RF SCOUT BOT
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RF SCOUT BOT
A Forex trading robot is a simple (or complicated) computer program that analyses the market through various mathematical algorithms, connects with your trading platform and opens, manages, and closes trades automatically. All you have to do is install them to your trading platform as an add-on, and you’re done.
Forex robots continuously follow the market and include each new price tick in their calculation to find a trading opportunity. Once the results of their calculations show that it’s a good time to buy or sell a currency pair, the Forex robot will send a signal to your trading platform to open the trade and keep it open until the price hints that the setup is no longer valid. That’s when the robot will close the position, ideally leaving you with a profit.
There are virtually thousands of trading robots that can be found online. While some of them are free of charge, there are also many robots that need to be purchased. They usually come in the form of an EA (Expert Advisor), which are then copied in your MetaTrader’s installation folder and the next time you open your platform, you’ll see the robot (EA) listed in your platform’s navigator window.
As previously mentioned, Forex robots usually rely on purely mechanical rules to find a tradeable setup. In the following lines, we’ll dig deeper into the construction of a Forex bot and mention some advantages and drawbacks of trading using robots instead of trading on your own.
Trading robots rely on mechanical rules
One of the main characteristics of Forex trading robots is that they rely on mathematical algorithms to find a trade setup. To do so, many Forex robots incorporate various technical indicators which are then used to decide whether to buy or sell a currency pair.
Popular technical indicators used in the programming of Forex robots include moving averages, oscillators and trend-following indicators. For example, a very simple trading robot may initiate a buy signal if a 100-period moving average crosses a 200-period moving average from the downside. Sound familiar? Yes, this is a popular MA strategy called the MA crossover. What the Forex robot does is simply automate the process of following when a moving average cross happens, across many different currency pairs. For sure, this has many advantages compared to manually looking for an MA cross, but the ultimate trading performance is only as good as the MA crossover strategy can be – whether executed manually or automatically.
Another example of a Forex bot is the usage of the Average Directional Movement Index. A Forex robot can be programmed to open a long position only when the ADX indicator shows that the current trend is up, or to open a short position only when the ADX indicator shows that the current trend is down.
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