and up-to-date information on which to base his decision.
But information alone is not enough and traders also need to have access to a range of tools that allow them to analyze this information, whether such analysis is fundamental or technical in nature.
Fundamental analysis is based upon the belief that the market moves in response to such things as political events, economic news, changes in trading patterns, movements in interest and similar events. Tools required here will therefore include such things as software programs that can plot currency movements against trade data and interest rate data and use historic data to build models which predict movements in a huge variety of different political and economic conditions.
Technical analysis by contrast is based upon the belief that the market follows a pattern which has been well established over time and that future movements in the market can be predicted by analyzing and charting historical data to produce a series of models which can be used to predict future patterns.
Whatever your position either as a reactive or speculative trading and whether you are buying or selling on the basis of a fundamental or technical analysis of the market the one thing you need is information. In essence this means using a range of complex analytical tools and you will need to take the time to familiarize yourself with the tools available to you and then to master the skill of using these tools.
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