Wayne, your EAs are working and they're making money on real accounts. The numbers are not bad. That is what matters. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If I was a prospective investor, I'd have the impression that you're not 100% sure of yourself and your system. But the EA works as we see!
You remind me John Romero, the famous computer game programmer. 😁
'In 2002, Romero put his heavily modified Ferrari up for auction on eBay. Some of the modifications included a parallel port from the engine compartment into the cockpit next to the passenger's seat which one could plug a laptop into, and tune the engine while the car was running.'
1.3% loss tonight from my manual trades. No more manual trades on this account. I realize my investors did not join me because of my manual trades, but rather because of the performance of my EA. It has been very frustrating having bad luck and my stochastic feature making me miss 3 winning trades in the last 3 days (while my ATC account has had all the good luck) so I have tried to make up the slack with manual trades the last two days on this finfx account (and this market sucks). I will not continue this strategy on this account anymore. Zero manual trades.
To satisfy my desire to take selective manual trades for myself and my investors I will create a second managed account at finfx tomorrow that will explicitly be for my EA and my manual trades together. If, then based on my track record at this second account my investors so desire they can put some funds with this mixed account.
I am very organized and have good self-control so quitting the manual trades on this first account here will be no problem. This is the right and professional thing to do. I give you all my word on it.
The FINFX account was the winner today, generating a positive trade for 1.2 % account profit. My ATC account put me in late to the trade because ATC had a 5 hour period of chart gaps last night and this threw my emas off. Interesting how being put in 18 pips late made a difference between success or failure.
I also created my second managed account at FINFX today and will have it on fxbook next week. I will confine my manual trades to that mixed account and it will be fun to compete against my EA. I think i can add another 15% monthly profit to the account with manual trades, but time will tell.
I finally have all issues and settings worked out and matched between FINFX and ATC accounts. Today's trade was exact between the platforms. This is what my investors want to see. I will likely keep the EAs off until after the weekend as the market is oversold, low in liquidity, and ripe for a potential reversal on the Yens. The conservative approach is the best way to go.
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I was planning on cutting off the EA, but I also noticed the Yens had found support in London, and,
after 5 days of throwing down the Yens we seemed ready for a rebound. Did you notice how hard and fast London threw down the Yens right at London open Thursday morning, and yet they would not fall much further (after 5 days)? This is support demonstrated IMO.
So I cut on my EA and it wasn’t long before we were in the long on Euro Yen on both fin and atc (exact entries).
I was aiming for a short term profit target at the 15 minute 200 ema -- about a 30 pip trade. We got up 15 pips at the high, but the market lacked momentum – going sideways for hours.
After about 4 hours of holding the long (around 11 pm EDT) I could see Euro/.Yen was going sideways and drifting down so I decided to close the trades.
At 11 pm my time I closed the trade on ATC platform, and then when I tried to close on FIN FX I received a notice that “trade was disabled”. I received no notice that this was going to happen. Great customer service FIN Fx. Way to go.
So we are long Euro Yen for Sunday open, holding 2 mini lots, and I actually expect a slight gap up. I will take profit at 20-30 pips. I wish I had not closed my ATC position.
If any investors have strong wishes about holding positions over the weekend let me know. In short, both backtesting and my own experience has told me that if my EA puts me into a position from price running up toward the end of market close on Friday, etc. that this will 4 out of 5 times result in a gap up/down in the direction of the trade on Sunday open. We should be fine.
(this reminds me of a program I used to reference in trading stocks that would look for any stocks rapidly increasing in price at the end of the trading day, and would automatically look to buy those stocks) Just thought this might be interesting to someone.
Well, thanks to FinFx’s failure to notify their clients that they would be shutting down trade at 11pm on Thursday, I was stuck in the long on Euro Yen (ATC allowed me to close the trade). My stop was at breakeven. And as the market has gaped down at the open the long was instantly closed out for a loss because when price gaps over the stop loss it is closed out at the first nearest print (I tried to move the stop but it happened too quick). So we get a 1.5% loss to start the week, but I truly believe we will be up 3-5% percent in the green before the end of the week. Amazing we can’t catch a break for the start of this account. No worries though.
Folks, i have to say, i was blaming finfx for not notifying me about the closing time on Thursday, but it was really my responsibility to find this information out. Most of my other brokers would send out emails, but I dropped the ball on this one.
Please note that the ATC account is again experiencing charting problems (missing a large block of time) so EA trades will not be synced between the accounts until who knows when. I will contact ATC about this issue.
A difficult decision comes to me on Sunday afternoon in terms of deciding when to turn my EA on. I almost always wait for Asia to come in and liquidity to increase. This Sunday we suffered a gap down that jumped over my breakeven stop for the long and closed the position with an instant 75 dollar loss.
I said the ATC platform had charting issues but I found out the difference was because ATC did not cut off trading until 5 pm Friday, so charting was for an additional 17 hours past FinFx, resulting in a different chart configuration that tricked me (if I would have had my system on on Friday I would have likely been put in the short).
Because price had gapped down and was moving in the direction of the gap I decided to cut the EA on early. I was then put in the short on finfx but not atc because their chart was different as explained.
This morning I saw the EA was one small condition away from issuing the long (so hedging the euroyen position) and because I was aware of certain news from the BOJ and not confident with the short, I manually closed and took the long. I may hold the long for a couple of days as I like the long here. I assume ATC will go long this evening. (I will not allow a short at this point).
Please note I am using the same EA on both platforms but arbitrary circumstances are producing different results right now. Also note that my results on ATC are not from me simply turning my EA on and not touching it. While all entries are via the EA, about 30% of the time I manually cancel pending orders issued or take profit or loss early based on my decisions. That is what has got me this far.
This has been an extremely difficult time to begin this managed account and we have had no luck go our way. I expect a change soon. The results at finfx will match up with atc in the medium and long term.
We recovered all our losses today. I will see this as the first sign of good luck. Both accounts are in sync and we are long spread throughout this current pullback (more like a sell on rally). This market is bad right now. I'm changing pullback configuration. I'm still shooting for our profit target of 3-5% up by the end of the week. That would be a 10% gain though this week and that is tough in this market. Let's see.
I feel I must document this event for future reference.
I am quite depressed today and feel like a total idiot. About 30% of the time I manually cancel pending orders issued by my EA or take profit or losses early. This is not particularly bad in itself, though based on my experience so far doing so has actually decreased my profits as seen on this account.
Last night, however, I crossed the line, and took out manual positions against the signals of my EA. After Euro Yen ran up last night and then “pulled back” I was sure another run up was coming and I was mad my EA missed the run up (price moved too far too fast). Since I am moving my manual trading money to a second managed account at FinFx (where I planned to do manual and EA trades together only on that account) I had no funds to manual trade with except my EA accounts. But, hey, it was a sure thing, right?
Not long after entering my long positions my EA actually issued sell orders which I immediately canceled (since I knew better). I then turned off the EA and let my positions ride with TP and SL. I woke up to devastation of my profits and to a lesser extent loss of my investor profits (as I was not risking as much there). It was a big sell off.
I hope this lesson has hit home that (for me) manual trading that does not follow technical indicators is too risky and should only be done on a separate account and with very limited exposure. This one act has ruined my chart, made my EA look like a failure, and lost profit for me and my investors on my managed account.
When I get my funds in my new manual trading account I will only do manual trades there, but I had already promised no to do any manual trades on my managed account, so I don’t expect I can be believed. Maybe my honesty of admitting what I have done will pay off a few months from now when I will hopefully have an account to demonstrate where I am doing my manual trading and 2 EA accounts to demonstrate where the EA is trading.
The only solution I see is to get my manual trading account funded and never do another manual trade on any account other than that one. I have a strong urge to manual trade when I think I see opportunities, but I have not proven that I can be successful over the long term from this. My EA has a much better track record.
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