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How Reliable are Free Forex Signals?

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This article will provide you with information on Free Forex Signals signals, their application in Forex (FX ) trading, and it will highlight where you can look for FX trading signals, as well providing reasoning for whether or not traders should use Free Forex Signals.

Free Forex Signals

It's natural to want to be able to achieve good results without a lot of effort or expense. People also prefer to avoid making their own mistakes, and will instead rely on someone else's thoughts and opinions. This doesn't change when it comes to FX trading. A lot of rookie traders will aim to achieve profit in the market, and in many cases, they will be aiming to achieve this profit as quickly and effortlessly as possible.

This is where many traders will be searching Google for 'free Forex trading signals daily' or other similar queries. The majority of beginner traders will be reluctant to pay for premium signals, as they hope to gain profits without any expenditure. What is important to understand is that good free services are hard to come by - and FX trading is no exception.

Usually, the cheapest broker will not be the best one, and the same applies to FX signals - because free ones may not be reliable or of a high enough quality. Also, when trading with certain signals, you should understand that while you may be able to find free FX signals, they may not end up being free, as they can potentially cause you to make losses.

What are Free Forex Signals?

FX signals are usually short messages that contain information which can help you in your trading decisions. They are designed to be sent to traders via emails, SMS, or any other type of communication. It is also possible to come across forum posts that display FX signals.

What does a signal look like? Usually, it is a very short message that contains only key items, and will look as follows:

  • BUY EUR/USD @ 1.1240
  • SL @ 1.1220, TP @ 1.1270

As you can see, the signal begins with the direction of the order. It can be referred to as Buy (Long) or it can be Sell (Short). After this, the trading instrument is shown. It may take the form of the currency symbol 'EUR/USD', or alternatively, a currency nickname like Aussie or Cable can be used. This is followed by the price quotation, which is usually shown in either five or four digits after the dot.

Sometimes free Forex trading signals feature a type of order. This could be a market order (MO), a pending order (PO), or a limit order (LO). You may encounter other types of orders, depending on the broker's platform, or the person or company that is sending out FX signals. After the first line, you can see another two abbreviations and two quotations.

These are used to identify the points of stopping your trade due to loss or profit. As you can see from the example above SL, which stands for stop loss, is set at 20 pips away, and the TP (take profit) is 30 pips away from the entry price in this example of Forex free signals.

You will often be able to spot another value at the end of the signal, which is usually abbreviated to TS. This stands for a trailing stop. Not every broker and platform supports this type of order, and not every trader can make use of them. However, this is quite a nice feature, as it can enable you to have more flexibility once the signal is sent out.

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Forex Signal Authors

There are a lot of websites sharing FX signals online, and social media makes it possible for people to share free and premium Forex signals. There are three main groups of people that are responsible for sending such signals out:

  • Traders
  • Affiliates
  • Scammers

These groups are shown in the order in which they can be trusted. It is common to find traders who are looking to share their ideas with the outside world. Their main aim in doing so is to earn a reputation for being a good trader, to help out other people, and to simply support the community that once supported them when they were new to FX trading. Usually, it is possible to find traders who are sharing FX signals free on various forums, the most popular one being Forex Factory.

Traders try to send reliable signals by performing their own analysis and providing exactly the same information that they are using in their own trades.

Affiliates represent another group of signal providers. You can usually get free daily Forex signals from this group once you have signed up for an account with a broker using their affiliate link. This way affiliates can still make a commission on the trades you make, but the signals remain free to you.

However, it is important to note that not every person has enough time to support both their affiliate business and their trading activities, so you should be cautious about this group of signal providers. Sometimes the quality of their signals may decline as they put more energy into their own promotion. This is why it's important to test any free Forex signals on a demo account.

Scammers are the people you should be afraid of, as they are only interested in making an affiliate commission from you, or just making you purchase their 'free' signals. Such providers usually employ quite obvious methods of attracting clients - as they provide a few free Forex signals online, and then later ask you to purchase premium signals.

One common Forex signal scam is for the signal provider to send half of their audience 'BUY' orders, while others will be provided with 'SELL' orders. This way a scammer can split their audience in half - of which 50% are going to be profitable and another 50% will end up losing. So do not fall for scams, as they cannot deliver anything close to the best Free forex signals.

Should Traders Use Free Forex Signals?

While you certainly can find signals online - with some potentially being profitable for you - it is not recommended to do so. Trading FX online is an art that should be learnt and mastered, it takes a lot of hard work, but it can be worth it. Even if you are using the best free Forex trading signals, you are still not learning how to trade, and you are simply relying on someone else.

This can provide you with returns over the short-term, but over the long-term, your success will be questionable. Getting started with signals is not a good idea, as you would be much better off investing your time and trading capital into your own education. However, if you still decide to go for Forex free signals online, make sure to look in forums. Go for the traders that can provide you with a full and transparent trading history that goes back at least six months.

Do not trust people who promise you results without proof. If the signal provider is trustworthy, they will not be afraid to show their history. When it comes to verification of the signals provider, it is best to use the historic data of their MT4 account, which will be connected to a tracking service such as MyFXBook. So instead of typing into google 'best Forex signals free', go to the forums and find the trusted traders there.

Finding the Best Free Forex Signals in Four Steps

Here's what you need to pay attention to when choosing your Forex signal provider:

  1. The number of positions. A minimum of 100 positions are preferable to give a good understanding of the signal service over a broad range of market conditions.
  2. The risk to reward profile. It is important to make sure that the online Forex signal provider has a positive ratio between the risk taken and the potential profit. As a general rule, a ratio of more than 1: 1 risk to reward is favoured.
  3. The success rate. In order to know the behaviour of the signal service, we want to know if the system wins very often (more than 70% of trades) or less often (50% of the time). This is to make sure the signal provider has not just had one very big 'lucky' trade.
  4. The number of consecutive losing trades. This in order to know the drawdown or potential loss that can occur when following the Forex signal in question.

These 4 elements are the most important to study in order to make a more informed decision on finding the best Forex signal provider.

Free Forex Signal Service by Trading Central

Admiral Markets offers free access to Trading Central's Forex signals offer via the exclusive Admiral Markets MetaTrader Supreme Edition trading platform.

To get started, just follow these simple steps:

1. Download the MetaTrader 4 or MetaTrader 5 trading platform for Windows or Mac from the Admiral Markets Trading Platforms page, as shown below:

Trading Central Platform: Forex signal service

2. Then download the free MetaTrader Supreme Edition plugin for Admiral Markets to boost your trading experience by getting free access to the Trading Central indicators, as well as other advanced bonus features such as a large indicator package which includes Pivot Points and Renko charts, as well as a Mini Terminal to access advanced order functions and much, much more.

Watch this video to learn more on how to download and install the MetaTrader 4 Supreme Edition plugin:

3. Once these are downloaded open your MetaTrader trading platform and open a new chart from the top tabs by selecting File -> New Chart on any instrument available, as shown below:

Forex signal service: MetaTrader 5

4. Once the new chart is open, the next step is to open the Navigator window. This can be done by pressing Ctrl+N, or by selecting View -> Navigator, as shown below:

Best Forex signal service: Navigator window, MT5

5. This will now open the Navigator window, as shown below. You will notice there are a lot of advanced indicators that have been specially created for Admiral Markets users of the Supreme Edition plugin - all for free as well! Now let's add on the Trading Central indicator in the next step.

Trading central platform view: best trading signals MT 5

6. From the Navigator window click the + icon next to Expert Advisors, this will open up a list of options seen in the screenshot below:

Trading central platform: Expert advisors view

7. From the Expert Advisors window, simply drag the 'Admiral - Connect' line on to your new chart. After pressing OK in the confirmation box that opens up, you now have access to the Trading Central indicators called Technical Insight™ Lookup and Featured Ideas™.

Now you have access to the Trading Central indicators directly from your MetaTrader trading platform provided by Admiral Markets, let's review some of them to see what they do, how they help and how to incorporate them into your trading.

Free FX Trading Signals from Trading Central's Featured Ideas™

Trading Central review: Forex Signals

A screenshot of the MetaTrader 5 Supreme Edition trading platform provided by Admiral Markets showing the Trading Central Featured Ideas™ indicator.

The Trading Central Featured Ideas™ indicator helps traders to monitor market movements across a wide variety of currency pairs. Users can customise their settings to tailor the indicator based on individual preference regarding holding timeframes, bar sizes, technical chart patterns or preferred currencies.

After clicking the 'Custom Settings' icon located at the top right of the chart, the following window will open:

Forex signals platform: MetaTrader 5

A screenshot of the MetaTrader 5 Supreme Edition trading platform provided by Admiral Markets showing the Trading Central Featured Ideas™ indicator, custom settings window.

From this window, users can customise their settings in a variety of ways, such as through:

  • Currency pairs - select your favourite currency pairs to find trading ideas on.
  • Bar sizes - select the chart timeframe you want to find trading ideas on.
  • Holding timeframe - select the desired timeframe for holding trades.
  • Charts/technicals - select the different technical analysis filters you are most interest in trading on such as Bollinger Bands, MACD, Candlestick Patterns, and more.

Once these have been selected, the Featured Ideas™ window will show a selection of currencies that meet some or all of the criteria selected in the custom settings window.

Trading central platform: Forex signals ideas

A screenshot of the Trading Central Featured Ideas™ actionable currencies taken from the MetaTrader 5 Supreme Edition trading platform provided by Admiral Markets.

Note that these free trading signals from Trading Central provided free by Admiral Markets are based on EA robots developed by Trading Central and offer trading opportunities without automatic opening of positions. The trader keeps full control, choosing to open or close a trading position following a Forex signal.

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Free FX Signals from Trading Central's Technical Insight™

The Technical Insight™ indicator from Trading Central offers actionable, technical analysis for a wide variety of asset classes such as Forex, Stocks, Indices, Commodities and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds). This makes it an ideal tool for the multi-asset class trader searching for detailed and proactive analytics.

Trading Central Platform: Best Forex signals platform

A screenshot of the MetaTrader 5 Supreme Edition trading platform provided by Admiral Markets showing the Trading Central Technical Insight™ indicator search box.

To search for a market, users can simply type in the name of their instrument in the search box. Let's take a look at an example when searching for currencies.

In this example, we will search for the currency pair EUR/USD, as shown below:

Trading Central platform: Best free forex signals

A screenshot of the MetaTrader 5 Supreme Edition trading platform provided by Admiral Markets showing the Trading Central Technical Insight™ indicator for EUR/USD.

At first look, there is a lot of information available for traders to analyse. This includes a short-term, intermediate-term and long-term trend outlook depicted by green up arrows or red down arrows located above the chart, as shown below.

Trading Central platform: Forex signal insight

A screenshot of the Trading Central Technical Insight™ section taken from the MetaTrader 5 Supreme Edition trading platform provided by Admiral Markets.

When users click on one of the trend outlooks, the chart below automatically shows evidence of that bias. For example, the intermediate-term outlook for 6 weeks - 9 months is bullish, as shown by the green arrow in the example above. If we click on this icon, the chart underneath it will show the evidence of this bullish status:

Trading Central platform: USDEUR Forex signals

A screenshot of the MetaTrader 5 Supreme Edition trading platform provided by Admiral Markets showing the Trading Central Technical Insight™ indicator for EUR/USD.

The bullish events are listed as green dots on the price chart of the market being viewed so traders can easily see what happened to price during that event. The events are also listed on the right side where traders can also click the grid view to view the events in a grid format, as shown below:

Trading Central Platform: Forex signals insight

A screenshot of the MetaTrader 5 Supreme Edition trading platform provided by Admiral Markets showing the Trading Central Technical Insight™ indicator event grid for EUR/USD.

Trading Central provides users with FX alerts and FX trading signals in which the trader has full control on what to trade, as they have to place the trades themselves.

For those interested in following signal providers where trades can be copied directly into your trading account, there is one standout software as discussed in the next section.

How to Subscribe to Free Forex Signal Providers

To subscribe to a trading signal provider on MetaTrader, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Open a MetaTrader trading account for free via Admiral Markets.
  2. Open a free MQL5 account.
  3. Go to the "Signals" tab of the "Toolbox" of the MetaTrader platform at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Choose an MT4 or MT5 signal provider.
  5. Select the payment method if the signals are not free.
  6. Configure copy settings for your trading account.

We remind you that it is possible to subscribe to a free Forex signal service from a demo trading account to test the value of a provider.

When you subscribe to a free subscription, the options window opens, as shown below:

MT 5 platform: Best Forex signals

Source: Admiral Markets MetaTrader 5, accessed on 10 December 2019, showing a screenshot of the MetaTrader Signals tab and Options window when subscribing to a new signal provider to follow.

The options window shows the following:

Option windows MT 5: Forex Signals service

On this window you will be able to confirm:

  • The name of the signal provider
  • An agreement to the terms of use of the Signals service
  • The confirmation of the subscription to the signal in real-time
  • The ability to copy Stop Loss and Take Profit levels
  • The ability to synchronize positions without asking for confirmation
  • The percentage of the deposit available for the copy trading part of your account
  • The amount in Euro from which you want to stop following Forex signals in case of loss
  • The maximum allowed slippage in pips

Then the FX signal will be directly copied from the supplier to your MetaTrader trading account! It is important to know that you can view FX trading signals from your own MetaTrader platform before you even choose which provider you want to take.

How to Unsubscribe from Free Forex Signal Providers

It's very simple, just click on the red button "Unsubscribe", as in the following image:

MT 5: Forex signals platform

Source: Admiral Markets MetaTrader 5, accessed on 10 December 2019, showing a screenshot of the MetaTrader Signals tab and Options window when unsubscribing from a signal provider.

A simple confirmation is then necessary to confirm the wish to no longer follow the supplier's trading signals, as shown below:

MetaTrader 5: Free Forex signals

Source: Admiral Markets MetaTrader 5, accessed on 10 December 2019, showing a screenshot of the MetaTrader Signals tab and Options window when unsubscribing from a signal provider.

Conclusion

It is possible to find FX signals that come without any charge, yet you should definitely approach these signals with caution, as not every signal provider will be interested in your success. Even though you can be profitable with free Forex signals on a daily basis, it is still not advisable to solely rely on them as a main source for your trading information.

Trading FX successfully comes with a lot of hard work and that is what you should understand before moving forward. You may, of course, attempt to employ signals in your trading strategy, but this should be used as a secondary tool.

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