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Self-Managed versus Dealer-Assisted Trading. Which Is Best for You?

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Self-Managed versus Dealer-Assisted Trading. Which Is Best for You?

When it comes to executing your trading order, you have the options of doing it yourself or engaging the service of a broker. But which one is best for you? Are you capable of trading by yourself or do you need a broker? Read this article to help you decide.

Self-Managed Trading

Self-managed trading is much like DIY (do-it-yourself) trading. It means you execute the trade yourself and not relying on a broker to do it. You enter your orders directly using trading software that is either installed on your computer or accessible online. Your brokerage firm will supply you with the trading software if you opt to manage your trading account yourself.

Is it for you?

If you love anything DIY, then this might be for you. But if you are a beginner futures trader, or you don’t really have much knowledge in futures trading, self-managed trading might not be suitable for you as you won’t have access to a broker that could help you decide which trading position (buy or sell) to take. A broker could lend his expert opinion on the trading position that you are about to make. He could also provide you with valuable information such as market research that could help you make a better trading decision.

Self-managed trading is much more suitable for experienced traders who already have the experience and knowledge in trading and may not need a broker for advice.

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Dealer-Assisted Trading

Dealer-assisted trading means you have a broker to help you execute your trade. When you are ready to buy or sell, you just call the broker to execute the order. The broker is not only there to help execute your order, he also could help you with your trading decisions by giving his expert opinion and providing you with research. But bear in mind that you are relying on a broker and he might not always be there to answer your call.

Is it for you?

Ability to access to a broker makes dealer-assisted trading more suitable for a newbie trader or if you just beginning to trade futures. As they are licensed futures brokers, they could help you make better trading decisions as they have extensive knowledge about the market and you can rely on them to provide you with valuable information.


So which one is best for you? In this case, you need to be honest with yourself. You have to know your capability and decide from there. If you are confident with your experience and knowledge in the market you are about to trade, then self-managed trading is best for you. If you are new in futures trading then maybe it’s best to have a broker help you trading. After all, it’s your money at stake and surely you don’t want to risk losing them.


Wan Zuraiha Wan Zakaria is a staff writer at Oriental Pacific Futures (OPF) where she writes on investment and trading. OPF is a futures and options broker based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and provides electronic trading, brokerage and clearing services to retail and institutional traders since 2007. OPF is licensed under the Securities Commissions of Malaysia and offers cash-settled derivatives instruments traded on Bursa Malaysia, as well as select major derivatives exchanges around the world.

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