FOREX Trading - an Easy Explanation (2)
Understand what you see:
Trading can be very confusing when you first start.
I'd like to help you to get rid of this confusion as quickly as possible by explaining some of the basic concepts.
The EURUSD graph above is showing us the value of the EURO against the United States Dollar.
The Blue, Red and Green lines in the graph are called Candles.
Each candle depicts how much the price (value) changed within a period of 5 minutes.
A candle consist out of 2 main parts:
- a thick part called the body of the candle.
- a thin line at the top and / or bottom called the wick of the candle.
A candle shows us 4 values:
The Colour of the Candles:
They can be any colour. The colour does not really matter.
The purpose of the colours is to show the direction that the market moved.
I use Blue, Red and Green colours to easily distinguish between the different directions the market is moving.
If the price at the end of the 5 minute period is the same as at the start of the 5 minute period then the colour will be green.
The green candles are called Doji's.
The first thing you will notice about the Doji candles is that they do not have a body.
The open value and the close value are the same.
You will find Doji's in graphs in places where there is not a lot of activity going on.
Doji's can also tell us that the market is uncertain.
You will often find it doji's places where the market may change direction.
By looking at graphs like this you have to determine if the graph is moving upwards or downwards.
If it is moving upwards, you will do a Buy transaction.
If it is moving downwards, you will do a Sell transaction.
New traders often gets confused with the Buy and Sell and the direction of the market.
The reason I changed the colours of the candles to Blue and Red is because it can help new traders to get rid of the confusion.
If you see Blue candles, click the Blue Buy button.
If you see Red candles, click the Red Sell button.
If you still gets confused, please check if you are not colour-blind!
You will see above the Buy and Sell buttons two different prices: 1.2375 / 1.2378
The first price (the lowest value) is the price you get when you sell.
The second price (the highest value) is the price you pay when you buy.
Why so many numbers?
Let's look at the number 1.2378 as is shown in the picture above.
This was the Buy price at the time the screen capture was done.
The price of the EUR USD is 1.2378
This means that for every 1 EURO, you get $1.23 (78) United States Dollars
You have to pay $1.23 (78) United States Dollars to get 1 EURO
If we break up the number 1.2378
Every 1/100 of a cent is called a Pip.
In Spot Forex trading market moves are measured in pips (= one hundreds of a cent)
You will see 2 prices, namely a buy and a sell price.
If you buy, you pay the buy price.
If you sell, you get the sell price.
In forex the difference between the buy and sell price is the dealer's
(broker) profit. It is called the Pipspread.
Whenever the graphs are moving upwards (blue candles), you will do a buy trade (click the Blue Buy button).
Whenever the graphs are moving downwards (red candles), you will do a sell trade (click the red Sell button).
If you buy, you must wait for price to change before you get out.
If the sell price can go above the price at which you bought, you make a profit.
If you sell, you must wait for price to change before you get out.
If the buy price can go below the price at which you sold, you make a profit.
Naturally we use Technical Analysis to determine the best places to activate Buy and Sell trades.
I hope this information will help you to get rid of some of the confusion.
Johan van As AFP™
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