Get started in the exciting world of trading with our Learn to Trade in 10 Minutes guide! This quick and easy guide will introduce you to the basics of trading, including what it is, what you can trade, where to trade, and how to trade. You’ll also learn key terms to help you make informed decisions when entering into a trade. By the end of the guide, you’ll have a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts of trading and be on your way to becoming a successful trader.
So why wait? Start Learn to Trade in 10 Minutes now and take the first step towards live trading!
What is trading?
Trading allows you to speculate on the price movements of an underlying asset, such as a currency, stock, index, commodity, and cryptocurrency, without actually owning the underlying asset. Instead of buying the asset itself, you enters into a contract, agreeing to pay the difference between the price of the asset at the time the contract is entered into and the price of the asset at the time the contract is closed.
Trading allows you to take a long or short position on an asset, meaning you can make a profit whether the price of the asset goes up or down. Trading is popular because of its wide variety of assets, low costs, and high flexibility. However, it’s also considered high-risk, and it’s important for you to fully understand the risks before entering into a contract.
What can you trade?
There are many different types of assets that can be traded, including:
- Stocks: Shares in publicly traded companies.
- Bonds: Debt securities issued by governments or corporations.
- Commodities: Raw materials such as gold, oil, and agricultural products.
- Currencies: Foreign exchange (forex) currencies such as the US dollar, euro, and yen.
- Indices: A basket of stocks or other securities that represent a particular market or sector.
- Options and futures: Derivatives contracts that give the holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset at a specific price at a specific time in the future.
- Cryptocurrencies: Digital or virtual currencies that use cryptography for security.
Where do you trade?
A trading platform such as MT4, MT5 or TradingView allows you to access financial markets and execute trades. These platforms include charting tools, real-time market data, and order execution capabilities. They can be web-based, which allows traders to access the platform through a web browser, or they can be installed on a trader’s computer. Some platforms also offer mobile versions for trading on-the-go. Additionally, trading platforms may also offer features such as news, research and analysis, and educational resources.
How do you trade?
On MT4, MT5 or TradingView, you simply click a ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ button.
Deciding whether to buy (go long) or sell (go short) when trading depends on your analysis of the market conditions and your trading strategy. Here are a few factors to consider when making this decision:
- Technical analysis: Look at the price charts of the underlying asset and use technical indicators to identify trends, patterns, and other signals that may suggest the asset’s future price direction.
- Fundamentals analysis: Study the economic and political conditions that may affect the asset’s price, such as interest rates, GDP, political events, etc.
- News and market sentiment: Keep an eye on the latest news and market sentiment, as they can have a significant impact on the asset’s price.
- Risk-reward ratio: Consider the potential rewards and risks of a trade. A higher risk-reward ratio means that the potential rewards outweigh the risks.
- Your trading strategy: Stick to your trading strategy and have a clear plan in place for entry, exit and stop-loss levels.
Common trading terms you need to know:
When trading, it is important to understand some key terms that are commonly used in the market:
- Pip: A pip is a unit of measurement used in trading to indicate the change in value of an asset. In most cases, a pip is equal to the fourth decimal place of the price, such as 0.0001 for EUR/USD
- Leverage: This refers to the ability to control a large amount of an asset with a relatively small amount of capital. Traders can use leverage to increase their potential profits, but it also increases the potential for losses.
- Spread: This is the difference between the buy and sell price of an asset.
- Margin: This is the amount of money that a trader must have in their account in order to open a position. It is collateral for the trade.
- Contract size: This is the number of units of an asset that a trader is buying or selling in a single trade.
- Stop loss: This is an order to close a trade at a certain price in order to limit potential losses.
- Take profit: This is an order to close a trade at a certain price in order to lock in profits.
Test Your Knowledge
Congratulations on completing Learn to Trade in 10 Minutes! It’s great that you have taken the first step in learning about the world of trading, and now have a basic understanding of the concepts involved. With the knowledge you’ve gained from your course, you are now in a better position to take the next step and start trading.
I encourage you to practice trading with a demo trading account today before trading with a live account. This will allow you to gain experience before opening a live account.