BOARD

Fine-tuning our algorithms

17 August 2016

As you may have noticed already, we are not resting this summer but are working hard to polish our algorithms. Below you can find the main improvements to our algos introduced this week.

1. Minor bugs (Levels & Performance)

First of all, we have removed minor bugs that were reported by some of our traders.

As you may recall, there are different paths to level up in Darwinex (click here for further info on the different paths). In certain cases, the algorithms were not picking the “right” path to level up. We have found the root of this issue and have fixed it so it won’t happen in the future.

Further, we were reported that the Performance attribute included a minor gap when certain strategies reached 6 D-Periods experience. This has now been fixed, too.

2. VaR Simulations

We are working hard to introduce a major improvement in the way our risk manager replicates trading strategies on behalf of investors. The first step towards that goal has been introduced this week: VaR simulations have been improved significantly. The way we were simulating VaR in the past used to have an effect on the D-Periods’ calculation. This used to cause a delay in the accounts’ analysis that has now been fixed. VaR simulations are now independent from D-Periods, which makes it easier (and faster!) for our algorithms to analyse trading strategies.

This is only the first step in a series of substantial improvements to our risk manager that are underway, we’ll keep you duly posted!

3. Consistency Attribute & swing trading

The main improvement introduced this week relates to the Consistency Attribute.

We have received several complaints from swing traders who felt penalised by the way the Consistency Attribute addressed their trades. In a way, achieving good scores in the Consistency Attribute used to be harder for traders who trade in longer timeframes (e.g. underlying strategies of DARWINS TSB or PGH). With this in mind, we have introduced a major change in the way weight is assigned to each trade in the Return Consistency & Duration Consistency charts.

Snip20160817_11

In the past, Weight used to be calculated as follows:  Weight = Trade’s Leverage* VaR(20%) / VaR of the strategy at trade’s close.

Going fwd, the weight assigned to each trade will contain a correction that takes into account the trade’s duration. The new weight is now calculated as follows: Weight = Leverage * (Square root of trade’s duration) * VaR(20%) / VaR of the strategy at trade’s close.

This improvement has given rise to changes in our traders’ Consistency Attribute score (in general, our community’s score in this Attribute has improved with the amendment introduced).

As a rule of thumb, traders who trade shorter timeframes and keep a specific trade open for longer time than usual will be more penalised on their Consistency Attribute than in the past. On the other hand, traders who trade longer timeframes and close a trade earlier than they usually do won’t be as penalised as much as they used to.

Further improvements to the Consistency Attribute are in the pipeline. In the coming months, we’ll introduce a big improvement in the way “hedging” is assessed by the Consistency Attribute.

4. Upcoming Improvements

Further improvements to our algorithms are underway. In addition to the changes mentioned above,  the main improvement we are working on will affect the risk manager: the way it works today, our risk manager is being too conservative when replicating strategies that trade very frequently and keep several trades open all the time (e.g. QNR). We’ll keep working hard to have this fixed ASAP, we’ll keep you duly posted.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@darwinex.com should you need assistance. Please accept our apologies for the effects this week’s changes may have caused in DarwinIA’s standings, we promise we do our best to avoid changes halfway of the month!

 

Last News

Amended Trading Hours U.S. Labor Day 2019

30 August 2019

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming U.S. Labour Day on September 2nd, 2019.

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming U.S. Labor Day on September 2nd, 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

 


 Instrument Trading Hours on September 2nd 2019
 COMMODITIES  
Gold 23:01 Sun – 17:59 Mon
Silver 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Platinum 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Palladium 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
US Crude 23:00 Sun – 17:45 Mon
Natural Gas 23:00 Sun – 17:45 Mon
 INDICES  
Japan 225 23:00 Sun – 18:00 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
US STOCKS
All US stocks 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!

UK100 Closed on August 26th

14 August 2019

Please note that the UK100 index CFD will be closed on Monday August 26th due to UK Summer Bank Holiday. All other assets will trade according to the usual trading hours. 

Please note that the UK100 index CFD will be closed on Monday August 26th due to UK Summer Bank Holiday. All other assets will trade according to the usual trading hours.

DAX Trading Hours Soon to be Extended

9 July 2019

The CFD of the DAX (GDAXI) start trading with an extended schedule as of Monday July 22nd, 2019.

The CFD of the DAX (GDAXI) will soon – probably as of Monday July 22nd – start trading with an extended schedule.

The current schedule is as follows:

  • 07:00 – 21:00 (London) Mon-Thu
  • 07:00 – 20:55 (London) Fri

The extended schedule will be as follows:

  • 01:30 – 21:00 (London) Mon-Thu
  • 01:30 – 20:55 (London) Fri

We’ll update this post with the final implementation date of the extended schedule as soon as possible.

Update on July 18th: the DAX will start trading according to the new schedule on Monday July 22nd.

Note that during the night, GDAXI usually has a wider spread and a lower liquidity than during the day.

Please get in touch at info@darwinex.com for any questions you may have.

apalancamiento esma

The FCA Makes ESMA’s CFD Restrictions Permanent

4 July 2019

The new measure doesn’t affect us more than the ESMA intervention already did. And it affected us in a positive way, contributing to the improvement of our clients’ performance.

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) made the European Authority’s (ESMA) CFD restrictions permanent this week.

Some reactions to this we saw in user forums implied this was a “ban” of Contracts for Differentes (CFDs). Some even said it was “the end of Darwinex”.

We’d like to clarify that the FCA’s measure makes the restrictions we already applied last year permanent. But nothing else changes. It’s only that this time it’s the national regulator that said this while last year it was the ESMA.

The new measure doesn’t affect us more than the ESMA intervention already did. And it affected us in a positive way, contributing to the improvement of our clients’ performance.

Trading Schedule for the US Independence Day on 3rd and 4th July 2019

27 June 2019

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours (in red) for the upcoming US Independence Day on 3 & 4 July 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours (in red) for the upcoming US Independence Day on 3 & 4 July 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

 

FX Wednesday 3rd July Thursday 4th July
All FX Instruments 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed 22:05 Wed – 22:00 Thu
DARWINs 22:05 Tue – 21:59 Wed 22:05 Tue – 21:59 Wed
Commodities
Gold 23:01 Tue – 21:59 Wed *23:01 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
Silver 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
Platinum 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
Palladium 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
US Crude 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 17:45 Thu 
US Natural Gas 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 17:45 Thu 
Indices
AUS200 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
STOXX50E 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
FCHI40 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
GDAXI 07:00 – 21:00 07:00 – 21:00
J225 *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
SPA35 07:00 – 19:00 07:00 – 19:00
UK100 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
SPX500 *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu
NDX *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
WS30 *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu
US stocks 14:31 – 20:59 CLOSED
 
Crypto
All Crypto Instruments 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed 22:05 Wed – 22:00 Thu

 

 

The DARWIN Exchange will remain open even if the underlying assets’ market is closed. Should you want to know the standard procedure when you buy/sell a DARWIN whose underlying asset market is closed, we recommend you to read the following Help Center article: What happens if you want to buy/sell a DARWIN which has underlying trades open with different opening/closing times?

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

Australia Public Holiday on 10th June 2019

5 June 2019

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming Bank Holiday in Australia on 10th June 2019 (all times are in UK time).

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming bank holiday in Australia on 10th June 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

Indices  Monday 10th June 2019
AUS200 08:10 – 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!

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 66 % 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.