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Filter Exchange · 3 days down then 1 day up
msg #113391
5/14/2013 2:47:58 PM

I have a filter for 3 days down:

high has been decreasing for the last 3 day
close has been decreasing for the last 3 days
close below open for the last 3 days

... but I would like to turn this into "3 days down, then the next day it goes above yesterday's high"

How would that be coded?

Also, on that last day, is there a way to NOT trigger if the S&P 500 closed down?


Filter Exchange · 3 days down then 1 day up
msg #113403
5/15/2013 4:24:12 AM

Kevin, thank you!

Backtesting Support · An Entry Filter based on the most recent sale
msg #111258
2/10/2013 11:11:16 PM

Is is possible to have an entry condition dependent on the backtest's most recent sell? For instance, for SPY I would like to take profit at 5%, and stop loss at 5%. I would like to buy when the price moves 2.5% above my most recent SPY sell -- or 2.5% above any intermediate low point since my most recent sell.

Backtesting Support · Backtesting Documentation
msg #109699
12/29/2012 12:18:16 AM

There is a User Guide for SF, but it does not cover the backtesting module as far as I can tell. Is there a document for Backtesting?

Backtesting Support · Backtesting results overly pessimistic?
msg #109715
12/30/2012 6:57:57 PM

Would it be true to say the backtesting results are worse than you would get in real life? The reason being that the exit price does not use your stop loss or trailing stop loss. Instead, it uses the next day open. Assuming your stock is decending, the next day open will usually be lower than your stop loss point.

I hope backtesting is pessimistic, else I have a loooong way to go before I come up with a winning strategy.

General Discussion · Best Simulator
msg #114112
6/15/2013 7:59:42 PM

Any opinions on a free or minimal fee stock trading simulator?

Investopedia seems ok but if there is something better...

There are 2 things I'm looking for
1. I don't want to open an IRA in order to have the free simulator
2. I want it to be a web app, not a desktop app

It would also be nice if it provided email alerts for conditions like ROC above a certain level.

PS. In SF filter I see Sell Buy Hold in the upper left. What do they do? Couldn't find it in the docs

Filter Exchange · BUYING THE DIP
msg #113697
5/25/2013 1:58:40 PM

What cautionary steps would be good to take before pulling the trigger on a BUY? Would you scan for news on the stock? See if an earnings statement is about to come out? (how is that done?) Wait and see if the stock rises after the first couple hours of the day? Does it help to know how the particular sector is doing, or the overall S&P 500 ? Or are those last two statistically insignificant?

Thanks for any advice.

Filter Exchange · BUYING THE DIP
msg #113843
6/1/2013 4:04:21 PM

How did you apply extra pullback percentages, in SF or after the backtest in Excel? And what did you use as your entry price? I too think it is worth trying to improve these very promising results.

Also, I am wondering if there is a way to add an additional condition to wait until price turns upward before purchasing.

Filter Exchange · BUYING THE DIP
msg #113849
6/2/2013 10:44:23 PM

Mahkoh, thanks for the response. I've also tried various changes, but they haven't been improvements -- including a conditional entry of high 1 day ago.

Filter Exchange · BUYING THE DIP
msg #115523
9/24/2013 9:24:40 PM

I believe the backtests are very promising. But whenever I try to do any kind of stop loss, the results suffer. Is it realistic to trade without setting a stop loss? Does the fact that this is only using S&P 500 stocks mitigate the risk somewhat?

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