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Greetings, FH community

I looked for EA and tried to figure out how to use it, but I couldn't seem to grasp it. So far, all I know is that it's an automated trading, which means you write and run the script yourself.
What I'm not sure about is exactly what it is and how to use it. Alternatively, if someone could point me to some useful information/websites, that would be fantastic!

Thank you very much.

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Oh great! Why didn't I think that way.
Do you have any sites/other guide that might help?

Thanks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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These are some of my thoghts on Automated trading systems (EA's)

What is automated trading? Automated trading can also be known as expert advisors, EA’s, or Robots. EA’s are most commonly thought of as a system that once turned on will open and close trades by its self and make a fortune in the currency market. The EA will work 24/7 and require little or no trading knowledge to run them. The idea is exciting but the EA’s that do all of the work usually only work part of the time. At least in all my years in brokerage firms and trading the market I have not seen or heard of an EA that works all the time if it is making all the trading decisions.

EA’s are written to work when the market is moving in a certain way. When the market is moving the way the EA is written then it can make some money. The problem is that the market does not always move in the same way. When the market changes then the EA will start to lose on the trades and in many cases wipe out the trading account.

There are EA’s that are written for when the market is trending; others are written when the market is in a channel, and still others work on break out situations. It is my contention that a person would need to be awake all the time and turn the EA on or off depending on which way the market is moving so that the EA would work. If that is the case the trader would need to be a good trader to be able to determine what the market is going to do. This defeats the purpose of a fully automated trading system.

There are a few types of EA’s that work and by no means have I seen all the EA’s because there are thousands of them. In general the EA’s I see that work are those that require you to be involved in the process. For example an EA that will find a closing point once you turn it on at the appropriate time. This requires that you know how to trade and when to set the EA so you do not have to be in front of the computer to close the trade or set a take profit for your best guess as to where the best place is to close a trade. The EA can be set to close the trade when the market indicates that it is changing directions. Another example is an EA that will alert you when the market is setting up to make some kind of a move. The trader will still have to make the decision to take the trade or not. The main advantage of this type of EA is that a trader does not have to always be in front of the computer. More currencies and time frames can be monitored at one time with less effort.

In summary the only EA’s I have seen that work are those where the trader has to be involved in part of the trading process.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2 minutes ago, ehmarcy said:
These are some of my thoghts on Automated trading systems (EA's)

What is automated trading? Automated trading can also be known as expert advisors, EA’s, or Robots. EA’s are most commonly thought of as a system that once turned on will open and close trades by its self and make a fortune in the currency market. The EA will work 24/7 and require little or no trading knowledge to run them. The idea is exciting but the EA’s that do all of the work usually only work part of the time. At least in all my years in brokerage firms and trading the market I have not seen or heard of an EA that works all the time if it is making all the trading decisions.

EA’s are written to work when the market is moving in a certain way. When the market is moving the way the EA is written then it can make some money. The problem is that the market does not always move in the same way. When the market changes then the EA will start to lose on the trades and in many cases wipe out the trading account.

There are EA’s that are written for when the market is trending; others are written when the market is in a channel, and still others work on break out situations. It is my contention that a person would need to be awake all the time and turn the EA on or off depending on which way the market is moving so that the EA would work. If that is the case the trader would need to be a good trader to be able to determine what the market is going to do. This defeats the purpose of a fully automated trading system.

There are a few types of EA’s that work and by no means have I seen all the EA’s because there are thousands of them. In general the EA’s I see that work are those that require you to be involved in the process. For example an EA that will find a closing point once you turn it on at the appropriate time. This requires that you know how to trade and when to set the EA so you do not have to be in front of the computer to close the trade or set a take profit for your best guess as to where the best place is to close a trade. The EA can be set to close the trade when the market indicates that it is changing directions. Another example is an EA that will alert you when the market is setting up to make some kind of a move. The trader will still have to make the decision to take the trade or not. The main advantage of this type of EA is that a trader does not have to always be in front of the computer. More currencies and time frames can be monitored at one time with less effort.

In summary the only EA’s I have seen that work are those where the trader has to be involved in part of the trading process.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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What an excellent response! Expert Advisors are far from experts, and they should be used with caution, as the writer points out. As a result, you'll still need to know how to trade.

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7 minutes ago, FrostyCyborg said:

Greetings, FH community

I looked for EA and tried to figure out how to use it, but I couldn't seem to grasp it. So far, all I know is that it's an automated trading, which means you write and run the script yourself.
What I'm not sure about is exactly what it is and how to use it. Alternatively, if someone could point me to some useful information/websites, that would be fantastic!

Thank you very much.

It is preferable to rely on your abilities rather than rely on a computer program to trade effectively for you. Personally, I believe EAs make money for the developer rather than the trader who purchases them, but that is just my opinion.
There are a multitude of websites that provide additional information on automated trading. And the previous response contains all of the information you require to make an informed decision; best of luck!

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There are good answers to be found everywhere. I'll just add that if you don't know how to trade and have been told that an EA is a money-making machine that you just need to install and sit back and watch, then take the money you were going to spend on it and go gamble in a casino. It'll be a good time, and your chances of winning are much better.

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2 minutes ago, SubTtena said:

There are good answers to be found everywhere. I'll just add that if you don't know how to trade and have been told that an EA is a money-making machine that you just need to install and sit back and watch, then take the money you were going to spend on it and go gamble in a casino. It'll be a good time, and your chances of winning are much better.

That's the kind of message every EA developer would put on their sales page...smh, thanks for the laughs!

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9 minutes ago, ehmarcy said:
These are some of my thoghts on Automated trading systems (EA's)

What is automated trading? Automated trading can also be known as expert advisors, EA’s, or Robots. EA’s are most commonly thought of as a system that once turned on will open and close trades by its self and make a fortune in the currency market. The EA will work 24/7 and require little or no trading knowledge to run them. The idea is exciting but the EA’s that do all of the work usually only work part of the time. At least in all my years in brokerage firms and trading the market I have not seen or heard of an EA that works all the time if it is making all the trading decisions.

EA’s are written to work when the market is moving in a certain way. When the market is moving the way the EA is written then it can make some money. The problem is that the market does not always move in the same way. When the market changes then the EA will start to lose on the trades and in many cases wipe out the trading account.

There are EA’s that are written for when the market is trending; others are written when the market is in a channel, and still others work on break out situations. It is my contention that a person would need to be awake all the time and turn the EA on or off depending on which way the market is moving so that the EA would work. If that is the case the trader would need to be a good trader to be able to determine what the market is going to do. This defeats the purpose of a fully automated trading system.

There are a few types of EA’s that work and by no means have I seen all the EA’s because there are thousands of them. In general the EA’s I see that work are those that require you to be involved in the process. For example an EA that will find a closing point once you turn it on at the appropriate time. This requires that you know how to trade and when to set the EA so you do not have to be in front of the computer to close the trade or set a take profit for your best guess as to where the best place is to close a trade. The EA can be set to close the trade when the market indicates that it is changing directions. Another example is an EA that will alert you when the market is setting up to make some kind of a move. The trader will still have to make the decision to take the trade or not. The main advantage of this type of EA is that a trader does not have to always be in front of the computer. More currencies and time frames can be monitored at one time with less effort.

In summary the only EA’s I have seen that work are those where the trader has to be involved in part of the trading process.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This is a very useful article. It will assist many newcomers in learning something new.

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