Everybody wishes he knew the secret to forex trading, but very few ever find it. Traders win and lose, and those who are the most educated about it and those who have the right tools are usually those who win. As far as tools are concerned, some people swear by Forex robots, and others say trading software is a waste of money.
How Forex Robots Work
A Forex robot looks for profitable trades based on the parameters you set; it buys low and sells high, at least ideally. Any software designed for trading pairs of currencies is created with different algorithms for identifying potentially profitable trades and these formulas can vary greatly from one robot to the next.
Just for example, a robot trading software might recognize a pattern in a currency pair in which there has been a solid uptrend then two down days in a row. If it is programmed to see that reversal as a good trade, it will put you into it on the short side, or at least alert you, depending on how it is set up. It rides that trade until it sees the downtrend reverse. It may then get you out or put you back into the other side of the trade.
Again, that is just an example of how a forex robot might work. In reality, each software is programmed with many complicated formulas. That is why you read so many reviews about which one works and which does not.
One Problem Trading Forex with a Robot
In short, a Forex robot is no shortcut to Forex trading success. Some of these robots perform very well, but depending on the robot, you may have to have pretty deep pockets in order to make money from the trades that the robot will suggest. Many trades which are ultimately profitable need the investor to ride them for quite a while first; possibly resulting in deep losses before finally becoming profitable. If you have a lot to invest, then this may not be a problem, but for investors with less resources as their disposal, it can be disastrous.
A Forex trading robot is neither a good thing nor a bad thing inherently. Some are better than others, but some people make a profit with any of these platforms. However, before you decide to automate your trading activity with software, you first need to learn the ins and outs of the market for yourself by learning to trade manually as well as learning to analyze trends, keep on top of world news and financial information and manage your investment portfolio responsibly.