Algorithmic Trading

Algorithmic Trading

What is Algorithmic Trading?

Algorithmic trading (algo trading, automated trading, or black-box trading) stands for trading through the system that uses a pre-programmed set of rules (algorithm). It helps traders automate their trading decisions, make quick entries in a volatile environment, and mix signals from different indicators based on timing, price, quantity, or mathematical model. There are two types of algo trading: high-frequency trading and low-frequency trading. High-frequency trading (HFT) is executed through powerful computers that process many orders within a second. This type of algo trading is usually conducted by big institutional players. On the other hand, low-frequency trading is based on the knowledge of technical analysis.

Benefits of Algo Trading

Algorithmic trading has advantages over manual trading. First, it allows traders to notice different relevant signals for a potential entry. This makes algo trading a perfect option for scalpers, who trade on smaller timeframes. Secondly, algo trading robots are usually programmed with popular coding languages including Python, C++, Java, C#, or R. It allows traders to be flexible and gain more knowledge. Thirdly, algo trading is a powerful element of the MetaTrader’s universe since this software has its integrated development environment MQL5 IDE. Thus, no special programs are needed to create a trading robot, only the knowledge of MQL4 (for Metatrader 4) or MQL5 (for Metatrader 5).

Disadvantages of Algo Trading

If you start algo trading, you need to keep in mind that the market is constantly changing. Thus, the appropriate signals during one economic cycle can be inappropriate for other conditions. That is why you need to work on improving your trading algorithm all the time. 

You can read a guide to algo trading in the FBS Guidebook.


2022-07-26 • Updated

Frequently asked questions

  • How to start trading?

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