, personally I prefer to trade over longer periods of time, there are traders that like to do what is called "session trading". That is when a trader picks a market such as the London session, and they trade from the open of that session, until the closing of it.
The one advantage of this that I can think of is it creates somewhat of a work day for your trading schedule. The forex markets are open 6 days a week around the clock, having a work day would prevent you from being stuck checking prices all the time.
Some Rules of Thumb for Real Time Forex Trading
Stick with one direction
This is one of my overall recommendations, but I think it is especially good during session trading. Some traders, particularly new traders get jumpy with every quick move of a currency pair, and they want to change directions. Being indecisive like this tends to bring on losses as the trader will flip back and forth on positions losing the spread every time. Pick your bias for the session and stick with it.
Use A System
Along with the rule above, consider using a trading system. You can use one that you develop yourself or you can use some of the systems you find on the internet. Either way, you should try forex trading systems in a demo account before doing anything with them on a live account. The results can be unpredictable.
Wrap up your Trades
At the end of your session, you should be out of the market. This will prevent you from having to come back and check on it outside of your work day, or even being concerned about it. If you feel the trade has more possible progress, lock in some profit with a stop loss before you end your trading day.
Real time forex trading is a common type of daytrading, but it takes some extra care. You'll need to watch your risk management if you are only trading one session. Set some goals for your profit and plan your risk accordingly. Making steady income with trading forex online can require some real experience with trading. Making trades under pressure to make money is usually a losing proposition. It will refocus you on how much profit you need to make rather than dealing appropriately with the market that is in front of you. To some extent, we can't really control the market and we have to just take what it gives, rather than trying to squeeze out what we want or trying to find that 100 percent accurate forex trading system. This type of day trading usually requires you to use a fair amount of leverage, unless you are starting with a really large account. If you are trading with high leverage, just take care to make your exit plans and use stop losses that you can afford. When you're winning, it doesn't feel like you need a plan, but when you start losing, you definitely need one.
Real time forex trading is a particular skill. It's more about forex daytrading and risk management than anything else. As with any type of forex trading, you just have to keep that risk under control and be honest with yourself about the opportunities.
Forex trading is a great market to trade, has leverage freely available for anyone that wants to use it. Many traders use it to kill their accounts, but it can be used properly as well.
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