Entries by The Market Bull

How do good traders use leverage? (Part II)

This post continues the discussion on optimal leverage that we began in the first part of this series. Today we shed light on the hypothesis, modelling and results phases of a study conducted by Darwinex Labs, wherein they quantitatively demonstrated the long-term impact of incremental leverage on trading strategy performance. Particular emphasis was laid on […]

How do good traders use leverage? – Part I

Good traders know that no more than between 5:1 and 10:1 D leverage is required to achieve 20% to 60% returns per annum, at 10% VaR. Background In a recent Spanish podcast episode, Darwinex CEO Juan Colón shed light on behaviours of successful DARWIN providers (traders) at Darwinex. Insights shared were as a result of […]

Automated Tick Data Collection & Storage with R, MetaTrader, and a VPS

Let’s continue where we left off in our last post on tick data collection. If you missed it, it’s important that you familiarise yourself with its contents first. Here’s the link again: https://blog.darwinex.com/download-tick-data-metatrader/ Therein, we promised a follow-up post that would discuss an approach for retail traders to automate tick data collection with the R […]

How To Download Tick Data in MetaTrader 4 & 5

This post describes how to download and save tick data offline, from both MT4 and MT5. Functional code samples (MetaTrader indicators) have been provided via GitHub, along with instructions on how to download and use them to begin extracting tick data from MetaTrader 4 or 5. Each tick data point extracted using this post’s implementation contains: […]

Sharpe Ratio – A Reliable Measure of Performance?

This post describes some of the shortcomings of the Sharpe Ratio, that render it a non-optimal tool for measuring the performance of a trading strategy. For your convenience, the remainder of this post is organized as follows: What is the Sharpe Ratio and what is it used for? Where and how does the Sharpe Ratio […]