Even though automated trading using Forex robots has become extremely popular, using them still has certain disadvantages. Let’s explore some of those disadvantages in further detail.
The logic is hidden — Having hidden logic is a definite disadvantage. A trading system that has hidden logic is known as a “black box” system. This simply means that the expert advisor takes in real-time Forex data, processes the information using its internal formulas, generates a signal, and then trades that signal.
The biggest challenge when using a black box system is that you don’t know if it is working as it should or not. What we mean by that is you can’t tell if it is doing what it is supposed to do if the logic of the system is hidden. What can happen is that the system will continue to trade for you even if the premise upon which the system is based is no longer working.
Most robots simply do not work — Quite naturally, this is the biggest disadvantage. Unfortunately, most robots are ill-conceived. One reason for this is that it is relatively easy to sell Forex trading software because there are so many people looking to buy it. On the flip side is very difficult to create an expert advisor that will work for the long term. Creating a Forex strategy takes a level of skill that most robots creators simply do not have.
They make you lazy — Any time you believe that you can spend $97-$197 for a product that will manufacture money for you, you are starting on the wrong foot. As the old saying goes, “there is no such thing as a free lunch”. This is especially true in the world of Forex trading where we as traders pay for every mistake that we make.
If you buy automated Forex trading software you are essentially telling yourself that you believe that you can make money in the markets without any effort on your part. This “get rich quick and easy” mentality has meant the demise of many a would-be trader. If you’re not willing to put in the work, then how can you realistically expect to be successful? The short answer is you can’t and you shouldn’t. Believe me, if there is some super shortcut or great robot out there I’d be more than happy to share that with you. So far I haven’t found it.
So after looking at these disadvantages what is the moral of the story? The moral of the story is that you should work to learn to trade Forex and create your trading methods and trading style. In the meantime make certain that you avoid any “too good to be true” Forex products currently available in the marketplace.