Ok here s my experience:
2009 I did my first trades in Marketiva (Broker), without learning and reading anything. I thought I am smart. After 2 weeks demo trading i put 1 k in a real account.
It survived a couple of days...
2012 my first EA, recommenmded by a friend, a free one. It made good steady profits during a couple of months (over 200%). Then suddenly margin call, account blown up. 3 k loss. This was my first experience with 'Martingale'.
My tip to all newbies: HANDS OFF Martingale EAs! Independly how good or safe they seem to be.
2014: after a fight in the office with my boss who made me realise that I am nothing more than a little payed slave without any honour or value in the system of modern exploitation (work as employee), I decided to try again with forex.
This time i decided to analyse every EA i wanted to buy, read all the informations, the reviews, do researches in Forexpeacearmy, forexfbi, here, and i bought mostly expensive commercial EAs with the best critics of users and review sites.
I tried more than 15 of them spend a lot of money tu purchase and test them on real accounts.
Result: over 10 k loss.
Stop all EAS.
2016: i decided the best thing in my life: Learn to trade!!
I am still not yet a good trader, but I am slowly recovering my losses.
Mostly with trade-copier services from good traders I found, but also a bit with own trading.
(by the way i also lost some money with trade-copiers of crappy traders!).
Last year was the first year i made profit with forex!
You can see the track records in my profile.
Hands off EAs if you dont know how to trade.
There is no perfect EA and there is no EA making profit for long term. All EAs are good in some market conditions and bad in others.
Some are better for trendy markets, some are better for volatile markets, ... and so on.
There s no EA that can handle every situation.
If you use a EA you have to know it as if you had coded it yourself and be able to controle it at any time.
The differenece between who your are and who you would like to be be is what you do