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  • Measuring System Performance by Lars N. Kestner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...TRADING TECHNIQUES Measuring System Performance Want to improve the evaluation of your trading systems? Here's a new performance measure that uses some statistics to measure profitability through time. by Lars N. Kestner Starting with an idea and developing a trading system is a relatively simple and straightforward process. Because it is a simple process, it is possible to create numerous systems in a short time. Since trading is a profit-oriented process, our interest lies in the performance of the best systems created, not the number of systems created. How, then, can performance be de...

  • The Benefits of Diversification by Lars N. Kestner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Benefits of Diversification by Lars N. Kestner The question of how to increase returns while decreasing risk has fascinated investors for decades; after all, the goal is of trading or investing is to maximize return per unit of risk accepted. Here's an introduction to the benefits of diversification. The first major progress in portfolio management was made by Harry Markowitz, 1990 Nobel Prize co-winner in economics. Some 40 years ago, Markowitz began asking questions on the nature of risk and reward. Looking at streams of cash flows, he attempted to quantify the relationship through mat...

  • Using A Moving Average System by Lars N. Kestner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Using A Moving Average System by Lars N. Kestner Moving averages was one of the first trading methods used by technicians. Here are the basics to using a moving average system. The process of developing a trading system consists of three steps. First, the developer must have an idea or a theory of how the proposed system will make profits. This could be breakout trading, range trading or anything in between. Then, once the developer has decided on an idea, the next step is to implement it - that is, quantify it - into a specific set of rules that can be evaluated. A concept such as ""Prices...

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