Friday, August 31, 2007

Low Risk High Return Investments - For Big Capital Gains & Income

We all want low risk high return investments that can build wealth longer term, but which is the best?

Here we are going to look at a low risk high return investment thats true to its name and is proven to do not only produce 30% annual gains and but also a valuable income to.

If you want a low risk high return investment this one is well worth considering, so lets look at it.

We all know property is a good solid long term investment but it can be expensive, here we are going to look at property overseas just 2 hours from the USA That is cheap and is and will continue to produce stunning gains.

The country we are going to look at is Costa Rica and see why more than 100,000 Americans and other foreign investors have invested here and the returns they are getting.

The Growth

A property that cost just $30,000 15 years ago, near the popular resort of Jaco, is worth as much as $750,000 today!

Not only are the capital gains great, but the rental market is booming and you can earn a regular monthly income to.

So, you get great solid capital gains, with low downside volatility and valuable income as well.

Why are growth rates so high and risk so low?

The answer lies in the fact that beachfront property in Costa Rica costs up to 70% less than in the USA and its only a two hour direct flight away.

The demand for affordable beach front property is creating big capital gains and with property in the USA expensive, Americans are looking south.

Aldd in an affordable lifestyle (you can live her comfortably for just $2,500 a month) and you have more Americans retiring and moving to Costa Rica than ever before.

The buying process is simple, you get the same rights as residents and its extremely tax efficient.

Will demand continue to grow?

Yes, there is no let up in demand and as we all know property booms last decades and this one looks like it has a lot further to run as demand increases.

This is creating gains of 30% + annually for savvy investors, with little downside risk and also providing rental income.

When you compare this with mutual funds that are lucky to get into double figures and have losses that can last for years and can be in excess of 30%.

This is a high return investment that lives up to its name and is one that more and more investors are considering.

There are many destinations that are cheap and growing in value and many specialist Realtors that will help you acquire a property thats just right for you.

Costa Rica is an affordable slice of paradise and the demand for breach front property is driving a market where savvy investors are making big gains and maybe you could to.

Check out the facts of this low risk high return investment and its hard to beat and in terms of reward to risk - mutual funds simply dont compare and neither for that matter do many other investments.


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The Mechanics of Are Economic Cycle

Inflation and recessions are both recurring phases of a continuous economic cycle. Inflation occurs when prices rise as a result of too much money being in circulation due to a lack of goods and services to spend it on. When prices reach a point that is higher than people can - or will - pay, the demand decreases and this is where the downturn in the economic cycle begins.

In our modern economy we don't let the economic cycle run unchecked, because the consequences could result in a major worldwide depression like the one that followed the stock market crash in 1929. In a depression money become so tight that the economy virtually grinds to a halt, unemployment escalates, businesses collapse and the general economic mood gets very grim.

When a recession occurs the Federal Government can create new money to make borrowing money easier. Once the economy picks up, and sellers begin to sense a rise in demand for their product or services they begin raise prices. This is how inflation works.

Most economist agree that inflation isn't good for the economy, because over time it destroys value, and this includes the value of money. Inflation also prompts investors to buy things that they can resell for huge profits: like art and real estate, rather than investing their money in companies that can then in-turn create new products and jobs. However inflation isn't bad for everyone. Debtors love it! The people that get hit the hardest in an inflationary phase are the people that are living off of fixed incomes, this often consists of retired people whose payments are determined by salaries or wages that were earned in less inflationary times. their standard of living can swiftly erode by high inflation, this could cause them to sell their home or take other drastic economic measures.

Inflation is often the result of political pressures. A economy that is growing creates jobs and reduces unemployment. More often than not politicians are almost always in favor of this so they put pressure on the Federal Reserve to adopt an easy money policy that stimulates the economy. The most effective method for ending inflation is for the Federal Government to induce a recession, or downturn, in the economy. If the shrinks for two consecutive quarters it is considered a recession.

In order to avoid long term slow downs, politicians will reverse their policies once they notice that the economy is beginning to shrink. They do this to stimulate borrowing and economic growth. Over time the country emerges from the recession, begins to grow, and the completed cycle starts all over again.

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FOREX Trading System - Building One for Big Profits in 3 Simple Steps

Here we are going to show you how to build your own profitable FOREX trading system in simple steps.

You can build one easily by utilizing free information on the web.

We are going to look at choosing a methodology, structuring the system and implementing it for profit It will give you big profit potential and wont cost you a cent.

The methodology below is the basis for all my trading systems and its very simple. I have traded for over 23 years and tried just about ever system out there and the fact is:

When trading FOREX, simple systems beat complicated ones, as they are more robust in the face of ever changing market conditions.

The methodology below works and will continue to work, so lets take a look at it.

1. Methodology

Look at any FOREX chart and what do you see?

Long term trends that last for weeks or months These are the trends you need to target.

To target these trends all you need to understand is the concept of support and resistance and price momentum.

Now we need a methodology, lets take one that has stood the test of time and will continue to work trading breakouts.

Breakouts from significant support and resistance are one of the most effective ways of catching the big profitable moves.

FACT: Most major currency moves start from new market highs NOT market lows.

You can read all about the above concepts free on the web and in some shape or form most of the worlds top traders use breakouts.

In conclusion, we are going to look for long term trends from support and resistance - now lets look at how to put this into practice.

2. Structuring a System

Now you need to organize the above and enter some trades Here is a simple way of trading the above:

Look at the weekly chart

Look for well established support and resistance that has been tested several times preferably at least 4 times and several weeks apart

Look at the daily charts

Now look for tests that coincide with the weekly levels that have again been tested several times.


If you start with the weekly chart you will get the big picture and well established support and resistance can be seen - that if broken will give you high odds of the break continuing.

3. Timing the trade

Here we need to look at price momentum and trade with confirmation that the odds are in our favor.

Trading with price strength on a break is an essential element of any successful FOREX trading system and you need indicators that will help you spot it.

Pull up a free chart service such as

Look at the stochastic indicator and Relative Strength Index ( RSI), both these are fantastic confirming indicators.

We dont have time to write about them in detail here but they are covered in our other articles so look them up.

If a break occurs you can go with the break providing your momentum indicators confirm it.

If you are only trading strong support and resistance that the market recognizes as significant then the odds of the break continuing as stops are unwound and trend followers come in is higher.

Stops should be below the breakout point on daily close basis only (US hours) you can also wait till the end of the session to enter your trades.

This system won't give you many trades each year, but the ones it will give you will have high odds of success and fantastic profit potential.

The FOREX Trading system above can be adapted, but its an excellent base to start from and is perfect for novice FOREX traders.

Take a look at this FOREX trading system because:

Its simple to understand, simple to apply, takes less than 30 minutes a day and can yield triple digit gains

Even better it costs you nothing, but could make you significant long term capital gains.

Dont spend money on worthless e-books selling systems they have plucked from free information on the net build your own.


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Openwave-Could the Little Company Ever Become King?

Openwave Systems Inc. provides Communication Service Providers (CSPs), including wireless and wireline carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), portals, and broadband providers worldwide, with the software and services they need to build boundary-free, multi-network communications services for their subscribers.

Openwave has a very unique and valuable business in the wireless data market. It has a dominate market share of 50% in both the browser and in the gateway transitions for mobile phones. Both products are a core element in the data cell phone market.

Our philosophy is to own the critical elements in markets that appear to have revolutionary growth. In January 2004 we wrote an article saying the wireless revolution has begun. Today based on very recent guidance from Texas Instrument (NYSE:TXN) Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and other third party data it appears that wireless data market is actually accelerating. That appears opposite common wisdom judged by the way the world equity market and Openwave stock is trading for the last month. Usually revolutionary growth acceleration is misunderstood. I believe that robust growth from wireless data will catch many people by surprise when it is fully recognized.

The browser and the gateway business are keys to Openwave's success. Again it is our philosophy to own critical monopolistic elements inside an industry. We often equate our philosophy to a roof over your head and the gutter that controls the flow of water. Most water when it rain will land on a shingle but will collect in high volume in the gutters. Thus a single gutter can control as much water as all the shingles combined. This model of finding the essential elements or monopolist companies, judged by the many top rankings awarded to us by third party profession indicates a very successful approach.

In wireless data market the gateway and the browsers form what we believe are that critical element in the industry with Openwave a dominate position in both those markets. This dominance of the critical element/monopoly creates a natural mote or barrier as Openwave is in a better position to bundle, integrate, and test its products, thus become a natural extension of their browser and/or gateway for every new service they enters. This bundled approach as Microsoft has proven over time not only has a higher comfort advantage for its users but also often could be produced at a far lower cost which the phone companies enjoy. These many economies of scale of a dominate player is attractive to the phone companies when they are both reviewing new or existing services. Put yourself in the place of a large carrier do you want to work with a new firm, with no proven history which would include additional integration, testing, billing plus on going maintenance or would you prefer an existing firm to increase their service or possibly just bundle the service into a existing product. Thats why its very hard for new wireless firms to make a presence in the wireless data market and the more established companies to consolidate when newer wire data services form.

It appears industry wide that the consolidators including Comverse Technology Inc. (NADSAQ: CMVT) and Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE:DOX) appear to have advantage over many newer companies. Both of those companies specializes more on the back end. The higher growth market for phones will be with the data services and in my opinion Openwave is the best positioned as the industry continues to consolidate.

About 60% of Openwave quarter is already booked not including about an addition 10% is pay as you go. That means Openwave needs about 30% of addition new revenues in the quarter. That indicates that Openwave has far smaller hurdle rate than most companies. The data supports that the number of new data phones growing combined with the rising usage of each phone with no new major competitive threats entering the market the probability of carriers to reorder is increasing.

Openwave's high valued license revenues.

Last quarter Openwave reported that licensing revenues was over 50% of total revenues and it had 97% gross margins. The licensing revenues make up over 70% of Openwave's gross profit. Understanding Openwave's business model is very simple if the licensing long term grows so will the profits so if licensing long term declines so will the profits.

The last quarter the licensing saw some of the best quarter over quarter growth of (16%) and year over year growth of (34%). Over the last two year period Openwaves licensing revenues grew at a 23 % annualized rate.


Openwave is now valued at about 12 time future earning and when you add up its dominance in market: The profitability of it core business and the business outlook for the wireless data industry. My opinion is this company should trade at a premium to its data wireless peers.


The market value of Openwave stock and the wireless data industry have had many very large fluctuations in stock market value over time compared to their peers. Investors seeking to lower volatility should look to other investments.

The major risk is that management underperforms. Since this is still a relatively new management team and the stock market saying with its large sell off of Openwaves stock that this quarter will be a very difficult quarter, its now time to see if the management team can execute. The stock market in my opinion has already priced in a earning problem and any minor miss by management while still retaining their long term forecast , I believe would be rewarded.


Its my opinion this is what you look for in an investment, a company that has repeatedly demonstrated, since the new management has been in place, they are achieving their goals, and have echoed repeatedly said its on track for the long term. Openwave has a dominate position that is becoming more embedded in most major carriers every day. With it very high margins core business over time it can become very profitable business. It appears the market for its core products is accelerating and its stock market value is down significantly; again this is what I look for when I invest.

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Affiliate Allstar - Aaron Broke My Heart or Not?

I cant believe the reviews of Affiliate Allstar in the web. It looks like no one actually read the e-book and read only the salepage. Unlike other scammers I can send you the receipt.

Aaron Johnson is the author of Affiliate Allstar. Aaron sent me a mail on 27.July.2007 with the updated Affiliate Allstar version (53 additional pages to the original ebook). So the following review is updated to Affiliate Allstar version 2.0 and completely updated to 2007.

There are two important issues that Aaron promised to us, the buyers of Affiliate Allstar.

Aaron promised that the affiliate Allstar internet marketing strategies are either zero cost or low cost implementation. And with these strategies you will be able to make full decent constant income. The second promise is the given support all the way to your success. Aaron is saying that there are no silly questions.

Lets see if Aaron broke my heart help me to make money?

Aaron is delivering zero cost internet marketing strategies, but they dont really work. Its a time consuming and earnings are poor. You dont need a website to use these methods, but you do need to work hard enough to find an appropriate product to promote. The suggested advertising platform in Affiliate Allstar is the problem.

Therefore, you will need to move right a way to the low cost strategies and there you will make money! What is low cost? I invested around $100 for implementing half of these strategies and I am on my way to make the promised decent income. You might think that $100 is not low and you are right, but the trade off is fair. By the way for these methods you will need a website.

Affiliate Allstar is monotony with examples. And its very hard to increase the income when real live examples are missing.

Before I forget, Aaron kept his second promise and he answers every mail at the same day.

By the way, you should know that with Affiliate Allstar strategies you will have to write a lot, so if you hated it in Colleague, think again.

Good Luck Real Buyers.

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Futures Trading

All futures contracts are generally made for the purpose of speculation or hedging. As such, the general procedure for settlement is the neutralization of the original contract by an opposite contract on settlement, so that only difference between the current and the contract price is paid or received. It is rare that actual delivery of the goods is taken, and the price paid in settlement of futures contracts.

Futures trading is the most notable feature of business activity on the commodity exchange. In fact, the commodity exchanges are organized mainly for futures contracts. The futures contracts are made for two distinct purposes: speculation and hedging. Accordingly, they are either speculative or hedging contracts. Speculative activity is such an important part of the commodity exchanges that commodity exchanges are sometimes referred to as the speculative market.

All speculation represents an attempt on the part of individual to peep far into the future out of the window of the present. Speculation refers to an attempt to estimate the future trend of prices and proceed on that basis, to result in profit. Commodities may be bought at the current price with the assumption of selling them at a higher price in future or vice-versa.

The line between gambling and speculation is very thin. On the surface both appear to be the same, but in fact speculation refers to the taking up of legitimate enterprise (purchase or sale of property, commodities, etc.) on the basis of an analysis of market trends and other factors that have a bearing on prices. When, however, people start speculating recklessly and blindly without applying their mind and intelligence, and without possessing the resources necessary to meet their commitments, it degenerates into sheer gambling.

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Foreign Exchange Trading While Working A Full Time Job, You Can Do It

Like most people when I started trading the foreign exchange I had very little time to monitor trades because of my job and other responsibilities. However this does not mean you can not make plenty of money trading the foreign exchange. Intrigued? Please grab nice cup of tea or coffee and read on.

If you have already tried you hand at trading the foreign exchange market I am sure you are aware it is not as easy as you thought. Like most newbie's you more than likely started trading the 5 minute or 15 minute charts. The thought of all that money right there in the market waiting to be taken was too tempting. I know I have been there!

Let me say one thing before we go any further, if you can not make consistent money on the daily charts then you won't be able to do it on the lower time frames! Trading the lower time frames is where 95% of traders loose there money! You should focus your attention on the longer time frames, check them every evening and plan your trades for the coming month. Almost all the most successful traders plan and take their trades based on the daily charts, do you think they watch the 5 minute charts? No, they are not interested in them at all.

Here is what you need to do, pick a couple of your favorite pairs to trade, limit yourself to 1 good trade a week, this means your trade needs to be planed and have good technical reasons for price to go in your favor. Keep your charts clean and simple, use support and resistance with price action for setups. Never risk more than 3% of your account on any one trade no matter what the stop size is.

Today's brokers offering micro lots (.10c) it is easy to get your position size correct no matter how small your account is. If you have two really good setups in one week and you don't know which one to take just take them both but use half of your normal risk per trade on each. If you do what I have outlined I guarantee you will see an improvement in you trading results it is not difficult to increase your trading account by 10-15% each month while only take 1 trade a week.

Trading the foreign exchange from daily charts can be easily done while having a full time day job, I do it and you can too, you just have to be willing to put in a little extra hard work on planning your trades when you come home. I hope this helps you on your way to consistent profits from the forex market.

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Forex Market Overview

The foreign exchange market exists wherever one currency is traded for another. Individuals are currently a very small part of this market and may only participate indirectly through brokers. It is by far the largest market in the world, in terms of cash value traded. It includes trading between large banks, central banks, multinational corporations, governments, and other financial institutions.

The forex market is a cash inter-bank established in 1971 when floating exchange rates began to appear. The average daily trading volume of US Treasury Bonds is $300 billion and the US stock market has an average daily volume of less than $10 billion.

The foreign exchange market is unique because of:

The extreme liquidity of the market,
Its geographical dispersion,
Its trading volume,
The large number of traders in the market,
Its long trading hours - 24 hours a day

There are several types of financial instruments commonly used:-

Forward transaction: A buyer and seller agree on an exchange rate for any date in the future, and the transaction occurs on that date, regardless of what the market rates are then.

Futures: Futures are standardized and are usually traded on an exchange created for this purpose. The average contract length is roughly 3 months. Futures contracts are usually inclusive of any interest amounts.

Swap: In a swap, two parties exchange currencies for a certain length of time and agree to reverse the transaction at a later date.

Spot: A spot transaction is a two-day delivery transaction, as opposed to the Futures contracts, which are usually three months.

One difference between Futures and Spot is how interest is credited. Each currency in a Forex transaction has an inherent interest rate attached to it. This interest is added every single day whether the market is trading or not. Interest cannot take a vacation; money and its loaning value are still important even if the financial world has stopped dealing. In Futures, the interest is built into the price of the contract. In Spot, however, interest is not taken into account in the offering price because the Spot market is a cash market, not a contract market.

The main trading centers are in London, New York, and Tokyo, but banks throughout the world participate. As the Asian trading session ends, the European session begins, then the US session, and then the Asian begin in their turns.

Unlike a stock market, where all participants have access to the same prices, the Forex market is divided into levels of access. At the top is the inter-bank market, which is made up of the largest investment banking firms. The top-tier inter-bank market accounts for 53% of all transactions.

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A Guide to Global FOREX trading

It's probably hard for some people to believe, but the global FOREX trading market dwarfs that of equities, even though the former gets little attention and the latter is talked about incessantly on the news.

The daily volume of global FOREX trading now exceeds $2 trillion dollars! To be sure, it is the leader in the competitive field of market exchange. Currently, London holds the title for the worlds largest foreign exchange center, accumulating 30% of the currency business.

Global FOREX trading is exciting for many reasons.

First, the markets are almost always open. One can trade 24/7 as currencies fluctuate all day and night. Compare that to equities where one can only effectively trade during market hours when the stock exchanges are open.

Second, the potential leverage in global FOREX trading is astounding.

In stock trading, one either trades with money they have or, at best, can open a margin account and trade with double leverage. A margin account funded with, for example, $25,000 can control $50,000 dollars worth of equity positions.

Now contrast that with global FOREX trading in which one can often obtain leverage of 20 times, 50 times, and even 100 times one's original capital.

For example, it's not uncommon to be able to open an account at an online FOREX brokerage with $5,000 and be able to control position sizes of $200,000 or more. (In FOREX, trading is realized in lots. 1 Lot = 100,000).

Think about that! If you funded an account with a mere $10,000 dollars you could control $500,000 worth of positions (10 lots). If your positions moved favorably giving you only a 5% gain you would be in profit $25,000 dollars. From an only $10,000 dollar initial capital!

Clearly the immense leverage in global FOREX trading is what lures a lot of players into the game. However, leverage can cut both ways and it's possible to get wiped out just as fast as one can make a veritable fortune.

Because such large sums of money can be made playing the FOREX markets, hobbyists and full time currency traders are quickly increasing in numbers.

For both amateur and pro alike, getting quality FOREX analysis of the markets -- both fundamental and techical -- is extremely important.

And for people who have yet to learn how to FOREX trade, taking an online course is paramount to get them off to a proper start.

Indeed, it can make the difference between being successful and getting wiped out, although there is no guarantee that even the best newsletter analysis service or FOREX training course will guarantee you profits or guard you against losses.

That's why global FOREX trading is considered a highly speculative endeavor.

The people who do best at it will be methodical, have strong control over their impulses and emotions, are analytical to a fault, and are all around disciplined individuals.

Ever since the speculator George Soros of the Quantum Hedge Fund realized a profit of over $1 billion dollars in a few short days by shorting the British pound in 1992, market players have become more and more drawn to the exciting game of global FOREX trading.

Make no mistake about it, FOREX trading will continue to grow over the years, especially with the advent of online FOREX brokerages that allow people to trade from the comfort of their own home office all night.

Dan Ho is an investor, trader, and speculator who enjoys studying economics, technical analysis and the markets. He has traded equities, options, and currencies.

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Success Trading: Yet More Basic Terminology for New Traders

In this day and age of online brokers for virtually every market out there, there are some very useful tools that will help protect your account and lock in profits when you have them. It is our recommendation that you use a good online broker and take advantage of not only the low commissions they offer, but also the automated tools that are available. These tools are virtually idiot proof if you use them. The number one reason that peoples accounts go belly up in the markets is because they lack the discipline to stick with their trading plans and let emotions drive their trading decisions. This approach is a guaranteed way to lose in the markets. Oh, you might get lucky on occasion, but eventually the market will take your money. Let discuss some of the trading tools were talking about.

Stop Loss Also called a stop, this is the price at which your position will be automatically closed. If you buy IBM at $50 per share, and then enter $45 as your stop level, then your position will be sold when the price hits $45. So this enables you to protect your account from a large loss. Bear in mind, however, that this stop level only triggers the closing of the position and doesnt guarantee youll get out at that price. A quick price drop might mean your order was executed at $42 instead of $45 because of market volatility but this would be an extreme case. Also, if you carry the position overnight and IBM opened at $40, then thats the price it would be sold. Keep in mind that if you had shorted IBM at $50, then your stop would be placed above $50 to protect your account. When the stop is triggered on a short position, you would be buying to cover the position.

Buy Stop The description above pertains to a sell stop, but there are also buy stops that can be very useful. These are used to enter a position at a certain point. Suppose youre using a trading system requires that you buy when a stock breaks above a certain price level. Lets say that you are waiting for IBM to break out of a channel and to do so, it would need to reach $51. In this case, you simply place a buy stop at $51 for the number of shares you desire and your online brokers system will buy that for you automatically whenever IBM hits $51. The only thing you would have to do and check back occasionally to see if the order has been filled.

These two tools, the sell stop and buy stop are invaluable to traders especially those who are just starting out. Make this a habit from day one in your trading ALWAYS place a stop loss immediately after getting an order filled. Obey this rule and the market will never hurt you very badly youll take a hard sting every now and then, but youll stay alive to come back another day!

Chuck Cox is a Technical Writer and Industrial Scientist by professional with a background in statistics. He has used mathematical and statistical methods to invest and trade in the stock, futures, and options markets. Chuck has owned various businesses and presently operates several websites. To learn more about trading the markets, visit his website,

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Forex For Geeks

There are a number of reasons why people who are computer literate are more likely to invest in the forex market than others. Of course, that doesn't mean that fx financial products are not offered to a plethora of clients, and many who do not even have computers will invest in FX. However, the foreign exchange markets provide opportunities not available in other markets. For example:

Investment size is irrelevant - You can invest $500 or $500 million in currency trading. Of course, the size of your account may determine the psychology of your trading strategy, but there is no reason to treat small accounts different than large accounts.

Open Source Community - Forex is more open than other markets, utilizing the fix protocal for example, or the Meta Trader platform, traders can develop their strategy without spending any money, which can be saved for their trading account. There are many open source communities of other traders and systems developers that share code, ideas, tools, and much more, through online portals like Money Tec and Strategy Builder FX.

Automated Trading - Anyone in computers at least appreciates automation. So many tasks in today's world are automated we take them for granted. Your investment accounts should also be automated. Why rely on human traders that can be

Online Business - The entire business process from account opening to trade and withdrawal, is totally online. Of course brokers and businesses have physical offices in major trading areas like New York and Chicago, but that is not a requirement. You have no real advantage being across the street from the CBOT or NYSE because there isn't any FX exchange. Also it would be quite silly to strategically place your offices near your counterparties, which are large banks - because they are spread out all over the world. And even considering that point, those banks probably don't even house their servers in their main offices they are probably remote. As the FX market itself is decentralized from a trading point of view, it is technically as well, allowing participants of any sort to be anywhere, that has a stable internet connection.

Develop your own automated system - You can start from scratch, making your own FX Strategy, and test it before using live money. Or, build on the ideas of others, tweaking settings and rules to suit your needs. It can be fun, too!

Custom tailored trading - There are very few limitations to how you can run your strategy. This makes it possible to create complex money management and trading strategies. Also, fx is traded in pairs, such as EUR/USD and EUR/CHF making calculations more dynamic (whereas most other instruments are traded against local dollars. For example if you purchase shares in Microsoft MSFT, you pay in USD.)

Ultimate software business - Think about this: Most software companies write software and then sell it. They are relying on marketing efforts more than the quality of their software, to bring in results to the bottom line. If you develop a forex trading strategy or standalone software, you are actually writing software that makes money! What better bang-for-the-buck can you have than writing a money making software?

The human element - Many people think that robotics and automation is somehow inhuman, whereas the reality is quite the opposite. Remember also, that it is humans who will be writing the software. Humans will be maintaining the servers, and many other tasks associated with automatic trading. It is not a printing press by any means, and does not absolve human traders from doing their work. More than anything, robotic trading takes out the tedious process of picking perfect entry and exit points, streamlines backtesting and analysis, and simplifies the process of portfolio building. It frees up traders time to work with clients, and don't forget it takes a lot of work to make a strategy that consistently profits.

Room for more - We saw the .com bombs of the late 90's, the day trading fad that fizzled out around 2001, and other tech start up failures. We have seen the success of Amazon and Yahoo, which really are not all that revolutionary. Although it is convenient to shop at Amazon, didn't we have mail order catalogs in the 80's? We have not seen much development in the investment and trading industry, which could be a very profitable business to be in. Of course, it's impossible to convince any industrialist of the potential for profit, but many programmers have taken up forex strategy development as a part time hobby and have made many strategies that are successful. There is room for more participants in the fx market, and they do not compete. If someone makes a strategy that is better than mine, I am a likely investor in that strategy. There isn't the kind of competiiton that exists in traditional I.T. business.

A little background

Foreign Exchange trading is the trading of foreign currency from one to another, for example exchanging Euros into New Zealand Dollars. The exchange rates float, and you can exchange at one rate, wait for a change, sell at another, and have a profit or loss. This is organized by large banks, and a growing number of retail and individual traders. At the center of retail fx business are brokers who offer access to the interbank market through a number of methods and software platforms.

The forex market is decentralized, in that you have each counterparty clearing it's own trade rathar than an exchange who counterparties clear through. Brokerage firms, such as FXCM, Velocity4x, GFT, Gain Capital, and others, offer retail access to the forex markets. You can open an account with CMS Forex for as little as $200 USD! An account is either self-directed, where you do the trading, or managed, where you sign a Limited Power of Attorney to authorize another individual or company to manage your account. In a managed account situation, the trader can charge you a commission of varying structure but the account remains in your name so he cannot withdraw the funds.

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Currency Trading Tutorials-How To Choose The Right One For You!

If you are searching for the perfect currency trading tutorial for you, then you are definitely looking to learn how to trade on the foreign exchange market. I know, just the thought of being able to trade on the forex market, might get you money hungry, after all the foreign exchange market is the world's largest financial sector, which on any day may involve transactions of up to $1.8 trillion or even more. Yes, you read right, that is per day, every single day.

What exactly is currency trading? In simple terms, currency trading can be described as the trading that involves the purchase and sale of large quantities of foreign currency to leverage the shifts in relative value between the different currencies into profit. With this in mind, it can be argued that currency trading provides more opportunities and returns, which are almost impossible in all other low leverage markets, like the stock markets.

Currency trading is more commonly referred to as foreign currency trading, in short Forex trading. With the emergence of many internet brokers, it has now become easier for ordinary people to trade in currency. The funny thing is, what seems like a new way of trading for you and me has been around for ages, banks, governments, and large corporations have been exploiting this market for decades and decades.

Although, currency trading is very attractive to many individuals because of the possibilities of high returns in a short period, there tends to be a lot of risk involved with this type of trading, so it is very important that you understand what you are doing before, jumping in head first. Your success therefore solely depends on the quality of your choice of currency trading tutorials. Be very careful and picky when choosing your learning materials.

Whatever you do, make sure you really know what you are doing before you invest any of your hard earned money. If you are not too sure, don't take any chances, get yourself a dummy currency trading account so you can practice, without risking losing your money.

When looking for a good currency trading tutorial, try to select one that exposes you practically to the actual currency trading environment, or at least something close or similar to it. At the same time your course should also teach you and help you develop your own forex trading theories and ideas.

You can get more information on forex trading and currency trading tutorials on my blog. You have quite a number of choices, my blog is updated regularly.

Managed Forex Account Verses Inline Trader Trading Pools

In the information that follows I will introduce you to a unique Managed Forex Trading Account alternative and some of the benefits you may realize by investigating it further. Unless you have been living under a rock over the past few years you have seen countless numbers of programs, seminars, courses, ebooks and television commercials touting the benefits of learning how to trade the Foreign Exchange Currency Market a.k.a "Forex". In the midst of the propaganda there seems to be a realistic ability for those who invest the time to learn sound strategies and techniques to generate consistent profits through this vehicle. Where a problem arises is through the abundance of ads, promotions and marketing messages that attempt to convince consumers that there is some secret Forex Trading Software or little known Forex Trading System that will make profiting rom the Forex Market a simple task.

The reality is that prior to April 26th 2007 the only viable option for "easy Forex Profits" was through a Managed Forex Trading account. This is where a person who has no interest in learning how to become a prolific trader simply deposits funds into a Forex Trading Account and signs a Limited Power Of Attorney giving the rights to make decisions on what trades will be placed on his account to a seasoned Forex Trader. The benefits of this type of arrangement seem very obvious, the investor can simply spend their time as they choose, the trader gets access to more funds to trade with and the trader receives a management fee of somewhere between 20-35% of the profits in most cases. Here are a few of the drawbacks.

A) The trader, although only being compensated when he makes a profit, does not lose anything when he loses the investors money on a trade or series of trades. He can actually "experiment" with new trading strategies etc. if he chose to with no repercussions because he is not using his own money to trade with!

B) Generally the minimum amount it costs to get involved with a Maged Forex Trading Account is $50,000.00. This alone prohibits access to this option from smaller investors.

C) You generally never know what your returns may be, you could make x amount of profit one month, lose money the next month or more and have great months sprinkled in.

Now lets look at what happened on April 26th 2007 that changed the rules and now offers what I feel is a more viable option to a Managed Forex trading Account. On April 26th 2007 an innovative company launched it's brand and consumer awareness campaign worldwide! This pioneer is Inline Trader led by President and co-founder Kenneth Nielsen. The company's vision is, according to Nielsen, to become the largest Forex Education & Training Community in the world! Here is what makes them unique. A member has two options with Inline Trader the first is to learn the proven techniques and strategies as outlined in the Inline Trader Resource Guide to become a seasoned Forex Trader where you keep 100% of the profits you make from your own efforts. The second option is to benefit from the expertise of seasoned Forex Traders by simply depositing funds in one of three company trading pools. These trading pools are a viable alternative to Managed Forex Trading Accounts for the following reasons.

A) You can invest as little as $500 into a pool as opposed to the general minimum of $50k with a Managed Forex Trading Account.

B) There is NO management fee charged to your account by the traders so you keep 100 % of the profits they make you!

C) Unlike Managed Forex where your profits can fluctuate or actually be on existent since your account can be subject to losses with the Inline Trader Pools you get a fixed return on investment even if the traders happen to take a loss for that month! You will always know what to expect from your investments with the Inline Trader program.

D) And this is my favorite. If you choose to share Inline Trader with others you can actually receive a bonus commission a share in the profits made on behalf of those you refer every time they generate a profit from the trading pools forever!

I think the choice is clear. The Inline Trader Trading Pool is most certainly a viable alternative to a Managed Forex Trading Account. To find out more information about Inline Trader please visit

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Owen Brown is a Residual Income Specialist, leader of the fastest growing team of Inline Trader Members and the Managing Director of Elements To Wealth Dot Com He has trained a number of entrepreneurs on Forex Trading Strategies and is an avid researcher of Passive Residual Income Opportunities. Owen has the rare ability to present complex information at a level that is easy to understand.

Let's Get Started In Forex Trading

Without a doubt, Forex is gaining its popularity fast against other kind of trading. No limited market access, no liquidity issues-after market hours, zero commission fees, low capital requirements with high leverage rates, and no restrictions on short selling -- Forex can be very beneficial to a variety of people.

Before you get started, it is wise to plan well. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. A trading plan is especially crucial in Forex trading to stay 'in-control' against the emotional stress in speculative situation. Often, your emotions will blind and lead you to the negative sides: greed causes you to over-ride on a win while fear causes you to cut short in your profits. Hence, a well organized operation has to be predetermined and strictly followed.

If you are very new to Forex trading, we suggest steps as below:

1. Learn how to trade Forex.

Like any other trading business, if you are new to it, best advice you can get is to learn and practice more before you test your 'wings'. Seminars, eBooks, Internet, papers, video courses - all these are helpful to raise your confidence level before you trade with your real hard-earn dollars.

To have some feelings on the reality, beginner traders should start with demo account and paper trade Forex. Treat demo account's play money as real money and trade with cautions. Some traders never take their demo account money seriously. In return, they became ignorance in studying the numbers and do not take win/loss seriously. This may turn into a very bad habit which then caused bad effects on one's trading skills.

2. Selecting a Forex broker.

There are many Forex brokers to choose from, just as in any other market. When you are browsing for Forex, ask questions below:

Does the FX broker offer low spread value? Is the FX broker registered with related authorizations such as FCM? What kind of tools does the FX broker provides? What kind of margin options are there? Does the FX broker provides live customer supports? Does the FX broker offers demo account for beginner traders?

If you do not have sufficient capital, check whether the FX broker offers mini account that requires low startup funds.

Getting a good and reliable Forex brokers is very crucial. In fact they may be the one who affect your winning or losing. Besides being honest in every transaction with you, a good dealer should also provide professional advice, appropriate trading system, as well as related education. All these are useful in maintaining your risk which then secures your win in Forex trading.

3. Avoid Forex trader's common mistakes.

Avoid trading with your emotions, avoid over trading your account, avoid over-staying at your positions, avoid bad money management, avoid risking what you cannot afford in Forex trading, avoid a margin call ...Forex trading involved a lot of risks and there are lots of mistakes that small investors like you and me cannot afford to make.

One of the key mistakes among Forex traders is overleveraging.

Leverage is the key for profiting in Forex. Forex dealers often allow their clients to trade with high margin. Margin trading refers to the leverage amount given to the traders to make purchase in the FOREX market. Typical FOREX margins can go up to 100 to 1 or even 200 to 1 where traders are given the power to buy 100 to 200 times more than what they can afford. With high leverage rates in Forex market, traders often find themselves controlling a big sum of money with a little cash put on the table.

Yes, margin trading might sounds attractive as 1,000 cash in a 200 to 1 margin rates account will have the power of purchasing currency worth $200,000. It magnifies the ROI of the trades with less money outlay on the table. But, as most experts say, leverage is a two way street. The brokers want you to use high leverage because that means more spread income because your position size determines the amount of spread income; the bigger the position the more spread income the broker earns. Not to forget the market does not always go in the direction you want, leveraging can magnifies your ROI in your Forex trade but it as well can turn your losses big.

With the explanation given to the general issues of Forex trading, I hope that you get what you want to read about Forex trading. The return of FOREX trading can be very lucrative but the risk lie beneath is equally great. Invest smartly, and I wish you all the best in the trading world.

Teddy, experienced writter and webmaster. Check out his new work and get basic Forex education at

Use of Stop and Reverse (SAR) in the Forex Markets

Stops and reverses are important. Think of it like this. Why do you use stops? Because your prediction or analysis of the markets suggest that the stop area is the price in the markets from where the market can turn. If this is not the reason than why does one use stops? With this analysis of the forex markets or any other form of markets rises another question. Should we use reverses. The only question you will ask at this point is what if the second stop is hit and the result is two trades in a loss? I have often been asked this question and my answer is that if you are too scared to take the losses in trading than you should not trade. Taking profits and not the losses is like breathing in and not breathing out. The whole process of respiration has to be completed. Think of the reverse as a new trade.

The important thing I want to emphasis on again is money management. Two trades with low risk will not hurt you as much as one big loss. Keep the losses small and risk only 1-2% of your account in any given trade. The strategies I give my clients are low risk opportunities so that they can keep their losses low. So reverse your direction with the stop only where it is advised and keep the risk to absolute low. There is no such thing as no risk in the markets. We always look at the risk and reward ratio and positive expectancy.

Adnan Kaleemi is a Registered Commodity Trading Advisor and has been advising Forex traders all over the world in more than 60 countries for the last five years. He is currently registered with the commodity and futures trading commission in the US. He reaches global forex traders providing forex stop and reverse strategies and forecasts in the major currency pairs EURUSD,GBPUSD,USDJPY and USDCHF along with money management techniques. At you will find informative articles, newsletters and other tools which will help transform your Forex Trading.

Trading Small Stocks - Things to Consider

Historically smaller stocks outperform larger stocks. However, at the same time many more smaller stocks have fallen by the wayside than the larger more established stocks. As a reference point, a small stock is considered any stock with a market cap under 1 billion while a larger stock is a stock with a market cap over 5 billion. A company's market cap is (current stock price x current shares outstanding).

Investing in small cap stocks is a way to increase your investment return, but you should keep a few important factors in mind. One of the most important things to consider is liquidity. Many small companies do not trade very many shares each day. The drawback of this is that the stock will likely be very volatile and have a large bid-ask spread (the difference between what you can buy the stock for and what you can sell the stock for). Even if the stock is a great company it may be difficult to buy and sell shares without moving the stock price up or down against you. My rule of thumb is to look for stocks that are averaging at least 100,000 shares being traded each day.

Another factor to consider when buying a small stock is the risk of dilution. Dilution is when a company issues more shares to obtain cash for growth and operations. If done properly, issuing new shares can help a company's growth and profitability. However, if shares are issued unnecessarily or too quickly it can literally cut profits in half. Let me give you an example: A company has 20 million shares outstanding and it is earning 20 million dollars a year. The earnings per share of this company is $1.00 per share ($20,000,000 / 20,000,000 shares). Ok, but the company is planning a big expansion and it now needs to issue 20 million more shares. The earnings per share is now $.50 per share ($20,000,000 / 40,000,000 shares). After issuing the new shares, the company has to double its profits just to get back to $1.00 per share earnings.

The third thing to watch for when trading small stocks is inside ownership. Inside owners are people that work for the company that also own stock in the company. If key people that work at a company do not have a lot of shares in the company, find out why. When a company's key employees have a significant amount of shares in the company they are likely confident in the future growth of the company. In addition, it is in their best interests to help the company succeed. Keep an eye out for any insiders that sell a large portion of their shares. This can often be a very negative sign.

Finally, when investing in small companies make sure they are reporting financial statements in a timely matter, if they are reporting them at all. Don't rely solely on news releases to find out about a company. If financial statements are not available it is easier for people to create news to manipulate a stock's price. This is especially true of very low priced stocks as it is much easier to accumulate a lot of shares. Personally, I will not invest in a company that does not provide access to financial statements. While there may be other factors to consider, following these 4 suggestions when buying small cap stocks will greatly increase your chances of success.

Learn more about investing at, a free investment website. Alan Reisch has a degree in finance and has spent many years working with investments, both personally and profesionally.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Using a Real Estate Agent in Bangkok

Should you trust Real Estate Agents in Bangkok? Well, as a real estate agent myself of course I will say yes. I have yet to meet a real estate agent in Bangkok who I wouldnt trust if I were a customer. Of course, as a competing agent, the majority I wouldnt trust. Unfortunately, those who I have had bad experience with have all been Thai, who more often than not want to cut the other party out. However, I have co-brokered very successfully with a number of foreign run agencies in Bangkok.

Having good work ethics within the real estate broker group will ultimately be profitable. All brokers in Bangkok deal with the whole of Bangkok, not a specific area, so we are all treading on each others feet. However, with such a broad area to cover, there are of course thousands of properties for sale or rent. Having co-brokered successfully with a small number of my competing estate agents, I can confidently ask for their assistance if I dont have the specific property that my customer is looking for.

Buying a property in Bangkok is, unlike most other things, very easy. The actual transfer of title deed takes just a few hours. The title deed itself will show if there is any mortgage or other loan on the property, as details of these must be written into the deed. Hence, it is not difficult to check the owners right to sell. Most people dont even employ a solicitor, although it doesnt cost much in Thailand and so you might as well for peace of mind. In fact, you could see a condo that you like on Monday morning, and own it by the close of business the same day.

If you have experienced difficultly with an estate agent in Bangkok, please let me know, I would be interested to see where the problems lie.

You can email me on or look on our website,

Neil Simmons, a co-director for Ideal Homes Real Estate, has been living in Bangkok for nearly 7 years and worked in the real estate market in Bangkok for the past 4 years. The company website,, will give you an idea of what Neil does.

Forex Trading Style- 7 Essential Indicators You Need

When developing your own forex trading style, there is a danger in becoming fascinated with indicators. The newer trader experiments with one, finds it doesn't work so well, then switches to another, then another, etc.

The list below highlights 7 key indicators that can be woven into your forex trading style. You may not need to go any further than this. Stick with the 7, practice them, get to know them inside out, and get the satisfaction of developing your own successful forex trading style.

#1: Candlesticks

Watch for a hammer, doji, head and shoulders pattern, 1-2-3 formation, double top or bottom.

#2: Trendlines

Draw common sense trendlines across the highs in a downtrend or lows in an uptrend. Watch for price to break the trendline and come back and test it.

#3: MACD

Watch for a difference between the highs and lows of MACD and price. When there is divergence watch closely for a good entry point once price has shifted in the direction of the divergence.

#4: 200 EMA

This indicator is an all time favorite for traders across the board. On higher time frames (1 hour, 4 hour, daily) take note whether price is above or below the 200 EMA to give you the sense of price direction.

#5: Pivot points

Take note of previous support and resistance lines as price will come back to retest these levels time and time again.

#6: Fibonacci

Learn how to use this tool well and take particular note of the 50 and 62 retracement levels, especially when they coincide with trendlines or previous support/resistance.

#7 Price Itself

Let price prove to you where it wants to go by setting entry orders rather than market orders when entering a trade. By setting an entry order, price has to reach the target you specify before pulling you into the trade.

Using Technical Indicators

It is important to acknowledge the probability that no indicator on its own is a good enough reason for entering or exiting a trade.

Your individual Forex trading style will evolve in time as you become familiar with the key indicators and probably rely heavily on just 2 or 3 out of the 7. However, it is crucial to get a combination factor when considering a trade. Ask questions such as:

  • While one indicator may show a clear signal, how do the other indicators line up?
  • Is that one signal running against the general conclusion drawn from the other indicators?

This is where your skill as a trader comes in as you assess the clues the indicators give and make a decision based on your perception and experience in the market.

Only time and practice can give you that. Once you are familiar with the top 7 indicators, spend most of your time and energy on developing the emotional and mental disciplines necessary for successful trading. This will eventually make up the most important part of your Forex trading style.

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Forex Trading - Understand Your Principles

Forex trading has been growing rapidly among day traders since the 1990s, as day traders have seen the advantages that trading currencies can have over trading stocks. However, since there are fewer currencies for beginners to purchase over the large number of stocks available, forex trading can be much more difficult for a newcomer to learn and master. Still, there are some basic principles that someone new to forex trading should learn, and these concepts may even be helpful to the experienced trader.

The first principle of forex trading is to understand that trading is an investment, not an income. If you are looking to constantly boom in forex trading, then you may need to do a reassessment. forex trading, like other forms of trading, allows you to make a good return on your initial capital annually. However, during that year you need to expect some ups and downs in your forex trading. You could even have several months where you have consecutive losses. It is probably in your best interest to have another source of income while you do forex trading.

Another area where beginners sometimes find themselves frustrated is that they try to predict the forex trading markets. Thousands of traders have influence over the forex trading markets, along with politics and economic events, so there is no way to predict which way the market will move. There are some types of analysis that may provide an educated guess into market flow when doing forex trading, but they are not always reliable. Do not be discouraged, though, by the fact that you may lose on more trades that you gain on, as using sound money management can help you be successful with forex trading.

Making money from forex trading means that you need to make enough to cover your losses and gain profit to increase capital. When forex trading, you will need to allow your money-making trades ride while knowing when to cut your losses as soon as possible. forex trading means learning some finesse, as there can be a fine line where you will want to wait a little for the market to turn in your favor on your losing trades and also making sure you do not take your profit to soon on your better trades.

One way to handle your forex trading is to use a tested system and a money management strategy. There is no room for emotion when forex trading, so you will need to use a business-like approach that has been tested on market data. Using a tested approach will save you a lot of stress when forex trading. Also, using a sound money management strategy will allow you to use your capital in the best way when forex trading so that you can maximize profit and avoid major losses.

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Stock Trading - Its Pros and Cons

Are you familiar with the buy and sell business?

This is how stock trading works. The issuance of new stock shares of the different companies throughout the world is an important activity for the business oriented people in line with the trading business. The bottom line for this is simple, and that is in order to raise capital and invest in the business.

With the advent of the Internet, trading is even made easier and possible for everyone who wants to engage in the business. You can also have the access to receive everyday update regarding the status of your stock trading venture.

Stock trading is known to all. However, most of the people are not aware of its main advantages that it can offer them. On the other hand, there are also some drawbacks that you have to expect in stock trading. Like any other kinds of businesses, stock trading has its pros and cons. We have to know them one-by-one to take advantage or avoid them.


•    Sure returns
This is particularly true for active stock trading. You can benefit from better returns with stock trading instead of just buying and holding your investment.

•    Variety of Choices
The web world offers wide variety of stocks that you can choose from. As much as possible you have to try finding stocks with moving prices.

•    Familiarity
Most of the stocks that are presented in the net are more or less familiar to you. It takes a little time and effort for you to understand each of them.


•    Leverage
It is a manifested flaw of stock trading. The leverage for this trading is much lower as compared to the Forex or future trading.

•    Rule on Short Selling
It makes the trader wait for quite long until a stock price ticks up before they will have a chance to short sell it. This limits profit gaining of a trader. This policy cannot be found in Forex trading.

•    Costs
The price is slightly incomparable to other forms of trading. This makes stock trading virtually impossible for anyone. It will really require you some amount before you can start on investing.

Each of the types of trading system like Stock, Forex and Future also show pros and cons. As a wise trader it is just up to you to think about it. Better if you will assess it properly before you slot in any kind of system.

Khieng 'Ken' Chho - Online Stock Trading Resources. For realted articles and other resources, visit Ken's website:

Mini Forex Trading - Starting The Smart Way

Forex Trading is dominated by big banks and financial institutions to the extent of about 95 percent of FX trading of about $3 trillion. The rest is accounted for by individual traders.

There have been some valid reasons for the absence of individual players in forex market unlike stock market. Lack of education, proper trading facilities, a regulated forex market and lack of security are some of the main factors responsible for this.

An added reason for the absence of small traders in forex exchange market has been the relatively a larger amount of money to start with. The perception has been that one needs a considerable amount of money to start exchange trading.

The international fx trading atmosphere has undergone a tremendous change over some previous years. There is more and more free educational material available online; many websites provide free forex training; there has been some regulation in the US for the protection of small forex traders; more trading platforms and software have become available etc.

One considerable change has been the introduction of mini forex trading. Individual traders have got a big boost with this new tool. Small traders can now open so called mini accounts with as little as $50-$100 and start playing the forex market.

With mini forex trading, forex market is no longer a monopoly of major banks, multinational companies and financial institutions. The number of individual traders has steadily been increasing. It is expected that in future this number will only be going up.

Mini Forex trading offers so many benefits to small traders. Apart from very small amounts of capital, one can start quickly and with expert guidance. There are so many forex trading platforms available. One should always compare and choose the best one.

It should be understood that forex trading like any other form of trading is full of risks. One needs to practice for some time before starting real trading. Most of the trading platforms provide facilities for free demo or practice trading. One should take full advantage of this facility before starting actual trading.

Many people have had success after a lot of practice. Caution is the name of the game in any type of trading. One big advantage of forex trading is that because of the vastness of this market, there are few scams as compared to stock markets. Insider information so rampant in stock trading is negligible.

Given the risks in forex trading, one can start small. This will not only reduce the risks but also enable one to test the waters first before starting big. Starting small does not mean less scope for big profits. The leverage factor is equally available to big as well as small trading.

In order to learn more about mini forex trading, one can follow this link for one of the best sites for online paper trading.

The author has background in business, economics and finance. He is presently researching in finding ways to make money and working on the following website and blogs:

Successful Options Trading Strategies

When it comes to giving people the hope of becoming a millionaire overnight, the stock market excels. Every day we see evidence of stocks that have flown upwards as if they had wings, providing investors with a windfall of profits. It's inevitable that catching one of those stocks just before it takes off is an exciting possibility, inspiring the beginning trader to take the plunge. When you trade options, the stakes are raised, making those massive profits even more attainable, but the basics that underlie successful trading in the stock market are the same as those for trading options.

Once you start to look at trading stocks, you find yourself plunged into a confusing nightmare where hundreds if not thousands of people are pushing "their" system that is supposedly infallible. For a beginner, it's easy to get drawn into the complex net, believing that there must be a simple solution that will hand you the keys to stock market success. These keys will see you finding winner after winner, and making your fortune.

The reality, however, is that there are no keys that will find a winner every time. After all, if that was possible, how could anyone ever lose any money in the market? And if nobody loses, then how can someone else gain? The whole stock market would collapse.

Having said that, there are a number of very successful trading systems that work well over the long term. It's important to realize that a winning system is one that consistently delivers profit over a longer time frame - and part of the equation is that a percentage of trades will be losers. Once you learn to look at the bigger picture, rather than focusing on the individual trades, you'll be a lot more successful in the market.

There are a couple of approaches to the market that are popular across many systems. One is to take small losses when they happen, and let your winners run. So you might take six little losses, which are more than compensated for by one huge gain. This type of approach takes a lot of confidence and self-discipline, as it's very easy to give up if those six little losses all happen in a row, without a winner in sight.

Another approach is to take your profits after a certain percentage of gain, and occasionally put up with a medium sized loss. This system is nice if you like to see profits, because you don't run the risk of a stock that's risen suddenly dropping again and wiping out your profit - you took your profit early. However you also run the risk that the stock will continue to fly upwards and you miss out on that profit. This system can be risky, because you need a number of small profitable trades to cover one of the losses.

If you can't make up your mind which approach suits you, why not try more than one? You can always split your capital over a couple of portfolios, and use a different strategy for each portfolio. This can be time consuming, but at least you can then make a logical comparison of the choices and decide which one has worked best for you.

It's also important not to abandon your system the second you see a trade making a loss. Far too many traders think that they're only successful if every trade is a winner, which is ridiculous. Then the trader switches to another system, messes around with that for a while, sees a loss, and switches again. You need to find a system that gives you a good overall return, and stick to it. The more you chop and change, the higher your chances of losing more.

Most of the success that comes with trading comes from one source - and it's not the perfect trading system. It's all about you. Trading is more about psychology than watching the charts. You need to have the right character to be a successful trader. Self discipline, confidence, the ability to see the bigger picture, accepting losses as part of the game, controlling your fear and greed - all of these elements work together to make you a successful trader.

If you can identify a system that delivers a consistent profit, and have the discipline to stick with it even when an individual trade loses, then your chances of success are high. And remember - it's always good to start with pretend trades to get the hang on things, before you commit your life savings to the market.

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The Big Business Of Forex Online Trading

The daily transactions on the Forex, or foreign exchange markets, are so vast that they dwarf the total amount of money invested in stock markets across the globe. With over two trillion dollars in daily volume, the Forex is the most significant of the global monetary marketplaces

Since the introduction of the Euro to the world currency mix, the Forex has seen exponential growth. Add the rise of the Internet, and what had been the exclusive domain of the worlds great banks, financial institutions and super wealthy with at least a million dollars to invest became available to small investors who had PCs, Internet connections, and a few thousands of dollars in risk capital.

There is a very wide mix of entities, from individual brokers to corporations to governments, engaged in currency dealing through Forex online trading. And the currency market, because it does not operate form a single physical exchange like the NYSE, is ideal for Forex online trading. There are, of course, cites around the globe with large numbers of Forex brokers, and the advent of Forex online trading has connected all of them electronically. Forex online trading is now conducted around the clock every day of the year.

Forex Pre-Internet
In pre-Internet days, Forex business was conducted over the telephone and the only way in which individual investors could participate was to go to their bank and have a banker place their currency trade, or phone the bank to request that it be placed. For most of its history, the currency market saw very little individual involvement.

But Forex online trading has changed all that. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of individual investors have taken advantage of their around-the-clock online access and, just like larger institutions, are now engaging in Forex online trading twenty-four hours a day. Geography no longer matters, because business hours are always ongoing somewhere in the world.

Forex Trading Today
Forex traders can now have a hands-on role in their investments by continually observing market trends so that they can close their Forex online trading positions when the market turns against them. Forex online trading has also benefited from improvements in encryption technology, making investors feel more secure about having money online.

Forex online trading, in short, has become big business. And every big business will eventually spawn cottage business; Forex online trading is not different. There are now hundreds of websites offering advice and software designed to improve an investors chance of success in the Forex online trading game.

But you should make sure, before you decide to give your money to any Forex online trading site, that its software is compatible with your PCs operating system. And take the time to comparison shop for commission fees. Youd be surprised to know how widely they can vary among brokers. And above all else, find out how the broker intends to let withdraw your Forex online trading earnings.

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Tips on Finding the Best Brokers for the Forex Market

Finding the best broker that meets your needs is an essential element to success when trading in the Forex, or foreign exchange currency, market. You will probably have a long-standing relationship with your broker, so you want to invest some time at the beginning and locate a broker that you can effectively work with. When choosing a Forex broker, there are some important guidelines to consider.

Because you will most likely be opening up a practice or a demo account, you want to find a broker that offers or includes one. In addition, you also want to see if there is a variety of training and resources available for you to access. If you are planning to use a broker primarily through the Internet, you should be able to go to their website and see what resources are available. A good broker wants long-term educated clients, and they will provide you with resources to help you succeed.

Because most of your interaction will be done online, this is a good place to start when choosing a broker. You should spend some time reading message forums, joining email groups, and becoming part of online communities about Forex. You should start to see broker referrals, and you can ask people for referrals as well. If several people have had a good experience with a broker, chances are the broker may be a good fit for you. Any type of positive reference from a prior or present client can help put you in touch with a good broker.

Another important consideration is the amount of margin the broker is willing to offer you. Margin refers to the amount of currency you are able to trade in comparison to what you have. For example, if your broker offers a 1% margin, you will be able to trade $100,000 in currency for every $10,000 you have in your account. You should try to find a broker that will offer you the most margin for your money.

The accessibility of your broker is also a key factor when selecting someone to meet Forex trading needs. You should be able to reach your broker by phone, in addition to email. Your broker should be readily available. In addition, you may want to see if there will be other brokers who can fill in if your broker is not available.

Of course, trust is probably the biggest factor when choosing a broker, which is why referrals and references are so important. Do some outside research on your broker and the company they are with before you commit to opening an account. Your broker should also be able to provide references if you ask, which can assist you in building your level of trust.

While you might have to spend some time finding the best broker for you, the time and effort will pay off. A broker who you can work with will be a main component in helping you become successful with Forex trading. If you choose well, your broker will become an advisor you can trust to help you succeed with Forex trading in the years to come.

Amy Wells is an enthusiast of forex trading and writes and reports on consumer finance issues. You can get more information on choosing a forex broker at =>

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

How To Choose The Correct Forex Trading Software For You

Just like with stock trading, there are a large number of software programs you can use to make your foray into the foreign currency exchange markets. You will find that you have two basic choices, either web based or desktop based programs. Which way you choose to go is entirely up to you. If you travel a lot you may want to opt for the web-based variety instead of having to haul around a laptop and trying to find a good Internet connection for it.

Most of the more reputable Forex brokers offer software programs to their clients at no charge, however the software they provide is usually very rudimentary at best and you may have to pay more to get the features you really need. This is another issue to consider when choosing a broker to handle your exchange business. Many Forex websites have free demo accounts available which will allow you to experiment before you get locked in with one company or spend your money on something you don't like.

Since the Forex market is constantly changing and evolving you will also want a software program that changes with it. Another issue that is absolutely crucial to your success in the Forex markets is a super fast Internet connection. If you do not have DSL, at a minimum you will have a tough time. I recommend broadband. If you have dial up just forget about it. I will tell you again that you need the fastest Internet connection you can afford.

Another really important issue when considering a Forex software program is security. As a rule, web based software programs are much more secure than the ones that you install on your desktop. The problem with desktop software is that it opens you up to a wide range of possible security breaches that could possibly leave your personal financial information vulnerable. Not only do you have the issue of viruses and Trojans, but you are also opening yourself up to loss of data due to hard drive crashes. When you add the possibility of hackers getting into your system, that adds even more skepticism about using desktop based programs.

With web based software programs the majority of the security and maintenance issues will be taken care of by the software provider. Internet based Forex software systems are hosted on secure servers with the most secure encryption technology available. In addition to the security issue is the protection of having all of your information backed up so it won't be lost.

As I mentioned in the beginning of the article, another great benefit of web-based software is that it is available from anywhere in the world that you can get Internet access. This is the way I chose to go since I do a great deal of traveling and I liked the fact that the software is constantly updated so I don't have to always upload a new version to my computer.

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as FX currency trading at

Forex Trading - 4 Common Myths Guaranteed To Make You Lose

I read a lot of good information online to do with forex trading but most of the information I read is rubbish, yet many forex traders believe it. The myths I am going to cover here are mostly spread by so called market gurus and system sellers, so lets look at them.

First of all before we look at the myths, lets answer a question: Why do vendors and gurus spread them, if they know they wont make money? The answer is they make money out of them - by selling systems and courses that dont work for the user, but earn the vendor lots of money. These people simply appeal to the greed and naivety of novice forex traders. Lets look at a few forex trading myths that are guaranteed to lose you money.

1. Day Trading Works

If it does, why do you never see a day trading track record that has made money? Because of course it doesnt work, yet vendors continually sell them backed by a hypothetical track record - thats a track record based upon KNOWING the market prices! Well we can all make money doing that.

They sell their systems and dont trade them because they havent got the confidence to trade their system because they know it wont make money, but they know some mug will believe it and buy the system. For the record - all short term volatility is random and prices can and do go anywhere in a day, so trading daily ranges is doomed to failure.

2. Markets move to a scientific law

Well if they did, there would be no market, as we would all know the price in advance! Duh? This is obvious to anyone, yet people still fall for the myth of scientific theories such as Elliot wave, or the Fibonacci number sequence. Elliot wave says markets move scientifically, yet gives no objective theory to make money! Well that gets rid of that theory, lets look at another favourite: The Fibonacci number sequence. This was actually based on the copulation of rabbits and had nothing to do with finance, but was hijacked by the investment community and the myth was born.

It actually predicts nothing in financial markets and the levels break, as often as they hold - If you dont believe this, try and see how quickly you lose your money. Apart from the fact these scientific theories cant work, you have to wonder if it was that easy to make money with them, why the vendor will sell it to you, for a few hundred dollars, when he could keep quite and earn millions.

3. Buy Low Sell High Will Make You Money

Try it and you will lose. No one can predict where a low point will bottom and when a high point will be reached. If you try and predict you are hoping that levels break or hold and the market will kill you. If you want to win dont try and predict, act on the confirmation of a level holding and that means looking at price momentum.

4. You can earn a regular income

No you cant. You have seen the ads earn $3,000 a month, 20 pips a day etc this myth doesnt need any explaining its obvious its not true and anyone who falls for it, deserves what they get an empty account. If you want to win at forex trading make sure you dont fall for any of the above myths everyone of them will ensure you lose your money.

The Good News is:

When you trade you take money off losing traders so if they believe the above forex myths it increases your chances of currency trading success!


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Technical Analysis - Using Support & Resistance Correctly

If you are trading with technical analysis one of the keys to making longer term profits is being able to use support and resistance to make profits.

Most novice traders however fail to trade with support and resistance correctly so here are some tips.

1. Support and resistance does not work in short time periods

Most novice traders try using support and resistance in daily periods Forget it, you will lose.


Because these levels are totally meaningless.

Trillions of dollars a day are traded by millions of participants and to say that support and resistance is valid in such short time frames as a day or a few hours is laughable.

The only people who take notice of these levels are the small losing minority of day traders.

Dont believe me?

Ask any day trader for a real time track record of profits using support and resistance and you wont get one.

Volatility is random in short time frames and therefore any technical indicator you try to use wont work.

Novices try day trading and lose and wonder why, they need to get educated study volatility and standard deviation.

2. Support and Resistance Test and Time Span

Generally you want several tests (the more the better) and gaps between the tests.

The more tests you have the better, this means that traders will generally pay attention to them and when they hold are or broken.

However, when looking for support on resistance dont just use the daily chart Look at the weekly chart which will give you the bigger picture.

3. A Great Trade set up

Is when you get critical support and resistance on the longer weekly chart lining up with similar levels on the daily chart These levels are very significant and you should look to trade them.

4. The Biggest mistake made by novice traders

The biggest mistake made by novice traders is they simply see support and resistance levels and trade into them and hope the market reacts in the way they want.

You will never make money this way -you must have price momentum in your favor.

Price momentum must support the way you are going to trade and we will look at this in more detail in part 2 of this article.


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FOREX Trading - 10 Mistakes Novice Traders Make

Enclosed are 10 mistakes novice traders make and they help over 90% of novice traders lose all their money. Make any of them in forex trading and odds are you will lose to.

Here are 10 mistakes you must avoid to win in online forex trading:

1. Day Trade

Simply the best way to lose in Forex trading.

The logic doesnt work.

This should be obvious to a child, let alone grown adults!

Yet, more novice traders than ever try this dumb way of trading.

We have written numerous articles on this, if you still want to day trade read them.

2. Consult a guru

There are some people who sell advice that is good, but 90% of it is not worth the money.

If you do buy advice make sure you understand the logic and can follow it with discipline.

There are very few gurus that can help you and the best way is to do it on your own.

Success comes from within.

3. Get a broker assisted account

If brokers were good at trading they wouldnt be brokers, they would be making money for themselves.

Sure, they can give you convincing stories, but stories dont make money.

Getting market direction right does and the odds of your broker doing this are slim.

4. I can trade a Demo account so now I can make money

So you can make money paper trading with no money and place orders?

Big deal.

Fact is, paper trading is easy there is no pressure, as there is no money on the line.

Trading is an emotional ride and when money comes into the equation paper traders crumble as easily as traders who have not used a demo account.

5. Trade to frequently

Many traders think if their not in the market they will miss a move.

They trade for the sake of it and dont have the odds on their side.

Only trade high odds trades, they cannot be hurried.

Be patient.

6. Mix fundamentals and technical inputs

A great way to lose.

You are either one or the other you cannot combine the two.

7. Chase your tail

Many traders constantly chop and change systems.

They have a perfectly good system they could have stayed with but get bored and swap and then they do the same with the next system.

Get a system and stick with it.

8. Over leverage

They over leverage on trades and get wiped out.

To win at online forex trading you need to play great defense, as well as great offense.

Protect what you have above all else.

All trades are equal, dont fall in love with a trade.

In fact, the ones that look best and are the most comfortable to trade, often turn out to be losers.

9. Avoiding risk and creating it

Traders are so obsessed with avoiding risk they create it, by having stops to close and trailing them to quickly.

By trying to restrict risk they create it, by guaranteeing they will be stopped out and never riding a big profitable trade.

Forex trading is all about taking risk calculated risks, when the odds are in your favor and making sure you dont get stopped out by normal market volatility.

Learn about volatility and standard deviation, if you want to know why this is so important.

10. Try and have to many inputs

Many traders look for the perfect system and the more complicated it is the more likely it is to succeed.

After all 10 indicators are better than 2.

Not so, in fact the more inputs you have the less likely the system is to succeed.

There are more elements of the system to break it.

In forex trading simple systems beat more complicated ones and most of the worlds top traders only use very few inputs.

Dont try and be clever and complicated, or you will lose.

Final words

Above you have 10 common errors forex traders make.

If you make any of them your chances of losing will be increased dramatically.


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