It's gambling. If you trade martingale you are gambling not trading. Full stop!

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- | Joined Aug 2009 | Status: Member | 1,074 Posts

DislikedI am no fan of martingale, but I think there is a chance how he can work for some people (sort of)

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So if someone is betting this strategy with martingale, he will see increased performance, because he is risking an amount far from optimal in first place.

Conclusion: if martingale works for you double your lots and forget the martingaleIgnored

- | Commercial Member | Joined Dec 2009 | 32 Posts

Hello Everyone,

Well in my mind the problem of the Martingale is a very significant one in trading. I think that a very good argument that can be put forward here is that there has yet not been a single long term profitable martingale which has been shown to work in trading.

Let me explain myself better, there have been thousands of martingale systems that have been tried and failed with time (some even showing profits for a few years) but there has been no martingale that has ever been able to trade without total loss of funds through a significant period of change in long term volatility (more than 10 years) with profitable results, at least to the best of my knowledge this system doesn't exist.

So the facts here are quite simple to interpret :

Well in my mind the problem of the Martingale is a very significant one in trading. I think that a very good argument that can be put forward here is that there has yet not been a single long term profitable martingale which has been shown to work in trading.

Let me explain myself better, there have been thousands of martingale systems that have been tried and failed with time (some even showing profits for a few years) but there has been no martingale that has ever been able to trade without total loss of funds through a significant period of change in long term volatility (more than 10 years) with profitable results, at least to the best of my knowledge this system doesn't exist.

So the facts here are quite simple to interpret :

- Countless martingales have lost accounts and large amounts of funds
- There is no martingale that has been profitable for at least ten years (or such a system is not made public or published anywhere)
- For a martingale to succeed a system is needed where the probability to have a favorable outcome on the next trade increases with the number of losses.

Now the facts here tell us that we would need to have a system which would have an implicit increase in its statistical probability to win after every negative outcome, something which cannot be proved to not exist (which means it might be possible).

However there are countless systems that have been proved to work for more than 10 years that are used by traders all over the world which have shown to resist changes in market conditions and use sound money management principles. Donchian channel systems are a good example of this.

So the question becomes : would you rather pursue an extremely risky venture that no one has publicly been able to succeed at or would you rather use trusted systems that have shown to work through a myriad of market conditions ? The answer for most professional traders here is obvious.

As always remember the saying :

"there are old and bold traders but there are no old bold traders"

I hope this helps the discussion

Best Regards,

Daniel

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- | Joined Jan 2010 | Status: Member | 50 Posts

I see everybody here is telling martingale never work coming from mathematics and probabilistic theory. If you say according to mathematics this will never work you must accept first market is truly random which means what happened no way effects the future. If so and market is truly random it means not only martingale will not work also none of the technical analysis will also not work.

So if you say according to probability or laymans terms gambling martingale is a suicide then you must accept market is truly random which means we should stop trading because technical analysis should not work in a random market.

So if you say according to probability or laymans terms gambling martingale is a suicide then you must accept market is truly random which means we should stop trading because technical analysis should not work in a random market.

- Joined Sep 2006 | Status: ... | 8,092 Posts

DislikedI see everybody here is telling martingale never work coming from mathematics and probabilistic theory. If you say according to mathematics this will never work you must accept first market is truly random which means what happened no way effects the future. If so and market is truly random it means not only martingale will not work also none of the technical analysis will also not work.

So if you say according to probability or laymans terms gambling martingale is a suicide then you must accept market is truly random which means we should stop...Ignored

The market is

Money management

- | Joined Jan 2010 | Status: Member | 50 Posts

Depends actually. Unlike random coin toss in the market probability of decline of price increases the longer the price increases. But this does not give any info on how much the market decline or reverse. I have seen 400 pips moves in couple of hours but never seen 1500 pips move continuously so far.

Does that mean it cant be? No ofcourse not. we can see that kind of move but it is highly unlikely. Because market is not pure mathematical equation. There is an emotional side of it.

We all know what happened with Long-Term Capital Management L.P.

It is you who decides when to enter that trade. And this brings chaos to the equation.

Thats why i may succeed using martingale based on my entry (which is chaos) or I may fail horribly.

Not everything is deterministic. Those kind of newtonian thinking can solve daily life problems but economics is alot more complex than that.

Does that mean it cant be? No ofcourse not. we can see that kind of move but it is highly unlikely. Because market is not pure mathematical equation. There is an emotional side of it.

We all know what happened with Long-Term Capital Management L.P.

It is you who decides when to enter that trade. And this brings chaos to the equation.

Thats why i may succeed using martingale based on my entry (which is chaos) or I may fail horribly.

Not everything is deterministic. Those kind of newtonian thinking can solve daily life problems but economics is alot more complex than that.

- Joined Sep 2006 | Status: ... | 8,092 Posts

DislikedDepends actually. Unlike random coin toss in the market probability of decline of price increases the longer the price increases. But this does not give any info on how much the market decline or reverse. I have seen 400 pips moves in couple of hours but never seen 1500 pips move continuously so far.

Does that mean it cant be? No ofcourse not. we can see that kind of move but it is highly unlikely. Because market is not pure mathematical equation. There is an emotional side of it.

We all know what happened with Long-Term Capital Management L.P.

It...Ignored

MM strategies like martingale makes no sense, for the reason that I gave earlier. Increasing position size simply to recover from recent losses represents an emotional, rather than a mathematically justifiable response: market behavior and probabilities aren't going to change simply because one insignificant retail trader has had a recent losing sequence. All martingale does is increase risk of ruin, without improving trade expectancy.

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- | Joined Jan 2010 | Status: Member | 50 Posts

I understand what you are telling.

first of all i am not suggesting a pure MM.

You may have a winning system if you can enter the patern at the correct time. But sometimes market does a tail and gets you out and then makes the expected move.

So market moved according to mathematics, pattern etc. And your prediction was right. But timing was a little off..

There enters the martingale. If you can master it and if your entries are high probability entries martingale gives you a second, third ... chance.

By martingale I am not exactly saying doubling up. What i mean is increasing the position size to cover off timed but correct entries. The amount of increase should be more than your system's historic loosing streak.

Not every system can be used with martingale. And it needs a little luck that a historic event will not take place. Also your calculated risk should be correct.

Am i using it? No. but there can be a way to use it with the right set of tools.

Again it is a possibility.

first of all i am not suggesting a pure MM.

You may have a winning system if you can enter the patern at the correct time. But sometimes market does a tail and gets you out and then makes the expected move.

So market moved according to mathematics, pattern etc. And your prediction was right. But timing was a little off..

There enters the martingale. If you can master it and if your entries are high probability entries martingale gives you a second, third ... chance.

By martingale I am not exactly saying doubling up. What i mean is increasing the position size to cover off timed but correct entries. The amount of increase should be more than your system's historic loosing streak.

Not every system can be used with martingale. And it needs a little luck that a historic event will not take place. Also your calculated risk should be correct.

Am i using it? No. but there can be a way to use it with the right set of tools.

Again it is a possibility.

- Joined Sep 2006 | Status: ... | 8,092 Posts

DislikedThere enters the martingale. If you can master it and if your entries are high probability entries martingale gives you a second, third ... chance.Ignored

You still get a second or third chance, no matter how you size your positions.

However, if, as you say, the probability of reversion to a mean increases the further price moves away from the mean, then an increase in position size is sound. But, to be mathematically justifiable, it would need to be commensurate with the improvement in the probability being offered by the market, as opposed being based on the size needed to recover the trader's open losses. And you would need to prove the mean reversion statistically, though; I suspect the "don't add to losses" mantra that's bandied around by veteran traders is the result of hard experience.

Increasing position size merely to recover recent losses is nothing more than an emotional response, and will inevitably end in disaster, because emotions will increase the deeper the account spirals into drawdown.

Most martingales are sized around what the worst seen adverse move. Like you say, just because 1500 pips hasn't occurred, doesn't mean that it won't in the future, even if it is highly unlikely. Nonetheless, IMO that is gambling rather than trading; because just

To each their own; everybody must proceed with whatever they feel most comfortable. I am conservative by nature, hence risk management is my #1 priority. But it's not for me to tell anybody else what they should or shouldn't do.

Thanks for the discussion. I wish you every success.

David

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- | Joined Jan 2010 | Status: Member | 50 Posts

As I said I am not using it either but I am not also saying 100% it will fail. I guess it will always be in my mind when constructing new ways of trade.

What we discuss here is mainly philosophy and it never ends with a certain decision. Aim of discussion is only to open new horizons to our thinking

I certainly enjoyed our discussion.

Thank you.

What we discuss here is mainly philosophy and it never ends with a certain decision. Aim of discussion is only to open new horizons to our thinking

I certainly enjoyed our discussion.

Thank you.

- Joined Sep 2017 | Status: Trend Following,Price Action,Grid | 2,090 Posts

I have recently started the matriangle strategy with smaller lot,but I use it after studying the market and when I know I'm following the trend and only 2 bets,first 0.01lot and another is 0.03.if it doesn't work,i just quit this pair and don't keep on increasing the lots.i think it is a good strategy if used with precaution and without greed.

- Joined Apr 2010 | Status: Lazy trader on D1 charts | 5,906 Posts

DislikedI have recently started the matriangle strategy with smaller lot,but I use it after studying the market and when I know I'm following the trend and only 2 bets,first 0.01lot and another is 0.03.if it doesn't work,i just quit this pair and don't keep on increasing the lots.i think it is a good strategy if used with precaution and without greed.Ignored