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How to Take Advantage of Live Forex Signals

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Have you ever wanted to copy the trades of other successful traders? How about earning an income from other traders copying your trades? Thanks to huge leaps in technology you can do so at the click of a button.

In this article, you will learn how to identify the best free trading signals, how to instantly copy these free live forex signals from your Admiral Markets trading platform, the traps and risks you need to be aware of when choosing which live forex signals you should follow and how you can sell your own trading signals to other traders.

What Are Forex Trading Signals?

Forex trading signals are recommendations for a trade in the foreign exchange market. While trading signals can cover all markets, such as stocks, commodities and indices, live forex signals are by far the most commonly used. Typically, these FX signals are produced by a human trader or trading algorithm.

Trading signals, such as daily forex signals, will usually include a directional bias of buying or selling, an entry price, a stop loss price and target price. Historically, daily forex signals would have been sent by email, text or even tweets. However, nowadays you can simply subscribe to a trading signal provider and have their trades automatically reproduced in your own account.

This can easily be done through the Admiral Markets trading platform. Before we detail how to set this up, let us first look at why you would use live forex signals from another trader.

Why Use Live Forex Signals?

There are many reasons why forex trading signals are widely used. Here are just a few:

  • Education - seeing how other traders enter and exit trades can help beginner traders to learn more about the markets and different trading strategies.
  • Time - many beginner traders simply do not have the time to trade throughout the day. Having the ability to replicate the trades of more active traders - such as day traders, or scalpers - can give you more exposure to the currency markets.
  • Diversification - there are a variety of signal providers to choose from (some of which you will see further down the article). The variety of styles, instruments, timeframes and methods can help with portfolio diversification.
  • Earnings - as you develop your skills as a trader, there is no reason why you cannot sell your own FX signals to other traders, providing another possible income stream.

Using live forex trading signals can have its advantages. However, whether you are using free trading signals or paid for signals, there can be some disadvantages as well. One of the main disadvantages is over-trusting that your signal provider can risk-manage individual trades sensibly. Unfortunately, there can be some scammers who do not have your best interests at heart.

This is why due diligence is a key step when choosing the best forex signals to copy. Fortunately, you have access to a lot of statistical data for each signal provider. We explain where to find this and how to use this information further down the article. Let us first go through how to access live forex signals through your Admiral Markets trading platform.

How To Find Live Forex Signals In Admiral Markets' Metatrader Platform

The MetaTrader trading platform is arguably one of the most widely used, stable and secure platforms in the world. Admiral Markets offers the following MetaTrader suite of products:

Both of Admiral Markets' MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 trading platforms give traders access to a wide variety of signal providers. To access FX signals and trading signals providers through the MT4 and MT5 platform, simply open your MetaTrader trading platform - whether you have a live account or demo account - select the Terminal window (Ctrl + T) and you will see a signals tab along the bottom, as shown below:

MetaTrader 4 Dashboard

Source: MetaTrader 4, accessed on March 20, 2019

To access live forex signals, daily forex signals or free trading signals you must open an MQL5 account. This can be done by clicking on the 'Register MQL5 Account' link on the top right of the signals window. The following box will pop up:

MetaTrader 4 Dashboard

Source: MetaTrader 4, accessed on March 20, 2019

Through the MQL5.com website, you can fund your MQL5 account if you choose to pay for a subscription of forex trading signals. However, you may choose to use free trading signals to start off with and to learn how it all works.

Within the signals window of the MetaTrader platform, you will see a variety of signal providers along with information such as the signal providers name, the percentage growth, how many weeks it has been in operation for, and many more statistical details. Analysing these details is the first step to choosing the best free forex signals on offer. Let's take some time to analyse this information more closely.

How To Identify The Best Forex Trading Signals

Whether you have a live account or demo account, it is important to do some due diligence on each signal provider. While this still does not guarantee future profitability, it can help in your decision of which live forex signals to follow, or not.

When viewing the signals window in your MetaTrader platform, there are multiple statistics that can be useful to analyse, such as:

  1. Growth - This is the percentage growth the trading signals have achieved in the lifetime of the account.
  2. Weeks - This is the number of weeks the trading signals have been operating for.
  3. Subscribers - This is the number of subscribers that copy these trading signals.
  4. Funds - The amount of capital that follows these signals (where available).
  5. Max DD - The maximum percentage drawdown the trading signals have produced.
  6. Profit Factor - This shows how many times the gross profit exceeds the gross loss. The larger the value, the better.

MetaTrader 4 Dashboard

Source: MetaTrader 4, accessed on March 20, 2019

The data can be sorted by clicking on any one of the headers. For example, if you wanted to find signal providers that have the highest profit factor, then clicking on the header 'PF' will organise the data accordingly.

In the example screenshot of the signals window above, it is showing 'free' signal providers. This may not always be the case as some may have a subscription cost attached that can range from $5 a month to hundreds per month.

Many investors make the mistake of just filtering by the highest percentage growth, ignoring the importance of other factors and statistics. For example, a signal provider that has a higher number of weeks may not provide the highest growth but still may encourage investors as it has shown stability over a longer period of time and through different types of market conditions.

Clicking on each signal provider provides a more comprehensive analysis regarding their trading signals. For demonstration purposes only, let's click on the first signal provider on the list, which at the time of writing is called Batman EA.

MetaTrader 4 Dashboard

Source: MetaTrader 4, accessed on March 20, 2019

By clicking on this free trading signals provider, much more information is available. We now have information such as how many trades this signal provider has taken (2,093), the best trade and worst trade on record, whether the signal provider is trading from a demo or live account, the profit factor, average profit on a winning trade and average loss on a losing trade, and much, much more.

In this instance, many investors would be impressed with the growth of 16,291%. However, some may be put off by the average profit on a winning trade being just $343 while the average loss on a losing trade is more than three times bigger at $1,115. This means a string of losing trades could take quite a while to recover from.

It is worthwhile remembering that subscribing to a signal provider will result in trades being taken on your own account. Therefore, it is worthwhile taking your time to research the best free forex signals providers and free trading signals offerings. However, if you have your own positive track record you too could become a signal provider for others to copy your trades.

How To Register As A Signal Provider And Earn Income

Traders with a successful methodology could also become the provider of trading signals and FX signals for other traders. Some traders may want to offer their trading signals for free to help build accountability in their own trading. Some traders may opt to receive a fixed monthly income from any subscribers who choose to follow them.

Either way, it is very simple to set up once you have registered on the MQL5 website through the signals window in your Admiral Markets trading platform. Once set up, your portfolio will be showcased in the signals section along with other signal providers.

Conclusion

Following trading signals from other traders could offer some advantages such as portfolio diversification and education. Traders can access the signals window in MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 through the terminal window (Ctrl + T) in the platform. This is where traders can also register for an MQL5 account to access trading signals as well as become a registered signal provider.

When trying to choose the best free forex signals, it is important to do thorough due diligence on any trading signals provider, whether they are paid for live forex signals or free trading signals. This can be done by analysing the statistical data within the signals window. Clicking on each of the signal providers profile opens up a more comprehensive window of the trading signals statistics.

Many investors tend to only look at high performing signal providers. However, balancing performance with the longevity of the provider, drawdown and profit factor levels may be more prudent. A great starting point would be to test trading signals, such as free forex signals, through a demo trading account, enabling you to learn in a risk-free trading environment.

However, if you're ready to skip that stage and transition to the live markets, Admiral Markets' live trading account is the perfect option for you! Trade with 80+ currencies, with a range of Forex majors, Forex minors, and exotic currency pairs to trade with. Benefit from low spreads, no restrictions, localised support, and much more! Click the banner below to open your account and start trading!

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