David starts by introducing some of the key aspects of system development, including the importance of Psychology and Money Management in creating successful trading systems (referencing Dr Van Tharp).
All good trading systems start with a plan; the plan needs to accomodate entry, exit and money management rules - all of which need to be tested when developing a robust system.
David highlights research by Tharp which showed a trading system can be profitable when based on random entries, but only if money management rules are in place (in this case a coin toss + 1% stop adjustments).
The next chapter introduces the concept of Expectancy in Risk Management. In addition to aspects on trading float, maximum loss, trade size and initial stops.
His seventh point introduces trailing stops and when to set your exits.
His eight step talks above Software - the only software you need to create a trading system is already available at Zignals for FREE and only Zignals offers a 50:50 revenue share with the trading strategies you create.
The ninth step covers backtesting. One aspect David doesn't mention is the importance of out-of-range testing. Trading Systems should be developed within bull/bear cycles then run against three out-of-range timeframes for robustness.
The tenth step involves studying the performance of your trading system and looking at areas for improvement, e.g. win percentage, risk:reward, and drawdown. Maximising profitability is the primary goal of your strategy.
Step eleven discusses brokers and what features you should look for. The final step is about knowing yourself and understanding and developing a strategy which works best for you.
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