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4 Steps to Forex Position Trading

4 Steps to Forex Position Trading

2014-03-08 04:18:00
Gregory McLeod, Currency Analyst
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Talking Points:

  • Position traders usually enter and exit trades based on large, macroeconomic themes.
  • A large amount of capital is not required when low leverage is used.
  • AUD/NZD has rebounded from an 8-year low and higher prices can be expected.

While many traders are attracted to the Forex market’s 24-hour trading and fast moves, others choose the Forex market for its long trends and responsiveness to key support and resistance areas. Position forex traders usually hold their trades open for months, weeks and years. This type of trading is attractive to people who either have limited windows of time to trade or people who want to diversify their trading with both long and short-term trading strategies.

In addition, position trading can allow a trader to sleep at night because they do not have to “baby sit “their trade. With position trading, a Forex trader can risk 200 pips to potentially make 1000, 2000 or 3000 pips. To get started in position trading just follow these 4 steps.

Learn Forex: AUDNZD Weekly Support and Resistance

4 Steps to Forex Position Trading

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In the chart above, you can see that AUDNZD has been trading in a large 3300 pip range for the past 10 years. Currently, AUDNZD, has rebounded from an 8 year low. This low in the 1.0450 area could be the beginning of another 3000 pip run higher. Positive MACD divergence marked the first big run higher and we can see the beginnings of positive MACD divergence some 8 years later.However, before we jump into this position trade there are some concepts we have to understand.

Many traders believe that position trading is the realm of the billionaire traders like George Soros or Warren Buffet due to the large stops and whipsawing intraday price action. However, using low leverage is the first step. Though traders have as much as 400:1 leverage available, it is not necessary to use in this type of trading. Using 10:1 or less leverage will allow a trader to stay in the position longer and withstand the day to day fluctuations. Step two goes hand in hand with step one and that is to use small position size. Risking 1% of your trading account on any one position trade.Using 250 to 400 pip stops with low leverage and low smaller position size opens the door for 1:10 and 1:20 risk to reward trades.

The third step is to use long time frames like weekly and monthly. By using these time frames, a trader gets the wider perspective and a more complete picture of where price was and where it could potentially go. It is easy to spot multi-year highs and lows that serve as reversal points at key areas of support and resistance on longer time frame charts.

The fourth step is to be patient and let the market unfold for your trade setup. This is probably the most difficult step as we live in a “microwave oven society” that thrives off of instant gratification. This is far from a “get rich quick” strategy but slow and steady gains are possible with little effort.

---Written by Gregory McLeod Trading Instructor

This article showed you how to identify potential areas of strong support and resistance in the form of yearly pivots. To extend your knowledge take this free interactive video tutorial on the RSI indicator. RSI can be used with pivots to pinpoint entry levels. You will be asked to sign the Guestbook which will give you a Universal Access Pass to other free Forex lessons.

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