Pages 90 through are about personal computers, avoiding spam, backing up your data, how to send emails, you get the picture. The type of info a sixth grader has already mastered Oh, the meat you ask Well, jump to part three where you can find out what radio stations to listen to, what web sites carry financial information and trading software you could find by doing a very simple Google search.
The "Tricks for the Active Trader" is use your time more wisely, read one issue of Investor Business Daily and you are ahead of this book's curve. When I first picked up "Tricks of the Active Trader", I was pretty certain it was written with people like me in mind. After all, I reasoned, I spend much of the day at least following the markets, and trade stock and index options on average once a day.
In addition, I write an online options advisory newsletter. I felt that these two criteria qualified me as an "Active Trader", so I was more than ready for some of those "Tricks".
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However, I quickly read into the title a second and even deeper meaning. When he discussed "active traders", I do believe Neal Weintraub includes "frequent" traders such as me in his definition. However, I also believe he is targeting traders at all levels who take active responsibility for their own trades and risk management, as well as those who should take active responsibility but prefer to hold someone else responsible for converting their trading capital into a fortune.
So in short, Weintraub is directing his "tricks" to all of us, whether we trade once a month or once an hour. Although the title suggests only "tricks", it actually contains tricks, tips, and traps. Customers who bought this item also bought. I have written the book I wanted to read ten years ago, when I started getting interested in stock investing. How to Develop a Profitable Trading Strategy: Start stock investing today and grow your money exponentially. Learn ways you can invest immediately using various strategies that give solid returns.
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I asked him about using exotic analysis techniques and again he said most of their algos were variations of regression testing. Now, he didn't go into how they figured out the variables in their regressions, but he said the reason they stuck with those variations is because they were fast and they allowed them make decisions quickly before the window of profit closed. Last I heard he retired at 30 traveled the world with his wife got bored and now runs a hedge fund. I don't know if how he was doing it 10 years ago would apply to today. It makes a lot of sense if your orders are ,, or more shares at a time.
Individual traders most often only do the shares or so High frequency algo trading, as presently committed to by the big banks, relies as others have noted on advanced notification if only, at times, milliseconds in advance But that just means you can't make use of the same algorithms as the banks. You'll want to derive your own algorithms to exploit some specific pattern s that are different from those that rely on advanced word.
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It's possible, but unless you're already in possession of some wealth, unlikely that you'll be able to design, implement and tweak your algorithm to profitability in anything like a year or so. I certainly wouldn't try it as anything less than a full time occupation The only person likely to get rich off that is the broker Sadly "that" likely describes far more than HFT.
I've been wondering for a while if performance was inversely correlated with portfolio turnover in actively managed portfolios. Without having proved it out, I am almost certain it is. And as I think about it, the reason for that might actually be that portfolio turnover mitigates concentration risk if it is not excessive. Nyquist says you'll get aliasing unless you sample 2xfreq. So The highest frequency you can possibly trade is 60ms. Not at all high frequency. And I really doubt you'll get a 20ms ping time. I get ms to my broker.
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Can you do mid-frequency trading? But you don't have the money or access to resources required for hifi trading. What about low frequency algorithmic trading?
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As in you run a program that is looking to make money holding a position for hours to days so the exact buy price isn't as big a deal. Or does it become to much of a game of chance then? Trouble is that you still need to guess what kind of market you are in. Such systems often only work in some trending markets and you can easily loose what you have gained when market goes against you. You should give up You could not hope to gain back in margin, what you lose in transaction costs.
High Frequency trading, is really meant for people or companies that have their servers in the same network as the exchange they are HF'ing on. In fact, true HF'ers buy and sell in fractions of a second, some lasting seconds, or minutes. I've researched this, and tried doing the same, but, in the end, trade fee's, and commissions kill the idea dead. It's a lot of money in somebody else's backyard.
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The game's played in that backyard are always rigged against the outsider. Their brokerage fees are substantially lower than that. As others have said, I think focusing on HFT is a bad idea. You are going to be in competition with other players in the market. You are competing with very smart people that have been playing this game for years. So you want to minimize cost of historical data acquisition, data storage, data analysis, hardware, collocation … IMH, these points pretty much rule out HF trading.
You also have some advantages compared to the competition.
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One of them is that you have little money, so you can invest in assets that are illiquid to someone that wants to move a lot of cash. I think it is possible to trade as an individual; hard but possible. And if you are successful at some non-crazy frequency -- a few days, a few hours, a few minutes -- then, maybe, maybe have a look at HF.
And another thing, if you can, go shopping for a broker with lower fees. It looks as if you did not do basic homework -- but mabe you live in a country where that's the cheapest you can get. Also, very often, you'll be throttled depending on how much you pay.
Basically, when starting from scratch, we develop Direct Market Access gateways i. And they sit on top of other products that have dedicated teams working fulltime for years. Migrations take somewhere from a few hours to weeks, or a from scratch when they rewrite their complete API.
If you can't keep up with the updates, you won't be able to trade. And here, we're only speaking about trading. As highlighted, you also need market data, both retrieval and processing. Then and only then you'll be able to seriously start trading. HFT is a game of speed and low fees. Not a single individuals broker can offer substantial speed microseconds count and fees cents count.
It is a game for prime brokers and big institutionals. Moreover it is true that some exchanges like NYSE offer lower latencies for a serious monthly fee not the one an individual can afford. Thus I don't think one person can solve all these complexities, however this topic is a good startup field with lots of ineffeciencies and unsolved problems.