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Here is why you should have a proper trading plan

Succeeding in the forex market means you need to have a trading plan in place. This is why a good forex education program is so important because usually it teaches you how to pick the best strategy which fits your needs and personality the best. There are a lot of platforms with free trials and non-expiring demo accounts offered to everyone and I think these are the best places to try out a trading plan. It’s not only for beginners who use a demo account to try it out. It’s for advanced traders also who could also test a new trading plan before using it. But let’s not jump to the end immediately, let’s start with why do you need a trading plan.

Why Do I Need Trading Plan?


Trading plan - an important tool for forex traders


A trading plan is not much different from most other plans. It’s a general outline of all your trading activities, along with a list of things that you should be doing and not doing along with trading. Usually, a trading plan will have you check the forex market news daily to be up-to-date on anything that could affect the markets. But that’s just just an example, we could mention a lot of things like checking forex signals, stop-losses, your portfolio net value and so on.

The key point of your plan is to create a set of rules for your trades, and how you plan to use them. 

Having a trading plan can lower the chances of you making decisions that are rash and irreversible. It also helps remove the chances of silly mistakes being made, and is an easily way to evaluate all of your trading accounts on a regular basis.


How to Create a Trading Plan?

When you are starting out, creating it is easy. The first part of the process is to figure out how often you are trading.

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.    /George S. Patton/
This can be found in your account history, which is able to determine the amount of trades that you completed per day, week or month. Depending on the type of trader you are and the quantity of your trades; you should set your trading plan to that time-table.


Next, you need to figure out your entry and exit signals. This is the tricky part. You have to know exactly how you’ll trade when you go into a position. You can have various indicators, news, signals, prices and so on to trade on, but you need to have entry and exit signals for most trading plans. This should be set depending on how the market has been, and how much of a risk that you want to take.



Building your own trading method is important. However, creating and testing the trading policy in a safe environment is also important, and is why a good demo account and/or backtesting your trading plan with past data is crucial. When you have your proper trading system ready, you need to make it a habit to check on it and to stick to it no matter what. If you cannot stick to your plan, this can tell you that your trading plan is not working… The best strategy is to write down your trading plan point-by-point and change it when you feel like you need to improve something in it.


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