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Forex Trading Robots: Avoiding the Scams

Steve Miley trader
Updated 2 May 2024

Trading scams appear in many forms and come from many brokers, and some are able to get away with these scams in the long run.

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Forex Trading Robots

They are often presented in a natural and subtle way to traders where they least expect it. In the forex trading industry, scams have evolved to be hidden within the development of forex robots. The attraction to these robots is the fact that they do the work on your behalf and allow you to earn money from less effort. The danger comes into play because these robots have full access to your trades. Not all bots are dangerous, but traders should be wary of using trading robots before completing thorough research.

Forex robots for automated trading

Forex robots were developed as a tool for automated trading. Also known as Expert Advisors (EAs), they control your trades while you continue with your day, set to make the best moves at the best times. These robots have become popular in the industry and are available from most brokers. They are marketed as a get-rich-quick solution to trading because they have all the knowledge and skills to earn you profits. However, this is seldom the case.

While it is true that these bots are vastly intelligent and have the ability to monitor the markets more carefully than the human eye, their technology does not rule out losses or mistakes. Trades are usually best made with real intelligence that can monitor markets and deduce conclusions that will form strategies to suit their trades.

If automated trading is based on personalized techniques, it seems more viable to use this method. Since the robots have their own data and techniques programmed into them, this method of automated trading cannot be applied to forex robots. In addition, the natural understanding you would have as the markets change and fluctuate is nearly impossible to replicate in a robot, making room for larger risks.

Online sales of forex robots

Forex robots aren’t just available through brokers; they can also be purchased privately online. These are sold as programs at higher prices than those available from a forex broker. As a result, most traders choose the bot available from their chosen broker.

When it comes to the use of robots, a vital piece of Forex trading advice is that the advertised success of these bots may be honest but was likely taken from a random period of success. Therefore, they are not always a true reflection of the potential success you may achieve with a bot, especially because brokers profit from your losses.

Professional forex traders do not necessarily suggest not using robots, but they do stress how important it is to research and test the robot before applying it to your real-time trades.

Avoiding Forex Robot Scams

We have in the past looked to share trusted forex robots, but in reality, the best way to avoid the robo trading scams is to either use copy trading, where you in effect use a human trader as your ‘robot', or build your own bot. A platform such as ProRealTime makes building your own forex robot pretty straightforward, and it can be completed in as little as 7 steps. This is a trusted trading platform, and the rules that the bot follows are those set by you.

Keeping your money out of the hands of forex robot scams is priority number 1, and despite the fact that building the bot yourself will take a little more time, you can at least then be responsible for your own results, and know the rules you are ‘playing by'.

Contrary to what most forex robots advertise, no method is an answer on its own to successful trading. As with other forms of automated trading, it is necessary to study the market and its conditions, as well as the software you use, in order to trade at your best ability. If you decide to enlist the help of a Forex robot, carry out extensive research, make sure your broker is on the same page, and do not pursue it as a means of automatic success.

Steve has 29 years of financial market experience including 3 years at Credit Suisse and 15 years at Merril Lynch. Steve is the Academic Dean for The London School of Wealth Management and has won many awards from Technical Analyst Magazine.