Forex Software Trader - Things to Look Out for

By: Harold Hsu

Forex Traders who use software to automate the trading process should be very careful about the software that they use. The internet boom has brought with it a variety of so-called Forex trading 'systems' and 'automated trading tools' that have often brought more trouble than benefits to their users.

First of all, you should understand that in the online Forex trading arena - as with any other money making industry - there exist a number of scams that try to cheat you of your money. These scams are run by conmen who try to make a quick buck out of unsuspecting Forex retail traders who are looking to make easy money in the currency markets. One of the ways in which they do this is by selling some sort of Forex trading software.

Not All Forex Trading Software Is Bad

Of course, you should be aware that not all Forex trading software is of poor quality. There are indeed a good number of software that can be of practical use to the casual trader. However, such software are not easy to find. If you do a quick search on Google, you'll likely come across a variety of websites selling some form of trading 'system' that claims to be able to make money for you via automatic trading. These software can range anywhere from $67 to $100 or more.

While it is not my intention to question the integrity of such software, I would personally stay away from such 'get rich easy' claims. When things seem too good to be true, chances are that they are.

If You Absolutely Want To Be A Forex Software Trader

Generally, it is my humble advice for you to ignore any type of software that claims to be able to trade profitably for you. If you insist on trying it anyway, please remember to at least use a demo account to gauge its profitability first. Run the software for at least 3 months, and see if it reliably provides you with consistent profits. Chances are, no piece of software can consistently give you profits all the time.

Also, it's a good idea to pay attention to the largest draw down that the software gives you. It's useless to be able to make 20 pips for 80% of your trades, if you can lose 90 pips on 20% of your trades. In this case, you'll still be an overall loser.

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