Weekend Maintenance and Tick Data: Just how much can we really get?

Recently, I have been receiving a lot of customization/development requests for tools that use tick data, and I think that’s great. It is great that people realize that tick data can be useful, and try to integrate it into their trading. However, sadly, tick data is very difficult to work, often crashing Trading Station if we have […]

Stopped Out

Real or Live trading compared to Demo trading

I have now been automated trading using strategies on the real or live environment with FXCM for 20 months. During this time, I have run multiple different types of strategies in parallel between the real and demo environments. Demo when compared to Live trading actually compares pretty well, as you would expect. During normal market volatility, I find there […]

Scaling in, scaling down, averaging down…..Losers average losers?

It is said that the market spends most of the time reverting. If this is true, then why is there so much focus on trend strategies? By focusing on Trend strategies we miss out on most of the opportunities the market presents us.Because of this, I recently have come to decision that reversion strategies are the way to […]


A possible issue with FXCM and Tick Data

A reader contact me after my post last week and told me two interesting pieces of information. One was that the blog comments weren’t working (so that’s why you were all so quiet! Thanks for the heads up), and the other was that they believed that FXCM deliberately throttles tick data in Trading Station when compared to MT4. The […]


FXCM Spread Changes re-visited!

Hi everyone, You should all be aware of FXCM’s recent spread changes. If not, please read this post. Today, I was running some manual unit tests against the SuperTrend strategy on some old test data. The tests failed, but in a good way – they reported the strategy had made more money than before. Specifically, this […]


FXCM Pricing Changes

I’m not sure if this is a global FXCM change or specific to FXCM Australia, but FXCM AU have announced via email that they are rolling out pricing changes tomorrow! If you have not received the email and it is applicable to you, here is the summary from the email. FXCM is taking the next steps […]

Real Volume Indicator

Real Volume Indicator

If you have not seen it yet, FXCM have produced a Real Volume Indicator. This is a fantastic move for traders as this information has been critically missing. If you don’t know about it, you can read more on the DailyFX page here: http://www.dailyfx.com/forex_forum/tradera-s-tool-box/632673-real-volume-transaction-indicators-only-available-fxcm.html and you can also watch the Webinar on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1K8mfnOwJg I have been playing with […]

Multiple Instruments Featured

Trading multiple strategies/instruments and max draw-downs

Hi all, One thing I’m greatly interested in at the moment is branching out my fleet of strategies. Ideally I would like to have multiple uncorrelated strategies trading at the same time such that when one is in draw-down, the other is making money. Not only does this apply to multiple different strategies trading simultaneously, but […]

Scaling, Entry Price, Net Price, and Martingale

To win at forex, it ultimately comes down to your net position and final close price. So, every time we enter into an existing position, we modify our net position in hope that our final position will be in profit…. but does it really work? For the longest time, I believed that scaling in or out […]


Importance of checking the spread

I cannot stress enough how important it is to check what the spread is before entering positions – especially for scalping or low pip target strategies. This took me a while to learn, but it is now mandatory in all my strategies and I never forget to include it, even in prototyping because it can […]