Meet household expenses with extra income from forex trading

Earn extra income from forex trading starting with the right approach

Some individuals I encountered totally bought the idea of becoming a millionaire in 3 months through forex trading. While it is not an impossible undertaking (since it is a function of how much forex leverage used and the amount of forex trading capital thrown at it), it is not an approach that should be encouraged to lower to middle income wage earners.

That said, an individual new to forex trading can adopt trading as a source of part time income. And rather than aim to run before one can crawl, forex trading can contribute to personal finances enormously even with baby steps.

 

Extra income to deal with household expenses

Monthly household expenses in Singapore DollarExtra income per month in Singapore Dollar / pipsEquivalent pips per week
HDB financing for 4-Room flat - SGD1600SGD1600 / 1280 pips320 pips
Car financing - SGD1000SGD1000 / 800 pips200 pips
Saving for a holiday for 2 - SGD600SGD600 / 480 pips120 pips
Fuel expense for family car - SGD350SGD350 / 280 pips70 pips
Handphone bill - SGD100SGD100 / 80 pips20 pips
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Start forex trading with small achievable goals

This simple table contains some typical household expenses in a Singaporean family. The figures used are ballpark figures. It is not a comprehensive list but I want to make a simple point. An individual who genuinely wants to overcome monthly expenses and to come up with a surplus can take a step by step approach. The aspiration need not be too high in the beginning i.e. start with the smallest item such as paying off the handphone bill of SGD100. Presented in pips, the individual merely needs to earn 20 pips per week on 1 mini contract. This requires very little commitment in terms of trading capital, time to trade/analyse and can be totally handled by a person who is holding a full time job. In fact the true commitment required is the determination to master forex trading as well as to set aside some time to make more money.

As the trading becomes a way of life and results become better, the individual can move to more expensive items.

 

Scaling upwards by increasing position sizing

From another angle, a trader who is now able to make 20 pips a week on a very low risk high probability setting can consider scaling up.

  1. At 5 mini contracts, the trader can make 400 pips per month that pay for both the handphone bill and the fuel expense for the family car.
  2. At 1 standard contract and 20 pips a week, the trader can make 800 pips per month which will be enough to save SGD 600 per month for a 2-person holiday at the end of the year, the car fuel expense and part of the handphone bill.

 

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Soh Tiong Hum is Director of TerraSeeds Market Technician Pte Ltd. TerraSeeds is a trading educator in Singapore since 2005. Soh Tiong Hum is a member and regular speaker at Technical Analysts Society Singapore events and has a bi-monthly lunch time event at IG Singapore on forex and stock markets. He is an avid blogger on technical analysis topics; his Twitter account @sohtionghum was ranked #23 out of The Top 70 Twitter Accounts To Follow In 2015 by MahiFX. Come find Tiong Hum on Google+
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