The Real Supply And Demand | Trade Like Institutions

If you are here it means you are interested in learning how to trade fundamentals like institutions, right? Trade like institutions

Well to get started, let’s clarify a very misunderstood concept, which is the concept of supply and demand,and in this trade like institutions article, it will be covered the concept of supply and demand and what it really means for the forex market.

Trade Like Institutions: We as traders are on the markets just to make a profit right?

The concept is simple and it applies on every market possible, you want to buy something cheap and sell it at a higher price to make a profit, let’s say you want to buy a house, yes you want a beautiful house, with a nice loft and a nice terrace, and a pool, so you look at the external aspects of the house such as the comfort and the beautiness.

Mansion image

Sure anybody would love a mansion like this but at the same time you watch another aspect, which is the value aspect, so you do your math and you decide if the beautiness and comfort of the house is worth the price which is listed for,

is it more expensive then what you would pay for?

or is it cheaper and thus is a nice deal?

The businessman mindset kicks in and you want of course buy something that is cheaper than what you value it so that you can one day eventually sell it at a higher price or just flex about the nice deal you made…

Trade Like Institutions: Speculation…

Now, the process of buying and selling something for a profit is called speculation, so you can buy a house to speculate on it, thus buying it cheaper and selling it for a profit, or you are ok with any price because you don’t care about selling it for a profit, the first one is the speculator of course and the second one is the consumer.

Trade Like Institutions: Now let’s get back to trading…

Trading as we do it, is the real speculative activity, we are in the markets exclusively to speculate and make money.

The key difference of course between buying a house and trading the forex market is the timeframe, we traders work on a very much smaller timeframe to make our money, instead of waiting years and years for the price of the house to rise, a professional trader usually has a 1 to 3 month portfolio, but of course the forex market allows the trader to make profits in minutes in certain circumstances.

Trade Like Institutions: So what about supply and demand?

But let’s get to the supply and demand topic, what’s taught on youtube or the internet on forex and supply and demand is quite funny as it’s based simply on technical analysis, which is kinda dumb if you ask me, because the concept of supply and demand is completely different from what you see on a chart and let me explain why:

Back in the old days, there were farmers who provided commodities that people physically use, such as corn, wheat, meat, dairy etc…

And then on the other side, there were the producers that took the crude commodities and turned into sellable and consumable products that normal everyday people could buy and use.

The point is that sometimes during good periods or years the farmer would get an oversupply of which meant the farmer had more product to sell to more producers which as a consequence of having more supply they had to lower the prices to consume all the supply and to compete with other sellers, on the other hand, during time of unfavorable conditions the farmers that had troubles growing their commodity during that period now have less supply and thus to maintain their living standards and to support themselves they had to raise prices, consequentially the seller had to raise prices too in order to keep his profit margin, and thus this is why price fluctuates because of supply and demand.

Trade Like Institutions: But how this applies to trading?

The example i made you is of course very modern too, OIL is the best example of this and is the pair i love the most when it comes to supply and demand trading.

The less supply there is, the higher OIL prices will be and vice-versa, now there are different factors affecting supply in the OIL industry, one of them is the OPEC that controls 81% of the world oil supply, so they have the power of cutting or increasing supply at their will to increase or decrease the price according to their interest and te world interest too.

Other affecting factors are tensions in the middle east, the middle east is, of course, a big producer of OIL and if issues like wars, civil wars, rebels, etc… are on the rise then the middle east OIL producers are at risk. thus the supply of OIL is at risk, just keep in mind that 65% of the OPEC OIL reserve is located in the middle east.

So you see how valuable is it? anything putting the middle east at risk will put a lot of OIL supply at risk too.

The best example if the Gulf war, where prices grew exponentially and from a mere $70 per barrel 20 days before the conflict, the price for oil peaked at $180 after the first month of the conflict.

Guld war oil image

Trade Like Institutions: How can this apply into the currency market?

Central banks have the power to inject and withdraw money supply.

So what happens if they inject money into the markets?

Supply rise thus the value decrease, if they withdraw money, supply is cut thus value increases.

I will post the next article on selecting the best currencies to trade by the end of this week 😉

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