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DEMO ACCOUNT vs LIVE ACCOUNT

xgavinc
Jul 19 2016 at 09:34
235 posts
mlawson71 posted:
xgavinc posted:
Live account you gain emotional experience when you lose money, on demo you gain trading experience and lose time.


I don't think that time should be considered lost if one's actively gaining experience. Time invested in education is never lost, in my opinion.


I meant time-trade [experience] vs money-emotion [experience]
Time spent on demo is potential money gain and true emotional experience wasted in live - but as you say, nothing is truly wasted on whichever area you focus on. (Though, if I knew then what I know now, I would have jumped into a live low leverage, low lot, cent account immediately - even after months of demo, it didn't prepare me at all for live account. If anything it just made me cocky and take on too much risk).

I still stand by my view that demo is to learn the trading platform and should not be used to learn how to trade. You don't demo courses for a degree 6 months before signing up at university and paying the tuition costs... trading is no different. Make and lose real money as early as possible, it shortens the learning curve and gets your emotions in check much faster.

For every loss there should be at least an equal and opposite profit.
Hero76
Jul 20 2016 at 19:29
39 posts
DEMO ACCOUNT vs LIVE ACCOUNT ? Well this kind of questions easy to be answered. I prefer live account and the main reason is LIVE money for real life but not virtual. But another question is to find a good broker that will provide you clear and honest service you looking for

HolyGrail (coding101)
Aug 02 2016 at 06:50
10 posts
Demos are only accurate for algorithm traders. Live accounts for manual traders are day and night simply because of trader psychology.

Losing is the only way to learn.
xgavinc
Aug 02 2016 at 07:41
235 posts
coding101 posted:
Demos are only accurate for algorithm traders. Live accounts for manual traders are day and night simply because of trader psychology.


If you can choose your starting capital on demo, yes. These $100k default demo accounts are useless. Rarely will someone starting with trading dump $100k into an account and even less likely will someone get accurate EA / Algo analysis from it (I can create an EA that randomly buys and sells with a 3000% ML on a $100k demo account and never lose, do the same on a $100-$1000 account and it's almost written in stone that it won't surpass 6 months). I'm expanding on your comment, I agree with you 100%.

For every loss there should be at least an equal and opposite profit.
mlawson71
Aug 13 2016 at 10:52
1487 posts
coding101 posted:
Demos are only accurate for algorithm traders. Live accounts for manual traders are day and night simply because of trader psychology.


If the issue is psychology, doesn't that mean that the problem is within the trader, not within the platform? The platform is just code and mathematics, psychology doesn't factor in it.

HolyGrail (coding101)
Aug 14 2016 at 06:48
10 posts
mlawson71 posted:
coding101 posted:
Demos are only accurate for algorithm traders. Live accounts for manual traders are day and night simply because of trader psychology.


If the issue is psychology, doesn't that mean that the problem is within the trader, not within the platform? The platform is just code and mathematics, psychology doesn't factor in it.



Trader psychology is a big problem if you are trading manually that is all I said.

Losing is the only way to learn.
mlawson71
Aug 15 2016 at 10:01
1487 posts
coding101 posted:
mlawson71 posted:
coding101 posted:
Demos are only accurate for algorithm traders. Live accounts for manual traders are day and night simply because of trader psychology.


If the issue is psychology, doesn't that mean that the problem is within the trader, not within the platform? The platform is just code and mathematics, psychology doesn't factor in it.



Trader psychology is a big problem if you are trading manually that is all I said.


My psychology was a problem even when I was using an EA, to be honest. The lack of control actually made my anxiety worse.

xgavinc
Aug 15 2016 at 10:33
235 posts
mlawson71 posted:
coding101 posted:
mlawson71 posted:
coding101 posted:
Demos are only accurate for algorithm traders. Live accounts for manual traders are day and night simply because of trader psychology.


If the issue is psychology, doesn't that mean that the problem is within the trader, not within the platform? The platform is just code and mathematics, psychology doesn't factor in it.



Trader psychology is a big problem if you are trading manually that is all I said.


My psychology was a problem even when I was using an EA, to be honest. The lack of control actually made my anxiety worse.


Your mindset has to change from trader to administrator with an automated system... every EA needs monitoring and at some point manual intervention. It's when you intervene too much that it becomes a problem. Many running EA's will auto trade and manual trade in parallel, essentially fighting each other. Remember, for every manual trade you make, the EA will take that into account which will likely be outside it's scope (adding vegetables to a fruit basket). If you separate the trades with an identifier, you are double trading on the same pair, same balance, etc. causing double trouble. You eat into margin the EA could use, maybe more efficiently. I got frustrated with an EA I made at one point... it traded too slow, in my view. Going through the code, I saw it was trading correctly, my impatience to 'make a trade' was overriding the fact that the market was flat, the EA knew it, my brain was having none of that... I manually drove the account into the ground.

For every loss there should be at least an equal and opposite profit.
kieran (snapdragon1970)
Aug 15 2016 at 21:21
1945 posts
This might help with the over trading,a friend of mine has set up a solution,you can check it out ,it's called chasing returns.I my self learned early on you have to wait for the trade to come along,wait for the right setup,you can't be gun shy either.Anyone starting off should open a small live account,100,500,1000,see how good you are at trading that first.Just remember a lot of this is being in the right place at the right time,you will have a streak of winners followed by losses ,how do you survive? Keep those losses as small as possible.

"They mistook leverage with genius".
mlawson71
Aug 16 2016 at 08:34
1487 posts
Thank you for the advice, both of you. Now I have got to figure out how to make it work in real life. I don't think I can change overnight, but I'm definitely going to work on myself.

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