A lot of people are confused by the whole concept of forex robots but they are actually quite straight-forward. They are simply automated expert advisors that will automatically place trades on your behalf based on pre-programmed trading criteria. So how can you set up these forex robots?
Well first of all you need access to the Metatrader 4 platform. This is because this advanced charting software is capable of integrating these expert advisors into their platform, so for that reason many creators of these robots configure them to work specifically on this platform.
A lot of forex brokers use their own charting software so if you do intend using a forex expert advisor, then you will need to switch to a broker that uses Metatrader. You don’t necessarily have to open a real money account because some brokers will allow you to try out this software with a simple demo account. Indeed this is advantageous because you should always test out a robot on a demo account before you start using it on a live account, because it may not even be profitable.
Anyway once you have access to this platform, you are ready to set up one of these expert advisors. The installation process is relatively easy. You simply download the file that you are provided with to your computer and upload it into the Metatrader platform. This whole process should take no more than a few minutes.
Once the expert advisor is on your platform you can start allowing it to trade, although you should first of all enter some trading criteria such as your stake per trade and how far away you wish to place your limit orders and stop losses. You may well decide to use the default settings, like most people, but these robots can always be improved upon in some way.
The trading robot is now ready to start trading and hopefully start making some money. It is recommended that you leave your computer on all the time so that the expert advisor is always able to place trades on your behalf, but there are other options you may wish to consider. For example you can now purchase a monthly forex hosting service that will enable you to run your expert advisors elsewhere on another server, which is obviously a lot more convenient.
Anyway hopefully I have demonstrated how easy it is to set up one of these robots. Actually making money from them is a lot harder because there are so many poor quality robots being sold online at the moment. The trouble is that a lot of these robots look impressive when you check out their back-tested results, but when traded live they are often nowhere near as profitable.