Since our inception, Emini Futures Day Trader™ has been totally focused on building strategic, quality automated futures trading systems.
Desktop trading platforms now offer the individual trader an abundance of tools and historical data for developing, backtesting and executing automated strategies. Trade strategy algorithm development, backtest and execution are widespread. Discretionary trading is increasingly being replaced with trade strategies that can be backtested to determine efficacy and executed automatically or semi-automatically with a goal of reducing human emotion from the trade equation. Trade algorithms can be programmed, backtested and tuned by the individual trader and then executed against the market with little real-time oversight.
Simply put, a system can be devised with a set of rules a trader can use to make buy and sell decisions. It can be more complicated and have hundreds of conditions that must be met before a trade is made. A good system not only will include entry signals but also will account for exits and stops. In development of our trading systems, the systems are kept as simple as possible. No complex futures strategies are utilized. Overdoing things doesn't make a system better; on the contrary, it can take away from a good system. There are hundreds of combinations of indicators and ideas a trader can look at and use.
The proprietary trading system's rules work in most markets and market environments with only a few variables, however, the current strategies are limited to trading only the Emini S&P 500 (ES) futures contract, Dow (YM) futures contract, Nasdaq (NQ) futures contract and Bitcoin (BTC) futures contract. In addition, the systems contain a strict money management plan. If you do not know how to manage capital, there is little chance that you can make money as a trader. Knowing how to manage risk is more important to a trader's bottom line than are finding and exiting trades. We believe that money management is even more important than trade selection and employ a strict money management program composed of knowing how much to risk at any time, what total exposure should be, where to have a cutoff point, and position size. Money management is a part of the exit strategy as stops and position size will be determined by risk levels based on equity.
Emini Futures Day Trader™ is a financial publication of general circulation and therefore any information provided should not be construed as individual investment advice. We are not licensed financial planners, financial advisors, stockbrokers, investment brokers, or investment advisors. Before making any trades, check with a financial planner, investment advisor, tax advisor, or anyone else that controls your finances to make sure futures trading is right for you.