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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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Trading Hours for US Presidents’ Day on 17th February 2020

4 February 2020

Please note that the following trading hours will apply on Monday 17th February 2020. All times are in GMT+0 (London) time. During this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. Bank holidays may also give rise to changes in the applicable swap rates.   Commodities  Monday 17th Febuary 2020 XAUUSD 23:01 Sun – 17:59 […]

Please note that the following trading hours will apply on Monday 17th February 2020. All times are in GMT+0 (London) time. During this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. Bank holidays may also give rise to changes in the applicable swap rates.

 

Commodities  Monday 17th Febuary 2020
XAUUSD 23:01 Sun – 17:59 Mon
XAGUSD 23:00:01 Sun – 17:59:50 Mon
XPTUSD 23:00:01 Sun – 17:59:50 Mon
XPDUSD 23:00:01 Sun – 17:59:50 Mon
XTIUSD 23:00:01 Sun – 17:44:50 Mon
XNGUSD 23:00:01 Sun – 17:44:50 Mon
Índices
J225 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
SPX500 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
NDX 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
WS30 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
US stocks
All CLOSED

 


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!

Upcoming Holidays in China and Australia

23 January 2020

Please be aware that the Chinese New Year will take place between January 24th and January 30th. Furthermore, Australia Day will be held on January 27th. Kindly note that during this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. Also, the following amended trading hours will apply on Monday 27th January 2020. Time in […]

Please be aware that the Chinese New Year will take place between January 24th and January 30th. Furthermore, Australia Day will be held on January 27th. Kindly note that during this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner.

Also, the following amended trading hours will apply on Monday 27th January 2020. Time in GMT+0 (London) time.


 

Indices  Monday 27th January 2020
AUS200 06:10 – 22:00

 


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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Opening of orders in the XPDUSD asset blocked until further notice

22 January 2020

Due to the global palladium shortage and the impossibility of offering reasonable spreads due to the lack of liquidity, we’ve blocked the opening of trades in the XPDUSD asset until further notice. For any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here or, if it’s about your specific case, via email at info@darwinex.com.

Due to the global palladium shortage and the impossibility of offering reasonable spreads due to the lack of liquidity, we’ve blocked the opening of trades in the XPDUSD asset until further notice. For any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here or, if it’s about your specific case, via email at info@darwinex.com.

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Upcoming Holiday In New Zealand Resulting In The Possibility Of Wider Spread

16 January 2020

Please be aware that there is a public holiday in New Zealand on Monday, January 20th during which spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. For any questions, reach out to info@darwinex.com.

Please be aware that there is a public holiday in New Zealand on Monday, January 20th during which spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. For any questions, reach out to info@darwinex.com.

Margin increase for XAUUSD (Professional Clients only)

9 January 2020

Our margin requirement for the XAUUSD asset for Professional Clients is changing on Friday (January 10th 2020) around 17:00 GMT due to the US-Iran uncertainty. The new margin requirement will be 2% as opposed to the previous 1%. It will remain in place until further notice and will affect both existing and new positions. Kindly […]

Our margin requirement for the XAUUSD asset for Professional Clients is changing on Friday (January 10th 2020) around 17:00 GMT due to the US-Iran uncertainty.

The new margin requirement will be 2% as opposed to the previous 1%. It will remain in place until further notice and will affect both existing and new positions.

Kindly make sure you have enough available margin and equity in your account for the new margin level.

Need help? Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@darwinex.com.

Darwinex Trading Hours for the 2019 Christmas & New Year Holiday Period

18 December 2019

Please find below the Darwinex Trading Schedule for the 2019 Christmas and New Year Holiday Period. All times are displayed in UK time (GMT) and changes to regular trading hours are highlighted in red.

Christmas is around the corner!

Please find below the Darwinex Trading Schedule for the 2019 Christmas and New Year Holiday Period. All times are displayed in UK time (GMT) and changes to regular trading hours are highlighted in red.

Also 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.

Christmas 2019

DARWINs Tuesday 24th December Wednesday 25th December Thursday 26th December
All DARWINs 22:05 Mon – 21:59 Tue Closed 22:05 Wed – 21:59 Thu
FX Tuesday 24th December Wednesday 25th December Thursday 26th December
All FX Instruments 22:04:01 Mon – 21:59:50 Tue Closed 22:04:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
Commodities Tuesday 24th December Wednesday 25th December Thursday 26th December
XAUUSD 23:01 Mon – 18:29 Tue Closed 23:01 Wed – 21:59 Thu
XAGUSD 23:00:01 Mon – 18:29:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
XPTUSD 23:00:01 Mon – 18:44:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
XPDUSD 23:00:01 Mon – 18:44:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
XTIUSD 23:00:01 Mon – 18:29:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:50:50 Thu
XNGUSD 23:00:01 Mon – 18:29:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
Indices Tuesday 24th December Wednesday 25th December Thursday 26th December
AUS200 23:00 Mon – 03:30 Tue Closed Closed
STOXX50E Closed Closed Closed
FCHI40 23:00 Mon – 13:00 Tue Closed Closed
GDAXI Closed Closed Closed
J225 23:00 Mon – 18:15 Tue Closed Closed
SPA35 07:00 – 13:00 Closed Closed
UK100 23:00 Mon – 12:50 Tue Closed Closed
SPX500 23:00 Mon – 18:15 Tue Closed Closed
NDX 23:00 Mon – 18:15 Tue Closed Closed
WS30 23:00 Mon – 18:15 Tue Closed Closed
US Stocks Tuesday 24th December Wednesday 25th December Thursday 26th December
All US stocks 14:31 – 17:59 Closed 14:31 – 20:59
Crypto Tuesday 24th December Wednesday 25th December Thursday 26th December
All Crypto Instruments 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed 22:05 Wed – 22:00 Thu


New Year 2020

DARWINs Tuesday 31st December Wednesday 1st January Thursday 2nd January
All DARWINs 22:05 Mon – 21:59 Tue Closed 22:05 Wed – 21:59 Thu
FX Tuesday 31st December Wednesday 1st January Thursday 2nd January
All FX Instruments 22:04:01 Mon – 21:59:50 Tue Closed 22:04:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
Commodities Tuesday 31st December Wednesday 1st January Thursday 2nd January
XAUUSD 23:01 Mon – 21:59 Tue Closed 23:01 Wed – 21:59 Thu
XAGUSD 23:00:01 Mon – 21:59:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:50:50 Thu
XPTUSD 23:00:01 Mon – 21:59:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
XPDUSD 23:00:01 Mon – 21:59:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
XTIUSD 23:00:01 Mon – 21:59:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
XNGUSD 23:00:01 Mon– 21:59:50 Tue Closed 23:00:01 Wed – 21:59:50 Thu
Indices Tuesday 31st December Wednesday 1st January Thursday 2nd January
AUS200 23:00 Mon – 03:30 Tue Closed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
STOXX50E Closed Closed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
FCHI40 23:00 Mon – 13:00 Tue Closed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
GDAXI Closed Closed 07:00 – 21:00
J225 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue Closed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
SPA35 07:00 – 13:00 Closed 07:00 – 19:00
UK100 23:00 Mon – 12:50 Tue Closed Closed
SPX500 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue Closed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
NDX 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue Closed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
WS30 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue Closed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
US Stocks Tuesday 31st December Wednesday 1st January Thursday 2nd January
All US stocks 14:31 – 20:59 Closed 14:31 – 20:59
Crypto Tuesday 31st December Wednesday 1st January Thursday 2nd January
All Crypto Instruments 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed 22:05 Wed – 22:00 Thu

 


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!

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