Core principles to boost up your profit factors

While trading, every trader uses a unique trading strategies to navigate in the Forex market. Strategies are used by traders to help them to trade in a profitable way. You need to understand the fact that not all the strategies will work for every trader. A simple trend trading strategy can help you to secure profit, but still, you might not be able to make a decent profit after a few months. The market is always changing its nature and it’s your duty to keep pace with this dynamic market.

The market allows a trader to work as per their skills and strategies. If you have good and effective skills and strategies you will be able to make profits but if you have a lack of skills and strategies then you will find it difficult to make profit. Although there are some important principles that are common in the entire market for all traders to achieve their goals.

Pay attention to the indicators

It’s important for all traders to understand what is happening and what might happen in the market. Through the analysis of Forex indicators, you can understand the market better. Indicators play a crucial role in the market, so all traders should learn their uses. When you learn the use of the indicators, open a demo account with Rakuten so that you don’t have to lose too much money.

You can find out the economic situation of the market’s currency by using the indicators. The indicators also help traders to identify the best time for entry and exit in a profitable way. If you can identify the best times then it will maximize your profits by reducing your losses.

Keep a personal trading record

Many traders fail to keep accurate and faithful trading records and thus can’t identify their previous mistakes or rectify them. Trading records can enhance a trader’s entire trading system, as it allows you to trade by thinking twice to find out whether you will make profit or not. Once you develop the habit of keeping the record, you can execute quality trades in the fx trading account. Most importantly, you will start building up confidence which is the most crucial component of trading.

You can make better strategies and skills in your trades by keeping trading records. A trading record acts as a guideline for traders as it helps them to rectify their previous mistakes and to trade with better strategies in the next move.

Embrace the risk management

If you want to become a successful trader, you should never avoid risk management in your trades. Risk management is essential for all the traders as they can lower the percentage of losses in the trades by setting proper risk management. Never break the rules of risk management as it can blow up the trading account. Stick to the safe method so that you can earn big amount of money. Analyze the losing orders and learn from your mistakes. Once you become good at trading, start placing trades with confidence.

You should never risk more than 2% of your trading capital and never change your risk management out of greed. Many new traders set higher risk management in their trades and thus end up losing their capital. It is also known that proper risk management is a savior for traders as it reduces the percentage of losses.


You can have your own rules for trading in the Forex market but don’t ever avoid the principle trading methods. The above points will help you to trade in a profitable way, you also need to pay attention to all the terms and conditions of the market. The entire trading system may become easier for you if you learn and understand the market more precisely. Mastering the Forex market is a never-ending learning process.

Finding the standard size of your trading account

Very few traders pay attention to the size of their trading account. In most cases, the traders are biased in favor of leverage and they are enjoying the high-risk trading environment. But leverage is only for the expert Singaporean traders who know the risk management policy from the core. They often find it hard to manage the leverage trading account. The best practice is to use 1:10 leverage (maximum) while trading the real market. You can say that without using the leverage, you won’t be able to support your family. Well, it depends on the size of your account. If you invest $1000, it’s very obvious you are not going to make a significant profit from this market.

This content is not going to be like a traditional article. We are going to give you some key metrics that will allow you to manage the risk in trading. Most importantly, it will help you to find the amount of money which you must have to live your life with trading business.

Your family needs

First of all identity your family needs. Calculate the basic costs of your family life so that you know the minimum amount of money you need to make per month. In most cases, rookies don’t believe in such an approach. They become fairly aggressive with the trading method and try to earn money without having any goal. But such things are not going to work. This is not how the professionals place their trade in real life. They have specific sets of goals and for this reason, they can make a decent profit from this market. Being a new trader in the Forex market, it will be tough to trade with goals. Without developing these skills, you won’t be able to know the amount of money which you must invest in trading.

Depends on your win rate

The success rate of retail traders in the exchange traded funds greatly varies. You have to know your success rate by using the demo account. Those who have a high success rate can effectively use leverage. So, they will require a small amount of money. On the contrary, those who don’t have a high success rate must trade with a low leverage account. For them, leverage is like a time bomb. They will never know when it costs them a fortune. So, work hard on your trading strategy so that you can have a great win rate in trading. Never try to deal with the market with a low win rate as it makes the trading process much more complicated.

Profit factors

You might be thinking about how much money you can earn from this market. The professional usually makes 5-10%+ profit per month. So, use the simple mathematical calculation and find out how much money you need to support your family. If the number of too big, you must increase the size of your capital. But this should be done professionally. Borrowing money from other people to trade the market is a very big mistake. This is one of the most common reasons why rookies are losing money in trading.

The rookies might not be able to earn so much profit for the first few years. They should be happy with a 2-3% profit per month. Once they become good at analyzing the profit factor, they can easily scale up the size of their account balance.


There is no fixed rule to investing money at trading. But stop investing money that you can’t lose in trading. If we talk about the rule of thumb, it is imperative to invest at least $2000 at the initial stage. Anything less than that will force you to overtrade. Once you start overtrading, you are going to have a very long journey towards success.

What’s the secret to trading on the financial markets?

Giles Coghlan, chief currency analyst at HYCM

Giles Coghlan of HYCM
Giles Coghlan of HYCM

There are countless books claiming to elucidate exactingly how to invest over the long-term. However, ask any seasoned trader what the secret is to an effective investment strategy and you’ll quickly find there is no one tactic or panacea for consistent growth.

Instead, what most traders rely on is an informed and reactive understanding of both current affairs and unfolding market trends to help inform their investment decisions. By letting this understanding dynamically inform one’s portfolio, they are able to confidently react to sudden market shocks.

Investors must therefore have one eye on the present and one eye on the future, and understand how different social, political, geographical and economic events could impact their portfolio. This understanding must be informed by an awareness of how past events have affected the prices of different assets. Thankfully, there are plenty of useful ways that investors can prep for the future.  

Markets are all about cause and effect

The fundamental operation of the financial market is one of cause and effect; one event or price movement will inevitably affect the prices of other assets. Whilst this is a simple enough concept, big political and social events often trigger a multiplicity of effects, which can in turn impact on one another.

For example, the recent outbreak of coronavirus is having a major impact on global supply chains; China’s productivity has been negatively affected, which has had a flow-on effect on major businesses that rely on China as part of its supply chain.

In terms of market volatility, there is a huge amount of historical evidence which shows how the coronavirus could impact asset prices. One central theme is likely to be the increase of value in ‘hard commodities’ — physical investments like gold, steel and oil. That is because these so-called safe haven assets are perceived as having global appeal and consistent demand, and therefore offer greater resilience in times of volatile trading conditions.

Never overlook the advantages of an informed strategy

I doubt you could find many long-term traders who have not woken up one morning to see that there has been a dip in the value of their investments as a result of an unforeseen geopolitical event. For those who find themselves in this situation, it can be easy to panic and make uninformed decisions. This is the entirely wrong approach to take.

By its very nature, finance is an unpredictable sphere of work, and unexpected shocks are par for the course. That’s why the strongest financial plans tend to include or account for the unforeseen. When prices dip or there is a sudden market shock, it has been for the most past accounted for and leaves little room for sudden trades that are informed by the heart, not the mind.

Remember to diversify (within limit)

Another way of managing market volatility is ensuring your portfolio is diverse, with investments spread across multiple markets. Doing so reduces your portfolio’s risk of suffering significant loses should one particular market or sector be adversely affected by an unexpected event. However, the key to diversification is not to cast your net too wide.

The broad points that need internalising here can be surmised very briefly: knowledge is power.

Mastering the complex nature of different financial markets is not simply about watching the fluctuating prices of assets. It’s also about understanding the historical performance of different markets, analysing previous trends and using all this as a guide to manage your investments during sudden political and economic shocks.

What’s more, any investment decision or trade needs to be part of a bigger strategy with goals, returns and risk exposure all clearly defined. Doing this ensures that investors and traders are in the position to stay on top of their financial portfolio.

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Giles Coghlan is Chief Currency Analyst at HYCM – an online provider of forex and Contracts for Difference (CFDs) trading services for both retail and institutional traders. HYCM is regulated by the internationally recognized financial regulator FCA. HYCM is backed by the Henyep Capital Markets Group established in 1977 with investments in property, financial services, charity, and education. The Group via its relevant subsidiaries have representations in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Dubai, and Cyprus.