Best Forex Scalping System
There is much debate often on what is the best forex scalping system and I shall put an end to this debate by listing an unforgiving and demanding list of requirements that I believe a truly great trading system requires.
Let us make it clear at this stage that a forex scalping system is different from a forex scalping strategy. A system empowers the trader to effectively use the strategy. So without further ado, here’s the comprehensive list of requirements that the best forex scalping system should have :
1. Multiple Time Frame Analysis
One of the key requirements of making accurate trading decisions is not to have tunnel vision and simply look at one trading time horizon. An example of this is when you are too absorbed by what is happening on the 1 hour chart that you forget what is happening on all the other charts (1 minute, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 4 hours, 1 day, etc.). This very dangerous habit of tunnel vision is seen in the huge majority of traders because quite frankly, repeating your thorough analysis 7 different times just to get a whole full picture of what is happening is just too time consuming, tiring and troublesome.
This results in bad trading decisions and non-optimal trading decisions, of course. If your one hour analysis says that price is likely to be bullish (and let’s just say you are correct), but you don’t do your analysis on the 5 minute charts and realize that there’s a super strong bearish sentiment, this will likely result in you entering at a bad entry (although your 1 hour analysis was right) and realizing much less profits.
The same is true when you are bullish on the 1 hour chart but didn’t realize that the 4 hours chart just triggered a mega bearish move that would ultimately trigger your stop loss and cause you to lose a hefty sum.
It’s very simple : Imagine you’re crossing this terribly dangerous bridge
You have 2 options as you cross this bridge :
- You’re allowed to open your eyes after every 7 steps
- You’re allowed to open your eyes with every single step
Which will you pick? I’m pretty sure (for those who don’t have a death wish) that you would pick option 2, and that is exactly why trading with a full view of all the time frames is crucially important. Trading with just one time frame is as bad as going into the market blind or crossing this crazy bridge closing your eyes.
Where does the TFA Sniper stand with regards to having multiple time frames of analysis? It has a full 5 stars as it combines not only 1, nor 2, but 9 time frames of analysis for every trading decision you make.
2. Built-In Trade Manager
The next feature that is crucial for any good trading system is one that helps you manage your position before you enter it and when you have entered it. These features should be built-in so that it takes out the guesswork and the possibilities of human error when you enter into a position. Below are a couple of the crucial built-in trade management features a system should have :
2.1. Automatic Take Profit, Stop Loss and Breakeven
A lot of times when we have entered into a trade, our body freezes when it comes to tightening our stop loss and it’s our natural instinct to keep widening it as we have the fear of loss driving us to think that the market is just about to turn and go in our direction. Hence, it is crucial that the built-in trade manager automatically helps us to set our stop loss and adjust it to breakeven so that it doesn’t give us the chance to jeopardize our trading strategy by adjusting it.
Also, we tend to have the tendency to rush to take any small amounts of profit as soon as we see it appear. This is largely driven by our fear of loss too as we’re afraid of losing the profits that appears on the table. To overcome this, the built-in trade manager would have to automatically set a take profit level on a healthy predetermined risk to reward ratio based on your trading strategy.
I am glad to say that the TFA Enforcer has a built-in stop loss, take profit and breakeven feature that helps you become a better and more disciplined trader.
2.2. Automatic Spread and News Warning Filters
One of the hardest things to monitor when trading is the spread and potentially devastating news events. These 2 go hand-in-hand most of the time as when there are crazy news events, the spread tends to get really high and even though a valid trade entry is triggered, you are immediately put at a huge disadvantage because of the spread when you have entered into the trade.
So, the next key feature of a successful scalping trading system is one that has an in-built spread warning filter that doesn’t allow you to enter into a trade when the spread is too high. This prevents you from taking bad entries and saves you a ton of money (trust me).
On top of that, the trading system has to have an integrated news filter that prevents any trades from being taken based on the currency that would be affected by the strong news events. An example would be if there is an FOMC announcement, the USD would be greatly affected so all currency pairs with USD in them (EURUSD, USDJPY, NZDUSD, etc.) would automatically be prevented from taking any trades within a specified time frame before the news is announced.
In my searches, there isn’t a single system that is able to do all these at the moment and from that frustration, I have developed the world’s most intelligent spread and news filter system into the TFA Enforcer that monitors the spread every millisecond and doesn’t allow you to enter trades when it crosses a certain number (eg. if the spread goes above 3) and monitors the key news events from dailyfx so that it automatically disables all trading within 15 minutes of any strong news events.
Now, isn’t that awesome?
2.3. Automatic Trading
One of the best things to have is a system trade for you automatically while you do your work, sleep and go about your daily life.
The problem with this, however, is that for a system to be truly able to trade for you successfully, it has to be able to replicate the exact thought processes and factors you consider when taking a trade. We all know how complex the human mind is when it comes to processing information, and it is nearly impossible for a system to consider all those hundred and one factors when helping you take trades.
Unless, there are crystal clear entry rules and the system is built on a solid foundation, of course.
Many automated trading systems usually lack the intelligent logic to avoid trading during news releases, high spreads and use a single time frame to calculate their strategies. Most of the time, they are limited to just a couple of indicators (usually lagging ones) and fail to dynamically determine patterns, support/resistance confluence and adjust themselves smartly – resulting in almost all of them failing.
This is where the TFA Sniper is different, it not only uses the strong foundation it has built on detecting spread and news events, but also the ability to run an analysis over 9 time frames with leading indicators assessing over 1,188 variables in helping you decide when is the optimum levels of entry. It auto detects important patterns such as the flag formation which indicates the market’s overall momentum over 9 time frames and increases your risk to reward ratio when taking trades in the same direction as it. Very importantly – it uses resources very well allowing you to have 5 currency pairs with 9 time frames with 1,188 x 5 variables all shown in one single MT4 chart. If you did this on a normal indicator, your system would have crashed.
So there you go, the best forex scalping system must not only have an automated trading feature, but one that can intelligently adapt to the market, avoid dangerous times for trading, filter disadvantageous situations (like spreads) and concurrently scan 9 time frames for the best entries. Is there any other system besides the TFA Sniper that can do this? I don’t think so 🙂
3. Built on a Flexible Platform
The forex market is always evolving and one of the ways that we can give ourselves the best chance to constantly beat the forex market at its game is to constantly innovate with new strategies with the help of indicators.
MetaTrader 4, despite its limitations at times, has the biggest trading community in the forex world. Thousands of people code unique indicators every day and it is ever evolving. Most importantly, the data you get is free and many brokers allow you to run demos first to practice before you go live.
We have members who have developed their own forex scalping strategies with the combination of other indicators with the TFA System to great success and we expect this trend to continue. The TFA System by itself is a fantastic system and many have said it is the most advanced MT4 system they have ever seen, and when intelligently combined with the thousands of other indicators out there, proves to be a force that constantly wins the forex market at its game.
So you can see that the best forex scalping system has a lot more to do with how it enables you to trade your strategy well from a holistic point of view, instead of some simple bells and whistles that most other systems offer.
I hope this article has taught you the importance of choosing the correct forex scalping system and what to look out for when picking them. If you came here from the bootcamp page, just head back to our definitive guide on forex scalping and continue your brutally tough (tough love my friends) education there. 🙂