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Forex Training - A Forex Trading Mentor Is The Key
By David Shephard
As with most things in life, knowledge is the key to success and a knowledgeable trader will have a greater awareness of markets move and thus a far greater chance of making a good profit from trading. If you don't have the requisite knowledge then you are largely shooting in the dark and, while you may meet with success from time to time, overall you are almost certain to lose in the long-term.

There is a mass of information available on trading with literally hundreds of books in publication and hundreds of websites offering advice. So, if self-study is appealing to you, then there are numerous step-by-step guides that will take you through the intricacies of foreign exchange trading.

One problem however with the advice available though websites is that it is often very patchy and can lack any real structure. There is certainly a wealth of information, much of it very good and detailed, but finding exactly what you need and following it through in a logical order can present some problems.

If you are serious about trading then there is little doubt that you will need to find yourself a good study course which presents the material in both a logical and structured manner. Such courses, which are widely available, will vary in price from those that are free to those costing a thousand dollars or more and, in general, you will get what you pay for.

There are essentially two types of course available.

The first is an online course which generally allows you to follow the course at a time to suit your lifestyle and also at a pace that you are comfortable with. The drawback is that you are studying alone and it is not always easy to get the help that you need if you get stuck or run across something that you don't understand.

The second type of course is a traditional "classroom"
course. This type of course is held frequently in most major cities and gives you the advantage of being able to learn alongside other people and with an instructor who can help guide you through the problem areas. Against this, you will need to travel to your classes and follow a class schedule. Missing a lesson or two can also present difficulties as it is not always easy to make up lost ground.

It is also possible to attend typically two or three day seminars which immerse you in trading and provide you with a very fast introduction to currency trading. Although there are many seminars available they tend to be aimed at more advanced traders, but are occasionally run for the benefit of newcomers.

There are a couple of variations of the traditional online course available and these are CDROM and video training courses. The first will often contain several interactive elements and, as it is designed to be run on your computer, will make use of a variety of website to aid your learning. The problem with both of these methods is that they often come with little or no support and simply leave you in the dark when you get stuck.

Despite the wealth of material available and the ease of taking a self study course in several different forms, there is no doubt that the real key to success in learning trading is to learn at the hands of an experienced trader, or trading mentor.

Courses, whether self-study or otherwise, will certainly give you the technical knowledge that you need, but the real secret to making substantial profits from trading lies in having the insight and knowledge of trading strategies that only years of practice and experience can bring. Working with a master trader will certainly not be cheap but, if you can afford the investment, it will pay off in the long run.

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