In 2000 there were 600 stock traders at Goldman Sachs, and today there are only 2 traders left.
Traders are endangered species in banks and investment funds. But why is this possible?
What pushes the more powerful institutions of the planet to invest billions in robots, rather than in human beings?
Robots do not have ego
As PAUL TUDOR JONES said – Ego is the worst enemy of the trader.
We still remember of Jerome Kerviel, who made a loss of 4,9 billions for his bank Société Générale in 2007, after taking positions hundred times bigger than his maximum risk, by trying to recover his losses – This is not a unique case.
Robots have not Psychologic bias
A robot is not nervous – anxious – euphoric after a loss or a gain – it is not stressed either because it manages a large sum of money.
It does not matter if it represents 0.1% of the capital of the account or 10%, its work will produce exactly the same result.
A robot does not need a pause
On Forex, a robot can trade 24/24 without losing his concentration, which is simply impossible for a human being.
A robot is never sick, distracted by social networking or by phone, has no lunch break and paid holidays/day off.
Follow and trade thoudands of markets
A robot can scan hundreds of markets at a time, execute hundreds of trades simultaneously, manage positions and the total risk on a whole portfolio.
Execute trading plan without any deviation
A robot will execute exactly the trading plan for which it has been programmed, unlike the trader who may have lack of discipline, one of the major problems of human traders.
A robot will cut a losing or winning position at the level for which it was programmed. Knowing in advance the payoff ratio of a trading strategy is a luxury, that a human trader cannot afford by managing his positions by relying on his emotions.