Frequently Asked Questions
- Who the hell are you? Why should I read your strategies?
Good question. In terms of background, I have no formal education in trading. I have a degree in Computer Science. I did, however, work as a technology, media and telecom (TMT) analyst for 2 years for a small hedge fund called H4 Capital. At that time, I was a believer in fundamental analysis.
One day, as I sat there at my desk, waiting for an earning report to come out and realizing that I had no idea what was going to happen, I concluded that there had to be a better way to invest. I started to look at system-based trading and was quickly hooked – most likely because it appealed to my computer science background, and it also allowed me to be more emotionally divorced from my trading which left me a happier person. So – to sum up – I know a ton about the financial world, and know a great deal about fundamental analysis although I don’t use it in my current strategies.
As far as whether I’m any good – I’ll let the strategies do the talking. Most people don’t realize that 75% of all mutual fund manages do not outperform their benchmark index – my goal is to outperform in both good and bad markets.
- Are you going to reveal how your strategies work?
To be honest, at the moment I’m really not sure – to begin with, I’m not going to reveal how I calculate them.
- What do you program you strategies in?
I use a wide variety of platforms but currently focus on Amibroker (with it’s fantastic rotational portfolio trader) and Tradersstudio (with it’s ability to analyze multiple systems at once).
- Who is your broker?
I trade using Interactive Brokers (IB). Best commissions, widest variety of investment vehicles. My goal in all my investing is to keep costs as low as possible. IB commissions are $0.01 per share with a minimum of $1/trade. Keeping costs low is one key to making profitable strategies.