When I say trade, I mean trade, in the good old-fashined meaning of the word.
Can they take on risk from customers and other dealers?
Can they quote two-way trading prices under all circumstances, to all comers?
Could they cut it as a market-maker in a major bank?
Can they make money in the absence of time to think about which chart patterns are about to divulge themselves?
Can they trade pragmatically to be able to admit they were wrong?
Perhaps they can, perhaps they can't, but to me, the mark of a real forex trader is to be able to do the above, with style and aplomb.
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