Welcome to FxPro Trading Academy. If you’re reading this you have decided to join one of the world’s fastest growing online communities. Since the Internet revolution made it possible to trade currencies online a little over a decade ago, more and more people have turned to Forex, either as a way to supplement their existing incomes, or as a way to completely escape the workaday world and earn money on their own terms. Most seasoned Forex traders will tell you that those who end up profiting, in the long run, are in the minority. But despite this the number of people turning to online Forex continues to grow. Trading Forex is indeed risky, and we’re not here to obscure these risks, or to give you a false sense of your own abilities. We’re in the business of helping to create educated traders; this is what FxPro Trading Academy is all about.
One thing that not many people in the industry discuss very often is that the churn rate in online Forex is incredibly high. One of the more sobering statistics is that most beginners tend to wipe out their trading account balances within their first few months of trading. Brokers draw novices in, convince them that currency trading is as simple as applying a few technical indicators or clicking ‘Buy’ when an economic report comes in better than expected, then they watch them lose it all, safe in the knowledge that more beginners are flocking to their websites all the time. Our business model is different. We want our traders to have long and profitable trading careers. And while we may not be able to guarantee your success, we do our best to ensure that you go in with your eyes open and take your best self to the markets every time you trade.
In 2012 FxPro completed the transition to becoming a 100% FX agency model brokerage. You can read more about this here. What it means, briefly, is that our interests are now fully aligned with yours. Depending on which of our platforms you are using, our revenues come from marking up the spreads that we receive from our liquidity providers, or by charging commissions when you enter and close positions. In other words the on-going success of our clients is the most important thing to us. We do not profit from your losses; we only make money when you trade.
A few things about this course.
FxPro Trading Academy has been designed to prepare a complete beginner for the challenges of trading on the world’s currency markets. By the end of this course you should know how Forex works, where you stand in the currency trading food chain, and what steps you can take to increase your edge. Don’t feel that you have to go through the material linearly. If there is a specific subject that intrigues you please feel free to tackle it first, and then move on to other sections depending on the questions that arise as you move through the material.
Many people pick things up quicker when they direct their own learning, and our Trading Academy has been created to allow for this. If you are new to Forex it’s advisable that you eventually cover all of the material, but the order in which you choose to do so is entirely up to you. If you have some knowledge of trading there are sections that you will no-doubt want to skip, feel free to pick and choose what’s useful to you. If you fancy yourself as some kind of Forex-trading mastermind then you’re in the wrong place, surely.
Recent developments in neuroscience are starting to throw older, more established methods of learning into question. What is being demonstrated over and over again is that experiencing the difference between what you have attempted to do and the actual result, then correcting your behaviour accordingly and trying again, is a much more efficient way to acquire new skills than plain old textbook learning or attending lectures. The most important part of this trading academy, by far, will be the demo account that you will use to practice trading with as you progress through the material. We regard it as essential to your growth as a trader; this is why FxPro offers unlimited demo accounts for both of its main platforms. Should you lose the demo balance you started with you can always re-deposit more funds from FxPro Direct entirely free of charge. An unlimited demo account wasn’t always as easy to come by in online Forex, so take advantage of it. The more practice you put in on your demo account, the more proficient you will be when you finally start trading with your own money. Make sure you sign up for one before proceeding any further.
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Finally, we recommend that you take advantage of the trader’s glossary and FAQ sections of our help centre. As you work through the trading academy you will come across unknown words and concepts. Rather than stopping to explain a new term each and every time it arises, we have decided to gradually immerse you in this language until you become proficient in it yourself. Hovering your cursor over certain words will bring up further information from our trader’s glossary. Beyond this we encourage you to be active while working through the trading academy, the help centre should be regarded as supplementary to this course so make sure you refer to it often.
Right, let’s get started!