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?
Which Type of Broker Should I Choose?
That's completely up to you! One type of broker isn't better than the other because it will all depend on the type of trader you are. It's up to you to decide whether you'd rather have tighter spreads but pay a commission per trade, versus wider spreads and no commissions.
Usually, day traders and scalpers prefer the tighter spreads because it is easier to take small profits as the market needs less ground to cover to get over transaction costs.
Meanwhile, wider spreads tend to be insignificant to longer term swing or position traders.
To make your decision-making easier, here's a summary of the major differences between Market Makers, STP brokers, and STP+ECN brokers:
|Dealing Desk (Market Maker)||No Dealing Desk (STP)||No Dealing Desk (STP+ECN)|
|Fixed Spreads||Most have variable spreads||Variable spreads or commission fees|
|Take the opposite side of your trade||Simply a bridge between client and liquidity provider||A bridge between client and liquidity provider and other participants|
|Artificial quotes||Prices come from liquidity providers||Prices come from liquidity providers and other ECN particpants|
|Orders are filled by broker on a discretionary basis||Automatic execution, no re-quotes||Automatic, no re-quotes|
|Displays the Depth of Market (DOM) or liquidity information|
Brokers are not evil... Well most of them aren't!
Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, forex brokers really aren't out to get you. They want to do business with you, and not run you out of business! Think about it, if you lose all your money in trading, they too will lose customers.
The ideal client of dealing desk brokers is the one who more or less breaks even. In other words, a client who neither wins nor losses at the end.
That way, the broker earns money on the client's transactions, but at the same time, the client stays in the game by not blowing out his account. In essence, brokers want their clients to keep coming back for more (trading)!
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- 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