So you want to start trading forex and you reside in South Africa? Here are the steps you need to follow.
Choose a Broker
This is your choice of course but there are a few minimum requirements to look at when choosing a broker, you will start by searching for FSPs or Financial Services Providers that are registered and in good standing with the FSB. Once you have found a list you need to look at the platforms / trading software each broker provides. If you are purchasing a product from a developer make sure to ask which platform their software is compatible with. Lastly, give the broker a call and ask a few questions. The questions need not be technical, the way in which the questions are answered will give you a good idea of the company you are dealing with.
Do a course & get trading tools.
With all the crap out there it is difficult to decide which education / software providers are legit and which are not. To get around this ask for a track record in the form of a statement or even better investor login details. If the firm does not want to give you a track record it means they either don’t have one or don’t have a good one. Why would you hide something that proves you are good at what you do. This will very quickly narrow down your options.
Open a demo Trading Account
Open an account with the broker you chose in step 1. Make sure to start with a demo account for you to practice on while learning your trade. Do not get pushed into trading on a live account before you are ready. Remember that the broker does not make any money on a demo account so they will push you to open a live account as soon as possible.
Make a Profit
Make sure you are profitable for at least 3 months running before trading live. Yes this sounds like a long time but remember your hard-earned money is at risk. Stick to the 3 month rule, it will do wonders for you. If you are unable to make profit for 3 months running it means you are not using the correct system, do ore research and use another tool until you pass the 3 months rule.
Open a Live Account
Here it gets interesting. So you have prepared yourself and have become confident in your system. The first thing that happens on a live account is you get a brain shutdown. Why does this happen? Well its simple, you can for the very first time see YOUR money move up and down with the markets. It is very important to stick with the system you used on demo, including relative lot sizing and risk protection.
Trade and Profit
These are the steps … in a nutshell. This process took me well over 5 years before I really understood what I was doing. There are also much better courses and software tools then when I started out. It is very important not to confuse trading and gambling. Make good decisions and stick to your plan and risk management and you will be just fine.