Common Novice Mistakes In Forex And How To Avoid Them

By Eric Hamilton

Jul 09, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

Common Novice Mistakes In Forex And How To Avoid Them(Common Novice Mistakes In Forex And How To Avoid Them) (Credit: Getty Image)

Trading stocks, shares, and even currencies has never been more accessible. Anyone who wants to embark on a career as a trader can do so with little to no prior experience or knowledge. However, before you consider a career trading on the Forex market, you need to know how to avoid these common errors.

Not Knowing When To Quit

The sunk cost fallacy is a logical fallacy that many people are susceptible to. In fact, we have all experienced the sunk cost fallacy at one point or another in our lives. This is the logical fallacy that causes people to continue to pour good money after bad. The sunk cost fallacy is why a gambler can believe that they must be on the cusp of a big win after a sustained losing streak and will continue to wager their money, in spite of their mounting losses. 

Trading in stocks or currencies isn't like gambling. Gambling is purely about luck, with perhaps a sprinkling of strategy in some cases. But trading in assets like currencies that are affected by real-world events and whose value is dependent upon external market forces requires more than just guessing. It also involves a degree of skill and understanding of the forces at play.

Before any new trader embarks on their career, it is essential that they are prepared to take losses where they arise. Don't be afraid to quit and minimize your losses, it makes far more sense than continuing to throw your money away.

Trading Without Stop Losses

You should be aiming to set a stop-loss on every Forex trade that you make. Stop-losses will enable a trader to back out of a losing trade if the price moves against them by a particular amount, which is specified by the trader. 

Trading without a stop-loss order in place is exposing you to needless risk that is easily avoided. If you do begin making losses on a particular trade then a stop-loss will stem the bleeding and minimize your losses.

Not Setting Appropriate Limits

Before you consider making any kind of financial trade or bet, it is essential that you know exactly how much money you have and how much you can afford to lose. Knowing this information before you begin trading will enable you to avoid going over your limit and risking money that you can't afford to risk.

Not Doing Research Beforehand

The key to success as a Forex trader is to do your homework. The more research you do before you begin trading and the more carefully you consider your options whenever there is potential trade open to you, the better your chances of success. There is no end to the forex trading for beginners guides online, so there is plenty of advice available to those who seek it out.

However, you would be amazed at how many Forex traders embark on a trading career without doing any preparatory work at all. Needless to say, this is a recipe for disaster. 

Trading on the Forex market isn't as difficult as many people think it is. However, that doesn't mean it's easy. If you want to succeed as a trader then make sure to avoid the common mistakes we have outlined above.

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