Automated Trading

Automated trading, known also as algorithmic trading, involves programming a set of rules which a computer system follows to open and close orders on your behalf. Automated trading is offered by many platforms and apps in the UK, and investors can access major markets like forex and crypto using algorithmic strategies. Our guide explains how automated trading works and which brokers and software offer the service, including MetaTrader 4 (MT4).

Brokers with Auto Trading

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Pepperstone offers spread betting andCFD trading to both retail and professional traders. Clients can trade FX, indices, commodities and shares on MT4, MT5 and cTrader platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC, SCB, DFSA, CMA, BaFin
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
£200 / $200
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
No
CMC Markets is headquartered in London and listed on the LSE (FCA Regulated). They offer competitive spreads on a global range of assets via a next generation platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC, IIROC, MAS
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
£ 0
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
No
FXCC is a highly regulated and trustworthy MT4 trading broker.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Leading forex and CFD broker regulated in Ireland, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Avatrade are particularly strong in integration, including MT4
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CBoI, ASIC, FSB
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
$1
Crypto
No
Eightcap is a multi-regulated FX & CFD broker offering the MT4 & MT5 platforms. Award winning platform, zero commission, free education and low spreads.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC, VFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
£/€/$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Trade CFDs on a powerful and intuitive trading platform. Over 300 markets to trade, with tight spreads and multi-device support. CySec Regulated.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptoassets, as well as trading CFDs.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$200 ($50 in US)
Min. Trade
$1
Crypto
Yes
Deriv.com are a new brokerage, offering options and CFDs on a simple, reliable, flexible platform. Get access to volatility indexes exclusively at Deriv.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Malta (MFSA), Labuan (LFSA), Vanuatu (VFSC), British Virgin Islands (BFSC)
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
€/£/$5
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
No
XM.com Offer a range of Account types and a low minimum deposit to appeal to all levels of trader. With 1000+ markets and low spreads they offer a great service.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
IFSC, CySec, ASIC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
5 $/€/£
Min. Trade
0.01 Micro lots
Crypto
No
Trade Forex on 0.0 pip spreads with the world's leading True ECN forex broker - IC Markets.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC, CySec, FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
Yes
Axi is a global online FX and CFD trading company, trusted by 60,000+ ambitious customers in 100+ countries around the world.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC, FMA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
0 $/€/£
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
Yes
Forex.com boast a global reputation. Regulated in the UK, EU, US and Canada they offer a huge range of markets, not just forex, and offer very tight spreads and a cutting edge platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, NFA, CFTC, FCA, FSA, IIROC and CIMA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
$1
Crypto
Yes
LegacyFX is a multi-asset broker offering an MT5 download & free signals.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, FCA, VFSC, NBRB
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Reliable and affordable trading since 2009. Join over 400,000 others trading on 300+ CFD products over assets like forex, gold, indices and shares from 0.0 spreads through TradingView, MT4 or MT5. Vantage FX is ASIC regulated and client funds are segregated. Open an account in under 5 minutes.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC, FCA, CIMA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
No
FXTM is a leading forex and CFD broker. Offering a huge range of markets and 6 account types, they cater to all levels of trader.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySec, FCA and FSC of the Republic of Mauritius
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
From $50
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
RoboForex is a multi-asset online broker offering powerful trading aides.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
IFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$10
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Capital.com offer CFDs and Forex on a huge range of assets, with competitive spreads and unique platforms, including the fully functional mobile app.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, CySec, ASIC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
£/$/€20
Min. Trade
Varies by asset
Crypto
Yes
FXChoice is an offshore retail broker offering MT4 and MT5 platform downloads.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
IFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
OBR Invest is a CySEC-regulated forex, CFD and cryptocurrency trading broker offering the MetaTrader 4 platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01
Crypto
Yes
Trade Nation is a top FX and CFD broker regulated in multiple jurisdictions incl the UK and Australia. They boast tight spreads and no minimum deposit.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC, FSCA and SCB
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.1 lots
Crypto
No
FBS is a top online broker offering MT4 & MT5 trading across a range of instruments.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
IFSC, CySEC, ASIC, FSCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
LiteForex Europe is an FX and CFD broker offering sophisticated trading tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$50
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
ROInvesting is an online CFD broker regulated by the CySEC.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
GO Markets is an ASIC-regulated FX & CFD broker.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
ThinkMarkets is a multi-regulated forex and CFD broker
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC, FSCA, FSA Seychelles
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Established spread betting, forex and CFD broker with over 30 years in the business. Regulated around the globe.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC,FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
£/$100
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
Yes
NinjaTrader offer Traders Futures and Forex trading. Use Auto-trade algorithmic strategies and configure your own trading platform, and trade at the lowest costs.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
NFA, CFTC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$50
Min. Trade
Varies by asset
Crypto
No
IG offer spread betting, CFD and Forex trading across a range of markets. They are FCA regulated, boast a great trading app and have a 40 year track record of excellence.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
£250
Min. Trade
£1
Crypto
No
Multi-Award winning broker. Specialising in Forex but also offering stocks and tight spreads on CFDs and Spread betting across a huge range of markets.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySec, FCA, SCB, FSCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
Yes
Dukascopy is a Swiss-based forex, CFD, and binary options broker
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FINMA, FCMC, JFSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Binary.com are the established pioneers of binary options. The choice of the advanced trader, Binary.com offer the greatest flexibility of any binary broker. They also offer Forex and CFD via the MT5 platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MGA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$5
Min. Trade
$1
Crypto
Yes
Instaforex provide Forex, CFDs, Stock and Cryptocurrency trading. With small fees and a huge range of markets, the brand offers safe, reliable trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySec
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
€1 to €1000 (Account choice dependent)
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
No
Sage FX is an MT4 trading broker offering high leverage rates and secure mobile investing.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Pending
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$10
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Colmex Pro is a top retail trading provider offering competitive pricing.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, FSCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
CMSTrader offers multi-asset trading with fast payment speeds & useful features.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Squared Financial is a CySEC-regulated forex & CFD broker with 10,000 tradeable assets for both MT4 and MT5.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
XGlobal Markets offers online trading in forex and CFDs through the industry-renowned MT5 platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Tier1FX is a regulated CFD and forex trading broker.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MFSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Varianse is an online broker offering unique instruments and powerful analysis tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Fortrade is a multi-asset broker offering a simple live account with advanced tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC, CySEC, NBRB, IIROC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
FortFS is a multi-asset trading broker offering a range of tools & resources.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$5
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
FP Markets is a multi-asset broker offering a choice of trading platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC, CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Hirose is a regulated and dedicated forex and binary options trading broker.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$20
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
FXFlat offers several asset classes on the MetaTrader 4 & MetaTrader 5 platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
BaFin
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
€200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
EZ Invest is a CySEC-licensed broker offering trading on the financial markets.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Grand Capital is an MT4 retail trading broker offering multiple bonuses.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$10
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Trade stocks and options on advanced platforms at Cobra Trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FINRA
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$30,000
Min. Trade
$1.00
Crypto
No
OctaFX offers multi-asset trading on a range of platforms and mobile solutions.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
ForexMart is an EU-regulated broker offering MT4 trading on stocks, FX and cryptos.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
1 EUR/USD
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Forex4you offers retail trading on a choice of top trading platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
BVI FSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
FXGiants is a top trading provider, offering a breadth of assets on the MT4 platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA & ASIC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
SmartFX is a leading online provider of forex, CFDs and futures.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
VFSC
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
Undisclosed
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
FCMarket offers forex, stocks and commodities trading on a choice of live accounts.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
SVG FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Trade on the financial markets with the latest technology at City Credit Capital.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
CFD Global FX is an offshore broker offering trading on multiple financial markets.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Dsdaq specialises in crypto trading through its accessible mobile app & low deposit.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
0.001 BTC/BCH/LTC
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
CIX Markets is an FCA-regulated online trading broker offering powerful tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.1 lots
Crypto
No
Orbex is a trusted forex broker offering several accounts & the MT4 platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, BaFin, FSC (Mauritius)
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Trade a range of products on the MetaTrader platforms at DMM FX.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
Undisclosed
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Land FX is a trusted global FX & CFD trading broker offering the MT4 & MT5 platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$300
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Equiti is a global forex & CFD broker offering a proprietary webtrader platform & MT4.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, JSC, DMCC, SCA, CMA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
ICM Brokers is a regulated MT4 broker offering online trading in forex & CFDs.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
VFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$300
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Noble Trading is an FX & CFD broker offering multiple deposit & payment options.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
TusarFX is a MT4 multi-asset broker offering bonuses & high leverage rates.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
TradeTime is an FX broker also offering trading in stocks, commodities, & Bitcoin.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
TrioMarkets is a CySEC-regulated online ECN trading broker.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, FSC (Mauritius)
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
GCI offers online trading in 300+ tradable assets with up to 1:400 leverage.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Finexo is a multi-asset online broker regulated by the CySEC.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
HQBroker is a no-frills forex broker offering easy-access live trading accounts.
Demo Account
No
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Tickmill is FCA & CySEC regulated and offers trading in CFDs, FX and commodities.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, CySEC, FSA, LFSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Hantec Markets is a multi-regulated online FX broker offering MT4 and a tailored service providing huge flexibility to suit any trader.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC, FSC, FMA, FSA, CGSE, JSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
101investing.com is a CFD broker providing access to a range of financial markets.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Zero Markets is a multi-asset online trading broker offering ultra low spreads.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Juno Markets is a regulated forex broker offering the MT4 trading platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
VFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Infinox is a UK-based broker offering MT4 trading with tight spreads.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
£1
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
TeraFX is a regulated forex broker offering MT4 desktop & mobile trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
FXOpen is a highly regulated FX & CFD broker offering multiple trading platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$300
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Lightspeed is a broker for high-volume traders offering advanced platforms & tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FINRA, NFA
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$10,000
Min. Trade
Variable
Crypto
Yes
DeltaStock is a multi-asset online broker offering desktop & mobile trading tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSC (Bulgaria)
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Valutrades is a leading MetaTrader forex & CFD broker.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Axes offers multi-asset trading through the MT5 platform and mobile app.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSA, IFMRRC
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
FXTrading offers online forex, stocks, commodities and crypto financial markets.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC, VFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
AAAFx offers automated and copy platforms for forex and CFD trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
HCMC (Greece), FSA (St Vincent & Grenadines)
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$300
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
GKFX is an MT4 trading broker offering a suite of financial instruments & tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MFSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
€100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Trade on the financial markets with low cost, leveraged products at HYCM.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, DFSA, CIMA, CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
IronFX offers online trading in forex, stocks, futures, commodities and cryptocurrencies
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, CySEC, ASIC, FSB
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Admiral Markets is leading Forex and CFD broker offering the MT4 & MT5 platforms
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, CySEC, ASIC, JSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Spectre.ai is a blockchain-based binary options broker
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
$1
Crypto
Yes
Libertex - Trade Online. Libertex offer CFD and Forex trading, with fixed commissions and no hidden costs.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySec
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
€100
Min. Trade
€20
Crypto
Yes
NordFX offer Forex trading with specific accounts for each type of trader. Zero accounts offer spread from 0 pips, while the Crypto offers optimal cryptocurrency trading. Open account from just $10.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
VFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$10
Min. Trade
$1
Crypto
Yes
LBLV is a MT5 broker offering trading in FX & CFDs.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSA (Seychelles)
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$5,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Bithoven is a MT5-powered online broker offering leveraged cryptocurrency trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSA
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Trade the markets with MT4 trading tools alongside CySEC regulation.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CYSEC, VFSC, FSCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Huobi is one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, offering the top tokens by market cap on their proprietary trading platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, FSAS
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
No minimum
Crypto
Yes
Global Market Index offers multiple asset classes on five powerful trading platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, VFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$2,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Stratton Markets offers leveraged online trading on its Trader platform & MT4.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
£250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
TMS Brokers is a leading European trading broker providing powerful tools and a suite of financial instruments.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF)
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Tradeview is based in the Cayman Islands and offers four leading trading platforms and 100+ financial instruments.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CIMA, MFSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Lebanese Dealers Corporation (LDC) offers online trading in forex and CFDs across a choice of platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Central Bank of Lebanon
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
ICM Capitals offers ultra-low spreads on FX, CFDs and futures via the MT4 platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, SVGFSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Global FX is an unregulated broker offering a suite of trading tools and products.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$300
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Global Prime is a multi-regulated trading broker offering 100+ markets.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC, VFSC, FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
AUD $200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
NBH Markets offers 60+ assets with floating spreads and a suite of tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
St. Vincent and the Grenadines FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
IFC Markets is a top broker offering the bespoke NetTradeX plus MT4 & MT5.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
BVI FSC, Labuan Financial Services Authority
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
1 USD / 1 EUR / 100 JPY
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Smart Prime FX is an offshore broker offering live, MAM and PAMM accounts.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$25,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
LH Crypto combines a digital alt coin exchange with a user-friendly online brokerage offering an array of tools, instruments and payment options.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
VFSC
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
€10
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Capex offers a portfolio of trading products and leading investing tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, FSCA, ADGM
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Trade Pro Futures offers trading across futures & forex assets on multiple platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
NFA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$2,500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Trade.com offers thousands of tradable assets on desktop and mobile platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, CySEC, FSCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Trade forex and CFDs with rich trading tools and real-time market data.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSA Seychelles
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
ADSS is a regulated forex broker offering $100 minimum deposits & 1:500 leverage.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Central Bank of the UAE, FCA, SFC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
PaxForex is an offshore broker offering $10 minimum deposits & MT4 trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$10
Min. Trade
0.0001 lots
Crypto
Yes
Amana Capital is a leading retail broker offering deposit bonuses and MT4 trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, DFSA, CySEC, CMA, LFSA, FSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$50
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
ActivTrades offers online trading on the MT4, MT5 and ActivTrader platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
JFD Bank offers comprehensive trading services, complete with MT4 and MT5 platforms and a range of products.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, VFSC, BaFin 
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
MultiBank FX is a regulated forex and CFD broker offering sign-up deposit bonuses, tight spreads and MT4 trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC, BaFin, FMA, CNMV, DFSA, FSC, CIMA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$50
Min. Trade
0.1 lots
Crypto
Yes
AETOS offers trading on the MT4 & MT5 platforms with a deposit joining bonus.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC, VFSC, CIMA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Core Spreads offers CFD trading and spread betting across several asset classes on two top-tier platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
The Exness Group offers worldwide online trading across multiple asset classes, including forex, and commodities, on the industry-established MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, CySEC, FSCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1
Min. Trade
$1
Crypto
No
UniDex is a leading decentralised crypto exchange offering an extensive list of tokens.
Demo Account
No
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$43
Min. Trade
$20
Crypto
Yes
Pionex is a cryptocurrency exchange with impressive automated trading tools and bots.
Demo Account
No
Regulated By
FinCEN
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.1 USDT
Crypto
Yes
Optimus Futures is an introducing broker partnering with numerous FCM services. It offers hundred of global assets across 40+ trading platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CFTC, NFA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
Variable
Crypto
Yes
AdroFX is a regulated, global broker offering forex, CFD and crypto trading with MT4 access and attractive welcome bonuses.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSA, BSSLA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$25
Min. Trade
0.01 lot
Crypto
Yes
Naga is a social investing platform offering copy trading on major financial markets including cryptocurrencies and stocks.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
Variable
Crypto
Yes
Bybit is an established crypto exchange aimed at active online traders.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.001
Crypto
Yes
RoboMarkets is an award-winning broker offering flexible margin trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$/£/€100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Bitfinex is among the best crypto exchanges for experienced traders with a free mobile trading app and low fees.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$10,000
Min. Trade
$10
Crypto
Yes
Zenfinex is a UK-headquartered broker offering social trading, low fees and MT4.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, SVGFSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$50
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
ProfitiX offers an interactive desktop and mobile trading experience via MT5.
Demo Account
No
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
SVK Markets is a UK-regulated spread betting, forex and CFD broker.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Price Markets offers an extensive list of CFDs on forex, indices and commodities.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$5,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
NPBFX offers trading in leading financial instruments as well as copy trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Financial Commission
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$10
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
TP Global FX offers a long list of popular financial assets with spreads from 0.1 pips.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
SVG FSA, NFA, CAMA Nigeria
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
NicoFX facilitates trading in forex and precious metals under CySEC regulation.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
NSFX delivers tight spreads across FX and CFDs on the JForex & MT4 platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MFSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$300
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
M4Markets is a forex broker offering deposit bonuses with MT4 & MT5 tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Financial Services Authority (FSA)
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$5
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
HotForex is a forex and CFD broker that is regulated by the FCA and provides access to over 1,000 securities and derivatives on several international markets.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
House of Borse offers trading in over 200 financial instruments on MT4 and MT5.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$5,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
ArgusFX is a Cyprus-based broker offering MT4 trading from a sleek client portal.
Demo Account
No
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Trade stocks, forex and commodities on the CrescoFX platform & MT4 app.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
TIO Markets offers 120 instruments, MetaTrader platforms & PAMM accounts.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$50
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
SynergyFX is an Australian broker offering ECN accounts & the MetaTrader platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
ASIC, VFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$50
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Trade12 offers multi-asset trading with tiered account levels to suit different needs.
Demo Account
No
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Swissquote is an FCA-regulated FX & CFD broker offering 160+ trading products.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, FINMA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
EagleFX is a popular trading broker offering forex, stocks, cryptos & commodities.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$10
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Trade FX, stocks, cryptos and commodities with powerful trading tools at eXcentral.
Demo Account
No
Regulated By
CySEC, FSCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
SimpleFX is a CFD broker offering its own SFX WebTrader platform & low fees.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Capital Index is a spread betting, FX & CFD provider offering reasonable trading fees.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, ASIC, SCB
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
TeleTrade offers ECN accounts with tight spreads & powerful trading platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
100 EUR/USD
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
KLMFX offers traditional assets and markets on the MetaTrader 5 platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
4xCube is a MetaTrader forex broker registered and licensed in the Cook Islands.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSC Cook Islands
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$10
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
With multiple trading products and an advanced suite of analysis tools, Darwinex is an excellent online broker.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Start trading forex and CFD products on the MetaTrader 4 platform at Finotrade.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
FIBO Group is a dual-licensed forex broker offering multiple trading platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, FSC BVI
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$50
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
FXDD offers online trading in six major asset classes on the MT4, MT5 and WebTrader platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), Mauritius Financial Services Commission (MFSC)
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$/£1
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
AMarkets offers a suite of tools and trading products on the MT4 & MT5 platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSA SVG
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
CPT Markets offers CFDs, futures and options trading on the MT4 platform. 
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, IFSC (Belize)
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Trade forex, CFDs and futures with leading tools and low minimum deposits.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Choose from a multitude of trading platforms and instruments at Intertrader.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission & Limited Regulation under the FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Daniels Trading offers a variety of trading solutions & advanced tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
National Futures Association (NFA)
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$2,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Larson & Holz offer desktop & mobile trading on FX and CFDs via the MT5 platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
LQDFX offers online trading with multiple STP accounts and MT4 analysis tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$20
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Mega Trader FX is a multi-asset broker offering 1:500 leverage and deposit bonuses.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Bulbrokers EAD offers FX & CFD trading on a choice of leading online platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSC, FCA, CNVM
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
BlackBull Markets offers forex and CFD trading on the MT4 & MT5 platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FMA, FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
CGS-CIMB is a Singapore-based trading broker offering futures, FX, CFDs & bonds.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MAS
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
100 SGD
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Trade forex and CFDs with 1:30 leverage and advanced trading tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, CIMA
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$5,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Mitto Markets offers multi-asset trading across a range of competitive instruments.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Arum Capital is a CySEC-regulated forex broker offering the MT5 platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
WH SelfInvest facilitates multi-asset trading through web & downloadable platforms.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
BaFin, CSSF, FSMA, AFM
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
€500
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Windsor Brokers offers MT4 trading on forex, stocks, commodities and more.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC (Cyprus), IFSC (Belize), JSC (Jordan)
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Weltrade is an established online broker providing tight spreads & powerful tools.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$25
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Atiora offers forex & CFD trading with easy-access $1 minimum deposit accounts.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
VFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
BP Prime offers MT4 trading with fast executions and a mobile app solution.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$5,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Blackwell Global offers seamless online trading in forex, stocks & cryptos.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, CySEC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Khwezi Trade is an online broker offering four live MT4 trading accounts.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSCA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
R 2,000
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Key To Markets is an FCA-regulated online trading broker offering a variety of account types, including social PAMMs.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FCA, FSA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$100
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
FxGlory offers leveraged trading in forex and commodities through the MT4 desktop and mobile platform.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Uptos offers multiple trading assets, payment options and the MT5 platform.
Demo Account
No
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Trade Q8 is an online broker in the MENA region offering forex & multi-asset trading.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSA (Seychelles)
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
Zulutrade provide multiple automation and copy trading options across forex, indices, stocks, cryptocurrency and commodities markets
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
HCMC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1 to $300 (Broker choice dependent)
Min. Trade
$1
Crypto
Yes
Fondex is an award-winning forex and CFD broker with industry low trading costs
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSA, CySEC
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$0
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Forex broker Videforex accepts deposits in a range of cryptocurrencies. Payouts reach 95% per trade.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
MT4 Integration
No
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
$1
Crypto
Yes
FXPIG is a straight-talking forex, indices & commodities broker offering tight spreads.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
VFSC
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$200
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
No
Alpari offer forex and CFD trading across a big range of markets with low spreads and a range of account types that deliver for every level of trader from beginner to professional.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
FSC of Maritius
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
From $/£/€ 5
Min. Trade
0.01 Lots
Crypto
Yes
AGEA is a regulated forex & CFD broker offering multiple trading platforms and account types.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
Commission for Capital Markets
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$1
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes
EverFX is an online broker offering trading in forex, stocks, cryptos and commodities.
Demo Account
Yes
Regulated By
CySEC, FSA, CIMA
MT4 Integration
Yes
Min. Deposit
$250
Min. Trade
0.01 lots
Crypto
Yes

Automated Trading Explained

The simple definition: an investment strategy where clients set up a program of parameters like price and amount, which if met will trigger the execution of a specific trade.

For example, a trader could instruct the system to enter a long position of 50 lots of EUR/USD if it rises above 1.500, or to buy Google shares if the price falls lower than the 20-day moving average. In theory, automated trading results in a strategy based on data and not emotional sentiment, meaning that earnings may increase for both beginners and experienced investors. Systems are also able to monitor market volatility much more broadly, so can detect changes and respond more rapidly than a human.

Automated systems include Expert Advisors (EAs) and trading robots. Robots automatically place market orders based on the set algorithms discussed above. EAs offer the client trading signals, which are alerts about a potential order opportunity, that a user can manually act on or have the EA place automatically depending on their set-up. Copy trading is another form of automated investing that allows users to replicate the strategies and positions of successful traders.

To get started at home, clients should select an online broker that allows order execution with robots.

Markets

Algorithmic strategies can be used across the majority of markets that offer manual trading. It is particularly popular with forex brokers and in futures markets, though bots are also used with cryptocurrency exchanges, hedge funds, ETFs, CFDs, and for options and commodities. Automated stock and gold trading systems are also utilised at high volume, for example buying and selling on the ASX or NSE stock exchanges.

How To Create An Automated Trading Bot

Building an automated trading system requires coding knowledge, whether you start from scratch or use a program to help you. Robot software is readily available in the UK and many of those with positive reviews offer free trial periods. Artificial intelligence (AI) is also becoming widely used in automated trading software. You may also decide to hire a developer to create the program, which could match your requirements more closely but might carry extra expense compared to buying a robot directly.

An automated trading robot, or bot, can be created in any programming language – some users prefer Python as it can eventually allow your bot to use machine learning. However some platforms require the program to be written in a specific language, for example MetaTrader systems must use MQL.

Users should then pick a broker for automated trading, a choice which depends on the assets you wish to buy/sell and on whether they have an open-source API – this is critical for your bot to be functional. After selecting a host server for the bot, e.g. a cloud or even a Raspberry Pi, you are ready to start creating an automated trading system.

Automated Trading With Python

Many users choose to create their automated trading bot using Python. This language is prevalent in the algorithmic space as it gives access to excellent frameworks for using machine and reinforcement learning in the future. Programmers can usually find API documentation, e.g. for stock trading, using Python on Github.

Other languages like R and Java are popular in the development of bots. MATLAB and artificial neural networks have also been applied to generate these systems, and they can even be created from Excel.

Best Automated Trading Software & Brokers

Automated trading is now offered by a wide range of brokers and companies. Below we cover some popular choices.

MT4

Automated trading in the MetaTrader4 (MT4) platform, as well as the updated MetaTrader 5 (MT5) solution, is performed using Expert Advisors (EAs). Clients can either buy EAs directly from the platforms marketplace or can opt to program their own bots using the system’s programming language, MQL4. Reviews for this software are generally excellent, and it often appears in top five lists for automated investing systems. Traders can find many tutorials and forums online to get started.

Potential users may also be interested in MultiCharts, a similar offering to MT4 that was created with algorithmic strategies in mind.

NinjaTrader

Regulated by the National Futures Association (NFA), NinjaTrader 8 is a dedicated platform for automated trading strategies. It allows clients to create or purchase systems, and then execute orders either with the NinjaTrader brokerage or another partner broker like TD Ameritrade. Traders can use the key aspects of NinjaTrader 8 free of charge, but may also choose to rent or own the platform to access more advanced features and lower commission rates.

Robinhood

Robinhood is a platform where clients can trade stocks, ETFs, or options commission-free and with no account minimum. Building an automated trading system in this platform requires an API, which is available from the firm in Python via Github. Potential clients with little coding experience should note that automated trading on Robinhood appears to have no technical support from the firm, and may be better suited to advanced programmers.

Zerodha

The Zerodha technology suite includes several trading platforms, which offer free equity delivery and mutual fund investments alongside stocks, futures and options. Fully automated trading using Zerodha is possible using the online Kite platform with the Kite Connect API, available on Github. The firm provides an in-depth video tutorial on their website. Traders can also install Zerodha Pi, the software platform offering, to access additional features.

Interactive Brokers

Interactive Brokers is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and advertises the lowest costs in the industry. The firm also offers its own desktop platform named Trader Workstation (TWS), and a trading app for iPhone and Android called IBKR Mobile.

Several programming languages including Java and DDE for Excel are supported on the TWS API, which is the connection that makes automated trading with Interactive Brokers possible. The broker also offers Capitalise.ai, a subscription that allows traders to generate algorithmic strategies without coding.

Thinkorswim

Clients with TD Ameritrade can use the thinkorswim platform to make trades on a wide array of assets including stocks, options, and ETFs on a commission-free basis, plus futures, forex, and mutual funds. Automated trading is possible with the algorithm panel in thinkorswim, which is used for selecting trigger conditions, and more complex strategies can be achieved by writing manual code.

TradingView

TradingView is a social trading network for stocks, futures, and forex markets. Clients can start automated trading on TradingView by creating a bot in the PineScript language, with a set of predefined conditions. The bot can then be automated with the Wunderbit Trading platform by connecting to the API and linking the bot with a TradingView signal.

Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Automated trading robots and platforms for cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin and XRP are particularly popular, as the crypto asset market runs 24/7 and system bots can also operate round the clock. Automated Bitcoin trading in the UK is done on exchanges such as Binance, Coinbase Pro, and Kraken – clients have access to established bots like Cryptohopper or 3commas if they do not wish to create their own. These bots cost around $20 per month, often require no installation, and can even alter the automated trading strategy based on market news.

Other Brokers

Many more brokers offer automated forex and stock trading with at least a public API – these include OandaDegiro, IQ option, IG, ZuluTrade, eToro, XTB, JForex, TradeStation, Trading 212, eTrade, Questrade, Fidelity, Zorro, Tradovate, and QuantShare. Brokers that offer useful tools such as a trading journal to keep track of algorithmic investments are beneficial.

Automated Trading Strategies

Time-Series Momentum/Mean Reversion

This concept, sometimes called trend-following, involves using the past price return of an asset to predict its future values. In time-series momentum, it is expected that the future price will follow the same trend as previously observed, and in mean-reversion it is anticipated to go in the opposite direction.

Dollar-Cost Averaging

This strategy involves investing money into an asset bit by bit instead of all at once, to reduce the effect of volatility. By using smaller and similar amounts periodically, you could avoid investing all your capital at high price points.

Day Trading Automation

Many day trading approaches can be automated, including popular systems like the gap-up momentum strategy. This idea is used when a financial instrument opens considerably higher or lower than it closed on the previous day, which generates momentum that can be exploited as not all instruments will keep rising.

Clients can evaluate the viability of their automated trading strategies using backtesting, which applies the set parameters to previous market data.

How To Start Automated Trading

Clients should start by selecting a broker, and taking into account how much automation they want readily available. For example, Interactive Brokers clients can create automated strategies without involving any code, whereas traders with brokers like Robinhood would have to be experienced in programming languages to use algorithmic methods.

After signing up with the chosen broker and depositing funds, your strategies can be operational straight away. Beginners might first consider copy trading, which is an automated form of execution that copies the orders of other investors with a successful track record. This does not require the more complex set up of a trading robot and may make clients more comfortable with the risk associated with an automated process.

It’s also worth checking out the multiple books and online courses available to get a boosting approach to automated trading.

Pros Of Automated Trading

  • Reduces emotional impact – where humans may become hesitant after losing trades or over-confident after winning, bots simply adhere to the predetermined criteria and execute orders when these are met
  • Faster and simultaneous order execution – bots can place trades more rapidly than humans, operate 24/7 and execute multiple orders at once which is critical in fast-moving markets
  • Backtesting – applying the strategy you have developed to historical data allows you to assess the validity of the set parameters, which can help to improve profits by fixing issues before trading with real funds
  • Diverse portfolio – as bots can monitor several assets, markets, and strategies at once it encourages the traders’ portfolio to widen and also mitigates risk as capital is spread over many instruments
  • Legal – UK laws do not prohibit the use of automated trading strategies

Cons Of Automated Trading

  • Monitoring still required – automated systems are vulnerable to IT issues like internet crashes just as a computer operating manual trading would be, and as such should be monitored so any problems can be rectified swiftly
  • Needs technical knowledge and experience – automation requires considerable trading and programming expertise, and it is best to consider especially as a beginner whether it would be beneficial compared to manual strategies
  • Perfecting strategies in backtesting – testing your automated system and adjusting it to be entirely profitable based on previous market data is not a guarantee that it will fare well as a live strategy, and so initial automated trades should always be relatively small

Final Word On Automated Trading

Automated trading systems, or bots, work by adhering to a pre-programmed set of parameters and will execute orders if the parameters are met. Markets like cryptocurrency and forex are popular with these algorithm bots, alongside platforms such as MT4. Bots can be created from scratch using languages like Python or can be purchased and optimised using software. Although these strategies remove the human emotional aspects of trading and can execute orders simultaneously 24/7, they require a lot of technical expertise, and orders must still be checked frequently.

FAQs

How Does Automated Trading Work?

Algorithms follow pre-defined instructions to scan the financial markets and execute trades based on specific criteria. This allows for the automatic opening and closing of trades in line with a trader’s specific strategy. Online systems still need careful development and monitoring.

What Types Of Automated Trading Systems Exist?

Automated trading algorithms can follow different strategies, from following detailed technical analysis to acting upon major news events. Copy trading is also a form of automated trading that will see the positions and strategies of successful investors automatically followed.

Is Automated Trading Legit?

Yes, automated trading is a legitimate way to invest in the financial markets. In fact, up to 80% of certain markets, such as FX, are thought to be automated. Institutional investors, in particular, use sophisticated algorithms to approach the markets. Retail traders are quickly realising its potential too.

How Do I Start Automated Trading?

To get started automated trading, you’ll first need to sign up with a broker that offers auto trading. You can then buy pre-built expert advisors or trading bots. Alternatively, you can use software, such as MT4 and MT5, to build, test and deploy your own trading algorithms.

Will Automated Trading Make Me Money?

Automated trading is no shortcut to profits. Algorithms still require careful development and monitoring. The bots are only as good as the humans that have designed them. Left to their own devices without the proper supervision, trading bots can accumulate losses. It’s therefore important to have a careful risk management strategy with alerts and halts in place.

Should I Start Using Automated Trading?

Automated trading isn’t for everyone. However, for those with established manual strategies that want to automate to save time and increase volumes, it could work. Buying established trading bots may also suit beginners who don’t have time to analyse the markets and want to see how successful strategies operate and perform on the forex market, for example.

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