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Automated Forex Trading Robots – How They Can Assist With Forex Trading

To properly familiarize yourself with these programs, you must ask these two important questions: What is an automated Forex trading robot and what does it do?

Trading robots are not actually machines as what one would think. They do not consist of mechanical parts that magically make a profit at your command. The term “robot” is a symbolical term that means helping you with your trades by pointing out what currencies are hot, when to sell them and when to buy them. Forex trading robots are based on artificial intelligence created specifically for the international currency market.

An automated Forex trading robot helps keep the trader up to date with specific currency trends. It monitors the rise and fall of prices in relation to the volatility of the market. It makes use of mathematical algorithms to make computations and predictions of the prevailing trends. In order to validate the algorithms the system bases its data on historical charts and its own careful analysis of market trends.

Forex robots have numerous benefits. One of the benefits these robots have is that they are able to process quite a bit of information very quickly, thus allowing them to make more speedy and rational decisions than humans. Forex robots are an excellent choice for those on limited schedules who are seeking to increase their profit. Another nice aspect of how these robots work is their ability to look at things purely rationally. They don’t become worried, nervous, or upset causing them to be valuable in a market as chaotic as the Forex market.

Just because the robots have their benefits does not mean that they do not have some severe drawbacks as well. It isn’t wise to choose just any Forex robot to do your bidding. Therefore, you must look into the details of each one that you consider. While there are very legitimate Forex robots, there are also several scam artists hard at work trying to grab at your wallet. It is important to seek out any reviews that people may have written along with calling the company to see if it’s possible to speak with a real person and not just an automated recording. It’s important to take note of which currencies a particular robot works best with. This isn’t meant to be bias; some currencies perform differently in the market than others. Each Forex robot is different; therefore, they each perform certain trades differently. Some robots do better with larger trades while others do better with smaller trades. Once again, it is very important to do your homework on the way these robots work.

Though it may be true that a novice trader can use these robots, I personally would not recommend it. You need at least some knowledge and experience as a trader in order to know how to handle your robot. Some robots give you the option of manual control; those are the ones that you want to use. When considering features, you must take into consideration what you’re looking for specifically in a robot. A Forex robot is not a cure-all, it isn’t magic. You have to know what to do with it. It’s also equally important to shop around, just as you would shop around when searching for a new vehicle. Remember, when you combine the efficiency of a good Forex robot with your own skills as a trader it can be very beneficial. You may also learn some things about trading after having a robot for a while.

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.

The History Of Forex Exchange

The lack of sustainability in fixed foreign exchange rates continues to be a potential hardship for commercial companies that do business globally. However, for investors and financial institutions it continues to represent significant new opportunities. The size of foreign exchange markets today is bigger than the world’s stock and bond markets combined, with more than $ 3 billion US traded daily.

Mankind has been buying, selling and exchanging goods and services for thousands of years. In the beginning, the value of goods was expressed in terms of other goods, i.e. an economy based on barter between individual market participants. The obvious limitations of such a system encouraged the establishment of more generally accepted means of exchange at a fairly early stage in history. In different economies, beads, produce, stones and so on served this purpose at various times, but before long metals- mainly gold and silver- established themselves as an accepted means of payment as well as a reliable indices of value.

Prior to World War I, most central banks supported their currencies with convertibility to gold (known as the “Gold Standard”). Although paper money could always be exchanged for gold, in reality this did not occur often. This fostered among some elements of society the (incorrect) notion that there was not necessarily a need for full cover in the central reserves of the government. At times, a sudden increase in the supply of paper money without gold to back it led to rampant inflation and resulting political instability (Germany in the early 1920’s was a famous example of this). To protect local national interests, foreign exchange controls were increasingly introduced in a (usually futile) attempt to prevent market forces from punishing fiscal irresponsibility.

Near the end of World War II, the Bretton Woods agreement was reached in July 1944. The Bretton Woods Conference rejected John Maynard Keynes suggestion for a new world reserve currency in favor of a system built on the US dollar. Other international institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank and GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) were created in the same period as a way to avoid the destabilizing monetary crises that were a feature of economic life prior to the war. The Bretton Woods agreement resulted in a system of fixed exchange rates that partly reinstated the gold standard, fixing the US dollar at USD 35/oz and fixing the other main currencies to the dollar.

However, this system came under increasing pressure as national economies moved in different directions during the 1960s. While efforts were made to keep the system functioning as intended, eventually it collapsed, The decision of the Nixon administration to take the US off the gold standard in August of 1971 meant that the dollar was no longer suitable as the sole international currency at a time when it was under severe financial pressure as the result of large increases in domestic spending and the expense of pursuing the Vietnam War.

Nonetheless, the idea of fixed exchange rates of some kind continues to live on. The EEC (European Economic Community) introduced a new system of fixed exchange rates in 1979, known as the European Monetary System. This system all but collapsed in 1992-93 however, when economic pressures forced the devaluation of a number of weak European currencies. Nevertheless, the quest for currency stability has continued in Europe with the renewed attempt to not only fix currencies but actually replace many of them with the Euro starting in 2001.

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.

 

Day Trading Robot

A day trading robot? Gee Wiz! Sounds like science fiction, right? It did to me just a few years ago. I would have never imagined that such a thing was possible. First of all, I came from a school of thought that believed nothing could be programmed to trade the markets successfully. I strongly believed this and argued with anyone that crossed my path. “No automated day trading system could tackle the stock market; impossible!” or so I thought. I also said to myself, “How could a computer program successfully factor fear and greed [the emotions that move the market] into an equation designed to extract consistent short-term profits from the market each and every day?” Well…,

…the bad news is that there really isn’t a robot to day trade stocks. Sorry to burst your bubble.

But…the good news is that there is one that day trades currencies (you know, the great forex market that I love and have bored you over and over with throughout this website?).

No folks; this is not “Forex Made Easy.” This is “Forex Made Easier”- An automated day trading system that NOT ONLY comes with a highly sophisticated set of conditions to enter and exit the market, but one that also pulls the trigger (that is, executes the trades) for you, using proper money management without which day trading is doomed to failure. [If you have not read why I strongly believe that the forex (short for foreign exchange) market is the purest and best market to day trade in the world, go to the currency trading section of this website]. This automated system is also known as Forex Robot or FX Bot (for frequently asked questions about the trading robot, click here).

Yes day trading fans. This day trading robot (or bot) not only finds the trades, it takes advantage of them when it finds them.

When the forex trading robot was presented to me for the first time, it was difficult for me to accept the whole concept. I got to admit, I was pretty skeptical. If the explanation wouldn’t have come from the best two money managers and traders I know (and personal friends of mine), I wouldn’t have even listened. But after a while, I was sold. “You, Dan? Mr. Day Trading Tutor?” – “Telling us that you believe in a day trading robot after writing an endless amount of information about how people could learn how to day trade, how much you believe in day trading, how you have helped day traders in the past, etc., etc.?”

Whoa, whoa!!! People, don’t get so exited. All of these things are still true. There are people that will learn how to day trade successfully and become successful traders. I am still involved on a very limited basis on the training of some day traders. But there are also many people out there that will never succeed as day traders and others that, after having tried it, will realize that it is not for them.

This is the truth; plain and simple. And even if the day trading robot wouldn’t have existed, this would have still been reality. The FX robot is just something extra that I feel can help not just unsuccessful traders, but also investors who can add something different (a new component) to their investment portfolios; and believe me, this is completely different than any investment I have ever seen before.

I created Day Trading Tutor to give you the reality of trading. Well, talking about the trading Bot is an extension of this goal. Since it exists and can help you, I must tell you about it – period!

Ladies and gentlemen; I am sorry if I sound really exited about this trading Bot thing – so exited it made me that I even became part of it in order to be able to offer it to my clients, friends, and family members (read “How are you involved in the day trading Bot and are you doing it just for the money?” below. I like to be very clear about the things I say. It makes me sleep peacefully at night. The thing is that I haven’t been part of a great project like this for a long, long time. The money managers and traders that designed and monitor the day trading robot on a daily basis have become personal friends of mine in the last few years. They are great guys and exceptional traders. They have been top-ranked in the past in the forex money management industry. I don’t like recommending traders or money managers to people, but this is an exception.

The robot program rocks!

Robotic or Discretionary Forex Trading – Which is best?

Pure forex discretionary trading will rely solely on the traders judgement. For example a discretionary trader may spot a particular pattern developing on a chart and decide to enter a trade on that basis. It would be impossible to systemize their trading because it relies on subjective judgements and gut feel.

Robotic forex Trading

Pure robotic forex trading involves the development of trading rules that cover every situation, from entry to exit and position sizing. The trader is executing a predefined plan. They must however take every trade that the system gives them which can be difficult if the trader begins to think too much!

Both sets of trader are working hard at different times and at different things. The Robot trader spends time developing a system and does not need to think whilst trading, merely executing a plan. The discretionary trader has to be thinking all the time that they are trading and can suffer from information overload.

Which is best?

The answer is probably a combination of both approaches. Coming to the market with a proven strategy rather than relying on gut instinct is far less stressful and gives the trader more confidence. However the markets are always changing and one trading strategy will not work forever – i.e. the Turtle Traders. Strategies will always need updating.

Many traders will use a robot to generate buy and sell signals but then use discretion, reading the market, to attempt to gain better fill prices.

All successful traders will use some sort of proven trading strategy to begin with but the level of discretion allowed by it will vary. A trader with no plan at all will fail.

 

Best Forex Brokers – What You Should Look For In Forex Brokers?

This article will show you an easy way to choose the best broker that will work well with the Forex Market

a. The broker should be registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Futures Commission Merchant (FCM). Because of this you have legal protection against any abusive trading practices and frauds that could arise.

b. Is the broker governed? This signifies that whenever you register with use their services you will have protection and insurance against any kind of internal fraud. Likewise, your funds will stay apart from the broker’s operating funds.

c. Is the broker one of the market makers whilst some are ECN brokers, offering a trading station for traders.

d. Look for brokers who offer low spreads. The spread is the difference between the bid and ask prices of the currencies you trade. Brokers do not make a commission on your trade, instead these people take the spread as reimbursement. Pay attention to variable spreads, they can be different for large accounts and mini-accounts.

e. Slippage. Can they provide you with specifics of what exactly slippage they would expect to occur during normal and fast moving markets?

f. Margin requirements. Which is the percentage of the investment in your trades they would expect you to pay to open up a trade. You also want to be informed on their margin calls, along with the time you have to respond to such call.

g. The Rollover Policy. Do they have any minimum margin requirements that they use to earn interest on any overnight positions? Plus, do they have any other requirements or conditions with regards to you generating interest on any rollovers.

Make sure you examine thoroughly the trading directions to understand how the broker will help you handle your trades. If you happen to neglect some relevant particulars, you may lose money on your initial trade. So take the time to read the details and ask the brokers or their support staff any questions possibly you have before you open your first trade.

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