Forex Books




Your plain-English guide to currency trading

Forex markets can be one of the fastest and most volatile financial markets to trade. Money can be lost or made in a matter of seconds, and forex markets are always moving. So how do you keep up? This hands-on, friendly guide shows you how the forex market really works, what moves it, and how you can actively trade in it — without losing your head!
  • All the world's a stage — get an easy-to-follow introduction to the global forex market and understand its size, scope, and players
  • Show me the money — take a look at the major fundamental and economic drivers that influence currency values and get the know-how to interpret data and events like a pro
  • Prepare for battle — discover different types of trading styles and make a concrete strategy and game plan before you act on anything
  • Pull the trigger — establish a position in the market, manage the trade while it's open, and close out on the most advantageous terms
Open the book and find:
  • Currency trading conventions and tools
  • Key characteristics of successful traders
  • Trading pitfalls to avoid and risk management rules to live by
  • How major currencies typically trade
  • Why it's important to be organized and prepared
  • The 411 on buying and selling simultaneously
  • Tips for understanding rollovers and interest rates
Learn to:
  • Grasp currency quotes
  • Capitalize on the foreign exchange market
  • Manage risk and reward
  • Use the forces that drive currency movements
  • Identify key traits of individual currency pairs  

Editorial Reviews

Review

"It offers practical guidance and savvy tips.." (Hedge Fund Manager, Thursday 23rd August) "…gives readers a step by step guide (to) getting acquainted with the forex market and to making those killer transactions." (Professional Pensions, Thursday 30th August 2007) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Features forex market guidelines and sample trading plansThe fun and easy way® to get started in currency trading
Want to capitalize on the growing forex market? This nuts-and-bolts guide gives you a step-by-step action plan for understanding and trading the forex market. It offers practical guidance and savvy tips in everything from comprehending currency quotes to using leverage, trading with fundamentals, and navigating technical analysis.
  • Identify trading opportunities
  • Understand what drives the market
  • Choose a trading broker
  • Execute a successful trade
  • Minimize risk and maximize profit
  • Analyze currency charts
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Brian Dolan has worked for more than 20 years in the forex market as a currency trader and analyst. As the Chief Currency Strategist at FOREX.com, Brian oversees fundamental and technical analysis and is a frequent resource for the financial media on currency developments.






While most books on trading deal with general concepts and shy away from specifics, Forex Patterns and Probabilities provides you with real-world strategies and a rare sense of clarity about the specific mechanics of currency trading. Leading trading educator Ed Ponsi will explain the driving forces in the currency markets and will provide strategies to enter, exit, and manage successful trades. Dozens of chart examples and explanations will guide you each step of the way and allow the reader to "look over the shoulder" of a professional trader hard at work at his craft.

This book provides traders with step-by-step methodologies that are based on real market tendencies. The strategies in this book are presented clearly and in detail, so that anyone who wishes to can learn how to trade like a professional. It is written in a style that is easy to understand, so that the reader can quickly learn and use the techniques provided.

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

In recent years, traders have turned to the foreign exchange market expecting to capture substantial profits. While the high availability of leverage within this arena can improve your chances of making money, ultimately the success of your endeavors depends upon how well you understand and operate within this market. Nobody knows this better than author Ed Ponsi. As a professional trader and leading educator of traders, Ponsi has developed a proven approach to trading today's forex market, and now, with Forex Patterns and Probabilities, he wants to share it with you.

While most books on trading deal with general concepts and shy away from specifics, Forex Patterns and Probabilities provides you with real-world strategies and a rare sense of clarity about the specific mechanics of currency trading that will allow you to take advantage of both trending and range-bound markets.
Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Forex Patterns and Probabilities will help you make the most of your time in this market. You'll be introduced to a variety of elements that are essential to forex trading success and discover the best ways to enter, exit, and manage trades. Dozens of chart examples and explanations will guide you each step of the way and allow you to "look over the shoulder" of a professional trader hard at work at his craft.

Divided into four comprehensive parts, this detailed guide:
  • Explains the playing field of the forex market, using powerful metaphors that relate trading scenarios to situations in everyday life
  • Outlines several specific trading strategies—including the FX-Ed Trend Technique—designed for trending markets
  • Delves into a variety of non-trending trading techniques—from the volatility-based Squeeze Play to the hedge fund–inspired Interest Rate Edge—which are all based on unique market tendencies
  • Offers an insider's view on how to emulate the behavioral patterns of successful professional traders—and how to escape the mindset of the amateur
  • And much more
Today's forex market contains some of the most profitable trading opportunities in the world. With the practical strategies and trading methodologies found in Forex Patterns and Probabilities you can uncover these opportunities and achieve long-term financial success along the way.

From the Back Cover

Praise for Forex PATTERNS & PROBABILITIES

"Ed has the experience, he has the knowledge, and he has the ability to wrap it all up into one of the most useful and insightful books on trading that I've read. You're going to be a better trader with the help of this book."
—Rob Booker, independent currency trader, and author of Adventures of a Currency Trader

"This book is a must-read for any equities trader who is trying to learn the ins and outs of the forex markets. Ed has the rare gift among traders and educators to take complex trading theories and break them down into interesting and easy-to-digest trading concepts. I have personally had the benefit of studying live with Ed, and I found this book a great review of my live courses with him and now use it as my main forex reference book in my trading library. Ed you truly are the rock star of the FX markets. Well done!"
—Michael J. Di Gioia, cofounder, the Results-Driven Financial Network

"Forex Patterns and Probabilities is one of the best practical forex trading books I have read, and I have read a good many forex books! Ed thoroughly teaches those areas that cause most difficulty for new traders, from economic fundamentals to technical trading to the psychological aspects that are so important but ignored by so many new to trading. Peppered throughout with anecdotes from the trading and non-trading world, Ed's easygoing, homespun style gets his message across very effectively. This work is destined to become essential reading for both new and established traders."
—George Hallmey, Director, www.Clickevents.com

"Ed Ponsi is a complete teacher! Forex Patterns and Probabilities covers it all for forex and trading in general. This book will teach you the foundations, the tactics, the pitfalls, and the 'real' world of forex. As Director of Education for the Online Trading Academy, I understand the importance of education and trading knowledge. . . Forex Patterns and Probabilities, while focused on forex, allows the reader to see the nuances of trading in general—fundamental, technical, psychological, plan management, and a strong, healthy dose of risk management and discipline."
—Mike McMahon, Director of Education, Online Trading Academy

About the Author

Ed Ponsi is the President of FXEducator.com and is the former chief trading instructor for Forex Capital Markets. He is an experienced professional trader and money manager who has advised hedge funds, institutional traders, and individuals of all levels of skill and experience. Ponsi is featured on the FXEducator.com DVD series, Forex Trading with Ed Ponsi. He is a dynamic public speaker who has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, and is a frequent guest lecturer at trading conventions and seminars around the world.

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A straightforward guide to trading today's dynamic Forex market

Written by Wayne McDonell, the Chief Currency Coach at FX Bootcamp, this book shows readers how to successfully trade the Forex market on their own. FX Bootcamp's Guide to Strategic and Tactical Forex Trading skillfully explains how to combine popular technical indicators to formulate a comprehensive market strategy. Readers will then learn how to focus on using this information to create a tactical trading plan--one that will help them pull the trigger to get in and out of a trade. Along the way, McDonell takes the time to discuss the various challenges a Forex trader faces, such as greed, fear, loss, and isolation. As a Forex trader and educator of traders, Wayne McDonell knows what it takes to make it in the competitive world of Forex. And with FX Bootcamp's Guide to Strategic and Tactical Forex Trading he shows readers how.

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

In The Art of War, renowned military strategist Sun Tzu states, "The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand." While this observation comes from one of the oldest military treatises in the world, it's an important piece of advice for traders looking to win in today's dynamic Forex market.As the Chief Currency Coach at FX Bootcamp, author Wayne McDonell helps clients around the world excel in the Forex field by training them to develop and execute a trading plan with military precision. Why does this approach work so well? The answer is simple???trading Forex is similar to war in that they are both zero-sum games, and in Forex trading, this means that one trader's gain can only come from another's equivalent loss. So, outthinking your opponent is essential to victory in both of these arenas.

Divided into five comprehensive parts, The FX Bootcamp's Guide to Strategic and Tactical Forex Trading puts this competitive market in perspective and shows you how to achieve success within it. This reliable resource opens with a detailed look at the technical indicators you'll need to use in your trading endeavors. From here, you'll discover how to combine these popular indicators to formulate a comprehensive strategy and learn how to use this information to create a tactical trading plan???one that will help you pull the trigger to get in and out of trades.

Besides introducing you to a proven Forex trading methodology and showing you how to improve performance by running your trading operations like a business, this book also addresses some the most important psychological aspects of trading???including greed, fear, loss, and isolation???and discusses what you must do to overcome such obstacles.

In Forex trading, patience and discipline are just as important as technical and fundamental analysis. With The FX Bootcamp's Guide to Strategic and Tactical Forex Trading, you'll discover how developing positive trading habits and the right trading skills will put you in a better position to profit over the long haul.

From the Back Cover

Praise for The FX Bootcamp's GUIDE TO Strategic and Tactical Forex Trading"Wayne McDonell is the most popular Forex speaker on our Web site. His live training and educational events draw large crowds of traders because he can explain complex Forex trading concepts in a common language that anyone can understand. This book does the same. I highly recommend it."
—Francesc Riverola, CEO of FXstreet.com

"If you're looking for specific strategies and methods for making money with currency trading, you need to start reading this book today. Wayne knows from experience what it takes to succeed in the Forex markets. He provides step-by-step instructions and explains in common language what to look for in charts and in the news to find profitable trades immediately. Don't make a single Forex trade until you've read this book!"
—Tim Bourquin, founder of The Forex Trading Expo

With The FX Bootcamp's Guide to Strategic and Tactical Forex Trading, McDonell shares his invaluable experience as a Forex trader and commodities trading advisor with you. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this straightforward guide will teach you how to think for yourself and trade successfully—relying on your own technical, fundamental, and even psychological analysis. First, you'll become familiar with the indicators—from moving averages to price support and resistance—that form the foundation of the trading methodologies discussed in the book. Then, you'll discover how to put together a trading plan, and trade that plan for maximum profits. Along the way, McDonell also takes the time to discuss the various challenges you may face while trading Forex and explains how treating your trading operations like a business can improve overall performance.

If you want to be a successful Forex trader, you must have a firm understanding of how the global market works and how to trade it. With The FX Bootcamp's Guide to Strategic and Tactical Forex Trading, you'll quickly learn how to gather intelligence, formulate a strategy, and confidently pull the trading trigger.

About the Author

WAYNE McDONELL is the Chief Currency Coach of FX Bootcamp (www.fxbootcamp.com), a live Forex training organization. He is a professional Forex trader, a member of the National Futures Association, and a registered Commodities Trading Advisor. Respected in the Forex industry as a successful trainer, McDonell is a regular speaker at major investing conferences and expos in Asia, Europe, and America. His videos are syndicated around the world on outlets including Forex Television, FXstreet.com, MoneyShow.com, and MSN. His live trading Webinars have attracted up to 1,000 traders each. McDonell has written "how-to" articles for investing magazines, such as Your Trading Edge and the FOREX Journal magazine. He has also received notoriety in the National Post, TechWeek, Interactive Week, and Inc. magazine to name a few.

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This currency trading book provides readers with real, practical information on how to trade the foreign exchange market effectively. It begins by covering introductory information on the forex market, including basic trading mechanics and the benefits of forex trading, and then goes on to describe specific currency trading methods and skills in step-by-step detail. This includes highly practical information on technical and fundamental analysis, risk and money management, and powerful forex trading strategies. These strategies have proven extremely effective in helping traders play the forex game to win.
JAMES CHEN, CTA, CMT (Montville, NJ) is Chief Technical Strategist at FX Solutions, a leading foreign exchange broker. An expert on forex trading and technical analysis, he is also a registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) and a Chartered Market Technician (CMT). Mr. Chen writes daily currency analysis, leads forex trading seminars, and has authored numerous articles on currency trading strategy and technical analysis for major financial publications. These include Forbes.com, Futures Magazine, Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities Magazine, and Stocks, Futures and Options (SFO) Magazine.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Many customers say Essentials is an "excellent" forex trading resource." (TradersPressWeekly.com, 8/18/10)
"…is a concise, easily digested snapshot of the currency market. It is a solid introduction to a trading specialty and probably a better fit for investors already well versed in stocks or futures and looking for a new market opportunity. Chen's edition is a Forex 101, a helpful base that is likely to encourage investors to pursue further study." (SFO Magazine, June 2009)

"…has written this guide to trading in the foreign exchange (forex) market for both novices and experienced professionals. The author explains the fundamental mechanics of the forex markets before launching into the various strategies and insights that have been proven successful in the field." (Book News, May 2009)
"The book is very well suited to the novice trader. The primer on technical analysis offers a great review for CMT candidates. More experienced traders in stocks, bonds, or commodities will benefit from the book's comprehensive explanation of the mechanics in the market. (mta.org (market technician's association), April 28th, 2009)

"Chen's book is the perfect source of knowledge for those who haven't ever traded currencies. Clearly explained, Chen's easy to read style show that he knows what professional currency trading is, focusing on the important aspects that every trader should know. The book covers all important Forex trading related topics." (fxstreet.com, March 11, 2009)

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The guide for reading long-term trends in the foreign currency market

To thrive in the marketplace traders must anticipate, enter, and stay with trends in the foreign exchange market.

In this much-needed guide top forex, expert Greg Michalowski clearly explains the attributes of successful traders, and shows how traders can set themselves up for success by drafting an explicit mission statement and game plan. The book also contains the tools and techniques traders need to read the markets and identify when a market is in a trend. Michalowski shows traders how to enter an emerging trend, how to manage the position, and how to exit the position most effectively.
  • Includes the technical tools needed to invest in the foreign exchange market: moving averages, trendlines, and Fibonacci levels
  • Shows how to identify a trend and stick with the trend through its duration
  • Written by Greg Michalowski who was cited by SmartMoney magazine as a "go to" source for making money moves
With this book, Michalowski offers an important resource for identifying and riding out long-term trends in the volatile foreign currency.

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Making money while limiting risk is something every good trader strives to do. But in order to achieve this goal you need a firm understanding of financial markets, as well as the tools that will allow you to effectively apply sound trading strategies in them.

Nobody understands this better than author Greg Michalowski—a market veteran who has spent the last ten years with retail forex brokerage company FXDD—and now, with Attacking Currency Trends, he shares his experience in this field with you. Following a step-by-step approach and progressing in a logical manner, this practical guide will help swing trading results in your favor by showing you how to better anticipate and attack the trend in currencies.

Divided into two comprehensive parts, this reliable resource opens with a detailed discussion of how to build a solid foundation for your currency trading. Here, you'll become familiar with the attributes of all successful traders and discover the essential characteristics of retail currency traders. Along the way, you'll also be introduced to specific elements that will allow you to excel in attacking forex trends—namely a mission statement, a game plan, and rules.

After explaining how to develop a solid foundation, the book transitions into the technical tools and strategies used to anticipate and manage forex trends, define risk, and control fear. You'll gain valuable insights into three main charting tools—moving averages, trend lines and remembered lines, and Fibonacci retracements—and learn why successful currency traders look at short-, intermediate-, and long-term time periods equally and trade using all three. Relevant examples are also included, highlighting how trading does not always have to be complicated.

Success in currency trading, as in any business, is based on building the right foundation and using the proper tools. Combining his years of trading experience with his knowledge of retail traders and the nuances of the currency market, Greg Michalowski has created an accessible trading guide that will help you minimize risk, keep fear in check, and capture consistent profits in today's dynamic currency market.

From the Back Cover

Praise for ATTACKING CURRENCY TRENDS
"Greg has put together a comprehensive road map for traders, constructing a sound,logical trading methodology from start to finish. This book succeeds in getting the reader to think and act like a professional currency trader. Trading is a serious business and requires serious planning—and that's exactly what you'll get with Attacking Currency Trends."—Ed Ponsi, Author of Forex Patterns and Probabilities
"Although Greg admits having a true risk phobia, it's evident he possesses the skills not only to capitalize in the currency market, but to transmit his original and yet simple trading approach. A myriad of illustrated examples and clues throughout the text support his educational forte. A market profile explanation right at the start of a forex book is indeed an excellent conceptual backbone readers will appreciate."—Francesc Riverola, CEO and Founder, FXstreet.com

"Attacking Currency Trends provides a simple and logical approach to trading forex that will help any trader make better decisions about when and how to trade. Greg's rules for trading forex trends will be especially helpful to traders looking for a disciplined approachto this massive market. Armed with this information, rookie and veteran traders alike will have the confidence needed to profit from opportunities found on —and off—their charts."—Tim Bourquin, TraderInterviews.com

"Greg Michalowski's Attacking Currency Trends not only provides in-depth coverage of how to anticipate and attack trends in the battle to successfully trade currencies, Greg also empowers traders to be proactive and protect themselves by having a trading game plan with guidelines. This is a must-read for retail traders new to FX and those looking to develop further as successful market players."—Julie Sinha, broadcaster, ForexTV

"I love the down-to-earth simplicity of this book. Attacking Currency Trends puts the truth of effective trading into a format that is executable and understandable. This book will instantly become a must-have reference work for the retail trader."—Scott Cisco, co-founder and President, EuodooTrading.com
"Greg has pulled from his vast experience in currency markets and crafted a book that will lead the retail trader from understanding to successful action. He provides a rich set of tools here and clearly organizes and communicates them. Very nicely done."—Dr. Phil Pearlman, Executive Editor, StockTwits

About the Author

Greg Michalowski is the chief currency and trading analyst for FXDD. Prior to joining FXDD, he was an assistant vice president and trader in the treasury / funding area with Citibank in New York, a vice president and interest rate derivatives trader at Citibank in London, and a vice president and trader in the banks funding department at Credit Suisse First Boston. Michalowski maintains a daily market commentary and currency analysis website at fxdd.com.His market comments are quoted in the financial pressby Bloomberg.com, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal,and he has written for various print and online trading publications, including eForex, Equities magazine,forexstreet.com, stocktwits.com, and forexfactory.com.His twitter site, twitter.com/gregmikefx, was one of thirteen cited by SmartMoney magazine as a "go to" source for making money moves.


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Profiting with Forex introduces investors to all the advantages of the global foreign exchange market and shows them how to capitalize on it. Readers will learn why forex is the perfect supplement to stock and bond investing; why it is unrivaled in terms of protection, profit potential, and ease of use; and how it can generate profits, whether the other markets are up of down.

Written by two leading forex experts, this complete investing resource uses basic economic principles, solid technical analysis, and lots of common sense to develop an arsenal of tools and techniques that will lead to winning results in the lucrative foreign exchange marketplace. Profiting with Forex includes everything that investors need to know about:

  • The many advantages of the forex market: huge market size, ease of entry, profit potential, tax incentives, 24-hour trading, no commissions, increased leverage, and guaranteed stops
  • The basic terms of forex trading: definitions of important concepts, including "pip," "currency pair," "contract" or "lot," and more
  • Genesis and growth of the forex market: how the forex market emerged out of a changing global financial landscape and continues to changes and adapt with that same volatile landscape
  • Fundamental factors that shape the Forex market: the U.S. government, inflation, the U.S. stock market, China and other emerging markets, oil, and breaking news
  • Fundamental tools for tracking Forex market changes: interest rates, Treasury International Capital Data, Consumer Price Index, S&P 500, U.S. dollar vs. Chinese yuan, balance of trade, crude oil futures, and news media
  • Technical analysis tools and indicators for gauging market sentiment: moving averages, oscillating indicators such as, stochastics, Commodity Channel Index, Relative Strength Index, Fibonacci analysis, and others
Filled with over 150 illustrations and figures, Profiting with Forex also shows investors how to combine their newly acquired knowledge of Forex fundamentals with proven trading techniques that can generate great rewards in the market.


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Solid Forex strategies for capturing profits in today's volatile markets

How to Make a Living Trading Foreign Exchange puts the world of Forex at your fingertips. Author Courtney Smith begins with an introduction to the Forex market-what it is and how it works. He then delves into six moneymaking techniques for trading Forex, including his unique Rejection Rule that doubles the profit of basic channel breakout systems. In addition to two specific methods for exiting positions at critical levels, Smith also discusses powerful risk management techniques and successful trading psychology strategies that will keep you one step ahead of the game.
  • Reveals the secrets of the Forex market and how to create a lifetime of income trading it
  • Offers advice on maximizing profits during the volatile swings that have increasingly become the norm
  • Other titles by Smith: Option Strategies, Third Edition, Seasonal Charts For Futures Traders, Commodity Spreads, and Profits Through Seasonal Trading
Make more from today's Forex market with How to Make a Living Trading Foreign Exchange.

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Foreign exchange is the most traded instrument in the world. It's not hard to understand why. Nobody needs to buy stocks, but because of today's extensive global trade we must all deal directly or indirectly with the forex world. Yet, while trading foreign exchange is one of the most exciting and potentially lucrative activities in the world, about 90 percent of traders lose money. In How to Make a Living Trading Foreign Exchange, Courtney D. Smith provides a concrete and comprehensive approach to becoming a profitable forex trader.
Smith first explains all the basic information you need to know to get started in trading forex. He then introduces the tested, profitable techniques that will help you make money in the forex market, offering a variety of different methods to use over different time horizons—from those that look at the market from the perspective of days and weeks to those that hold positions for less than one day. Smith describes, for instance, a system that monitors the market from three different time perspectives and doesn't enter the market until all three are calling for an entry into the market.

He also details a new way to filter trades that eliminates about half of all losing transactions. And he tells how to sidestep the usual traps that drain money from your account using his method to identify short-term turning points and, more important, to identify major turning points. Smith concludes by showing you how all the techniques in the book fit together into a coordinated program for creating profits.

Throughout the book, the author stresses the two most important aspects of trading: risk management and trader psychology. How to Make a Living Trading Foreign Exchange shows how to take risk management one step beyond and use it as an offensive weapon for enhancing profits. And perhaps, most important, it tells how to overcome the biggest block against making money in the markets: your own psychology. Whether you're a novice or a pro, says Smith, following the techniques in this book will turn forex trading into your ticket to financial freedom.

From the Back Cover

Praise for How To Make A Living Trading Foreign Exchange
 "Courtney Smith has hit it out of the park with this book. Not only does he provide great insight into both the inner workings of the marketplace and original trading methodologies, but he also devotes much discussion to the often overlooked, immensely important aspects of trading such as money management, discipline, and psychology. After all, as he aptly opines, these are demons traders must slay to be successful."
—Tom Demark, Founder, Market Studies, Inc.

"I learned a long time ago if Courtney Smith writes it, I readit. Glad I did. I picked up three great insights in my first read-through."
—Larry Williams, author of Trade Stocks and Commodities with the Insiders, The Right Stock at the Right Time, Day Trade Futures Online, and Long-Term Secrets to Short-Term Trading

About the Author

Courtney D. Smith is Chairman of the Investment Mentoring Institute, an organization devoted to building great investors. He is also President and CIO of Courtney Smith & Co., Inc., which manages money for institutions, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. Mr. Smith is the owner and Editor in Chief of Commodity Trading Consumer Research (CTCR)—the premier tracking service for the futures industry—and author of six books, including Option Strategies (Wiley). He has made more than 1,000 TV appearances on shows such as Wall Street Journal Report, Moneyline, and other programs on CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, and CNN.


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Written by Kathy Lien—chief strategist for the number one online currency broker in the world—Day Trading the Currency Market reveals a variety of technical and fundamental profit-making strategies for trading the currency market, and provides a detailed look at how this market actually works. It contains actionable information and strategies, which can help you enter this highly competitive arena with confidence and exit with profits.


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"...a leap forward in sophistication..."  (The Technical Analyst, June 2006)"…well researched ideas…Lien’s expertise really shines through…" (Shares, August 2006)  

From the Inside Flap

The currency/foreign exchange (FX) market is by far the largest financial market in the world, with trading volumes surpassing $1.9 trillion a day. Although primarily dominated by a worldwide network of interbank traders, a new era of Internet-based communication technologies has recently allowed individual investors to gain direct access to this popular—and profitable—market.

Written by Kathy Lien—chief strategist for the number one online currency broker in the world—Day Trading the Currency Market reveals a variety of technical and fundamental profit-making strategies for trading the currency/FX market, and provides a more detailed look at how this market actually works.

Designed for both the advanced and novice trader, Day Trading the Currency Market contains something for everyone. It touches on the major FX market basics or currency characteristics that all traders—particularly day traders—need to know, and contains actionable information on which you can base some of your trading strategies. This comprehensive guide opens with a straightforward discussion of general issues, such as the emergence of the foreign exchange market, who the major players are, and significant historical milestones, but quickly delves into more detailed topics in the following sections:
  • What moves the currency market—factors that impact both long- and short-term price movements
  • What are the best times to trade for individual currency pairs—through an outline of major currency pair trading activity (in different time zones), you'll discover when pairs are most attractive
  • Trade parameters for different market conditions—teaches you how to first profile a trading environment and then know which indicators to use for that trading environment
  • Technical trading strategies—covers some of the most important trading strategies for day traders and swing traders. They run the gamut, from "Fading the Double Zeros" to the "Inside Day Breakout Play"
  • Fundamental trading strategies—illustrates how to trade off commodity prices, fixed income instruments, and option volatilities; and covers intervention-based trades as well as the secret moneymaking strategies used by hedge funds
  • A profile of major currency pairs—discusses the unique characteristics of each major currency pair, from what drives their price action to which economic data releases are most important
Filled with in-depth insight and expert advice, Day Trading the Currency Market can show you how to enter this highly competitive arena with confidence and exit with profits.

From the Back Cover

Praise for DAY TRADING the CURRENCY MARKET"This is an extraordinary book that is many levels above other books on currency trading. It's filled with practical tips deriving from Kathy's experiences as a trader at JPMorgan and as an analyst and educator to online traders. A must-read for novice and experienced traders alike, this book will save readers a lot of money in expensive trading lessons."
—Drew Niv, Chief Executive Officer, Forex Capital Markets LLC

"I thought this was one of the best books that I had read on FX. The book should be required reading not only for traders new to the foreign exchange markets, but also for seasoned professionals. I'll definitely be keeping it on my desk for reference. "The book is very readable and very educational. In fact, I wish that Kathy's book had been around when I had first started out in FX. It would have saved me from a lot of heartache from reading duller books, and would have saved me a lot of time from having to learn things the 'hard way'. "I look forward to reading other books from her in the future."
—Farooq Muzammal, Head of Foreign Exchange, Europe, Refco

"Kathy's book is an indispensible tool for Forex traders, whether you are a professional or novice. It not only lays the groundwork for an in-depth understanding of Forex trading, it also contains numerous fundamental and technical strategies . . . I suspect that many traders will be keeping Kathy's book within arm's reach for many years to come."
—Eddie Kwong, Executive V.P./Editor in Chief, Tradingmarkets.com

"In Day Trading the Currency Market, Kathy Lien provides traders with unique, thoughtful, and profitable insight on trading this exciting market. This book should be required reading for all traders, whether they are novices to Forex or experienced professionals."
—Cory Janssen, Cofounder, Investopedia.com

"There are aspects to trading currencies that are different from trading equities, options, or futures. In this book Kathy Lien gives a deep insight into all the mechanisms that take place in the currency markets. Any currency trader will gain more confidence in their trading after reading this book."
—Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan, Editor, Stocks & Commodities magazine

"Kathy has done a brilliant job with this book. She speaks directly to traders and gives them guidance to improve their performance as Forex traders. I took some notes and ideas from the book myself that are going to be very useful for my business."
—Francesc Riverola, CEO, ForexStreet SL

About the Author

Kathy Lien is the Chief Currency Strategist at Forex Capital Markets LLC (FXCM). She is responsible for providing research and analysis for DailyFX, including technical and fundamental research reports, market commentaries, and trading strategies. Prior to joining FXCM, Kathy was an associate at JPMorgan Chase where she worked in cross-markets and foreign exchange trading. She has vast experience within the interbank market using both technical and fundamental analysis to trade FX spot and options. She also has experience trading a number of products outside of FX, including interest rate derivatives, bonds, equities, and futures. Kathy has written for CBS MarketWatch, Active Trader, Futures, and SFO magazines. She has taught currency trading seminars across the country, has appeared on CNBC, and is frequently quoted on Bloomberg and Reuters.


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Getting Started in Currency Trading is both an introduction and reference tool for beginning and intermediate foreign exchange (Forex) traders. This information-packed resource opens with a description of the Forex market and a section of clearly defined Forex terms with examples. You'll learn how to open your own trading account by following step-by-step instructions and numerous screen shots that show you what expect inside a dealer's trading platform. You'll walk through the physical process of placing and liquidating currency orders. Later chapters introduce various trading strategies and tactics in detail, along with some fundamental and technical analysis that will help you win in the exploding foreign exchange trading market.

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An accessible introduction to the burgeoning foreign exchange trading market

GETTING STARTED IN CURRENCY TRADING

The Foreign Exchange (FOREX) market is the largest financial market in the world, with a volume of over $1.5 trillion a day—more than three times the total amount of the stocks and futures markets combined. Up until 1995, FOREX trading was only available to banks and large multinational corporations, but today, thanks to the proliferation of the computer and a new era of Internet-based communication technologies, this highly profitable market is open to everyone. This huge international market offers unmatched potential for profitable trading in any market condition or any stage of the business cycle. All you need is a computer, a high-speed Internet connection, and the information contained within this book.
Getting Started in Currency Trading is both an introduction and reference guide for beginning and intermediate FOREX traders. This information-packed resource opens with a clear description of the FOREX market and a section of FOREX terms clearly defined with examples. After this brief overview, Getting Started in Currency Trading moves on to discuss:
  • The mechanics of FOREX trading—order types as well as order execution and confirmation
  • How fundamental and technical analysis can help you create successful trading strategies
  • How to find a reliable FOREX broker or open an online trading account
  • The psychology of trading the FOREX market
  • Advance trading topics, such as rollovers, hedging, and arbitrage
Filled with in-depth insight, practical advice, and numerous screen shots that illustrate what to expect inside a dealer's trading platform, Getting Started in Currency Trading will guide you through the complexities of FOREX trading and put you on the road to success.
Michael duane Archer has been an active commodity futures and FOREX trader for over thirty years. Mike has also worked in various registered advisory capacities, notably as a CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor) and as an Investment Advisor. He is currently CEO of CommTools, Inc., a corporation focusing on nonlinear solutions to trend forecasting, with a special emphasis on cellular automata models.

About the Author

Michael Duane Archer (Golden, CO) has been an active commodity futures and Forex trader for over thirty years. He has also worked in various advisory capacities, notably as a Commodity Trading Advisor and SEC registered Investment Advisor. He is currently CEO of CommTools, Inc., a think-tank focusing on cellular automata and complexity theory market forecasting solutions.
Jim L. Bickford is a twenty-seven-year software engineering veteran, technical analyst, and a very active FOREX day trader with an academic background in applied mathematics and statistics. He has numerous books to his credit and recently published Chart Plotting Algorithms for Technical Analysts.

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A practical guide to trading the foreign exchange market

The Ed Ponsi Forex Playbook offers a visual approach to learning specific trading strategies and identifying profitable trading opportunities in the Forex arena. Page by page, it skillfully describes strategies for long-term trading, swing trading, and day trading in a clear, easy-to-understand manner.
Written by the author of the hugely successful Forex Patterns and Probabilities, The Ed Ponsi Forex Playbook takes the entire concept of Forex education to a new level. The author raises the bar with this ambitious work, presenting fresh new strategies and concepts. Ponsi uses clever analogies and comparisons to make his explanations crystal clear.
  • With Ponsi as your "coach", the book employs sports analogies to show you, his players, the way to victory on the Forex playing field
  • Strips away the mystery, showing exactly how successful Forex traders make money
  • Explains complex financial concepts in ways that the average person can understand
  • Provides not only useful information, but actionable information to the Forex trader
The foreign exchange market is the most actively traded market in the world, and Ed Ponsi is world-renowned as one of the foremost educators in this field. With The Ed Ponsi Forex Playbook as your guide, you'll learn how to take advantage of the many opportunities found in the Forex arena. 

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Praise for The Ed Ponsi Forex Playbook"The Ed Ponsi Forex Playbook contains both the offensive and defensive plays that will keep traders profitable and safe. Those who pick up this fascinating read will not put it down until they have finished."
Steve H. Hanke, Professor of Applied Economics, The Johns Hopkins University

"Ed covers all of the bases in this book. It's powerful, practical, and profitable advice that you can use right now. From start to finish, the book is packed with information that can help any trader extract profits from the most exciting market in the world."
Rob Booker, independent trader, author of Adventures of a Currency Trader

"Ed Ponsi has scored again! This book doesn't just teach you how to win the trading game; it shows you how to win big. If you want to bank consistent profits in the forex market, read this book from cover to cover."
Mario Singh, CEO, FX1 Academy

"Exceptionally unique and useful to traders of all skill levels, this book is a wealth of actionable trading approaches from one of the giants in forex education and analysis."
James Chen, CTA, CMT, Chief Technical Strategist at FX Solutions, author of Essentials of Foreign Exchange Trading (Wiley)

An easy-to-understand visual guide to trading the foreign exchange market

Written by the author of the hugely successful Forex Patterns and Probabilities, The Ed Ponsi Forex Playbook offers a visual approach to learning successful trading strategies and identifying profitable trading opportunities in the Forex arena.

In Part I, "Training Camp," Ponsi provides basic but vital information to lay the groundwork for your success. In the next part, "Scoring Points," he delves into more advanced trading concepts. Part III, "Winning the Championship," deals with specific techniques that will give your trading an edge. Part IV, "Commitment to Excellence," presents more advanced money-making trading concepts, and in the final section, "Staying in Shape," you will learn which situations to avoid in order to enjoy a long and successful trading career.

The foreign exchange market is the most actively traded market in the world, and Ed Ponsi is world-renowned as one of the foremost educators in this field.

About the Author

Ed Ponsi is the President of FXEducator.com. As an experienced professional trader, he has advised hedge funds, institutional traders, and individuals of all levels of skill and experience. Ponsi has made numerous television appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC, Fox Business News, and ForexTV, and has been profiled in magazines such as Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities and Traders Journal. His dynamic and humorous style sets him apart from the "suit and tie crowd." Ponsi is also the author of Forex Patterns and Probabilities (Wiley), a top-selling book on currency trading, and has a popular DVD series, FXEducator: Forex Trading with Ed Ponsi.

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A practical guide to profiting from institutional trading trends

The key to being a successful trader is finding a system that works and sticking with it. Author Al Brooks has done just that. By simplifying his trading system and trading only 5-minute price charts he's found a way to capture profits regardless of market direction or economic climate. His first book, Reading Price Charts Bar by Bar, offered an informative examination of his system, but it didn't allow him to get into the real nuts and bolts of the approach. Now, with this new series of books, Brooks takes you step by step through the entire process. 

By breaking down his trading system into its simplest pieces: institutional piggybacking or trend trading (the topic of this particular book in the series), trading ranges, and transitions or reversals, this three book series offers access to Brooks' successful methodology. Price Action Trends Bar by Bar describes in detail what individual bars and combinations of bars can tell a trader about what institutions are doing. This is critical because the key to making money in trading is to piggyback institutions and you cannot do that unless you understand what the charts are telling you about their behavior. This book will allow you to see what type of trend is unfolding, so can use techniques that are specific to that type of trend to place the right trades.
  • Discusses how to profit from institutional trading trends using technical analysis
  • Outlines a detailed and original trading approach developed over the author's successful career as an independent trader
  • Other books in the series include Price Action Trading Ranges Bar by Bar and Price Action Reversals Bar by Bar
If you're looking to make the most of your time in today's markets the trading insights found in Price Action Trends Bar by Bar will help you achieve this goal.

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The key to being a successful trader is finding a system that works and sticking with it. Author Al Brooks, a technical analysis contributor to Futures magazine and an independent trader for twenty-five years, has done just that. Over the course of his career, he's found a way to capture consistent profits regardless of market direction or economic climate. And now, with his new three-book series—which focuses on howto use price action to trade the markets—Brooks takes you step by step through the entire process.
In order to put his methodology in perspective,Brooks examines an essential array of price action basics and trends in this initialbook; moves on to provide important insights on trading ranges, order management, and the mathematics of trading in the next book, Trading Price Action TRADING RANGES; and then discusses trend reversals, day trading, daily charts, options, and the best setups for all time frames in the third, and final, book of this series, Trading Price Action REVERSALS.

Written with the serious trader in mind, Trading Price Action TRENDS skillfully addresses how understanding price action and effectively reading price charts, bar by bar, can help you follow unfolding patterns, which are all initiated by institutions, helping you to profitably piggyback onto their trades by setting up early entries with tight stops. Engaging and informative, this reliable guide:
  • Discusses how to trade trends, trading ranges, breakouts, and reversals
  • Examines the basic tools of trend lines and trend channels, which can be used to highlight the existence of trends and trading ranges
  • Provides a detailed description of the significance of each type of candle, as well as the mathematics that traders need to know when placing trades
  • And much more
Throughout the book, Brooks focuses primarily on 5 minute candle charts—all of which are created with TradeStation—to illustrate basic principles, but also discusses daily and weekly charts. And since he trades more than just E-mini S&P 500 futures, Brooks also details how price action can be used as the basis for trading stocks, forex, Treasury Note futures, and options. Foryour convenience, a companion website, which canbe found at wiley.com/go/tradingtrends, contains all of the charts provided in the book.

Trading is a rewarding endeavor, but it's hard work and requires relentless discipline. To succeed,you have to stick to your rules and avoid emotion—and you have to patiently wait to take only the best trades. Trading Price Action TRENDS is your first step in achieving this goal. With this guide, and the other two books in the series, you'll discover how to develop the patience and discipline to follow a sound system, and reap potentially huge financial rewards in the process.

From the Back Cover

"Al Brooks has written a book every day trader should read. On all levels, he has kept trading simple, straightforward, and approachable. By teaching traders that there are no rules, just guidelines, he has allowed basic common sense to once again rule how real traders should approach the market. This is a must-read for any trader that wants to learn his own path to success."—Noble DraKoln, founder, SpeculatorAcademy.com, and author of Trade Like a Pro and Winning the Trading Game
 "A great trader once told me that success was a function of focused energy. This mantra is proven by Al Brooks, who left a thriving ophthalmology practice to become a day trader. Al's intense focus on daily price action has made him a successful trader. A born educator, Al also is generous with his time, providing detailed explanations on how he views daily price action and how other traders can implement his ideas with similar focus and dedication. Al's book is no quick read, but an in depth roadmap on how he trades today's volatile markets, complete with detailed strategies, real-life examples, and hard knocks advice."—Ginger Szala, Publisher and Editorial Director, Futures magazine

Over the course of his career, author Al Brooks, a technical analysis contributor to Futures magazine and an independent trader for more than twenty years, has found a way to capture consistent profits regardless of market direction or economic climate. And now, with his new three-book series—which focuses on how to use price action to trade the markets—Brooks takes you step by step through the entire process.

In order to put his methodology in perspective, Brooks examines an essential array of price action basics and trends in this initial book. Page by page, he skillfully addresses how understanding price action and effectively reading price charts, bar by bar, can help you follow unfolding trends usually initiated by institutions and allow you to profitably piggyback onto their trades by setting up early entries with tight stops.

Throughout the book, Brooks focuses primarily on 5 minute candle charts—all of which are created with TradeStation—to illustrate basic principles, but also discusses daily and weekly charts. And since he trades more than just E-mini S&P 500 futures, Brooks also details how price action can be used as the basis for trading stocks, forex, Treasury Note futures, and options.

About the Author

AL BROOKS is a technical analysis contributor for Futures magazine and an independent day trader. His approach to reading price charts was developed over two decades in which he changed careers from ophthalmology to trading. Brooks graduated from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1978 and received a BS in mathematics with honors from Trinity College in 1974. His website, brookspriceaction.com, outlines his trading approach and views as well as hosts a subscription-based daily trading chat room in which Brooks talks with other traders about the market.

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The foreign-exchange market is often referred to as the Slaughterhouse where novice traders go to get 'chopped up'. It is one of egos and money, where millions of dollars are won and lost every day and phones are routinely thrown across hectic trading desks. This palpable excitement has led to the explosion of the retail FX market, which has unfortunately spawned a new breed of authors and gurus more than happy to provide misleading and often downright fraudulent information by promising traders riches while making forex trading 'easy'.

Well I'll let you in on a little secret: there is nothing easy about trading currencies. If you don't believe me then stop by Warren Buffet's office and ask him how he could lose $850m betting on the dollar or ask George Soros why his short yen bets cost him $600m not once but twice in 1994. What's wrong with these guys, don't they read FX books?

In reality, the average client's trading approach combined with the unscrupulous practices of some brokers make spot FX trading more akin to the games found on the Vegas strip than to anything seen on Wall St. The FX market is littered with the remains of day traders and genius 'systems,' and to survive in the long-run traders have to realize that they are playing a game where the cards are clearly stacked against them.

Have you ever had your stop hit at a price that turned out to be the low/high for the day? Bad luck perhaps? Maybe. What if it happens more than once? Do you ever feel like the market is out to get you? Well guess what, in this Zero Sum game it absolutely is.

Covering the day-to-day mechanics of the FX market and the unsavoury dealings going on, Beat the Forex Dealer offers traders the market-proven trading techniques needed to side-step dealer traps and develop winning trading methods. Learn from an industry insider the truth behind dirty dealer practices including: stop-hunting, price shading, trading against clients and 'no dealing desk' realities.

Detailing the dealer-inspired trading techniques developed by MIGFX Inc, consistently ranked among the world's leading currency trading firms, the book helps turn average traders into winning traders; and in a market with a 90% loss rate winning traders are in fact quite rare! More than just a simple manual, Beat the Forex Dealer brings to life the excitement of the FX market by delivering insights into some of the greatest trading triumphs and highlighting legendary disasters; all written in an easy to read style.

Make no mistake about it there is a lot of money to be made in currency trading, you just have to know where to look. Sidestepping simple dealer traps is one way of improving your daily p&l, but it is surely not the only one. Successful trading comes down to taking care of the details, which means skipping the theoretical stuff and providing only up-to-date, real-life examples while sharing the FX trading tips that have proved so profitable over the years. By stripping away the theory and getting down to the core of trading, you too will find yourself on the way to beating the forex dealer.

Review

"...could help novices avoid much of the pain...a brutall honest appraisal of how currency markets work." (Investors Chronicle, April 24th 2009)

From the Back Cover

The foreign-exchange market is often referred to as the Slaughterhouse where novice traders go to get "chopped up". It is one of egos and money, where millions of dollars are won and lost every day and phones are routinely thrown across hectic trading desks. This palpable excitement has led to the explosion of the retail FX market, which has unfortunately spawned a new breed of authors and gurus more than happy to provide misleading and often downright fraudulent information by promising traders riches while making forex trading "easy".

Well I'll let you in on a little secret: there is nothing easy about trading currencies. If you don't believe me then stop by Warren Buffet's office and ask him how he could lose $850m betting on the dollar or ask George Soros why his short yen bets cost him $600m not once but twice in 1994. What's wrong with these guys, don't they read FX books?

In reality, the average client's trading approach combined with the unscrupulous practices of some brokers make spot FX trading more akin to the games found on the Vegas strip than to anything seen on Wall St. The FX market is littered with the remains of day traders and genius "systems" and to survive in the long-run traders have to realize that they are playing a game where the cards are clearly stacked against them.
Have you ever had your stop hit at a price that turned out to be the low/high for the day "Bad luck perhaps" Maybe. What if it happens more than once? Do you ever feel like the market is out to get you? Well guess what, in this Zero Sum game it absolutely is.

Covering the day-to-day mechanics of the FX market and the unsavoury dealings going on, Beat the Forex Dealer offers traders the market-proven trading techniques needed to side-step dealer traps and develop winning trading methods. Learn from an industry insider the truth behind dirty dealer practices including: stop-hunting, price shading, trading against clients and "no dealing desk"realities.

Detailing the dealer-inspired trading techniques developed by MIGFX Inc, consistently ranked among the world's leading currency trading firms, the book helps turn average traders into winning traders; and in a market with a 90% loss rate winning traders are in fact quite rare! More than just a simple manual, Beat the Forex Dealer brings to life the excitement of the FX market by delivering insights into some of the greatest trading triumphs and highlighting legendary disasters; all written in an easy to read style. By stripping away the theory and getting down to the core of trading, you too will find yourself on the way to beating the forex dealer!

About the Author

One of the pioneers in foreign-exchange trading, Agustin Silvani developed one of the first retail-oriented currency programs and currently leads the team of professionals at MIGFX Inc, consistently rated among the top-ten currency traders as ranked by Barron's, Futures, and Currency Trader Magazine. Mr Silvani's experience in FX ranges from the interbank to the retail sector, helping manage portfolios ranging from $1 million to more than $10 billion in size, and is a regular contributor to the financial press.

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