Essentials of Foreign Exchange Trading


This currency trading book provides readers with real, practical information on how to trade the foreign exchange market effectively. It begins by covering introductory information on the forex market, including basic trading mechanics and the benefits of forex trading, and then goes on to describe specific currency trading methods and skills in step-by-step detail. This includes highly practical information on technical and fundamental analysis, risk and money management, and powerful forex trading strategies. These strategies have proven extremely effective in helping traders play the forex game to win.

JAMES CHEN, CTA, CMT (Montville, NJ) is Chief Technical Strategist at FX Solutions, a leading foreign exchange broker. An expert on forex trading and technical analysis, he is also a registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) and a Chartered Market Technician (CMT). Mr. Chen writes daily currency analysis, leads forex trading seminars, and has authored numerous articles on currency trading strategy and technical analysis for major financial publications. These include, Futures Magazine, Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Magazine, and Stocks, Futures and Options (SFO) Magazine.



Chapter 1. Introduction to Foreign Exchange Trading.

Trading Money to Make Money.

Striking Gold.

Buying and Selling at Retail.

Big and Liquid, Like the Ocean.

Open 24/5.

Playing in the Majors.

Leveraged to the Hilt.

The Players.

What Moves the Forex Markets?

What to Expect from This Book.

Chapter Summary.

Chapter 2. Basic Foreign Exchange Trading Mechanics.

Anatomy of a Currency Pair.

Going Long and Selling Short.

Market Orders – On the Spot.

Entry Orders – Waiting until the Price is Right.

Stopping Losses with Stop Losses and Trailing Stops.

Profit Limits – When You’re in the Money.

Exit with Caution.

Trade Size – Lots and Lots of Lots.

Leveraging Margin and Leverage.

Margin Call – Insufficient Funds.

Pips – The Currency of Currency Trading.

Spreading the Wealth – Spreads or Commissions?

Interest – Giving and Receiving.

Hedging – Two Sides of the Same Coin.

Chapter Summary.

Chapter 3. Technical Analysis – Tools for Trading Foreign Exchange.

Introduction to Technical Analysis – Interpreting Price Action.

Basics of Bars and Candlesticks.

Keeping Time with Chart Timeframes.

Support for Resistance (and Support).

The Trend Will Set You Free.

How Trendy – Lines and Channels.

The Magic of Moving Averages.

Seeing Patterns in the Candles.

Currency Charts Take Shape.

Indicators of Change.

Pointing the Way with Pivot Points.

Fibonacci's Magic Numbers.

Riding the Elliott Wave.

Getting to the Point & Figure.

Chapter Summary.

Chapter 4. Fundamental Analysis – What Drives the Foreign Exchange Markets.

Introduction to Fundamental Analysis – Basic Economics.

A Healthy Interest in Global Bank Rates.

Carried Away with Trading.

Indication of Things to Come – Economic Indicators.

No News is Bad News for News Traders.

Chapter Summary.

Chapter 5. Foreign Exchange Trading Methods and Strategies.

Rules to Trade By.

Position Trading – Settling in for the Long-Term.

Swing Trading – Riding the Waves.

Day Trading – In and Out, Day In and Day Out.

Trend Trading – Going with the Flow.

Range Trading – Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

Breakout Trading (and Fading) – Shooting for the Stars.

Pattern Trading – Playing with Shapes.

Fibonacci and Pivot Point Trading – Magic Numbers and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies.

Elliott Wave Trading – Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.

Divergence Trading – Separate Paths.

Multiple Timeframe Trading – Timing is Everything.

Point & Figure Trading – Pointing Out Breakouts.

Carry Trading – In the Interest of Interest.

News Trading – All the News That’s Fit to Profit From.

Contrarian Trading – The Majority Doesn’t Rule.

Backtesting – History Repeats Itself.

Autotrading – Robots for Hire.

Chapter Summary.

Chapter 6. Important Elements of Successful Foreign Exchange Trading.

The Boring Side of Success.

A Risky Business.

Fatter is Healthier (But Only for Trading Accounts).

Risk and Reward.

Fix Your Fractions.

Trailing Stops – Loyal Followers.

Size Matters.

Position Overload.

Measuring Risk with a Trendline.

Great Expectations.

Psychologically Speaking.

Plan the Trade and Trade the Plan.

Chapter Summary.