3 Ways to Step Up Your Forex Trading Skills

Updated from its original posting on 18-05-2012

And just like that, the first quarter of 2015 is about to end. Time flies when you’re catching pips, huh? But could this mean the end of strong forex trends and a change in market pace?

new forex ideaIf you want to become a big baller in the unforgiving world of forex trading, you’re gonna need more than one or two trading tricks up your sleeve. You not only have to know your strategies like the back of your hand, but you also have to be aware of other approaches that could land you pips even in a different market environment.

In order to sustain your edge, you need to come up with fresh ideas. In forex trading, this could take the form of diversifying your skills. Don’t worry, you don’t have to drift too far from the skills that you already have. Sometimes all you need are a few tweaks in your habits to find new opportunities.

Here are three tips to get you started:

1. Look at other time frames

Just because the School of Pipsology’s personality quizzes tell you that you’re a day trader doesn’t mean that you have to stick to the shorter time frames all the time. Some hard core day traders I know find trades by checking out longer time frames for overall direction. Meanwhile, swing and position traders usually learn about significant levels and adding positions from day trading techniques.

2. Try trading other pairs

Think you’ve mastered the behavior of a currency? Why not step it up by trading it against other currencies? For example, if you’re the AUD/USD expert among your peers, you can try looking at AUD/JPY, EUR/AUD, or even other comdoll pairs for trade setups. This way you’re maximizing your ability to predict the Aussie’s price action, but your trade ideas aren’t limited to a couple of currency pairs.

3. Be open to other strategies

Expanding your trading skills ultimately boils down to you being open to new strategies. Again, you don’t have to veer far from the skills that you already have.

If you’re a system trader and you can spot confluences even in your sleep, then it wouldn’t hurt to try out other systems that have similar concepts. Discretionary traders also have a lot of room for new ideas and trading opportunities. Think you’re good at spotting trends? Level it up by using the STA strategy or the HLHB Trend-Catcher system!

If you’re used to trading ranges and you know when they’re about to break out, then maybe you could give breakout trading a shot. You can also play around with other skills like good position sizing, trading fakeouts, and even trading a particular indicator.

The point of the exercise is for you to acquire new weapons in your forex trading arsenal. Having an edge in trading is always a good thing, but you need to develop fresh sources of edge to sustain your advantage.