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MetaTrader 4 Tutorial: How to Use MT4 in 2020

MetaQuotes Software Corporation developed this platform and released it in 2005. Fifteen years later, it remains a favorite choice, primarily due to its ease of use and extensive support for scripts and the development of automated trading solutions, or Expert Advisors (EA) as the MT4 software calls them.

MetaTrader 4 Design and Availability

MetaQuotes Software Corporation developed this platform and released it in 2005. Fifteen years later, it remains a favorite choice, primarily due to its ease of use and extensive support for scripts and the development of automated trading solutions, or Expert Advisors (EA) as the MT4 software calls them.

New traders may download the MT4 trading platform directly from the website of any of the Forex / CFD brokers offering MT4. Most brokers, for example FXTM, also offer it as a free demo account.

While MetaQuotes do offer a download link purporting to be for the MT4 platform, together with creating a $10,000 or currency equivalent demo account automatically, what is actually installed from this download is the MT5 trading platform. MetaQuotes have gone to some trouble to disguise this, with the downloaded .exe file even named as MT4. MetaQuotes are concerned to promote their MT5 trading platform, although many question whether MT5 is better than MT4.

In this tutorial, we will therefore be using the MT4 demo account from the Forex broker FXTM. It is wise to create a demo deposit in the amount of the planned deposit for the live account, to create a more realistic experience. In our example, we created a $10,000 demo account. You are free to create the parameters in the FXTM back-office. This MetaTrader 4 demo tutorial will walk you through the installation and set-up process before discussing the functionality.

“MetaTrader 4” Download from MetaQuotes

“MetaTrader 4” Download from FXTM

Installation and Set-Up of the MT4 Trading Platform

After downloading the MT4 trading platform, follow the easy installation instructions. You may click on Settings to change the destination folder and program group name. Once the installation is complete, click on Finish, and the MT4 trading platform will load automatically. Please note that if you have obtained your platform directly from your broker, you will receive an e-mail with your demo account number, password, and server to use.

After you finish the installation, the MT4 trading platform will load automatically. Select the demo server from the list and click Next.

MT4 Installation Screen

Enter your account credentials. Make sure to leave Save Password checked. That way, MT4 will remember your log-in credentials for the next time you launch it.

MT4 Select Account Type

You are now ready to use your MT4 trading platform. While it may seem overwhelming at first sight, it is easy to use the product, as we will discuss below. It consists of six distinct sections, which we marked by different color rectangles. They consist of the Menu (red), the Toolbar (orange), Market Watch (green), Navigator (blue), Terminal (purple), and Chart Workspace (yellow).

The MT4 platform consists of six distinct sections.

MT4 Platform Sections

MT4 Platform Sections

1. The Menu (red)

  1. All MT4 actions are available from here, but we will discuss the more trader-friendly options in this MetaTrader 4 demo tutorial.

2. The Toolbar (orange)

  1. Some of the most used functions, including changing the timeframe, primary technical tools, zooming, and changing the chart appearance, are located here.

3. Market Watch (green)

  1. All available assets are listed here. You can also switch to display a tick chart. Customizing which assets to show is also possible. Right-clicking on an asset and navigating to Specifications will display all details, including swap rates charged on overnight positions. Many brokers fail to mention it, and it remains one of the least used tools in MT4.

4. The Navigator (blue)

  1. Besides your account information, you have access to indicators, installed EAs, and scripts.

5. The Terminal (purple)

  1. Trade, exposure, and account history display your portfolio and allow you to manage open positions. The News tab features streaming market-related articles and events. The Market is where you can browse third-party add-ons.

6. The Chart Workspace (yellow)

  1. Your primary workspace where you will conduct your technical analysis. It is fully customizable, and you can save your template.

Here are some steps you can take to boost your user experience. By default, the Toolbar comes in two rows. It consists of Standard and Charts in the first row, and Line Studies and Timeframes on the second row. You can reveal the names by right-clicking anywhere in the Toolbar. You can drag the bottom two and drop them on the same level as the first two, which increases the Chart Workspace.

Since you will work with just one account for now, you can go ahead and close the Navigator. You can always pull it back up by clicking the Navigator icon in the Toolbar. When you hover your mouse over them, their name appears. After you close it, you will notice the Market Watch will fill out space. The restricted asset list is expandable by right-clicking anywhere inside the market watch and select Show All. Finally, click on Trade in the Terminal to see your account balance. It is also where all our open trades will be displayed.

Once you have completed these steps, this is how your MT4 trading terminal should look:

MT4 Terminal After Set-Up

How to Trade on MetaTrader 4 with Charts

Charts are where you will spend most of your time in the MT4 trading terminal. By default, MT4 displays four, but as a new trader, it is best to start with just one. You can maximize the chart or arrange multiple ones as tiles by clicking on the corresponding Toolbar button. Opening a new chart is done by right-clicking on the asset in the Market Watch section, and then selecting Charts Window.

MT4 will automatically navigate to the new chart, which is also added to the bottom of the Chart Workspace window, as highlighted within the red rectangle in the below image:

MT4 New Chart

MT4 Two-Step Chart Layout Customization

Right-click within the chart and select Properties or press F8.

MT4 Customizing Chart Layout

The property window consists of Colors and Common, where you can create the chart the way you want. Feel free to experiment with the options and find the style that suits you.

MT4 Chart Colors

Below is the image of our customization that we will use for the rest of this tutorial. You can save it by right-clicking in the chart, select Template, and then on Save Template. Do not change the destination folder, name it, and you can now apply it anywhere you like. Just repeat the above steps you will see it listed.

MT4 Customized Chart

Bonus Tip: Saving your template with the name Default.tpl will automatically load it each time you open a new chart. You can always click Reset to restore MT4 settings to default.

MT4 Charts Tips and Tricks

When you work with charts in MT4, two essential items will ease your navigation and allow you to analyze assets more efficiently. They are the Toolbar and hotkeys.

Charts, Line Studies, and Timeframes allow you to make quick adjustments as you analyze assets.

MT4 Toolbar

1. Charts (red)

  1. You can change the visual display, zoom, arrange, auto-scroll, and shift, access the indicators list, select timeframes, and manage your templates from here.

2. Line Studies (green)

  1. The cursor is the default selection, but you can switch to the crosshair, which allows you to measure the distance between two chart points. Select the crosshair icon, then left click to identify the starting point. Keep the left mouse button pressed and highlight the endpoint. You will see the number of candlesticks, distance in pips, and last value. Line studies also allow you to draw vertical, horizontal, and trend lines, adding equidistant channels and the Fibonacci Retracement sequence, labeling the chart, and adding arrows.

3. Timeframes (orange)

  1. Nine are available, and you can cycle through them in ease. MT4 allows you to load different ones on each chart.

Do not be afraid to experiment. The MT4 demo account exists so that you learn how to use the trading platform properly. You can always hover your mouse over the icons in the Toolbar, which will display their functionality together with the hotkey, if one is available. Hotkeys will help speed up navigation and modification of charts, and the more assets you analyze, the more you will learn to appreciate them.

Here is a list of hotkeys for your MT4 chart, taken directly from the MetaQuotes website:

MT4 Hotkeys

How to Trade on MetaTrader 4 with Indicators

Now we will take a look at how to analyze assets with indicators and how to place orders. You have a range of technical indicators you can use. Some are added inside the chart, while others are placed below it.

The quickest way to use indicators is by selecting Insert from the Menu. Alternatively, you can do so by using the Navigator, as marked by the red rectangle.

MT4 Navigator

In this example, we will add the Commodity Channel Index.

MT4 Commodity Channel Index Indicator

Each indicator consists of settings, visible in the dialogue box after you select the one to add. Clicking OK adds the indicator to your chart.

MT4 Indicator Settings

We have also drawn the Fibonacci Retracement Fan sequence, by using the corresponding icon from the Toolbar and added a Simple Moving Average indicator.

MT4 Multiple Indicators

You can always delete an indicator by right-clicking on it, which brings up the box shown in the image below:

MT4 Delete Indicator from Chart

Bonus Tip: Create one template with all the indicators you wish to use, so you don’t have to add them to each chart. You can easily manage objects by pressing CTRL + B, which pulls up the Object List.

Placing Trade Orders in MT4

Placing trade orders is simple and straightforward, with four available order options. Market order placement is most convenient through the one-click trading option, while the order window allows for more options and advanced strategies.

You can place orders either by right-clicking in Market Watch on your desired asset, by clicking the New Order icon in the Toolbar (red rectangle) or by pressing F9. One-click trading is enabled by clicking in the triangle next to the asset name (orange square).

MT4 One-Click Trading

The two differences between placing a market order via the one-click trading button and the order window are that in the order window, you can set a stop loss and take profit and add a comment. 

MT4 Order Window

You can place pending orders by changing the Type (red). You will notice a change in the order window, which allows you to select the order type and price level (orange). After clicking on Place, your pending order will appear in the Terminal (green), you can always delete it by clicking the x button (blue). Since the market moved fast, our pending order was already triggered.

MT4 Pending Order Triggered

Here is an explanation of the four pending order types directly from the MetaQuotes website:

MT4 Pending Order Types

After you place a market order, you will receive a confirmation, and the position is then displayed within the Terminal (red rectangle).

MT4 Confirmed Trade Entry Display

MT4 Portfolio Management

Portfolio management is an essential part of your daily trading operations. It is conducted primarily from the Terminal from the Trade and Account History tab. The Exposure tab is flawed as it always considers your account currency as part of the calculations, and there are third-party add-ons for precise portfolio exposure statistics.

You may close open trades by clicking on the x button (red rectangle). The first time you do so, a confirmation dialogue requires confirmation (orange rectangle).

MT4 Close Position Confirmation

Open positions can also be modified. Double-click on the desired order in the Terminal and the order window will appear. Under Type, select Modify Order (red). You can now adjust your open order (orange) by adding a stop loss and take profit, either by setting the price or by selecting the distance in pips under Level, then press Copy as, and finally, Modify.

MT4 Modifying Positions

You can see the stop loss and take profit levels were updated (red rectangle).

MT4 Position Updated

You can navigate to the Account History tab in the Terminal (red rectangle) and view details about your closed positions. As you can see, our open trade was closed. Manually exited positions are not colored. Trades closed by stop-loss and take profit are highlighted in red and green, respectively. It does not indicate the profitability of the closed position, which you can view under the Profit column.

MT4 Account History

Final Thoughts

The MT4 trading platform is a simple but very effective trading terminal, as evident in its popularity despite its age. Do not be afraid to experiment in your demo account. You can always refer back to this MetaTrader 4 demo tutorial for assistance. You should understand how the trading platform functions before considering the MetaTrader 4 open real account option. Progress at your own pace, do not rush the learning process and proceed with a live trading account after you feel comfortable with using the trading platform.

MT4 is a very versatile gateway to analyzing assets, with a focus on the Forex market. Once you have learned the basic functionality of it, you can enhance it by upgrading it through third-party add-ons. Feel free to browse the Market, located in the Terminal, where thousands of free upgrades are available together with paid ones, to enhance the functionality of MT4 and turn it into a powerful asset management tool.

The MetaTrader 4 open real account option is available by clicking on File and then on Open an Account.

MT4 Open Real Account


How do I use the MetaTrader4 demo?

You need to download it from your broker, which should be free of charge but could be time limited, most commonly expiring after one month. Most brokers grant it with a simple sign-up process, while some require a phone number and/or email for marketing purposes.

How do you use MetaTrader4 for beginners?

It is best to start with a demo account to avoid costly errors. After you install it, the best approach is to click, hover, adjust, and modify everything in the platform. You can refer to this tutorial for the basics. Take your time until you are familiar with the functionality before switching to a live version.

What is the MetaTrader4 demo account?

It is a “paper account”, ideal for new traders to learn how to use the trading platform, customize charts, place orders, and manage portfolios. It is also used to back-test strategies, test new Expert Advisors in the development stage, or to gauge the performance of existing ones.

How do I trade with MT4 on PC?

Download the appropriate version for your operating system and follow the simple on-screen installation instructions. Demo trading requires no additional steps. Live accounts need to be funded before you can start trading.

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RoboForex adding EOS Cryptocurrency

RoboForex adding EOS Cryptocurrency

RoboForex announced today adding EOS, a cryptocurrency which is now available for trading with the broker on both MT4 and MT5 platforms.

Roboforex added EOS CryptocurrencyCurrently, RoboForex clients have 7 crypto instruments to choose from.

RoboForex keeps expanding its crypto portfolio.

The latest addition is EOSUSD, which is already available to the clients through MT4 and MT5, alongside with six other crypto pairs:


The EOSUSD trading conditions are the following:

  • minimum lot size: 100,
  • minimum increment: 0.01,
  • leverage 5:1.

EOS is a cryptocurrency that was introduced in 2017 and is based on blockchain and smart contracts. Its key features are scalability, decentralized apps, and huge throughput (a few million transaction per second).

This is another step towards developing our crypto portfolio.

Our clients do value the flexibility and state of the art technologies we offer them As for us, our mission is meeting their expectations and constantly improving the trading conditions by opening the door to new instruments and opportunities.

says Denis Golomedov, ;Marketing Director at RoboForex.

Roboforex and Cryptocurrency

This Broker has been on the forefront of crypto trading on the Metatrader 4 and Metatrader trading platforms from the beginning and pushing for more and more trad-able assets to be added to their offering .

it took this broker a little bit of time but now that they got them selves into the cryptocurrency trading arena they come to lead the pack. this in combination with their the trading platforms they are offering makes this a broker to take notice of.

as yet there are not enough brokers that offer metatrader 5 and especially one where you are able to trade bitcoin ethereum, litecoin and now also EOS.

About RoboForex

RoboForex is a brokerage company catering to clients from various countries. The broker’s focus is providing the traders with access to its own financial market platforms.

RoboForex Ltd is a licensed company (License No. IFSC/60/271/TS/17).


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Local bitcoin Trader Jailed for Money Laundering

Indicted: Local bitcoin Trader Jailed for Money Laundering

Local Bitcoin trader, Theresa Lynn Tetley, also widely known as Bitcoin Maven has been indicted for indulging in illegal bitcoin-for-cash transactions. According to the Central District of California, the trader has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

She has also been handed a three-year supervised release and a $20,000 fine. A former real estate investor and stockbroker, the court ordered her to relinquish $292,264.00 in cash, 25 assorted gold bars, and 40 bitcoin.

money launderingTetley pled guilty to one count of operating an unlicensed money exchange business, and another related to money laundering. Her case is the first of its kind in the Central District of California.

Tetley was procedurally supposed to register her business with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, an agency of the United States Department of the Treasury.

The agency is responsible for analyzing transactions to curb money laundering and related financial crimes. She also failed to implement standard anti-money laundering protocol, including reporting of certain financial sources as per the requirements of this type of business.

Tetley is said to have traded over $6 million for clients within the United States and charged higher rates as compared to other traders within the LocalBitcoins platform.

Also noted in the court documents was that Theresa Lynn laundered bitcoin for a customer who had been suspected of having acquired the cryptocurrency through illegal activities, including drug sales on the dark web.

She also carried out a bitcoin to cash transaction for an undercover agent who had explicitly declared that his bitcoin was tied to narco-trafficking operations.

According to the report, Tetley’s service was responsible for fueling the growing use of cryptocurrencies to launder money and supported a black market system set up purposely to circumvent the law.

The organizations involved in her investigation included the IRS Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Just One of Many

That said, the government has been committing significant resources to counter the crypto – dark web menace, and earlier this month, a major sting operation was carried out against a major money laundering network. Thirty-five suspects were arrested.

One individual, identified as John Edward Monette, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. He was also alleged to have carried out numerous bitcoin for cash exchange transactions on the dark web, most of them in 2017 and totaling about $19,000.

Another dark web vendor busted during the operation, Ryan Farace, 34 was indicted for being involved in an alprazolam tablets manufacture and distribution scheme.

He sold the drugs on the dark web, with all transactions being made in bitcoin. Additional digital currency money laundering transactions were made to conceal the sources.

Article Originally Published:

By ELIZABETH GAIL at Coincentral


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Why You Need to Get Onboard With Blockchain!

Why You Need to Get Onboard With Blockchain!

Blockchain tech – so revolutionary in nature that some are calling it the “new internet.” It has applications in just about every industry, and has completely altered the way we think about internet security, the processing of information, and the speed of transactions.

Blockchain is the technology that supports the digital currency  or cryptocurrency called Bitcoin –

however this is not what it is really about as it has a far wider scope of applications and is being commercialized in a growing number of areas.

It has generated much interest in technology circles and beyond, because of the new possibilities it opens up in financial services, the public sector and other areas.

According to sites like, blockchain tech is definitely worth keeping an eye on due to the myriad of benefits it provides.

Blockchain and Bitcoin are not the same thing – Bitcoin is implemented using blockchain technology, but blockchain technology can be used in contexts much wider than Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. so when we are talking about the blockchain we are talking about a combination of a number of technologies, these including:

  • Distributed ledgers.
  • The blockchain data structure.
  • Public key cryptography.
  • Consensus mechanisms.

Part of what makes it so exciting is that it is completely open source. As a result, there are already a number of interesting blockchain apps, and the number is growing daily.

The technology is so secure that it is already being used by DARPA to secure military data. Various governments around the world are working on ways to use the tech to protect their own data.
The tech is tamper-proof, and the data stored within it is permanent. It cannot be erased or altered, and this is what makes it so enticing to those needing more secure networks.

But there is more, folks. (Okay, so that sounds a bit like an infomercial, but the benefits are real nonetheless.) Transactions can speed across the network – taking only as much time as it takes for them to be authorized.

The blockchain cannot be described just as a revolution. It is a tsunami-like phenomenon, slowly advancing and gradually enveloping everything along its way by the force of its progression.

William Mougayar

The system runs without the need for an intermediary, and this reduces the time it takes to execute transactions. This, and the unique way that the tech works, means that costs are significantly reduced as well.

What makes it so revolutionary is that the information is spread across every computer within the network. With Bitcoin, that means the data is securely “backed up” over thousands of computers.

Now, it is unlikely that banks will entrust their data to a public network in the same way, but they have been working on creating networks of their own instead.

The potential savings in terms of cost and time are extensive. If you want to learn more about these savings, check out the infographic below.


Why You Need to Get Onboard With Blockchain!

Why You Need to Get Onboard With Blockchain!

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