I just signed up for the fxcm demo (minis) and can't wait to get started, but I'm really curious about a few things: 1. How important is the news feed if you're going to do forex trading? Do I really need to sit nervously watching every major world event and economic report? Do these things move forex as much as they sometimes appear to with the equities markets? 2. How important is fundamental analysis? If you're going to swing trade, can't you learn more from TA? 3. Can forex produce nice steady profits (after some experience of course) with the minis using swing trading and basic technical analysis? I'm looking for encouragement/realism here.