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Money from JadeFX on my account

June 7th, 2012

Finally the day has come. It takes a long time here in Sweden to cash a (American) cheque. About 5 weeks this time (and it costs about $100). But since this morning the money I got back from JadeFX, via NFA, is in the Bank.

Now I must decide how to invest them… I’ll get back to that later. Too much to do at my daytime work right now (it spills over to nights and weekends). :)

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Still nothing from JadeFX (via NFA)

March 27th, 2012

Wow, it has been a long time since the last positive news in this story now. I’ve actually been traveling through out Africa for for the past 3 months and have tried to not think about it. Just got home this weekend and to no surprise I found no check in the mail. After reading through the forum at Donnas I found out that there should have been some correspondence from the NFA thou, but I have not received any. I’ve sent a email to the appointed contact at NFA and hopefully they will confirm that I’m on the list of account holders and that they won’t miss me when ever they come around to actually giving our money back. Or what is left of it after “administration fees”…

When I finally get my capital I will split it in two accounts. One at Pepperstone and one at FXCC (of course with rebates from Cashbackforex).

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Finally getting money from JadeFX?

November 22nd, 2011

Well, first off, I haven’t gotten anything yet, so my hopes are still low. But there are news from Tracey at the CFTC reported through the forum at Donnas (strange that they can’t email us all, they have our contact information). It seems that the Court has finally approved the NFA to start reimbursing the customers. Good news!

But we’re looking at getting 50-60% back according to Tracey, and it isn’t even clear if that is 50% of the account balance on March 1st (when the CFTC shut down JadeFX) or 50% of deposited funds. Additional bad news is that they can’t wire us the money. Instead they will use a time machine, go back to the 1980’s and mail us a check! So silly. American checks are really expensive to cash here in Sweden, and it takes  a long time to process. Bad news…

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Long time, no forex…

October 13th, 2011

It’s been quite some time since I traded accounts with any sums to talk about (I have a very small account at Alpari UK funded still, but it isn’t doing well with automated strategies, it’s okay for manual mid term strategies thou). I’m still waiting to get my money back from JadeFX to start trading automatically seriously again. The last word is that the NFA is going to get access to JadeFX accounts in November and that they then will start the distribution of funds. It will be interesting to see how much I will receive since I had quite a bit more in the account than I had deposited (I had profits of 143% during 2010H2). I’m guessing I won’t get the profits back, but at this point really anything is better than nothing. I’ve been waiting for 7 months…

In the meantime I have been testing different strategies out in demos at FINFX and Pepperstone. I was quite confident that I had a nice setup with 5 different EAs after the summer, but the last contest at MyFXBook unraveled some disturbing losses. The scalpers really suffered from the relatively high spreads at GoMarkets (they have been optimized for the low spread trading environments at ECN-brokers like Pepperstone and FINFX). More disturbing was that some intra-day strategies didn’t work well when turbulence hit the markets in mid September. All in all I lost ~13 % during the month, and I was up about 10% halfway through. I know that if this would have been a live account there would have been days I would not have traded because of the turbulence in the worlds markets, so I think a live account would have managed a break even month. I would like the EAs to take this “no trade” decision themselves thou, and it is something I am working on.

I think that you will see more activity in this blog once I get my (forex) trading capital back from JadeFX. Until then I will try to take some time and update the Forex Guide. It is long overdue.

JadeFX (non)communication

March 8th, 2011

So it’s been a few days now and I must say that I’m not much wiser. There is a lot of speculation online regarding this incident, but sadly very little information have come out of JadeFX and absolutely none from the CFTC.  The latter is quite surprising, and also makes me wonder if they really are involved or not. It seems they often put up a press release when they are investigating brokers, but none have been put up for JadeFX.

The alternative is of course a very scary and frustrating one, and that is that JadeFX is another case of Madoff. It has been discovered that in the fine print parts of the client agreement it is stated that under Belize law clients funds are not protected in case of bankruptcy, in direct conflict with the information about this in the FAQ that was posted on the website. There it was clearly stated that clients funds was kept on segregated accounts and could not be touched.

It would be extremely interesting to know who ordered the cutting of the price feed. If it was done by the CFTC I would think they’d put out information about it. I must say that I’m not very hopeful of getting my money out, it might just be a defensive mechanism, but the thing is that it all is extremely strange. The Website is now completely down, and it is of course an active choice by someone at JadeFX, it would have been simpler just not to touch it. For some reason they don’t want us to be able to read the information that was out there. Also the platform is shut down since Saturday, so the only channel that JadeFX have been communication through is now down. And yesterday they also shut down my VPS, again an active act. They’re in complete shutdown mode.

Hopefully there’s more information soon… In the meantime I’m thinking about my options with other brokers, but the thing really is that I don’t have energy for that right now. I’m going on a mini-vacation tomorrow (skiing) for a few days, I will try to completely stop thinking about this for that time.

Here is screen dumps of all the communication I’ve received from JadeFX since this began, so anyone interested can form their own opinion.

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CFTC shuts down JadeFX

March 5th, 2011

In a move of complete and utter disregard for peoples’ belongings the CFTC have shut down the trading operations of JadeFX and freezes the companys’ accounts. The allegation is that they are breaking the CFTC’s regulations. The interesting thing of course is that JadeFX is a Belize registered company and that they have no American customers (they all we’re kicked out last year when the CFTC started their crusade against home forex traders). I am very frustrated with this, I have a nice sum of money in there that I can’t access now. I am not an American, I should not be affected by their crap.

Apparently the CTFC argues that they have jurisdiction because the liquidity provider that JadeFX is using is Citi, but why the hell doesn’t they just send Citi a cease and desist letter and JadeFX can find another partner to trade with.

So basically I’m counting on the CFTC to penalize JadeFX for their “wrong doings” and I’m not counting on getting any of my money out. Thank you CTFC for protecting me as a trader and taking all my money. Thank you protectors of the Free World.

I’ve sent this to the CFTC. I don’t expect a reply:

“Dear Sir(s).

I would like a explanation why you are interfering with my right as a world citizen to trade with currencies on a fair market as provided by JadeFX out of Belize (not a US state FYI). I am a Swedish (Sweden is also not a US state) citizen. Please inform me on what grounds you are stopping my broker JadeFX from dealing with me? Whom are you trying to protect here?

JadeFX is saying that they will not process any withdraws while this process is in action, so I can’t get my money out. Also it is of course likely that they will be forced into bankruptcy if you don’t stop interfering with their business, and then I’m sure I won’t get any money. So if you were trying to protect me from losing money on trading Forex you instead just made me loose 100% (instead of gaining 143% like I did during 2010). Thank you very much.

BR Johan Axelsson
Customer at Jade FX, not an American citizen under your jurisdiction.”

The Jade FX website is down, but we have been getting some updates in emails within the MT4 platform. It doesn’t look good.

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Really bad start of the Year

February 1st, 2011

It was of course inevitable, there had to be a loosing month sometime. January started of rather bad (like December ended), picked up a little and then fell through on the 24-25th. And then some more yesterday the 31st. So for a total loss of 14.53% it ended rather badly.

jade_january

It is trades in EURGBP, the main currency traded that have been bad, and mostly then by The Channel Scalper. Other EAs have been small winners, with the exception of XBars MA Scalper trading GBPUSD that ended a small loser with 3 wins and 1 loss (and the ratio between TP and SL is just over 3).

When I’ve been looking at the performance day to day I can’t but see that there is some portion of “bad luck” involved here, or at least bad settings.

bad_timing_timeout

This picture is from yesterdays session. First off we can see of course that it started trading a little too early. The market was drifting upwards the entire session though, so the trades should have been taken “badly” either way. The really unlucky part is in the timeout value of 4 hours thou, when if 4h30min would have been used instead all trades would have taken profit instead of closing for about three times the TP in losses. Three positions survived the peak and took profit here. One EA, trading with a experimental SL of just 11, just exactly hit that before the reversal.

4 hours instead of 4,5 is a little better in backtests thou, so I will stick with it. Hopefully the Market will behave more like I expect it the coming month.

There have been even some more bad news for this account thou, as JadeFX have announced a 33% increase in commission for GBP based pairs. As 85% or so of my trading on the account is in EURGBP and a few more percent is GBPUSD this is really bad news. The commission on these will be $8/lot starting February 14th. Perhaps it is time to look at some of the alternative brokers, which are quite few, but perhaps worthy of testing out either way. FinFX is a ECN broker that I’ve been demotrading with successfully. They have about the same spread as JadeFX and they will after this change have lower commission. A HotForex Currenex account is another possibility, this one has the advantage of requiring just $500 to start out live testing with.

But I really like JadeFX and the setup I have there with their ultra low latency VPS. We’ll see, I won’t make any hasty decisions.

Performance for second half of 2010 at JadeFX

January 7th, 2011

Just a quick graph of the 6 months of trading that made up the second half of 2010 at JadeFX. The account have during this period exclusively been running scalpers and 85% of the trading have been by The Channel Scalper trading EURGBP.

jade_2010h2Performance July 1st - December 31st 2010

The funny thing is that the graph above states about 104% gained when in reality 143% was gained. MyFXBook calculates something very differently here and I have reported it to them. Not that 104% would be shabby but the account really have 143% more dollars now and I haven’t deposited any. $150 have even been taken by JadeFX from the account to pay for six months of their VPS. Strange.

143% gives a average gain of 16% per month, which I am satisfied with. Over 12 months this would give about 500% :)

Rather nice December at JadeFX

January 7th, 2011

Update of my JadeFX accounts scalping performance under December. Prior years I have shut down EAs in early to mid December, but this year I decided to trade almost as usual. I ran quite a few backtests using Dukascopy tickdata and concluded that it wasn’t riskier to trade this month than any other (with my strategies that is, others might perform differently). Up until December 16th I thought I had made a excellent decision with a gain of 30% during the month, but that day and the also the following I lost about 17% of the account and was down at 7% gained during December. The latter half of the month added a little pips here and there and ended up at 12.53% gained.

jade_decemberDecember performance at JadeFX

The biggest losses came from XBars MA Scalper trading GBPUSD and RSI MA Scalper trading EURUSD. A version of settings for The Channel Scalper trading EURGBP also got hit hard. Prices was trending significantly during the normal quiet Asian market. Going forward I have made adjustments that I hope will reduce drawdown like this without penalizing profit taking during periods when prices are range bound during my trading hours.

Difficult November for scalping EAs

December 3rd, 2010

November is over and it is time to look at the performance of my scalper EAs at JadeFX. It was the worst performing month since May this year with “just” 2.88 % gained. There we’re two massive loosing streaks on the 3rd - 5th and the 18th - 19th. In both cases news pushed prices out of the usual channels during the Asian session basically affecting all scalping strategies.

jade_novemberPerformance outside of these dates was good. Risk taken is clearly quite high, but it is intended as a high risk account. I am experimenting with tighter stoplosses and adapted timeout values as a way of reducing the swings.

Most profits (and losses) are made by The Channel Scalper trading EURGBP, but the performance of XBars MA Scalper on GBPUSD this month is notable. It took profit in 9 of 11 trades (82%) and made 99.5 pips in total because of it’s sensible TP vs SL ratio of 1:3.