Social Trading Overview
Pepperstone has partnered with numerous social trading platforms for forex and CFD traders who wish to follow and copy trades made by others. Sometimes referred to as "copy trading", Social Trading is a recent innovation to Forex and CFD trading.
What is Social Trading?
Social trading is a fairly recent development in the forex markets whereby traders follow and copy trades made by others, direct into their Pepperstone trading account. Essentially, Social Trading may be an ideal service for traders who are interested in the markets yet may be short of time or education, or just simply wish to have someone else trade on their behalf. It’s also praised for being cost-effective due to it not involving any performance or admin fees being charged that can be common with fund managers in other asset classes.
Why Social Trading?
We believe part of the reason MetaTrader remains so popular with traders is because of its ability to automate trades easily. You might be thinking you like the forex markets but don't know enough about them or don't have enough time to trade. Or perhaps you might be trading another asset class and wish to diversify into forex and CFDs. Here are five of the top reasons traders have found social trading to be beneficial for them:
- Low start-up costs: You don't necessarily need to have a large starting deposit to begin trading with automated signals or copy trading. Some providers allow you to start with as little as $200.
- Diversifying your risk: Because you can allocate different strategy providers with certain social trading platforms, there is an ability to diversify risk rather than rely on a single provider.
- Benchmarking your performance: You might be successfully trading using your own strategies and just wish to see whether you can beat the performance of other traders through social trading. A bit of competition can be beneficial to your trading.
- Save on fees: Traditional money management with experienced traders can sometimes attract administration fees or performance fees for example. Social trading providers can often charge a fixed fee, or fees in the way of slightly wider trading spreads.
- Verified results: Certain social trading websites only publish/work with traders who are on live accounts. That means there's no demo or virtual accounts being used and there is a clear track record of results (often with the products they traded) over a designated time period for you to make a decision with which one you prefer.
Risks of Social Trading
There are a number of inherent risks associated with social trading which you should consider carefully before taking up a signal or copy trading services. These risks include the following:
- Trusting a third party: you're relying entirely on the signal provider's judgement and trading decisions, whilst retaining all the liability for the activities (including losses incurred) on your account.
- The internet isn’t perfect: as with all technology applications there are inherent weaknesses and the operating system is dependent on third parties managing their connection to Pepperstone servers. Trading over the internet using any social/copy trading application may be disrupted, resulting in unanticipated losses that may be in excess of your account balances.
- Data not verified: you have no way of validating the data that's being provided with the signals you receive. For example, you won't be able to tell whether the provider's quoted draw-down rates are accurate.
- Volume-based incentives: some providers receive rebates that are paid to them based on the trading volumes of the people that receive their services. This means that your chosen provider may be incentivised to get you to trade more, regardless of whether doing so beneficial for you.
- No consideration of your personal situation: social/copy trading services don't take into account your personal financial objectives, circumstances or needs.
- All signal or copy trading services available via this website are provided by third parties.*
How does Social Trading Work?
If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to sign up for a Pepperstone Live Account, as well as with one of the Social Trading platforms found below. Depending on which provider you choose, you may need to submit your Pepperstone Login and Master or Investor (read only) password for them to start copying the trades into your account. You may also be required to sign a document stating that you wish for them to trade on the account. Any trader you choose to follow will typically have their trades automatically copied into the account and you can view the account in real time using read-only access.
Want to learn more? Feel free to contact our expert Support team if you had any questions on Social Trading or how to get started…
Pepperstone works with the following social trading companies/platforms:
*IMPORTANT NOTICE: The information and analysis provided via social trading applications is produced by third parties without alteration or verification by Pepperstone and Pepperstone accepts no responsibility for their performance. Pepperstone does not represent that the information is accurate, current, or complete and you should not rely on it as such. We encourage you to seek independent advice before investing in any social trading products or services.