DEFINITION of 'Forex Signal System'

A forex signal system is a set of analyses that a forex trader uses to determine whether to buy or sell a currency pair at any given time. Forex signal systems could be based on technical analysis charting tools or news-based events. The day trader's currency trading system is usually made up of a multitude of signals that work together to create a buy or sell decision.

Forex trading signals are available for free, for a fee or are developed by the traders themselves.

BREAKING DOWN 'Forex Signal System'

Forex signal systems can create executions that are either manual or automated. A manual system involves a trader sitting at the computer screen, looking for signals and interpreting whether to buy or sell. An automated trading system involves the trader "teaching" the software what signals to look for and how to interpret them. It is thought that automated trading removes the psychological element that is detrimental to a lot of traders.

Signals can come from other currency pairs, bond prices, commodity prices, and stock prices. For example, a day trader may have a signal that when a certain stock index trades through its 100 or 200-day moving average their signal says they should sell a particular currency pair. 


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