Finding The Best FX Trading Platform

Finding the best FX trading platform can be a challenge for both brokers and traders. Brokers will want software that is reliable, adaptable to their needs and easy for their clients to use. Traders are also looking for ease of use with good technical information.

Forex Platforms For Brokers

Many forex brokers, especially the larger organizations, will have a trading platform custom built for them. This is big business and a brokerage company will usually sneak a look at all of the platforms that competitors are using and then try to build something better. The cost of this is sure to be high. It can take a long time too. Software development, like construction, is something that always seems to take longer than expected.

Smaller brokers cannot usually afford to have all of the software designed for them from scratch. Instead, they may buy an FX trading platform that they can use out of the box. However, experienced traders will recognize this and may avoid such brokers. It is hard for traders to have confidence in a company that does not appear to be investing any resources in its trading software.

A compromise that works well for many brokers is to take a pre designed package and then have somebody customize it for you. The look of the program can be altered to include your logo, company colors and other factors. Better still, you could add more charts and offer any the technical analysis that traders are looking for but cannot get elsewhere. This way you can give the appearance of offering a unique trading platform without the cost of full scale software development.

Forex Platforms For Traders

Individual traders will generally use whatever software their broker provides. The platform is an important consideration when looking for a broker. For some traders, it is more important than cost. They may accept a bigger spread for the sake of the exact charts or information that they need to operate a system that they know is profitable.

In addition, traders who use automated systems or robots to trade the foreign exchange market will need a software platform on which their robot can operate. Experienced traders who have developed a profitable system of their own sometimes design a robot to automate their system for their own use. Most of the popular robots or expert advisors run on the Metatrader 4 platform. You need to download this for free in order to use most of the forex robots that you can buy today.

Automated trading software has many advantages, including the ability to automatically open and close trades when the market favors your system. Many forex traders are now moving into the world of robots and Metatrader 4 is probably the best FX trading platform for those traders.

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Zen And The Art Of Forex Currency Online Trading

It seems to me that we need a little zen in the jungle of forex currency online trading. We especially need it when it comes to one particular skill. It is a skill that is absolutely vital to successful forex trading and yet people do not talk about it very much.

The reason for this is that it is something that most of us do not really like to hear about. Just the name puts us off. We associate it with dark cold schoolrooms from 100 years ago.

I will tell you what it is if you promise not to stop reading. Do we have a deal? You will read to the end of this article and I will disclose the secret word to you.

OK … it’s discipline. Or more accurately, self discipline. Now, as I said we tend to associate those words with old fashioned educational styles and even punishment. But that is not what it is about.

One dictionary definition of discipline is: behavior according to established rules. Applying this to the forex markets, it means trading according to an established system, and not deviating from that system.

In fact, if we want to get around the negative associations of the word, we could describe it instead as being consistent … acting consistently in accordance with the system that you have selected.

The opposite of self discipline is self indulgence: giving in to every desire without thought for the future. Translated into trading terms, this means acting on your whims … trading on impulse and on ‘feelings’. When you do this, you are leaving your profits in the hands of pure chance.

In order to be successful at most things in life, you need to act consistently and it is not always easy. Self discipline requires saying no to an immediate temptation for the sake of longer term success or happiness. If we are to reach our goals, future consequences must be more important to us than current satisfaction.

In everyday life terms, this means turning down dessert because you do not want to gain weight, or passing on the illegal parking spot because you do not want your car to be towed.

In forex currency online trading, it means accepting a loss without losing faith in your system.

It means looking for a reasonable profit in the long term instead of taking huge risks because you want to get rich overnight.

It means not giving into the fears that hold you back from making a larger trade when you know it is the right thing to do.

It means doing your research instead of believing that the latest great technique is going to work for you just because you want it to.

In short, it means seeing that the emotions which can feel overwhelming at times are not really so important. Strong emotion, whether it is fear, anger, greed or desire for pleasure, almost always relates to a short term wish, not a long term plan. We need to get beyond this to be successful.

Our lives do not have to be ruled by emotion. In fact the bottom line is that if you allow yourself to be constantly diverted by passing feelings like a sail boat in a hurricane, you will find it hard to earn a living in the forex market until you learn to see your fears and desires for what they are: just feelings that will pass, no more important than the itch of a flea bite.

But if you have trouble with this, do not worry. Help is at hand. Try an automated forex system. They are as emotionless as Spock and will do all of your forex currency online trading for you with the discipline of a robot.

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