Preschool>= Lesson Status ?
Kindergarten>= Lesson Status ?
Elementary>= Lesson Status ?
Grade 1 Support and Resistance Levels
Grade 2 Japanese Candlesticks
Grade 3 Fibonacci
Grade 4 Moving Averages
Grade 5 Common Chart Indicators
Middle School>= Lesson Status ?
Grade 7 Important Chart Patterns
Grade 8 Pivot Points
Summer School>= Lesson Status ?
High School>= Lesson Status ?
Grade 9 Trading Divergences
Grade 10 Market Environment
Grade 11 Trading Breakouts and Fakeouts
Grade 12 Fundamental Analysis
Grade 13 Currency Crosses
- What is a Currency Cross Pair?
- Crosses Present More Trading Opportunities
- Cleaner Trends and Ranges
- Taking Advantage of Interest Rate Differential
- Obscure Crosses
- Planning Around News and Fundamentals
- Creating Synthetic Pairs
- Euro and Yen Crosses
- How to Use Crosses to Trade the Majors
- How Cross Currency Pairs Affect Dollar Pairs
- Summary: Currency Crosses
Grade 14 Multiple Time Frame Analysis
Undergraduate>= Lesson Status ?
- Why Keep a Trade Journal?
- Benefits of Keeping a Journal
- What Should You Record in Your Journal?
- Potential Trading Area
- Entry Trigger
- Position Sizing
- Trade Management Rules
- Trade Retrospective
- Trading Journal Statistics
- Reviewing Your Trading Journal
- Difficulties of Keeping a Trade Journal
- Summary: Keeping a Trade Journal
Graduation>= Lesson Status ?
- Which Trading Style is Best for You?
- Which Currencies Should You Trade?
- What is Your Level of Trading Experience?
- Should You Be a Discretionary, Mechanical, or Hybrid Trader?
- What Kind of Mechanical System Suits Your Personality?
- What is Your Attitude Towards Risk?
- What Kind of Stop Suits Your Trading Style?
Opening a Forex Trading Account
After finding the right broker for you, you can now open a new online trading account in three simple steps:
- Selecting an account type
- Activating your account
Before trading a dime of your hard earned money, you may want to think about opening demo account. Actually, open up two or three demos - why not? It's all FREE! Try out several different brokers to get a feel for the right one for you.
Choosing an Account Type
When you're ready to open a live account, you have to choose which type of trading account you want: a personal account or a business (aka corporate) account.
In the past, when opening a forex account, you'd also have to choose whether you wanted to open a "standard" account, a "mini" account, or a "micro" account.
Now, that isn't much of a problem since most brokers allow you to trade custom lots. This is great for newbie and inexperienced traders who only have a small account of capital. This provides you great flexibility, as you won't have to trade bigger than you're comfortable with.
Also, always, always, always remember: Always read the fine print.
Some brokers have a "managed account" option in their application forms. If you want the broker to trade your account for you, you can pick this. But is this what you really want? After all, you didn't read through the whole School of Pipsology just to have someone else trade for you!
Besides, opening a managed account requires a pretty big minimum deposit, normally $25,000 or higher. Also, the manager will also take a cut out of any profits.
You will have to submit paperwork in order to open an account and the forms will vary from broker to broker. They are usually provided in PDF format and can be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader program.
Also, make sure you know all the associated costs, like how much your banks charges for a a bank wire transfer. You'd be surprised how much these actually costs, and they may actually take a up a significant portion of your trading capital.
Once the broker has received all the necessary paperwork, you should receive an email with instructions on completing your account activation. After these steps have been completed, you will receive a final email with your username, password, and instructions on how to fund your account.
So all that's left is for you to login and start trading. Pretty easy huh?
Time to log in, pop open those charts, and start trading!
But wait just one minute
We strongly advise you DEMO trade first. There's no shame in demo trading - everyone has to start somewhere.
If you have been demo trading for at LEAST six months, then maybe you can dip your feet into live trading. Even then, we suggest you go in the shallow end and consider how much you want to risk.
Trading live is a different beast altogether. It's like the difference between sparring against your kid brother (or sister) and fighting Manny Pacquiao.
No matter how successful you were in demo trading, nothing can replace the feeling of having real money on the line.
While you are logged into your account,
you can save your progress in the School of Pipsology!
- History of Retail FX
- Different Types of Brokers
- Which Type of Broker Should I Choose?
- 6 Most Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Broker
- Beware of Bucket Shops
- Defending Yourself
- Opening a Forex Trading Account