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It's true. Building a profitable trading system is very difficult. I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It's a difficult project where most of your ideas will not work. To make matters worse, you're bombarded with misleading advertising, confusing claims, and simply bad information.
Learning a computer language to build a system is great, but that's not enough to build a successful system. Combining a few technical indicators with a buy order and adding trailing stops are not going to make you a profitable trading system. You are going to need an organized approach and perform specific steps to create a successful trading system. Often, this information is difficult to locate as most information on the web is geared towards outrageous get-rich-quick promises, equity curves that promise a smooth ride to weekly income and high pressure sales. In short, within the field of system development there exists a lot of noise, hype and misinformation that can take you astray.
So, how do you create a successful trading system? First, be sure you understand the basics. If you're new at system development or if you're not trading and making money at system trading, you're most likely a newbie. I would suggest you head over to, Getting Started Page, to review the material and jump start your journey to success. You need a solid foundation to build upon!
If you've read all the material on, Getting Started Page, you should have a good idea of what needs to be done. In this section we cover more topics in detail. Some of those topics include proper optimization and avoiding cure fitting. Others include testing techniques, ways to avoid whipsaws, position sizing, how to access multiple time frames and how to combine different systems into one strategy.
One way to help avoid curve fitting is to follow the steps in this free guide., Optimization Without Curve Fitting. This will give you very simple but powerful steps to help avoid curve fitting.
This one technique can turn a mediocre trading system into something amazing. Learning to program your strategy to take advantage of multiple time frames is a must!
In this 100+ page step-by-step guide you learn the proper steps for building a profitable trading system. You discover many of the pitfalls to avoid and how to properly build a robust system. Example source code included!
One of the biggest concerns with building trading systems is avoiding what's commonly called curve fitting. This is where you build a system that looks great on the historical backtest but, dies completely when you move to the out-of-sample or live market. This is often due to improper optimization, too many rules and/or introducing any number of biases into the backtest.