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DISRUPTING WALL STREET: Discover how automated algorithmic investing is disrupting conventional investment approaches by generating outsized profits using objective, non-emotional strategies. by Greg Kolodziejzyk
Why "buying low" & "selling high" doesn't work.
How do algorithmic trading systems work?
Why do automated algorithmic investments outperform stocks and mutual funds?
How AlgoLab Automated Cloud Trading makes investing in these lucrative algorithmic trading strategies easy.
A close-up look at AlgoLab's incredible 70% return during the first year of live trading.
STEP BY STEP TUTORIALS - BUILD YOUR OWN:
Does the full moon effect investor emotions? The result will surprise you!
How to develop a highly profitable trading approach based on breakouts from trading ranges.
How to develop a "seemingly" profitable trading strategy based on random price data! Don't be fooled by over optimization.
I’ve been trading the markets for decades. So many years of trial and error and I can’t even begin to estimate how many trading books I’ve devoured over the years. Finally I feel like I have a very solid understanding of the markets, and algorithmic trading strategies and most importantly have learned how to interpret the difference between bogus curve fitted magical systems that are less than useless (they are destructive because they can cost you a fortune), and valuable strategies that extract profits from tradable markets. In fact, I’ve even developed an entire software platform that automates the trading of my strategies.
Part 1 of this book tells the story of how I got here, and the fallacy of investing in Wall Street's mutual funds. I also explain what algorithmic investing actually is, and then describe the steps required to develop an algorithmic strategy, while taking the reader through the development and testing of an entire trading strategy - a strategy based on taking trades during certain moon phases. Yes - that sounds silly, but I chose that because my original goal was to use a bogus trading methodology that my curve fitting test would identify as such. But I was in for a surprise, and I’m sure you will be just as shocked as I was. Note that I just said “development AND TESTING”. The testing part of a new trading strategy is far more important than the development of it. You will see why in the chapters ahead.
Part 2 of this book is where we use the development and testing steps that we learned in Part 1 and develop 2 complete algorithmic trading strategies from scratch with tutorials. The remainder of part 2 describes some of the software packages available if you wanted to actually author and test your own strategies, as well as a list of software vendors who publish solutions required to process trading system rules, backtest strategies using historical data, and place orders through a broker.
“Chart patterns and technical analysis is nonsense". I used to hear this a lot. But that was many years ago, and I don’t hear it as often today. That’s because investing industry professionals have learned that there are many highly respectable algorithmic investing firms that have proven the profitability of an objective, backtested algorithmic approach to investing.
Take Renaissance technologies’ Medallion Fund for example. The fund, which used mathematical models to explore correlations from which they could profit is famed for one of the best records in investing history, returning more than 35 percent annually over a 20-year span. From 1994 through 2014 the fund averaged a 71.8% annual return. Medallion is now closed to outside investors.
Along with Renaissance, the funds that are earning the best returns today are doing so using computer models. According to Alpha magazine, eight of the ten top earners on Alpha’s rich list are algorithmic based, and half of the 25 richest of the year are quants.
And when you compare the incredible performance of the algorithmic based funds to the lackluster mutual funds that I talked about in chapter 2, it becomes obvious that we are in the midst of one historic hell of a disruption.
And this is where I feel that I am once again - in the mist of another disruption.
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“I have read dozens of books and studied countless stock trading systems with no consistent results. I also found that making your own buying and selling decisions can be very difficult, and many times my emotions would get in the way. Disrupting Wall Street peaked my interest, as I have always wondered how someone can get access to automated trading systems, without needing to invest a fortune. Reading the book was a game changer for me, as it explained in great depth how an algorithm is developed, tested, tweaked and put to the test. It was also a huge eye opener, as I never understood how many systems are actually curve-fitted. I believe Disrupting Wall Street will change how the average investor will choose to invest their capital, a must read.”