For example you spent 3-5 years of hard tests, lost thousands money and finally found you strategy. Now you... yes! Exactly. Now you go to FF and start sharing it, debating, demonstrating, arguing.
Oh wait! There is another option. You start to sell your great EA for 30$ lifetime license. Or start your learning course. Because you don't want to run your great strategy and earn money, you want to help others and make the world better!
And of course while you creating your great golden deluxe strategy you are thinking is there any liquidity in the world that can handle my great strategy? What if (it is so great) it can break the market? Or programmers will stole it... or whales will find it and change their algos! Oh my god so many questions!
You can either have a permanent edge or a temporary edge over the market. The temporary edge is a fad. It doesn't wear off, it was never relevant. A permanent edge can only be built on the characteristics of the market (both explicit and hidden).
No one wants to listen or do their homework.. amazing
the edge its in the price in itself, not even "fundamentals" or whatever you want to think matters, the PRICE leaves you clues of what its going to do next; if you learn how to read it you will always are going to be at the right place and time, thats all you need to make money (well, that and know how to handle a trade but thats a different history)
And yes, its that simple!! i never understand the desire/necessity of over complicate this activity. there is no need for that and you wont get better resuts doing it, period
There is a lot of insight in this post.
It would surprise most traders how often someone can get lucky for quite a long period of time. The trader who adds to losers can survive for quite a while when volatility is low and markets are trading in ranges for extended periods. A lot of stock traders thought they were market gods from 1997 all the way to late 1999. All you had to do was buy an internet stock, any internet stock. Most of them went broke in the summer and fall of 2000.
In my opinion, people who say sharing their strategy will remove their edge are either lying or do not understand how the forex market works. The idea that sharing your strategy will create competition in your entries is pure crap. There are lots of great traders here, who have been sharing their strategies for years and not once have I seen any of them complain on it losing it's edge or whatsoever.
So I don't think sharing your strategy, makes it lose its edge or effectiveness except there was never one in the first place. The best strategies I've seen, are based of the price itself, just following what it's doing, so I don't see how any kind of edge will be lost if more people knew about it.
I'm a coder. When I see any "promising" strategy... which performed great 10 years... I view it as an investor. I view any strategy as "just another business opportunity". It's like investors viewing regular companies how they performed in the past... ok, great. Your company sold products and made some x% yearly profits. But well... that's the past. Who knows the future? There might appear any obstacle in any business... and everything can (and will) go wrong with more or fewer drawdowns.
In the banking business, there are theories of how portfolios of stocks must be made. In short: never rely on 1 strategy. Diversify. Any strategy can/will fail. Make packages of running strategies with various risks/rewards, entries, exits etc rules.
A package of 10 EAs will have 1-2 winners, 1-4 total losers, and all the rest +/- nothing (not good and not bad or compensate each other). Those 1-2 winners will cover losers and make some profit.
Then comes another layer... you need to have ~10 packages with EAs - so total about 100 EAs setups. Because there can (and will) fail the entire package... and then like it is in the insurance business (which 100% relies on statistic too by the way) there comes next layers... any insurance company is reinsured by bigger. And any bigger is again reinsured by a huge one. So it seems needed to have about 1000 EAs setups... well that's too much for 1 trader. It can be done by hedge companies or banks which have teams of coders for this.
In statistics there are fluctuations. If any process runs with some success rate lets say in 10 years average 60% profitable trades then there will be months and years when that profit will be 45% and periods when that profit will be ~75%. So on average, it is 60%. But those periods can last months/years. You never know when that statistical fluctuation in which direction will happen to any strategy.
See here a screenshot from my ~90 EAs (different strategies/setups/symbols risk/reward etc - no martingale, no averaging, all with safe SL) running on 9 accounts on 3 brokers:
And you see some packages perform bad/modestly and some quite good. Some of them attached to my TE (which are on MT4, the rest on MT5 which is must-have for optimizations/backtests).
I gave you "the edge" I am using but for you, it is impossible to reproduce (still you can build something similar - different sets of strategies, proportions, rules, etc). I built this system of EAs several years. Made a lot of optimizations/backtest. Made special tools to analyze data and calculate the combined risks of packages. I see that there is no get-rich-fast possible... with compounding maybe 7-10 years to accumulate something meaningful (if broker won't go to bankrupt... therefore diversify brokers too... split your capital)
What, ex post, turn out to be the best entries, at swing reversals, are the hardest to play because they happen when the vast majority is on that swing. Then something magic happens, somehow a mountain of liquidity appears and stops the move and reverses it, or leads to a fast and deep retr.
A lot of what goes on all the time in the markets is going against the easiest expectations of the weakest participants.
That said, you can publish a profitable strategy and have it working long term as long as few retails play it. Once it becomes really popular, it will be erased purposefully; not because the big players track the forums but because they see the retail positions.
A really significantly profitable entry-exit strategy, one that reverses the markets and dictates the swings (by definition) cannot be in the public domain because then there would be no losers, which is not possible; you need loss takers, to take profits.
if you are trading hft eg then there isnot much room for others to joın
however medium and long term strategies might work longer but for whole, wear off is inevitable
every system works, until it does not
Kaufman: I did that for years. Absolutely yes. But during the 1990s, I was successful in what is called opening-range breakout. With an opening range breakout, you let the market establish an early range in the first half hour, hour, or hour-and-a-half, and then when prices breaks out, you go that direction. That worked really, really well for maybe 15, 20 years, from 1981 to 1999. Now it doesn’t appear to work at all.
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