By admin | January 26, 2009 - 10:55 am - Posted in Articles

Some investors love the stock market. They live and breathe equities: the excitement, the passion, the devastation of loss, the victory. Some like the options and futures markets, feeling it takes more skill than equities. And, there are some that prefer the global aspects of the FOREX.

But no matter what you prefer, you come across again and again the problem of whether you should trade with the trend, or trade for range. The impact of which method is chosen affects your chance of success, and, the reason we’re all here, your wallet (or purse as the case may be).

But those dealing in the FOREX have a unique advantage in that the market responds well to both styles of trading. So, what exactly is trading trend and range? Let’s take a look.

Following the crowd

Put simply, a trend is the direction a market, or the price of a single asset, takes. Trends vary from short, to long, to longer and to even longer or shorter.

There are trend identifiers that can tell you which way the wind is blowing. The simplest, and probably the best, method is to look at the higher lows in an uptrend and the lower highs when the market or asset is in a downtrend. There are other methods of course. For example, some investors like to define a trend as “a deviation from a range as indicated by the Bollinger Band.” What’s a Bollinger Band, you ask? It’s a band plotted two standard deviations away from a simple moving average.

But in the end, it doesn’t matter how you define it or look at it because the goal is the same: to make money by buying in on a trend early and holding on until the trend gives out and starts slowing. Most traders use tight stop trade orders (an order to buy or sell a security when its price surpasses a certain point), to limit their risk.

This method of trend trading can have huge payoffs. Leverage in the FOREX, because of its size and 24 hour trading, is typically 100:1, meaning that you only need to put down $1 of margin to get $100 worth of currency control. Given that the stock market is 2:1 and the futures market which is usually 25:1, you can see why you can make a huge amount of money with trend trading in the FOREX.

The Long Term

But trend trading isn’t for everybody. It takes discipline, with many traders meeting 20 or even 30 stop calls before they can catch a trend. If you get emotional about it and try to fight the market, you could lose your shirt.

That’s where range trading comes in. The range trader doesn’t care about direction. He trades knowing that no matter where the currency goes, it will come back to where it started. Range trading is based on the theory that prices will trade at the same levels many times, and the range trader will be there to gather up those profits from the oscillations in price.

But range trading isn’t free and clear either. A range trader will have to have a lot of money they are willing to risk to put the practice into play successfully. But, with more money (in the case of the FOREX, more leverage), there’s more chance of the trader’s enemy (i.e. emotion) coming into play. Positions can go against you many times in a row before you get a profit, and many traders just don’t have the stomach to watch their hard earned cash dwindling while they hang on to the idea of profits in the future. Also, if you’re not careful, with more than a few losses in a row you could trigger a margin call before you’ve had a chance for the currency to produce profits for you.

But, don’t despair. Many FOREX dealers have come up with a solution: they allow you to trade in mini-lots. By trading in mini-lots you can withstand many more drawdowns before triggering a stop order. This allows you to withstand more losses in a row before a margin call is issued.

One or the Other

Regardless of which method the trader chooses, the FOREX market is ready and able for both. As long as the trader remains disciplined and realizes that there will be some losses no matter what they do, they will improve their chances of fattening their bank accounts.

Kevin Davis has been investing online for 10 years and just recently started looking into expanding his investments into the FOREX market. To learn more about Kevin, visit his blog at

By admin | January 25, 2009 - 5:38 am - Posted in Articles

A forex platform is designed to give an opportunity to trade in quickly and effortlessly through live streaming prices that are constantly generated. The advanced functionality is evident within the platform (as most services provide), giving the trader a user-friendly one-page full-featured advanced trading platform.

A platform usually includes all necessary components for brokerage services through the internet, including the back office and dealing desk. Some platforms are designed for active traders that need technical and analytical tools at hand. Such are fully-customizable with module-based trading platform that feature historic quotes, live quotes, market orders, advanced charts, alerts, and integrated market news. Other platforms are also designed that allows developing personalized indicators and trading systems.

Web-based trading is very convenient even from your I-Phone or any mobile device with Internet access and a web browser. The platform is indeed dependent of your internet connection as you without it, you will not view charts, OCO or IF-Done orders, place market orders, and edit or close your positions, browser based environment. With a good connection, you can trade any time and anywhere without having a platform software downloaded to your computer.

With the increasing number of forex platforms in the net today, you may get confused of which one should be selected. Make sure that you weigh down the alternatives before setting out your decision. You can run to an experienced trader to get professional advices or you can go and take forex trading courses to enhance your knowledge about this business.

When it comes to picking the right forex trading platform to you use you should consider reviewing first. These will give you an unbiased, detailed look into what you are getting before you actually purchase it.

By admin | January 24, 2009 - 12:22 am - Posted in Articles

If you are one of the many who have just started taking interest in the potential monetary returns of trading in the FOREX market, then the first thing before you do anything else is to learn about how to successfully trade FOREX on autopilot.

Sure, you can try doing it using a very hands-on approach but that would set you back instead of taking you further.

Many traders use autopilot systems that basically does all the trading for them, day in and day out. So you can go do what you want or need to do and not worry about not making any money at all. However, don’t think that just because you have this autopilot system you can forget about learning the basics of trading FOREX.

That is a big no, no. You would still need to learn and understand how the market ebbs and flows. Why? That’s because it’s one, if not, the only way to be truly successful in trading currencies in the FOREX market. Of course there are plenty of reliable autopilot systems like the Forex Tracer and the Forex Funnel which are both effective and efficient in searching for the best possible trades.

After learning the basics of Forex trading, another thing you should consider is to get more information as well as to familiarize yourself with the numerous techniques and strategies used in trading and you can do that through getting into “clubs” such as Forex Brotherhood that would provide you with all the information you need.

The best part about these clubs is that you get information from the best of the best in the industry so you are guaranteed that whatever strategy or technique you will learn has been tried and tested.

I personally started out with this remarkable and easy to use automated trading software named Forex-Brotherhood. And amazingly, it made my work so simpler and make my Forex trading so hassle free that now I Literally earn money on auto pilot after 1-2 months of set up. You can Check this and some other great software and it reviews –

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By admin | January 22, 2009 - 7:04 pm - Posted in Articles

Commercial mortgage brokers are constantly asking themselves if they should ask their clients for an exclusive relationship or go the “easier route” and secure a non exclusive fee agreement. What’s the difference? What’s the pros and con’s of both? That’s the point of this brief article.

An exclusive relationship within the commercial mortgage field can be thought of as a listing agreement within the real estate brokerage side of the business. Or more specifically the exclusive agreement should be thought of as a tenant representation agreement for those that are familiar with that agreement.

Essentially the exclusive agreement states that the borrower agrees to work with the mortgage broker on an exclusive basis with shopping for lenders, negotiating term sheets and coordinating the processing and closing of the loan (among other legal issues I’m not qualified to discuss). The commercial mortgage broker is handling the whole transaction on behalf of the borrower and typically is looking out for the borrower interests. A non exclusive agreement still covers a lot of the same issues but gives the borrower the right to work with other lenders/ brokers. So there’s no guarantee that you’ll win the deal and or get paid.

The main advantage for the commercial mortgage broker to get an exclusive is that the borrower has committed to working with the broker, and at the end of the deal the broker will get paid. For those reading this article that have worked on deals for months with borrowers and to find out they lost it because of 10 basis points or slightly lower fees know how bad this can sting.

Most exclusive fee agreements cover a lot more than the exclusivity issue; retainers, expenses covered, minimum fees are some of the more important issues. For example having a borrower send you a thousand dollar retainer and a signed exclusive agreement says a lot; that he’s on board and going to work with you.

There are disadvantages though of going for an exclusive agreement. The obvious is that many borrowers simply will not want to sign off on this. It can be a hard sell. They’ll want you to “get them quotes” or “see what you can offer” first. Basically the borrower will want to keep total control and will only want to work with you if you can produce the best deal. So you stand to lose working on the deal if they don’t agree. You may know that perfect bank for the deal and or just want to work on it with the hopes of building a solid relationship along the way.

Also, YOU may not want to work on the deal on an exclusive basis. Believe me when I tell you that if your borrower agrees to a 5 page agreement and sends you a $1000 retainer, that they will want to get their money’s worth and are not going away. If they deal is weak and you find you can’t get it done, you’ll have to invest a lot more time into the deal than wanted and or break off the relationship and risk tarnishing your reputation.

So, unfortunately there’s no simple answer if you should go for an exclusive commercial mortgage broker fee agreement or not. But you should get you borrower to sign something that says you’re working with him and that you’ll get paid at close.

Jeff Rauth is President of Commercial Finance Advisors, Inc out of Birmingham, Michigan. He has a STORE for commercial loan brokers. Contracts, spreadsheets, books, etc. Products starting at $4.95! Check it out or

By admin | January 21, 2009 - 1:48 pm - Posted in Articles

The thought of investing for long term benefits is an ideal one but this is only an option if you are established and have extra cash that you plan to multiply rather than just save it. The present situation is more important to deal with, than the future solutions.

When we are dealing with present situation, it is mainly focused on clearing any type of credit or loan that you have pending. Clearing them up before you take the next step towards investing is the wisest course of action and the first line in any book of a professional investor. Suppose you have $1000 credit to be paid and also an opening where you can invest these $1000 it is better to clear your credit first. This is especially true if you are in possession of a credit card that has high interest rates. Such high interest credit cards are always best to be exchanged with low interest credit cards. If not you can reschedule your loan scheme to that which has low interest loans. In case you have a outstanding credits, don’t even think about investing first to earn more and then pay through the profits obtained through investment. Out of ten people who try this sort of stunt more at least five of them end up being bankrupt. This is because psychologically even if you do receive any profit, you will be pulled towards gambling tendencies rather than paying up your dues in time.

It is always safe and satisfactory to be debtless while dealing with investments. The progress of your financial situation through investments depends on your stability to manage your finances correctly rather than earning a very large profit and not knowing what to do with it. Stabilize the current situation to be stable in any kind of trading situation. In this way any kind of profit will satisfy you and you will not be disappointed when the income you have received does not equal your credit and loans. Remember that there is not one regular investor in the world has never lost through investments at some point.

Dr. Joshua Geralds is a successful Investment Specialist with over twenty years experience increasing the income of people world wide. Visit to learn how to make steady profits through safe trading.

By admin | January 20, 2009 - 8:31 am - Posted in Articles

Everyone is becoming curious about Forex trading. It can earn you a lot of cash, but it can also cause you to lose loads of money. It is a high risk market, but with automated Forex trading systems and a few basics, you can become a profitable trader. There are five important aspects of Forex trading; knowledge, budget, broker, discipline, and tools.

Knowledge: Before beginning to Forex trade you have to know what you are doing. No one jumps in a lake without first learning to swim unless they are suicidal. Take the time to learn the language and different strategies, and practice before investing thousands.

Budget: You cannot trade with little or no money. You need to know how much you can afford to lose before deciding how much to invest. Regular accounts cost a lot of money to open, but there are smaller accounts such as mini and micros that allow you to trade at a much lower lever. Some automated Forex trading programs can get you started for as little as $500.

Broker: A broker for Forex trading is the middle man between the trader and the currency market. They complete requested transactions for the buyer or seller. In order to trade, you must have a foreign currency broker registered with the Futures Commission Merchant. These brokers are regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and are typically associated with a large bank.

Discipline: You have to set limits and be prepared to stick to them. You can get in deep fast without set limits. Automatic Forex trading allows you to program in your stops, decreasing human emotion and error. When emotion becomes involved with any gamble, forex trading included, bad things can happen. You also need confidence to pull off risky trades, hesitating will often result in a loss.

Tools: You have to have the right help to trade correctly and make a profit. No Forex trading software is foolproof. They are not guarantees to making money, they are tools! Never-the-less Automated Forex trading has many benefits that will favorably increase your chances of making money and is well worth looking into.

Don’t hesitate to research forex trading online or ask for help understanding terms, forex trading strategies, or quotes. The more you know before you begin, the better off you will be.

programs like can help manage your Forex account and free up lots of time that you can spend golfing instead of paying homage to your computer monitor.

By admin | January 19, 2009 - 3:13 am - Posted in Articles

Learning to trade the forex market is no small job. It is a job that professionals go through all sorts of education and experiences to be able to manage billions and trillions of portfolio funds. Therefore, learning on this profession does not have an end.

The basics of fundamental and techical analysis, therefore cannot be over-emphasized. I will want to discuss the advantages of moving averages and bollinger bands in take profits.

In trading the forex market, emphasis has to be laid on larger time frames, especially when the resistance or support of lower time frames has been broken.

Now, when you plot a bollinger band say 62 band on your chart, enable it on all time frames, you will find out that its resistance and support levels vary for each time frame, hence a break on a larger time frame indicates more pips in the making.

I use a simple moving average (100). A break of this on the 15 minutes chart upwards or downwards may cause a pip rise or drop of over 100, but when this happens on the 1 hour chart, the pips may triple or quadruple.

When there is a break of the 100 SMA on the 15 minutes chart, look to the 1 hour chart, a break of this signifies that the trend has gradually changed from a downtrend to an uptrend even if temporary. It usually results in massive pip gain. However, during the uptrend or downtrend, this moving average or bollinger band, on the larger time frame can be a point for initial profit take. This is because at these point, the market usually takes back some of its gains.

When a currency pair is struggling to break a particular price point, say on the 15 minutes chart, look to the larger time frame because it may have hit a bollinger or moving average of a larger time frame. When this happens, the price retreats initially, then makes another come back.

A break above that resistance or support level is a confirmation of the next rally.

Trading the forex market involves a whole new world of learning. Never underestimate any resource, it will only limit you chances of being a better trader.

I’m just a start up guy with quite a load of experience and still counting. forex trading just got better. Learn the trade, keep the pips.

By admin | January 16, 2009 - 4:42 pm - Posted in Articles

Most forex brokers that you will use online have developed their trading platforms so that they calculate your profits/losses for you. So why am I writing this article?

Well, it’s pretty simple really.

If you are serious about being a successful forex trader you need to understand the mathematics behind your trades. Plus it makes sure that you can keep tabs on your forex broker, so you can make sure they are not ‘cooking the books’.

As a forex trader, I’d expect you to be numerate, so it should be pretty easy for you to calculate your profits and losses. But I can understand if you are new to forex trading it might not be initially self-explanatory.

The 2 formulae you need to commit to memory.

(In this calculation I’m assuming you are trading in USD.)

When the US Dollar is the second currency (the quote currency), the formula to use is:

1 – Profit is equal to: the price change in PIPs multiplied by the units traded. (e.g. profit = pips price change x traded units)

Secondly if the US Dollar is the first currency in the pair (base currency), the formula to use is:

2 – Profit is equal to: the change in price in PIPs multiplied by the units traded divided by the exit price. e.g. profit = price change in pips x units traded / exit price

So to ‘hammer this home’ and make sure you really understand this process I want to give you a few examples.

To start with we’ll use an example where the US dollar is the second currency, the quote currency, and to make things easy we’re going to use a 1% broker margin. So you can trade up to 100,000 USD with only 1000 USD.

OK?

Great. We’ll take the EUR/USD which for example is trading at 1.5618/9. Your analysis has led you to predict that the Euro is going to rise in value against the dollar so you start a trade to buy more Euros and sell US Dollars.

So you end up buying $100,000 worth of units at a price of 1.5619 – remembering that you are buying so you have to buy at the ask price – this is the last/second number in the quote (so you buy at the ask price of 1.5619 not 1.5618).

Your predictions turn out to be correct. Congratulations, the price rise to 1.5635/6. So you start another trade to sell the Euros and buy USDs. For this trade you use the bid price as you are selling, which is 1.5635.

So here’s where your maths comes in.

As you purchased the Euros at 1.5619 and then sold at 1.5635 your profit is 16 pips, or 0.0016. So before that makes any sense we need to convert that into proper money. So this is where we use our formulae.

Profits = 0.0016 (price change in pips) x 100,000 (units traded) = $160.00

If you are trading standard sized lots of a currency pair as we did above of 100,000, in which you use the USD as the quote currency, a quick rule to remember is that a pip is equal to c.$10. Hence 16 pips = $160.

So let’s take another quick example, but this time we’ll use the USD as the base currency.

You place a buy order for 100,000 units of USD/JPY at 103.20. The price increases and you sell at 103.33. You just made a quick 13 pips. So to calculate your profit in your second formula:

Profit = .13 (pips) x 100,000 (units traded) / 103.33 (exit price) = $110.78

Easy huh?

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By admin | January 15, 2009 - 11:26 am - Posted in Articles

Would you like to know more about how the Forex Ace system works, and whether or not it is profitable? I used to have a lot of difficulty finding my trades, and never really had a systematic way of trading. As a result, I was not really making money out of the Forex markets even though I was placing many trades a day. Eventually, I was recommended to try the Forex Ace System, and I am going to explain some of the aspects of this currency trading system and my experience with it.

1. Do You Really Need a Mechanical System Like The Forex Ace?

I was glad that Forex Ace System has been designed to be completely mechanical that does not require any discretion on my part. If you are not an experienced Forex trader, it is highly recommended that you have a set of step-by-step rules to follow or you might end up losing money due to your emotions. Forex Ace has been great at removing my indecisions and emotions from my trades, and I have actually been able to achieve much better trading results now.

2. What’s The Worst Way to Trade the Forex Markets?

I personally know of people who trade with a bunch of indicators on their screens and yet they do not make any money. They may start looking at trends and then try to confirm it with another 3 indicators before looking at the price of the currency before entering their trades. Eventually, they find that they cannot enter many profitable trades because their indicators are always lagging.

3. How Does the Forex Ace System Work Then?

This system is a compilation of the fastest rules to identify swings in prices to help you find trades. Another good thing is that it requires very little time per day to find trades, and most have them have been very profitable for me.

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