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Benefits And Drawbacks Of Using Automated Forex Systems

I’ve been trading currencies for some years now and love to visit forex forums and blogs at least on weekends when there is no trading. I’ve found out that one of the most popular subjects discussed there is how to find a perfect automated forex trading system. That quest is also called looking for the “Holy Grail”.

Why is that such important issue?

The answer is simple. Trading currencies can be very profitable, however, to achieve great results, you need a proper combination of resources (trading capital, time, and skills/knowledge) and you have to remove emotions (fear, greed, etc.) from your trading. The best way to do that is by using a right automated forex system.

What are the benefits of using an automated forex system, or in other words, how can it make your trading consistently profitable? Well, the right automated forex system will make your trading stress-free and will help you make the best use of your trading capital, will save you time and energy. And often money too…

Trading with automated forex software is almost like earning money on autopilot. You do your initial setup, e.g., regarding what currencies to trade, when to trade (time/day), what time frames to use and profit/loss settings (most important!) and after that all you have to do is to ensure that your computer stays on.

Three most important advantages of using automated forex systems are: 1/ removing emotional factor and human error from your trading; 2/ taking over management of your trading capital by using consistently (automatically) precise profit targets, stop losses, entries and exits; 3/ finding trading opportunities (trading signals) 24/7 for every currency pair and every time/day/time frame combination and for various styles of trading (news, swing, position, etc.).

With such important benefits of using automated forex systems, it’s obvious why so many traders or potential traders are ready to pay significant amounts of money to get hold of such powerful tools. And, with such promising opportunities for profit, they are not concerned too much with drawbacks of using the automated forex systems.

But using automated forex trading systems does have some disadvantages, although they are not serious enough to discourage potential buyers.

For example, some of those autopilot systems don’t work too well during news releases. Some experts comment that it’s due to the fact that news trading is based on fundamentals, while the trading systems are based on technical analysis (indicators). That’s true in most cases, but what also needs consideration is the fact that most of the brokers do spread adjustments around the time of the news announcements. It’s not so easy for the systems to account for that, unless a system incorporates interdisciplinary theories, such as chaos theory, fractal geometry, etc.

The other drawback often mentioned is the fact that a system performed well in the past doesn’t guarantee that it will do the same in the future. Well, it’s true and no software developer can make any claim to the contrary. In fact, any sales letter has to disclose that forex trading has both large potential rewards and potential risks and that past performance of any trading is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Those disadvantages seem to be minor when compared to potential profits from trading currencies on autopilot. That’s why automated forex trading systems are so popular.

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