Praise for BUILDING WINNING ALGORITHMIC TRADING SYSTEMS
"Kevin Davey was awarded either first or second place three years in a row in the World Cup Championship of Futures Trading®. I′m typically not impressed with that sort of performance, but I think Kevin is an exception. Why? First, he published my feedback about winning the contest and what he learned from it. He then goes on to not only give a complete approach to algorithms, but also talks about how your psychology can still sabotage you. Finally, he spends a lot of time talking about objectives and position sizing. This is a very impressive book."
Dr. Van K. Tharp, author of Trading Beyond the Matrix: The Red Pill for Traders and Investors (Wiley), Founder, Van Tharp Institute, [external URL]
"Kevin′s book is a good beginner′s guide to systems trading, a Trading Computer Strategies 101."
Bob Pardo, Pardo Capital, author of The Evaluation and Optimization of Trading Strategies (Wiley)
"This book is a must read! It is not a simple list of rules to trade better; it is a journey through the trading life of the author. The author Kevin will let the man Kevin become your friend, sharing his path to becoming a successful trader."
Andrea Unger, World Cup Championship of Futures Trading® Winner 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
"Successful technical traders believe they have skills that allow them to beat the market. But are these traders really skillful or are they just lucky? This book details the experience of a successful trader who has devoted significant time to designing dynamic trading strategies that attempt to exploit market inefficiencies. Perhaps it is traders like these that drive markets towards efficiency, or perhaps these traders just have a deeper understanding of markets and human psychology and therefore are able to capture some rents. The debate on market efficiency will continue to rage. In the meantime, perhaps we can learn from this journey of a successful trader."
Peter Ritchken, Kenneth Walter Haber Professor, Department of Banking and Finance, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
"The winning trader is rare. The quantitative winning trader is even more rare. Kevin Davey′s book Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems is the rarest of all gems. It is a book that tells the quantitative trader how to build a quantitative trading system. It should be the textbook for all would–be quantitative hedge funds. I highly recommend this book to all traders, even those that do not use quantitative methods."
Kurt K. Sakaeda, World Cup Championship of Futures Trading® Winner 2000 and 2004
"This book is so much more than systems trading! I′ve encountered a plethora of trading books, but this book is the first that I′ve thoroughly enjoyed reading from cover to cover. Through personal accounts, he offers a candid, responsible, and highly colorful tour of the futures markets and system building. This book is not just for algo traders, nor is it just for a particular skill level; I believe traders of all types and sizes will find something in this book to better their odds of market success."
Carley Garner, Senior Analyst at DeCarleyTrading.com
About the Author xi
PART I A TRADER S JOURNEY 7
CHAPTER 1 The Birth of a Trader 9
CHAPTER 2 Enough Is Enough 15
CHAPTER 3 World Cup Championship of Futures Trading Triumph 23
CHAPTER 4 Making the Leap Transitioning to Full Time 33
PART II YOUR TRADING SYSTEM 41
CHAPTER 5 Testing and Evaluating a Trading System 43
CHAPTER 6 Preliminary Analysis 53
CHAPTER 7 Detailed Analysis 61
CHAPTER 8 Designing and Developing Systems 71
PART III DEVELOPING A STRATEGY 77
CHAPTER 9 Strategy Development Goals and Objectives 79
CHAPTER 10 Trading Idea 83
CHAPTER 11 Let s Talk about Data 93
CHAPTER 12 Limited Testing 103
CHAPTER 13 In–Depth Testing/Walk–Forward Analysis 115
CHAPTER 14 Monte Carlo Analysis and Incubation 129
CHAPTER 15 Diversifi cation 133
CHAPTER 16 Position Sizing and Money Management 139
CHAPTER 17 Documenting the Process 147
PART IV CREATING A SYSTEM 153
CHAPTER 18 Goals, Initial and Walk–Forward Testing 155
CHAPTER 19 Monte Carlo Testing and Incubation 163
PART V CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE GOING LIVE 175
CHAPTER 20 Account and Position Sizing 177
CHAPTER 21 Trading Psychology 187
CHAPTER 22 Other Considerations before Going Live 195
PART VI MONITORING A LIVE STRATEGY 203
CHAPTER 23 The Ins and Outs of Monitoring a Live Strategy 205
CHAPTER 24 Real Time 219
PART VII CAUTIONARY TALES 233
CHAPTER 25 Delusions of Grandeur 235
APPENDIX A Monkey Trading Example, TradeStation Easy Language Code 247
APPENDIX B Euro Night Strategy, TradeStation Easy Language Format 255
APPENDIX C Euro Day Strategy, TradeStation Easy Language Format 259
About the Companion Web Site 263
KEVIN J. DAVEY is a professional trader and a top–performing systems developer. He generated triple–digit annual returns of 148 percent, 107 percent, and 112 percent in three consecutive World Cup Championships of Futures Trading® using algorithmic trading systems. His web site, www.kjtradingsystems.com, provides trading systems, trading signals, and mentoring. He writes extensively in industry publications such as Futures Magazine and Active Trader and was featured as a "Market Master" in the book The Universal Principles of Successful Trading by Brent Penfold (Wiley, 2010). An aerospace engineer and MBA by background, Davey has been an independent trader for over 20 years. Davey continues to trade full time and develop algorithmic trading strategies.