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Darwinia Contest – 15 months on

28 January 2016

The monthly Darwinia contest rewarding DARWIN providers is now just over 1 year old.

1 year is early days in the bigger scheme of things, but long enough to reflect on pros and cons, and respond to feedback – both positive and negative – received from fellow users (and non-users).

So – what’s the verdict thus far? Should Darwinia continue going forward? What changes have been done, and ought to be expected going forward?

Here’s our take – we sincerely hope you’ll also give us an opinion!

Darwinian purpose

Darwinex’s mission is to democratise financial markets. We believe empowering the crowd is a cause worth backing, and a win-win for (most of 🙂 society.

 

(R)evolution at work!

We won’t get there without changing trader mentality. Far too many traders blow their (Darwinex and other brokers’) accounts not because their strategies are bad – but by trading with very high VaR. We’re convinced that there is a better leverage – investor leverage. That’s the thinking behind listing DARWINs at the DARWIN Exchange.

Further,  analysing over 20.000 track records has highlighted that strategies exhibiting high grades for certain attributes (Experience, Risk Management, Consistency, Timing, Performance and Scalability) seem to, over a statistically significant sample of strategies and time, exhibit better returns than those who don’t.

With that information & algorithms available to us, we thought – what better way to prove to traders that Darwinex breathes evolution – than putting our money where our mouth is?

Thus Darwinia was born, serving three core purposes:

  • Helping existing customers: focussing on improving IA grades helps acquire healthy habits. These in turn help them live, and learn, for longer. This is good for them, for us and for future investors
  • Attract talented traders: which other broker backs their customers with capital, paying 20% success fees?
  • Test if/how strategies react upon receiving investor capital. Does investor backing condition their trading? This is something we’re keeping a close eye one as we gear up the DARWIN investor platform with AuM

On the plus side

1 year ago, as a broker (in addition to an asset manager) we wondered how to grow. The most obvious option was to advertise.

IG spends GBP 900 to 1100 for each first trade

IG spends GBP 900 to 1100 for each first trade

Then we thought: rather than advertise to trade against customers (the way most do)… wouldn’t it make more sense to deploy capital with our customers? Wouldn’t this prove to sceptics – even if still at a relatively modest scale – that we mean business when we talk about investors backing them?

From a Public Relations stand-point – Darwinia is a good story. The Darwinia URL is one of the most recurring visits on all of Darwinex 🙂

As a by-product, it has resulted in IPOs of ever more investable DARWINs that we “cherry picked” from other brokers around the world – which is just bonus 🙂

It’s also been great in testing the investor platform and DARWIN scalability by trading medium AuM sizes with some of the more leveraged DARWINs. We’ve learnt valuable lessons when it comes to optimising investor execution which will come in handier as AuM in the platform mount.

Scope for Improvement

Not all PR has been good. Somehow, we gave the impression that Darwinia is Darwinex’s way to implicitly recommend which traders investors ought to back … which was NOT the point.

Firstly, because as a matter of principle, we’re a neutral venue. All we’re trying to do with levels / Darwinia etc. is improve the quality of DARWINs on offer, for everyone’s sake. This does somewhat break our neutrality –  but we think investors appreciate that trying to improve what’s on offer is a win-win for all involved. We just wouldn’t be credible if we didn’t invest ourselves.

Secondly, because as explained above Darwinia is partially a Public Relations exercise.

And thirdly, because investing in Darwinia winners  is NOT necessarily the best way to make the most out of DARWINs. Don’t get this wrong, we stand by the power of the diagnostic algorithms over a statistically significant sample of strategies and time. 

The question is: is a 1 month end-of-month snapshot of the top 20 strategies statistically significant? Is the difference between number 21 and number 12 so big as to justify picking one over the other because it happened to be on top at the cut-off time? Is the difference between 1 and 21 so big that it warrants an all or nothing outcome? Are there enough investable DARWINs at Darwinex to guarantee that the best 20 on any given end-of-month will be good enough over 6 months?

These, and other thoughts were what made us change Darwinia from:

  1. Cash-prize only (remember, initially, we couldn’t do capital allocations as the investor platform wasn’t ready!)
  2. Cash + Invested Capital: this had the downside that some cash winners got paid more up-front cash than DARWINs delivering performance over 6 months
  3. Invested Capital only: which is our preferred long term option, as it’s aligned with the core “trade as a fund manager” educational message & purpose

So overall, we need to communicate better.

More investable traders are welcome, too. There’s still not enough “depth of bench” to guarantee that all Darwinia prize winners will yield 6 month returns – even if this wasn’t an isn’t our goal, as discussed above… which is just as well.

Darwinex has other means to generate ROI from Darwinia (as a broker!) not available to investors. Plus there’s product improvements on their way for investors to make the most of the algorithms… but more on that on this webinar.

Your take?

Anything else you feel belongs in this post? What can we do to communicate Darwinia better? Which changes would make it “fairer”?

Any thoughts highly welcome!!!

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Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the German Public Holiday on 21 May 2018 (all times are in UK time).

 Instrument Trading Hours
 FX  22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
  DARWINs  22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
 COMMODITIES 23.00 Sun – 22.00 Mon
 INDICES
Australia 200 22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
 Europe 50 22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
France 40 22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
Germany 30* Closed
Spain 35 07:00 – 19:00
Japan 225  22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon 
 UK 100 22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
 US SPX 500 22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
 US Tech 100 22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
Wall Street 30 22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

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

Darwinex Trading Hours for UK Public Holiday (7 May 2018)

3 May 2018

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming bank holiday in the UK on Monday, 7 May 2018 (all times are in UK time).  Instrument Trading Hours  FX 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon   DARWINS 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon  COMMODITIES   Gold 23:01 Sun – 21:59 Mon Silver 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon Platinum […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming bank holiday in the UK on Monday, 7 May 2018 (all times are in UK time).

 Instrument Trading Hours
 FX 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon
  DARWINS 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 COMMODITIES  
Gold 23:01 Sun – 21:59 Mon
Silver 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Platinum 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Palladium 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
US Crude 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Natural Gas 23:00 Sun – 22:00 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 – 22:00 Mon
 UK 100* 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 US SPX 500 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 US Tech 100 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Wall Street 30 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

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

Darwinex amended trading hours (1 May 2018)

24 April 2018

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming bank holiday on 1 May 2018 (all times are in UK time).  Instrument Trading Hours  FX 22:01 Mon – 22:00 Tue   DARWINS 22:01 Mon – 22:00 Tue  COMMODITIES   Gold 23:01 Mon – 21:59 Tue Silver 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue Platinum 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming bank holiday on 1 May 2018 (all times are in UK time).

 Instrument Trading Hours
 FX 22:01 Mon – 22:00 Tue
  DARWINS 22:01 Mon – 22:00 Tue
 COMMODITIES  
Gold 23:01 Mon – 21:59 Tue
Silver 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Platinum 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Palladium 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
US Crude 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Natural Gas 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
 INDICES  
Australia 200 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
 Europe 50* Closed
France 40* Closed
Germany 30* Closed
Spain 35* Closed
Japan 225 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
UK 100 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
 US SPX 500 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
 US Tech 100 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Wall Street 30 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

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

Darwinex Trading Hours for ANZAC Day

19 April 2018

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming ANZAC Day on 25 April 2018 (all times are in UK time).  Instrument Trading Hours  FX 22:01 Wed – 22:00 Thu   DARWINS 22:01 Wed – 22:00 Thu  COMMODITIES   Gold 23:01 Wed – 21:59 Thu Silver 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu Platinum 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu Palladium […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming ANZAC Day on 25 April 2018 (all times are in UK time).

 Instrument Trading Hours
 FX 22:01 Wed – 22:00 Thu
  DARWINS 22:01 Wed – 22:00 Thu
 COMMODITIES  
Gold 23:01 Wed – 21:59 Thu
Silver 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
Platinum 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
Palladium 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
US Crude 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
Natural Gas 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
 INDICES  
Australia 200* 08:10 – 22:00
 Europe 50 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
France 40 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
Germany 30 07:00 – 21:00
Spain 35 07:00 – 19:00
Japan 225 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
 UK 100 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
 US SPX 500 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
 US Tech 100 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
Wall Street 30 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

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

Change in bank account details for GBP deposits

6 April 2018

Over the next few days the segregated accounts for our GBP clients will be transferred over to a new FCA regulated banking entity. Your deposits remain protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The change will be 100% automatic and will not require any action on your part. Nevertheless, due to the fact that […]

Over the next few days the segregated accounts for our GBP clients will be transferred over to a new FCA regulated banking entity. Your deposits remain protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The change will be 100% automatic and will not require any action on your part.

Nevertheless, due to the fact that the bank account details used up until now for GBP deposits have been changed, if you wish to make a deposit via bank transfer, make sure to initiate the deposit from your Wallet in order to receive the new bank account details per email. This should be the way you always initiate a deposit as opposed to copying a previous deposit’s data.

We remain at your disposal at info@darwinex.com

Darwinia winners

And the DarwinIA winners are… (March 2018)

2 April 2018

The March 2018 edition of our DarwinIA trading challenge came to its end. Below you can find the 48 winners of our € 4,000,000.00 notional allocations for a 6 month period and the 7 traders who won € 1,000 in Darwinian Dividends. Congratulations to the winners! Place DARWIN Notional allocation Darwinian Dividends 1st VQB € 300,000.00 € 1,000.00 […]

The March 2018 edition of our DarwinIA trading challenge came to its end. Below you can find the 48 winners of our € 4,000,000.00 notional allocations for a 6 month period and the 7 traders who won € 1,000 in Darwinian Dividends. Congratulations to the winners!

Place DARWIN Notional allocation Darwinian Dividends
1st VQB € 300,000.00 € 1,000.00
2nd EEE € 250,000.00 € 1,000.00
3rd GUA € 210,000.00 € 1,000.00
4th SYO € 170,000.00 € 1,000.00
5th NCN € 150,000.00 € 1,000.00
6th BAD € 140,000.00 € 1,000.00
7th EWL € 130,000.00 € 1,000.00
8th LVS € 120,000.00 /
9th LZB € 110,000.00 /
10th CBY € 110,000.00 /
11th JHJ € 110,000.00 /
12th CLA € 100,000.00 /
13th FEG € 100,000.00 /
14th VTS € 100,000.00 /
15th VFL € 90,000.00 /
16th SDP € 90,000.00 /
17th OVL € 90,000.00 /
18th RIH € 80,000.00 /
19th STV € 80,000.00 /
20th CJN € 80,000.00 /
21st JMP € 70,000.00 /
22nd AGD € 70,000.00 /
23rd LDD € 70,000.00 /
24th CSP € 70,000.00 /
25th NAF € 60,000.00 /
26th LDZ € 60,000.00 /
27th XYF € 60,000.00 /
28th SCN € 60,000.00 /
29th PFI € 60,000.00 /
30th BGR € 60,000.00 /
31st OSM € 50,000.00 /
32nd ZLA € 50,000.00 /
33rd VRT € 50,000.00 /
34th AAN € 50,000.00 /
35th XSN € 50,000.00 /
36th ZZL € 50,000.00 /
37th ZTY € 50,000.00 /
38th SIX € 40,000.00 /
39th HTS € 40,000.00 /
40th ONE € 40,000.00 /
41st XYP € 40,000.00 /
42nd HFE € 40,000.00 /
43rd AOF € 40,000.00 /
44th MER € 40,000.00 /
45th NSC € 30,000.00 /
46th VOZ € 30,000.00 /
47th FYW € 30,000.00 /
48th QKL € 30,000.00 /