If you’re asking yourself, “do I need a VPS?” then I’m guessing you’re relatively new to trading and someone you trust has said you need it. So… should you get a VPS?
The answer depends on what sort of trading you do.
For the uninitiated, VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. Which is really just a fancy way of saying a cloud based desktop PC.
Imagine a PC with the same familiar Windows desktop you’re accustomed to, located in a datacentre elsewhere in the world. To access this PC you would log into it using your local machine’s remote desktop option (type “remote desktop” into your start menu to find the gateway).
What are the advantages of trading forex using a VPS?
In order of importance:
To ensure your MT4 platform stays online. It reduces the risk of loss because of power outages or internet disconnections. Look for a VPS provider that guarantees 100% uptime.
Faster trade execution. By using a VPS in the same location as your broker, you’re able to open and close trades much faster than would otherwise be possible.
Assistance setting up your automated software. Some VPS companies will help you install indicators or EA’s if you get stuck.
These benefits only apply if you’re trading using a robot or EA.
There is no advantage to clicking buy/sell inside your virtual private server. Consider the time it takes to click your mouse, then the signal to be sent from your PC to your VPS at the data centre and then to the market will be marginally slower than if you’d opened the order directly on your local PC.
Here’s a pic of where VPS’s (and supervillains) live.
The only time a virtual private server is useful is when you are relying on software to trade, or manage your trades on your behalf. We recommend this VPS.
For the uninitiated, a forex robot (also known as an Expert Advisor, or EA) isn’t as fancy as it sounds.
When I first heard the term I had visions of an intelligent machine capable of outsmarting my Roomba at a game of chinese checkers.
But… it’s not.
A forex robot is just a piece of software that trades automatically based on a set of preset conditions.
Let me put that into context for you. If we were to create a basic technical trading strategy using the RSI indicator.
Say, we to enter a trade every time RSI oversold or overbought on a particular chart. Everytime RSI hits a particular number we want to buy or sell and set an accompanying take profit and stop loss level.
Instead of sitting watching the charts for hours on end, the software (or your Roomba…. I mean robot) can do it for you.
All you need is some basic MQL5 coding knowledge to get started. Alternatively, hire a coder, probably someone in Eastern Europe on Freelancer.com or Upwork.com for a few dollars.
It’s that easy.
This is a simple strategy to give you an entry level understanding. The hard part is making money from your algorithm.
If you’ve found this blog post on Google, I’ll assume you’re in the midst of purchasing, or trading with an EA or robot provided by a 3rd party. Probably with a promise of untold riches, all you need to do is turn it on and wait to collect the cash.
Am I right?
This is where I burst your bubble…
The vendor that sold this piece of software lied to you.
You aren’t going to own a Lamborghini with accompanying bikini-clad blonde from this magical software. You would have been better off buying a Roomba (at least you’d have a nice clean floor.)
The truth of the matter is, you won’t make money long-term trading with an EA or robot.
Think about it for a moment.
Do you really think there is a piece of software out there which you can buy for a few hundred dollars that’ll outsmart the market for years to come?
These robots/EA’s are also what’s known as black box system. We don’t know how they’re built or why they work. All we can do is attach it to our charts and cross our fingers.