You must have often come across the term Mechanical Trading System. Mechanical Trading System is basically a ‘packaged expertise’ in forex, futures, stocks and options trading. Usually highly experienced traders develop these kinds of systems. They package their trading experience into a set of ‘top secret algorithms’ that remove all the uncertainty of the trade.
As perceived by some inexperienced traders, mechanical trading systems are not scams. They have their uses and legitimate day traders and trading professionals do use them. However, there is a world of difference between using a mechanical trading system and being a skilled trader yourself, think of it as the difference between having power tools and being a skilled carpenter.
What Is A Mechanical Trading System?
A mechanical trading system uses historical parameters to determine when certain trades should (or should not) be made. They have usually been back tested to check with existing market data, and they have specific entry criteria (buy EUR when price is at $1.20 would be one example) and specific exit parameters (sell EUR when price exceeds $1.22) to automate a lot of trading activity. These objective criterions are based off the accumulated data of hundreds of thousands of trades.
How Does A Mechanical Trading System Work?
Ostensibly, a mechanical trading system removes the emotional weight’ from trading activity, and prevents them from being blinded by greed. In practice, what it does is provide the trader who is overwhelmed with information that he is watching, with a filtered set of information to handle ‘baseline parameter’ trades so that he can focus his attention elsewhere. For beginning traders, they are an effective set of training wheels while they learn to do the research they need to make a more substantial and nuanced trading strategy.
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