and here's another example why that kind of statistic is pointless. you're long, going for 3 points and stop is 1 point. market is moving slowly, you're up 5 ticks and didn't have to take any heat so far. 10 minutes later you're still positive. now something bad happens. the market drops 2 points in a minute and stops you out.
so now you have a losing trade with a duration of 11 minutes. but in fact you were in a winning trade for 10 minutes and a losing trade for 1 minute. hope I'm making sense here.
I might look at the average duration of a trade, but never for a winning / losing trade.
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