Forex Signals

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A forex signal is a suggestion for entering a trade on a currency pair, usually at a specific price and time. The signal is generated either by a human analyst or an automated Forex robot supplied to a subscriber of the forex signal service. Due to the timely nature of signals, they are usually communicated via trading and social trading platforms, websites, or another relatively immediate method.

Types of Forex Signals Services

Services provided fall into four categories:

Unpaid/free signals and paid signals provided by the MetaTrader trading platform, or MQL5 signals

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The Forex Trading Signals service, which enables automatic real-time copying of trading operations from one trading account to another, is available straight from the MetaTrader platform. The service principle is simple: a trader provides public access to the deals he or she executes on financial markets, while other users can subscribe to this signal. The forex signal provider's deals are automatically executed on subscribers' trading accounts.

Thousands of free and paid signals are featured on the Signals tab of the MetaTrader platform. For convenience, all signal providers are sorted by their trading results and are provided with detailed statistics, growth, balance and equity charts, as well as full trading history. Choose the desired signal and subscribe to it — and all the professional trades will appear on your accounts! The first one thousand signals sorted by rating are featured on the platform's showcase, while the full list of signal providers is available on the website.

According to the service rules, all signal providers are carefully screened for credibility. If a provider's results over the previous month are far from satisfactory, this signal will not be featured in the showcase.

Additionally, the Trading Signals service enables successful traders to earn extra income on a regular basis by selling signal subscriptions to thousands of users around the world.

The built-in MetaTrader Copy Trading service is beneficial to both signal providers and their subscribers. Signal providers receive fixed monthly subscription fees, while signal subscribers automatically execute trading operations of professional traders on their accounts.

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Forex signals from one provider whether by personal analysis or algorithmic analysis, also known as a Copy Trading system

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source: AM Broker Copy Trading Dashboard

A service that allows your account to automatically copy trades of one or more chosen expert traders. To help you identify the top traders most suitable for your needs, these services include trader rankings complete with detailed data on their styles, performance, maximum drawdown, and other risk data, experience, and so on. Most major brokers are either linking up with existing social trading services or building their own. Why?

Because social trading or copy trading fills an important unmet need, a shortcut to trading success without needing to trade yourself, but with better transparency and lower entry costs than with traditional forex managed accounts. You’re more likely to actually make money by letting an expert do it for you. For those interested in becoming star traders themselves, they can raise their chances of making money sooner by using a portion of their accounts to trade via experts until they reach a similar level of performance. OR, to become one themselves and receive additional income through efficiently managing investor funds.

Basically, you select one or more of your favorite experts based on the data available on them and set up an account that mimics their every trade (copy trade service), based on different settings allowed for managers. Experts are compensated based on performance measures that vary from broker to broker, such as profitability and number of followers. You set up a trading account, then select the trader(s) that your account will mimic. When that star trader makes a trade, your linked account simultaneously makes the same trade automatically.

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Signals supplied by trading software located on the trader's computer, also known as a forex robot or EA (Expert Advisor)

A forex robot is forex trading software that automates trading decisions. The most popular robots for retail traders are built around the MetaTrader platform. These robots run on MetaTrader as "expert advisers" and they can do just about anything, from giving you a signal to place a trade, to placing and managing the trade for you automatically.

If you have an accurate forex strategy that's strictly mechanical and that doesn't require a human in the decision-making process, you can program your forex robot to trade for you 24 hours a day.

Assuming the forex expert advisor is well designed, it is backtested, and its performance is monitored, programmed trading has some obvious advantages:

- Never miss an opportunity: a forex EA can work 24/7.
- No emotion, full discipline: an Expert Advisor take the emotion out of forex trading as long as you’re disciplined enough to let the system work even when you believe the rules don’t apply under current conditions.

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The main services offered by forex signal suppliers are

  • Exact or approximate entry, exit and stop loss figures for trades on one or more currency pairs
  • Supporting graphs and/or analysis for the signals
  • A trading history showing the number of forex pips profit/loss per month and/or the risk/reward ratio and actual trades. Sometimes (especially in the case of forex robots) this may be shown as back-tested results
  • One-on-one coaching, or additional interaction with the signal provider such as comments, forum, etc.
  • Account management whereby a subscriber's account can be traded by the signal provider
  • Educational resources either via the internet or phone
  • A trial period for a lesser price
  • Although these are the main features of a signal supplier, not all of them offer the complete list of services

Scams and fraudulent activity

As forex market is popularly touted as a get-rich-quick method there are a number of services that supply signals of debatable quality, which do not answer the users' expectations for profits.

Methodologies and trading strategies

The majority of signal providers focus on supplying signals based on technical analysis and a minority work on fundamental analysis or price action. Technical analysis, such as Ichimoku and candlestick charting, show both short and long term price trends giving the signal provider flexibility in supplying a range of trade options. The fundamental analysis gives longer term trade ideas. Price action gives extremely short term trade ideas, often more suited to scalping.

Understanding what types of forex signals are available and how to choose one is important, but if you need help AM Broker provides access to all the 3 types of signals described above. 

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