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How to Run TradeStation on a Mac (Updated for 2020)

I been using TradeStation on a Mac since 2010. The best tech decision I ever made! But it hasn’t all been plain

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Free Trend Following System With Indicator Tracker

Free Trend Following SystemHere is a free Trend Following System that I read about on Andreas Clenow’s www.followthetrend.com website and from his book.

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Going Live With Automation

Going live with an automated strategy is one of the coolest, but also scariest things you can do in trading. Here you

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How To Build Profitable Trading Systems

Building a profitable trading system is very difficult. I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It's a challenging project where most of your

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Why You Need To Trade Live NOW!

I’m often asked, how will I know when a trading system is ready to go live? After much testing and verification the

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3 Techniques to Avoid Consecutive Losing Trades

In my experience trading futures, I have found that most damaging losses are caused by taking consecutive losing trades, i.e. runs of

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A Flexible Trailing Stop Function

The Anatomy of a StopA stop can be defined by specifying four basic parameters, illustrated in Figure 1 below:Price Reference: The price from

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Reasonable capital required for day trading futures?

A good rule of thumb is that a reasonable risk per day for a day trader is from 2% to 5%. A moderate

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In-Sample and Out-Of-Sample Testing

I am frequently asked if I do out-of-sample testing. The short answer is not always and when I do, it is not

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3 Huge Algo Trading Mistakes To Avoid

For most traders, algo strategy development is merely a means to an end - a necessary evil to be endured on the

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A Project for TradeStation Day-Traders

Here is a neat little day trader system that takes advantage of what some technicians call a “CLEAR OUT” trade.  Basically traders

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Better RSI Entries

Mean reversion systems, such as those based on RSI, suffer significant performance degradation when stop losses are applied for risk control. In

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

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.

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Are your backtest results fooling you?

Have you ever started trading a strategy that performs well in the backtests but delivers a very different result when you begin trading it

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Is The Christmas Season Bullish For U.S. Markets?

With the Christmas season upon us, I thought it would be interesting to review how the S&P behaves in the days just

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World’s Simplest Trading System

[NB. OK, it's possible that this isn't absolutely the simplest trading system imaginable, but apart from buy and hold it is unlikely

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Top 4 Myths of System Trading

So you want to become a successful system trader. That's great! Back in 2006, I had a great idea. I was going

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Does The Predictive Voss Indicator Work?

The August 2019 issue of Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine John Ehlers proposed an interesting looking indicator. This indicator is

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Using Metals to Trade Bonds

Sometimes things in the financial markets are pretty obvious if one is willing to see them.  Despite all of the angst that

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Can A Price Pattern Beat an Indicator?

I've seen people use simple price action patterns in place of inicators. For example,  Larry Connors and Cesar Alvarez really popularized the

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Stops – When Not to Use Them

Using a stop on a position is a very popular risk management technique used by traders. My research and experience has led

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