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 kevinkdog   is a Vendor
 
 
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I used to use Tradestation 2000 for system trading and enjoyed easy language so I expect the current version is OK if their brokerage model doesn't get in your way.

Personally I'm about to get back into systems trading (vs systematic trading) and am exploring a really nice FOSS option called backtrader. Its run with Python and so far is looking good - worth a look as it's free, capable, and based on the worlds most popular language (join me at MITx 6.00.1x and learn Python and CS for free with MIT).

Maybe we should have a backtrader thread here among the platforms, assuming we haven't.


How do you define systems trading compared to systematic trading?

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How do you define systems trading compared to systematic trading?

Good question Kevin.

I have 4 pages that define what I should do as the market develops. I follow them with only a tiny amount of discretion (a variable for daily character). From time to time I use a couple of functions in Sierra Chart to take over the entry in the stalking phase.

So I'm rule based with a smidgen of discretion. This contrasts with a friend who is clearly discretionary.

Systems trading for me implies that a program will run 80-100% of the trading. 15 years ago it was 100% but I've evolved a long way since then and may have an on/off switch based on human perception of context but I'm not sure of that.

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