The current trend in forex trading system development is in the area of software development that will help increase the information available to you the trader in order to improve your trading decisions. The problem with some of these software programs is that not all of them work in the trader's best interest. One quick example of this are the so-called "forex robot" software trading systems.
These forex software programs require that your computer be on 24-hours a day without the computer crashing or missing a trade. For most traders, this is a virtual impossibility. Some of these robots have programmed stops as opposed to set stops, which means if your robot was ever down and missed a stop, you could lose a lot of money. While automated trading systems like this sound good on the surface, there can be some significant risks and liabilities to actually using them.
On the other hand, there are other software systems that help you to determine when a potentialally profitable trade is first forming so that you can make a better informed decision on whether or not you want to participate in the trade. They'll tell you what currency pairs look ripe for profit, when to enter, what to look for during the trading period, and what signs to use as an exit indicator. Some even tell you where to place your stop-loss as well as when to move it to the breakeven point.
The best of these forex software system trading programs will focus on only a few departments pairs, finding the most quickly shifting pairs, and allowing you to pick and choose among the most profitable of trades. In other words, you're the one in control of trading your money and not a trading robot. In the current September 2009 forex market, the trading pair of US dollars to Great British pounds is particularly volatile, with the pound taking a beating as it goes up and down in relationship to the dollar. Knowing when to get in and how long to stay in on these trades is making some people hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you are interested in profiting from forex software system trading, use common sense in checking these systems out. There are only a few trading pairs during any given session that may yield a profit. If you know which trading pairs to focus on, then you're half home to success. The next step is being able to determine when the pair is volatile enough to merit a trade and how to handle the up and the down side of the trade. If the forex trading software you're using is giving you valid information of this kind, then it's only a matter of time before you're making profitable trades.