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Darwinia – Explained

20 May 2015

This video explains our monthly Darwinia trading challenge: why we run it, how it works, and what to expect if you win the allocation. We hope you enjoy it!

Darwinia is a monthly cash-prize for DARWIN providers. To provide a DARWIN, you must:

  1. Trade a live account with Darwinex
  2. Authorise Darwinex to market the DARWIN based on your trading for that live account

We started Darwinia in November 2014 with 2500 EUR, and it’s since grown to the current monthly pot.

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It’s called Darwinia to draw a parallel with Darwinian selection in nature – only skilled traders survive the market, and because it rewards DARWINs with high 0-10 Investment Attribute scores (thus DarwinIA).

In addition to abuse for the name :-), we receive questions on how the ranking works – which we hope to cover with this post.

Why (does Darwinex run) Darwinia?

There’s no point explaining how you do something without first explaining why you do it (here’s why). If you’re just after the ranking, jump to the end for an explanation. However, be warned: ignoring the why defeats Darwinia’s purpose.

So, first things first, here’s why we do this. At its core, Darwinex is 2 claims:

  1. Skilled traders are likelier than unskilled ones to win tomorrow.
  2. Darwinex algorithms detect trading skill, today.

Which all sounds very nice, but where’s the proof?

That’s one of the whys to Darwinia – to prove both claims above.  Here’s how our desired chain of thought works. We:

  1. Publish skill grades for all DARWINs,
  2. Pay the DARWIN providers with the highest grades every month
  3. Track the performance of their DARWINs over time

If Darwinian selection works, investors should, over time, detect overlap between:

  1. DARWINS who win monthly Darwinia prices,
  2. DARWINs with consistent long-term term performance,

Once they do, Darwinia will have proven that today’s skill delivers tomorrow’s investor profits.

As a bonus, it helps Darwinex walk the evolutionary talk…  Every broker talks trader alignment, but how many pay for Experience, Risk Management, Consistency, Timing, Performance and Scalability?

Why does it run monthly?

Once Darwinex reaches steady state, Darwinia ought to be a secondary revenue source to successful DARWIN providers, who will hopefully make a lot more from quarterly success-fees from investors in their DARWINs than the monthly Darwinia cash-prize.

Why do we place so much emphasis on quarterly success?

Because smart investors distrust churn based models. Commissions generated aren’t even a factor in the Darwinia ranking. Please note that Darwinex can legally charge for investor success because we hold the regulatory permission to do so: Darwinex is an FCA regulated asset manager!

As a bonus, rewarding success is a nice self-selection mechanism. Given the choice over success fees and commissions, truly consistent traders, who prefer success fees, self-select into joining Darwinex. Churn champions, on the other hand, stay clear – which is just what we want.

Why not pay monthly success fees?

On this, consistent traders and savvy investors have legitimate reasons to disagree.

DARWIN providers prefer monthly – success pay. They have a point: normal jobs pay weekly or monthly because living costs accrue daily. Surely if your strategy makes a profit month in, month out, you deserve a monthly check?

Which is when investors answer: what if a strategy wins amazingly in January, stays flat in February and implodes in March? Surely it would be a joke if Darwinex charged success fees for January? And they have a point.

That’s why we run a monthly cash-prize (Darwinia): to help bridge this trader-investor divide.  We believe our claims (1 Darwinia winners are worthy long term investments, and 2 high 0-10 grades are the difference between skilled and lucky winners). So we walk our talk by paying Darwinia monthly, and taking the middle ground between traders and investors.

Which brings us to your why for Darwinia. Think of it as help from Darwinex to quit your “other” job and pursue full time trading, with a starting base salary. We know the current first prize of 1200 Euro isn’t quite there yet, but hey, as Darwinex grows (and we are GROWING) we’ll grow the prize, so you too GROW.

How do I win Darwinia?

In a nutshell: by providing DARWINs with high grades every month, and hopefully winning.

These are the only inputs into the ranking

These are the only inputs into the ranking

The factors entering the ranking are listed on the Leadearbord:

  1. Each DARWIN’s 0-10 grades for the 6 Investment Attributes
  2. Each DARWIN’s Investor Performance in that month, with medium risk (10% monthly Value at Risk)
  3. Monthly activity: irrelevant as long as you trade as often as you normally do. It excludes those on (trading) holiday from that month’s prize.

Note: factors are listed in order of importance. High grades IA grades count logarithmically more than monthly profit.

A further point on the grades: Darwinia is ranked with the 7 Darwinex levels in the skill progression. A DARWIN with a 7/10 in all 6 IAs gets more points than one with e.g. stellar performance, but mediocre Risk Management. Above anything else, Darwinia rewards consistency across ALL 6 skills / investment attributes.

Why logarithmic? Because given a monthly profit, a:

  1. “Pro” (Level 7) has between 2 and 3 more chances to win than
  2. “Expert” (Level 6), who in turn has 2-3 times as many chances than
  3. “Rookie” (Level 5), etc.

Given a monthly profit, a “Pro” has 2.5 higher chances to win Darwinia than an Expert, 6.25 more than Rookie, etc.

It’s deliberate: we want you to worry about improving ALL grades, and ignore the rest.

We do it, because we want to prove to the world that when you seed skill, profits eventually follow.

Until independent traders and Darwinex get there, we hope Darwinia helps you get there, quicker.

Feedback!!!!

Please, please, please if there’s anything you feel we haven’t explained  clearly enough, don’t hesitate to ask and we’ll do our best to improve this blog-post!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.