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NIAL FULLER
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Are You Addicted To Forex Trading?

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To start this trading lesson I want to ask you two questions. To get the most out of this exercise and the concepts discussed in this article, you really need to answer these two questions honestly. Here they are:

1) Do you find it difficult to not be in a trade?

2) Do you find that you’re unable to remove yourself from your computer after entering a trade, or that it is very difficult to do so?

If you answered “yes” to either of these two questions, it’s fairly safe to say that you are addicted to Forex trading. Being a Forex trading addict is one of the fastest ways to lose your money. Just like an alcoholic or any other drug addict must keep taking more of their chosen substance to feed their urge, a trading addict needs to keep trading…almost all the time, in order to feel fulfilled or “in control”.

The minute a trading addict is not in a trade they begin to get anxious or perhaps feel as though they are missing out on a really great trade that will make them a ton of money. Instead of damaging their body like a drug addict does, a trading addict mainly damages his or her bank account, and as we all know, it is far easier to spend money than it is to make it, so if you are a trading addict you need to read this information very carefully…

1) Focus on higher time frames

Most traders who are simply gambling instead of trading, are not focusing their efforts on the daily charts. In fact, one of the quickest ways to induce a Forex trading addiction is to start trading lower time frames. I teach my students to begin by learning to trade the daily charts, only after mastering my price action setups on the daily charts should they move to the 4hr and 1hr time frames. The 1hr time frame is the absolute lowest time frame you should ever consider trading on. Anything below the 1hr is too “noisy” and random to be meaningful. I think traders often view a signal as a signal, when in reality a signal on a daily chart is significantly stronger and thus higher-probability than a signal on a 1hr chart or below. Check out this article for more on trading higher time frames in Forex.

2) Forex addicts are not accountable….just like drug addicts

Just like alcohol and other drug addicts, a Forex trading addict lacks accountability. Drug addicts long ago lost a sense of accountability to themselves; or a sense of staying disciplined and honest with themselves you might say. Forex trading addicts are also not accountable to themselves, they do not have a tangible Forex trading plan, and they do not record all their trades in a concise yet comprehensive Forex trading journal, because if they were doing these things they would very likely not be trading addicts.

If you want to avoid becoming addicted to trading or stop being a trading addict, designing a tangible and effective trading plan and recording all your trades in a trading journal to develop a track record, are two of the easiest and most effective things you can do right now to get you back on track

3) Being out of the market is a valuable position

Many Forex traders vastly underestimate the value of being out of the market. Indeed, being flat the market can actually be a very lucrative position. Think of it this way; by over-trading and reducing your overall winning percentage, you will have less money than if you just did not trade at all, thus, by simply avoiding over-trading and becoming addicted to trading you are actually further ahead financially than if you had lost money due to over-trading. Therefore, not trading can actually be a profitable or lucrative position. Do not underestimate the importance of this position. Many amateur traders are surprised to find out exactly how often professional traders actually trade.

Being flat the market also helps you stay calm and collected, and being a calm and objective trader is extremely important. Forex trading addicts are emotional and frazzled; they do not give themselves proper time off between trades and this works to keep them in a perpetual cycle of over-trading and over-analyzing. You need to think of trading as a game of patience; the more patient you are the better you will do over the long-run. If you can learn to cultivate and harness the discipline and patience needed to succeed in Forex over the long-run, you will trade like a sniper instead of a machine gunner. You can learn more about this higher-time frame style of sniper-like Forex trading in my price action trading training course.

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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. In 2016, Nial won the Million Dollar Trader Competition. Checkout Nial's Professional Trading Course here.
  1. MUNGE August 13, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Some points to be highlight patience is key ,not interfering with trades

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  2. Tom May 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Nial.
    Am really encourage, though am new to FX!
    Great stuff, God Bless You.

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  3. Dillon May 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

    This is my first time here, and a lot of the information on your site fits me exactly! I have every single one of these problems…

    This article may have changed the way I look at the market, excellent stuff!

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  4. Sonja May 1, 2012 at 6:51 am

    You rock Nial, you are THE BEST mentor in the world!
    Keep it going!

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  5. slivester May 1, 2012 at 1:47 am

    thanks very2 much sir

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  6. Todor May 1, 2012 at 1:17 am

    You have my bow again, Nial! Everything you teach i find a piece of genius. I should only learn and apply. Thank you very much indeed!

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  7. julius April 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Nial, All that you listed were the things that choked me.Thank you for always being there. May God bless you.

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  8. eileen khoo April 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Thank Nial! You had just hit on my obsession and over-analyzing so much so that more often than not I just missed th trade. Will take note and work on that, thanks once again!

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  9. Kevin(Zach)Harper April 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Great Stuff Nial
    Have to totally agree….Be Patient…Be Patient….and then finally ask yourself …Is this really a quality trade setup ???

    Excellent Nial

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  10. anton April 30, 2012 at 6:33 am

    A++ Article. If you cant grasp the above points then their is no saving you from ruin.

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  11. pecsen April 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Very useful article again, thank you Nail for your effort!
    In many cases I tried to be patient, but I wasn’t strong enough, so I did some mistakes:
    I checked the charts during working hours, I checked it on mobile phone and modified stop, limit etc. Like others I also do try to reduce the number of my mistakes,
    so first of all I decided to remove the trader application from my phone (however it was perfect, I loved it, but don’t need it), and I started to use weekly charts and the daily. Nowdays I take pending entry (stop, limit) orders and I don’t check the charts for one or two days. I will try to not change the view of the charts to 4h candle, the daily is much stronger and contains everything I need.
    And I wait to close the daily candles. I already haven’t read articles about economy for x month, I’ve spent my time with much more useful things (want to improve my english).
    I’m sure If I’ll not violate these rules, I’ll be much more successful in trading (of course by Nail’s price action) with less effort and less stress and with better english :) Sometimes you have to be strict with yourself (others will not be) during the road to the main goal. Just my two cents! Good luck! :)

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  12. Yusuf Hammed April 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Nial you are a FX GURU you know how unsuccessful fx traders feel.Every FX trader most learn how to be Patient and looks for Good set up before they enter the market.I like you, you just keep it simple and make it simple.

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  13. Jerry Snyder April 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Hi Nial,
    as always you are right on – I know that I have to keep reminding myself and your timing is remarkable – thanks -jerry

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  14. Amio April 29, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Very true.What are the antidotes?

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  15. DRS April 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

    2 years is what it takes to work out the markets.

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  16. sez elabor April 29, 2012 at 4:25 am

    what can i say Nial? you are the epitome of a professional trader.. this artcle is splendid and good for traders.. you are the best Forex Mentor i have ever known.. thank you a million times..

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  17. Robert Meinecke April 29, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Thank You Nial for a Block Buster Article. This is exacttly what has happened to me and it is a wake up call for me. You really know how to hit home in such an easy understanding way. I really liked your “Holy Grail” desription about patience. Thank you again.
    Robert

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  18. Bhupinder April 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Just Brilliant. Thanks for making things easier Nial.

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  19. AMIN MALIK April 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    NIAL! Thank you for being pretty serious in your MISSION of helping Traders at large. For sure, many of us are improving/ developing the proper MINDSET to become a successful TRADER. Your ability to get to the MEAT of the subject is IMPRESSIVE. Please keep coming. THANKS & REGARDS. AMIN

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  20. Jude FX April 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    your articles are very factual for anyone who can follow them. keep it up because you are changing lives!

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  21. Tay Jui Chuan April 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Nial,
    Thank you very much for this timely article and a very timely reminder.
    Thank you very much

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  22. hamish April 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    todays lesson is bang on and a must for all wannabe successful traders. great insite and knowledge to be gained for all. thanks Nial

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  23. Ramli April 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks n Cheers

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  24. John April 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Banks and institutional traders sit on the side line, why shouldn’t we. Thank you Nial Cash is a position.

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  25. Colin April 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Thanks Nial thats the best lesson yet. It somes me up what I used to do, But slowly breaking all my bad habits. I am saving all these 5 lessons & will keep going over them just to help me through some rough patches Thanks Nial Great Lesson

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  26. Oztrades April 28, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Well said. Just topped up my account and am sitting. Missed the big pin bar on the AUD/USD 4 hrly yesterday….. waiting for the next bus to hop on.

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  27. Isaac April 28, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Great write up, thanks

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  28. wilson April 28, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Nial excellent theme, the simple is better, thanks.

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  29. Russ April 28, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Nail on the head Nial!!!! You are a truth bringer!

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  30. dcsneeden April 28, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Excellent article Nial! If feels like you know all my struggles or maybe you have experienced all of these challenges. I definately need more patience! Thanks.

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  31. inder sachdev April 28, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Simply amazing!

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  32. Zahid April 28, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Great article as usual. Scanned the brain, thinking and psychology of the newbi. I have learned a lot through it. Thank you Nial.

    Zahid Malik

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  33. flash April 28, 2012 at 1:36 am

    I dont often post comments, but it is warranted this time. This one is a duizzie! 10/10! Well done Nial.

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  34. Pham April 28, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Great article, very useful, I like it a lot, thanks Nial for that!

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  35. Jeevan April 28, 2012 at 12:33 am

    well said, a lesson to be followed and applied for each traders on their trade, as you always say keep it simple and short – is the key to success i always believe, nice work again,, may this lesson awakes someone

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  36. Kimbo4x April 28, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Great article. I believe overtrading is part of our “work ethic.”

    Many of us think that if we don’t trade today, we didn’t put in an honest days work. It goes against our “work ethic.” Deciding NOT to take a trade is WORK, too. Work smarter, not harder.

    Looking at Andy’s post, I would greatly appreciate feedback from Nial.

    Personally, I believe in setting pending entry orders. You must be careful, though. I reduce my position size, and I only choose trades where the risk reward ratio is quite high — in fact a set my entry level to increase that RRR (like using a 62% retrace instead of 50% retrace). Also, I only do this in early to mid Tokyo session so the limit order trade has a chance to grow throughout London and NY.

    Kim

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  37. AndyH April 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Great article. Trying to internalize all these lessons. I often feel compelled to trade because I have a narrow window in which I can. 6PM to 1AM EST when things can be a bit slow. Nial, since we are most clear minded when we are out of the market, would it make sense for us to set up pending orders?

    ~ Andy

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  38. YangL April 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Technique, patience and discipline are key to win, thank you for your sharing!

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  39. ed April 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    #1 hits the nail on the head! thx

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  40. cheetu April 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Hi,

    Essentially it says get off the GRQ brain!

    -Cheeti

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  41. Wes April 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Yea Man! Didn’t start being profitable until I learned patience.

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  42. onesi John April 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    nice article, thanks for all ur service to the trading community

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  43. samuel April 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    What an article! Thanks Nail,prof of price action.This is too good.

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  44. Kenny R April 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Great Great post Nial. I used to do all that before I learned Price Action trading on a naked chart. I’m making a killing using just one Price Action setup that I can call all mine now. Trading can get pre-school easy when you have a well defined strategy and plan with strict money management. Mix in some patience and discipline and BINGO!!! There’s your holy grail right there. Account is up 40% in 120 days taking a few trades a month of just pin bars! Love it!

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  45. Chris H April 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Good stuff Niall and I recognise some of thse. You deserve encouragement – there are some dreadful so called mentors out there. Keep it going m8!

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  46. Chris April 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    An amazingly intuitive piece of work Nial. You really hit home. recently I was thinking about what the most powerful weapon in the forex asrenal is and maybe illogically came to the concusion that “you do not have to trade”. No-one is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to trade. So patience, waiting for best opportunity to come along is everything.

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