4 Major Benefits to Algorithmic Trading

Winsor Hoang |

Technology has improved many aspects of modern living. And new inventions and advancements can been seen in virtually every field, including Forex trading. While many traders still trade manually, there are a number of benefits offered by the technology found in algorithmic/automated trading systems.

Below are four ways a trader can improve their trading with these systems.

1. Save Time

The financial world is overloaded with information and data on regular basis. Trying to take in all this data, so traders can effectively make good trading decisions, is a time consuming task.

Forex traders are limited not just by the very fact that they are human and have other things to do, but the capacity of information they can obtain, understand, and use in an efficient time. After all, in the field of Forex, new information comes in all the time that one has to consider.

As well, one cannot sit analysing charts 24/7. Thus trading systems that are created with algorithms that automatically work on a trader’s behalf are extremely beneficial in saving time. They are used to buy and sell on the Forex markets at any time of the day. Algorithmic trading allows Forex traders to cut out two large weaknesses of manual trading. One being they are no longer locked onto a time constraints where you can only trade during certain hours. Second, they do not have to spend time over analyzing charts, which eats up a considerable about time. This gives them time to learn more about trading and ways to improve their skill.

2. Decreases the Emotional Impact of Trading

One of the biggest hurdles a trader has to get over is the emotional impact. Most traders will struggle with developing emotional control during the first few years of their trading careers, and most don’t even take it into consideration how trading will affect them on an emotional and psychological level before they even become traders.

But it is important to come to terms with the reality that fear and greed (the two biggest emotional blocks) will constantly try to affect your ability to make consistently profitable trades.

Algorithmic trading is one of the best ways to trade without being blocked by these emotions. It lets traders set up the parameters based on their original trading plan. This saves traders from nervously sweating it out with each trade as they contemplate if they’re making the right trade.

The system will make the trade, and it does not have any emotions to keep it from entering a trade due to fear or over trading as a result of greed.

3. Hone their Edge

With more time, and less emotional damage being done with each trade, traders who use algorithmic trading can better create a trading edge. The edge is the true key to creating consistent profits.

A Forex trader must have an edge if he or she expects to have a long lasting career. The less obstacles a trader has in their way, such as emotionally managing and time managing, the better a trader can create their own personal edge.

It takes focus, going off the beaten path, and learning from your mistakes to create an edge, but using algorithmic trading and automated trading systems can help traders do this in a more effective and efficient manner, because they can tweak different trading parameters in their automated system that they can use to analyze and develop their skills.

4. Keep Up with Other Traders

Traders need to stay current and up-to-date with the new methods and technologies of trading. They want to avoid using old, overused tactics that do little to bring you consistent profits. Algorithmic trading is the way of the future. More than 70 percent of Forex traders are using algorithmic/automated trading systems today and that number increases each year. As more technological advances are brought into the Forex field, these technological advances will continue to offer traders better and more efficient way to create profits.

Algorithmic trading is not just a fancy word. It offers a number of benefits for the trader including saving time, helping to emotionally manage, and giving traders an edge. The field of Forex will continue to grow and with it, more advancements will be realized that will only help to improve how automated trading is done. 


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