Regular readers of the Trading Gurus blog will know that the Son of Ray the Random Robot™ has been simultaneously spreadbetting a variety of live MetaTrader accounts for nearly two years now. The equity curve for his live GKFX MetaTrader 4 account can be seen to the left of this article.
It's been an extremely busy week for Ray the Random Robot™, and he has undergone a number of cloning operations. First of all the MetaTrader 5 Automated Trading Championship 2010 finally got underway at midnight on Sunday, Moscow time. Ray's multi-currency MT5 clone started perfectly, but he has had some teething troubles with EUR/USD and has now slipped back to 273rd position out of 314.
We burned a lot of midnight oil here at the Trading Gurus last night trying to make sure our shiny new multi-currency upgrade to Ray the Random Robot™ wouldn't fall at the first hurdle in MetaQuotes entry into the 2010 Great Object-Oriented Robot Wars (GOORW for short). The deadline for entries into the MetaTrader 5 Automated Trading Championship 2010 is later on today. At least that's what we thought when we finally got to bed! This morning we awoke somewhat later than usual, only to discover that MetaQuotes have just extended that deadline:
As anticipated I received an email from FXCM last night, but it did seem just a touch impersonal. It started out by saying:
Code and Compete for a chance to win cash prizes in the FXCM Automated Trading Challenge. Sign up for a contest demo and put your automated strategy to the test with zero risk to your own money.
A bit further on it posed this rhetorical question:
FXCM Strategy Trader Delivers the Next Evolution in Automated Trading.
Despite this their Strategy Trader home page (now retitled "Automated Forex Trading") is still at pains to point out that:
To celebrate the fact that forex broker Dukascopy have at last officially become a Swiss bank we have rewritten our first example robot to work on their JForex platform. Take a look at the JForex source code on our community forum.
Last week Swiss forex broker Dukascopy announced that they are reducing the minimum lot size for their ECN retail accounts. According to the news section of their website:
Dukascopy (Suisse) SA announces the reduction of minimal lot size. Starting from 8th of January 2010, traders can use mini lots from 0.001 equal to 1000 units of a primary currency amount.
A new version of FapTurbo Evolution has been released! This was extremely welcome news for us here at the Trading Gurus because backtesting the robot was proving to be something of a nightmare. According to the email we received announcing the new version it has:
If you recall we didn't have much luck comparing the original MetaTrader version of FapTurbo with FapTurbo Evolution in forward testing. We have managed to do rather better with our backtesting. One of the reasons backtesting FapTurbo Evolution in Dukascopy's JForex platform takes so long, if you follow the instructions in the Evolution manual at least, is that it uses tick data rather than one minute bars like MT4. This makes the results more accurate, but also much more time consuming to obtain. Here's the equity curve we obtained for the period starting on 5th July trading the EUR/GBP pair using the default input settings: