The short answer is yes. The longer answer is, yes you can make a living trading the Forex market but you have to consistently do a lot of things right.
Most traders simply do not yet possess the necessary trading skill, discipline, patience, or realistic attitude to succeed long-term in the markets. However, this does not mean that it is impossible. You simply have to learn what you need to do to become a consistently profitable trader, and then do it. Easier said than done, I know. But, I am living proof that you can make a living trading the Forex market, and I personally know other people who make consistent money in the markets.
So, it can be done. My story has ultimately led me down the path of helping other traders, so let me give you some valuable insight into what it takes to be able to trade Forex for a living….
Thanks alot for your help in sharing these lessons with others. The first thing you need if you want to make a living trading the Forex market is enough starting capital; if you are under-funded you will have to accept that you will not be making a living from trading Forex any time soon. The exact amount of disposable money that you will need in order trade full-time will be different for everyone. But, generally speaking, if you plan on effectively managing your risk on every trade, you will need a decent amount of money at your disposal in order to trade a large enough position size to make enough money to support yourself while at the same not risking too much of your account on any one trade.
Part Time trading for extra income is more easy to achieve in the early stages of you trading career. However, instead of putting pressure on yourself to make a lot of money really fast, focus on building a consistently profitable track record and self confidence and the money will follow. Even if you have a lot of money to trade with, if you do not focus on the mechanics of successful Forex trading , you will lose regardless.
When I started trading, I started small, and when I became good, I approached people for money to trade, I built up my own capital and then went out on my own. My most sincere advice in the early stages of your trading pursuits is to aim to be a part time trader and a good one!
Big things will follow for you in the future if you can get this first part right. So, yes, you do need a relatively large amount of money in order to trade full-time and be a player, but you still must be able to be a consistently profitable trader regardless.
I trade mainly off the daily charts, and I teach my students to do the same.
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If you want to have a realistic chance at making a living as a Forex trader, you need to master trading the daily charts before all else. This is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle of being able to trade for a living. The daily chart gives us the best combination of accuracy and frequency of price action trading setups.
Focusing your efforts on trading higher time frames will give you a much better perspective on the markets and will greatly reduce the amount of trading mistakes you make. Trading Forex for a living is the result of doing a lot of things right…. Trading the Forex market for a living does not only depend on being sufficiently funded and trading the daily charts.
These two components are important, but there are a lot of other things you have to do too. Refer to this trading plan every day and tweak or update it as you learn and grow as a trader. This is important for keeping you accountable and helping you maintain discipline. Practice proper Forex money management. Doing everything else discussed in this article will help you to not over-trade.
But you really have to be consciously aware of this huge trading mistake.
Most Forex traders trade too much and in my opinion this is the number one reason most of them fail to make a living in the market. If you are properly funded, have mastered the daily charts, are consistently and perfectly executing your edge, are following your trading plan, are recording your trades, and not over-trading or over-leveraging, you have a very good shot at eventually making a living from the market.
The trick is that you must do ALL these things right. Learning to trade from a successful trader can help you achieve your goals faster…. Just like any other profession or skill in life is easier to learn from a mentor, learning to trade Forex from a skilled trading mentor is arguable the most efficient and effective way to achieve your trading goals.
No this is not some marketing pitch lol, I am serious, you need to educate yourself and be around others with the same goals, that is the entire reasons I started my trading community in the first place, ie; to share ideas, to be around other traders who have similar goals and to continue my own learning journey.
I provide aspiring traders with the necessary pieces of the puzzle, but it is up to them to put them all together, I cannot do this for you. If you can master the technical aspects that I teach along with the human elements, trading for a living is a realistically achievable goal for you.
Paul, we have a beginners guide to forex trading here — http: Very straightforward article Nial, I love it!
Hey what do you think about trailing stops with new swings as an exit strategy in trends for someone who wants a higher reward to risk ratio? I have read a lot of articles on the web but yours have changed my perspectives. Keep the good work Nial. Lots of traders are dying cos they tend to trade with a loaned capital.
This is Lakes from Nigeria. I wish I found this article 2 years ago. Well said about your article. Anyway very big THANK YOU for this article. Maybe my other oncern is to understand how both forex and shares work.
Dave, take the beginners guide to forex trading here — http: Good article, but I think that a person has to find himself in the forex market.
They have to know what works for them. Learning forex was the most difficult skill I have tried to learn. After learning so much in the forex market, spike trading is the best for me. Good article I want to start trading and know nothing about it at all,my friend makes a lot of money doing futures trading he has a company doing this he is going to teach me how but before he starts I have to learn about trading ect. I have no idea in forex trading yet and have seen your blog.
It helped me a bit in understanding forex and what needs to be done before investing and not to lose too much money. I am a newbie and have made double digit returns in my first quarter by following Nialls trading techniques. Always great to read what Nial has to say. Very practical and I can easily relate to it.
Though I have dropped forex for a while now due to inability to make a living from it in view of inconsistency and indiscipline.
I hope to analyse, digest and practicalise your strategies, when I make up my mind to come back to forex. It is still a kind of first love for me.
Keep up the good work. Just google up the tittle of this article and you will be met with a deluge of money hungry people who have no idea about trading.. Most if not all have the same problems with patience and keep jumping from one system to another in hopes of finding the holy grail. Your search ends right here right now with the information on this site… price action! Keep things simple with bigger time frames and sound bankroll management, be consistent in your approach, have some sticking power and relax..
Thanks, Nial, Great read, good info… Have been trading for a year now… Looking for a semi-auto trade journal software, do you know of a good one? Also, Multi-account manager, Like MIG, so I can trade for family and frieinds?
Hi Nial, I really appreciate your tremendous help in helping me to my feet in forex trading. Having only traded for 3 months and going nowhere, your articles addressed all my greatest challenges. A genuine teacher, honest in approach,reading his articles gave me at least some hope that I should hold on.
And the fear factor of the forex may be a lie. I will tell you, look at the weekly chart for trending markets, you will hardly be disappointed. Thanks for the article. Your focus is on FOREX. Can the same principles be applied to stock? Also, in this article you say to master the daily charts yet most of your other material focuses on the 4h.
Any clarification you can provide would be appreciated. Great article Nial, this question popped up in my mind an you answered it accurately and clearly. As a newbie member to the site I am just amazed at the content and above all the passion from Nial to help others to trade successfully. I am yet to see another site come close this one. It has taken me awhile to understand the fundamentals of education in trading and the above article cements in my mind that until all the factors outlined above are implemented then and only then will I start trading and aspiring to my goals.
Great article Nial, this is my ultimate goal but right now I am still learning the business, the hardest part is controlling the human elements and not over trading that as you put it is the 1 killer. Your method is truly the best I have no doubts.
Your course is the best investment I have ever made. For few years I am doing trading on demo but could not succeed due to inexperience. Your article was really opening and I realized what mistakes I was making. I intend to follow your instructions seriously and will consult you time and again if you allow me.
OVER THE LAST YEAR I HAVE READ,STUDIED,AND TRIED TO APPLY EVERY THING AND I MEAN EVERY THING THAT YOU SAY TO DO. I HAVE NEVER READ ANY OTHER BOOK,ARTICLE, BY ANY ONE BUT YOU ABOUT THIS SUBJECT. YOU ARE TRUELY ARE GREAT TEACHER. I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH. I am a new trader, but I doubled my account balance in under an hour, just by using price action analysis of the chart.
Good Job, I cant wait to meet u in Australia. As a beginner learning trading, I can see you have well summarized what needs to be followed to become successful in trading. Thanks Nial,i cant thank you enough your teachings has made me a profitable trader.
Money management is important for all of us. We need to be willing to start small and achieve consistency. Got a question that being a beginner like me i know a person who does the 1hr and 4hr charts for a living. Why do you believe its the daily chart that works and not the others. Another great article Nial. Anyone who suggests otherwise is selling you pipe dreams. By applying structure and dicipline into your trading day, the profits certainly follow.
God bless you always. Appreciate the advice, Nial. Overtrading can be a difficult temptation to resist, and the sober approach you recommend is a great reminder.
Absolutely agree with you on this one. Following your tweets for your new articles. Millions of thank you for your sharing idea. Its great work Nial in this world for them who are blind and try to get stick for walk to forward being successful trader. Thanks for the great article.. I have made all the mistakes you discuss in all of your articles. I quit once for over a year because I got so frustrated. However, after reading your information it ignited a renewed interest in giving it another go.
I am still working on getting there, but the way you put togehter the logistics, psychology, emotional issues into simple to understand terms, helps me identify my mistakes which allows me to work on them so I can improve. Nothing like that anywhere else I have found so far. Most just throw technical stuff at you. Glad I found you. No pie-in-the-sky immediate wealth promises, rather a realistic outline of how to be a successful trader.
Recently, I made two profitable practice trades on the EURUSD and GBPUSD. How did I do it? I WAITED for the right price-action setup which took over a week.
When I started trading 4 years ago, I never had the patience to do this! As far as I can see, there is no other way for long-term success as a trader than the method taught by Nial.
Thanks very much for the very useful informations , your lessons are always great , one of the best out there Sincere regards ….. Thanks again is a very honest and striaght article.
These articles you send us are very valuable and important to me. Please keep them coming. I have not traded forex for a year now but have established a business over the year to fund my account. I am comitting to starting back in trading and with your approach that you mention in this article it makes it simple and easy to follow approach. Thank you and looking forward to working with you and the community here to trade the markets.
Thank you for the article Nial, it was great. What percentage range should a prudent trader be risking on a trade? This would of course be based upon yours and others you know professional,personal experiences.
But there must be a range of criteria that would be possible for you to estimate. The article is very nebulous on this point. By providing this information it would give your members a more realistic view of what to expect. What is decent for me may not be decent for you. BTW, I know of no other site that has done this. You provide a great service. I am a member. You have answered all of my emails and I thank you for that.
I just think that an attempt to clarify this a bit would be of great service to us all, since this is a central issue for anyone contemplating trading for a living. Very encouraging words for me. I use your articles as a check list for my career transition to part time trader. Personally I have found the members forum a wealth of knowledge and learning opportunities. My trading plan is starting to come together.
Thanks again, have an awesome day. Nial, I must say, you have quite a talent for writing.. Maybe you can consider writing a book on PA and trading psychology one day.. Im sure it will be a hit. At least i know I would buy a copy: Its truly been a pleasure discovering you and your work. Hi Nial,a big thank you this makes alot of sense to me.
Such articles always put me on the right track. Keep publishing these great articles!! Nial, I appreciate the way you have been teaching forex market in all sincerity and honesty. Another great article Nial, just to remind us starters, to take it easy, calm, you can really make a living from trading forex but is not tomorrow, it take is natural path with Nial lessons can be a little more easy….
Small capital make it difficult do trade higher time frames. What advise would give when you start with small capital? Thank u very much for all your educational articles. I am a better trader today partly because of the concepts that I have geaned from your free lessons. Keep up the good work!!
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If only forex traders can realise that forex is a game of probability, and that there is no holy grail anywhere, and take to heart many of the lessons that u teach, there would be less frown and more joy on the face of forex traders today!! Keep up with the good lessons, just as u have said, it is up to us to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
I am a long time putting these puzzle pieces together!! I trade already two years, but that frankness and sincerity I never heard before…and that Secret — Simpel price action…avesome, tnx Nial! Another fabulous article into becoming a trader. I still need to perfect my entry and stick to the trade. Thank you for all your support and guidance, Filopastry. I wanted to make money in a hurry and as you state in your article it is important to focus on beoming a good and consistent trader first of all.
This is a great wake up lesson for me because I need to get back on track,thanks. As always a very straight to the point and easy to understand article.
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I guess this is the ultimate dream of every trader — which is to trade for a living — so thanks a lot for writing this article and sharing your experience. Thanks a lot Bro, your article is so cool, gimme some ideas to become good trader. Thanks Nial a great article. Trade for living is my target to achieve. Its not to much if I take my basic account. But in long run, if I will make it… The door will be open… Great article, an eye opening for most of traders….
Hi Nial — Thanks for the article. You have done a great job with this subject and it is a very timely subject for me. I am testing your price action system using daily chart for months. It seems pretty good, but I need more time to become more discipline. Thanks for the excellent article!! This guy is something else! Easy to understand, genuine in his approach and what he says makes so much sense in a market full of non-sense.
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