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NIAL FULLER
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The Truth about Forex Fundamentals and Trading the News

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daily-economic-calendar-eur-usd-fx-trading-newsToday’s Lesson Is Very Good. This is Probably One of the Most Crucial Aspects of Trading. ” To trade the news or to trade the price action ?”. Today I share my views on this interesting topic which can often be the main reason a trader fails. I am not a fan of trading the news or fundamentals, and this article explains why.

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Forex news and Forex fundamental variables are topics that many traders email me about each week. They usually want to know if they should pay attention to the news as it relates to their trading and (or) how to incorporate fundamental economic news variables into their trading.

The fact of the matter is that as a price action trader I believe that all fundamental variables are reflected in the price action on a plain vanilla price chart. The primary reason that I believe this is because price action is the final result of all catalysts and participants in any financial market. Forex news and other fundamental variables are simply catalysts that cause markets to move, and since price action trading involves analyzing price bars on a “naked” price chart, I am primarily  concerned with analyzing the end result of the news: price movement.

Now, there may be some diehard economists and fundamental traders who will disagree with what I am saying here. So, let me make myself clear, I am not saying that news cannot be used or that fundamental traders can’t make money in the markets. What I AM saying, is that the effectiveness and relevance of price action trading cannot be disputed. As price action traders we want to make our trading simple, and in order to simplify we remove the news, economists, and so-called market gurus. Let’s dissect this issue further…

Over-analyzing Forex fundamental variables…

Many traders over analyze the news and this ends up confusing them and causing them to second guess themselves. There are just too many variables each day as far as news and fundamentals are concerned for any individual trader to have enough time to make effective use out of them. You will literally burn your eyes out trying to read all the economic news that can influence the Forex market each day. The point being; you can bypass all of this unnecessary over-analyzing by learning to read a plain vanilla price chart. You see, fundamental news is simply a catalyst for price movement, so, it only makes sense that we trade based off the final result of all Forex and economic news; price action. We will discuss this more in-depth in the last part of this article.

Also, most retail traders do not have access to the type of “in-depth” and “inside” information that would allow them to take advantage of an impending news event. Furthermore, paying to get access to “up to the minute” economic news is basically a huge waste of money. It’s only going to introduce more variables for you to over-analyze and take your focus off the price action of the market.

Why trying to predict price movement based on the news is like gambling…

111You cannot predict what the market will do based on the news. The market often reacts counter to what you would expect based on a particular news release because of the issue of “buying the rumor selling the fact”. Markets operate on traders’ / investors’ expectations of the future, so when a news event actually happens, price will often move in the opposite direction to what the implication of the news event might be. This is because traders have traded their expectations already, and so once the news is out there is nothing left to expect from that particular piece of news. The bottom line is that you never really know how the market will react to any particular news event, and trying to guess what the market will do based on some economic news release is not a definable or effective edge, it’s basically a blind gamble.

Once you learn how to identify and trade a handful of simple yet high-probability price action trading strategies, you will have an effective trading edge that you can use to achieve success in the markets over a period of time.

What you DO need to know about Forex news…

While we do not need to know everything about all the fundamental forces that cause price to move, it is good to know what the most volatile economic news releases are and when they are released. This is because if you are in a profitable trade, you do not want to lose that profit or have it turn into a loss because the market became “spooked” or surprised about a particular piece of news. We call this a “knee-jerk” reaction, and sometimes these reactions can be very quick and very significant. So, it’s good to know when the most volatile news releases are coming out so that if you are up with a risk reward of over 1:2, you can lock in that profit or you may simply want to move to breakeven. This is part of Forex trade management, and we need to be good managers of our trades because our number one goal is to protect our capital, and we don’t want winners turning into losers.

• What news events are most volatile?

The following economic news releases are generally the most important for any country. Depending on the current state of the economy, the relative importance of these releases may change; therefore, they are not in order of significance here (they are actually in alphabetical order). For example, unemployment may be more important this month than inflation or interest rate decisions.

1. Business sentiment surveys
2. Consumer confidence surveys
3. Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
4. Industrial production
5. Inflation (consumer price or producer price)
6. Interest rate decision
7. Manufacturing sector surveys
8. Retail sales
9. Trade balance
10. Employment / Unemployment (Non-Farm Payrolls)

As price action traders we only want to know that there is volatility coming, we don’t ever want or need to “guess” what will happen based on some piece of economic news. To learn more about these economic news events check out this article: Major Economics Events in Forex Trading, and to see the upcoming volatile news events for the next 24 hours, you can always check out my daily Forex market commentary, just scroll down to the bottom where it says “upcoming important economic announcements”.

My final thoughts on Forex news and fundamental variables…

Global economic variables are the catalysts that cause all financial markets to move. However, it is not the actual news events themselves that we should be concerned with, instead we need to be concerned with the final result of economic news events; price movement. The easiest and most effective way to trade the Forex market is by learning to take advantage of simple, effective, and repetitive price action patterns that form in the markets as the end result of these global economic price catalysts.

To become too concerned with Forex news and fundamental variables is not being able to see the forest for the trees. The “forest” of the Forex market can be seen by looking at a daily price chart; this shows you the most up to date and relevant picture of the market. You can easily get lost in this forest by spending too much time analyzing the “trees”, such as all the different news events that come out each day. If you want to learn how to profit consistently in the market, you need to know what you are looking for. Learning to trade with price action strategies can give you the edge you need, so that you know what you are looking for every single time you check your charts. Forex news has its place as a catalyst that causes price to move. But, if you don’t understand how to read the natural price action on a plain vanilla price chart, all the time-consuming fundamental analysis in the world will not mean a thing.

About Nial Fuller

is a Professional Trader & Author who is considered ‘The Authority’ on Price Action Trading. He has a monthly readership of 250,000+ traders and has taught 20,000+ students since 2008. Checkout Nial's Professional Forex Course here.
  1. malusi August 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    thanks nial. i started to trade using 5 minutes to 15 minutes but it did not work for now i am trading time frame of one to. day time frame and it’s coming well so far.

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  2. combat212003 March 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Yes, this is true, but what are you going to do after the news release? are you going to follow the trend or be a contrarian? surely you still need to know where the market is going…!!!

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  3. fundamental trader November 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    basically fundamental trader are same like Technical trader, we dont need to read all news :) just a few of important news and everything will follow :) but I have to be honest! fundamental are not fit for scalper :)

    just my 2 cents :)

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  4. Paul June 29, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Patience is every thing i have learn alot and am still learning. thanks for your impact in me i found courage trading ever since i read your article.
    Great JOb i love it. Keep it COOL.

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  5. Kevin October 4, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Thanks for your reply Nail. Great article that explains thoroughly the complexities of trading the news. Price action certainly is king but we need to manage risk based on news.

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  6. nico July 29, 2011 at 2:59 am

    it seems that recently fundamentals are governing the market in the short term and there is a consolidation of price action. should one be patient enough to enter a good trend or go with trading news?

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  7. Mohamed Ansari July 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Brother Nail,

    I really realise my mistake with the forex, after i read the article it open my mind.

    Thanks and Regards
    Mohamed

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  8. shishir July 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Good morning Nail. Thank you very much for your help to all traders being a couch.your Forex trading course are very helpful.

    Cheers
    shishir

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  9. andrew July 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

    hi, thank”s cheers andrew

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  10. Robert Meinecke July 5, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Nial, your dead on. I have been trading over 10 years and have numerous times tried trading the news without success. Never did well at all. Your article is Excellent and so very easy to understand. Thank you Nial.

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  11. Emea July 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for the information this this topic and is very helpful.

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  12. Kevin July 4, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Nial,

    Ever since I ran into your videos on YouTube on price action I stopped looking at everything else, fundamentals, news, indicators etc… Its only because of this that I was able to stay and wanted to stay in Forex trading since your method made things so, so simple to understand and follow. Your trading course is #1 and it’s so simple even the not so bright as myself can understand it. Thank you.

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  13. eric July 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I agree Nial, fundamental analysis previously has always been my benchmark comparison to enter the market, and it has made me confused. I think the price action strategies are a very easy and simple to learn.
    thanks Nial

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  14. Justin June 30, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Totally agree . Keep it simple . Great article . Thanks Nial

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  15. UCHE June 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

    well understood,it sounds nice another great article from the master!

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  16. Butch June 27, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I’m sure Fundamentalist have their arguments, but price in present time doesn’t lie. I’m still learning to read action and momentum. That’s the meat and potatoes of this. Thanks Nial.

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  17. Peter Miller June 27, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Great job again Nial. Trading news is for the Big Boys, Us little’ns need to trade with our heads and that means not touching anything for at least 30 mins after the news release. Correct or what?
    Regards
    Peter

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  18. Srinath June 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Nial,

    As you mentioned above most of the reveiew is being stated out after the movement of the chart. Perhaps through your coach it’s already been indentified in an advance…excellent work…your contribution is highly appreciated it the Forex Market and trader like us…keep it up mate…

    Regards
    Srinath

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  19. Maurice June 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Great Nial, very simple but very true. I love reading your articles. Thanks

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  20. Chris Pereira June 26, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Fully agree Nial. Not analysing news and other fundamental factors makes trading much simpler, and much more efficient. I have been trading for a while now and have not missed not analysing news or fundamentals.

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  21. Ramli June 25, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks with super thought.

    Cheers

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  22. kingsley June 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    good job man keep it up

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  23. Kate June 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for another good tip. :)

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  24. Brodwyn June 25, 2011 at 3:59 am

    “Simply” great article. The place & purpose of fundamental news is now clear to me and I’m glad it’s not a complex issue.

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  25. Chanel R June 25, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Nial, thanks for another great article! I always wondered about how news effects price action. Sometimes this would lead me to not taking a trade due to what I would expect to happen when the news came out.

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  26. bethel June 25, 2011 at 12:17 am

    hello mr nial fuller you have been extremely wonderful with your lessons and i have come to test and see that all you said is true. you are truly a good forex mentor, please keep it up. I do not have much money for your inside memebership, but should i have the money i will certainly subscribe for it.

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  27. DRS June 25, 2011 at 12:13 am

    The global economic climate is good for long term trades held over a year or more though.

    Gold is going up.

    USD CHF is going down.

    Looking at strength of economies does say alot.

    Although I would agree – trading the news for intra day would be alot of work for little gain.

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  28. Terrence Meltz June 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    thanks for the tips long term trading your style has turned my trading around thanks for all i am trying to listen to all your free content for now later as my trading improves and i have more winning trades i will surely buy a membership thanks for all

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  29. ahmed June 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    very good approaching.very good article u rocks ciao ciao

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  30. umar shariff June 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Dear Nial,
    Really this article is helpful and i follow your Real experience commentary.
    I hope doing well.
    warmly,
    umar shariff

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  31. Sam T June 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Ron, you are right, Nial’s stuff is very very good. I love these kinds of articles, news is certainly a ‘bad idea’ to trade. That is why I stick to price action only ! Cheers. Sam from Sweden.

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  32. Frank Page June 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Nial, great article. The news is very useful for the many so called “online experts who know sod all about trading. Instead they can make “intelligent” comments on the news to get themselves heard. If you have few degrees in economics then maybe the news is useful for predicting price direction. Like Nial, I also personally stick to price action and avoid trading on major news releases.

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  33. Vickie June 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Nial,
    I am sure you’ve probably covered this before…so forgive me if I just didn’t see it, but do you close out your trades even if you haven’t reached your profit target prior to the NY close for the weekend? Thx, your fan, Vickie

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  34. Ron June 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Nial, you are an amazing coach, thanks for your article here on the truth about trading the news, it makes alot of sense. I am enjoying your forex course. thanks again, Ron

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  35. Filopastry June 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Since doing your course Nial. I have wondered about this topic. I can see a set up at night wake up in the morning price has gone in the direction of the set-up. Then on the morning news economists and other authorities try to justify what happened after the horse has bolted.
    If I didn’t know better its like they make the news fit the chart.
    Only an amateurs opinion.

    Another great insight into the Forex world,

    Thanks Nial.

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  36. Marton June 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Very true article, as far as I can tell!
    Though I may not be the most experienced trader in Nial’s community, I have put 10 months now into looking at news effects in the charts. What I see is before news coming out many times chart just simply consolidate. What is consolidation when speaking of PA? Many times Inside bars!! So what do you do? Play the break! And they bring a lot more gain then loss. Thanks Nial!
    cheers
    Marton

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