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Should I Algo Trade, Or Just Buy and Hold?

A subscriber at my YouTube channel left me a great comment the other day:“Something I wonder about is: Do you compare to Buy and Hold? And if not, why do you think a system can be better than Buy and Hold? I see so many people and companies put out nice graphs with 23% profit […]

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What 567,000 Backtests Taught Me About Algo Trading Exits

Ask any trader how they trade, and 8 times out of 10 the answer will involve the entries they use to trade: “When the trendline is confirmed, I enter.”“When the close is above the 9 bar moving average and the RSI is not oversold, I go long.”“When the order flow suggests a downwards push, I go […]

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Trading Multiple Strategies With The Same Instrument – Part 3 [Updated for 2021]

In the last two articles (article 1, article 2), I discussed the need for trading multiple strategies with the same instrument in the same account. This type of capability is very important to a trader who wishes to trade a diversified portfolio, while at the same time efficiently managing margin. Unfortunately, with many platforms this capability […]

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Trading Multiple Strategies With The Same Instrument – Part 2 [Updated For 2021]

In the previous article, I discussed the need for trading multiple strategies with the same instrument in the same account. This type of capability is very important to a trader who wishes to trade a diversified portfolio, while at the same time efficiently managing margin. Unfortunately, one of the limitations of Tradestation, my trading platform of […]

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Trading Multiple Strategies With The Same Instrument – Part 1 [Updated For 2021]

Tradestation is a pretty amazing testing and development platform. I’ve been using it for over 10 years, and I’ve been very happy overall with it. Sure, there are certain aspects of it I don’t like, and certain things that are hard to do, but I think that is true of almost any platform.My biggest pet […]

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15 Price Action Patterns That Work in 2020

 Most algo traders are always on the lookout for new ideas to test and evaluate. I’m no exception.How about 15 price patterns that might form the basis of a good trading strategy?Without further ado, here they are (along with some general warnings and tips about using them)… Pattern 1 – Directional Bars and Pullback Momentum General DescriptionThis […]

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Algorithmic Trading Tip – Building Risk Protection Into Your Trading

90% of traders out there build strategies the wrong way.  How do I know that?  It shows up in the statistics – most traders lose!When most traders build a strategy, they have one goal in mind – maximizing profits.  That’s not necessarily terrible all by itself – after all, you need profits to make it […]

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Improving Your Algo Trading By Using Monte Carlo Simulation and Probability Cones

Improving Your Algo Trading By Using Monte Carlo Simulation and Probability Cones

Using Statistical Techniques To Better Your Odds Of Trading SuccessMy introduction to the world of applying statistical tools to real world situations was not a good one. I was in charge of Quality Assurance for a medium size aerospace company. Although we extensively used Statistical Process Control (SPC) on the factory floor, we now decided […]

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Dollar Stop Losses Vs. Volatility Stop Losses: Algorithmic Trading Tips

I remember when I first got into trading and algo trading. Everything was a mystery:     What kind of signals should I use for entry?     What kind of stop losses should I use?     What method of position sizing is best?The list went on and on. So much to learn!But for one of those […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Successful Algorithmic Trading

Pretty much everyone who has programmed a computer to doanything beyond outputting “Hello World” has dreamed of having a computer algorithm (algo) working tirelessly to extract money from the financial markets, be it in stocks, bitcoin, soybeans or anything else traded on an exchange.  “Programming genius, market slayer” is a phrase we’d all like to […]

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