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Using a Forex Demo Account is one of the best ways to become a successful forex trader. It could be the most important thing for you to do before you trade your own money.

You may be asking why use a demo account when you can start using a real live forex account straight away?

While it is understandable that many traders will opt to trade using a live forex account right away, there is merit in using a forex demo account, particularly if you are a beginner trader.

One way to look at forex demo account is to consider it as a test drive – similar to when you’re buying a new car. You go on a test drive to have a ‘feel’ for the new car, to familiarise yourself with its features and to see how you can manoeuvre it in different traffic conditions.

So, just like you won’t buy any vehicle without testing it, it is a great idea to use a forex demo account before you commit real trading capital.

Top 6 benefits of using a Forex Demo Account

Let’s look at the top 6 benefits of using forex demo accounts. These will also help in understanding the proper way to use and the important role of a demo trading account in your trading success.

  • Allows you to learn more about the trading platform – while most online trading platforms such as MT4 are easy to use, it takes some time to know their features and capabilities. If you use a forex demo account, you can explore and familiarise yourself with all the trading tools within the platform. If you are adept in using a particular trading platform – whether a desktop platform or a mobile trading platform – you will have more confidence in placing trades when you start trading a live account. There is no doubt the trading platform is one of the most important trading tools you need as it is where you place your trades. So it is critical you know your trading platform inside out. Here are some of key features of a trading platform you need to explore while using a demo MT4 account:

  • The main MT4 indicators
  • Placing a trade and a stop loss and profit taking order
  • Instrument overview including the Market Watch and Trade Terminals
  • Economic calendar
  • News items
  • Market analysis tools
  • Gives you better understanding of the trading environment – when you use an MT4 demo, you can analyse the different market conditions – e.g. ranging markets, volatile market, rising or falling markets - without the stress and worry of losing your trading capital.

    Whether you’re trading the Forex Majors, CFDs, Indices, cryptocurrencies or soft commodities, it’s vital you understand the different market situations so you can adjust your trading accordingly.

    One thing to remember with trading – when you’re faced with real market conditions - is it involves significant risk. The better prepared you are in managing risk through a demo, the better equipped you will be in dealing with various market scenarios. Keep in mind each market situation brings trading opportunities as well as a certain level of risk, so you better be equipped to deal with both.

  • Allows you to test different trading strategies – there is no doubt you need different trading strategies when dealing with a dynamic market like the global forex market. Given the size, liquidity and natural volatility of this market, you need to have a variety of trading strategies to deal with different trading conditions. A demo account will allow you to test several strategies at a time to see how they perform. You can then trade whichever is appropriate for a particular market scenario. For example, on Metatrader 4, you can test the various Expert Advisors (EAs) to make your trading more efficient.

  • Helps you deal with emotions – it’s been said that being a trader is one of the most challenging things a person can do. Knowing and dealing with the markets is a constant learning experience as you are dealing with people and emotions. While fear and greed are the most predominant emotions in trading, there are other emotions you need to deal with every trading day. Using an FX demo can help you manage your emotions before you start trading a live account.

  • Familiarise yourself with different order types – while most trading platforms offer the same capabilities, they still have different features, layouts and other details you need to get familiar with if you want to trade more efficiently. A FX demo account will allow you to learn about these features in more detail without being bogged down by the pressure of getting in or out of a trade in real time. You must learn how to place At Market, Limit and Stop Loss Orders.

    Forex brokers may offer different order types, spreads and levels of leverage. Different trading instruments such as FX, CFDs, Indices, Bitcoin CFDs, Commodities and precious metals may also involve different contract sizes, leverage and spreads. The more familiar you are with the different order types the more you will be more efficient with you trading.

  • Helps you protect your trading capital – the biggest benefit of using a demo trading account is you are able to protect and preserve your trading capital while learning to trade. The fact you are using ‘virtual’ money when you’re trading on a demo account means you won’t incur any real losses. For some traders, knowing there is very little or no risk of loss when using a demo account is a big factor.

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Smart Traders Choose Synergy FX

Our leading Forex Education Portal comes second to none in the industry.

Your free exclusive membership will give you access to resources that can help you learn forex and will empower you with knowledge to enable you to strengthen your trading skills.

Our global fibre-obtic network servers are configured multi-homed backbone connectivity for extra reliability and outstanding network performance.

Our liquidity comes from 20 global banks, all competing for your order – making for lighting-fast matching and the best pricing at all times.

Our liquidity providers include IS Prime, LMAX and Global Prime.

Given all the benefits of using a demo MT4 trading account, one thing to keep in mind is not all accounts are created equal.

For example, at Synergy FX, when you open your demo you can get instant free access to our exclusive education portal. This provides valuable tools and resources including educational videos, access to forex news and analysis, economic calendar, key market events and forex market data.

Not only do you get access to our full suite of trading resources but you can call upon our team for assistance as well. Everyone on our team are experienced in the Forex markets and can help you trade more confidently and efficiently.

For those of you who would like to setup their demo using a Forex VPS service, we can assist you there as well.

Is a Forex Demo Account for everyone?

Many people think that a forex demo account is only for new traders. But the fact is demo accounts can be helpful to more advanced and active traders as well. A demo is suitable for all investors and traders.

How?

By using demo accounts to test different trading strategies. It is a well-know fact that markets move in different directions. And some markets are more volatile than others.

Professional traders build a handful of trading systems to take advantage of opportunities across different market conditions.

And by using forex demo accounts, they can put their strategies to the test before allocating any capital.

Limitations of a Forex Demo Account

Like the training wheels that are good at the start (when kids were learning to ride a bike) but could be a hindrance to their full potential, there is a time for you as a trader when you need to give up the forex demo account. 

This is because demo accounts have their own limitations. Here are some of the downside of a forex demo account:

The biggest drawback of a demo account is no matter how much you make in a demo account, it’s not your money.

You need a real live trading account to capture trading opportunities which can help grow your account.

Get started and boost your trading success by starting a forex demo account here. If you are ready to start a live trading account, click the Open Live Account button below or give the team a call today on +61 2 8274 2600.

  • Limited features unlike real live trading accounts – for example, you may only be able to use a few indicators instead of the whole suite of charting, technical analysis, fundamental analysis and other trading tools. Some demo accounts only give delayed price feeds, which can be limiting if you want to monitor real-time price movements. This may also be limiting if you want to do extensive market analysis as some demo accounts only provide limited access to certain market data.

  • Execution speed is different from demo to live –Execution speed on demo accounts may also vary from live trading accounts, which is another big consideration for your trading. Ideally, you want to know the demo account feed is the same as the live account

  • Limited software settings that limit what you can trade - for example, you may only be able to access a small number of currency pairs when you use a demo account, whereas a live trading account will give you access to the full range of currencies, commodities and other instruments available on the platform.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have A Question? Check Out These FAQs

Q2) Do you offer Forex education? +

Absolutely, yes – we have built a comprehensive membership learning centre containing video tutorials, a number of training guides, ebooks and access to webinars. Our training centre one of a kind and available to you for free.

Q3) Are demo and live accounts identical? +

Yes – they’re identical in terms of how they work and the prices they show. The only difference is that trades on demo accounts are executed on our server, while live account trades are executed on the interbank markets. As a result, the fill prices may be slightly different due to the available liquidity on the interbank markets.

Q4) What account types do you offer? +

We offer a Standard Account and an ECN Account, allowing you to choose whichever best suits your trading style.

With our Standard Account you benefit from competitive market pricing, no commission to pay, and a minimum deposit of just $500.

Our ECN account gives you direct access to our tier-1 liquidity providers for some of the tightest spreads in the market. The minimum deposit is $1,000, and we charge a small commission per trade.

We also have an Expert Feed for professional traders who regularly trade in large volumes. Contact us for more information.

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