Investing Trading Forex Trading How to Plan an Effective Long-Term Forex Trading Strategy Big Picture Forex Trading: A Long Term Strategy By John Russell John Russell Website John Russell is an expert in domestic and foreign markets and forex trading. He has a background in management consulting, database administration, and website planning. Today, he is the owner and lead developer of development agency JSWeb Solutions, which provides custom web design and web hosting for small businesses and professionals. learn about our editorial policies Updated on April 25, 2022 Reviewed by Gordon Scott Reviewed by Gordon Scott Gordon Scott has been an active investor and technical analyst of securities, futures, forex, and penny stocks for 20+ years. He is a member of the Investopedia Financial Review Board and the co-author of Investing to Win. Gordon is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT). He is also a member of CMT Association. learn about our financial review board Fact checked by Hans Jasperson Fact checked by Hans Jasperson Hans Jasperson has over a decade of experience in public policy research, with an emphasis on workforce development, education, and economic justice. His research has been shared with members of the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and policymakers in several states. learn about our editorial policies Photo: Michael Grabois / Getty Images One of the safest methods for forex trading is trading with the big picture in mind. The big forex picture takes into account all of the information available for a currency pair. Such big-picture information includes things like the interest rates in both countries, the functions of each country's economy, and the current market environment for the trading pair. Key Takeaways “Big picture” strategy involves taking three factors into consideration: interest rates, each country’s economy, and the current market environment.World traders tend to buy the currency of a country that’s paying an adequate rate of interest.The heights of an economy are referred to as the “fundamentals” and they include employment rate and political influences as well as interest rate.Following weekly charts can guide you away from making impulsive decisions that won’t help over the long term. Interest Rate You can't ignore interest rates if you want to trade the bigger picture. When you hold a currency trade for more than a day, you'll notice something called a rollover. Depending on the currencies involved and the direction of the trade, you may be paying a little bit of interest or earning a little bit of interest. For the most part, if a country is paying sufficient interest, world traders are buying the currency against weaker currencies, creating a trend. Fundamentals Tracking the progress of the commanding heights of the economy, also known as the fundamentals go along with the above idea. Fundamentals are things like employment, interest rates, CPI, and even politics. While trading the big picture, you need to know what the fundamentals are for the currencies involved. Technicals Technical analysis can take many forms when you put it into practice. If you say technical analysis to one trader, they may think moving averages, while another market operator may think of MACD if you mention technical trading. When trading the big picture, you are looking for technical aspects to support your trade. If you want to buy a currency pair, you don't want it to be overbought technically. Your big picture trading should have some technical analysis that supports your decision. It helps with the timing and helps you avoid getting in at a bad time. You may have the right idea overall, but having technical analysis in your favor can reduce your risk. Like all forms of analysis, technical analysis is subject to misjudgments or biases, which can throw off appropriate investing decisions. Weekly Charts If you don't feel like you have a grasp on what is happening with a currency pair for a day, step back and look at everything on the weekly charts. The bigger weekly charts can make a knee-jerk move on the daily chart look trivial and give you a better feel for what you're analyzing. Taking a step back helps to reduce second-guessing. With these items in mind, you can make strong trading decisions that support positions that you're holding. You should never be making trades just to make them. You should be able to explain them to a third party if you had to. If you follow this rule, it will help you avoid making an "I'm bored" trade. Real trading, especially big picture trading, can be boring and slow. Many traders are brought in and told to trade fast and leveraged. That is why there are so many failed forex traders. Big picture trading is about taking everything into account and making an informed decision. In my opinion, it's one of the best trading methods. A branch of hedge funds, known as Global Macro funds, takes this approach. It's also one of the most difficult methods for traders to follow because it lacks excitement and fast payoff. Big picture trading is more about long-term success and staying in the game. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Corporate Finance Institute. "Global Macro Strategy."