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Old Apr 28, 2008, 10:59am   #51
 
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Week 5 Portfolio +68%

rdstagg started this thread Portfolio is up 6,675 this week to a total gain of 13,600 (position sized ).

Total Equity 31,378 Single lot
Total Equity 33,600 (+68%) Pos Sized

Net gain a very healthy 68% total.

Had we played this correctly I feel we should have been over 100% so let's see if we can improve over the coming weeks. We had a huge amount of open profit that we left behind and I will do some research on this over the coming months.

I attach a chart of our equity curves - single lot vs our position sizing. As you can see the single lot did better in the drawdown when we went from 2 contracts back to 1 contract on the position sizing; but is now losing out as we leverage the profits with 2 contracts.

We are in fact close to adding a further contract - which is at a total equity of 36,350.

I also attach a graph of our equity vs drawdown which illustrates how parabolic this week has been - equity curve is just going straight up. Without wishing to be negative this cannot continue so we expect the drawdown and our job as traders is to control that drawdown as much as we can whilst remaining true to our rules.

I have found the most important thing in trading is not handling weeks like this one just been - but handling the losing weeks equitably.

Succesful trading everybody.
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Old Apr 30, 2008, 11:44am   #52
 
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Butterfly Pattern & Elliot Waves in ER2

rdstagg started this thread April 29

Ym -120
EMD +50
ER2 +175
DAx -100
ESTX -65
SMI -40

Net -100 / -200

Disappointing day. Big trends down that stopped just as we entered effectively - and proceeded to reverse direction on us.
Portfolio saved by a timely exit on the Russell and the S&P Midcap 400


Interesting pattern on the ER2 a butterfly pattern which was a pig to code up and in my experience not that successful a pattern either - and relatively rare to boot.

A butterfly pattern must have a minimum 76% retracement (In this case it's 84%) from the impulse leg.

I think this one may work because

1. It looks like a potential Wave 3 start (Elliot Waves). More importantly its the first correction off a big impulse wave down. Any Elliotician's out there feel free to comment as it's not my forte.
2. The pattern actually looks like a butterfly - nice and even with a good shape
3. Large volume right near the crescent of our entry (720.2).

However the very large volume 4-7 bars before the end of the chart is not good.

I don't trade this - but it's nice to know it's there.
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Old Apr 30, 2008, 6:16pm   #53
 
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Butterfly update

rdstagg started this thread " I think this one may work because

1. It looks like a potential Wave 3 start (Elliot Waves). More importantly its the first correction off a big impulse wave down. Any Elliotician's out there feel free to comment as it's not my forte.
2. The pattern actually looks like a butterfly - nice and even with a good shape
3. Large volume right near the crescent of our entry (720.2).

However the very large volume 4-7 bars before the end of the chart is not good"


Clearly the volume was more important than the pattern in this instance!
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Old May 1, 2008, 8:34am   #54
 
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More Profits but an error made

rdstagg started this thread April 30

Ym +10
EMD +10
ER2 -200
DAX +375
ESTX +65
SMI +220

Net 480 / 760

Well the economic figures and FOMC announcements certainly caused some volatility today didn't they?

Unfortunately all of our mechanical breakouts were the wrong side for this new information so I had to essentially exit positions manually to protect profits. All of the breakeven exits kicked in but having 2 contracts allows me to take reasonable profits on half the position if I see something I do not like.
Slippage on the ER2 - trying to exit 3 minutes after the FOMC announcement was horrible and essentially accounted for all the loss.
Should have exited at the DP Signal at yesterday's high but for some reason I didn't
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Old May 2, 2008, 9:13am   #55
 
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Portfolio just nudging 100% increase after 6 weeks

rdstagg started this thread May Day

Ym +735
EMD +530
ER2 +670

Net 1,935 / 3,870


May Day over here so no European exchanges open today.
However I have found in the past that these exchange holidays or "quiet" days can be tremendous. This doesn't rank as tremendous but pretty damm good!

This was simply a case of put the trade on and ride the trend. Took some profit on YM when it peaked over 13,000 - its a massive psychological figure so you know it has to be tested and re tested.

Similarly this allowed profits to be taken on the first of our 2 contracts on ER2 and EMD - just follow my leader, really.

A very nice day with little stress!

Tomorrow we trade 3 contracts - hurrah! The ability to play with the strategy increases further still. I would add this can be quite dangerous at times and exits MUST be based on some technical pattern or reason. There would be nothing worse than taking 2 contracts off at say $500 each only to watch the last one rocket to a profit of $2,000. That would be psychologically devastating as you have lost $3,000 by missing the outlier event that we are waiting for.


Onward....
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Old May 2, 2008, 9:26am   #56
 
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Oulier Events - what they are. Cautionary Word.

rdstagg started this thread An outlier is a rare event but makes a huge difference to a trend following strategy, sometimes called a 5 sigma event, 50 year storm, etc, but as Mandelbrot has found in his superb book events (plural) have happened in the S&P 500 index in its 35 year odd history that should have only happened once in 10,000 years - the market is not a "normal" distribution of events - it is subject to wild fluctuations of emotions - fear and greed, people.

On the cautionary front - we are in a blue period for this type of strategy. It's all too easy at the moment so don't for a second think this is normal trading!
The drawdown will come and our job is to try and avoid as much of it as possible whilst allowing the strategy enough room to breathe.
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Old May 4, 2008, 8:25pm   #57
 
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We woz robbed :-)

rdstagg started this thread May 2nd

YM +305
EMD +300
ER2 + 480
Dax (400)
ESTX (200)
SMI + 610

Net 1,095/ 3,285 (pos sized) 3 contracts now

Well here's a thing! Nasty nasty market and automated trades and other traders and everything. Not that trading gets you emotional or anything ; but just look at this evil trade on the Euro Stoxx 50 future.

There are 2 mistakes here -
1. I had thought the non farm payroll figures were 1500 not 1330 - hence unprepared.
2. not getting out immediately - and I mean to the second I realised what was going on ( the activity on the order book is a wonderful thing to watch when figures come out).

Long and short we got stuffed - we will make these mistakes - they are part of trading - and in fact we complied with the rules of the system - short on the breakout with a stop the other side so I don't beat myself up too much. Good news is we saved a tick on the exit - pure fluke of the way the order book ran at that particular nano second.

Good news was the other contracts.
First the Dax - here was a lesson in discipline. It took us to within 1 tick - yes 1 tick - of our stop but did not trigger it and then went scaling up with the same figures release that screwed up the SToxx 50 trade.
I had exited 2 contracts prior for a loss of 18 points (x2) as it had broken my trailing stop. I tried to get back in when the figures came out but the SToxx contract took all my attention. The last contract stayed on to the bitter end and once we had $1k in open profits I trailed the stop again to get out at the break of the lower high formed around 1505. (profit 28 points x1). So net position was down 200 with commissions but it should again have been better. Not great trading .

The SMI trended very nicely if not very steeply and we took 2 off at 7656 for a profit of 32 points each and left the last one on until the end of the day for a profit of 50 points.
Had we not messed about with exits we would have increased our profits by nearly 3k in the European indices.

The USA indices however trended v nicely indeed and gave us some handsome profits again. This run is like nothing I have experienced before - we are now into our 10th new equity high in 11 trading sessions.

Still as our report card would say - could do better.

Edit - in case anyone is wondering - you can't trade the European Indices through Tradestation. However you can take the signals and automate them through Interactive Brokers. You can automate and trade the USA Indices however through both IB and Tradestation.
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Old May 4, 2008, 8:45pm   #58
 
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rdstagg started this thread Well the garden is looking rosy!

Portfolio is now at a very healthy 110% of start equity and the nice run of profits we have had has exploited the increased contracts we have placed to it's maximum.
The difference between trading a single contract and using our position sizing is outlined in the second graph - around 35% difference.
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Old May 6, 2008, 10:13am   #59
 
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Leaky day

rdstagg started this thread May 5th
YM -135
EMD 0
ER2 -280
DAX +25
ESTX -130
SMI 0

Net -520 / -1,560

The Estx50 did it to us again - nicked in on a figures release and then bang straight out in 3 bars. Ouch.

Yesterday was a drifting sort of day. AS I wasn't around for a large part of it the losses were slightly
higher than they could have been but there simply wasn't a lot of profit to be had.
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Old May 8, 2008, 9:42am   #60
 
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Good profits but more mistakes made!

rdstagg started this thread May 6th

YM +390
ER2 +200
EMD +600
DAX +413
ESTX +650
SMI +140

Net 2,393 / 7178

I made a major mistake today but got away with it.
The Dax had broken down out of its' range and I was happily short but then I thought I saw climactic volume and strength in the price bars.
I then exited 2 contracts instead of one by error. Of course the Market did pull back but then tanked back down and now I am only in for 1 contract.
It then proceeded to go to a maximum further gain of 1,125 of which with standard exits we should have gained 500 per contract.
However the market then completely reversed and went way back over our entry point which was a huge surprise.

YM had huge resistance at 12,995 which it finally managed to overcome at 1950 (UK Time)
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