A common mistake by many new traders is that they think they can make money… fast! While it’s true you can make money in a short amount of time, it doesn’t mean you will end up profitable in the long run.
A typical scenario is that a new trader reads a little bit about trading forex, finds a system online that claims to make money quickly, and then jumps right into trading because he feels like he’s got enough of a background to make millions of dollars.
Unfortunately after the “honeymoon” period is over and the excitement settles down, this new trader now realizes that trading isn’t as easy as he thought. The system doesn’t seem to be working like it claimed it would and he has no idea why the market is doing what it’s doing.
The most important thing you can invest in as a forex trader is your TIME! Every single trading day is a learning experience and if you stop learning, then you will never become a truly successful trader.
Take into account how much time it will take you to learn the basics. Then consider how much time it will take in your daily routine to read charts, news reports, record your trades, and be in the markets.
For someone who can dedicate a “full-time” job mentality to forex trading, then this is no problem. However, if you’re like most people, you may have a job, school work, tuba lessons, World of Warcraft dailies, so you cannot exactly dedicate your entire day to trading.