Forex News Trading
Forex news trading is a strategy of trading the Forex markets based on economic news.
Just as any company's stocks get affected when financial news about the company's financial performance comes out, the same is true with currencies. A country's currency is what a stock is to a company. Any news about a nation's economic health would be directly affecting that country's currency. And this is where Forex news trading comes in. Investors practicing Forex news trading take advantage of the immediate and sometimes wild fluctuations in a particular currency when certain economic news or data is released to the public.
Anyone who has observed the markets before, during, and after the release of a very important economic data would know that there is potential for earnings that can be harnessed in Forex news trading. The important thing is for the investor to act fast.
Now, how can he act fast? Acting swiftly, like any other form of Forex strategy, can be predicated on preparation. In Forex news trading, the investor must get himself ready with the news that is going to come out. There are schedules on when these economic data are due to come out. Various Forex-related websites publish these announcements together with the previous and forecasted figures. The forecasted figures are the numbers which the market expects to come out. And usually, based on these forecasted figures, the market reacts favorably or unfavorably when the news comes out. For example, if monthly CPI for a certain country is expected to increase by 0.5%, and the figure that comes out is an increase of only 0.1%, then the market can react unfavorably towards it. Some might expect that a 0.1% increase is still positive news for the currency. But since the market is expecting a 0.5% increase, the small raise in CPI figures may actually hurt the currency.
So before the economic news comes out, an investor practicing Forex news trading should prepare himself and give parameters on how he would act when the figures come out. He should decode beforehand on what level of figure he would buy a currency, which level he would sell, and when he would just stay in the sidelines (yes, staying in the sidelines is a valuable position in the Forex markets).
By being prepared this way in Forex news trading, the investor can act swiftly and confidently since he has studied the markets and the economic indicators that are coming out. Now, getting out of the market is another issue. But it should also be included on the trading plan of the investor practicing Forex news trading. Prepare beforehand what his target profits are and where his stoplosses. And also be prepared to take contingencies should the market stall.
It is also important to note that not all forms of economic indicators have the same effect on the currencies. Certain economic indicators, particularly those directly affecting a country's inflation and interest rates, are the ones which usually move the markets.
It is also recommend subscribing to some newsletters or Forex news trading organizations in the internet where they usually email their forecast and trading plans for the economic data that would come out everyday. This way, you can have some benchmark and comparison on how you view and analyze the data that is coming out.
Forex news trading can indeed be profitable. The keys are preparing thoroughly and acting swiftly. Once you have mastered these, Forex news trading can be a beneficial addition to an investor's trading strategies.