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MMDI Portfolio Filter in Trading Blox

February 2nd, 2010 · 4 Comments · Backtest, Futures, Software, Strategies

David Varadi, from the very good CSS Analytics blog, pointed me to his interesting findings on a Mean Median Divergence Indicator (MMDI) he devised as a replacement to the standard MACD. I wanted to test the MMDI as a follow-up to Moving Median: a better indicator than Moving Average?. This also provided a good opportunity […]

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Thinking of buying Trading Blox?

February 1st, 2010 · 73 Comments · Backtest, Software

Well, I am… Regular readers might think that I suffer from backtesting-software-indecision-itis. Having first settled for TradersStudio, I then evaluated (and purchased) AmiBroker and found that it was 25 times faster than TradersStudio (at least for the calculation of the e-ratio). However, AmiBroker is not really geared towards true portfolio allocation testing with Futures and […]

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How-To: CSI Data into TradersStudio

January 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Data

Dear readers, I hope you enjoyed the holiday break. I wish you a happy New Year – may it bring you progress and success in your automated trading endeavours! I wanted to start this year with an idea I left off last year, when investigating robustness: Using the median as a more robust tool than […]

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Amibroker vs TradersStudio: comparison

November 16th, 2009 · 9 Comments · Backtest, Software

A couple of weeks ago I downloaded Amibroker to see if it could compute the e-ratio much faster than TradersStudio (it did!). The result of the speed comparison is there and the Amibroker code for the e-ratio is there. I thought it might be interesting to do a comparison of how easy it is to […]

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Amibroker V. TradersStudio: Speed comparison Fight

November 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Backtest, Software

It might not capture the imagination as much as the recent Haye v. Valuev WBA World Heavyweight Championship fight (it probably might for some of you… ;-) but I decided to organise my own “fight”: AmiBroker V. TradersStudio! And similarly to the boxing, speed was of the essence – with one platform completely out-performing the […]

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Unfair Advantage API Code (C#): Extract Futures Continuous data

October 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Backtest, Code, Data, Futures, Software

As mentioned in the previous post on retrieving Back-Adjusted Contracts using the RetrieveBackAdjustedContract2 function of the Unfair Advantage API, I have coded up this very simple project to read a list of Futures underlying instruments, retrieve a proportionally back-adjusted contract for each of the instruments and oputput it to a file. Getting started with the […]

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Continuous Contract options

September 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Backtest, Data, Futures, Software

As mentioned previously in What everybody ought to know about continuous Futures contracts, there are multiple ways to concatenate Futures contracts. Unfair Advantage offers a rich choice of concatenation algorithms – I will use UA as the base for this post. Please also refer to the Unfair Advantage online manual. Let’s look at the different […]

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Continous Futures Contracts

September 22nd, 2009 · 30 Comments · Backtest, Data, Futures

And how to avoid easy common mistakes when choosing which data to use to back-test a trading strategy on Futures… This is a “long-ish” post but I believe essential for good-practice back-testing. No long-term continuity Futures are specific in the way they trade in series of short-lived contracts that are only active for a few […]

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I just got myself an Unfair Advantage…

September 15th, 2009 · No Comments · Data, Futures, Software

What is this Unfair Advantage? Well, I have just purchased End Of Day historical futures data from Commodity Systems Inc. and this is how they call their Software/Database! Admittedly it is supposed to be a very good data feed that Google and Yahoo use for their respective Finance portal. They are also recommended by back-testing […]

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