Forex robot is software that generates trading signals after which automatically places real-time buy and sell orders in your brokerage account. There are many different ones from which to choose, like a search of “Forex robot” about the Internet will begin to reveal. Some robots can be programmed by a trader; others come preconfigured and may only be updated through the robot vendor. Research the offerings carefully to make sure you buy a robot with the features you desire for your style of trading.
All Forex robots are designed to trade in tangible time. To do so, they must instantaneously recognize price changes for all monitored currencies, evaluate whether to issue an order and, if appropriate, make an order together with your broker. Humans just can’t operate in the speed of a robot, which makes human traders susceptible to price “slippage” — price changes occurring in the interim between signal generation and order execution. The problem escalates with the number of currencies traded. A great Forex robot can real-time trade in a half-dozen currency pairs simultaneously, an impossible job for a trader.
If you do business with a dealing desk broker — market makers who trade against their customers — you don’t want to “tip your hand” prior to your trades. What this means is you do not want to place limit or stop orders, because these tell your broker exactly how to manipulate prices to defeat your trading strategy. A limit order tells the broker at what price you will enter a situation. An end order specifies whenever a winning or losing position will be closed — through take-profit and stop-loss orders respectively. A Forex robot can be employed in “stealth mode”: it enters orders automatically in real time as prices reach your entry or exit points.