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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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Amended Trading Hours for Australia Day (26 January 2021)

21 January 2021

Please be aware that Australia Day will be held on 26 January 2021. Kindly note that during this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. Also, the following amended trading hours will apply. Indices  Tuesday 26 January 2021 AUS200 06:11 – 22:00 UTC The rest of the assets will trade according to their usual […]

Please be aware that Australia Day will be held on 26 January 2021. Kindly note that during this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner.

Also, the following amended trading hours will apply.

Indices  Tuesday 26 January 2021
AUS200 06:11 – 22:00 UTC

The rest of the assets will trade according to their usual trading time.

See the full calendar of amended trading hours.

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

Trading Hours for the US Martin Luther King Day on 18 January 2021

11 January 2021

Please note the amended trading hours that will apply on Monday 18 January 2021.

Please note the amended trading hours that will apply on Monday 18 January 2021.

🕤 All times in the following table are UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).
⚠️ During bank holidays spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. They usually also give rise to changes to the applicable swap rates.
Commodities   Monday 18 January 2021
XAUUSD Early close at 17:43 UTC
XAGUSD Early close at 17:59 UTC
XTIUSD Early close 17:44 UTC
XNGUSD Early close 17:44 UTC
Indices
J225 Early close at 17:58 UTC
SPX500 Early close at 17:58 UTC
NDX Early close at 17:58 UTC
WS30 Early close at 17:58 UTC
US Stocks
All US stocks Closed

 

 

 

 

Related information:

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

brexit

Brexit, the endgame: what you need to know in a no-deal Brexit scenario

16 December 2020

With the year coming to an end and Brexit coming into force on January 1st 2021, we would like to remind you that Darwinex is Brexit ready. Below are some updates for both existing and new customers. Please note that these will be relevant only in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

With the year coming to an end and Brexit coming into force on January 1st 2021, we would like to remind you that Darwinex is Brexit ready. Below are some updates for both existing and new customers. Please note that these will be relevant only in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

No-deal Brexit for existing EU customers

What changes in your relationship with FCA-regulated Darwinex in a no-deal Brexit scenario? In short: nothing, if you’re an existing customer.

  1. The FCA continues to protect your right to trade with us.
  2. Your monies remain with Santander UK, Natwest Bank or Sabadell UK in London.
  3. Your Funds enjoy FSCS deposit protection and Lloyd’s insurance for up to GBP 500,000.

Brexit doesn’t impair your right to trade with counterparties in 3rd countries outside the EU. You could trade with Australian brokers, you continue to enjoy the right to trade with UK brokers.

No-deal Brexit for new EU customers

For Darwinex, a no-deal Brexit scenario means restrictions to market to new EU customers with our FCA entity. We’ll shortly share details of our new license in the EU, which will offer identical conditions to our UK entity.

Our FCA-regulated UK entity will, in any case, continue accepting EU customers whenever reverse solicitation applies. Reverse solicitation means traders and investors approaching Darwinex on their own initiative and Darwinex not having solicited them to trade or invest.

We’ve recorded a podcast episode about Brexit and prepared a Brexit FAQ. Feel free to send to info@darwinex.com any questions you might have and we’ll answer them for everyone’s benefit!

Navidad

Darwinex Trading Hours for the 2020 Christmas & New Year Holiday Period

14 December 2020

The Darwinex Trading Schedule for the 2020 Christmas and New Year Holiday Period is already available in the calendar of Amended Darwinex Trading Hours.

Christmas is around the corner!

The Darwinex Trading Schedule for the 2020 Christmas and New Year Holiday Period is already available in the calendar of Amended Darwinex Trading Hours.

Note that during the Cristmas and New Year holiday period spreads may widen and swaps may be affected by the ‘turn’ effect. The ‘turn’ effect is a phenomenon that exists in financial markets which is caused by supply and demand for funding over key dates such as year or quarter-end. This can create anomalies in the forward curves for certain currencies, and we are already beginning to see this priced into the year-end swap points that we receive from our liquidity providers.

Further, you may want to check out what happens if you want to buy/sell a DARWIN which has underlying trades open with different opening/closing times.

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!

Trading Hours for the 2020 US Thanksgiving Holidays

17 November 2020

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Thanksgiving holiday period on 26th and 27th of November 2020.

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Thanksgiving holiday period on 26th and 27th of November 2020.

During bank holidays spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. They usually also give rise to changes to the applicable swap rates.

All times are UTC.

 Instrument November 26th 2020 November 27th 2020
COMMODITIES
XAUUSD Close at 17:44:00
Close at 18:29:00
XAGUSD
Close at 17:59:50
Close at 18:14:50
XTIUSD
Close at 17:44:50
Close at 18:29:50
XNGUSD
Close at 17:44:50
Close at 18:29:50
INDICES
J225
Close at 18:00
Close at 18:15
SPX500
Close at 18:00
Close at 18:15
NDX
Close at 18:00
Close at 18:15
WS30
Close at 18:00
Close at 18:15
STOCKS
US Stocks Closed
Close at 17:59

The rest of the assets will trade according to their usual trading time.

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

apalancamiento esma

NextEra Energy Stock Split 4:1

19 October 2020

The NextEra Energy stock split is approaching. At Darwinex we will apply the stock split on October 27th.

The NextEra Energy stock split is approaching. $NEE shares will be split 4-for-1. The number of shares will be multiplied by 4 and share prices divided by this same value.

At Darwinex we will apply the stock split on Tuesday October 27th at market open.

In live accounts we will adjust open position to the split without the need to close and reopen trades. Pending orders will be cancelled. In MT5, the hedged positions will be closed and the split will be applied to the resulting net position.

In demo accounts we will close all open positions in $NEE on Monday afternoon. Pending orders will be cancelled.

$NEE stocks will be available for trading from Tuesday, October 27th, at the post-split price.

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

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. -- % of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.