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Even though the foreign exchange market was always popular but because of the internet trading online forex brokers its popularity was way more increased. It is important for the readers to understand what demo accounts are usually used for and after that its pros and cons will be easier to understand. 


Demo accounts are usually used by the traders to learning how to use your trading tool, to better understand how to put a stop to loss, and take advantage of trade, to identify how to scale a trade, as well as how to use stop distance, spread, and leverage, and how these factors impact risk and account balance. Moreover, it plays an important role in getting a sense of the uncertainty, operating hours, and various timeframes and observing the impact of news events on market fluctuations. 

Advantages of using Demo Accounts

The use of demo accounts have several advantages and some of them are: 


To see if you like trading currencies – A forex demo account should be used for those who are new to trading cryptocurrencies or trading, in general, to see how they are psychologically and emotionally prepared for the rigors of forex trading. Everyone is different, and some people may love currency trading while others may find it to be inappropriate for their likes, attitudes, or lifestyles.


No risk while trading – Novices who are also trying to swap currencies also feel much more comfortable risking their real money in the market if they have the opportunity to practice first. A demo account helps them to bring their experience into practice in a situation that is as similar to real life as possible without losing their real money. This encourages them to make normal beginner mistakes while learning without having to account for the repercussions themselves.


To Practice Good Money Management Techniques – Learning to apply well-established money management concepts is one of the keys to long-term performance in forex trading. A demo account enables a young or seasoned trader to fully exercise those tactics on actual exchange rate fluctuations and see for themselves how the usual gains are reflected in simulated currency earnings in their demo account.


Practicing on managing your emotions – For certain people, one of the most daunting facets of trading is learning how to handle their emotional reactions to winning and losing while using a demo account to trade Forex, in a manner that facilitates overall profitability. Fear, greed, and hope are all-natural psychological reactions to winning and losing money, and how well you do with them will always tell the difference between a good forex trader and a loser.


Testing new trading strategy without risking your own funds – Wise seasoned traders and beginner traders alike would want to test the effectiveness of every new trading technique they create before bringing it into operation in a live trading environment. This helps them to become accustomed to following the procedure and iron out any glitches that can emerge when real-time exchange rate fluctuations occur.


To check the broker’s services – Demo traders also have access to exclusive client features, educational and news services, and customer care departments of forex brokers willing to have you open a live trading account with them. This is a perfect way to evaluate the standard of the broker’s overall services before investing some actual trading funds to guarantee that they are the kind of trading partner you choose to deal with.

Disadvantages of Demo accounts 

While demo trading may provide tremendous benefits to both new and seasoned forex traders, some traders find the experience to be lacking in many respects. The following are some of the more famous drawbacks of forex demo trading:


Limited Funds and Duration – Many digital forex brokers would restrict the number of virtual funds that can be extracted or transferred into a demo account to the amount that was originally set up for it. Demo accounts, on the other hand, often have a specified time period after which they expire. This could result in your demo trading records being deleted or terminated at a moment that is inconvenient for you.


Different trading conditions – While demo trading seems to be quite practical and uses real-time exchange rate data, the reality of trading can be very different, particularly during the rapid markets that accompany major economic data releases or major news event updates.


Re-quotes May Be Less Frequent Than in Live Trading – Some online brokers, similar to order slippage, can minimize or even exclude re-quotes from their prototype trading systems in order to draw new clients. Since the price often swings as orders are being submitted, re-quotes are a normal, usually unwelcome, fact for forex traders using live accounts.


Execution Time – Since demo account trading does not occur in actual trades, the execution rate does not matter as much as it does in a real deal. This can result in quicker execution times in demo accounts, while actual account execution times can vary depending on market dynamics and could have one or two re-quotes in fast markets.


Do not have real consequences – While learning trading can be a good way to learn how to prevent typical trading errors, some people don’t seem to recall their lessons as well when no money is at stake. This will lead to the creation of unfavorable trading patterns, which must be overcome in order for a trader to gain long-term success while trading in a live account.


Different emotional responses – In order to transact effectively, you must first learn to regulate your emotional reactions. Since people can mentally brush off the simulated gains and losses accruing in their demo account, this important lesson is often only learned by actually making or losing real money.


Personal Information – For different reasons, you do not want to reveal all of the private details that a forex broker may need when opening an account or using a trial account to check out a new forex broker. Using fake personal information and a new email address for communication will normally solve this drawback.

Summing It Up 

Finally, to summarize, the above-mentioned characteristics showed that using a demo account has multiple advantages and disadvantages simultaneously. On the one hand, the advantages of it are very important for the trader as it gives the trader opportunity to experience the process without risking their own money and funds and better use the strategy for the real trading process. However, some of the disadvantages are connected to the issues such as personal information, different trading environments, and consequences might also be different. Thus, deciding whether to try or not using it absolutely depends on the trader and its expectations or abilities before starting the trading process.

Giorgi a long-time tech, marketing, and fintech enthusiast. He writes about a whole bunch of topics but mostly focusing on digital business performance, popular fintech, and other digital tools that can be used in this industry. He also likes dabbling in some crypto-related articles as well as social commentary and tech reviews.

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