I guess that makes us both 39 this year
Your biases are clearly evidenced in your questions, but dont sweat that, we all have our outlook shaped by the belief's we hold to be true. Certainly I expect to field this type of question so you've provided me with perfect opportunity to respond and elaborate some more.
1) Am I selling it? yes, thats the plan, but it may change if I rustle enough funds as assets under management (AUM) in advance of getting to stage whereby I can launch it commercially. Its my personal preference to avoid the workload associated with selling it en-masse, but I'll come to a final decision at precisely the right time in the best the business interests of NMi and its partners.
2) Why would I sell it ? well, why wouldnt I ?
a) Because I believe that the mass distribution would ruin its edge ? If that was my belief then I wouldnt sell it, I wouldn't want to ruin it for myself. But, thats simply not a belief I subscribe to (although I fully realise that many do), rather I think its a very convenient excuse used by EA system designers or their Vendors to explain a system failure. Basically that its 'been a victim of its own success'.
But how about a case in point: MDP has sold 70k + copies, and it works for plenty still to this day. A truly good strategy doesnt die and MDP is absolute evidence of that.
b) Because I could make more if I kept it private ? If that was my belief then I'd have to be of the position that I can make a great deal more than the 7,000,000 in sales income that MDP has achieved by keeping it private inside of the first 12 months. MM, well I'm not quite sure about that, though if you can suggest a way then I'm all ears.
Essentially I'm selling it raise more cash to trade it with much more capital than we have now - is this such a surprising response given the considerable time and cost invested to develope an EA? I ask you, what better reason should you be hearing from an EA designer?
Add to all of this that Ive taken on board a new EA coding partner recently with whom I feel I can make a significant amount of improvement over what you already see working, so by no means I am letting out the very best that I believe can be built, not by a long shot. But such development takes time, so it will be a while before the benefits of those future concepts make their way to a model you'd be using.
FWIW, Ive seen it working myself on various beta tester accounts at various brokers and almost without exception its positive. My recent testing with a new ECN feed showed fantastic performance on an initial 1k test (with regards slippage and entry, and the feed itself has very low spreads, as low Ive seen at any broker). Keep in mind this testing is to prove the system work to myself, first. I'm actually an extremely harsh critic of most systems and I can name very few I believe are truly profitable - rather fortunately for me its my belief that this is one of them.
Ive since set up a real money USD10k account (yesterday 6th March) on that new ECN feed running at 2 lot per trade per currency X 5 - which is 2 X the risk of the FWD demo. So you can call me convinced and my 10k account will become what I expect will come to convince you, too. I'll link that to myfxbook just as soon as its traded for at least a little while and got some runs on the board, maybe end of this week or next.
Keep an eye on this space.
Kind Regards, Adam