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Algo Trading | August 03, 2022

Getting Started with Algorithmic Trading: A Beginner's Guide

Almost every investor and trader in the market expects to leverage the capabilities of an advanced system that trades automatically. This system could let them do seamless trading even if they don’t have in-depth knowledge about the algo trading. In this era of automation and fast-paced technological growth, an algorithmic trading platform helps you with profitable trades, perfect risk management, and careful trading strategies.

In this blog, we bring everything a beginner needs to know about Algo trading and guide you to get started with it.

What is algo trading?

Algo trading, also known as algorithmic trading, black-box trading, or automated trading utilizes computer programs that consider a set of instructions to perform the trade. This kind of trade can earn huge profits quicker than the pace at which a human trader can trade. The defined algorithms depend upon the price, timing, quantity, and mathematical models. In addition to the profits it can contribute to the trader, trading with the best algo trading strategies can be more systematic and secure.

How does algo trading work?

Let’s consider a scenario where you have to buy 50 shares of particular stock while the 50-day moving average exceeds the moving average of 200 days. A moving average indicates the trend levels of stock based on past prices. It simply tells the trend following and trend lagging indication. Here, a computer program can monitor the stock price and the moving average metrics automatically to perform trade whenever the conditions are met. The trader need not monitor the graphs, live prices, etc, and no need to manually put orders. The algo trading system can do this automatically when the right trading opportunity hits.

Benefits of Algorithmic Trading

Algo trading caters to you with a plethora of benefits as listed below:

  • You can execute the trade at the right prices.
  • You may place the orders instantly and accurately.
  • The timings of trade are accurate to avoid the impact of price changes.
  • Transaction costs will be reduced.
  • Continuous automated checks based on varying market conditions.
  • No risk of manual errors, unlike traditional trading.
  • Can adopt viable trading strategies without worries.

How to start with algo trading?

Are you a beginner who struggles to find the right method to perform algo trading? Then we have the following steps to let you get started safely to be the master of your trade.

  • Develop a basic trading knowledge
  • It is important to be aware of algo trading and learn the concepts before you get into it. Understand the concepts like trading instruments, algo trading strategies, pricing models, risk management, and arbitrage opportunities.

  • Refer to the algo trading resources
  • You can read algo trading books, follow the blogs, watch videos on YouTube, listen to the trading podcasts, participate in online webinars, and even register for online courses.

  • Practice through algo trading platform
  • You might have heard that to be an algo trader you need to be a coder, which is a misconception. All you need is to have a demat account and sign up with the best algo trading platform that offers ready-to-utilize algo trading strategies. You should link the Demat account to the platform and begin trading.


Algo trading has a never-ending scope— yes, you need to know the core trading field, however, this need not be technical. When you have the best algo trading platform with an automated algo trading strategy, you can implement the trade automatically and generate more profits.

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