Although it can be tempting to whip out your credit card and take advantage of a strong upward trend in your favorite currency, failure to manage your money properly will leave you broke faster than you can say “sell, sell, SELL!!”
Forex trading, just like any other form of investment, is not a guaranteed money maker 100% of the time. Professional investors know this, and they know that some of their trades *will* lose money. The reason they’re still successful is that they plan for these losses accordingly so that in the long term they remain profitable.
Consider this example: a new trader finds a forex trading system that proves 75% successful, definitely a system to hold on to. What this means is that out of every 100 trades, 75 will generate a profit. The problem lies in not knowing which of the trades will be successful and which will cause a loss. What if the first 25 trades executed with this system generate losses, while the next 75 generate profit? If the trader has not practiced money management wisely he may have lost his entire investment capital on those first 25 trades.
The more aggressive forex trader will no doubt claim that the only way to big profits in a short period of time is to risk more of your capital, but in essence all he is doing is gambling. Indeed, an aggressive forex trader may get lucky and hit ten profitable trades in a row generating a very nice profit, but what happens if the next 19 trades all generate losses? If he’s still wagering large sums of money on each trade he’ll soon be back to where he started from, or more likely in an even worse predicament.
A disciplined forex trader will only risk a smaller percentage of his or her investment capital on each trade. Sure, the profits will be smaller in the short term compared to a more aggressive trader, but when the downturn hits (and it most definitely will), the forex trader practicing wise money management will be able to weather the storm far better than the aggressive trader.
It may not be the most exciting of strategies, but you’re not in the forex trading business for thrills, you’re in it to generate consistent profits. Using anything other than wise money management when investing in the forex market is simply gambling, and if you want to gamble then you’re better off at the casino. Even professional poker players, widely labeled as gamblers by spectators, employ money management systems. They realize that they can’t possibly win every single tournament they enter, so instead of risking their entire bankroll on one game they risk only a percentage at each one. This allows them to recover far more quickly when their losing streaks hit. Those that don’t practice money management quickly find themselves playing Crazy Eights instead.
In conclusion, don’t let the promise of quick riches cloud your judgment. Forex trading is not a get-rich-quick scheme; it’s an investment vehicle that can provide healthy profits for those who manage their money wisely. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.