Grid Trading

DEFINITION of 'Grid Trading'

A foreign exchange trading technique that seeks to capitalize on normal price volatility in currency markets by placing buy and sell orders at certain regular intervals above and below a predefined base price. Such buy and sell orders, generally spaced at 10- or 15-pip intervals, create a trading grid.

BREAKING DOWN 'Grid Trading'

The biggest advantages of grid trading are that it requires little forecasting of market direction, and can be easily automated. Major drawbacks, however, are the possibility of incurring large losses if stop-loss limits are not adhered to, and the complexity associated with running multiple positions in a large grid.