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Leveraged Trading

I tend to be a little skeptical when I see books aimed at retail traders with low amount of trading capital, focusing on leveraged trading on FX, CFDs and the like. The very mention of retail forex trading means that there’s a near certainty that whatever comes next is misinformed at best and a scam at worst. But seeing my ...

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Trading Evolved – Errata and Updates

A book like Trading Evolved will without a doubt have errors. On top of errors, updates may also be needed as new versions of dependent software packages are released. I will keep a running log on this site of issues found, and suggested solutions. After this list grows long enough, I will update the book itself, and put a version ...

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Have you ever wondered what a Swiss Banker does?

Not long ago, I came across a newly released book. I nearly ignored it as I didn’t really like the title, but the cover grabbed my attention. On the cover, there was a photo taken a couple of hundred yards from my office, in central Zurich, with plenty of big Swiss flags on it. Must be taken on National Day. ...

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Trading Evolved – Taking it to the Next Level

A year in the making, my third book is now complete. Trading Evolved is quite different from my previous books, and substantially more information packed. This book is a practical, in-depth guide on how to backtest and analyze strategies using powerful Python techniques. To my knowledge, no such book exist at the moment. Trading Evolved is a trading book. Not ...

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Trading Sardines

Hey everyone. Remember me? It’s been a while. I’m glad to see that you’re still around. I’m sorry for the radio silence in the past year. It was for many reasons, a strange year. At first, I had a bit of a health scare in the first part of the year. I won’t scare you with the details, but while ...

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How to Become a Professional Trader

Would you like to trade for a living? Of course you do. That’s why you are here, reading this article. Professional trading is the subject of much lore and myths, and it can be difficult sometimes to tell reality from fiction. Before you read this article, you need to make a decision. Do you want to become a professional trader? ...

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Separating Positions from Allocations

Most trading models I see are missing an important concept. It’s not a terribly difficult concept, but it is an important one. It’s not at all strange that most traders, in particular on the retail side, are missing this point. Most trading books skip over it. Most books gloss over it, or just don’t mention it at all. My books ...

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Why I Left a Comfortable Management Career

In what now seems like a past life, I had a cushy management career with a large financial data provider. I was doing well, advancing fast in the company. Yet I left it all behind and took a chance on something new and unknown. Knowing how it all turned out, I don’t regret it for a moment. Actually, even if ...

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Getting Started with Python Modeling – Making an Equity Momentum Model

For years, people smarter than me have been telling me to get into Python. I’ve had a perfectly valid reason to resist. It seemed difficult. And besides, just look at the syntax! It looks like some silly BASIC that I used to code back in the 1980’s. It doesn’t even have any semi colons! But slowly I’m starting to see ...

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A Very Different Kind of Trend Model

Trend following is all about following the price. Typically the only input we need for a trend following model is the price. But what if I told that we could make a kind of trend following model which does not use the price direction as an input at all? It also has no stops and no targets. In this article, ...

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Norgate Data for RightEdge Review

I’ve written in the past about how RightEdge is one of the best simulation platforms on the market. The only issue with RightEdge is that it can be a little tricky to get started. If you’re not comfortable with programming, it’s not that easy to get your data hooked up so you can start modelling. Perhaps the new RightEdge plugin for ...

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You can’t beat all the chimps

It is a long established fact that a reasonably well behaved chimp throwing darts at a list of stocks can outperform most professional asset managers. While there would be obvious advantages with hiring chimps over hedge fund traders, such as lower salaries and better manners, there are also a few practical obstacles to such hiring practices. For those asset management ...

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True Alpha – How the CLENOW portfolio makes a fool out of the S&P 500

Beating the index isn’t really all that hard. I’m going to show you a great way to beat the market while having some fun in the process. This is a brand new way of managing portfolios, and I’m going to explain every detail of it. The True Alpha method is easy to trade and is unique in offering personalized vanity ...

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How to make proper equity simulations on a budget – Part 2 Software

Your choice of simulation software can have a greater impact than you may think. Most simulation platforms that are priced within reach for hobby traders and even smaller asset managers are quite frankly junk. If you start modeling in those environments, you will most likely either need to throw it all out and start over later, or accept massive error factors. ...

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How to make proper equity simulations on a budget – Part 1 Data

Simulating an equity strategy is difficult. Much more so than simulating a futures strategy. There’s a lot more moving parts to care about. Much more complexity. All too often, I see articles and books that just skipped the difficult parts. Either they didn’t understand it, or they hoped it wouldn’t matter. It does. When I set out to write Stocks ...

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A Random Ass Kicking of Wall Street

A random number generator can beat your mutual fund. Given a choice between a random portfolio and a mutual fund, I’ll go with the randomizer every day of the week and twice on Sundays. You think I’m joking? I’m not joking. Trashing the mutual fund industry is almost like beating a dead horse. Except of course that it’s a thriving, ...

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Beware of Trading Quotes

Retail traders love quotes. Boiling something down to a single sentence makes it appear as a universal truth. A physical law that cannot be broken. It’s a great way to reduce critical thinking. After all, if George Soros said something, it surely must be true. The guy is a billionaire and couldn’t possibly be wrong. Quotes are useless. Pay no ...

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The Stock Investing Illusion

Most people trade stocks because it seems easy. We all know what companies do and how they stock work. At least, that’s what most people would think. It’s a dangerous and deceptive illusion. Equities seem attractive for two reasons. First because they appear simple, and second because of the common belief that stocks always appreciate over time. Both of these points ...

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Stocks on the Move is Out!

A year ago I wrote an article about why trend following doesn’t work on stocks. That article surprised many people. After all, I was mostly known for writing a book about trend following on futures. Why would I diss trend following? And why does a futures guy talk about stocks? The fact is that I’ve been working with stocks longer ...

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Why I am Self Publishing my New Trading Book

I’m one of the top 5% best selling trading book authors in the world. My first book was a run-away success. And yet I’m about to self publish my next work. Why would an established author want to self publish? There is an unjustified perception that self publishing means poor quality. Let me tell you why that’s not necessarily true. Publishing ...

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