Ticks

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 […]

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Ticks, Spreads, and Trading the News.

Trading the news in Forex can present real opportunities to make some cash. There are many different strategies to trade the news, such as Gap, Momentum, Straddles, or simply understanding the Fundamentals. However, trading the news is also risky and comes with unique challenges. When the news comes out the price goes all over the place. It […]

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Markets Change – accept it

One of the biggest challenges to automated trading is that, over time, strategies seem to lose their edge. This effect is often referred to as the the Alpha Decay. But, why would a strategy that has been working for months or years suddenly stop working? Well, the answer is simply that the market changes. I am not talking about […]

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Grid trading research continues…

I have spent some time doing some research into Grids in an attempt to find ways to hedge the grid against the dreaded draw-down. Sadly, I couldn’t find any site that appears to have analyzed grids as much as I have. If you know one, please let me know! The rest of the sites I […]

Backtesting – it’s easy!

Ok so today I was playing with the backtesting if the Omar_MACD strategy more and I noticed the difference between the two Moving Averages seem to be different when I backtested multiple times. It turns out that this is because the start date was different. The start date has to be more than n-periods away […]