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Turtle traders rules

A free turtle traders forex expert advisor

Ah, the turtle traders. The legendary experiment.

 

The stuff that makes the hearts of all traders tingle with excitement. No? Well, it makes me excited at least, don’t judge 🙂

 

The Turtle Traders Experiment

 

“We’re going to raise traders just like they raise turtles in Singapore.”

 

Set in the 1980s, Richard Dennis (one of the most successful traders back then) strongly believed that trading could be taught. When he started out his plans to teach a group of 23 people to become great traders, many were sceptical though. This is how it worked: he gathered a small group of traders – the Turtles – and gave them a 2 week training course on a simple trend following system. With these clear instructions, the turtles were given a trading account and had to trade the rules they were taught for one month. After the month, the ones that were successful were given a larger trading account from Richard’s own money to trade.

 

Money

 

Fast-forward 5 years and his turtles had earned an aggregate profit of $175 million. The experiment was an enormous success and showed that given a simple set of rules, anyone could be made a successful trader. Some of the original turtles went on to keep trading under their own accounts and were incredibly successful at it.

 

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sustainable profits trading forex

Is it possible to make sustainable profits trading forex?

Can I make sustainable profits trading forex? Anyone who’s been trading forex for longer than a couple of weeks has asked this question. I certainly have in the beginning of my forex career!

 

How about you?

 

Everyone does.

I enjoy teaching others how to trade forex and how to become profitable in forex. That is the exact reason why I started Smart Forex Learning. Another way that I often try to help people, is on the social Q&A site Quora. If the questions I’m asked there are any indication, people are quite doubtful about forex:

 

I get this question a lot.

 

It usually stems multiple things. People expect quick riches, but without actually putting in the hours. Research has shown that 80% of the day traders quit within the first 2 years. Usually, at a certain point they’ve lost too much money and either quit or (even worse) go shopping for a magical forex trading system.  Then they lose some more. People feel lost.

 

It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Trading like an astronaut

Why thinking like an astronaut will make you a better trader

Frustrating, isn’t it?

You are trading for a while now, learned the fundamentals, created your trading plan – but still lose money.

It’s like building a sailing boat and learning how to navigate it. Everything lines up and you set sail, only to have a big wave tip you over when you’ve almost got to your destination.

You feel you’re close to reaching your goal but every time, something’s holding you back.

 

It’s exhausting.

 

But what if you could change your strategy and become more resilient to those big waves? Implement changes in order to make the scales tip on the right side of the trading equation?

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Forex MT4 MetaEditor

MT4 EA Course: our first forex expert advisor

This article is part of a series. Here are the other parts:

 

Welcome to the second part of our MetaTrader4 Expert Advisor course! Missed the first part? Go read the MT4 EA course Intro now, I’ll wait!

 

In this part, we’re going to learn how to use the MetaEditor – the Integrated Development Environment or IDE for MetaTrader4 – to develop those exceptional expert advisors! I’ll show you around the editor and we’re even going to create our first expert advisor. Let’s call that EA the Forex Wall-E.

Get it? Robots, automated programs. Ah, moooving on!

Forex Wall-E

 

After this article, you will feel comfortable with the MetaEditor and know how to create a new expert advisor. That’s almost halfway to raking in those pips with our automated strategy!

 

These are your first steps into a new world – with a huge potential pay-off.

Ready?

Let’s do this.

 

 

“Invest in yourself. Your career is the engine of your wealth.”

– Paul Clitheroe

 

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Forex VPS hosting - network cable

4 forex VPS deals to make your trading more reliable

As I’m sure many of you do as well, I’m using MetaTrader 4 as my main trading platform (using Pepperstone as my broker of choice). Running automated strategies poses a challenge however: you need to continuously keep your computer running to let the expert advisors make trades! That is something I’ve done in the beginning (yeah..), but it’s not very practical. I have since moved on to use a forex VPS hosting solution, something that allowed me to log in to my MetaTrader 4 instance whenever I wanted to without having my computer running 24/7.

 

Good forex VPS services set themselves apart from other VPS hosting companies by catering specific to the needs of forex traders. They make sure that maintenance only happens when the markets are closed, they offer regular backups and redundant servers. Some even offer free Expert Advisors as part of the hosting package.

 

Over the years I’ve used various forex VPS providers, so I’d wanted to give an overview of the good and cheap (but reliable!) VPS forex hosting companies that I know offer quality hosting that is reliable, affordable and will run your MetaTrader 4 platform without issues.

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Best forex books

Best Forex trading books every trader should read

As a professional forex trader, keeping up to date and learning about new strategies and ways to improve your trading is critical to your long-term success. This self-motivation to improve and lifelong learning is actually very common amongst forex traders. We are often self-taught because of our fascination with the currency markets!

During the years, there were a couple of books that had a profound impact on how I approach my forex trading. These books were eye-openers in one way or another and were books that made me the forex trader I am today. This list of best forex books are my top recommendations for you to read and improve your forex knowledge.

 

If you’re in a hurry and just want one great book recommendation that will have the biggest impact on the way you trade, pick this one:

Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas

It will be the best investment in your trading career you’ve ever made.

 

Note: I also wrote about the best non-trading books
that will still help you become a better trader (and improve your life!).

 

The best Forex books list:

 

1 . Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques – Steve Nison

Steve Nison is arguably the “grandfather” of candlesticks in the Western world, he is the one deemed responsible for bringing Japanese candlestick charts (which some say go back to the late 1800s in Japan) to the Western trading world.

In his book, he gives some background on the Japanese candlestick charts and how he found out about them from a Japanese broker. Then, he quickly goes into describing all the different candlestick patterns, with well illustrated examples. The second part of the book goes into using candlesticks with other techniques such as eliott wave, trendlines, moving averages and more.

This is THE definitive book on candlestick charting and candle patterns. If you want to know more about price action, this book should be the first one to pick up. I highly recommend it. Read more.

 

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Forex Metatrader 4 EA editor

MT4 Expert Advisor Forex Course Intro

This article is part of a series. Here are the other parts:

 

The best MetaTrader 4 (MT4) expert advisor development course you’ll find on the web!

Here’s why: my MT4 expert advisor course will teach you how to transform your trading plan into a fully automated algorithmic trading system. What sets this course apart from others is its practical approach: I will provide you with real-life examples (including code!) on how to tackle actual scenarios. You will learn how automating your trades can help you lift your trading into profitability!
Backtesting a MT4 expert advisor

What this course covers

  • What is automated or algorithmic trading and why should I use it?
  • How to use the MetaEditor and Expert Advisors
  • Create your own Expert Advisor (EA)
  • Backtest your EA to validate your idea
  • Practical implementations for common scenarios, such as trailing stops, crossovers, dynamic position sizing, working with custom indicators and much more!

 

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Forex trading plan

The ultimate forex trading plan guide

Building your trading plan will be by far the most important part of your forex trading success. Too many forex traders are currently entering trades without a clear vision or goal in mind. They have a fear of missing out. They have a “feeling” that their trade is going to be the winning one, raking in loads of pips! When it turns out that the charts didn’t go their way, the first reaction is to quickly try again and forget the losing trade. Keep in mind that the fading affect bias is a powerful cognitive bias! This approach eventually leads to losses, pushing profitability even further away.

These traders lack a trading plan, a well-defined description of the “what” and “how” of their trading business (notice how I said business. You should treat it as such if you want to take forex trading seriously!). In this post, I will guide you through the steps needed to make such a trading plan, and give you a template of how a trading plan could look like.

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How to start trading

Getting started with Forex trading

If you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume you have an interest in forex trading. Maybe you’ve heard about forex from that friend working in finance or maybe you have an interest in currency markets yourself. One thing is clear: you want to know more about it! But where do you start? There are so many brokers, types of trading software, trading accounts, …

It’s easy to lose track of everything when you’re just starting out, so I’d like to show you some good starting points to get you going quickly.

Forex brokers

Choosing a broker can seem daunting. To help you out, I’ve written an article that shows what to look for when choosing a broker. I’ve been using Pepperstone as my forex broker and I’m very happy with them. If you’re looking for a reliable broker, they come highly recommended.

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Forex broker charts

Choosing a forex broker

Finding the right forex broker can be a challenge if you don’t know where to look.  There are so many brokers available, all with their own offers trying to lure you in.

 

Note: I’ve been using Pepperstone for a while now, and I’m extremely happy with them. I use their Razor ECN offering, which offers super low spreads (often 0 on EURUSD) and their service is absolutely top notch. If you’re looking for a good and reliable forex broker, I’d recommend checking them out. The Pepperstone link is an affiliate link. If you enjoy the content of this site and you’re looking for a broker, please consider Pepperstone as you can get the first 20 trades free when you sign up. The commission I receive helps me run this site. Thanks!

 

When choosing a broker, it’s therefore useful to look at the following criteria:

 

Low spreads

The spread of a currency pair is the difference between the buying price and the selling price of that currency pair. Most forex brokers don’t work on a commission basis, and the spread is how the brokers actually earn money when traders make orders. Different brokers will offer different spreads, and it’s worth looking into which brokers offer the lowest spreads on the currency pairs you’re planning to trade with the most often. A useful website to check a lot of broker spreads for the most common currency pairs can be found here.

 

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