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New demo account up

June 9th, 2009

I put up another demo account yesterday trading FAP Turbo (all pairs), MegaDroid (three EURUSD charts with 1 hour offsets and small risks), GridBot (GBPJPY, USDJPY and EURJPY) and FD2 (all four pairs). This demo is at Alpari UK and I funded it with €1000. You can follow it here: http://jasonvoorhees.mt4stats.com/

This new demo is really trading like my live account at Alpari UK, so perhaps the trades there actually will be useful in finding optimal settings. FD2 is making some really nice trades, hopefully it continues and proves that the defects from last week is ironed out and I can put it on the live account.

Unfortunately AUDNZD and CHPJPY isn’t offered at the Demo account, I still trade these live with the GridBot thou. CHFJPY is strongly correlated with the other Yen pairs of course. AUDNZD is both “Comdolls” (Commodity trending dollars) and is therefor very nice to trade with the GridBot. They usually trade in a range over the day and GridBot can get multiple small trades in. I keep out during the Sydney session.

I will keep my old demo (at Alpari US) running for a while, but the account there really was trashed by RoboMiner. I would not run that bot on a live account…

Update: This setup has made 40% gains in just two days now. Let’s hope FD2 continues to convince me to run it live next week.

FOREX is great

June 8th, 2009

I really mean it. Can’t believe I haven’t realized this before. A old class mate of mine have been trading FX for years now, but I never really got it. Seemed so arbitrary how the whole pricing worked. I totally understood how other financial instruments were valuated (okay, some of them at least, have been learning most of them, including the weird CDSs, the last year or so). At least, now I realize the potential. The market is so liquid that there just is no comparison with other markets. Perfect for trading since there really isn’t any difference in going long or short, it’s all trading one currency for another, no difference.

So now I am committed to really learn some manual trading system. Check out http://www.surefiretradingchallenge.com/ if you’re interested in some systems that seem very promising. FAP Turbo Steve have been sending me “spam” promoting them today. I will check them out tomorrow.

On the EA front (automated trading) there’s not been much changes to my line up. I’m still running FAP Turbo (DonnaForex settings, she knows whats she’s doing), MegaDroid and GridBot (GBPJPY, USDJPY, CHFJPY, EURJPY and AUDZND as stated in other posts). FD2 is doing good this week, but I’ll keep it in demo trading for the week at least.

Also been reading up on writing my own EA this weekend. The MQL4 language is real easy and I have some ideas I would like to test out. I will base it on a Grid trading system using pivots and hedging positions. It will be more long term than GridBot (probably D1). Still annoyed that the GridBot team doesn’t release their version using hedging. Perhaps I’m just having hubris, but it seems quite easy to implement…

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GridBot revised, again…

June 4th, 2009

After another day of grid trading I’m once again changing my setup. One of the most successful, unorthodox, pairs in the past have been EURCAD. Well, that changed yesterday when, for some reason unknown to me, the EUR started to rally against the CAD, effectively destroying the GridBots selling trades and hitting the Safety Net. I know this was a risk of course, but I clearly had put a way too high Safety net, it should have been stopped earlier when it was starting the trend. But just this is really the weakness of the GridBot implementation since it’s completely trend unaware. So, after this experience I’m stopping the EURCAD pair for now, will have to collect more data in order to set a safer Safety net.

Other than that pair yesterday was a good GridBot day actually. It closed 4 out of 4 trades in GBPJPY in profit, and 2 out of 4 USDJPY in profit (but still made €6.06 on this pair). It also made money in AUDNZD trading 9 -23 (basically letting it be when Sydney is open). The other pairs made some and lose some, but nothing out of the ordinary. So if it just hadn’t been for EURCAD… :)

I’m going to keep running GBPJPY/USDJPY/CHFJPY/EURJPY at 18 - 3 GMT. I might adjust the lot sizes downward a few notches, because of the smaller account I have now (see “FD2 crashes and burns…” post earlier today, and EURCAD losses above in this post). I basically lost 1/3 of my account yesterday, and have to reduce risk, even for overperforming pairs.

I have seen a trend the last week where I think I can make alittle more by using a 4 level grid in GBPJPY. It would have made me one extra profitable trade every day trading as of yet, so I think it can be a good idea. Probably will try it in demo account for a few days before activating it in the live account.

I really hope that the developers of GridBot enables their hedging function (they have stated in their forum that they have it developed and that it is doing better than the current implementation, but hasn’t relesed it because of the NFA regulations about hedgning. That regulation only affects brokers that are regulated by the NFA. Alpari UK ofcourse isn’t), I think it would make the bot capable of handling sudden spikes better. I am also tempted by using the Swiss Army EA to modify the GridBots orders, setting S/L per order and in some cases increasing the T/P. As it is now we always get punished when a trend forms “the wrong way”, but never rewarded when it goes the right way (beacuse the T/P is to tight). I would like to see a gliding T/P in these cases when there’s a big move in the right direction.

Enough rambling now. I’m still believing in the Grid trading system, when used at the right market conditions.

FD2 crashes and burns

June 4th, 2009

Well, clearly FD2:s results this Monday was too good to be true. Yesterday it really crashed and burned a lot of my account in the process. It took positions against the Rallying USD and lost, several times. Just as it seemed that it had understood that the USD was in a rally it bought USD against the GBP (a 0.36 lot, huge for my account), only to close the position in minutes for a €4 win. Had it kept that position for just an hour more I would have been netting zero for the day, and had it kept it as long as its EURUSD positions (that closed this morning) it would have made lots and lots. Well it is a machine…

Also, there are some rumours on DonnaForex about the bot being optimised for backtests. Some Indonesians have apparently decompiled the ex4 and dll and found that it calls procedures in the dll with different parameters if you run a backtest than live trading (live or demo that is). If this is true of course this EA is a scam. Until this is proven I have put it on probation, can’t risk more of my hard earned €:s.

Update: I kept it running in Demo, this is one of the trades it did today. Excellent timing, except it is a selling order! :D

fd21

They just released a updated version that I’m going to try in demo for at least two weeks even if it performs amazingly.

Updated GridBot settings

June 3rd, 2009

Monday and Tuesday haven’t been great with the settings I was trying out. A lot of safety nets have been hit, some prematurely but most have stopped further losses. I’m going to drop some pairs and alter settings for others.

USDJPY:  LotSize 0.1, SafetyNet -300, trading between 18 and 3 GMT

So far this pair has 7 winners out of 7 (100%), so it’s a keeper, even thought about raising the LotSize, but I will not for now. Raised the SafetyNet since I trust it more now.

GBPJPY: LotSize 0.05, SafetyNet -150, trading between 18 and 3 GMT

Not as stable as it’s brother USDJPY in my trades. Has hit stafety net twice (once prematurely). I’ve put it on a smaller lot size and widened it’s safety net.

CHFJPY and EURJPY: LotSize 0.01, SafetyNet -30, trading between 18 and 3 GMT

These two are working out just as good as GBPJPY, might increase their lot size in the future, but I’ll wait for even more good trades.

EURCHF: LotSize 0.01, SafetyNet -20, trading between 9 and 3 GMT

This isn’t a clear winner, but it is ahead about €3 right now, so I’ll keep it. EURCHF is trading in a range very often thru out the day.

EURCAD: LotSize 0.05, SafetyNet -100, trading between 9 and 3 GMT

This is a clear winner in my book with €63 in profits and 32 winners out of 38. The other 6 trades were all closed with losses at 4:00 am. I don’t think I could have set another EndHour to stop those losses earlier, the orders we’re all put in during a bit of a trending market.

AUDNZD: LotSize 0.05, SafetyNet -100, trading between 9 and 23 GMT, 5 GridMaxOrders

This pair is trading in a range very often. I hit the safety net prematurely (the pair bounced back) on Monday, so I’ve widened it.  I’m also trying a grid with maximum 5 orders of 0.05 lots with it now, perhaps it can use the movements better.

USDCHF: LotSize 0.01, SafetyNet -13, trading between 9 and 18 GMT

GBPUSD: LotSize 0.05, SafetyNet -50, trading between 9 and 3 GMT

EURUSD: LotSize 0.01, SafetyNet -14, trading betweeen 9 and 15 GMT

USDCAD: LotSize 0.01, SafetyNet -20, trading between 11 and 19 GMT

EURGBP: LotSize 0.01, SafetyNet -20, trading between 9 and 14 GMT

AUDUSD: LotSize 0.01, SafetyNet -14, trading between 10 and 18 GMT

NZDUSD: LotSize 0.01, SafetyNet -14, trading between 11 and 19 GMT

GBPCHF: LotSize 0.01, SafetyNet -20, trading between 9 and 15 GMT

The pairs that ultimately was dropped was just to hard to set decent safety nets on. Some the grid bot almost always opened three positions in, against the trend, and they just hit the net or lingered as losers til EndHour was hit. I guess some of them can be traded during some periods of the day, when the market is less active, but it is very hard to set the correct parameters for this. I would like the GridBot to actually have some intelligence about trends and market conditions, not just blindly execute orders at the price levels in the grid and hope for the best.

GBPUSD showed the most promise of the dropped pairs, but with it ending two times in the Safety net during trends it just isn’t sustainable. And in both those cases the trend didn’t stop, so a wider net would have lost me even more money.

Anyway, I hope that this setup will make money, since I have lost quite alot with the experimenting right now. Hopefully EURCAD and AUDNZD can make it up to me in the coming days. Those pairs aren’t usually traded with this bot, but they’ve been winners for me.

Wild ride with FD2

June 2nd, 2009

After installing Forex Derevative 2.0 (FD2) on my live micro account at Alpari UK yesterday it was really raking in some nice trades straight of the bat, closing trades for a profit of €72. Now it seems to have woken up on the wrong side thou with a closed GBPUSD trade with a loss of €46, and three EURUSD positions in the red (total -€60 behind right now). Hopefully it’ll close them if the markets keep going the wrong way (like the GBPUSD position) or keeps them till they’re in for break even or profit. Update: They we’re just closed at small profits. FD2 seems to have excellent Money Managment strategies.

This is a screenshot of the MT4 chart for GBPUSD from yesterday. Sure the bot could have taken positions at even better times, but still it’s rather impressive I think.

gbpusd_fd

Basically I think this bot got potential and I will keep running it. My current settings on all four pairs are default except that I’ve enabled hedging.