Scalping is in high demand nowadays. Many forex brokers frown upon scalpers, but not us. We are always looking for talented scalpers.
Definition of Forex Scalping
Scalping in FX usually involves opening and closing a position in seconds or minutes for a few pips of profit. Even though scalping involves the use of leverage and higher leverage means higher risk, the short period of time a scalper is in a trade decreases the exposure risk that's inherent in trading or investing due to the holding of a position. If done correctly, it provides this additional degree of "risk control" that is not even present in regular day trading.
Why Don't Most Brokerage Firms Like Scalpers?
Because many brokers are making money trading against their clients through their dealing desks. Yes; this is still legal in FX. While this might not affect as much regular traders (even day traders) that stay in a trade for hours or days, scalpers are another breed of trader. The profitability of scalping currencies can be drastically reduced if the correct brokerage firm is not used. The small percentage of successful scalpers are usually "kicked out" by one foreign exchange broker after another.
If you have used a scalping strategy successfully in the past, you probably know the feeling (Click Here if you are a successful scalper that wants to be allowed to trade freely, whether for yourself or for other customers – we always have customers that are willing to fund profitable scalpers).
Scalping Platforms – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Scalpers use all sorts of platforms to scalp currencies, but probably one of the most common is MetaTrader 4 (a.k.a., MT4). MT4 is made by a Russian company and has become sort of the "de facto standard" among many FX day traders. The problem in using MT4 for scalping has nothing to do with the platform itself, but with the unscrupulous brokers that license the software and offer it to their clients (See the explanation earlier on brokers that trade against their customers).
For MT4 to be used to scalp the forex market without any limitations or restrictions, an ECN- or STP-type feed must be used. We offer STP (straight through processing) execution to accommodate extreme day trading or scalping.
Scalping Robots – Man versus Machine?
While many scalpers trade manually, advancements in computing technology and powerful trading platforms like MT4 have given birth to another breed of scalper: the system trader or automated scalper. Many scalpers create robots or trading algorithms that are fully or partially automated, increasing execution efficiency and available trading opportunities. Whether you scalp currencies manually or let a computer do it for you, click here to see what we have to offer.
How Does a Scalping Strategy Look Like?
Scalping strategies or systems in FX vary greatly. True scalping strategies all try to minimize losses to relatively small amounts and they are all in the market a relatively short period of time. Some traders claim to have a system to scalp, but instead allow losing positions to "bleed" for a long period of time with the hope of liquidating them at a future profit. That method of trading is not scalping and it's a sure path to disaster in FX Trading (Read, "Scalping Forex: 3 Simple Tips to Become Successful" for common sense advice to improve your chances of succeeding as a scalper).
Is Scalping Scalable?
One of the downsides of scalping in any market, not just Forex, is a lack of scalability. Scalping systems and traders who scalp cannot continue to increase their trade size linearly as their account size or assets under management (AUM) grow. Eventually, the size of the trades taken while Scalping will affect the overall profitability of the entire system, since more trade rejections and/or partial fills will be experienced.