As a long-standing supporter and practitioner of the long-term Forex trading it’s hard for me judge this style of trading objectively, but pointing out the advantages is an easy task in this case. Apart from the obvious subjective advantages that are appealing to the certain features of the trader’s character, long-term Forex trading has some features that are good for everyone:
- Spread economy. If you trade on the long-term periods you tend to get more than 100-200 pips from every position, if you trade on the short-term periods your trades will rarely go beyond 50 pips in profit. Assume a broker with 2 pips spread and you make 2,000 pips a month with it (more optimism!). With 10 profitable trades yielding 200 pips each you get 2,000 pips of profit minus 20 pips paid in spread to your broker — that’s 1 percent. With 100 trades yielding 20 pips each you get 2,000 pips minus 200 pips left to broker in spreads — that’s 10 percent.
- Resistance to the short-term volatility. Long-term Forex traders don’t have to worry about stop-hunting or the intraday spikes. Their positions are safe from the usual daily market volatility. If you trade long-term you always have enough time to change your position’s parameters when something important happens.
- Long-term trading is simple. To trade successfully on the long time periods you have to forecast the general trend and the possible exit points and on the long-term charts that’s not a difficult thing to do usually. And since you trade rarely you won’t need to make the decisions too often, while in short-term trading you have to develop the complex strategies to succeed.
I can’t make you switch to the long-term Forex trading if you don’t like it and the majority of the traders enjoy the short-term trading, but now at least you know the advantages of the other trading style. If you experience difficulties trading inside the day you could always switch to the long-term trading.