What Software Do You Need for Trading?

Choosing an effective trading platform is one of the main trader’s tasks. Learn more about MetaTrader 4, 5, and FBS Trader and their differences.

This article provides an overview of technical trading tools for the Forex market. It also answers some commonly asked questions about trading platforms and provides an outlook on the most important technical tools you will encounter on your trading journey.

Purposes of Using Trading Platforms

A trading platform is the primary communication bridge between you and the broker. In simple terms, there is no forex trading without a trading platform, and it is used for everything. However, the most popular purposes are:

  • Analysis and trading. Trading platforms are primarily used for analyzing and trading financial instruments, such as Forex, metals, crypto, stocks, and commodities. The platforms provide traders with various tools, such as technical indicators, charting tools, and news feeds to help on the way.
  • Trading strategies, videos, and other content to help you be on the edge of trading knowledge. The best way for a trader to be successful is to understand the market better than the majority. Education is here to help with that.
  • Risk management. Simply put, with a trading platform, you can set Stop Loss and Take Profit orders, which help minimize losses and protect profits. In addition, some platforms also offer margin and leverage controls, which can help traders manage their overall risk exposure.
  • Automated trading: Some trading platforms can automate trades using expert advisors (EAs) and trading robots. This can help traders streamline their trading strategy and save time for other activities.
  • News feed and an economic calendar. Isn’t it convenient to have everything you need in one place? Putting the economic calendar into a trading platform is a great way to make your decisions faster.

How to Choose The Right Trading Platform

Here are some vital factors to help you select the appropriate trading platform.


Availability refers to the accessibility of the trading platform. It is crucial to ensure that the platform is available 24/7 and has minimal downtime so that you can access it whenever you need to make a trade. In case of technical difficulties, the platform should have a customer support system that is easily accessible and can resolve issues on time.


Reliability is also an essential factor to consider choosing a trading platform. You want to make sure that the platform is secure and that your personal information and trades are protected. Additionally, the platform should have a solid track record and be transparent about its operations and policies. This can help build trust and confidence in the platform and the trades made through it.


It is an important aspect of a trading platform as it directly impacts your ability to make profitable trades. The platform should have a user-friendly interface and offer a wide range of tools and features to help you make informed decisions. This includes charting tools, real-time market data, and an order types variety. Additionally, it should provide a seamless and efficient trading experience, allowing you to execute trades quickly and effectively.

Software and Forex Tools for Trading

All you need to trade currencies is Internet access and software for trading. Several options are available: to get the software created by the chosen broker or use the world-known trading platform MetaTrader.

FBS Trader

FBS Trader is a trading platform from FBS, a worldwide trading broker. Trading is our passion, and we want to make FBS Trader as great for traders as possible. In the app, you can find the economic calendar, easy switching between accounts, hundreds of trading instruments, and many more, all packed in the user-friendly interface. FBS Trader may be the best cryptocurrency trading platform because you can easily switch between accounts right in the app.

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In the app, you can easily manage your finances via the Finances page. Make deposits and withdrawals here too! Crypto trading is available 24/7 while the Forex market is open 24/5, and the app has minimal downtime. Risk-management tools are here as well. With FBS Trader, you can trade anywhere and anytime.

The app is available to download via App Store and Google Play.


Trading platforms for Forex are called MetaTrader 4 and 5 (also called MT4 and MT5). They are the best Forex trading platforms. You can easily download them from the official website or go to our page to learn about various trading platform options. You can also watch a video tutorial on downloading, installing, and login into MetaTrader to work with your favorite broker.

As a broker, FBS offers great Forex tools for trading, including mobile MT4 and MT5. These mobile apps for Android are simple to use yet powerful trading platforms. They give access to the most popular trading instruments right from your pocket.

A trading platform is a place where traders can make money online. You can use it to view and analyze the charts of financial instruments and make your trades. Below you can see an example of the terminal window.

Trading terminal window

MT4 vs. MT5

One frequently asked question among beginner traders is what MetaTrader to choose – the 4th or the 5th version?

Many think MT5 is just an upgrade of MT4, but it’s not really true. MT4 is tailored for Forex and CFDs trading, while MT5 provides traders access to these instruments and stocks. MetaTrader 5, on the whole, offers a greater number of instruments.

Let’s compare two versions of the trading platform to see the difference.

MT5 offers a greater number of timeframes.

For example, 11 different types of minute charts and 7 hourly timeframes exist. Overall, MetaTrader 5 has 21 timeframes, while MetaTrader 4 has only 9.

If you like analyzing and trading multiple timeframes, MT5 is a perfect choice for you.

MT5 has more types of pending orders.

MT4 has four types of pending orders: Buy Limit, Buy Stop, Sell Limit, and Sell Stop. In MT5, there are two more: buy stop-limit and sell stop-limit.

Both MetaTrader versions have lots of analytical tools.

MetaTrader 4 has 30 built-in indicators, over 2 000 free custom indicators and 700 paid ones, as well as 24 analytical objects.

MT5 offers 38 technical indicators and 44 graphic objects. It’s also possible to download additional indicators.

Unlike MT4, MT5 has a built-in economic calendar you can access easily.

Hedging is allowed in both terminals. Both platform versions work with Expert Advisors (EA trading robots) and technical indicators.

Overall, MetaTrader 4 is a much simpler software for trading. It’s great for beginners and those traders who want to focus on the Forex market in a rather simple interface. Also, you can automate your trading with expert advisors (EA) and trading robots. MT4 is the best solution for algo trading due to its popularity.

MetaTrader 5, on the other hand, is the best choice for traders who need in-depth analysis and a wider range of trading instruments.

Questions about trading platforms

How Do I Find the Best Trading Platform for Forex?

To find the best trading platform for Forex, you can research different platforms, read reviews, and compare their features, fees, and security. You can also get recommendations from experienced Forex traders.

Can Software for Trading Generate Profit?

Software for trading can provide market analysis and support, but it cannot guarantee profits. Trading success depends on several factors, such as market conditions, strategy, and personal discipline.

What Software Do Traders Use?

Traders use various software, including MetaTrader 4, 5, and FBS Trader, to name a few. The choice of software depends on individual trading goals, preferences, and the trading type.

Can I Use Trading Platforms for Free?

The most popular trading platform, MetaTrader 4 and 5, is free of charge. However, you can buy EA (expert advisors) and other tweaks for your platform. FBS Trader is completely free and will stay free.


In conclusion, a trading platform is an essential tool for a trader as it provides access to financial instruments and serves as a communication bridge between the trader and the broker. A decent trading platform should include analysis tools, trading education, risk management options, a news feed, and an economic calendar.

We consider availability, reliability, and functionality the main factors for deciding on the platform. Ultimately, the right platform will depend on the trader's needs and preferences, but both FBS Trader and MetaTrader offer excellent options for all your trading needs.

Frequently asked questions

  • How to start trading?

    If you are 18+ years old, you can join FBS and begin your FX journey. To trade, you need a brokerage account and sufficient knowledge on how assets behave in the financial markets. Start with studying the basics with our free educational materials and creating an FBS account. You may want to test the environment with virtual money with a Demo account. Once you are ready, enter the real market and trade to succeed.

  • How to open an FBS account?

    Click the 'Open account' button on our website and proceed to the Trader Area. Before you can start trading, pass a profile verification. Confirm your email and phone number, get your ID verified. This procedure guarantees the safety of your funds and identity. Once you are done with all the checks, go to the preferred trading platform, and start trading.

  • How to withdraw the money you earned with FBS?

    The procedure is very straightforward. Go to the Withdrawal page on the website or the Finances section of the FBS Trader Area and access Withdrawal. You can get the earned money via the same payment system that you used for depositing. In case you funded the account via various methods, withdraw your profit via the same methods in the ratio according to the deposited sums.

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