Microsoft Excel is considered one of the greatest software tools used in business today. But did you know that Excel offers several functionalities that can prove to be highly useful in forex trading? The MetaTrader 4 platform provides a host of features, tools and functions to develop effective trading strategies, enhance decision making and improve trading. However, it is difficult to leverage all these capabilities without a knowledge of MQL programming. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with trying to optimise multiple expert advisors and indicators, you may want to give Excel a shot.
Here are a few advantages of using Excel:
Essentially, Excel makes it simpler and offers more functions than MT4. Moreover, if you already have Office on your computer, using Excel won’t cost you anything.
The process to export MetaTrader Prices to Excel couldn’t be simpler. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Open a chart
2. Click File
3. Choose Save As
4. Rename the file to what would be easily recognised by you
5. Ensure that the file extension is .csv
6. Enter Save
And you’re done! CSV stands for Comma Separated Values and is a format that is supported by MS Excel.
There are a few limitations to Excel. The first one stems from the fact that MT4 saves only bid prices (and not ask prices). Therefore, you can save only bid prices in Excel. While it’s possible to export history of price movements, as often as you want, the streaming of live data is not possible. A workaround could be to have a continuously running script to capture prices, which would make your data real time.
It’s possible to seek the expertise of a programmer to adapt the platform and set up expert advisors and indicators to what you desire. This is, however, never free from the risk of bugs that will need time to be fixed. Also, it’s an expensive option.
Rather than simply using MS Excel, you could purchase an application or software from a third-party vendor. Such options may offer you many more or new functionalities with Excel. This may make it very simple to set up rules for trading and open and manage positions. However, you need to be wary of solutions that set up a backend connection from your computer to a third-party server. This means that your MT4 account information would be accessible on that server. Also, you need to ensure that the product or service you choose would provide you continuous support, addressing your queries as they arise. Due to these reasons, traders often steer clear of third-party applications and rely purely on MS Excel.
Considering the drawbacks of the alternatives and the complexities associated with leveraging MT4 to the fullest, MS Excel appears to be a good option. The simplicity it offers makes it a popular choice, especially among beginners.
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