Downsides To Demo Accounts

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Demo trading may cause you to develop certain risk-loving behaviors that will surely ruin your live account in no time. It all comes down to trading psychology. Top Forex brokers will try to caution you against putting too much faith in trading results achieved with a demo account, mostly because such achievements are emotion-free. Since you don't risk real money in a Forex demo account, even with the best Forex trading platform, your results won't be reflective of what you could achieve under similar circumstances with a live trading account. Live trading brings emotional factors of greed and fear, which one must learn to control through experience. This is why we suggest that once you test-drive your Forex broker and gain some initial trading experience with a demo account, you open a live account with a minimum possible deposit, and move on with live trades with absolute minimum trade size, which is generally 0.01 lot in online Forex trading. Some of the best ECN Forex brokers accept initial deposit of as little as $100. Don't expect to turn it into a million dollars. You may lose a small amount of money this way, but the most you risk here is a small investment that will go a long way in helping you not only master your emotions, but also test the reliability and transparency of your Forex broker.
 

jimcarter

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Demo trading has some drawbacks, despite being designed and implemented to improve the trading experience:

1) Lack of Real-Time Consequences: Forex demo trading provides a virtual environment in which to trade with virtual money. This environment is opposed to real-time trading. The lack of risks makes it difficult for traders to accept the fact that one wrong move can completely derail their trade.
2) Unlimited Investments: Because demo trading accounts are virtual money, you can start every trade with a million dollars! Would you be able to do that in a real-world situation? Most traders will be working with their own money, and even the smallest mistake can cause them to lose it all. You're bound to lose control when you have unlimited potential at your disposal.
3) No Real-Time Market Fluctuations: A real-time Forex market fluctuates horribly and has enormous destructive potential; a demo trade, on the other hand, does not replicate this trait. You will be working worry-free on demo trades, as there will be no risk or loss to worry about. Real-time trades will be terrifying once this becomes a habit.
4) Inadequate Emotional Preparation: Dealing with risks, losing money, and trading in real-time all have emotional consequences. While exchanging currencies, each trader's heart is filled with either fear, greed, or confidence. Learning how to deal with these emotions is just as important as trading itself, and demo trading will not prepare you for it!
 

Resolve

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Demo trading has some drawbacks, despite being designed and implemented to improve the trading experience:

1) Lack of Real-Time Consequences: Forex demo trading provides a virtual environment in which to trade with virtual money. This environment is opposed to real-time trading. The lack of risks makes it difficult for traders to accept the fact that one wrong move can completely derail their trade.
2) Unlimited Investments: Because demo trading accounts are virtual money, you can start every trade with a million dollars! Would you be able to do that in a real-world situation? Most traders will be working with their own money, and even the smallest mistake can cause them to lose it all. You're bound to lose control when you have unlimited potential at your disposal.
3) No Real-Time Market Fluctuations: A real-time Forex market fluctuates horribly and has enormous destructive potential; a demo trade, on the other hand, does not replicate this trait. You will be working worry-free on demo trades, as there will be no risk or loss to worry about. Real-time trades will be terrifying once this becomes a habit.
4) Inadequate Emotional Preparation: Dealing with risks, losing money, and trading in real-time all have emotional consequences. While exchanging currencies, each trader's heart is filled with either fear, greed, or confidence. Learning how to deal with these emotions is just as important as trading itself, and demo trading will not prepare you for it!
We will need to understand the subtle amount of difference between trading in the Demo and the Real trading accounts.
 
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We will need to understand the subtle amount of difference between trading in the Demo and the Real trading accounts.
We should be able to understand the purpose of a demo account. Demo Accounts are not built for developing excellent trading skills in a trader. But they were built to have a good understanding about the working of the trading platform and market environment.
 
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Very good point. Demo accounts are great and I think everyone should start with one, but there are some blind spots there that can affect people when they go live. Being aware of the key differences is one step to being more informed and having a better chance to avoid that.
 

Dora_WalletInvestor

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In my opinion the key is to just use demo accounts with the awareness that you may face more challenges on a real account, and be extra careful when transitioning from one to the other. Even with the downsides of using demo, it is still a useful option for beginners.
 

Resolve

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In my opinion the key is to just use demo accounts with the awareness that you may face more challenges on a real account, and be extra careful when transitioning from one to the other. Even with the downsides of using demo, it is still a useful option for beginners.
When we can learn more about the use of the Demo based trading accounts our income from such trades can also get more.