BAJAutomated forex trading can be an attractive option if you want to make money from the lucrative currency trading market but do not have the time or inclination to learn to trade for yourself. With automated forex trading software, also known as a forex robot, a computer program will trade for you automatically.
Of course there is some cost associated with forex trading, you will pay commission in the form of spreads, but an automated forex trading system is likely to make a lot more money than a newbie trader, so it can still be very profitable. In addition, you do not have to spend hours every day looking at charts and analyzing currency prices on the internet.
But is it really so easy? What are the risks involved in automated forex trading?
First, it is important to understand that all speculative trading is risky, whether it is in stocks, currencies, commodities or anything else. Nobody makes money on every trade, and that includes the most successful forex traders. So there is a risk that your automated trading system will make losses on your behalf. However, it is true that a quality forex robot will have many more wins than losses, resulting in a net gain, even in times when manual trading does not perform well.
Second, be aware that for an automated forex trading system to operate correctly, it must be running twenty four hours a day. This means if the computer that a forex robot is trading on unexpectedly shuts down, the robot could fail to exit a trade at its stoploss, causing severe losses.
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However, there is another option. A Virtual Private Server (VPS) can be subscribed to. A VPS is a computer in a remote location that can be logged on to from your home or office computer via the internet. If you use a VPS to host your automated forex trading software, you will not need to worry about loss of power or internet connection, as that would be guaranteed by the VPS host.
There is another type of risk associated with automated forex trading systems, in that you cannot see what is happening “under the hood.” You have to trust that the robot will execute profitable trades and perform consistently. Also, because it is a “hidden” system, you cannot learn to trade it manually. This does not assist advancement of trading skill level.
It is very important to run all forex robot software on a demo account first for a minimum of three months to ensure its accuracy. An adequate amount of time must be given so that the trading software can be analysed across various market conditions. Some automated forex trading systems perform well in trending markets, while others perform better when markets are ranging. A quality system will be diverse and be able to profit in both market conditions.