Put two rookie traders in front of the screen, provide them with your best high-probability set-up, and for good measure, have each one take the opposite side of the trade. More than likely, both will wind up losing money. However, if you take two pros and have them trade in the opposite direction of each other, quite frequently both traders will wind up making money – despite the seeming contradiction of the premise. What’s the difference? What is the most important factor separating the seasoned traders from the amateurs? The answer is money management.
Like dieting and working out, money management is something that most traders pay lip service to, but few practice in real life. The reason is simple: just like eating healthy and staying fit, money management can seem like a burdensome, unpleasant activity. It forces traders to constantly monitor their positions and to take necessary losses, and few people like to do that.
Back to Reality
There are a lot of forex traders who believe that a combination of proper capital management and correct strategy application can lead to high returns. But most traders may also sustain considerable losses because they have do not have enough initial capital to get them through to the potential next win. For the majority of professional traders, the average Forex monthly return is between 1 to 10 per cent per month.
Remember: you won’t get anywhere near a return on your investment if you don’t put sufficient efforts into educating yourself and learning how to utilise the different types of analytical and high quality trading tools that professional traders use.
This material does not contain and should not be construed as containing investment advice, investment recommendations, an offer of or solicitation for any transactions in financial instruments. Please note that such trading analysis is not a reliable indicator for any current or future performance, as circumstances may change over time. Before making any investment decisions, you should seek advice from independent financial advisors to ensure you understand the risks.