Many Forex Traders use Forex Automatic Trading Software – Should You?

Whether you are new to forex trading or not, at some time or another you’ve probably asked yourself whether you should invest in automatic forex trading software.  This is a personal choice of course, so this article will go over some of the considerations you should make to decide if you should continue trading alone, or get some software to help you.

Because the foreign exchange (forex) market is global, many of the market hours overlap over the course of 24 hours so unless you never sleep, it can be almost impossible to keep track of what the markets overseas are doing at every moment.

You can of course, outsource your forex trading decisions to your financial broker, or you can choose to do it yourself either alone or with the help of trading software.

While the software alone won’t help you to be a better forex trader, it can help make the decision of what to buy and sell much easier and faster.  And as you know, in the foreign exchange market, hundreds and thousands of dollars are made and lost within seconds. 

What the program does is scans and analyses the market 24/7.  You can set it up to look for certain patterns and trading opportunities so you can see at a glance where the market is turning and changing very quickly.  You can even set many programs up to make the trades for you if certain criteria are met.  That way you don’t have to be glued to the screen all day.

Forex automatic trading software can be used by both beginners and professionals in the market.  In fact it has been estimated that over half of all forex traders use some sort of software to help them keep an eye on changes in the market and to even trade for them for those times when they can’t be at their computers.

You can even run ‘practice’ accounts so that you can see over time whether the trading decisions that you make would have been profitable or not.  This allows you to hone your trading skills before ever putting a cent into the market.

A program also helps take the emotional decision making out of buying and selling currencies because certain parameters need to be passed before the software will go ahead with a trade.

Of course, having the trading software is one thing.  To be a good foreign exchange trader you still need to be watching the currency movements yourself.  And that is why it is a personal decision whether you should buy a forex investment program or whether you just want to keep an eye on your portfolio yourself. 

e mini trading

Another popular trading option other than the Forex market is e-mini trading. E-mini trading is electronically traded futures from the S&P 500. They are basically 'mini' contracts that are around 1/5 the size of a regular S^P500 futures contract.

The advantage of this is that you get access to higher liquidity, around the clock trading, and most importantly greater affordability for new traders.

I suggest that if you are interested in e-mini trading that you take a course and perhaps even get some stock investing software programs to help you to keep track of movements in the market.

There are many good courses offered online so it shouldn't be too difficult to find on that suits your investing style and budget.

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learn-to-trade-fx 6 years ago

It is good to mention that most of these Forex Robots or EAs will wipe your trading account rather than helping you in your trades.

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FOREX NINJA 5 years ago

This is what i call robotic trading. Well i know that robots make money for a trader but should be on a MUST basis to be present.

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