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Currency Trading Tips - Something's Gotta Give in Forex Scalping

You hear both sides of the argument when you are talking about forex trading strategies. There are those that swear you go short term or so called forex scalping, get in and get out and move on to the next deal and then there are those that will preach long term till they are blue in the face. While I personally prefer long term, I want to explore short term trading or forex scalping today.

With all the years of experience that I have behind me in forex trading, I can tell you with confidence that you can make money doing forex scalping, but it is extremely challenging and will eventually take its toll on you.

Successful forex traders are great analyzers. You get data, you crunch it and you spot a trend. The problem when trying to do short term trading is that by the time you get the numbers crunched, the trend is here and gone. Or worse, you are analyzing one and 5 minute charts and you think you spot something, but it is really nothing more than a random movement. The chances if being whipsawed is high, unless you have a very good forex trading system that can filter out the whipsaws in the market.

When you take those hits, they usually hurt. You will find yourself going to your stop margin more often than not and it will wipe away the profits that you made with all of your small hits. There is nothing more discouraging than winning 9 out of 10 times and having a losing session.

If you want to get involved in short term trading on the forex market, you better learn to eat stress for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The nature of trading short term means that you never have a second to relax and are constantly taking heat. You are trying to digest one and 5 minute charts and spot a trend before it changes.

Not only that, but as we just said, you can take one hit that will kill a weeks worth of profits. Add it all up and you will have a lot of sleepless nights. You like sleep, look at the daily trends, put your order in and walk away and let it happen.

While most people fall in love with the action of the short term win, they need to realize the name of the game is to win overall, not just on one trade. If you realize that you can make significantly more by developing a long term forex strategy that will allow you to spot one good deal that will make you much more than a bunch of scalpers. Learn forex the right way by viewing it as a long term business and you'll be on your path to financial freedom.

So if you want to do forex scalping, you have to ask yourself is it really worth it? Something's gotta give. My experience has let me down the road of long term trades because they are less stressful, easier to recover from and easier to analyze. The business is stressful enough, why add to it?

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