Forex Secret – Forex Literature As A 90-95% Of The Traders Loose Their Deposit (Part I)

This delusion globally entails identical aftermaths: 90-95% of traders turn steady to loose their deposits having studied books by Bill Williams, Alexander Elder, Thomas Demark, J. Schwager, et al.

Following the burn down of their first deposit trader’s plunge themselves again into scrutinizing Forex scholars, in this manner suffering losses of the second, the third and subsequent deposit. I will hereinafter try to elucidate where from the above regularity grows, so that no trader repeats his forerunners’ mistakes.

This statistics is common knowledge: 90% of traders constitute Forex losers… But the figure has always been giving rise to a leviathan of my doubts. It isn’t because of somewhat different 95%-5% loser-to-winner ratio quoted in the Van Tarp and Brian June “Intraday trading: secrets of mastership”. With 90% quoted universally, there naturally emerges the question, as to whether there is someone capable to check, to specify or to disprove the above figure.
NO ONE IS, besides the directors of largest Western banks providing streamline Forex quotes, but having never raised the issue.

WHY? Because should this statistics be published, there will be sharp and ultimate decline in number of those chasing easy profits from the world Forex market. Otherwise banks would not keep mum in advertising purposes. Neither would they be silent if losers constituted at least by few points less than 90%. In any advertising, customer attraction is ensured by quoting beneficial maxima and non-lucrative minima. This has always been, is being and will always be a universal practice.

As a conclusion, 10% Forex winners is a maximum result among traders. It’s them, who have understood Forex market absolutely simple truisms and who attained steady daily earnings in amounts being gained by others within years or even the whole of life.
Certainly, those are to be recollected, who in late 80s were the first in the ex-USSR to grasp laws of commerce and who began accumulating their initial stock. The rules used to be so simple that presently any schoolboy or a first-year student can show the way the capital might have been easily scraped up and augmented on the USSR debris and in the course of market relations being established in the post-Soviet space.

I do exactly allow for the fact that through the years a new generation will be laughing at the way we are now incapable to comprehend the laws, where under currency rates either spike up or fall down, all of a sudden.

With this provision, those seeking fast money at Forex have a much greater time limit than the ones engaged in capital building in the post-Soviet space (Forex market is incommensurably greater than that in the ex-USSR), but not to the extent thought by many.

By now trends are thoroughly less numerous than they used to be 10-20 years ago. By way of taking a glance the charts history You are in the position to understand the way traders used to earn under 20- 40 pts spread, commission and slippage. A trend was followed by a trend at that epoch.

AND WHAT’S NOW? Nowadays many of traders are impotent to gain under 3 pts spread without commission and slippage.

Thus, this book is intended for those willing to perceive Forex market laws.
In order to get understanding of the way 5-10% of successful traders obtain profits, let’s at the outset analyze the reasons and the way the outstanding 90% of traders suffer losses. The 90%-figure looks scaring, to say nothing of 95% or 98%. It occurs despite the amount of literature on the issue equals to hundreds of fundamental books, written by authors, having gained capitals expressed by means of more than 7-digit figures (G. Soros, B. Williams, A. Elder, T. Demark).

Thus, the above minimum of 90% of smart, well-read, broad-knowledged people:

– scrutinize the really great traders’ heritage;

– open accounts with Forex Broker’s and banks, start trading and…

– loose funds up to complete rout!

AND WHERE’S THE LOGIC? The answer springs to mind by itself… There’s something wrong in the literature (by the way, recognized throughout the world, where the deposit-killing statistics is as disappointing as it is in our country) so long as its studying yields such oppressive results.

STRANGE? No, rather natural, than strange on account of the following:

1. Being a great trader is not indicative of everyone being a great teacher.

2. Multitude of rules elaborated by scholars 10-40 years ago, has grown obsolete, since the Forex market is changing.

3. The scholars HAVE NOT revealed ALL the secrets even WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE THEN

FOREX, therefore by now their advice and recommendation turn out either obsolete or naïve.

Thus, once one’s advice and recommendations bring every 9 of 10 market participants to loose their money in each country, where one’s books have used to be published and have enjoyed all sorts of hosanna in the press, THEN ONE IS NONE OF A TEACHER.

Naturally, no trader will reveal his professional secrets to the full. But when studying Forex literature one gets astonished by a negligible extent the above secrets are “confided” at all, with a book on Forex containing 99% of common truth and 1% only of useful novelties. But should one train up even several thousands perspective traders, one will in no way burden oneself with competitors, due to the Forex market huge sale nature. Beyond a shadow of a doubt the above traders are really great. You may agree or not, but anyone, having earned USD1 bn or more, deserves being named “great”. So, one’s books should be published as memoirs. I am not attaching any irony hereto, since these persons have acquired gains by virtue of their minds and labor, as opposite to Rockfellers, who inherited their fortunes or to Russian oligarchs, who either stole or got their capitals dirt-cheap from state authorities.

Hopefully, understandable is the difference between such editions and manuals for beginners.

G. Kasparov, say, is far from writing manuals for chess beginners, since the job can be better completed by others with this fact not at all undermining Kasparov’s being a great chess player. And his advice and recommendation is sure to be of interest rather to a close circle of grand masters, than to those having touched the chess for the first time.

Actually Kasparov is but to be respected for not being tempted by the lust for fast money, by virtue of his name in the chess world and by way of cooking up manuals for beginners.

At Forex, by contrast, and for some reason, everyone deems oneself a teacher, which fact results in millions educated people worldwide leaving stock market being disappointed, angry with an inferiority complex life-time pursuit.

And hence, the unanswered question for them: is that all a fraud or not, since gains are midget, whereas losses are titanic?

I am recalling the book titled “The Alchemy of Finance” by G. Soros (the one I’ve read in early 90-s). I admit, it’s interesting, instructive…, but it is all narrated in so an inarticulate and tangled manner. As indicated in the foreword by an American investor, the theory has hardly been understood by few only.

So what’s the use of writing in such a manner? A theory may generally be complicated to any extent, BUT IT MUST BE wrapped in a simple, clear and understandable wording.
You are welcome to attempt to read the above book once You have time to. Shortly, the Soros reflexivity theory of the countries’ cyclic development may easily bear a couple-sentence confinement:

1. Following liberation from totalitarian yoke, a country is granted credits, then, there is a rapid growth and flourish of economy.

2. As soon as the above credits are to be paid back, a country’s economy faces a natural recession.

Is it as difficult? The question may be addressed to a schoolboy (to say nothing of an American investor): when should those countries’ companies’ shares be purchased and when they are to be advantageously sold in order to acquire maximum profit? What’s going to happen in case one is too late to sell the shares, shortly exhibiting an impetuous growth in price?

Propounded long before, the Soros theory has been entirely corroborated in August, 98 by the dismal practice established in Asian and Pacific countries and later in Russia.

There still is another question: how inarticulate should Soros have been to enable his theory to be grasped by few only?

The second part of the book is not worth retelling. Reading its original is sure to be much more instructive with my annotation leaving no conundrums therein.

The theory is permeated by Soros’s strategy: enter long on what’s shortly going to enjoy price growth with a 100% probability and “pull out” Your money along with profits before the companies enter crisis, thus facilitating bankruptcies thereof.
This is the way I clearly lecture my students on Forex-related complexities, thus conveying my logics to them. Despite its own complexities (news, TA, corrective actions, etc.), Forex is essentially reduced to a very simple truth: at a certain moment one should not be late with going long or short on a currency with “tertium non datum”.

And when asked if the Williams Alligator needs something to be added thereto, the majority of my students reply “Yes!”, indicating what exactly is to be added.
I’ll present a detailed vivisection of the issue in a separate chapter by way of proving that the Williams Alligator is but 50% effective.

Fig. 4. H1 EUR chart as of April 12, 2005. (See Note below)

The Alligator’s jaws display upward opening with a fractal formed at 1.3006. According to Williams, one should enter long one point higher, i.e. at 1.3007. Upward motion continues extra 11 points. Then the rate sharply swivels to fall down by 170 pts.
Another example.

Fig. 5. H1 EUR chart as of April 22, 2005. (See Note below)

Please, figure out 1.3094, 16 pts above the previous fractal, following the Alligator upward opening. Thereafter, a sharp down swivel covering 140 pts.
Hundreds of similar examples may be drawn. But what are the implications?

With the Alligator’s mouth opened, 50% of entries should be pro-Williams while the outstanding 50% – counter-Williams (i.e. vectored opposite to the Alligator mouth opening). When embarking on Forex, You must possess clear knowledge of the difference between either of the above 50%-portions. Otherwise…, You are doomed to loose even if You follow Williams’s technique, let alone other ones.

Even my students are in the position to advise what is to be added to Alligator in order to realize proper entry vectoring. Least of all would I want this example to be taken as a personal criticism of Bill Williams, whose contribution to the Forex theory is a significant one. And the majority of traders, like me, used to begin earning after studying HIS books. But not to go astray…, even without any addenda Williams managed to make a tremendous fortune, since a skilled trader (moreover being the Alligator’s father) is capable to differentiate between a steady travel and a pullback, or, say, a flat, or, visa versa, a trend low for the entry to be vectored oppositely. It is all fairly understandable for an experienced trader. But what about beginners as regards their interpretation of a flat, a recovery or a trend change?

These folks are sure to require assistance, especially, in information not presented in literature on Forex.

Without this knowledge a trader will never perceive the ABCs of stable daily earnings. But why the Forex scholars do not clear out the issue? This query is to be addressed to them, not to me. While reading these opuses, I am getting horrified at the fact that we are being foisted expensive high-sounding titled books, which are not going to ever teach a trader how to attain profits at the market.

Let’s open one of them (E. Nayman’s “Trader’s Minor Encyclopedia” and “Master-trading: Secret Files”) to get the understanding of the way almost all the books on Forex are written and supposed to have the price of USD20-100.

You may agree or not, but the name looks very beautiful and pretentious: “Master-trading: Secret Files”, 320 pages of sheer secrets…

HOWEVER, I HAVEN’T FOUND ANY SECRETS THERE! You are welcome to discuss an argue Yourself:

1. “The interrelation between fundamental factors and exchange rate dynamics” being a detailed story of how a country’s macroeconomic growing, benign rumors trading and political stability promote the exchange rate growth.

A “valuable” secret to be practically encountered in any Forex edition. But below is a real FA secret (not paid any attention to by Nayman): why does currency use to reverse against its country’s economic news? A whole chapter here will be dedicated to the issue.

2. “Construction of two moving averages on a single chart and twin combinations thereof”. The author furnishes a “wise” recommendation: entries should be made in the direction the MAs diverge (adding secretly that the most effective MA combination is 21, 55, 89, etc., as per Fibonacci).

The pseudo-secret nature of the above recommendation underlies the fact that any MA combination (should it be 21+55, as the author’s; 10+20 as in many Western trading systems; 5+8+13 as per B. Williams or 1+21 as used by numerous traders) yields the same results.

Ok. It all looks great. However, E. Nayman et al., seem to have circumvented the MA intersection chief secret, through which traders suffer constant losses: a “lighter” MA has crossed a “heavier” one, say, upwards, but… thereafter there is sharp downturn resulting in the MAs intersection again.

Fig. 6. GBPUSD H1 chart as of April, 21-26, 2005. (See Note below)

A fivefold reciprocating crossing of MA 21 and 55. You are welcome to calculate traders’ losses.

Now, let’s call it a day with examples. The MA intersection technique operates perfectly in certain circumstances, while turning out impotent in others, thus inflicting losses upon traders. No criteria have ever been stipulated by Forex scholars as to entries to be effected pro- or counter-divergence of moving averages.

3. MACD construction and analysis. What sort of secret may one expect from the following statement of Nayman’s: “a subsequent high being lower than the preceding one suggests a bullish trend depletion or even its changing with the same being visa versa under minimum MACD values”. Much of a secret, isn’t it? I thought it were the MACD operation principle, familiar to any Forex novice. The secret-fancier B. Williams hasn’t even taken effort to advise to perform inputs change from 9, 12, 26 into 5, 34, 5 to provide for a lag killer.

Assuming the above, authentic MACD secrets are not paid any attention to by scholar, which fact inflicts losses upon traders. The situation comes into effect, when upon a divergence formation, no trend change is observed with another same-trend wave taking place instead.

Fig. 7. GBPUSD H1 chart as of April, 2005, where MA21 crosses MA55 with slight rise and sharp downturn. (See Note below)

Another example:

Fig. 8. GBPUSD H1 chart as of May, 2005: a divergence with MA10 upward crossing MA21; a brief nudge up to 1.8916 and a sharp downturn. (See Note below)

As different from Nayman and other Forex scholars, we’ll touch in detail upon the ways to detect when MACD is trustworthy as a trend reversal attribute and when it is not.

4. TA classical patterns. One can not help smiling at the author sharing a secret of “head’n’shoulders” and “double bottom” patterns, being studied by beginners at the earliest lectures on Forex.

And here goes a real key secret: in what cases the patterns are indeed indicative of a reversal but in what cases brokers trap TA pattern-fanciers? Is there someone doubting the fact that patterns are known not only to traders, but as well to brokers with their mouths watering to make a rod for the backs of lovers and connoisseurs of the above patterns, just like on the sample chart below:

Fig. 9. GBPUSD H1 chart as of May, 09-11, 2005, a classical “inverted H&S” (See Note below)

At 1.8871 there’s an impetuous upward breakthrough, the Alligator rotating upwards, MACD above zero, MA8 having intersected MA21 upwards, the Williams vaunted Awesome Oscillator signaling long entry, the Accelerator Oscillator pointing up… nevertheless, the rate reaches as far as 1.8916 and slips down to 1.8481 by 450 pts.

To be noted: much worth scrutinizing is the phenomenon of Nayman’s “Trader’s Minor Encyclopedia” and “Master-trading: secret files” purported at understanding why over 90% of traders turn losers after reading the books.

The solution, to my mind, is that the above opuses are but good “ABCs OF FOREX” thus giving birth to all Nayman’s merits and demerits.

The guy is primarily awardable for having spared beginners’ paying USD50-200 to various Forex training courses or academies. Instead, one can download and study Nayman’s books, whose extracts are, by the way, quoted to trainees during their studies.
Nayman is generally to be expressed gratitude to, because of his having laid out the Forex basic course in a competent, popular and accessible way.

This is the point, I elucidate to every beginner, being introduced to me: first one should scrutinize Nayman’s books, then only it’s worth discussing hooks and crooks of earning at Forex instead of losing.

Nevertheless, there is a chief Nayman’s self-delusion about his folios really being in no way secret files with no one being able to find anything new to enable oneself to improve one’s Forex earnings. These books containing neither unique techniques nor non-standard solutions are famous for the generalization and systematization of what has been the Forex knowledge prior to Nayman.

But this fact is not realized by majority gripped by the “Master-trading: Secret Files” fascination, who open live accounts and turn losers inevitably.

Shortly upon their pre-mature success on demo accounts these folks hastened to open live accounts and faced losses. But since the Dealers’ staff managed to convince them in the incidental nature of the above losses, the folks ventured to go live again and did again turn to be deposit killers.

With these facts being proclaimed, I don’t hold it appropriate to call any statistics science for help. Any sensible man is to get the understanding of the above losses as not being of an incidental nature.

There could be NO OTHER WAY about it.

The next trader training level comprises books by B. Williams: “Trading Chaos” and “New aspects of exchange trading”, where the author propounds his own Forex trading methods along with advertising the other ones’, viz. Elliott’s.

My book, “Secrets Of Craftsmanship Narrated By Professional Trader Or What B. Williams and E. Nayman Have Concealed From Traders” is purported at developing of THAT particular school of training traders to practical operation at Forex.

Hardly will anyone object to the fact that B. Williams will disclose his Forex intimacies free of charge. Neither will he furnish their 100% disclosure after being paid to.

In all his splendor, Williams possessed sufficient knowledge to;

– to share A PORTION of his secrets in his “Trading Chaos”;

– to share A PORTION of his secrets as a paid training;

– not to share A PORTION of his secrets in the least.

My book, “Secrets Of Craftsmanship Narrated By Professional Trader Or What B. Williams and E. Nayman Have Concealed From Traders” is also dedicated to teaching how the Williams secret methods are to be decoded properly to ensure successful Forex trading capabilities.
Each of my book’s 20 chapters is permeated with a common logic aimed at finding relevant discrepancies in literature on Forex and at presenting my personal technique of Forex trading.

B. Williams declares being capable of analyzing tens of currency pairs (of 140-bar history each) that within tens of minutes, but in no way does he explain how to, whereas, I explain, that it’s feasible for any wide-screen trader, provided my computer monitor being 3-currency capable only (see: “Ally and adversary currencies”).

B. Williams sings about his magic Alligator, while I disclose and eliminate its pitfalls by, say, adding a MA233 thereto. This arrangement visualizes the whole of the 4 potential currency travel options: up/down above MA233; up/down under MA233.

B. Williams lists a stop-loss to be a “safety cushion”, whereas I disclose and eliminate its shortcomings by way of alternatively using my own pending orders.

B. Williams hold trades volume to be authentic resistance breakthrough criterion, while I quote reasons by which trades volume turns to be deceptive on Metatrader platforms (thanks to the banks Consortium) and I introduce my own levels true/false breach criteria.
Now, regarding trading on news, I demonstrate the way one can turn a loser if trade like all the others and I offer my own on-news trading style.

(See continuation of this article under name Forex Secret. Forex Literature As A 90-95% Of The Traders Loose Their Deposit. (Part II)


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Forex Training – Learn How to Trade Forex Within a Week For Very Little Cost

Becoming an expert in forex trading is easier and faster than you think. If you follow our ideas you can also learn forex trading virtually for free.

Getting a solid grounding in the basics first is vital if you’re to avoid finding yourself out of your depth with your forex education, and is easy to achieve if you follow our simple guide to the who, what and where of forex training.

If you’ve never traded in stocks, shares, commodities or indeed forex, the mystical world of trading must at first seem very confusing indeed.

The internet is full of companies offering to help you learn forex trading, but if you don’t know your bulls from your bears how do you know which forex course to begin with? Many forex courses are very expensive, and it doesn’t help that so many are sold by high pressure sales people.

It’s fair to say that we stumbled our way through the learning stage, and through luck rather than judgment happened to go to the right forex training places in more or less the right order.

Along the way we certainly bumped into many less fortunate who had inadvertently booked themselves onto an advanced forex trading course before they knew the basics, and looked completely lost within the first 10 minutes.

Here we’ll try to help you avoid doing the same, and we’ll tell you from our own experience how and where to quickly learn to trade forex without losing a fortune in the process.

Free forex training (virtually)

Let’s begin by clarifying one key point – the principles needed to learn currency trading are the same no matter whether you are trading stocks and shares, commodities or forex.

If you have been on a technical analysis course that teaches you how to read candlestick charts, to understand the fundamentals of support and resistance, and a few indicators like MACD, RSI and moving averages etc – you should then be able to trade anything, as forex technical analysis is no different.

In our experience trading courses fall into the following broad categories;

  • Free tutorials given by brokers (either live or online)
  • Free “complimentary” trading seminars given by training companies
  • “Learn to trade” general basics courses (normally billed as stock trading courses)
  • Specialist courses e.g. options, futures, forex etc

Brokers – Most good brokers will provide some forex free trading tutorials for their clients. Not surprisingly these forex training seminars tend to focus on how to operate the broker’s own software, but nonetheless provide a good forex trading guide and are worth seeing. However, do not expect to walk away from a broker’s free forex training tutorial with expert knowledge in how to trade profitably.Free events – Many of the training/education companies will introduce you to their services with a Free “complimentary” forex training seminar. We can honestly say that having attended several of these from various companies we’ve never yet met anyone who walked away from one of these sessions having learnt very much at all.

The sole purpose of these sessions is to introduce you to the company and to sell you one of their forex trading courses, rather than to teach you anything particularly useful. However, if you attend with your expectations set at this level you won’t be disappointed.

Currency Trading Basics – To learn forex basics you will need to book onto one of these courses, and in a moment we will show you how you can have the course paid for by being clever about when you attend.

It is vital that you begin with a course that teaches forex trading basics, as there is nothing worse than finding yourself on the wrong course and out of your depth from the beginning.

Basic level courses tend to be billed as “learn to trade the stock market”. Most people have never heard of forex, but everyone’s heard of the stock market, hence the education companies focus their basic trading courses on stock trading. Remember, most of the principles are identical, and at the end of a stock trading course you will be just as able to trade forex as anything else and will also have learned the vital skill of trading money management.

Even for these basic level weekend courses the education companies will charge you a couple of thousand, and although they do usually offer to let you bring a partner or friend along for free, even still it’s expensive

– but what if you could have it paid for?

Forex Signals services enable even the novice trader to trade profitably almost straight away. Our suggestion if you’re on a tight budget (and we wish we’d done it this way around ourselves) is to proceed as follows;

  • Select a broker
  • Attend / view online the broker’s free forex training tutorials so that you know how to place and manage trades
  • Subscribe to a full-service forex signals provider and 2 – 3 other signals services (around USD $100 per month each – but should quickly pay for themselves)
  • Purchase a few forex robots (one off cost of around $100 each – but should also pay for themselves quickly)
  • Test the signals and robots on your broker’s demo account, to make sure they’re profitable, or make adjustments until they are. Once you’re happy, trade them on your live account and starting reaping in the profits.
  • Then use the profits you make from trading signals and robots to pay for your forex course – effectively giving you free forex training.
  • Thereafter either continue to trade the signals and robots, or develop your own educated trading style aided by the prompts from the signals and robots. Hence your forex training is paid for and you get the best of all worlds.

Subscribing to a full-service signal provider from the outset really is forex made easy and has the added advantage of giving you daily access to an expert trader’s screen and a regular forex trading tutorial on what he’s doing. Hence you will have already seen in practice many of the concepts which you will then learn in depth on your forex course, which will hopefully make learning forex much easier for you.After you’ve been through your forex trading education, you will have new skills, but you must be aware that you will still lack experience. The worst thing to do with your new skills would be to ruin your own confidence in them by immediately trading a string of losing trades. Therefore we recommend that you subscribe to a full-service forex signals provider straight away if you have not already done so, so that right from the outset you are trading alongside your own personal forex consultant.

Think of it like when you learnt to ride a bike – you used training wheels first didn’t you ? Only when you had your balance and had learned to fully control the bike did you ride off on your own. Your trading should be no different. Don’t expect to be a profitable expert trader after just 3 days or even a week in a classroom learning forex trading.

It’s important not to think of signals as extra cost – quite the opposite, they’re a way of keeping loss-making trades to a minimum and optimising your profits.

The [] website provides immediate access to some of the better forex training companies and resources, including some free forex training videos which you can view right away. It also fully explains how forex signals services work and provides access to free signals and some of the better subscription services, along with many other free tools, strategies and useful contacts to make your forex trading as profitable as possible.

What are Your Options Regarding Forex Options Brokers?

Forex option brokers can generally be divided into two separate categories: forex brokers who offer online forex option trading platforms and forex brokers who only broker forex option trading via telephone trades placed through a dealing/brokerage desk. A few forex option brokers offer both online forex option trading as well a dealing/brokerage desk for investors who prefer to place orders through a live forex option broker.

The trading account minimums required by different forex option brokers vary from a few thousand dollars to over fifty thousand dollars. Also, forex option brokers may require investors to trade forex options contracts having minimum notional values (contract sizes) up to $500,000. Last, but not least, certain types of forex option contracts can be entered into and exited at any time while other types of forex option contracts lock you in until expiration or settlement. Depending on the type of forex option contract you enter into, you might get stuck the wrong way with an option contract that you can not trade out of. Before trading, investors should inquire with their forex option brokers about initial trading account minimums, required contract size minimums and contract liquidity.

There are a number of different forex option trading products offered to investors by forex option brokers. We believe it is extremely important for investors to understand the distinctly different risk characteristics of each of the forex option trading products mentioned below that are offered by firms that broker forex options.

Plain Vanilla Forex Options Broker – Plain vanilla options generally refer to standard put and call option contracts traded through an exchange (however, in the case of forex option trading, plain vanilla options would refer to the standard, generic option contracts that are traded through an over-the-counter (OTC) forex dealer or clearinghouse). In simplest terms, vanilla forex options would be defined as the buying or selling of a standard forex call option contract or forex put option contract.

There are only a few forex option broker/dealers who offer plain vanilla forex options online with real-time streaming quotes 24 hours a day. Most forex option brokers and banks only broker forex options via telephone. Vanilla forex options for major currencies have good liquidity and you can easily enter the market long or short, or exit the market any time day or night.

Vanilla forex option contracts can be used in combination with each other and/or with spot forex contracts to form a basic strategy such as writing a covered call, or much more complex forex trading strategies such as butterflies, strangles, ratio spreads, synthetics, etc. Also, plain vanilla options are often the basis of forex option trading strategies known as exotic options.

Exotic Forex Options Broker – First, it is important to note that there a couple of different forex definitions for “exotic” and we don’t want anyone getting confused. The first definition of a forex “exotic” refers to any individual currency that is less broadly traded than the major currencies. The second forex definition for “exotic” is the one we refer to on this website – a forex option contract (trading strategy) that is a derivative of a standard vanilla forex option contract.

To understand what makes an exotic forex option “exotic,” you must first understand what makes a forex option “non-vanilla.” Plain vanilla forex options have a definitive expiration structure, payout structure and payout amount. Exotic forex option contracts may have a change in one or all of the above features of a vanilla forex option. It is important to note that exotic options, since they are often tailored to a specific’s investor’s needs by an exotic forex options broker, are generally not very liquid, if at all.

Exotic forex options are generally traded by commercial and institutional investors rather than retail forex traders, so we won’t spend too much time covering exotic forex options brokers. Examples of exotic forex options would include Asian options (average price options or “APO’s”), barrier options (payout depends on whether or not the underlying reaches a certain price level or not), baskets (payout depends on more than one currency or a “basket” of currencies), binary options (the payout is cash-or-nothing if underlying does not reach strike price), lookback options (payout is based on maximum or minimum price reached during life of the contract), compound options (options on options with multiple strikes and exercise dates), spread options, chooser options, packages and so on. Exotic options can be tailored to a specific trader’s needs, therefore, exotic options contract types change and evolve over time to suit those ever-changing needs.

Since exotic forex options contracts are usually specifically tailored to an individual investor, most of the exotic options business in transacted over the telephone through forex option brokers. There are, however, a handful of forex option brokers who offer “if touched” forex options or “single payment” forex options contracts online whereby an investor can specify an amount he or she is willing to risk in exchange for a specified payout amount if the underlying price reaches a certain strike price (price level). These transactions offered by legitimate online forex brokers can be considered a type of “exotic” option. However, we have noticed that the premiums charged for these types of contracts can be higher than plain vanilla option contracts with similar strike prices and you can not sell out of the option position once you have purchased this type of option – you can only attempt to offset the position with a separate risk management strategy. As a trade-off for getting to choose the dollar amount you want to risk and the payout you wish to receive, you pay a premium and sacrifice liquidity. We would encourage investors to compare premiums before investing in these kinds of options and also make sure the brokerage firm is reputable.

Again, it is fairly easy and liquid to enter into an exotic forex option contract but it is important to note that depending on the type of exotic option contract, there may be little to no liquidity at all if you wanted to exit the position.

Firms Offering Forex Option “Betting” – A number of new firms have popped up over the last year offering forex “betting.” Though some may be legitimate, a number of these firms are either off-shore entities or located in some other remote location. We generally do not consider these to be forex brokerage firms. Many do not appear to be regulated by any government agency and we strongly suggest investors perform due diligence before investing with any forex betting firms. Invest at your own risk with these firms.