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Is demo trading enough before real account?

leo23
Oct 30 2016 at 07:27
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Bohdan73 posted:
hi guys, maybe a bit stupid question, but how long approximately a trader should practice on demo before start a live account? I know it depends on many factors, but would like to know your experience. Thanks

It depends on which timeframe you use for trading your system. For trading in H4 or Daily timeframes, 3 months demo trading should be enough before going to live provided if you have thoroughly and honestly backetested your system in 'Forex tester' at least for 2 years of past data before even trading in demo account. That't it.

Backtesting the system is very very important. Without backetsting a system, forward testing in demo account for years also may not help anything to be successful in forex.

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Clive (CliveCampbell)
Nov 01 2016 at 07:32
47 postów
Bohdan73 posted:
hi guys, maybe a bit stupid question, but how long approximately a trader should practice on demo before start a live account? I know it depends on many factors, but would like to know your experience. Thanks


I've been trading different demos for almost an year till I decided to open a live account. I just wanted to know exactly what I do when it comes to real money

Tony Gregg
Greggy
Nov 01 2016 at 07:59
158 postów
Not a stupid question at all, very sensible question if anything. Don't be hasty, trade demos as long as needs be until you can see consistency. I'm 53 years old and have been trading demos for 5 years and I'm still learning, getting closer but still learning. Think of it, like doing a Degree or any professional qualification.

Find a good broker who will allow you to open unlimited demo accounts and who doesn't pester you about opening a live account. Download MT4 from metatrader4.com and type in address FxPro.com-Demo02. You can open as many demos as you want. Start with what is realistic, pointless starting with 500000 if you do not have 50000 to trade with. I tend to open demos with as little as $100, $500 as that is what I would expect to start with. You'll blow your account numerous times, but just open another until you get that consistency.

The times I have opened a live account I've lost my money. Call it a coincidence but each time was during Flash Crashes. First one SNB and my broker Alpari went bankrupt, second a few weeks ago on GBPUSD. So if you are new to trading avoid opening a live account for some years and avoid pushy brokers!!!

Good Luck & Happy Trading!!!

mlawson71
Nov 01 2016 at 11:56
1487 postów
One does have to open a live account at some point though. There are some things one can't learn on a demo account, especially how to deal with the stress that is related to trading with real money.

leo23
Nov 01 2016 at 12:04
567 postów
CliveCampbell posted:
Bohdan73 posted:
hi guys, maybe a bit stupid question, but how long approximately a trader should practice on demo before start a live account? I know it depends on many factors, but would like to know your experience. Thanks


I've been trading different demos for almost an year till I decided to open a live account. I just wanted to know exactly what I do when it comes to real money

Ask yourself 3 questions:
1.Do you have a solid trading system which you have backtested with sufficient past data with positive results?....Yes
2.While trading in your demo account are you able to follow the rules of your same system exactly what you did in backtesting?....Yes
3. While trading in demo are you trading just by your emotions whenever you feel like without any solid proven system?...No

If your answers match with my answers, then keep trading on Demo until you produce consistent profitable results which you are happy with it before going to live.

If any of the answers don't match, then trading in demo even for 5 to 10 years may not help and chances of seriously failing in a live account are very much there once you switch from demo to live.

Finally, if you are in live account trading, then keep following your system exactly what you did in demo account and keep improving your system to adopt to changing market conditions.

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kieran (snapdragon1970)
Nov 01 2016 at 14:18
1945 postów
leo23 posted:
CliveCampbell posted:
Bohdan73 posted:
hi guys, maybe a bit stupid question, but how long approximately a trader should practice on demo before start a live account? I know it depends on many factors, but would like to know your experience. Thanks


I've been trading different demos for almost an year till I decided to open a live account. I just wanted to know exactly what I do when it comes to real money

Ask yourself 3 questions:
1.Do you have a solid trading system which you have backtested with sufficient past data with positive results?....Yes
2.While trading in your demo account are you able to follow the rules of your same system exactly what you did in backtesting?....Yes
3. While trading in demo are you trading just by your emotions whenever you feel like without any solid proven system?...No

If your answers match with my answers, then keep trading on Demo until you produce consistent profitable results which you are happy with it before going to live.

If any of the answers don't match, then trading in demo even for 5 to 10 years may not help and chances of seriously failing in a live account are very much there once you switch from demo to live.

Finally, if you are in live account trading, then keep following your system exactly what you did in demo account and keep improving your system to adopt to changing market conditions.


Make sure your system allows for broker intervention in Live account eg:lost connections,spread widening ,re quotes.Trade with a small account on Live and build slowly,tilt the odds in your favour.

"They mistook leverage with genius".
Gabriel (GFernandez78)
Nov 02 2016 at 07:33
35 postów
snapdragon1970 posted:
leo23 posted:
CliveCampbell posted:
Bohdan73 posted:
hi guys, maybe a bit stupid question, but how long approximately a trader should practice on demo before start a live account? I know it depends on many factors, but would like to know your experience. Thanks


I've been trading different demos for almost an year till I decided to open a live account. I just wanted to know exactly what I do when it comes to real money

Ask yourself 3 questions:
1.Do you have a solid trading system which you have backtested with sufficient past data with positive results?....Yes
2.While trading in your demo account are you able to follow the rules of your same system exactly what you did in backtesting?....Yes
3. While trading in demo are you trading just by your emotions whenever you feel like without any solid proven system?...No

If your answers match with my answers, then keep trading on Demo until you produce consistent profitable results which you are happy with it before going to live.

If any of the answers don't match, then trading in demo even for 5 to 10 years may not help and chances of seriously failing in a live account are very much there once you switch from demo to live.

Finally, if you are in live account trading, then keep following your system exactly what you did in demo account and keep improving your system to adopt to changing market conditions.


Make sure your system allows for broker intervention in Live account eg:lost connections,spread widening ,re quotes.Trade with a small account on Live and build slowly,tilt the odds in your favour.


why it needs to allow broker intervention? you mean to be prepared for such thing?

Trading is like football - if you don't practice you can't win the game!
Tiffany (TiffanyK)
Nov 02 2016 at 07:36
427 postów
mlawson71 posted:
One does have to open a live account at some point though. There are some things one can't learn on a demo account, especially how to deal with the stress that is related to trading with real money.


I agree with mlawson71. What is the point of trying your best, testing a lot of strategies, analyzing trading styles when you really know nothing about live trading. Even if the demo trading is the first step – you have to make the next one at some stage. Even if you just put a little credit in the beginning – you have to do live trading, to feel it, to feel the stress or even to lose a small amount of your capital.

What I am trying to say is to be fully prepared and sure in what you are doing when applying the skills learnt in the live trading.

It is simple – test the demo, than test the live – be prepared and get the profits :)

Accept the loss as experience
kieran (snapdragon1970)
Nov 02 2016 at 17:58
1945 postów
GFernandez78 posted:
snapdragon1970 posted:
leo23 posted:
CliveCampbell posted:
Bohdan73 posted:
hi guys, maybe a bit stupid question, but how long approximately a trader should practice on demo before start a live account? I know it depends on many factors, but would like to know your experience. Thanks


I've been trading different demos for almost an year till I decided to open a live account. I just wanted to know exactly what I do when it comes to real money

Ask yourself 3 questions:
1.Do you have a solid trading system which you have backtested with sufficient past data with positive results?....Yes
2.While trading in your demo account are you able to follow the rules of your same system exactly what you did in backtesting?....Yes
3. While trading in demo are you trading just by your emotions whenever you feel like without any solid proven system?...No

If your answers match with my answers, then keep trading on Demo until you produce consistent profitable results which you are happy with it before going to live.

If any of the answers don't match, then trading in demo even for 5 to 10 years may not help and chances of seriously failing in a live account are very much there once you switch from demo to live.

Finally, if you are in live account trading, then keep following your system exactly what you did in demo account and keep improving your system to adopt to changing market conditions.


Make sure your system allows for broker intervention in Live account eg:lost connections,spread widening ,re quotes.Trade with a small account on Live and build slowly,tilt the odds in your favour.


why it needs to allow broker intervention? you mean to be prepared for such thing?

Be prepared for such things and change brokers if your not happy with the service.

"They mistook leverage with genius".
Clive (CliveCampbell)
Nov 03 2016 at 07:21
47 postów
mlawson71 posted:
One does have to open a live account at some point though. There are some things one can't learn on a demo account, especially how to deal with the stress that is related to trading with real money.


You are absolutely right. You can never get that feeling like trading with real money

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