Once you have learned the basics of Forex trading and have started to get your feet wet in the markets, you are going to want to ramp up your game. And that means finding and properly employing proven Forex trading strategies.
The first step to doing this is to become intimately acquainted with your chosen Forex trading system (the online platform provided by your Forex broker for making trades). The reason this is important is that the various strategies will use different types of trade orders, like limit orders, stop loss orders, market orders, etc.
You can find the best trading strategy out there, but if you do not know how to effectively and efficiently use your trading platform, you will just be running in circles. You would be surprised how many new traders try to employ advanced strategies without first fully understanding their trading platform. It's just human nature to be impatient, I guess.
The next step is to accurately identify and accept what kind of trader you are. If you work a full time job and are doing Forex trading on the side, you are going to want to focus on long-term trading strategies that only require you to check charts and results a couple times a day. If you are unemployed, work from home or just have a lot of free time on your hands, then a short-term trading strategy requiring you to check charts and results as often as every minute will be more exciting and potentially more profitable.
Whatever you do, do not make the mistake of thinking you can handle a short-term strategy if you do not have sufficient free time to really do so. Employing such a strategy and then failing to keep up with it will result in losses, discouragement and failure.
After you have become familiar with your trading platform, identified what kind of strategies you need to focus on (short or long-term), and have found a specific strategy to employ you need to test that strategy. Do not just throw money at something without knowing whether or not it will work.
You accomplish this review of given strategies using a process known as backtesting.
Backtesting can be pretty simple, or very in-depth. It just depends on how much you want to put into it. But the basics of backtesting consist of going over trading charts as far back as possible to make sure that every time certain conditions were met, your chosen strategy directed in successful trades.
See, it really is not that hard to start doing well at Forex trading. You just need put in some effort, be determined and be consistent.