Virtual Private Server
It's currently Sunday night UK time, so we've just restarted a variety of flavours of MetaTrader 4 on one of our virtual private servers. They've all automatically updated themselves from version 4.00 build 711 (27 Sep 2014) to the shiny new build 735 (17 Oct 2014), and they've all stopped working! Here's a screenshot showing the symptoms of the problem:
Another day dawns, and all four of Ray Robot's MetaTrader spread betting accounts have suffered another small loss overnight. Another cable short, another -10.0 pips, Ray's bottom line down to £246.00 at both GKFX and Alpari UK. This "false breakout" was however longer lasting than the previous ones. It took 3 hours and 21 minutes on both GKFX and Alpari for Ray's (overly tight?) stops to get taken out this morning.
Ray Robot II™ has been automatically spreadbetting on four different accounts for 3 days now, two of which are live accounts with real money in them, and two of which are solely for demonstration purposes. The trades themselves have been fairly uneventful so far, although I'm sure much more excitement is waiting just around the corner! Today the live and demo accounts at both GKFX and Alpari UK all suffered their third 10 pip loss in a row. They all shorted GBP/USD just below the previous day's low yet again, and they all lost once more. Some sort of a pattern does seem to be developing however. Just like yesterday, it took longer for Ray's stop loss to get taken out at GKFX than it did at Alpari UK. 6 minutes at GKFX versus 5 mins at Alpari UK on this morning's trade.
Ray the Random Robot™ has just entered yet another forex trading competition. This time it's the Myfxbook/FXOpen October 2010 MetaTrader 4 ECN Trading Championship. This championship doesn't actually start until October 25th, so Ray is actually ahead of the curve on this one for a change! However one the rules of the competition states that:
Now that MetaTrader 5 is finally able to perform backtests we've rewritten another of our example MT4 expert advisors to run on MetaTrader 5. Since the members of our forum seem to be particularly keen on moving average crossover systems at the moment, we've ported our robot example 3 over to MQL5 and tested it out using the MT5 strategy tester. If you want to try this for yourself please feel free to download our MQL5 source code.
The BBC reports this morning that Lord Myners, the UK "City minister" and former head of fund manager Gartmore, has his doubts about the development of high-frequency trading (or HFT for short). He told the BBC that:
In our previous live test results for June and July the Forex MegaDroid MetaTrader 4 expert advisor did at least manage to make a profit. Sadly the "robot" seems to have lost it's way over the summer holiday season. In our live account at Alpari UK it lost money. In percentage terms it lost a lot of money!
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:
At the last count I had received 28 emails over the last few days advising me that "FapTurbo Evolution is LIVE!" and such like. Five of them were from the Forex MegaDroid team. I was a bit confused because I was sure that I got a few emails 2 or 3 weeks ago telling me about a robot called FapTurbo Swiss, which sounded a lot like this new one. Clearing my thoughts, I followed one of the plethora of links to the FapTurbo Evolution sales page, which told me at the top that:
Our adventures in MetaTrader land with the Forex MegaDroid took a sinister turn last night. The robot didn't make any trades but it wasn't completely idle. First it lost its memory, then it killed another robot. Maybe it was jealous and decided to stop a competitor from profiting whilst it could not? Maybe it just went totally out of its mega-mind?