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How Much Trading Capital Do You Need For Forex Trading?

Forex Trading Capital

It takes money to make money. You need trading capital. Everyone knows that, but how much does one need to get started in forex trading? The answer largely depends on how you are going to approach your new start-up business.

First, consider how you are going to be educated. There are many different approaches in learning how to trade: classes, mentors, on your own, or any combination of the three.

While there are many classes and mentors out there willing to teach forex trading, most will charge a fee. The benefit of this route is that a well-taught class or great mentor can significantly shorten your learning curve and get you on your way to profitability in a much shorter amount of time compared to doing everything yourself.

The downside is the upfront cost for these programs, which can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on which program you go with. For many of those new to trading, the resources (money) required to purchase these programs are not available.

For those of you unable or unwilling to pony up the cash for education, the good news is that most of the information you need to get started can be found for FREE on the internet through forums, brokers, articles and websites like BabyPips.com. We should all thank Al Gore for inventing the Internet. Without him, there would be no BabyPips.com.

As long as you are disciplined and laser-focused on learning the markets, your chances of success increase exponentially. You have to be a gung ho student. If not, you’ll end up in the poor house.

Second, is your approach to the markets going to require special tools such as news feeds or charting software? As a technical forex trader, most of the charting packages that come with your broker’s trading platform are sufficient (and some are actually quite good).

For those who need special indicators or better functionality, higher-end charting software can start at around $100 per month.

Maybe you’re a fundamental trader and you need the news the millisecond it is released, or even before it happens (wouldn’t that be nice!).

Well, instantaneous and accurate news feeds run from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month. Again, you can get a complimentary news feed from your forex broker, but for some, that extra second or two can be the difference between a profitable or unprofitable trade.

Finally, you need money/capital/funds to trade. Retail forex brokers offer minimum account deposits as low as $25, but that doesn’t mean you should enter immediately! This is a capitalization mistake, which often leads to failure. Losses are part of the game, and you need to have enough capital to weather these losses.

So how much trading capital do you need? Let’s be honest here, if you’re consistent and you practice proper risk management techniques, then you can probably start off with $50k to $100k in trading capital.

It’s common knowledge that most businesses fail due to undercapitalization, which is especially true in the forex trading business.

So if you are unable to start with a large amount of trading capital that you can afford to lose, be patient, save up and learn to trade the right way until you are financially ready.

开始正式交易的资本


       赚钱是需要本钱的。每个人都知道这句话,但是需要多少钱才能开始交易的活动呢?答案很大的程度上,取决于你准备怎样着手开始这新生意。

       第一件是,考虑你将用什么方式来学习。现在有很多不同的途径,来学习如何做生意:上课、找导师、自学,或是将三者结合起来。

       虽然有很多课程和导师乐于教导外汇的交易知识,但大部分都是收费的。这条路的好处是:有一个高质量的课程或是伟大的良师,可以显著缩短你学习的周期,让你掌握赚钱盈利的技能,这比起你自己亲力亲为所花的时间,相对更短。

       但这种方式的弊端就是,你需要为这些课程,提前支付几百到几千元不等,这取决于你要参加哪一项的课程。对许多交易新手来说,他们没有必要为这些课程,白白耗费掉资源(现金)。

       对于你们一些不能或不愿意为上课掏钱的,好消息就是在起步阶段时,所需要的所有信息资料,都能透过论坛、经纪商、文章,和像BabyPips这样的网站免费获得。我们都应该感谢Al Gore副总统创造了互联网。没有他,也就不会有BabyPips。

       只要你自律的钻研有关市场的知识,你获得成功的几率就会稳步增加。你要做一个全力以赴的学生。否则,你将会在破烂的房子里终了一生。

       第二件是,你切入市场的途径,是否需要即时的新闻消息或绘图软件?作为一个技术分析交易者,大多数你的经纪商交易平台上,已经提供了很充分的绘图软件包(而且有一些实际上是相当的不错)。

       对于一些需要特别的指标,或更好功能的人,高端的绘图软件,由每月$100左右起。

       可能你是一个基本分析的交易者,所以你可能需要最快的速度,获得最新发布的新闻数据,甚至是在它发生之前(可以这样该多好啊!)

       嗯,即时和准确的新闻消息,从每月的数百到数千美元不等。同样的,你可以从你的经纪商那,获得免费的新闻提要。但对一些人来说,得到信息的快慢,不是一两秒钟之间的差别,而是赚钱还是亏本的分别。

       最后,你需要金钱/资金/基金来进行交易活动。散户至少要有$25的存款,但这并不意味着你就应该马上加入。这是一个投资的错误运用,常常会导致失败。亏失也是交易的一部分,所以你需要足够的资金来承担这些亏失。

       那么你到底需要多少资金呢?让我们坦白地告诉你,如果你能保持坚持,并实践正确的资金管理技术,那么你也许可以用$50k至$100k的资金,来开始正式的交易。

       众所周知,大多数生意上的失败,都归结于资金不足,在外汇交易的生意上,这更是一个真理。

       因此,如果你没有足够的钱来承担亏失,那就耐心点,慢慢积累资金,并学习正确的交易方法,直到你的经济已经准备妥当。