MetaTrader Trading Platform: MetaTrader 4 and 5
MetaTrader is the most widely used Forex trading platform in Nigeria.
Almost all forex brokers with MetaTrader, the ones worth considering at any rate, will make it available for the free use of their clients.
Different versions have been released over the years. Most traders are familiar with MT4. The latest version, MT5, came along early in 2011.
For the most part, the two versions are similar regarding the general design interface, which is only logical considering MetaTrader’s dominant position among Forex trading platforms.
Both versions are computer softwares and the creator (Metaquotes) do not have a web-based version of the platform, meaning that traders can configure the platform according to their personal preferences, then access, given that similar hardware is available, an identical trading interface to the one at their main trading station.
Of course, don’t expect to see the same screen layout that you have on your quad monitor workstation on a mobile device or public computer, but if you just want to check in on your trades once in a while as you go about any other business or task
While MetaTrader is perfectly suited and adaptable for the needs of the discretionary trader, it is geared towards automated trading.
This is a major benefit for traders who don’t want or can’t be, glued to a computer monitor. MetaTrader has automated trading programs built in that can be easily edited to account for the variables of various currency pairs as well as varying degrees of price volatility.
It doesn’t require an excessive degree of computer tech savvy, either. Many users are attracted by the ease with which indicators can be customized or created. This is also true of the automated trading programs.
Another aspect traders find appealing is the large community of MetaTrader users. This large user base means that just about any scenario you can imagine has already been encountered by someone, so getting technical questions answered and issues addressed is fairly simply accomplished.
One potential flaw in the opinion of some traders is the lack of automated back testing, but this should not be taken to imply that system back testing is not possible, just that it must be done manually, which takes longer. Of course, there are those among the ranks of successful forex traders that express skepticism around the whole subject of the value of back testing, so feel free to draw your own conclusions here.
Some traders may also find, if moving from a broker’s proprietary platform to MetaTrader, that it takes some time to get used to. The analogy here would be to compare proprietary platforms to a typewriter and MetaTrader to a full-featured modern word processing software package.
Of course, trading on a new platform of any kind without first giving it a good shake down with a simulated/demo account is foolhardy at the least. Most brokers make MetaTrader and simulated demo accounts freely available for some period of time, in some cases for as long as there is an active account with them, so unfamiliarity with MetaTrader is not a valid objection.
Now, if anyone knows of broker that will overlook losing trades, please inform us posthaste.
MetaTrader 5 New Features
The latest version has all the great things that have made MT4 so popular and much credit should be given to the developers for not fixing something that wasn’t broken.
Improvements include greater ease of multiple account management. This benefits traders who, for example, like to day trade under certain market conditions but have a different account for swing trading or scalping purposes.
There are seven new indicators, more powerful Expert Advisors and bugs and other issues with the trading script from the previous version have been remedied.
MetaTrader, although it continues to be challenged by NinjaTrader and a few ptjers, continues to occupy the number one spot for number of users, for good reason. Its power, depth and flexibility has made it the standard by which all others are judged.
Either version will do everything you could ever want a trading platform to do, as well as many things you will never think of.
Consider making it a part of your traders toolbox, even if you should decide to not make it your primary trading platform.
How to Choose a Forex Trade Platform in Nigeria
For the beginning Forex trader choosing the right broker is essential. Basically a broker matches up a seller and a buyer for the trade. They charge a fee and sometimes a commission on the sale for this service. One can compare Forex brokers by asking questions and writing down the answers before beginning to trade. The trader should not be afraid to ask any question they may have out of embarrassment or the reaction of the broker. If a broker is rude or evasive with answers the trader should move on to another.
Important questions to ask are exactly how the broker charges and how they make trades. The broker’s answer will allow the trader to compare Forex brokers with each other fairly. The broker should be clear and concise with their answer. If the trader is unclear about the explanation a good broker will not hesitate to explain how and what they charge. The broker should explain clearly and simply how a forex trade works from beginning to end.
Ask if the broker uses a software program alone to determine the trades they will make for you. Software is nice but market research and experience will do better in the end. Write down all the answers you get from the broker. To truly compare Forex brokers ask several brokers and companies the same questions.
Another way to compare Forex brokers is by participating in forums that specialize in reviewing brokers or their companies. It will become clear very quickly to the trader which to hire and which to run from. Compare the posts- if a particular trader has lost money with different brokers then read posts about those brokers. If other traders have done well with them perhaps that trader is not making sensible trades.
There are honest brokers in the industry. The only way to find them is to compare Forex brokers by using the above methods. Perhaps someone the trader knows is familiar with a broker. If that person is satisfied with the resulting trades the search may be over. For others the search is just beginning. Forex trading should not be like gambling in Las Vegas- it should be treated with the same care one uses in the stock market.
The possibility of making a lot of money in a short time is enticing. No one run and jump into a swimming pool without making sure it was filled with water first. The same goes for Forex trading. The more research and education the trader has before going into their first trade the better their chances will be at making a profitable transaction. Of course there are no guarantees in the Forex market or even in the stock market. That is why only the bold choose to stay. There have been many that have made their fortunes.