Category Archives for Strategies

Trading Multiple Strategies With The Same Instrument – Part 1

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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The Simplest System You’ll Ever Find for the S&P E-mini

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Warren Buffet has been quoted many times as saying, “If I don’t understand it, I don’t invest in it, no matter how attractive it may appear.” I love that quote for a number of reasons, but I think it’s a great advice for system traders as well. We (myself included) have a tendency to get […]

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Improving The Simple Gap Strategy Part 5

In the last article of the series, Improving The Simple Gap Strategy Part 4, I continued my attempt to improve the Simple Gap strategy by testing dynamic stops and targets. As it turned out these did not seem to offer much benefit. In this article I’m going to take what we have learned over the past […]

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Improving The Simple Gap Strategy Part 4

In the last article of this series, Improving The Simple Gap Strategy Part 3, I tested a price-based filter on the in-sample data. This filter was based upon the price action of the previous trading day. During this test we discovered that if the previous trading day was a down-day we could open a Simple Gap trade […]

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Improving The Simple Gap Strategy Part 3

In the last article in this series, Improving The Simple Gap Strategy Part 2, I tested two filters on the OOS sample data. The first filter was a day-of-week (DOW) filter which did not produce decent results.  The second filter, Gap Size, did show promising results. Reviewing my notes from years ago, I also discovered that […]

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A Different Kind of System…

So I’ve got this great new system I wanted to share: it wins 57% of the time with a great sample size of 915 trades, only risks a meager $100 a trade, has a max drawdown of $700, has made money 9 out of the past 10 years, has a nice steady equity curve, and […]

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Ivy-10 Portfolio 2014 Update

It’s been a year since I’ve updated the performance of this portfolio so here it goes!What is the Ivy-10 Portfolio?Back in 2012 I finished reading a very interesting book called, “The Ivy Portfolio”. This book was written by two money managers, Mebane Faber and Eric Richardson, who work at Cambria Investment Management. The authors wanted to […]

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Connors 2-Period RSI Update For 2014

With the year 2015 only being a few days old, it’s time to look at the very popular 2-period RSI trading method by Larry Connors and Cesar Alvarez. We all know there are no magic indicators but there is an indicator that certainly acted like magic over several decades. What indicator is it? Our reliable […]

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Improving The Simple Gap Strategy Part 2

In the previous article, “Testing A Simple Gap Strategy“, we were looking at two other filters in an attempt to improve the Gap #1 strategy. The first filter was a day-of-the-week filter while the other filter was based upon the size of the gaps. These filters were tested on our in-sample data segment and appeared […]

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Improving The Simple Gap Strategy, Part 1

Let’s try to improve upon the gap strategy that was provided by Ben Little’s article entitled, “Testing A Simple Gap Strategy.” In this article Ben demonstrated a simple trading model called, Gap Fade 31, based on the opening gap in the S&P futures market. This was the first gap based article on System Trader Success […]

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