Manual or automated trading?

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People vs. Machines… Which one is better when it comes to trading? After all, trading requires a lot of money. Although automated trading has been in full swing for the last 20 years, it is not yet an inherent trading strategy. 

But first, what are the fundamental differences? 

Manual Trading 

Manual trading is the traditional method. Traders look at various factors to assess the “health” of a company and its potential losses and gains based on those factors. This includes actual stock values, executive past performance, and of course past stock performance. Armed with the right information, traders assess risk and make  calculated decisions about whether to invest and how much to invest. 


Automated Trading 


As the name suggests, automated trading is created by machines using algorithms. Because of this, they can trade stocks in a fraction of a second and  of course process data much faster than humans. Automated trading focuses on scenarios and can, for example, monitor small  sudden price movements to increase profits. Traders can also decide how much automation to use.


Both have advantages and disadvantages. 


Algorithms trade based on scenarios, while manual traders  react to breaking news and are more flexible in the face of sudden changes in stock prices. Manual traders operate within a trading system and are subject to human emotions (fear, greed, human error). 


Automated investments are super fast and eliminate the need for human decision making. When it comes to automated trading, traders can set their own parameters. 


There are various merchants here as well. Retail traders are individuals who trade in personal accounts, while institutional investors trade  securities not available to retail traders and are often required to invest in IPOs. 


Auto Traders can run multiple strategies simultaneously, but are also exposed to all the risks of an automated trading system (disconnections and mechanical failures). 




Backtesting is part of a quantitative or automated trading strategy that tests the past performance of a stock to see what would happen if you invested in the stock today. Backtesting a strategy allows traders to make calculated decisions about a stock’s performance. In theory, if a stock performs well in backtesting, it could do well now or in the future. Testing in this way allows investors  to make decisions without putting their capital at risk. 


Market Views 


Subject to human error and emotions, manual trading is based on extensive market knowledge and experience. 


Today there are countless automated trading platforms, many of which make bold claims about available returns. There is also It really depends on the type of investment and how much you can get involved. 

 Top His traders are constantly monitoring the market, but if you are trading to strengthen your account, you can benefit from using  automated systems.  

Consistently no  investment system requires a wait-and-see approach. Even the simplest automated trading platform will eventually need your input  if they want to make money. They all stop making money eventually. Because “it depends”. 

 Robots can certainly process information faster than humans and don’t need sleep. However, automated trading platforms rely on algorithms and are unable to adapt when unforeseen events change the nature of the market, such as earthquakes or changes in national leadership. 

 Automated Trading allows traders to  test their theories and reduce  risk. Manual trading is based on a more traditional approach of relying on the trader’s experience and knowledge. 

 Some traders combine the two factors and look at both quantitative and qualitative factors to create a strategy.


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