I've used my own TradeStation automated strategies - there's nothing wrong with the platform or execution, but that's not saying anything about strategies from a particular vendor.
Here's a suggestion though - Larry Williams has many books published which won't cost you much to buy (you can probably find free pdfs online even). Why not get one of these and test out some of his ideas? If the stuff he claims works in his books tests out, then there's a reasonable chance that his strategies will also work.
For what it's worth, his signature trading style was always the "volatility breakout", so maybe test variations of this also on the assumption that the strategy he is selling is somewhat similar?
Ofcourse. Optimizing one right now. Problem is you cant optimize it over longer than 6 month tick data that is available. So I guess one would have to re-optimize often and keep a close eye. Several optimizations give great results as far as numbers are concerned, but very essential to look at the equity curve, if it looks like crap, its no point.
If anyone else has ideas about optimizing tick charts/ charts with only 6 months data available (other than buying 3rd party 10 year tick data) and the frequency to re-optimize, to use exhaustive versus genetic algo...please pitch in.
Is there any app or program that will optimize for best equity curve (long shot but may be there is one) automatically.
I am intermediate, but a beginner at Automated. I use a MovAvg Cross LE & SE no LX/EX Strategy Automated with % Trailing true 50/10 and get GREAT back-testing results, +80% Profitable & Profit Factor +2.5, but run on the simulator the results are not good??? I believe it is in the % Trailing settings? Any suggestions?
as the % Trailing can trigger an exit intrabar, testing without the Look-Inside-Bar backtesting (LIB) feature can give you a large difference between what your tests show and what would happened in reality. Therefore you might want to do your tests using LIB and the highest resolution possible.
I have LIB feature checked. The problem is the strategy is working in the simulator live and the Trade List shows the the strategy working. In the Orders the results is quite different to the negative and not just slippage. The % trailing is closing short. I have tried 30 & 20 minute charts. Any suggestions on the Trailing settings? Thanks.
I have been creating Auto strategies on the TS simulator for 6 months. I have used all the most popular ones with thousands of setting combinations. They have produced some great back-testing, but when trading them live on the simulator the results are not good. I understand back-testing is not an exact reflection of live trading, but the strategy works fine and the Trade is not executing the same. I have made some progress and with some slippage it is improving. Example RSI: All Trades Adjusted Profit Factor = 3.1 Percent Profitable = 78%. This is a one month chart, but the results on a 3 year chart are comparable. The problem is nothing works well without % Trailing. Yet % Trailing seems to trigger some false Stops?
Your work with the Auto Trading using ETFs sounds interesting. I’d like to have more details.
I have been trading for over 20 years. I just started trading futures last Sept. and lost. I am too emotional trading manually. In Jan. I started working in the simulator on Auto Trading. Like you said great success in BT, but died in real-time. I has great success with range bars, but same results live. Non of my systems work without % Trailing.
Do I just give up? Any suggestions? Back to options? Thanks for the comment it is the first real help I have received. TS techs are great at the platform, but I did not find one who seemed to know Auto Trading.