Excuse my analogies: I feel it’s true it’s a little bit like “The Sword in the Stone” when it comes to traders and systems 🙂 but the difference is many traders can make it work not just 1 trader, yet few will ever succeed even with a robot that even won each month for a 2 year period- they will soon reach for the plug and switch it off likely taking all the losers missing all the winners and jumping to another system to do the same thing…as they don’t have the confidence or required insight of the system expected behavior based on hands on in depth experience & statistical evidence that will enable them to stick with a system during a draw down period – why is that? Essentially as they need to have done the journey…with hands on experience, back-test, walk through every trade, over years of data, watched in real-time and seen it in multiple market conditions, with their own eyes over a longer enough period of time to really program their mind to create empirically based belief with the statistical evidence and caveats/suitability, consecutive winners, losers, win ratio, risk reward avg, expectancy , max draw down to name a few. Most trader 99.9% will not follow a valid trading approach or plan as their financial desires are emotions are in control, they are fixated like a slot machine gambler going in circles of recency bias – jumping from 1 epiphany to the next fear and greed their master.
There is no short cut to this. Fully Automated algorithmic futures trading is an in depth medium term process, Imagine the fallacy you can jump in the back of a driver-less car and let it go all out without panicking and hitting the brake or emergency exit and going back to safety- if you took time and got to know all its caveats it may be tenable..and that is the journey.
So with that in all our systems are 100% free for demo/sim trading and there is no hidden catch take as long as you want – for those who want in depth support, models settings assistance to suit their trade plan or to live trade: lifetime licenses & trade system lease plans offer a way to accelerate the trading/ knowledge learning curve and advice on an approach, only the elite will make it or those want to pay the entry price for a backseat on it.
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So here is a peek at some of the methods I use for algorithmic trading that can be used by you. So at least if anything a systematic approach can be learned if no systems are suitable here from MicroTrends for you 🙂
Trading Truth: Its not the system that is most important or at fault
There is no need to go in circles and lose track and keep information in your brain, instead slow down a bit and get a routine and approach that allows any system any platform to be listed, tested, measured, controlled, understood and cataloged and this allows a faster rate of progress and more importantly provides a sustainable viable professional approach, the approach is the key to success not a system, the system can be 1 of many…which can be accepted and rejected in all phases of testing & trading.
MicroTrends Algorithmic Trading Systems are best used with simple systematic trading Methodologies which enforce a trader to use statistical evidence not emotions and recency bias/ fear and greed to guide trading. Using a 3 Tiered Approach for fully Auto trading and semi auto trading, with mixture of hypothetical, sim and real-time live trading.
He who doesn’t buy historical data is lost
You must Procure Reputable Historical Data: https://www.tickdata.com/product/historical-futures-data/ if you are to stand any chance of avoiding curve fitting and recency bias. Instrument selection is a key factor, liquidity, range, trending frequency etc ad you are advised to study instruments on daily basis and intra-day for this information.
Algorithmic Trading 3 Tier approach
The hands on routine of this 3 tier process and understanding of all the caveats will provide the real deal trading knowledge if its recorded – providing the combined trading ability of the user and combination of instruments/ dataseries/ system/s and parameter sets.
1. System back tests: – Sept 2009 onwards to Sept 2016 etc – 5 years of tick data
2. system out of sample – Oct 2016 1 year or as much as you can 90 days Lookback or 1 year of tick data
3. Real time production – 3months to 6 months realtime trading on segregated Sim accounts
Excel and Control systems
Excel is the tool of choice for trading professionals and even much trading is executed via Excel directly – but also for statistics and data/ analysis. keep it all in a database/excel and use statistical evidence and a scientific ambivalence and then the system are almost unimportant, the approach is the key 80% of it… – avoid jumping from 1 system to another with no data/no history/no records all in the mind.. all lost in an instant when you pull the lever and gamble the next lot – take time to learn in depth over the correct amount of time to subconsciously embed the real system and proof to allow you to stick with a trading system in drawdown or avoid drawdowns with realtime interactive controls with confidence based on facts not guess work based on recency bias.
The Screenshots show the NinjaTrader Algorithmic Trading System control structure and how daily stats are exported from NinjaTrader Control Center to weekly folders and then collated to the Weekly XLS View.
Tools to help these are found in that above screenshots in the “folder 04”
This is an attempt to relay how i manage it:- statistical evidence fact driven trading:
GET STARTED with MTDS7
Robots: Still today I use this and I recommend the MTDS7 SDK USAR – people sell less able versions of it selling for $4K+ the point is it can work and it offers the easiest learning path.