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Why You Should Really Optimize and Even If You Don’t

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Why You Really Should Optimize And Even If You Don’t… Today’s topic is on optimization. Some system developers don’t believe in optimization. However, I’m going to show you why you should really learn how to optimize, and second I’m going to demonstrate that even if you don’t believe in optimization then “not optimizing” is not […]

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Back to Basics: Introduction to Algorithmic Trading

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This is the first in a series of posts wherein we will change gears slightly and take a look at some of the fundamentals of algorithmic trading. So far, Robot Wealth has focused on machine learning and quantitative trading research, but I had several conversations recently that motivated me to explore some of the fundamental questions […]

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The Art of Crafting an Automated Trading Strategy

For nearly every trader, there is one all-consuming question: How do you build a profitable strategy? Naturally, one would expect to dive straight into the statistics and begin crunching the numbers. Yet, before we delve further into the mechanics – and believe me there are plenty – I want to talk a bit about the […]

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Strategy Testing – Violating These Steps Will Damage Your Account

One of the most rewarding experiences for a TradeStation trader is to pick up a performance report that proves their great strategy idea is indeed a profitable strategy. Strategy testing done properly, as is outlined in this article, can verify the efficacy of your trading strategy and give you confidence to start trading it. But be forewarned, […]

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Looking Into The Ulcer Index

Investors utilize a variety of performance and risk metrics to evaluate strategies. These numbers provide a summary of what happened to the strategy historically and can be useful to quickly compare different strategies. To use these statistics effectively, it is helpful to look at some of the nuances of those frequently cited and cases where […]

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World’s Simplest Trading System

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Here’s the system: At the end of every month, if the index is above its 10-month simple moving average: the portfolio is 100% in the market if the index is below its 10-month simple moving average: the portfolio is 100% in cash  And that’s it. So, if we take the FTSE 100 Index as an […]

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Sharpe Ratio – the right answer to the wrong question?

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Sharpe was the right answer First, let’s start with what Sharpe does well. There are two things it does well: Cross-asset unified measure: we all know that the most important component in alpha generation is asset allocation. Now, the difficulty is to have a single measure of risk-adjusted measure of alpha. This is where Sharpe […]

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Avoiding Stock Market Crashes with the Hi-Lo Index of the S&P500

This daily indicator is calculated as the ratio of the number of S&P500 stocks that have reached new 3-month-highs minus those that have reached new 3-month-lows, divided 500. Exiting and entering the stock market according the indicator’s signals would have avoided major drawdowns of the market during the backtest period from Jan-2000 to Aug-2015. Switching according to the signals […]

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Maximum Loss Stops: Do you really need them?

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We hear it all the time. “You must use stops.” And most of us use them. But do you know how they change your strategy results? Are they improving your results by giving you higher CAR or lower maximum drawdown? Recently I was speaking with a reader about this topic and he insisted that you […]

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What is the difference between Relative Strength and Trend Following ?

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After publishing our Two Centuries of Momentum article last week, we received a number of requests for our thoughts on the recent underperformance of multi-asset, relative strength portfolios Now, we tend to fall more on the trend following side of momentum.  So we wanted to spend some time talking about the difference between relative strength and […]

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