Forex trading can be frustrating for beginners. When I first started trading forex, I thought it would be easy to just jump in and trade randomly and make money. In truth, that may work for a short period of time. Anyone can be subject to having a little luck, that is why people go to Las Vegas and gamble. After reality sets in a little bit, and you start to lose money, you gain a new perspective. Your new perspective tells you that you better get it in gear and figure it out, there must be an answer out there somewhere.
Most of us that want to learn forex head off to the internet and start searching to find an easy successful system to trade forex with. Commonly, one of the first things you may come across will be a piece of automated forex software that claims to do all the trading for you and make you an extreme profit. The price usually ranges from the incredible bargain price of $30 to $199. A good portion of the time, there will be outrageous claims of profit, and the sale pitch will be very convincing. Before you pull out your credit card and order your future fortune, you need to ask yourself a question.
If you had software that created unlimited wealth, would you even attempt to sell it and further more if you did, would you sell it inexpensively? That is just a simple logic check, it doesn't make very much sense if you think about it.
This is not to say that automated forex software is bad, but there is a fair amount of junk software out there. Most automated trading software is junk, plain and simple. There are few exceptions for companies that offer a true, ever evolving, trading product. You can usually tell the difference by looking at the websites of these companies. If they seem like a gimmick, they probably are. If you can't get someone on the phone and just discuss the product without being pitched to buy the product, you should probably move on.
Automated forex software definitely has it's place in trading. My own personal view is that it's just another method that you can use along with other more manual trading that you can do on your own. It never hurts to run multiple strategies on multiple accounts. In fact, it makes things easier, you can trade different aspects of the markets, on the same pairs. You might scalp on a pair in one account, and trade the long term direction in another account.
One of my first experiences in automated forex software was a certain software that was supposed to give me a charted signal when I should make a buy or sell trade. It's not surprising, since I was a green forex trader, that I bought it and tried it out. I lost money fairly consistently. I had a forex mentor in those early days, and he always used to say, if you buy any software that was supposed to tell you how to trade forex, you should probably trade the opposite direction than what it told you because your chance of success was still 50/50.
It's difficult to ignore those strong sales pitches when you are so desperate for a solution that seems like it would be easy. Learning to trade forex seems overly complicated and if you could just find a piece of software to do all the work, you could stop struggling to learn and just make money. Most traders lose what little capital they have, trying to do just that.
If you are looking to find an automated software to help you in your trading, make sure to take some time to do your due diligence. As I said before, there are some legitimate software makers out there, but they are hard to find in a sea of garbage. It's truly best to understand how foreign exchange trading works before attempting to find a software to make the decisions for you.