There is no doubt about it – Foreign exchange trading, or forex, has garnered enormous popularity in the last decade, as droves of newcomers have crossed over from stocks and other investments to test their skills with the currencies of the world.

And why not? Forex is our largest and most liquid market, over $4 trillion in daily turnover, a market that can resist even the vainest attempt to manipulate it. For this reason alone, currencies are deemed to be our purest form of trading, but winning in this arena is not nearly as easy as marketing claims would have you believe.

Yes, access is easy. Sophisticated trading platforms make it appear easy, and markets are open for nearly six days, non-stop, a week. You can trade from your desk, the backseat of your car, from down at Starbucks, or even from your hot tub, if you are so inclined. There are, however, no shortcuts. You must invest the time up front to reap dividends down the road.

Knowledge, experience, and emotional control are the same factors for success in this genre, but it helps to get guidance from mentoring professionals, if you have any desire of jumping into the fray after a short period of time. You need to be aware, unfortunately, that nearly 70% of beginners become impatient early on and leap into the market before completing anything close to preparation. They become quick casualties, as a result.

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