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A Beginner’s Guide to Automated Trading
Fusion Markets

If you are a regular trader and you’ve realized that trading is taking up way too much of your time, you might want to look into automated trading.

For the uninitiated, automated trading involves inputting a set of commands that will automatically execute when certain conditions are met.


You can set your buying price and selling price in advance. When the stock or currency price meets the price you’ve set beforehand, trading software (like MetaTrader) will automatically execute your trade. For the more seasoned traders, you can also base the buying and selling points on conditions like moving averages or convergences. You can even go more complex with algorithmic trading, using complicated algorithms you write yourself to execute trades. This is where trading robots come in, and they can be pretty good at what they do.


The best thing about automated trading is that you don’t have to spend hours upon hours monitoring graphs and charts, waiting for the best time to trade. This is wonderful for forex trading, where the markets are open 24/5.

Additionally, automated trading gives you (or at least, your trading robot) the power to scan millions of different charts at a speed that no human ever could.

There are even features like Fusion+ copy trading, where you can set the program to automatically copy a trader’s actions. If there’s a forex trader you really trust, for example, then you can save yourself the hassle and just set the software to copy all their trades.

Of course, automated trading takes a little learning to get into, which is why we are providing this beginner’s guide to automated trading.

 

1)     Buy off the shelf to start


There are a number of platforms that offer automated trading software. There’s no need to build a trading robot from scratch, especially if you’re just starting out.

Trading platforms like MetaTrader4 — the most popular forex trading platform — have tools that allow you to get into automated forex trading. You can check out the “Market” tab in your trade terminal section within the platform and have a browse of a wide range of EAs/robots to purchase to get started.

Their platform lets you use trading robots built by others (there are paid and free versions) and if you want to start off with a small amount of capital just to see how it feels, this is the place to do it.


2)     Know the difference between a good robot and a bad robot


As with any software you plan to download and use, you should know if the robot you’re planning to use is a good one. After all, real money is involved here.

In forex trading, where markets run 24/7, you don’t want to waste your money on a trading robot that gives you losses.

First, you can consider the track record of the trading robot. This can be as easy as looking at the robot’s reviews on the website itself or looking it up on forex trading forums where you’re bound to find forex traders who regularly use robots.

Second, just look at the website itself. If it looks unprofessional or promises unrealistic returns, you’ll want to stay away. One of the primary rules in forex trading is that if a deal is too good to be true, it probably is.

Third, look at the price itself. Trading robots are complicated software that took a lot of work to make. You’ll be hard-pressed to find good robots that are cheap or even free. If you see a trading robot that’s a little too cheap for you, keep looking.

Finally, you can find plenty of third-party websites such as Myfxbook.com, Forex Peace Army, or the MetaTrader Market that let you find the most popular robots, reviews from real traders that have used the EAs. We recommend doing a lot of research on the sites above before you dive straight in. 

 

3)     If building your own, know what’s involved.


As we said, trading robots are complicated software that run on immense lines of code. If you want to build your own, you’ll need the necessary coding and programming skills.

It can take months to build a successful trading robot, and it will take a lot of trial and error, along with plenty of frustration.

If you have an idea for what you want but want someone else to build your automated trading robot without getting into too many complications, you can look at possible vendors like TradingCoders or Robotmaker that can build them for you.

Automatic trading robot builders give you a clean interface where you can build and edit your trading robot without learning complicated programming from scratch.

Regardless of how you choose to build your robot, you’ll still need a lot of market and technical analysis skills to succeed, especially if you are entrusting others to build something for you. Study well beforehand and know exactly what you’re getting into.

 

4)     You’re going to need a virtual private server.


Again, the markets in forex trading are open 24/5. Good trading opportunities come and go in the blink of an eye. The last thing you want to happen is missing a good trade because you suddenly had connectivity issues.

By using a virtual private server like the vendors from Fusion Markets Sponsored VPS (Virtual Private Server), your trading terminal can be connected 24/7 on a virtual machine. You’re basically using a constantly connected server to give you more reliable connectivity so that you are always online and not missing out on trades.

A good VPS will give you not only consistent connectivity but also low latency and fast executions. In forex trading and algorithmic trading, every millisecond counts, so you might as well use the best available tools out there. 


Automated trading can be a lot of work at first. Still, it can also be very rewarding once you’ve established your own system. Hopefully, we’ve given you enough information to get you started on your very own automated forex trading journey.



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Index CFD Dividends | Week 26/9/22
Fusion Markets


Please see the table below for any upcoming dividend adjustments on indices for the week starting September 26th:


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* Please note these figures are quoted in the index point amount

 

What is a dividend?


Dividends are a portion of company earnings given to shareholders. As indices are often composed of individual shares, an index dividend pays out based on individual shares proportional to the index’s weighting.


Trading on a CFD Index does not create any ownership of the underlying stocks, or an entitlement to receive the actual dividends from these companies.

 

What is an ex-dividend date?


An ex-dividend date is the cut-off date a share must be owned in order to receive a dividend. If an investor buys a share after the ex-dividend date, then they will not be entitled to earn or pay the next round of dividends. This is usually one business day before the dividend.

 

Do dividends affect my position?


Share prices should theoretically fall by the amount of the dividend. If the company has paid the dividend with cash, then there is less cash on the balance sheet, so in theory, the company should be valued lower (by the amount of the dividend).


Due to the corresponding price movement of the stock index when the ex-dividend date is reached, Fusion must provide a 'dividend' adjustment to ensure that no trader is positively or negatively impacted by the ex-dividend event.

 

How will the dividend appear on my account?


The dividend will appear as a cash adjustment on your account. If your base currency is different from the currency the dividend is paid out in, then it will be converted at the live FX rate to your base currency.

 

Why was I charged a dividend?


Depending on your position, given you are holding your position before the ex-dividend date, you will either be paid or charged the amount based on the dividend. Traders shorting an index will pay the dividend, whereas traders who are long the index will be paid the dividend.

 

Why didn’t I receive my dividend?


You may not have received a dividend for a number of reasons:


- You entered your position after the ex-dividend date

- You are trading an index without dividend payments

- You are short an index


If you believe the reasons above do not apply to your position, please reach out to our support team at [email protected] and we’ll investigate further for you.


22.09.2022 • Trading and Brokerage
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Index CFD Dividends | Week 19/9/22
Fusion Markets


Please see the table below for any upcoming Dividend Adjustments on Indices for the week starting September 19th: 


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* Please note these figures are quoted in the index point amount

 

What is a dividend?


Dividends are a portion of company earnings given to shareholders. As indices are often composed of individual shares, an index dividend pays out based on individual shares proportional to the index’s weighting.


Trading on a CFD Index does not create any ownership of the underlying stocks, or an entitlement to receive the actual dividends from these companies.

 

What is an ex-dividend date?


An ex-dividend date is the cut-off date a share must be owned in order to receive a dividend. If an investor buys a share after the ex-dividend date, then they will not be entitled to earn or pay the next round of dividends. This is usually one business day before the dividend.

 

Do dividends affect my position?


Share prices should theoretically fall by the amount of the dividend. If the company has paid the dividend with cash, then there is less cash on the balance sheet, so in theory, the company should be valued lower (by the amount of the dividend).


Due to the corresponding price movement of the stock index when the ex-dividend date is reached, Fusion must provide a 'dividend' adjustment to ensure that no trader is positively or negatively impacted by the ex-dividend event.

 

How will the dividend appear on my account?


The dividend will appear as a cash adjustment on your account. If your base currency is different from the currency the dividend is paid out in, then it will be converted at the live FX rate to your base currency.

 

Why was I charged a dividend?


Depending on your position, given you are holding your position before the ex-dividend date, you will either be paid or charged the amount based on the dividend. Traders shorting an index will pay the dividend, whereas traders who are long the index will be paid the dividend.

 

Why didn’t I receive my dividend?


You may not have received a dividend for a number of reasons:


- You entered your position after the ex-dividend date

- You are trading an index without dividend payments

-  You are short an index


If you believe the reasons above do not apply to your position, please reach out to our support team at [email protected] and we’ll investigate further for you.

 


16.09.2022 • Trading and Brokerage
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Upcoming Holidays in September 2022
Fusion Markets

UPDATE (14/9): The following post has been updated to reflect Queen Elizabeth's Funeral and National Day of Mourning. Please check the table for updated holiday market hours.

September has six holidays that will affect market opening hours: Labor Day on the
 5th of September, Harvest Festival on the 7th, National 401(k) Day on the 9th, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on the 12th, Queen Elizabeth's Funeral on the 19th, and Day of Mourning on the 22nd. During these holidays there will be some changes to our standard market hours. Please take the following holiday hours into account:

 

 Fusion Markets September holiday market hours

Please note the following changes are based on MT4 server time (New York Time).  



What does this mean for you? 

If you trade the markets above then you’ll need to be aware of the days the market is closed or if there are changes to opening hours. Additionally, please note that there will be reduced liquidity and some spreads may widen on some products during these periods. If these are not markets you typically trade, then these changes will not affect you and you can continue trading as normal.  

 

Do I need to do anything? 

The main thing you need to do is be prepared for changes in market hours and ensure you have adjusted your positions accordingly. You must also remain aware of the potential changes to liquidity and spreads during this time. Please make sure your account has been sufficiently funded. Log into your Client Hub here to fund your account. 

 

Questions? 

Don’t worry we will still be working around the clock, our support team is available 24/7, so please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
Thanks for trading with Fusion Markets. Happy Holidays and Happy Trading.  

30.08.2022 • Market Hours
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Upcoming Holidays in August 2022
Fusion Markets

August has a number of exciting holidays around the world. Several of these holidays will affect the market hours of certain pairs. It is important that, during these dates, traders are aware of these changes and adjust their positions accordingly. Please take the following changes into account.  

 

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Please note the following changes are based on MT4 server time (New York Time).  



What does this mean for you? 

If you trade the markets above then you’ll need to be aware of the days the market is closed or there are changes to opening hours. Additionally, please note that there will be reduced liquidity and some spreads may widen on some products during these periods. If these are not markets you normally trade, then these changes will not affect you and you can continue trading as normal.  

 

Do I need to do anything? 

The main thing you need to do is be prepared for the change in market opens and ensure you are comfortable in your positions. You must also remain aware of the potential changes to liquidity and spreads during this time. Please make sure your account has been sufficiently funded. Log into your Client Hub here to fund your account. 

 

Questions? 

Don’t worry we will still be working around the clock, so please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
Thanks for trading with Fusion Markets. Happy Holidays and Happy Trading.  


29.07.2022 • Market Hours
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Upcoming Holidays in July 2022
Fusion Markets

Trading hours for selected trading instruments will be affected by the following holidays in July : Canada Day, HK Establishment Day (July 1st), Independence Day (July 4th), and July 5th. Please take note of the following changes and manage your portfolio accordingly. The table below outlines trading hours for each instrument affected.


Also, please note the following changes are based on MT4 server time (New York Time).  


Fusion Markets July trading hours



What does this mean for you? 

If you trade the markets above then you’ll need to be aware of the days the market is closed and note that there will be reduced liquidity and some spreads may widen on some products during these periods. Please ensure you manage your positions in line with these updates. If these are not markets you normally trade, then these changes will not affect you and you can continue trading as normal.  

 

Do I need to do anything? 

The main thing you need to do is be prepared for the change in market opens and ensure you have accounted for any changes that may affect your positions. You must also remain aware of the potential changes to liquidity and spreads during this time. Please make sure your account has been sufficiently funded. Log into your Client Hub to fund your account. 

 

Questions? 

Don’t worry we will still be working around the clock, so please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
Thanks for trading with Fusion Markets. Happy Holidays and Happy Trading.  




01.07.2022 • Market Hours
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Upcoming Holidays in June 2022
Fusion Markets

June is around the corner and has a number of exciting holidays. Traders take note that the following holidays in June will impact market trading hours: Pancasila Day and Korean Elections (June 1st); Spring Bank Holiday (June 2nd); Tuen Ng Festival and UK Julibee Holiday (June 3rd); Queens Birthday (June 13th); Feast of Corpus Christi (June 16th); Juneteetnth (June 20th). 

If you trade any of the following markets, please plan your trades accordingly.


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Note that the table above uses MT4 server time (New York Time).



What does this mean for you?


If you trade the markets above, please take note of the changes in market hours and dates when markets are closed. Ensure you manage your positions accordingly, and be aware that liquidity may be reduced and spreads could rise on certain products during this period. If these are not markets you normally trade, then these changes will not affect you and you can continue trading as normal.  


Do I need to do anything?


The main thing you need to do is be prepared for the change in market hours and ensure you are comfortable with your positions during the holiday periods. You must also be aware of the potential changes to liquidity and spreads during this time. Please make sure your account has been sufficiently funded to prevent any unexpected issues. Log into your Client Hub here to fund your account. 


Questions?


Don’t worry our support team will still be working around the clock, so please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
Thanks for trading with Fusion Markets. Happy Holidays and Happy Trading.  


27.05.2022 • Market Hours
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