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Hey everyone, I just started to practice with forex trading. I started on osprey but after some research i found out that it's not a official broker. So i made a demo account on oanda.... After some trading i found out that i make less money on oanda. Cause when i trade with a 100 leverage on osprey and i trade with 0.6 lot size it's worth about 400$ and on oanda i trade with 0.12 also 400$. So per pip i make significant less money. The question is if someone can give me a good explinasion for this. Are there any official brokers that give a bigger return than oanda ? Thanks in advanced.
Oanda users: Has anyone else noticed a sudden and dramatic loss in quality?
I've been trading forex off and on for a few years with Oanda and never had a problem. Over the last 4 months or so I have been testing a new strategy in the Oanda practice account. Everything has been good. But within the last few weeks every part of there platform seems to suddenly be filled with bugs.
In the desktop app, every time I execute a trade, it crashes
In the mobile app, I try to modify a trade. It gives me a success message but there doesn't appear to be any changes made to my trade
In the web app, I also can't modify a trade. It returns a message about a bad Content-Type header. I've tried this in 3 different web browsers
This is all in the practice account, I have not tried it on the live platform, but I'm hesitant to move my strategy to live trading because of all of the bugs that seem to be coming out of nowhere. Right now I have 2 trades where I included a stop loss, the trade went through but the stop loss is not included. And I can't modify the trade to add a stop loss because that doesn't work on any of their platforms for the various reasons mentioned above. Is this just me or is anyone else having a bunch of issues all of a sudden?
I had been using this particular demo account for the last 2 weeks or so. Been practicing my new strategy successfully on indices. I was previously on the Practice 4 server which which was perfect. Fast forward today, I get an email from Oanda saying they've moved me to a Practice 2 server. I log in to the new one and it only has Forex pairs and no indices. Plus, all my trade history is now gone. I feel like they didn't want me to continue developing my strategy since I was being successful with my trading. I feel cheated. Has anyone experienced this before?
Brand new to forex, after messing around with stocks and ETFs for a year on robinhood. In trying to learn about this strange new world, seemingly every article warns me that trading forex is the fastest route to poverty, that I'll lose every dime I have and that I'm better off buying lottery tickets, UNLESS I have a risk management plan. That's all good and well, but it seems hard to find suggestions on how to actually manage my risk. So far what I have found is either unconvincing, or I just flat don't understand what is being explained. So I've landed here. Reading the Forex FAQ, in this sub, the advice is to use a very small amount of capital when starting off, and practice live trading from there. If then recommends a formula to use in order to calculate risk, which seems like quite a bit of running calculations for every single trade that I make. Is it really the case that every Forex Trader that manages risk runs a series of calculations for each and every trade in order to figure out pip value and leverage amount, such matter and what have you? Second problem, before even getting to the risk management section of this Subs FAQ, I'm told to read The Beginner's Guide on baby Pips. Babypips says that when you first start off trading you should not start small because then you will never be able to weather times of drawdown. They recommend something like an initial deposit of $20,000 or 50,000, and saying that if you don't have that much then build up your savings and come back the Forex when you have that to drop into the market. Are you kidding me? My original plan before reading either of those guides was to deposit $300 and use something like a 10 to 1 or 20 to 1 Leverage. The part that I'm hung up on which really baffles me and I need some help understanding is everywhere seems to say that I should only risk one or 2% of my account. I don't really understand what that means. My trading app, OandA allows me to set default trade settings. One of them is trade size, which I can select an option "%Lev NAV" In all of my general Trading I have kept this number at 100, assuming that it is simply using 100% of my account for each trade. I am also using a system in order to Define very specific entry points with a one-to-one risk reward ratio, setting a stop loss and take profit Target, usually between 9 and 60 Pips in size, depending on the instrument. Thus far, each trade that I have won usually amounts to a 3 to 8% change in the demo account value, which seems comprable to what I was experiencing with stocks and ETFs back on Robinhood. For the last 4 trades I've made, I'm up 15%. Do I need to adjust this % Lev NAV down to 1% instead of 100? Or do I really need to download a pip value calculator app and make a determination after solving some arithmetic? I just can't seem to figure this out, and different sources use the same words interchangeably yet differently. When risking 1% of my account, does that include leverage, or not, in the trade? And if the most anyone recommends to risk in a trade is 1-2% then why use leverage at all? Won't the returns on 1% be so small as to be negligible? I don't seem to understand how it could possibly be Worth while to spend all that time trading... 1℅ of $300 is three bucks. As I understand it, that would allow me to buy 2 units of the EUUSD... there's no way that could be right, right? Thanks for your patience and for reading this whole, chapter-length, question of a post. I look forward to some clarity. I don't know how to switch to live trading, and the demo account does nothing to simulate leverage.
I'm interested in trading Forex, I was wondering how I even begin doing this. Right now I have TD Ameritrade, and the option to purchase EUUSD on ToS, unsure if it is leveraged. I've been following the market for a while and I find the volatility to be captivating. Coming from trading equities and options, is it absurd of me to expect to make money by passively trading currency with limit buys and limit sells?
Watching some Youtube trying to learn more about Forex and Trading. Seemingly impossible but I digress. Can someone explain this to me? If you opened an account with 1000 dollars and you want to make a micro lot (assuming that is what you do) do you enter a trade of like .05? Is that like 5 pips? Really I just do not understand this at all. Any links that could help explain this would be appreciated. I am using the Oanda practice account.
Originally posted by Darkstar at Forex Factory. Disclaimer: I did not write this. I found this post on ForexFactory written by a user called DarkStar, which I believe a lot of redditors will benefit from reading. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ There has been much discussion of late regarding borker spreads and liquidity. Many assumptions are being made about why spreads are widened during news time that are built on an incomplete knowledge of the architecture of the forex market in general. The purpose of this article is to dissect the market and hopefully shed some light on the situation so that a more rational and productive discussion can be undertaken by the Forex Factory members. We will begin with an explanation of the purpose of the Forex market and how it is utilized by its primary participants, expand into the structure and operation of the market, and conclude with the implications of this information for speculators. With that having been said, let us begin. Unlike the various bond and equity markets, the Forex market is not generally utilized as an investment medium. While speculation has a critical role in its proper function, the lion’s share of Forex transactions are done as a function of international business. The guy who buys a shiny new Eclipse more then likely will pay for it with US Dollars. Unfortunately Mitsubishi’s factory workers in Japan need to get their paychecks denominated in Yen, so at some point a conversion needs to be made. When one considers that companies like Exxon, Boeing, Sony, Dell, Honda, and thousands of other international businesses move nearly every dollar, real, yen, rubble, pound, and euro they make in a foreign country through the Forex market, it isn’t hard to understand how insignificant the speculative presence is; even in a $2tril per day market. By and large, businesses don’t much care about the intricacies of exchange rates, they just want to make and sell their products. As a central repository of a company’s money, it was only natural that the banks would be the facilitators of these transactions. In the old days it was easy enough for a bank to call a foreign bank (or a foreign branch of ones own bank) and swap the stockpiles of currency each had accumulated from their many customers. Just as any business would, the banks bought the foreign currency at one rate and marked it up before selling it to the customer. With that the foreign exchange spread was born. This was (and still is) a reasonable cost of doing business. Mitsubishi can pay its customers and the banks make a nice little profit for the hassle and risks associated with moving around the currency. As a byproduct of transacting all this business, bank traders developed the ability to speculate on the future of currency rates. Utilizing a better understanding of the market, a bank could quote a business a spread on the current rate but hold off hedging until a better one came along. This process allowed the banks to expand their net income dramatically. The unfortunate consequence was that liquidity was redistributed in a way that made certain transactions impossible to complete. It was for this reason and this reason alone that the market was eventually opened up to non-bank participants. The banks wanted more orders in the market so that a) they could profit from the less experienced participants, and b) the less experienced participants could provide a better liquidity distribution for execution of international business hedge orders. Initially only megacap hedge funds (such as Soros’s and others) were permitted, but it has since grown to include the retail brokerages and ECNs. Market Structure: Now that we have established why the market exists, let’s take a look at how the transactions are facilitated: The top tier of the Forex market is transacted on what is collectively known as the Interbank. Contrary to popular belief the Interbank is not an exchange; it is a collection of communication agreements between the world’s largest money center banks. To understand the structure of the Interbank market, it may be easier to grasp by way of analogy. Consider that in an office (or maybe even someone’s home) there are multiple computers connected via a network cable. Each computer operates independently of the others until it needs a resource that another computer possesses. At that point it will contact the other computer and request access to the necessary resource. If the computer is working properly and its owner has given the requestor authorization to do so, the resource can be accessed and the initiating computers request can be fulfilled. By substituting computers for banks and resources for currency, you can easily grasp the relationships that exist on the Interbank. Anyone who has ever tried to find resources on a computer network without a server can appreciate how difficult it can be to keep track of who has what resources. The same issue exists on the Interbank market with regard to prices and currency inventory. A bank in Singapore may only rarely transact business with a company that needs to exchange some Brazilian Real and it can be very difficult to establish what a proper exchange rate should be. It is for this purpose that EBS and Reuters (hereafter EBS) established their services. Layered on top (in a manner of speaking) of the Interbank communication links, the EBS service enables banks to see how much and at what prices all the Interbank members are willing to transact. Pains should be taken to express that EBS is not a market or a market maker; it is an application used to see bids and offers from the various banks. The second tier of the market exists essential within each bank. By calling your local Bank of America branch you can exchange any foreign currency you would like. More then likely they will just move some excess currency from one branch to another. Since this is a micro-exchange with a single counterparty, you are basically at their mercy as to what exchange rate they will quote you. Your choice is to accept their offer or shop a different bank. Everyone who trades the forex market should visit their bank at least once to get a few quotes. It would be very enlightening to see how lucrative these transactions really are. Branching off of this second tier is the third tier retail market. When brokers like Oanda, Forex.com, FXCM, etc. desire to establish a retail operation the first thing they need is a liquidity provider. Nine in ten of these brokers will sign an agreement with just one bank. This bank will agree to provide liquidity if and only if they can hedge it on EBS inclusive of their desired spread. Because the volume will be significantly higher a single bank patron will transact, the spreads will be much more competitive. By no means should it be expected these tier 3 providers will be quoted precisely what exists on the Interbank. Remember the bank is in the business of collecting spreads and no agreement is going to suspend that priority. Retail forex is almost akin to running a casino. The majority of its participants have zero understanding how to trade effectively and as a result are consistent losers. The spread system combined with a standard probability distribution of returns gives the broker a built in house advantage of a few percentage points. As a result, they have all built internal order matching systems that play one loser off against a winner and collect the spread. On the occasions when disequilibrium exists within the internal order book, the broker hedges any exposure with their tier 2 liquidity provider. As bad as this may sound, there are some significant advantages for speculators that deal with them. Because it is an internal order book, many features can be provided which are otherwise unavailable through other means. Non-standard contract sizes, high leverage on tiny account balances, and the ability to transact in a commission free environment are just a few of them… An ECN operates similar to a Tier 2 bank, but still exists on the third tier. An ECN will generally establish agreements with several tier 2 banks for liquidity. However instead of matching orders internally, it will just pass through the quotes from the banks, as is, to be traded on. It’s sort of an EBS for little guys. There are many advantages to the model, but it is still not the Interbank. The banks are going to make their spread or their not go to waste their time. Depending on the bank this will take the form of price shading or widened spreads depending on market conditions. The ECN, for its trouble, collects a commission on each transaction. Aside from the commission factor, there are some other disadvantages a speculator should consider before making the leap to an ECN. Most offer much lower leverage and only allow full lot transactions. During certain market conditions, the banks may also pull their liquidity leaving traders without an opportunity to enter or exit positions at their desired price. Trade Mechanics: It is convenient to believe that in a $2tril per day market there is always enough liquidity to do what needs to be done. Unfortunately belief does not negate the reality that for every buyer there MUST be a seller or no transaction can occur. When an order is too large to transact at the current price, the price moves to the point where open interest is abundant enough to cover it. Every time you see price move a single pip, it means that an order was executed that consumed (or otherwise removed) the open interest at the current price. There is no other way that prices can move. As we covered earlier, each bank lists on EBS how much and at what price they are willing to transact a currency. It is important to note that no Interbank participant is under any obligation to make a transaction if they do not feel it is in their best interest. There are no “market makers” on the Interbank; only speculators and hedgers. Looking at an ECN platform or Level II data on the stock market, one can get a feel for what the orders on EBS look like. The following is a sample representation: You’ll notice that there is open interest (Level II Vol figures) of various sizes at different price points. Each one of those units represents existing limit orders and in this example, each unit is $1mil in currency. Using this information, if a market sell order was placed for 38.4mil, the spread would instantly widen from 2.5 pips to 4.5 pips because there would no longer be any orders between 1.56300 and 1.56345. No broker, market maker, bank, or thief in the night widened the spread; it was the natural byproduct of the order that was placed. If no additional orders entered the market, the spread would remain this large forever. Fortunately, someone somewhere will deem a price point between those 2 figures an appropriate opportunity to do something and place an order. That order will either consume more interest or add to it, depending whether it is a market or limit order respectively. What would have happened if someone placed a market sell order for 2mil just 1 millisecond after that 38.4 mil order hit? They would have been filled at 1.5630 Why were they “slipped”? Because there was no one to take the other side of the transaction at 1.56320 any longer. Again, nobody was out screwing the trader; it was the natural byproduct of the order flow. A more interesting question is, what would happen if all the listed orders where suddenly canceled? The spread would widen to a point at which there were existing bids and offers. That may be 5,7,9, or even 100 pips; it is going to widen to whatever the difference between a bid and an offer are. Notice that nobody came in and “set” the spread, they just refused to transact at anything between it. Nothing can be done to force orders into existence that don’t exist. Regardless what market is being examined or what broker is facilitating transactions, it is impossible to avoid spreads and slippage. They are a fact of life in the realm of trading. Implications for speculators: Trading has been characterized as a zero sum game, and rightly so. If trader A sells a security to trader B and the price goes up, trader A lost money that they otherwise could have made. If it goes down, Trader A made money from trader B’s mistake. Even in a huge market like the Forex, each transaction must have a buyer and a seller to make a trade and one of them is going to lose. In the general realm of trading, this is materially irrelevant to each participant. But there are certain situations where it becomes of significant importance. One of those situations is a news event. Much has been made of late about how it is immoral, illegal, or downright evil for a broker, bank, or other liquidity provider to withdraw their order (increasing the spread) and slip orders (as though it was a conscious decision on their part to do so) more then normal during these events. These things occur for very specific reasons which have nothing to do with screwing anyone. Let us examine why: Leading up to an economic report for example, certain traders will enter into positions expecting the news to go a certain way. As the event becomes immanent, the banks on the Interbank will remove their speculative orders for fear of taking unnecessary losses. Technical traders will pull their orders as well since it is common practice for them to avoid the news. Hedge funds and other macro traders are either already positioned or waiting until after the news hits to make decisions dependent on the result. Knowing what we now know, where is the liquidity necessary to maintain a tight spread coming from? Moving down the food chain to Tier 2; a bank will only provide liquidity to an ECN or retail broker if they can instantly hedge (plus their requisite spread) the positions on Interbank. If the Interbank spreads are widening due to lower liquidity, the bank is going to have to widen the spreads on the downstream players as well. At tier 3 the ECN’s are simply passing the banks offers on, so spreads widen up to their customers. The retailers that guarantee spreads of 2 to 5 pips have just opened a gaping hole in their risk profile since they can no longer hedge their net exposure (ever wonder why they always seem to shut down or requote until its over?). The variable spread retailers in turn open up their spreads to match what is happening at the bank or they run into the same problems fixed spreads broker are dealing with. Now think about this situation for a second. What is going to happen when a number misses expectations? How many traders going into the event with positions chose wrong and need to get out ASAP? How many hedge funds are going to instantly drop their macro orders? How many retail traders’ straddle orders just executed? How many of them were waiting to hear a miss and executed market orders? With the technical traders on the sidelines, who is going to be stupid enough to take the other side of all these orders? The answer is no one. Between 1 and 5 seconds after the news hits it is a purely a 1 way market. That big long pin bar that occurs is a grand total of 2 prices; the one before the news hit and the one after. The 10, 20, or 30 pips between them is called a gap. Is it any wonder that slippage is in evidence at this time? Conclusions: Each tier of the Forex market has its own inherent advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your priorities you have to make a choice between what restrictions you can live with and those you cant. Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you want. By focusing on slippage and spreads, which are the natural byproduct of order flow, one is not only pursuing a futile ideal, they are passing up an enormous opportunity to capitalize on true inefficiencies. News events are one of the few times where a large number of players are positioned inappropriately and it is fairly easy to profit from their foolishness. If a trader truly wants to make the leap to the next level of profitability they should be spending their time figuring out how identify these positions and trading with the goal of capturing the price movement they inevitably will cause. Nobody is going to make the argument that a broker is a trader’s best friend, but they still provide a valuable service and should be compensated for their efforts. By accepting a broker for what it is and learning how to work within the limitations of the relationship, traders have access to a world of opportunity that they otherwise could never dream of capturing. Let us all remember that simple truth.
Hey guys, This is really just an FYI to anyone who trades Forex with algos. Oanda, Quantconnect, and Tradingview are all very closely integrated, and I've had a really good experience with setting up the algo and having it run on an Oanda practice account. So easy to set up, and everything just works nicely. Not a shill for any of these services, just really had a good experience and wanted to share. Let me know with questions!
So, long time lurker of this subreddit, but only have posted once before. I'll get to that later. First, I'd like to share my appreciation for this sub as a new beginner getting into trading. There's a lot of crap out there and it’s hard to sift through it. Not saying crap doesn't get posted here, but it's well modded. So thanks for that. This is a decent place to get grounded. Intention of this post is info from one newb to other newbs getting started. The purpose of this post is more for information and factual stuff than advice. As a beginner some times just factual info can be the most help rather than advice. I’ll try to make this quick. Probably won’t be, I’m summarizing a year and 4wks here. How I got started. I was listening to Jim Cramer on Mad Money while at work. Yea don’t laugh. I always wanted to trade stocks, but never really had the capital to do it. The idea of working from home and trading always appealed to me like it has to many others. Also, I was getting frustrated with my job, (still there by the way). Anyways, once I finished paying off all my school loans I started seriously looking in to trading. I’m 26 atm. Quickly learned I still didn’t have the capital to trade stocks the way I wanted to. Living in the U.S. and subject to the pattern day trading rules I would need 25k. Which I don’t. Not sure where I found the info but looking for other ways to trade I discovered spot forex. Hey! And you don’t need 25k to trade like a mad man. Quickly learned from multiple sources, seriously its everywhere, if doing FX you need to go through babypips. So 1 year ago at the beginning of March I started working my way through baby pips. Also, I opened up a practice account with Oanda at the same time of starting babypips. Being in U.S. the broker options are limited. I saw the big 3, Gain, FXCM, and Oanda. Gain had terrible reviews, FXCM already had a sketchy past, so I picked Oanda. But honestly they all have bad reviews, but I wanted to trade. Took me about 2 months to work my way through baby pips course while trying every indicator under the sun on my practice account. Also discovered tradingview during this time. Best analysis center out there honestly. Now around my 3rd month I started to hit this wall ( this is a magical wall that re-appears throughout this endeavor whenever you finally think you’re getting somewhere) . Realizing that with all the crap and indicators on the screen and if I’m being honest with myself I haven’t got a clue what the crap I’m doing. I knew I needed to simplify things and stick with things that stuck out to me (you know what they say, find your edge). For me that was going to be MACD. It’s the one thing I thought I understood. Keyword “thought”. And only in the larger time frames 4hr + charts. I could clearly see divergence and convergence throughout the charts. And I could clearly see a shift in the trend after things like divergence. So my goal was to master the MACD. It was brutal, but in some ways it worked for me. I could clearly see that an up or down trend was dying out on the daily or 4hr. charts. So when I thought the trend was almost over I would start taking reversal trades or what I thought were break outs of the trend. My practice account almost got murdered multiple times. But if I was convinced the trend was turning, I kept buying or selling more positions until it reversed (but sometimes it never turned and I just ended up cutting a huge loss). Now I’m getting close to 6 months of trading. I was up about 40% on my 100k practice account. Believe me, I understand I still didn’t have money management, and it was probably complete luck, and it was stupid trading with such a large practice account, but at this point in my mind I thought I was ready for the “next stage.” Going live, some people suggest not going live until you have your strategy completely mastered. ( I didn’t) So naturally my sympathy’s fell with those who suggest after 3 months of positive trading you should start prepping yourself mentally with a small real account. By this time I had saved up $3k to throw into my live account with Oanda. And I told myself I was mentally prepared to completely lose all 3k (was I really? I don’t’ know). Why did I pick 3k as my start amount? To me it was just large enough that it would hurt if I lost it, and the potential wasn’t too small where if I was successful I would only be able to buy a happy meal from McDonalds. So here I am, 6 months into trading with a live account. It started about as bad as one could expect for someone with no money management. I still didn’t know how to take profit with targets. It’s like I took a stupid pill right before trading live. Cause not only did I not trade divergence all the time, I started taking trades from others on tradingview. Hence my first post on this reddit which I got railed for copying another persons trade. I had to take break for like 2 weeks after that to recoup my mind. I lost about 25% or more of my account. Started taking money management seriously at this point. Started reading up on it, started taking calculated trades with risking only 2% of my account. Those first 2 weeks were necessary for me to grasp money management. Believe me I read all about money management, I even understood it for the most part, but I didn’t really utilize it till I took that hit on my account. Reading is not the same as experiencing. Now things started to work out for me again. I went back to searching for divergent trades, my trades. But I also started looking for others on trading view who traded just divergence. This helped, especially when it came to spotting trades you agreed on. I didn’t just follow the highest rated traders, I followed those who were trading similar to my style. Now, believe me, I still suck at trading at this point, but my money management still allowed me to recover my account, and even gain on it. But I was break-even trader 9-10 months in with my bad trading. Now this is going to be the part that I never thought I would do, especially since its frowned on in general by this group. But I paid for a trading course, well more like to join a permanent trading group who trains you. (I’m not recommending this) I won’t say who or what the group is. This is just factual information. Yes I paid 2.5k to join a group. So don’t ask who the group is. I’m not writing all this just so the mods delete it as a promotion. But through trading view I found someone whose charts I liked a lot and got in contact with him. Our trading styles were similar and he peaked my interest and was nice when I contacted him and I wanted to learn more faster. So like I said, I found someone whose trading style I associated with. Your style maybe completely different and probably is. So finding a group who doesn’t trade like you would be a complete waste of time. And what do I think of my experience in a trading group? I refrained from live trading during these several weeks of training. I wasn’t the only student. In general we had 1 week of lessons, then split into a small groups for 2 weeks of 1 on 1 trading with a senior trader. Rinse and repeat for a couple of weeks that was my training. All in all, it wasn’t all I expected and yet it was more than I could have expected. I did learn new techniques that I believe help me, but I only finished 2 weeks ago. So all in all its been 1 year and 4 wks since I started trading. I haven’t made globs of money in a short time. And I’m still not as good as the senior traders in our group. I still maintain a full time job because it’s necessary for me at this point. I was waking up at 4:30am in the morning just so I could attend these training sessions. And trade before and after work, and have reduced my work hours from 50+hrs a week down to just 40 hrs so I have more time to trade. I hope one day to quit my job so I can trade full time. Anyways that’s my first year of trading in a nutshell. Going into my second year. If you would like me to update again at the beginning of my 3rd year give it a thumbs up. God Bless.
Lurker writing here - hello! My question goes to the people who maybe have made some experiences in the professional forex trading realm: What are the most accepted / up-to-standard practices for demonstrating a track record, e.g. for applications as a professional trader? I know myfxbook.com, but it's also known for many deceiving / manipulated accounts. What is the go-to practice to show some audited, black-on-white stats? (I am using Oanda & trading from Europe, if that matters)
Hey all, I am a very new and bright-eyed hopeful forex trader :) I am trying to understand why this is not all too good to be true, I have been using a practice account, and it has been going great. I mainly trade off of the 5min chart after finding a channel in the 10min to 15min charts and a trend/pivot in the 1h. I will work out a point to wait for a buy, then place the trade, and if it goes in the opposite direction I will "buy" a short position if it drops at least 30-40%. But not if it is only around 20%, that I can just wait out. This all just seems too good to be true, looking at these charts and finding a point where there is a support channel and then waiting on a good entry point, I also started splitting up my order into four different chunks to spread my entry point down. I also sell off in the same way. I have only been buying a single large short position though, mainly because I don't want to click through the setting 8 times :P. Hey its a practice account! I understand the risk and psychological impact once it is real money. Do most of you trade with the maximum leverage your broker offers? I think with Oanda the most I can do is a leverage of 50. I watched youtube videos of people using Forex Broker Inc. and that let's them use a leverage of up to 200. Which is better for the long run? Ideally I want to make around $100-200+ a day to eliminate my current 2nd job. Getting tired of working 60-70+ hours between both. But have student loans to pay off. How much money would you need to have trading in order to make $200 off of an average pip move? Which seems to be around 30-50 pips. As a new trader though I would gladly settle for the mindset at first of just getting to the point of consistently being profitable, as long as it wouldn't take up too much of my free time between both jobs now.
I recently started trading in Forex, and I started my journey by registering a demo account with a broker. Weeks after I registered the account, I got a call from them, offering me to open a live account; they've also sent me an e-mail, clearing up the stuff, and letting me know that they will contact me in a few days. However, as the title suggests, I am below the age requirements for trading and my account is not on any of my parents. My account manager (the person who contacted me) has probably found out about this, but they did not say a word during the phone call. Anyways, now I am writing him an e-mail but I am not sure how to proceed as I am not at 18 years of age. I searched around, and I understand that I should have initially set up the account on one of my guardian's/parent's name but I did not think of that. So what should I do now ? Should I ask him to cancel my demo account, and register one on my parent's name ? Or should I just ignore him and close the account (if that is possible) ? Thank you in advance. P.S: I do not feel confident enough to start a live account and trade real money. I feel like I need more trading practice, and I should learn forex (from babypips.com) before trading non-virtual money. Also, my broker is Oanda.
Hi, new to this subreddit and new to forex trading in general. I doubled a practice account and decided to go in with 1k a week ago and currently at 30% for the week. So I'm looking to invest more time and money while staying conservative and am looking for some tips. On Oanda FxTrade there is an option for a Primary account (which is what I've been using) and MT4 account. I've been reading articles and even posts here but I really can't figure out what the major difference is and which one is better. Any help is appreciated cheers!
Preferred Papertrading Resources + Community/Sub Thoughts on Tradingview
Hey all, I've been studying up on Forex and I did read the side bar, I recently got involved with dedicating some time to learning about forex and financial markets in general everyday now as well as trying to keep up some news. I've poked around with MT4 using an OANDA demo account, TD think or swim demo account (couldn't figure out how to trade forex on it thought). I found that I love to use tradingview.com for all things relating to forex though, I think it's great that it has charts, news resources and free chatrooms as well as easy ways to share TA etc, which I haven't found in other platforms. My big holdup though is that, I love their papertrading integration with their charting and all, but my biggest hold up is, does anyone know the leverage ratio they use? Also, is tradingview's free charts seriously as up-to-date as it makes me believe? I'd like to think that when I set the chart to 1 minute I am getting only 2-5 seconds worth of delay. Also, I want to know what the Forex sub here on reddit thinks of tradingview, thoughts on tradingviews paper trading as well as some recommendations on where i should start papertrading. Perhaps there are better platforms/accounts I can open with? And if anyone has the time, someone that has had a decent amount of success with this stuff starting out with relatively low capital and sharing their beginner story? What platforms did you start out with when you were demo accounting / papertrading etc. Thanks guys, I'm hoping I didn't break any rules here. Again, I did read the side-bar for beginners but, I just want to make sure that I am practicing my TA and charting methods with a platform conducive for learning (in terms of papertrading).
I'm Tired of Revisionist History In Chart Analysis
I'm new to the Forex world, and trading in general. So I've been studying a ton of Price Action strategies, web sites, analysis, commentary, recommendations, strategies, and more. And it drives me nuts how the charts and pictures only seem to point out whatever the goal of the article wants to point out. It's like every single PA site goes back and finds the perfect chart for their explanation. For example: 1) The strategy article points out a SR line, and it's like CONCRETE. It's like a Titanium-laced guarantee of a reversal bounce that is ALWAYS reflected in the "lesson". Yet, in the real charts I've been practicing with, these lines are often pierced like water. 2) Fibonacci levels. The article will draw out 3 or 4 Fibonacci lines, and the price will go up to the 4th one, and they will say something like "look at the strong resistance at the 4th line, here's where you sell", and I'm thinking to myself "what about the 1st line, 2nd line, 3rd line"? OK, fine, maybe those lines are easy to pass. Then I'll see another chart where the author says "the price hit the 2nd line and decided it couldn't go further" as if the 2nd line was now an impassable barrier. It's like the articles just make up reasons to explain why a price went from one line to another. There are enough Fibonacci levels to support almost any "theory". 3) Psychological levels? So far, I've seen 1.20000000 act like 3.14159. Seriously? Do the authors find THE CHART that demonstrates their one point? 4) Bollinger Bands. The descriptions of Bollinger Band strategies are the worst. The article will be like "look how the price skirted the bottom band and came out right HERE". The author could point out HERE anywhere in the chart, and they come up with a "reason" it came out of the Bollinger Band range. And every time it's a different reason because that's what was needed to explain the particular chart. Now, I'm not naive. I know the PA strategies work when interpretted with the right confluence, and that no single strategy can be taken out of context and acted on in the absence of other factors. But if I had a nickle for every pinbar that went the opposite way it was supposed to, I wouldn't be here. So then I look at some "trading opportunity" lists on a site like Oanda. I figure lets apply these strategies to LIVE charts. Oanda's stats page show like 65% of the trade opporunities they list succeeding. They show pinbars, channels, ABCD formations, SR lines. I figure their experts have more experience than me, so they must know what they are doing. So I religiously do what their opportunities suggest on a demo account, and lo and behold, I don't win 65%. Are they making their stats up? It's just a little frustrating to read about all these strategies and in live charts see them work far less than any strategy article (or Oanda expert) professes. [/rantover]
Dumb question, but is it actually easier to profit in demo accounts?
Hi all, I'm currently pretty new to forex and this subreddit in general, but I came across this top post here and I am genuinely curious. Practice accounts aren't actually more profitable, right? (I hope not! and I wouldn't see why they would) However, reading through the comments, it made it seem as if it was. Anyways, I've been reading some forex guides (mostly babypips) and have been using the Oanda fxTrade pratice to get a feel for trading, and over the past week I've been doing decently. I plan on practicing and using a demo account for a while. Thanks!
Why do I keep getting FIFO violations with a signal service?
Hi folks, fairly new to Forex trading. I've got a practice account with Oanda and I'm playing around with MT4. I'm subscribed to the FX Day signal, but I keep getting messages that "trade x could not be closed due to FIFO violation." I understand what a FIFO violation is, but I'm confused why I'm getting it with a signal, since my only open trades are ones that the signal sent out, so they should be closing in the correct order, no?
I've started learning about ForEx about a week ago. Fundamentally, it makes sense, but I do have some questions regarding the practical side of things.
Suppose I've traded x USD for 100 EUR through Oanda. Do I now possess y EUR? As in, can I tell Oanda that I want 100 actual euros wired to my bank account? If this is the case, can Or is my ownership of the 100 EUR an abstraction?
Suppose the JPY is doing really well relative to EUR. I only have USD. Suppose the USD is tanking hard, relative to EUR but somewhat stable to JPY. I can trade USD for JPY, trade JPY for EUR, and then trade EUR for USD and make a gain in capital, granted the spreads work out. Is this correct or am I totally missing something?
Certain currencies are only traded in relation to one other currency on the ForEx (USD/RUB, for example). Is that right, or is there a way that I could trade RUB directly for EUR, for example?
Suppose I end up with a good amount of JPY, but the Yen begins to have a net fall for a week relative to all major currencies. Is it possible to take the Yen I have and use it to trade stock on the TYO until the currency begins to increase in value?
Thanks in advance! As I said, I'm very new to ForEx and I'd want to be crystal clear on the basics before I start to work on a demo account - I'm not even considering using live money at this point.
I've recently begun studying forex trading. I opened a practice account with oanda and was funded $100,000, which with their 2% margin rate would require a $2,000 deposit from the investor? I sold a large amount units of EUUSD (I realize this was a very unrealistic/foolish investment for my amount of capital, but I just wanted to see how it would move) Well I got lucky and it dropped about 50 pips for a $5,000 profit. My balance now shows about $105,000usd. My question is, do I hold a 2% share of the 105,000, leaving me with an actual profit of $100 or is the profit solely mine and I now possess $7,000. Thanks
Hi All! I am currently learning about Forex at Babypips.com. There are a couple of questions on my mind that I would like to ask. There are some things I am still not sure about. I am currently learning about the technical aspect of it. I signed up for a Practice Account at Oanda. I am still very new to learning Forex so some of these questions are very basic, do bear with me. Thank you. 1) Margin: I understand that margin is the money you deposit to the broker to control a larger funds. My question is, I use a 10:1 margin. I deposited $1000, so I get to control $10,000. What if I lose all the "$10,000". Do I owe the broker (in my case Oanda), $9000? Since I am technically, "borrowing" the other amount. 2) Amount paid to broker: If I am understanding this correctly, Oanda earns from spread. For example, EUUSD 1.2920/1.2924 The spread is the difference, which is 0.0004. 4 Pips. Am I right? Supposed I buy 10,000 units of EUR. 10,000 x 1.2924 = $12,924 In this case, how do I find out how much am I going to pay the broker? 3) Is there an hidden fees incurred, if I hold on to one trade for a few days/weeks?
Hello /personalfinance/, So, I'm in a once-in-a-lifetime position and really want to figure out something to do about it. I'm a single guy, 23. I'm a recent homeowner, fixing up a foreclosure. I had to make an enormous down payment to get the home loan due to a lack of established credit at the time. I was extremely fortunate and very grateful to have a close relative who readily offered to loan me it out of their savings. I am paying it back at a steady rate via an automated monthly transfer from my bank with an agreed-upon rate. Meanwhile, I have the loan, which is at a slightly >5% interest rate, but I have enormous equity on the house. This is my only debt. I work a white-collar job. My savings is low at the moment because I've been fixing up the house- but I've finished all the work I had. I have $6K in stocks I pretend I don't have. I'm putting 6% of my salary in to my retirement account with Fidelity. This is the maximum employer match so as not to leave money on the table. Now, I'm running the math and budgeting using Mint. I should be able to realistically save close to $1,000 a month, AFTER fairly liberal recreation accounted for. Granted, rainy days will happen and I need money for that. But...I'm also finding inefficiencies. I'm overpaying for my phone, my internet, lots of other little services. I'm going to start killing these things off. Maybe get a second roommate- I have the spare rooms. I could potentially dramatically increase this. tl:dr; I have no debts besides low interest mortgage and spare income right now that I'm sure I will never have again in my life and want to do something with it. So now the ideas in my head. I think the standard response will be that I'm putting too little in my retirement account. And I suppose I could bump that to 30% and still make it by. But...liquid cash in hand combined with, well, being single, makes me feel like there is the potential for better returns. I have something of an entrepreneurish mentality, but definitely don't have the guts to quit my job for an experiment in this economy.
I could pay off my mortgage in under three years. Possibly two. I'd still be making the same payments to the relative, but there's no interest on that. This seems very...safe. On the other hand, it's a ~5% loan. Just throwing it in an ETF or my retirement account would probably have higher average yearly returns, yes?
I might try my hand with a small amount at Forex trading. I know a lot of people are going to have a reaction similar to this. I'm almost done with a book on Forex trading by Courtney Smith that advocates a very disciplined, technical-oriented, extremely boring, low-risk strategy with consistent returns. I'm actually quite good at playing a boring, low-risk, low-emotion strategy. However, I'm...skeptical of the book's claims until I can reproduce it. The writer seems too certain and preachy sometimes, and his numbers don't always stack up (the claim that most of his students see a 100% return their first year should mean that most of his students are approaching being billionaires after twenty years...?). But I will probably take a few hundred or a thousand and throw it in a Forex account (looking at Oanda as a broker) and see if I can make a profit with a low risk technical trading strategy.
The other option I'm thinking about at the moment is buying some real estate once I've put away some money. I now have amazing credit and prices are really cheap here- dirt cheap in some neighborhoods. I'd probably buy one of the more expensive houses (but still a cheap foreclosure) in a better neighborhood than my own house, so I'm more likely to attract a long term renter than some bums in the ghetto. I'd set up a LLC to protect myself from liabilities, and then get a manager (already know one a family member uses that takes a 10% cut and has always done them well), and darn good insurance. The big problem? I'm not handy at all. I've been learning a lot with homeownership, but I can't do floors, drywall, or anything like that. I'd probably even botch up a paint job. I do have several close friends who are contractors, and might be able to get someone I trust with a fair price that way, but they'll still be spendy if I have to do a lot of little things.
Does anyone have any thoughts for me? Greatly appreciate anyone who read the whole thing :) It's been on my mind a lot lately. EDIT: A side note. I can't think of a practical use for this, but I have a dual citizenship with the U.S. and a certain European country (which gives me access to doing a lot of things in any EU country). Just putting that down for anyone creative. xD
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