Learn to Trade

Five Factors to Consider Before Opening a Live Account 

By No Comments

There comes a point where you feel a bit confident in trading and you’ve been thinking to open a live account. After months of studying the forex basics, strategies and trading with a demo account, you feel that you have learned enough discipline and ready to trade with real money.


Here we will talk about 5 factors that may help you decide if you are truly ready to embark in your forex journey.

Having consistent profits.

Having a consistent profit doesn’t mean winning all the time. They are both different in a way that most new traders think. There isn’t a single trader in the world that hasn’t lost a single trade in their entire trading career. Even professional and renown traders around the globe experience losses. This is due to the market’s ever-changing sentiment. Always remember that losing is a part of the game.

Having consistent profits is closely tied up to having a set of disciplines, proper risk-management and strategies that works in different market conditions. If you’ve lost a trade or two in a week, don’t beat yourself up and lose your confidence in trading, rather take it as a challenge to learn more about the market and look for higher-probability set ups with a decent reward-to-risk ratios and find a suitable strategy that will help you outweigh your gains to your losses.

Keeping a trading journal each month is a must especially when you are still trading in a demo account. This is important so you can track your profitability each month and you can track your progress along the way before opening a live account.

Have a risk management rule that works for you

Having a clear risk-management rule that you stick with in all your trades is extremely important. Most traders say that 50% of your success in trading is determined in your ability to find good setups and strategies while the other 50% rests on proper risk management.

Again, having a well-though risk management is highly important if you don’t want your whole account to blow off.

There are times when making a decision in the market is confusing enough due to the market conditions. Once you get confused, your mind gets clouded and you start doubting your analysis and trading skills. During these times, your mental fortitude and discipline is being tested and your risk-management plan may be the only thing that could protect your account.

If you have not prepared any risk-management plans, you can start by including percentage risks in a ratio of 1:1 or lower depending on the size of your account and in the maximum loss that you can tolerate.

Don’t break your discipline if you are experiencing a losing trade.

How do you take losing trades? Does it upset you? Does it make you want to break your own rules and try to earn back the money you lost as fast as you can? Do you panic if a trade is going against you? If you experience sentiments like this, you should think twice before investing your money in the forex market.

We all know that keeping your cool is not easy especially when you see you’re floating losses. What you have to do is have a trading plan and stick to it.

If you have a trading plan to focus on, this will minimize your risk of taking mindless trades. By sticking to this plan, you will be able to think logically instead of emotionally before hitting that buy/sell button.


Accept losses and move on.

As a beginner trader, you will experience losses every now and then. It is important that you don’t take it too hard on yourself no matter how small or big your losses are. This will take a huge toll on your psychological and emotional state.

In the event that this happens, you should learn to keep your cool and identify the factors that lead to your losses. You will realize that you will learn so much more in your loss than in your gains and the new found information that you have learned will most likely benefit you in your future trades.

Being level-headed is usually achieved by the discipline that you instill in yourself by following your set trading plan and risk management. You will notice profitable results especially if you have done this with consistent practice and experience.


Choose the right broker and trading platform that suits your needs.

Aside from learning forex strategies, disciplines and having a trading plan, you should also know how to choose a reputable broker and which trading platform to use. Before you actually risk your money in the forex market, you should know how to use the platform and see if you are comfortable enough in executing your trades in that trading platform.

Aside from learning the buttons that you should press or knowing where to find indicators, tools and settings, you should also be familiar with slippage and your broker’s usual pip spreads so that you’d be able to take these into account when setting orders.

This is one of the reasons why you should start and practice demo trading with the broker and platform that you plan to open an account with.

Last but not the least, you should also consider the ease of contact with your broker just in case something goes wrong with your account.

These are just some of the things that you should consider before opening a live account. Make sure to put all of these in your list and if you have any more questions to ask yourself, it would be better to do more research and ask other experienced traders to help you assess your decisions.

Remember to treat forex trading as a business and not gambler’s playground. Besides having the capital, knowledge and strategies, you should also consider in improving your psychological and emotional reactions to the fluctuation of the markets.




Don’t forget to follow and subscribe for more updates about market trends, analysis, forex news, strategies and more!


Do you want to learn more about forex trading? Sign up now on our FREE forex webinar and reserve your FREE seats while it still lasts!




Risk Disclaimer:   

Learn to Trade Pty Ltd (ACN:138178542, AFSL:339557) provides general information and educational courses and materials only. This is not an offer to buy/sell financial products. We do not provide personal advice nor do we consider the needs, objectives or circumstances of any individual.  Financial products are complex and all entail risk of loss. Over-the-counter derivative and foreign exchange products are considered speculative because they are highly leveraged and carry risk of loss beyond your initial investment, hence should only be traded with capital you can afford to lose. Please ensure you obtain professional advice to ensure trading or investing in any financial products is suitable for your circumstances, and ensure you obtain, read and understand any applicable offer document 


The information contained herein (“Content”) has been prepared and issued by Learn to Trade Pty Ltd (LTT), and all intellectual property relating to the Content vests with LTT unless otherwise noted. The Content is provided on an as is basis, without warranty (express or implied). Whilst the Content has been prepared with all reasonable care from sources we believe to be reliable, no responsibility or liability shall be accepted by LTT for any errors or omissions or misstatements howsoever caused. No guarantees or warranties regarding accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose are provided by LTT, and under no circumstances will any of LTT, its officers, representatives, associates or agents be liable for any loss or damage, whether direct, incidental or consequential, caused by reliance on or use of the Content. 


You may also like to read:

Please Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *