5 Steps to Become a Financial Trader
There are many ways to develop your career as a financial trader. From starting out in a full-time trading role for a financial company after finishing college, to making it on your own by learning how to trade in your spare time. You can become a financial trader by trading part-time and different routes will suit different lifestyles.
Financial trading is an appealing career choice for many people. You can earn a good wage and many of the roles are full of exciting opportunities. However, it can take a lot of dedication and it requires certain skills and the right mindset. If you are determined and serious about becoming a financial trader, follow these five steps to turn your dreams into reality.

5 Steps to Become a Financial Trader

1. Conduct an Honest Self-Assessment

Developing not just into a financial trader, but a successful one has a number of requirements. You must conduct an honest self-assessment to ensure you meet all of the criteria required to become a financial trader.
Some of the most important skills to have include:
– Emotional control
– High level of focus
– Flexibility
– Analytical abilities
– Market knowledge
– Risk taker
The role of a financial trader also involves long working hours, a lot of hard work and self-learning. If you are happy with these conditions and have the right mindset to put in the effort, then it can be a great career choice. If some of these skills or terms don’t apply or appeal to you, then becoming a financial trader will be incredibly difficult.

2. Learn the Markets

Knowledge is power and to be a financial trader you need to know a lot. Everything from being aware of relatively obvious elements, such as trading hours and holidays, to knowing enough about the intricacies involved with pip movement, is required to ensure you make successful trades and investments.
Practice is essential once you believe you have an acceptable amount of knowledge of the market. The best part is that you won’t risk your own finances while practicing with demo accounts. Understanding all the different securities that can be traded and how other factors affect their prices should lead to more profits than losses in your future trading career.

3. Create a Trading Strategy

A trading strategy or plan is essential for every financial trader, no matter what it is that you are investing in or trading. There are many different types of trading personalities, and along with the assets or commodities being focused on, this will affect the type of plan you create. Any professional trader will tell you that without one you are setting yourself up to fail.
In order to create a personalized trading strategy, you need to decide on:
– Amount of starting capital.
– Entry and exit points.
– Maximum and minimum spend per trade (including leverage).
– Assets to trade.
– Maximum and minimum frequency of trades.
This strategy will allow you to set appropriate stop losses for your needs. Your strategy can be adapted, improved and made more complex as you become more confident.

4. Set and Review Goals

Every financial trader needs to have clear goals they are working towards to retain focus. From an overall aim to daily or weekly profit goals, being able to meet them will show how successful your trading career is going.
In order to work out realistic goals, you will need to factor in the risk and reward ratios along with achievable profit margins. These should be reviewed daily at first, before spreading out to weekly and monthly reviews, showing where targets are being met and where they need to be adapted based on your trading performance.

5. Start Small

When becoming a financial trader all on your own, even if you have plenty of starting capital, you should begin by taking small steps. Start out by making small trades and build up to put more money on the line when you begin to experience success.
Once you have amassed a decent knowledge of the markets,  created a strategy, and practiced making some successful practice trades on a demo account, you should be ready to begin your career as a financial trader.
Good luck!

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