how long to stay on demo

nahiyar

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Having so much patience with demo you can do it for 1 year but it is almost impossible. As human nature is he wants results and results are not shown in hand on demo accounts. Traders hardly do demo practice for a couple of months then they want actual money, profit in hand. The main thing is yur learning when you learned enough in months and apply carefully on live trading you can do parallel demo trading for advanced skill and real trading to get real experience.
 

bigdolly

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6 month is not enough for any method. You have to demo any method for at least 1 full financial year. There are times when the market is behaving exactly like you want but there are times when it goes totally wrong.
Yes it can be changes in volatility or reversal of the trend (or emergence of a new one). We have to adjust our trading strategies to shifts in fundamentals before estimating their performance.
 

RachelEB

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In essence trade demo as long as you need to.

Personally if your brand new, demo is about learning how the software works and to use it initially. Then to practice as you learn the skills of trading and finally when you start developing your strategy, use it to test thoroughly that your trading edge is effective. How long that takes each person is an individual thing.

Don't jump into a massive account either, as trading live with real money doesn't just switch over as the human brain is another hurdle to overcome. Take on a small account and compound it up so you learn to control your emotions as you go.
 

georgequayle

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Hi there.

I'm still a newbie. I've been reading through a lot of posts and the consensus is to definitely demo trade before even thinking about using or losing my cash. For those avid traders, how long did you trade on a demo account before moving over to a live account. I know I can't base my timeline on any other individual's experience....but would just like to hear a few suggestions :)
until youre comfortably making profits
 

momo3HC

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6 month is not enough for any method. You have to demo any method for at least 1 full financial year. There are times when the market is behaving exactly like you want but there are times when it goes totally wrong.
Other way is to back test it but i`m not really sure how efficient it is.
 

bigdolly

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I have been trading on Hotforex demo for 6 months before I went live. I think it is sufficient time to learn functionality and create your own basic trading strategy and money management rules.
 

walpants

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there just isnt a time limit you can put on it, everyone is different, i went live with a small account quite quickly but tbh im still not really profitable so maybe i made the wrong decision
 

bigdolly

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I think 3 months is enough especially if you learn lessons from your mistakes. But still demo platform is useful to backtest trading strategies I should say it's a really powerful tool if you understand significance of statistics and probability in trading.
 
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