However, even when the trades are hedged you still may be at a risk of suffering significant losses. Since buy orders are closed at bid price and sell orders are closed at ask price, spreads widening can increase the loss for both long and short position.
Hundreds of economic news are released around the world every day. While some of these news events have little to no impact on the market, others are followed by sharp moves and increased volatility. News traders seek to predict how the market is going to react to a particular event.
Economic calendar is the major tool a news trader employs to track the upcoming releases and predict how can they affect the market. All events scheduled for the current or the following week can be filtered by impact, country, category and time. Since currencies are always traded in pairs, news from both countries involved should be taken into consideration.
In the Economic Calendar you will also find a forecast provided by a financial news agency that conducted a survey among a number of economists regarding their opinion on a particular event. The more actual release data differ from the forecast, the sharper move you can expect.
To learn more you can check our introduction to Fundamental Analysis here.
Scalping is a trading strategy that allows you to benefit from minor price fluctuations that occur throughout trading day. Scalpers aim to gain several pips per each trade rather than receive large profit on one position.
Scalping is often considered one of the most profitable strategies since smaller market moves are usually easier to obtain and are more frequent than larger ones. Moreover, it can lessen the risk exposure as the trades are relatively short term. However, it is still recommended to combine it with various risk management techniques and factor in the volatility increase that may occur during major news releases.
Scalpers frequently implement basic technical analysis into their strategy to identify short term market trends. For example, a trader can open a position with 2 pip stop loss and close it once it has gained 3 to 5 pips in profit if the price is approaching support or resistance level, a pivot point or Fibonacci level.
Another key aspect to consider before applying this strategy is the choice of the broker. A number of companies simply prohibit scalping or restrict minimal order length. Tight spreads and low latency in execution are more preferable for those who choose this strategy. OctaFX competitive spreads along with no trading commission and market execution under 0.1 second provide a suitable environment for scalpers.
Grid trading strategy involves placing pending orders at regular intervals above and below a predefined price level. It does not require definitive forecasting of market direction and can be easily implemented when there is no clear trend.