Learn Basic Forex Trading with Babypips School of Pipsology

I’m a Forex Beginner and am currently in the School or Pipsology. I like to visualize while I learn so I would like to download a trading platform and open a Demo Account while learning. For beginners, is it better to use MT4 or MT5?

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Realistic profit goals?

Hello guys, I’ve recently been looking into Forex, and have started learn small amounts about it. I’m halfway through School of Pipsology, and will continue to find other methods of learning Forex after I’ve completed it. I’m just wondering what kind of profit goals are realistic for a new trader, assuming I have decent knowledge about Forex when I finally start traded with actual money. Ideally, I’d like to try and aim for £100 a week. I have a considerable amount of spare time which I can dedicate to trading.
Is this a realistic goal for an new trader? Any advice is appreciated. Cheers.
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Question about candlestick pattern recognition software

Hi, I’m a newbie in the Forex world. Over the past few days, I’ve been learning the basics on babybips School of Pipsology. As I learned the candlestick patterns, I was wondering if there is any candlestick pattern recognition software out there that can automatically recognizes some candlestick patterns like Doji, Hammer, Hanging Man and visualize them in the chart. If such software exists, have you ever used any of them? Hows your experience using them? What do you like/dislike about them? Since I’m a software developer myself, I’m thinking maybe I can make one that fits my needs and try to integrate to TradingView as I’ll be using TradingView mainly to practice my trades. Thanks!
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Trying to understand how the various types of orders are used?

Completely new to forex and currently attending the school of pipsology. I'm not even sure if this is a real question but I'm wanting to understand whether stop entries, stop losses and trending losses are used in one order? Should I to assume that the types of orders placed play a factor in personal strategy setting?
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Steps after School of Pipsology?

Hello,
I'm a newbie, as you may have guessed by the title. I've just finished the School of Pipsology, have to say this is amazing free knowledge. I've also read a bit of forex FAQ's. I've opened a demo account but frankly i'm still overwhelmed in front of the charts.
I think the next logical step for me is to find a good strategy/good mechanical system and backtest it for at least 2 years to be sure that it is good. I'm searching for a swing mechanical system. Problem is i'm not having any luck finding one right now or i'm i suppose to create my own? I mean there are so much indicators.
Is there a way for me to save time? What should i do? I'm trying to get the maximum value here, i'll consider everything so don't hesitate to comment.
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How to get started in Forex - A comprehensive guide for newbies

Almost every day people come to this subreddit asking the same basic questions over and over again. I've put this guide together to point you in the right direction and help you get started on your forex journey.

A quick background on me before you ask: My name is Bob, I'm based out of western Canada. I started my forex journey back in January 2018 and am still learning. However I am trading live, not on demo accounts. I also code my own EA's. I not certified, licensed, insured, or even remotely qualified as a professional in the finance industry. Nothing I say constitutes financial advice. Take what I'm saying with a grain of salt, but everything I've outlined below is a synopsis of some tough lessons I've learned over the last year of being in this business.

LET'S GET SOME UNPLEASANTNESS OUT OF THE WAY

I'm going to call you stupid. I'm also going to call you dumb. I'm going to call you many other things. I do this because odds are, you are stupid, foolish,and just asking to have your money taken away. Welcome to the 95% of retail traders. Perhaps uneducated or uninformed are better phrases, but I've never been a big proponent of being politically correct.

Want to get out of the 95% and join the 5% of us who actually make money doing this? Put your grown up pants on, buck up, and don't give me any of this pc "This is hurting my feelings so I'm not going to listen to you" bullshit that the world has been moving towards.

Let's rip the bandage off quickly on this point - the world does not give a fuck about you. At one point maybe it did, it was this amazing vision nicknamed the American Dream. It died an agonizing, horrible death at the hand of capitalists and entrepreneurs. The world today revolves around money. Your money, my money, everybody's money. People want to take your money to add it to theirs. They don't give a fuck if it forces you out on the street and your family has to live in cardboard box. The world just stopped caring in general. It sucks, but it's the way the world works now. Welcome to the new world order. It's called Capitalism.

And here comes the next hard truth that you will need to accept - Forex is a cruel bitch of a mistress. She will hurt you. She will torment you. She will give you nightmares. She will keep you awake at night. And then she will tease you with a glimmer of hope to lure you into a false sense of security before she then guts you like a fish and shows you what your insides look like. This statement applies to all trading markets - they are cruel, ruthless, and not for the weak minded.

The sooner you accept these truths, the sooner you will become profitable. Don't accept it? That's fine. Don't bother reading any further. If I've offended you I don't give a fuck. You can run back home and hide under your bed. The world doesn't care and neither do I.

For what it's worth - I am not normally an major condescending asshole like the above paragraphs would suggest. In fact, if you look through my posts on this subreddit you will see I am actually quite helpful most of the time to many people who come here. But I need you to really understand that Forex is not for most people. It will make you cry. And if the markets themselves don't do it, the people in the markets will.

LESSON 1 - LEARN THE BASICS

Save yourself and everybody here a bunch of time - learn the basics of forex. You can learn the basics for free - BabyPips has one of the best free courses online which explains what exactly forex is, how it works, different strategies and methods of how to approach trading, and many other amazing topics.

You can access the BabyPips course by clicking this link: https://www.babypips.com/learn/forex

Do EVERY course in the School of Pipsology. It's free, it's comprehensive, and it will save you from a lot of trouble. It also has the added benefit of preventing you from looking foolish and uneducated when you come here asking for help if you already know this stuff.

If you still have questions about how forex works, please see the FREE RESOURCES links on the /Forex FAQ which can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/Forex/wiki/index

Quiz Time
Answer these questions truthfully to yourself:

-What is the difference between a market order, a stop order, and a limit order?
-How do you draw a support/resistance line? (Demonstrate it to yourself)
-What is the difference between MACD, RSI, and Stochastic indicators?
-What is fundamental analysis and how does it differ from technical analysis and price action trading?
-True or False: It's better to have a broker who gives you 500:1 margin instead of 50:1 margin. Be able to justify your reasoning.

If you don't know to answer to any of these questions, then you aren't ready to move on. Go back to the School of Pipsology linked above and do it all again.

If you can answer these questions without having to refer to any kind of reference then congratulations, you are ready to move past being a forex newbie and are ready to dive into the wonderful world of currency trading! Move onto Lesson 2 below.

LESSON 2 - RANDOM STRANGERS ARE NOT GOING TO HELP YOU GET RICH IN FOREX

This may come as a bit of a shock to you, but that random stranger on instagram who is posting about how he is killing it on forex is not trying to insprire you to greatness. He's also not trying to help you. He's also not trying to teach you how to attain financial freedom.

99.99999% of people posting about wanting to help you become rich in forex are LYING TO YOU.

Why would such nice, polite people do such a thing? Because THEY ARE TRYING TO PROFIT FROM YOUR STUPIDITY.

Plain and simple. Here's just a few ways these "experts" and "gurus" profit from you:


These are just a few examples. The reality is that very few people make it big in forex or any kind of trading. If somebody is trying to sell you the dream, they are essentially a magician - making you look the other way while they snatch your wallet and clean you out.

Additionally, on the topic of fund managers - legitimate fund managers will be certified, licensed, and insured. Ask them for proof of those 3 things. What they typically look like are:

If you are talking to a fund manager and they are insisting they have all of these, get a copy of their verification documents and lookup their licenses on the directories of the issuers to verify they are valid. If they are, then at least you are talking to somebody who seems to have their shit together and is doing investment management and trading as a professional and you are at least partially protected when the shit hits the fan.


LESSON 3 - UNDERSTAND YOUR RISK

Many people jump into Forex, drop $2000 into a broker account and start trading 1 lot orders because they signed up with a broker thinking they will get rich because they were given 500:1 margin and can risk it all on each trade. Worst-case scenario you lose your account, best case scenario you become a millionaire very quickly. Seems like a pretty good gamble right? You are dead wrong.

As a new trader, you should never risk more than 1% of your account balance on a trade. If you have some experience and are confident and doing well, then it's perfectly natural to risk 2-3% of your account per trade. Anybody who risks more than 4-5% of their account on a single trade deserves to blow their account. At that point you aren't trading, you are gambling. Don't pretend you are a trader when really you are just putting everything on red and hoping the roulette ball lands in the right spot. It's stupid and reckless and going to screw you very quickly.

Let's do some math here:

You put $2,000 into your trading account.
Risking 1% means you are willing to lose $20 per trade. That means you are going to be trading micro lots, or 0.01 lots most likely ($0.10/pip). At that level you can have a trade stop loss at -200 pips and only lose $20. It's the best starting point for anybody. Additionally, if you SL 20 trades in a row you are only down $200 (or 10% of your account) which isn't that difficult to recover from.
Risking 3% means you are willing to lose $60 per trade. You could do mini lots at this point, which is 0.1 lots (or $1/pip). Let's say you SL on 20 trades in a row. You've just lost $1,200 or 60% of your account. Even veteran traders will go through periods of repeat SL'ing, you are not a special snowflake and are not immune to periods of major drawdown.
Risking 5% means you are willing to lose $100 per trade. SL 20 trades in a row, your account is blown. As Red Foreman would call it - Good job dumbass.

Never risk more than 1% of your account on any trade until you can show that you are either consistently breaking even or making a profit. By consistently, I mean 200 trades minimum. You do 200 trades over a period of time and either break-even or make a profit, then you should be alright to increase your risk.

Unfortunately, this is where many retail traders get greedy and blow it. They will do 10 trades and hit their profit target on 9 of them. They will start seeing huge piles of money in their future and get greedy. They will start taking more risk on their trades than their account can handle.

200 trades of break-even or profitable performance risking 1% per trade. Don't even think about increasing your risk tolerance until you do it. When you get to this point, increase you risk to 2%. Do 1,000 trades at this level and show break-even or profit. If you blow your account, go back down to 1% until you can figure out what the hell you did differently or wrong, fix your strategy, and try again.

Once you clear 1,000 trades at 2%, it's really up to you if you want to increase your risk. I don't recommend it. Even 2% is bordering on gambling to be honest.


LESSON 4 - THE 500 PIP DRAWDOWN RULE

This is a rule I created for myself and it's a great way to help protect your account from blowing.

Sometimes the market goes insane. Like really insane. Insane to the point that your broker can't keep up and they can't hold your orders to the SL and TP levels you specified. They will try, but during a flash crash like we had at the start of January 2019 the rules can sometimes go flying out the window on account of the trading servers being unable to keep up with all the shit that's hitting the fan.

Because of this I live by a rule I call the 500 Pip Drawdown Rule and it's really quite simple - Have enough funds in your account to cover a 500 pip drawdown on your largest open trade. I don't care if you set a SL of -50 pips. During a flash crash that shit sometimes just breaks.

So let's use an example - you open a 0.1 lot short order on USDCAD and set the SL to 50 pips (so you'd only lose $50 if you hit stoploss). An hour later Trump makes some absurd announcement which causes a massive fundamental event on the market. A flash crash happens and over the course of the next few minutes USDCAD spikes up 500 pips, your broker is struggling to keep shit under control and your order slips through the cracks. By the time your broker is able to clear the backlog of orders and activity, your order closes out at 500 pips in the red. You just lost $500 when you intended initially to only risk $50.

It gets kinda scary if you are dealing with whole lot orders. A single order with a 500 pip drawdown is $5,000 gone in an instant. That will decimate many trader accounts.

Remember my statements above about Forex being a cruel bitch of a mistress? I wasn't kidding.

Granted - the above scenario is very rare to actually happen. But glitches to happen from time to time. Broker servers go offline. Weird shit happens which sets off a fundamental shift. Lots of stuff can break your account very quickly if you aren't using proper risk management.


LESSON 5 - UNDERSTAND DIFFERENT TRADING METHODOLOGIES

Generally speaking, there are 3 trading methodologies that traders employ. It's important to figure out what method you intend to use before asking for help. Each has their pros and cons, and you can combine them in a somewhat hybrid methodology but that introduces challenges as well.

In a nutshell:

Now you may be thinking that you want to be a a price action trader - you should still learn the principles and concepts behind TA and FA. Same if you are planning to be a technical trader - you should learn about price action and fundamental analysis. More knowledge is better, always.

With regards to technical analysis, you need to really understand what the different indicators are tell you. It's very easy to misinterpret what an indicator is telling you, which causes you to make a bad trade and lose money. It's also important to understand that every indicator can be tuned to your personal preferences.

You might find, for example, that using Bollinger Bands with the normal 20 period SMA close, 2 standard deviation is not effective for how you look at the chart, but changing that to say a 20 period EMA average price, 1 standard deviation bollinger band indicator could give you significantly more insight.


LESSON 6 - TIMEFRAMES MATTER

Understanding the differences in which timeframes you trade on will make or break your chosen strategy. Some strategies work really well on Daily timeframes (i.e. Ichimoku) but they fall flat on their face if you use them on 1H timeframes, for example.

There is no right or wrong answer on what timeframe is best to trade on. Generally speaking however, there are 2 things to consider:


If you are a total newbie to forex, I suggest you don't trade on anything shorter than the 1H timeframe when you are first learning. Trading on higher timeframes tends to be much more forgiving and profitable per trade. Scalping is a delicate art and requires finesse and can be very challenging when you are first starting out.


LESSON 7 - AUTOBOTS...ROLL OUT!

Yeah...I'm a geek and grew up with the Transformers franchise decades before Michael Bay came along. Deal with it.

Forex bots are called EA's (Expert Advisors). They can be wonderous and devastating at the same time. /Forex is not really the best place to get help with them. That is what /algotrading is useful for. However some of us that lurk on /Forex code EA's and will try to assist when we can.

Anybody can learn to code an EA. But just like how 95% of retail traders fail, I would estimate the same is true for forex bots. Either the strategy doesn't work, the code is buggy, or many other reasons can cause EA's to fail. Because EA's can often times run up hundreds of orders in a very quick period of time, it's critical that you test them repeatedly before letting them lose on a live trading account so they don't blow your account to pieces. You have been warned.

If you want to learn how to code an EA, I suggest you start with MQL. It's a programming language which can be directly interpretted by Meta Trader. The Meta Trader terminal client even gives you a built in IDE for coding EA's in MQL. The downside is it can be buggy and glitchy and caused many frustrating hours of work to figure out what is wrong.

If you don't want to learn MQL, you can code an EA up in just about any programming language. Python is really popular for forex bots for some reason. But that doesn't mean you couldn't do it in something like C++ or Java or hell even something more unusual like JQuery if you really wanted.

I'm not going to get into the finer details of how to code EA's, there are some amazing guides out there. Just be careful with them. They can be your best friend and at the same time also your worst enemy when it comes to forex.

One final note on EA's - don't buy them. Ever. Let me put this into perspective - I create an EA which is literally producing money for me automatically 24/5. If it really is a good EA which is profitable, there is no way in hell I'm selling it. I'm keeping it to myself to make a fortune off of. EA's that are for sale will not work, will blow your account, and the developer who coded it will tell you that's too darn bad but no refunds. Don't ever buy an EA from anybody.

LESSON 8 - BRING ON THE HATERS

You are going to find that this subreddit is frequented by trolls. Some of them will get really nasty. Some of them will threaten you. Some of them will just make you miserable. It's the price you pay for admission to the /Forex club.

If you can't handle it, then I suggest you don't post here. Find a more newbie-friendly site. It sucks, but it's reality.

We often refer to trolls on this subreddit as shitcunts. That's your word of the day. Learn it, love it. Shitcunts.


YOU MADE IT, WELCOME TO FOREX!

If you've made it through all of the above and aren't cringing or getting scared, then welcome aboard the forex train! You will fit in nicely here. Ask your questions and the non-shitcunts of our little corner of reddit will try to help you.

Assuming this post doesn't get nuked and I don't get banned for it, I'll add more lessons to this post over time. Lessons I intend to add in the future:
If there is something else you feel should be included please drop a comment and I'll add it to the above list of pending topics.

Cheers,

Bob



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Babypips review from a Noob

Just finished Babypips.com's "school of pipsology" and I wanted to write a quick review of it and maybe process some of the information.

Overall, I found it to be quite informative, easy to understand, and funny at times. I liked how it gives you a really good idea of how brokers work, how the markets are set up, and the underlying fundamentals behind it (without simply just saying something along the lines of "you basically just bet on what country you think will do better"). I think it also gives the reader a good understanding of proper risk management and how to properly execute a trading strategy.

One of the most glaring drawbacks I kept running into was misspelled words/improper sentences/improper formatting. I know this may seem nitpicky but I often found myself questioning the validity of some of their ideas if they couldn't even be bothered to proofread their material before publishing it (call me a choosing beggar but I like my free education to be of quality!). I also had an issue with their oversimplification on some ideas, which ended up contradicting ideas discussed later on.

Once again, I am for all intents and purposes, a noob, so babypips was my first real introduction into the world of forex (besides reading the book "naked forex" which I realized I should have read after babypips) so I figured I would give an honest review of the material.

I now am at a point where I have a decent amount of theoretical knowledge and am ready to apply it, but am not sure which type of trading strategy I will use. I am looking for advice on where to go from here, which books to read next, etc.
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What should I learn next?

Hi everyone! I just got into forex trading and just completed the school of pipsology course. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what I should move on to that has helped some of you get better at trading. I would really like to learn a lot more before I make my first actual trade. Thank you!
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Question about indicators.

I am currently learning Forex trading from Babypips, and I am really starting to enjoy it. I have just finished the elementary bit of the School of Pipsology, and after I learnt about Stochastic, Parabolic SAR, Ichimoku Kinko, Bollinger Bands, Moving Averages and more I went on my demo account and started practicing them. However, as I used all of the indicators at the same time, the chart became a mess. Then I remembered that I stumbled onto this thread a while back, and I started to question which Indicator I should really focus more on as using lots of indicators is considered "a bad thing" (the meme and comments imply so).
Now, my question to you is - how many indicators do most highly experienced traders use and which ones are more important ? Or are they all good, and just depend on the strategy that the trader uses ?
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$5 for a Learn to Trade Live+Interactive Course from Academy of Financial Trading (reg £425) (Groupon)

https://www.groupon.com/deals/academy-of-financial-trading-new-york-city
http://www.academyft.com/learn-how-to-be-a-trader-foundation.htm
It says stocks on Groupon but they're focusing on Forex actually. Not the first time Groupon doesn't know what they're selling, heh.
No idea if this is any good, but it seems like they cover quite a lot of stuff for $5 and it's live+interactive. If anyone has any experience, maybe you can comment on the quality and efficiency of the info, if it's better than anything free online. Of course for anybody new, DO THE BABYPIPS SCHOOL OF PIPSOLOGY TOO!:
http://www.babypips.com/school
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"Super Trader. Make Consistent Profits in Good and Bad Markets" Van K. Tharp

Hi /Forex,
As a beginner I am seeking all possible sources of knowledge regarding trading and investment in general. Although I am familiar with School of Pipsology I seek also different kinds of books, which might help. One of those, advertised as a must-read and hard-copy-must-have, is "Super Trader" by Van K. Tharp. It's seems not to be about strategy at all, rather psychological side of trading. I was quite surprised to find no information / opinion about it here.
Did any of you read / heard about it? It has quite good reviews on Amazon (DE) and GoodReads.
US Amazon -> LINK
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I'm working towards FOREX (currency) investing. Anyone here have experience with it?

As the title mentions, I am working towards FOREX investments. I started off by reading the "School of Pipsology" over at babypips.com, which was a big help and I've already began reading John Murphy's book, "Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets".
What I'm really curious about are any possible systems that you may have experience with that seem somewhat reliable. I've been toying around with a system which looks for moving average crossovers, with RSI and Stoch for supporting indicators.
Any advice in general would be great. I hope there are some FOREX nerds around!
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