How To Trade Gold
When it comes to trading gold online a trader can either buy or sell gold contracts so as to make profits.
A trader will buy gold if they think that the value of gold will appreciate against the dollar or they can sell gold if they think the price of gold will depreciate against the dollar.
Buy Trade - Going Long
When the gold prices are moving up, then traders will buy gold. This is also referred to as going long. Going long is another name for buying.
In the trade above when the prices of gold are moving up, a trader will open a buy trade as shown above. This is known as going long - a trader will hold this buy trade as long as prices continue moving in this upwards direction.
The price of gold will continue moving upwards as long as both moving averages are pointing upwards. The two moving averages are used to show the direction of the prices - what is commonly referred to as the trend. The method of using of two moving averages is known as moving average crossover trading system. A shorter moving average and a longer moving average for example the 5 period moving average and 7 period moving averages are used together to come up with the above system of determining the general direction of gold prices. At any one time these moving averages will either be moving in an upwards direction or a downwards direction - at other times when the market prices are consolidating, the moving averages will move sideways showing that prices are neither moving upwards or downwards.
Sell Trade - Going Short
When the gold prices are moving down, then traders will sell gold. This is also referred to as going short. Going short is another name for selling.
In the above trade the gold prices are moving downwards as shown by the two moving averages which are both moving downwards. A trader would open a sell trade and this is known as going short. The trader will then keep their short trade open as long as prices continue moving downwards.
Now that as trader you know when to buy and when to sell gold, the question is how to sell or where to place the buy or sell trade.
To do this a trader will use the gold charts provided. A gold chart will represent the movement of gold prices and draw this using a graphical format that can be used by technical traders to analyze the gold price movement.
The above gold chart which is the daily trading chart shows the upward movement of gold prices from $1048 per ounce to $1267 per ounce from November 2015 to February 2016.
The price is shown by the vertical axis that has price markings and the date is shown by the horizontal axis that has date and time markings.
The price of Gold and its movement is represented in the form of a chart. The chart shows an upward movement of price. Traders who are trading gold will analyze this price movement to know which market direction to trade. In the chart example above because prices are moving upwards a trader would buy the gold and go long.
A trader can open a buy or a sell trade directly from this chart. By right clicking anywhere on the chart a menu will appear and the trader can choose the open new order option and open a trade.
When trading gold profit is calculated from the price movement - the difference between where a trader opens a trade and where they close the trade will be used to calculate the profit.
In the above example where gold prices moved from $1048 per ounce to $1267 per ounce, if a trader opened a buy trade at $1060 per ounce and closed the trade at $1260 per ounce, the price difference would be $200 dollars.
Because gold is traded in lots of 100 ounces, then trading one lot of gold will mean that for everyone dollar move per ounce the trader makes $100 because they will not be trading a single ounce but they will be trading one lot of gold which is equal to 100 ounces of gold. Therefore, it means the $1 per ounce move will be multiplied by 100.
This means that is a trader had bought 1 lot of gold at $1060 per ounce and closed the trade at $1260 per ounce, where the price difference would be $200 dollars. Then 200 dollars difference multiplied by $100 profit per $1 move, then this would mean the trader would have made $20,000 in profit from this trade.
To buy one lot of gold which is equal to 100 ounces- at the price of $1050 per ounce a trader would need to have capital of $105,000 ($1050 price per ounce multiplied by 100 ounces). Because not very many retail investors can afford that amount of money - gold trading brokers provide leverage, which means traders can trade using borrowed capital. With the default leverage of 100:1 it means that traders can borrow 100 times their capital which means to open a one lot of gold traders will only need to deposit $1050 dollars in their account and they can now open one lot of gold - the $1050 multiplied by 100 times which is the leverage of 100:1 is equal to $105,000 -“ which is the amount of capital that a trader will control after using leverage.
Gold Trading Platform
The gold price charts can be accessed from the gold trading platform provided by gold trading brokers. The trading platform is the software that traders will use to connect to their brokers and place trades in the online gold trading market.
The platform will draw the price charts for the trader. The platform will also calculate the profit and losses from the trades opened by the trader and the trader does not need to calculate profits, the profits are calculated automatically.
The trading platform can be downloaded from the gold broker's website and traders can learn how to use this platform using a practice demo account.
Demo Practice Account
Demo practice account is a practice account that traders use to learn about the trading platform and how to open and close trades without the need to of investing their own money. The money used on this account is virtual and traders can practice with the virtual funds until they learn enough about gold trading. Once traders gain enough knowledge and experience to help them make profits then the traders can then decide to open a real gold trading account and start trading gold online.
Live Gold Trading Account
The live gold trading account is the account used by traders to trade gold in the online market. This account a trader will trade with real money, a trader will have to make a deposit into this account and after that the traders can place gold trades in the market through this account and the profit or losses they make will be credited to this account.