What is Social Trading?
This lesson will cover the following
- Social trading basics
- Sharing information and learning
Social Forex and stock trading is the next step in the social media evolution. Its a relatively new way of trading allowing users instant and constant access to information about the market through the power of the Internet. Unlike fundamental and technical analysis, with social trading the information is generated by other users, which allows the newbies in the field to make trades without having to perform the analyses themselves. In essence, you base your investment decisions on the data and analyses performed by others. The process enables you to seek or give help to others in your field, introducing a new social element of trading never seen before. Not only is social trading beneficial for new and experienced traders, alike, but it also shortens the learning curve for the newcomers.
Social Trading Basics
Social trading enables users to share information with other members of the community in real time. As this is one of the inherent benefits of the process, it allows new investors to witness and then replicate the trades performed by veterans. This way newbies can see how experienced traders do business, why they take certain actions and what they look out for. Thus, social trading allows newcomers to learn faster and in a real environment. Not only that, but it also gives them the opportunity to trade with “training wheels” or a “safety net”. In the past it wasnt uncommon for a new trader to blow off all their funds before they learned how to trade. Social trading reduces the chance of such an occurrence, although it doesnt eliminate it completely.
Examples are the Best Way to Illustrate a Point
To help you better understand what we are talking about here, imagine that you received useful information on your Facebook feed. For example, a friend of yours conducted research concerning the new product a prominent electronics company is about to release. This is surely to skyrocket their stocks, which means that the best time to buy is probably now. Another one of your friends informs you that due to a political controversy involving another company, its expected that their stocks will decrease in price. Since you have stocks there, maybe now is the time to sell. You get the picture. Now expand this on a more global scale. We are sure that you might get such information on your feed, anyway, but what you read on Facebook isnt really that reliable (although if the people you know in the financial sector share information via Facebook, it might be just as good), but there are a lot of specialized platforms where you can make a registration and constantly receive updates on your feed in a real time. The real beauty of these specialized trading platforms is that you can easily check the credibility of the source by taking a look at their profile.
This makes it really easy to determine whether or not they are telling the truth or not. For example, if someone claims that the stocks of a company are about to skyrocket but hasnt bought a single stock (and, on the contrary, is selling) this probably means that the individual is lying. If they are buying stocks, you can check their portfolio – if its good, then the information is probably legitimate and you can do the same. If the portfolio is bad, that might indicate that the person doesnt really know what theyre talking about so stay away. As you can see, its relatively easy to get access to information and check. You can get the same information from forums, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks, but the legitimacy there would be more difficult to determine. For this reason we urge you to use actual social trading platforms as a source of information instead of the unofficial channels. This way you know that the people providing information are into the field and you can easily determine how much experience they have and how well theyve done so far.
Sharing information and learning from the best is just the first step in social trading. In time, you can copy traders (a process called copy trading, which we will explain in the next section), as well as work with other like-minded in a group for a mutual benefit. You will learn, trade, create new friendships and make money. Social trading opens the door to endless possibilities. It significantly shortens the learning curve from a beginner to intermediate level trader. Before you know it, you will be able to make your own trades and even help newbies on their journey to becoming traders.
You will learn how to read charts, make sound predictions and make money on the market. You should never forget that there are risks, though. Losses are lurking right around the corner and the moment youre not careful you will experience their ghastly involvement in your daily routine. Nothing ruins your day like experiencing enough losses to completely erase the profits from the previous day. You will have to learn proper money management in order to ensure that rarely happens. Lucky for you, there is a whole community you can count on and, of course, you can always count on us, as well. We will provide you with everything you need.