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Algorithmic Trading: The Basis Of Forex Robot

Forex robots are all based on a method of what is known as algorithmic trading. Algorithmic trading is a system that employs advanced mathematical models for making transaction decisions in the financial markets. These algorithmic models are all supposed to have strict built-in rules that attempt to determine what the best time would be to place an order that will have the least effect on the price of a stock or a currency. Large blocks of shares are usually purchased by dividing the large block of shares into smaller ones and allowing the algorithms to decide when the smaller blocks are to be purchased. Algorithmic trading is most commonly used by large institutional investors due to the large amount of shares they purchase daily. The use of these algorithms allows them to obtain the best possible price without significantly affecting ( i.e. increasing) the stock’s price and increasing purchasing costs. Trading algorithms themselves have been around a lot longer than actual algorithmic trading.

The computerization of the order flow in financial markets began in the early 1970s. An early example of this was the introduction of the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) DOT system (an acronym for “designated order turnaround”). DOT (later renamed SuperDot) electronically routed orders to the proper trading post in order that they could then be performed manually. Though somewhat controversial at the time (and blamed by many for being a significant factor in bringing about the infamous stock market crash of 1987), the system of algorithmic based automated trading has since evolved to the point where in some financial markets, so-called “algo trading” comprise as much as 80% of all trades executed.

Within the context of forex trading, robots using algorithmic-based charting software can aid traders in understanding the forex market through the use of such devices as charts and indicator analysis. Typically they are provided with charts that show the price movements for sets of currency pairs over a period of time which are then overlaid with price change or “tick” charts and moving average-based momentum calculations. Once a trader has selected the currency pair(s) he or she wishes to trade, algorithmic, automated trading analyzes and assembles the factors that influence the currency’s value. Whenever these factors are in what have been deemed to be their proper alignment, trades are executed automatically without any further involvement from the trader. Most estimates figure that at least 25% of all forex orders are executed via algo trading.

At present, there is still considerable debate as to whether the algorithmic formulas trumpeted by the developers of different forex robot software programs actually work as well as advertised. Notwithstanding the often grandiose claims made, there remains a significant degree of skepticism out there based on the volume of forum post out there, both pro and con. Moreover, some of the so-called “reviews” of forex robot software appear to be posted by affiliate marketers just saying positive things in exchange for a piece of the action. Generally speaking, if you are already a knowledgeable trader, then trading software might very well work, but they are not a cure-all for poor trading decisions. If you are a novice, your best bet is to take a training course that teaches the basics and how to use the automated forex expert advisers.

Choosing the Right Forex Software For You

You might be looking for a charting platform, or a trading platform. You could also be looking for an automated trading program, or a signal service. You are most probably looking for some form of assistance to help with your trading. This is really the holy grail for a lot of traders who do not have the time or the inclination to sit in front of a computer 16 hours a day. I have done that for a couple of years and done my ‘chart-time’, now its time to let the computer take care of it for me.

The best charting and trading platform is MT4, this allows you to also create custom indicators and Expert Advisors (EA) allowing you to auto-trade your account. Some people have created truly excellent Expert Advisors (EA), and its like having your own forex trading guru sat at your computer 24/6, never getting tired, grumpy, hungry or anything else for that matter.

Provide a stable internet connection and power, and the EA will handle everything else for you. The problem is selecting the correct one, as there are so many out there.

Some criteria you should apply, when judging an EA are;

– Whether they will give you a free trial
– Their FORWARD tested history as well as their back-tested history
– What modelling quality their back-tests are run on (90% is the best available)
– Whether they offer a money back guarantee should the EA fail to perform for you

Markets change, and so do the performances of (EA’s). The goal is really to find one that can perform consistently over different market conditions. The best we have seen yet in the market is the PointBreak (EA). This was used by a private trading group by over a year before being recently released to the public.

PointBreak, Expert Advisor (Very Aggressive Trading) has resulted 49.76% since October 2007.

This is the most aggressive setting available, the more conservative settings give smaller returns but correspondingly smaller draw-downs.


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