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Currency Trading For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Brian Dolan
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Book Description

Your plain-English guide to currency trading

Forex markets can be one of the fastest and most volatile financial markets to trade. Money can be lost or made in a matter of seconds, and forex markets are always moving. So how do you keep up? This hands-on, friendly guide shows you how the forex market really works, what moves it, and how you can actively trade in it — without losing your head!

  • All the world's a stage — get an easy-to-follow introduction to the global forex market and understand its size, scope, and players

  • Show me the money — take a look at the major fundamental and economic drivers that influence currency values and get the know-how to interpret data and events like a pro

  • Prepare for battle — discover different types of trading styles and make a concrete strategy and game plan before you act on anything

  • Pull the trigger — establish a position in the market, manage the trade while it's open, and close out on the most advantageous terms

Open the book and find:

  • Currency trading conventions and tools

  • Key characteristics of successful traders

  • Trading pitfalls to avoid and risk management rules to live by

  • How major currencies typically trade

  • Why it's important to be organized and prepared

  • The 411 on buying and selling simultaneously

  • Tips for understanding rollovers and interest rates

Learn to:

  • Grasp currency quotes

  • Capitalize on the foreign exchange market

  • Manage risk and reward

  • Use the forces that drive currency movements

  • Identify key traits of individual currency pairs

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Brian Dolan has worked for more than 20 years in the forex market as a currency trader and analyst. As the Chief Currency Strategist at, Brian oversees fundamental and technical analysis and is a frequent resource for the financial media on currency developments.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5071 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118018516
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (June 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C79N3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but has bias February 21, 2012
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The author knows a lot about Forex and overall this is a must-read book for anyone into this market. However, the author doesnt explain what ecn/stp/dd brokers are (and why you should run away from dd), tries to make the reader think that opening an account outside the USA is riskier, and finally states that leverage above 50:1 isnt a good thing. Perhaps all this is because the Author works for a dd (dealing desk) brokerage in the USA, where leverage is limited... All in all you should read this book, but be critical and dont take every statement as absolute truth, as there are interests in play here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Currency Trader March 27, 2013
By Big Tom
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I have been trading currency for about 5 years and this was a good refresher source book for me. Easy to understand and read. Currency trading is not for everyone, but you are think about doing it this would be a good starting book to read. Explains the market and how it works.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, Organized Helicopter View September 24, 2011
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The "Dummies" formula is very good for getting started in this complex subject. Plain talk, helicopter view, organized. Headers let you jump between topics and skip topics as needed.

I haven't finished the book yet, but I can say that Brian Dolan is a very good writer and seems to know his topic. Some writers are unclear when explaining points they don't thoroughly understand themselves. Dolan's clarity and precision are impressive.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive, though with a few shortcomings November 18, 2011
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Overall, I'm mixed on Currency Trading for Dummies. The book could have been structured much better to my mind and there are parts where I don't care for the way the author has talked about things. There are, though, also some pretty good, useful parts.

The discussion of forex trading mechanics could perhaps have been done better. I think the author too closely associates it with the likes of stock trading in terms of buying and selling. It makes the general point, but could leave some readers with the wrong impression of how things work in retail forex in that it may imply to readers there's actual currency ownership involved, which isn't the case.

I also found the section on order types rather clunky. It takes up much more space than is necessary to talks about stop and limit orders, even accounting for the different ways they are referred to in some cases.

Dolan does take a very thorough look at interest rates, monetary policy, and currency policy in his discussion of drivers of exchange rates, though. He goes into sources and types of information and the major economic and other data elements that go into forex market analysis. This includes a listing of the key reports for each of the major economies, though I would suggest that these things tend to change in importance over time.

The section of the book I think a lot of readers will find most valuable is the one which goes through the major currency pairs and talks about their individual characteristics. This isn't something I've seen done in such detail in other books. This includes both technical and fundamental considerations for those pairs.

There's also a good section on risk.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mistitled - Not at all recommended for beginners January 16, 2014
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The book is *laden with technical jargon* which the author doesn't even bother to explain. The book has no glossary either. It is a gross misrepresentation of the "Dummies" logo, and I had to put it aside for now. If you are a beginner in forex trading, I can heartily recommend Anna Coulling's Forex for Beginners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Brian Dolan has a easy practical approach to helping the new trader make sense of the market, general knowledge of the terms, and practical steps toward a successful trade plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Way To Learn Forex February 13, 2013
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I originally checked this book out, from the fact...I checked it out several times. Since the Library requests, that you return their books, I finally decided I needed this one, on my own personal Forex Training/Educational shelf.
Even though it is written, by a GAIN Capital Strategist, the information is presented in an unbiased and completely educational mode.
I would highly recommend this book, to anyone planning to learn how to trade in the Forex Market.
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2.0 out of 5 stars fell short August 14, 2014
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I couldn't get into this book. I'm trying to learn about the basic fundamentals of currency trading. After reading the first few pages it seemed like this book could accomplish this, but after getting into it, the author seems to just state arbitrary facts mixed with jargon over and over without getting to the heart of the what, why, how. After a few chapters it became evident its not for me.
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Published 3 days ago by james e mooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yes; an incredible amount of information I could understand.
Published 1 month ago by Diane Clinton
1.0 out of 5 stars Dummies don't belong in trading.
If you are a dummy you shouldn't be trading anything, let alone forex. Nothing in this book will teach you how to make money. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Buster Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
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Published 5 months ago by donb
1.0 out of 5 stars 20 years = $ 18.72
Currency Trading For Dummies, if you buy this book after read it, you are still sucker trader, very very basic
Published 9 months ago by DQD-Forex System
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entry level book
If you are new to trading and are overwhelmed by the amount of books out there, claiming to give you obscene profits in no time at all, ignore them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars dont do it
This will be the most miserable way in which you will waste your money!! There is no practical way to master this. This is a scam!!!
Published 11 months ago by Jordal
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book is well written in simple language.

Contents are good and very nicely organized. Very easy to read. Read more
Published 15 months ago by bharat Dalal
2.0 out of 5 stars Too difficult a subject to treat this way
Sorry but this book did almost nothing for my experiences with this difficult and usually expensive subject.

Mike McBain
Published 17 months ago by Mike McBain
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, a lot of info
Read this book some time ago a lot of reading but its worth! Now i accidentaly found some small highly illustrated ebook with awesome graphics and explanations.. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Janis Drobisevskis
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