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Traders Need A Trading Computer

Trading on your desktop you have had for the last 10 years is possible. It can be done. Should it be done? It’s definitely not recommended. The reasons why this is a bad idea are really fundamental and result in a huge risk. Trading is a very specific activity. It requires the ability to process data in real time. Your trading platform requires quite a bit of processing power. If you didn’t invest in a great computer 10 years ago chances are that your old computer doesn’t have the ability to do any of these things we have just talked about. It won’t have enough RAM on board to run your trading platform and multiple screens. The other huge issue is that your computer’s processor is going to be very outdated and act like a crutch for you in your trading. Even in the past 5 years processors have changed in leaps and bounds. Intel just announced that their most recent processor is about 191% faster than the one it released 5 years ago. Now think about your 10 year old processor and the speeds that it is capable of. This is not good enough for trading. All of this has the real possibility to end in a disaster. This can and will happen. You are running a high risk on this outdated computer of lost executions. You can spend all day finding the exact right moment to push the sell button, but if your computer can’t execute that trade fast enough that effort was for nothing. This is a huge amount of money and opportunity to be risking over not having the right hardware to trade on.

This is what you don’t want in a trading computer, but what about what you DO need in a trading computer. What are those aspects that define a trading computer? The simple answer is that you need speed and power. You need these features to be readily available and to always provide you with a seamless experience. You need a great processor that has a high benchmark and enough RAM to keep up with your daily activities. As a stock trader, you can’t get around the fact that you are a super computer user. You can, however, arm yourself with the right computer hardware to complete your daily trades with out any issues.