What’s your measure of a good strategy?
Obviously a profitable strategy is a priority, but what else do you look for when measuring a good strategy (one you’d be willing to trade live with), and do you focus analysis on IS or OOS data?
A few measures I’m focusing on in my analysis and filtering out through ranking options are:
Stagnation % – Because I simply don’t want a strategy that doesn’t increase in profitability for months on end.
Stability – Similar reason to above in that I want consistent growth. So far it’s been very difficult to get a rating higher than 0.50 on OOS data. On a current test I’m running now, I’ve only 10 strategies that have met this criteria although I only dismiss those 0.4 or lower from the databank.
Number of trades – As I want an active strategy.
I might take a closer look at SQN and Expectancy in the future too, but I’d be interested to hear what others use as their primary measures of a good strategy.
I basically just create a strategy from scratch – idea that I know could do well and then use SQ to tweak all parameters using genetic programming IS / OOS data to the statistics in my favor – min DD %, max Win %, PF, Avg Trade, # Trades. Expectancy is a good measure too I think
The idea has to somehow work and be robust no matter what parameters are set or with wide range at least
I am basically looking at same things right now. But I am too looking to always find better ways to evaluate stats.
I think a few points need to be said:
1. You need to have goals set that you want when building a strategy. (maybe you have some good strats, but now looking to fill out your portfolio with an off hours range strategy. Then you would need to change your evaluation numbers because you having different needs)
2. Your strategies have to fit you. So a few pieces of your preferences showed in your post : you want it to be active and you want consistent winning. Therefore, you need to match your evaluation numbers to match yourself.
I met one guy and he wants max percent return. Bottom line, most profit. So he is willing to go with 50% drawdown.
Another guy said his strategy’s profit really boils down to 3-4 trades in a year. So his win percentage will be 25% and mostly small wins with small losses.
Another guy might want a large stop loss so that his win percentage is high.
Another guy thinks it only makes sense to have a 2:1 reward to risk. And he does not want to see a week’s worth of profit lost in one trade.
So I think that we should keep in mind that another man’s evaluation numbers might not be a right fit for our own personality or our own goals. But I do believe we can learn from others so it’s good to find out but use only that to which is in line with our goals and personality.
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These are what I use for initial select.
Net Profit per year > Min 5K pref 10K (trading 1 Lot on 10K account)
What I’m now trying to look for is strategies that have high win rates and short holding times. Ive seen in real life through my trades that longer holding periods can turn against you and effectively wasted the trade after a long period with either little return or a loss, where effectively I could have a higher % of winning short term trades that trade more frequently which will get better compounding effect over the long term.
A good read are the books by Howard Bandy, while not forex, they deal with automated trading and Quant.
Hi seaton, good input, I’m interested in getting one of Howard bandy’s books, specifically which one would you recommend as good for the beginner?
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@munchie They are all good and cover different areas with a bit of crossover between them especially his core principals.
Hmmm for the beginner, not sure as although he explains things well, there is maths, stats and programming. They are very Amibroker focused and more on indexes throughout the book, but can be applied to currencies. I ended up buying all of them at the same time and did not regret it.
Probably the two I find myself continually referring to presently are
Quantitive Technical Analysis
Quantitive Trading System
His Mean Reversion book is good as well.
I wish he would bring an ebook version out as I carry at least one around where ever I go to read at lunch etc. would be nice to have them all on my iPad.
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I have this one and it is valuable Modeling Trading System Performance
Thanks to both of you guys! Will order them today, as I need to get my head around this
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…now we just need a export option to Amibroker 😀
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