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Trading Software

Reviewed by Bhavana | Updated on Jan 05, 2021


What is Trading Software All About?

Trading software aids financial product trading and analysis, such as stocks, options, futures, or currencies. Brokerage firms often provide commercial software to their clients to both place trades as well as to manage their accounts.

The software will be in a downloadable format and can be launched from a desktop or mobile device, or it may be web-based, where the trader accesses the software through a website on which they log in.

Traders can also buy third-party trading software which supplements or enhances the software rendered by brokerages.

Key Pointers

  • In addition to learning how to trade or invest, self-directed traders need to use and learn how to put their trading software into usage effectively.
  • Common trading software functions comprise technical analysis, order placement, automated trading, paper trading, and basic analysis.
  • Owing to declining transaction costs over the years, more traders and investors have switched to use self-directed trading accounts to do at least some of their own trading and research. This has increased the demand for software that offers trading capabilities, as well as the software's analytics and information resources.

How to Decide on a Trading Software?

Prior to deciding on trading software, the investors and traders will need to carefully consider what features they need. Active traders relying on automated trading systems may choose completely different trading software than an investor who is only looking for trading capacity.

Software applications may have different fee structures, characteristics of performance, and other factors that affect profitability.

Most of the brokers/software developers would require potential clients to check their software before agreeing to purchase it or opening an account with the broker. Clients can make the most of this by testing out several pieces of software. They can choose software based on the tools they like and the features they use. The broker's pros and cons (if applicable) and their commissions can then be weighed.

Trading software can provide users with asset pricing information, special order forms, basic data, charts, indicators for technical analysis, statistics, chat rooms, and other proprietary tools or functions used by brokers and software developers to attract traders to their service.

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