Who does not want to have some share with the $3 trillion market turnover that the Forex market gets everyday? If you are one of those newcomers who are learning how to be a part of the Forex trading market and having difficulty to cope with it, you would also receive a lot of talk about getting a Forex trading robot to help you with your trade.
We have hear how good this system is and how a lot of people have gained a lot from using it. But how good is it, really? Could it just be too perfect that we do not want to worry about anything. Contradictory to what most people think, Forex robots would also have downsides.
What are these negative effects?
Heavy reliance on your equipment
A Forex robot is there to help you not to completely take over for you. A common mistake made by traders is let automated trading programs do the work for them and never ever put even small manual trading. This can turn into a trading disaster in the long run.
If you rely too much on your equipment, what would you do if your computer crashes or you robot encountered problems? Would this be the end for your trading career? Having sufficient knowledge in doing trade manually could save it, making it really essential if you wanted to succeed in Forex trade.
Another thing is that most traders that use automated trading system would just leave their equipment alone. Automated trading system, specifically, Forex robots have the feature called optimization. This would allow traders to check on previous trades and determine how trades have been won in the past. This would allow your system to improve its program. But, there would be times when the optimization process would be too much. It could keep improving its system until it sees that there are no losses on the data. But this could buy time and can even lose transactions in the end.
Believing its magic
There is no such thing as a perfect system. There are some Forex robot systems that say that they have zero losses under their belt. Systems that claim this could happen aer actually losing their account. There are experts who say that system like this could actually earn a break-even after 20 years!
So, just the same with the first point, even if there are Forex robots that claim to have as much as 95 to 100 percent gain, relying on them too much and letting them do the trading without the trader getting involved could lead to disaster. But traders would have to dig deeper to understand that, actually, their account could end up dipping as much as 75 to 80 percent. Eventually, this could entirely deplete their account.
Some Forex robots would use bad money management strategies, like stop loss could be larger that the target. Others would not have any trading strategy at all! Some would not allow backtest, which is something that traders should be conscious about.
Bottom line is that no automated trading system could make you rich by millions overnight or in weeks. The Forex market is unpredictable and could be exciting. But to succeed in this field, miracle-workers like automated trading system is not the answer. Of course, it could help or provide the necessary support in Forex trading. But still, a good trading mindset and skill could take you to a long way.