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Inside Darwinex – your Trading Journal

14 August 2013

Imagine accessing the diary of a person you had never met before: wouldn’t this afford you in-depth insight into the personality traits of its owner?

At Darwinex that got us thinking: how about a tool providing in-depth insight into any trading strategy?

Thus came about the Trading Journal: it’s a visualisation containing all the trades in a trading strategy, providing insight into its main attributes – particularly its Risk Management – at a glance.

This is what it looks like (just click the image to enlarge it!) and these are its elements.

tradingjournal

Return:

Measures the strategy’s performance from inception, tracking the value of balance every time a trade is opened or closed (i.e. when a new position starts). The performance calculation takes into account (i) the performance of a trade when it has been closed AND (ii) the performance for the trades that remain open when a trade has been closed.

Range Return:

Shows a strategy’s performance over any user-selected period – offering any potential investor a way to track performance for any period of interest… which comes in handy since recent performance mostly differs from performance from inception!

For instance, a strategy initially losing 50%, the recovering to 100% of the initial deposit could yield 100% performance to investors entering at the lowest point! Range Return is designed specifically to get a more accurate impression of a trader’s performance.

D Leverage:

D Leverage is a measure of risk. It tracks the risk incurred by each position in a strategy in terms of average EURUSD volatility. What does this mean?

  • A EURUSD trade with 1:1 utilised leverage has a D Leverage of around 1
  • A EURJPY trade with 1:1  utilised leverage has usually a D Leverage higher than 1 – this is because the EURJPY is more volatile than the EURUSD in average – and thus riskier
  • What is TS Leverage for simultaneous trades in multiple assets? This is where it shines: D Leverage of 6 means “6 times as risky as the EURUSD over the period”, etc. It captures hedging effects, i.e. two highly leveraged trades in negatively correlated assets can result in a low risk trade

What does a constant evolution of D Leverage say about a strategy? The closer a trader sticks to a D Leverage, the better – this evidences that any positive returns are not engineered by leverage illusions (martingales), where winning trades randomly deploy higher leverage than losing ones.

The D Leverage chart on the Trading Journal uncovers strategies deceiving inexpert investors through such illusions: beware of strategies where D Leverage increases on losing positions.

Trading Journal - Martingale

Open trades:

Tracks the number of simultaneous open trades in a strategy. Combined with D Leverage, it is proof of a trader’s skill at keeping risk constant: good traders open new trades without affecting their D Leverage. In short, this is a powerful tool that evidences a trader’s ability to cover risk by opening new trades (hedging). Beware of strategies in which D Leverage increases with new trades: this is conclusive evidence of the presence of leverage  illusions (martingales).

D Score:

Tracks the evolution of a trader’s D Score. Our goal is to maximise the correlation between a strategy’s current D Score and future returns: our success will empower traders with a high D Score to investor capital!

For now, we offer users a predictive tool of immense potential: the evolution of D Score. Please remember that the D Score is driven by performance and skill: expert traders must prove both to be worthy of investors’ capital.

Distribution of trades:

This chart is useful to know at a glance what kind of strategy a trader uses: frequency of trades, assets traded, duration of trades and simultaneous trades.

It evidences whenever a trader has changed his strategy and is also helpful to find out whether a trader is disciplined when following a strategy.

The trading strategy below shows a good discipline. Note how this trader started trading short trades and kept the number of open trades at a time consistent. Note also how his strategy changed: he increased the number of trades open at a time, being the duration of the trades longer.

Disciplined change of strategy

In contrast to the disciplined strategy above, the strategy below shows no discipline at all. The number of open trades at a time varies constantly and the duration of the trades varies as well…you can tell at a glance there is no defined pattern.

Trading journal - Lack of discipline or strategy

Do you have any question about the Trading Journal? Feel free to e-mail info@darwinex.com, we’d love to improve on the above intro.

Last News

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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