Trading on the short-term periods at the Forex market is often considered a more popular practice than the long-term trading. In short-term trades your positions usually don’t last longer than a day, while in the long-term trading they can remain open for years. Although, I prefer to trade on the long-term charts and hold my positions open for the long periods of time, the short-term Forex trading has its advantages:
- You can trade on thousands of opportunities when the currency rates change with a high volatility. You can capture every swing — up or down, trade inside the ranges and channels. Even the sideways market can be traded in short-term. When you trade long-term you miss these opportunities.
- You don’t have to tie up your funds for the long periods of time. Your margin capital is locked only for the short periods and you can even get it out of the trading account if you really need it and then put it back and continue trading without any problems. In long-term trading your money gets caught into positions for months.
- The majority of the Forex trading signals work only for the short-term trading. Usually both technical and fundamental signals are played out in several hours of trading on the Forex market. The number of signals and events that influence currency rates on the long-term scale is really minimal.
This is what you get if you like to trade inside the day and use such techniques as breakout trading, scalping, news trading, range trading and any other short-term strategy. Of course there are also some disadvantages in the short-term trading, but they are not the topic of this post.