Currency trading in foreign exchange market witnesses two types of approaches – discretionary and systematic. When traders adopt discretionary approach while indulging in foreign exchange trading, they make decisions based on the current market conditions, whereas those who go by any type of Forex trading system make decisions based on definite calculations and set of rules.
Forex trading system basically functions on the signals generated by technical analysis or fundamental analysis of foreign exchange trading. These signals aim to filter the overload of information so as to give the correct inputs to the traders. These systems too are of two types – the discretionary and the mechanical. With the help of these systems, traders can also opt for online Forex trading.
In discretionary trading systems, a trader has to use his own understanding to make a decision based on the fundamental signals that he is receiving. In mechanical trading systems, a trader does not require to participate actively. Therefore, while using discretionary trading systems, a trader has to have knowledge of foreign exchange trading in order to interpret the signals.
As the discretionary trading systems require a certain understanding of Forex, the traders choosing this system are able to remember many signals at the same time so that they can analyze the trends more objectively. Traders who are just making their debut in the foreign exchange market, are advised to opt for professionally created mechanical Forex trading system.
There are some automated softwares available in the market that work equally for experienced or veteran traders. These softwares offer wide range of prices and sophistication levels. Some of them offer free trial period along with incentives that encourage traders to buy the system. Automated forex trading system or software is a computer program that does quick analysis of currency price charts and other market activity. This analysis aims to identify potentially profitable currency pair trades. Having identified such a pair that meets the parameters programmed in the system, it gives the signals of buy or sell and automatically does the trade.
One of the greatest advantages of having automated Forex trading system is that it saves the traders from making emotional decisions, and rather helps them make rational and informed decisions. These decisions are unemotional and consistent based on pre-established or the default settings that was preinstalled in the software.
In discretionary trading traders – beginner or even experienced tend to take decisions based on emotions or information which is partial and not thorough. In system trading, this type of human error has the rare chance to occur as the rules of entry and exit are very clear. This system also gives the chance to go back and check the criteria they have set for making the trade profitable. If the trader is making profitable trading, then he should consider the system that is set as the ideal to make his choices in currency trading. This type of trade lends consistency to the trading and make it easier even to take losses.
Automated trading system is also beneficial to currency speculators who trade on currency spreads rather than on interest rates. This system can be of great help as it displays price discrepancies instantly and trading system reads the information instantly so that trade can be executed immediately. Buy or sell alerts are triggered automatically by elements such as moving average, crossovers, chart configurations such as triple tops or bottoms etc. With the help of automated trading system, traders can manage multiple accounts at the same time which is not possible for manual traders on a single computer.