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Darwinex at Forex Day 2017

19 June 2017

In what is becoming a tradition, this year we again were in attendance at The ForexDay on 9th-10th June in Madrid.

As in previous years, the event lasted for two days: on the first day (Friday 9th June), the organisers gave a trading course (for a fee) which ended with an international trading contest. On the second day (Saturday 10th June), there were presentations about trading on two stages in the Official College of Architexts in Madrid, Spain (you can see the event programme here).

International trading contest (9th June)

This year, the international trading contest participants were Rob Hoffman, Davide Biocchi and Tarek Elmarhri. As well as being a great trader, Tarek is the Darwinex Ambassador for France, so you can imagine who we were rooting for…and as the good trader that he is there are no prizes for guessing who won 😉

And the winner is… Tarek, of course!You can see an interview with Tarek here (apologies for the poor sound quality).

General Public Event (10th June)

On Saturday, at 9 am, the doors opened for the general public event.  As in previous years, we were surprised by the amount of people queuing at the door to attend the event.  From Darwinex we want to congratulate the organisers for how well everything turned out.

The Trading Conferences soon got underway on the stages, including the conference that we had prepared.

Darwinex Conference (Expo Stage)

At 12.30 am the first Darwinex conference took place: ‘Independent trader experiences – their day-to-day trading’, in the which Mallku, Riddick and Mimago shared their experiences as traders (with their proven track records).

Mallku, Riddick and Mimago on stage

 

As can be seen in the photos, the room was filled to capacity… we actually had to leave the stage without answering all the questions so the next speakers did not run out of time! You can see a video of the conference here (NB: the conference starts at 2:19.40).

At Darwinex, we wish to thank all those in attendance because it was a pleasure to have you all there!

Darwinex Conference (International  Stage)

Following on the success of the conference in the Expo Stage, we then held another Darwinex Conference in the Sala Panorámica. As the in previous conference, the theme was ‘Independent trader experiences – their day-to-day trading’. This time the guest speakers were Integracore2, VPSEnry, ChicksFX and Mallku. Once again the Conference was a success and many of those in the audience approached out stand to ask us about Darwinex, DARWINs, DarwinIA, etc.

You can watch a recording of the conference here.

Also, you can watch interview carried out by ForexDay with some of the participants on their Youtube channel.

Event Highlights

Having come this far, it is fair to say that the event was a success: Tarek won the international trading contest, the conferences offered by our traders filled to capacity both halls (the conferences ended up with standing room only due to such a high attendance!)

Nevertheless, this does not explain why the event was such a big success for us: what really put such a big smile on our faces that day was all the traders and investors that visited us at our stand: as well as Mallku, Riddick, Mimago, Integracore2, VPSEnry and ChicksFX, who were in attendance as guest speakers, we had the enormous please of speaking with Yofxtrader, ElQuantitativo, Chema01, MCFD, Pedroml and GlobalMarkets, amongst many others. We offer you all our most sincere thanks. We attended ForexDay in 2013 as guest and we never could have imagined the amount of great traders (and great people) that would end up becoming part of this traders’ movement a few years later… and the best is yet to come!

SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

PS: According to our friends the best part of the day were the post-event drinks! 

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Our latest improvement in…The Market Correlation Investable Attribute

23 January 2018

In this blog post, we are going to explain the most recent improvements in the last investment attribute (IA) to join Darwinex’ ranks: Mr. Mc, AKA. Market Correlation. However, before we get our hands dirty, let me briefly explain what correlation is for those of you who are not familiar with this concept. Correlation is […]

In this blog post, we are going to explain the most recent improvements in the last investment attribute (IA) to join Darwinex’ ranks: Mr. Mc, AKA. Market Correlation.

However, before we get our hands dirty, let me briefly explain what correlation is for those of you who are not familiar with this concept.

Correlation is a statistic that measures the degree to which two variables move in relation to each other.

What are the 2 variables we use in Darwinex to calculate the Mc grade?

You are 100 % right! The relationship between your DARWIN’s return curve and the return curves in the underlying assets in which you trade.

Let me explain this further with an illustrative example.

Imagine that your DARWIN has yielded nice returns over the last year. As a result, 100% of Investors would think that you are a trading superstar and money would be pouring in into your DARWIN, right? Well, not that fast.

What if Darwinex’ algos discover that you have always been long EURUSD in 2017?

In this case, the return of your DARWIN will be 100% correlated with the EURUSD and you should not be awarded with any trading medal since you have basically made 1 trading decision in 2017: go long EURUSD.

In this extreme example, your Mc grade would be 0 which, in turn, would deteriorate your D-Score very badly, making it impossible to get a D-Score over 50, irrespective of the rest of the 11 investment attributes. Therefore, no AuM, no DarwinIA, no fame, no superstar status and an empty pocket 🙁

Darwinex Improves The Mc Investment Attribute

However, after having given this a lot of thought, we have reached the conclusion that this is not the most accurate way to measure the Mc attribute.

Well, to be totally honest with you, we already knew that this calculation was just an approximation. Nevertheless, we decided to implement it anyway for 2 primary reasons:

  • It would add much more value to our proprietary diagnostic toolkit
  • It would penalize “one-trick ponies” strategies which would likely prevent investors from investing in a “random” strategy -100% dependent on an exogenous factor, EURUSD evolution-

Why was our calculation only an approximation instead of 100% accurate?

This is due to the fact that, in the old Mc version, Darwinex didn’t take into consideration the DARWIN’s leverage, which is now considered to be a trading decision in and of itself.

Going back to our example, remember that your DARWIN has always been long EURUSD, imagine that the  leverage applied by our risk manager in your DARWIN, in order to offer an asset with a monthly target risk set at 10% VaR, had varied over time based on leverage changes in your underlying trading strategy. Modifications due to your technical or fundamental analysis/market conditions/predictions… on the EURUSD.

The DARWIN could have been using 5:1 leverage in some trades, 2:1 in others and then up to 8:1, etc. This way, both your DARWIN’s return curve and the EURUSD curve could look very different.

It is a fact that you have always been long EURUSD but your DARWIN could have been using very low leverage when the EURUSD went down, and more leverage when it went your way.

You’d thus be making a much better return % than the underlying asset in which you were trading.

So, after having thrown your strategy to the wolves, it turns out that you could still be trading superstar!

In summary, we have tweaked the Mc algo so we calculate its grade based on trades -not positions– considering leverage a trading decision in and of itself.

Please note that this change will improve accuracy of the Mc score in “medium-long term” strategies while not affecting scalpers or day traders.

Trade safe!

Darwinex Amended trading Hours for Australia Day (26 January 2018)

22 January 2018

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming Australia Day on 26 January 2018 (all times are in UK – GMT time).  Instrument Trading Hours  FX 22:01 Thu –21:55 Fri   DARWINS 22:01 Thu –21:55 Fri  COMMODITIES   Gold 23:01 Thu –21:55 Fri Silver 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri Platinum 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri Palladium 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri US Crude 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri Natural Gas 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri  INDICES […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming Australia Day on 26 January 2018 (all times are in UK – GMT time).

 Instrument Trading Hours
 FX 22:01 Thu –21:55 Fri
  DARWINS 22:01 Thu –21:55 Fri
 COMMODITIES  
Gold 23:01 Thu –21:55 Fri
Silver 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri
Platinum 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri
Palladium 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri
US Crude 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri
Natural Gas 23:00 Thu –21:55 Fri
 INDICES  
Australia 200* *06:10  – 21:55 
 Europe 50 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri
France 40 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri
Germany 30 07:00 – 21:00
Spain 35 07:00 – 19:00
Japan 225 23:00 Thu21:55 Fri
 UK 100 23:00 Thu21:55 Fri
 US SPX 500 23:00 Thu21:55 Fri
 US Tech 100 23:00 Thu21:55 Fri
Wall Street 30 23:00 Thu21:55 Fri
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

As always, at info@darwinex.com we’ll be happy to assist you!

Our Latest Improvement In … Chart Re-alignment!

19 January 2018

You already know that our incentives are 100% aligned with those of our clients –zero conflict of interest between Broker, Traders and Investors-, and this is something we feel VERY proud of in Darwinex. However, this was true to some extent as some of our tools had risen up in rebellion. In particular, the profile […]

You already know that our incentives are 100% aligned with those of our clients –zero conflict of interest between Broker, Traders and Investors-, and this is something we feel VERY proud of in Darwinex.

However, this was true to some extent as some of our tools had risen up in rebellion.

In particular, the profile of the DARWINs, displayed in the following sections, were slightly misaligned:

  1. Explore
  2. All DARWINs
  3. Any predefined filter
  4. Your Favorites
  5. Public User Profile
  6. A custom filter

Fortunately, the rebellion has not lasted long and we have been able to re-establish order…and alignment everywhere.

Trade safe!

Darwinex Amended trading Hours for US Martin Luther King Day (15 January 2018)

11 January 2018

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Martin Luther King Day on 15 January 2018 (all times are in UK – GMT time).  Instrument Trading Hours  FX 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon   DARWINS 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon  COMMODITIES   Gold* 23:00 Sun – 17:59 Mon Silver* 23:00 Sun –17:59 Mon Platinum* […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Martin Luther King Day on 15 January 2018 (all times are in UK – GMT time).

 Instrument Trading Hours
 FX 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon
  DARWINS 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 COMMODITIES  
Gold* 23:00 Sun – 17:59 Mon
Silver* 23:00 Sun –17:59 Mon
Platinum* 23:00 Sun –17:59 Mon
Palladium* 23:00 Sun –17:59 Mon
US Crude* 23:00 Sun – 17:44 Mon
Natural Gas* 23:00 Sun – 17:44 Mon
 INDICES  
Australia 200 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 Europe 50 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
France 40 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Germany 30 07:00 – 21:00
Spain 35 07:00 – 19:00
Japan 225* 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon 
 UK 100 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 US SPX 500* 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
 US Tech 100* 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Wall Street 30* 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

As always, at info@darwinex.com we’ll be happy to assist you!

And the DarwinIA winners are… (December 2017)

2 January 2018

The December 2017 edition of our DarwinIA trading challenge came to its end. Below you can find the 48 winners of our € 4,000,000 notional allocation for a 6 month period.     Place DARWIN Notional allocation 1st BAD € 300,000.00 2nd RDD € 250,000.00 3rd TDF € 210,000.00 4th ICA € 170,000.00 5th PUL […]

The December 2017 edition of our DarwinIA trading challenge came to its end. Below you can find the 48 winners of our € 4,000,000 notional allocation for a 6 month period.

 

 

Place DARWIN Notional allocation
1st BAD € 300,000.00
2nd RDD € 250,000.00
3rd TDF € 210,000.00
4th ICA € 170,000.00
5th PUL € 150,000.00
6th XYP € 140,000.00
7th TFS € 130,000.00
8th BLI € 120,000.00
9th CSP € 110,000.00
10th AGD € 110,000.00
11th VTJ € 110,000.00
12th DLI € 100,000.00
13th TLA € 100,000.00
14th IOG € 100,000.00
15th XMZ € 90,000.00
16th TXL € 90,000.00
17th RIC € 90,000.00
18th CJN € 80,000.00
19th IGU € 80,000.00
20th OOA € 80,000.00
21st KVL € 70,000.00
22nd PHI € 70,000.00
23rd CUK € 70,000.00
24th QTB € 70,000.00
25th NVL € 60,000.00
26th PEW € 60,000.00
27th BFT € 60,000.00
28th STT € 60,000.00
29th QFW € 60,000.00
30th PFH € 60,000.00
31st ELD € 50,000.00
32nd BDR € 50,000.00
33rd JZH € 50,000.00
34th NTI € 50,000.00
35th WBX € 50,000.00
36th CBY € 50,000.00
37th ZTY € 50,000.00
38th GED € 40,000.00
39th YYL € 40,000.00
40th VFL € 40,000.00
41st FMX € 40,000.00
42nd OOG € 40,000.00
43rd BLH € 40,000.00
44th ILM € 40,000.00
45th SZN € 30,000.00
46th RTO € 30,000.00
47th FXP € 30,000.00
48th LOM € 30,000.00

 

Have questions about DarwinIA trading challenge ? At info@darwinex.com we’ll be happy to assist you!

Darwinex Trading Hours for the 2017 Christmas & New Year Holiday Period

15 December 2017

Christmas is around the corner! Please find below the Darwinex Trading Schedule for the 2017 Christmas and New Year Holiday Period (all times are displayed in UK time and changes to regular trading hours are highlighted in red).   Instrument    Friday 22nd Dec   Monday 25th Dec   Tuesday 26th Dec FX 22:01 Thu – 21:55 Fri CLOSED 22:01 Mon – […]

Christmas is around the corner!

Please find below the Darwinex Trading Schedule for the 2017 Christmas and New Year Holiday Period (all times are displayed in UK time and changes to regular trading hours are highlighted in red).

 

Instrument 

 

Friday 22nd Dec

 

Monday 25th Dec

 

Tuesday 26th Dec

FX 22:01 Thu – 21:55 Fri CLOSED 22:01 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Commodities
Gold 23:01 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED 23:01 Mon – 21:59 Tue
Silver 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Platinum 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Palladium 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
US Crude 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
US Natural Gas 23:00 Thu – 20:00 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
DARWINS 23:00 Thu – 20:00 Fri CLOSED 22:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Indices      
STOXX50E 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED CLOSED
GDAXI 07:00 – 21:00   CLOSED  CLOSED
SPA35 07:00 – 19:00   CLOSED  CLOSED
SPX500 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED  CLOSED
WS30 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED  CLOSED
NDX 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED  CLOSED
J225  23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri CLOSED CLOSED
AUS200 23:00 Thu – 05:30 Fri CLOSED CLOSED 
FCHI40  23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED  CLOSED
UK100 23:00 Thu – 12:30 Fri  CLOSED  CLOSED 

 

 

Instrument 

 

Friday 29th Dec 

 

Monday 1st Jan 

 

Tuesday 2nd Jan

FX 22:01 Thu – 21:55 Fri CLOSED 22:01 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Commodities
Gold 23:01 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED 23:01 Mon – 21:59 Tue
Silver 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Platinum 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Palladium 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
US Crude 23:00 Thu – 20:00 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
US Natural Gas 23:00 Thu – 20:00 Fri  CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
DARWINS*  22:05 Thu – 22:00 Fri  CLOSED 22:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Indices      
STOXX50E 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
GDAXI 07:00 – 21:00  CLOSED  07:00 – 21:00 
SPA35 07:00 – 19:00  CLOSED 07:00 – 19:00 
SPX500 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED  23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
WS30 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED  23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
NDX 23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri  CLOSED  23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
J225  23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
AUS200 23:00 Thu – 05:30 Fri CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
FCHI40  23:00 Thu – 21:55 Fri CLOSED 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
UK100 23:00 Thu – 12:30 Fri  CLOSED  23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue

As always, if you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at info@darwinex.com.

The Darwinex Team wishes you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!