Scalping Short Term Forex Trading Strategy
Many novice traders find scalping to be a very appealing Forex trading strategy. The scalping strategy is an intraday trading strategy and it allows a successful trader to make a lot of money in no time. It is so appealing because it allows for a relatively low risk and can yield very big profits. Although scalping is considered a low risk strategy, it relies on the trader being very attentive and composed as emotions can get in the way when it comes to this Forex trading strategy. Traders who choose to use this strategy will also have to pay close attention to the market, especially during peak trading hours throughout the day.
What is scalping?
Scalping is a Forex trading strategy which relies on placing a large number of very short term trades. Each trade on its own doesn’t have the potential to bring in big money but as a whole, if played right, they can add up to quite a lot. Trades are constantly opened and closed and can last as little as just a few seconds or minutes. The recommended charts to use in scalping strategy are 1 minute and 5 minute charts. Some traders also use 15 minute charts but anything above 15 minutes would not be considered scalping. Take a look at a scalping example on the chart (1 min. gbp/jpy chart):
Not all traders will have success with scalping as it requires certain skills and a lot of self discipline. Beginners should not try this Forex trading strategy until they have acquired some experience and traders who have a hard time controlling their emotions should also steer clear of scalping and focus on longer, safer trades. Using scalping, a trader can find quick trading opportunities during the day without having to spend all day in front of the computer. The best time for scalping is when the European and American markets are both open, or during the morning hours of the European market.