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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.

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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!

 

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Last night’s incident on MT4 micro indices

14 November 2019

Our MT4 feed on some “micro” indices went down in the night from November 13th to November 14th, 2019. NB: the downtime did NOT affect FX pairs, commodities, stocks and cryptos on MT4, and MT5 operated as normal. This blog post explains what happened and what we did about it. What happened One of our Prime Brokers […]

Our MT4 feed on some “micro” indices went down in the night from November 13th to November 14th, 2019.

NB: the downtime did NOT affect FX pairs, commodities, stocks and cryptos on MT4, and MT5 operated as normal.

This blog post explains what happened and what we did about it.

What happened

One of our Prime Brokers had issues with their “micro” Liquidity Provider on STOXX50E, UK100, GER30 and WS30 in the very early European morning.

We worked with them to isolate, then fix the root cause  and resumed streaming later in the European morning.

Our decision

Our Operations Department has proactively reviewed all affected orders. We will pay affected customers wherever a compensation is due. Luckily enough, some of our customers benefited from this incident and made larger profits than they planned!

If you feel any of your orders ought to be reviewed, kindly reach out to info@darwinex.com. As ever, don’t forget to mention your MT4 account number and (where possible), Order ID.

We keep working hard to improve our liquidity, the better our LPs, the lower the chances that this sort of incidents take place.

Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience and do let us know if doubts remain. We’ll do our utmost to clarify!

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Upcoming Holiday in Japan on November 4th

31 October 2019

There is a public holiday in Japan on Monday, 4th of November. Kindly note that during this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. Bank holidays may also give rise to changes on the applicable swap rates.

There is a public holiday in Japan on Monday, 4th of November. Kindly note that during this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. Bank holidays may also give rise to changes on the applicable swap rates. For any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to info@darwinex.com.

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

25 October 2019

Please be aware that there is a public holiday in New Zealand on Monday, October 28th 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, October 28th during which spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. For any questions, reach out to info@darwinex.com.

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MetaTrader and Wine / PlayOnMac incompatibility on MacOS Catalina

18 October 2019

We’d like to inform you that MetaTrader terminals are currently not working correctly when using Wine or PlayOnMac on MacOS Catalina. CodeWeavers (developers of Wine) are already working on fixing this. We recommend that if you use Wine or PlayOnMac on MacOS, you postpone updating the operating system to MacOS Catalina until a solution is […]

We’d like to inform you that MetaTrader terminals are currently not working correctly when using Wine or PlayOnMac on MacOS Catalina. CodeWeavers (developers of Wine) are already working on fixing this.

We recommend that if you use Wine or PlayOnMac on MacOS, you postpone updating the operating system to MacOS Catalina until a solution is ready.

In the meantime, users who are already affected can continue using MetaTrader on MacOS by installing Windows as an alternative OS or by using Parallels.

For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@darwinex.com.

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Margin increase on 18 October 2019 (Professional Clients only)

17 October 2019

Please be informed that our margin requirements for Professional Clients are changing on Friday (18 October 2019) around 17:00 UK time due to the uncertainty around the Brexit negotiations. Retail Clients are not affected by this change. The new margin requirements described below will remain in force until further notice. In this connection, please note that the new margin requirements […]

Please be informed that our margin requirements for Professional Clients are changing on Friday (18 October 2019) around 17:00 UK time due to the uncertainty around the Brexit negotiations. Retail Clients are not affected by this change.

The new margin requirements described below will remain in force until further notice.

In this connection, please note that the new margin requirements will affect both EXISTING and NEW positions. Kindly make sure you have enough available margin / equity in your account for the days leading up to and during the voting/announcement of results.

 

 

Instrument Current Margin New Margin (Brexit)
FOREX
EURAUD 1.00% 2.00%
EURCAD 1.00% 2.00%
EURCHF 1.00% 2.00%
EURGBP 0.50% 2.00%
EURJPY 0.50% 2.00%
EURNOK 1.00% 2.00%
EURNZD 1.00% 2.00%
EURUSD 0.50% 2.00%
GBPAUD 1.00% 2.00%
GBPCAD 1.00% 2.00%
GBPCHF 1.00% 2.00%
GBPJPY 0.50% 2.00%
GBPNOK 1.00% 2.00%
GBPNZD 1.00% 2.00%
GBPSEK 1.00% 2.00%
GBPUSD 0.50% 2.00%
COMMODITIES
XAUUSD 0.50% 2.00%
INDICES
STOXX50E 2.00% 3.00%
UK100 2.00% 3.00%

 

For the ease of reference, Margin in % =  (1/max. leverage)* 100. In other words:

0.50 % = 1:200 leverage

1.00 % = 1:100 leverage

2.00 % = 1:50 leverage, etc.

Need help? At info@darwinex.com we’ll be happy to assist you!

 

Brexit

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Potential High Volatility upon Market Open on Sunday Oct 20th

15 October 2019

We’d like to inform our traders of the possible extraordinary UK parliamentary sitting on Saturday October 19th, 2019 where a vote may be held on any Brexit deal achieved at the EU Council meeting this week.

We’d like to inform our traders of the possible extraordinary UK parliamentary sitting on Saturday October 19th, 2019 where a vote may be held on any Brexit deal achieved at the EU Council meeting this week.

Due to the uncertainty created by this event, we urge our traders to proceed cautiously as market moves may be large. Particular attention should be paid to the market open on Sunday October 20th, where there is potential for high volatility which may cause market gaps.

To manage their account effectively, traders should review margin rates and that there is sufficient collateral to cover their exposure.

For any questions, reach out to info@darwinex.com and we’ll be happy to help.

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.