There are some red flags that should be easy to spot that will help you to protect your forex account. Many of the traders available as third party signal providers look good for a few weeks, or even months, but are really just ticking time bombs. Don’t be around when the timer stops.
This article is intended to highlight a few things to look for and avoid. It is in no way intended to cover every problem that traders may or may not have. Now, what to look for:
Avoid any and all traders without stops. The trader may look fine but there are uncontrollable factors that are lurking that you cannot avoid. Factors such as power outages or connection failures can effect you because the market runs fast and far on incoming news. You must avoid this type of trader like the plague. It is the first pitfall that a trader learns to steer clear of.
Disproportionate Win/Loss Sizes
Sometimes it is a good tactic to pull profits off the table at a time that seems extraordinarily early. This tactic works well for a trade loser. It cuts your losses allowing your winnings to bolt, thus resulting in more wins than losses. A mighty good thing. But beware of the trader who takes 10 profit gains and has 200 losses on his accounting sheet. This is not the trader for you.
These are not actually red flag traders but you should still avoid them. Any trader with only a few weeks worth of records should not be traded on a live account. You can absolutely run them on a demo for a month and take a look at the results, but if the trader is worth trading, they will still be there in 6 months. And by then you’ll have a much better idea of who you’re dealing with.
Huge Gains After A Draw Down
If you come across a trader who shows extraordinary wins at the end of an extraordinary draw down, you are witnessing a trader who has probably thrown in the towel and is hurling a hail Mary pass. To the novice forex person, this appears to be a go-to trader. For every dozen traders who go this route, possibly two boomerang themselves into recovery. Those two are the ones wafting about aimlessly awaiting the proper sucker. When they meet their next draw down, the trader will try the miracle pass again, which will undoubtedly bomb. You don’t want a trader that puts his faith in miracle plays. You want one trading on solid ground.
There are obviously many more tell tale signs that a trader should be avoided and this article is only intended to get you started.