Traders Blog

Version 5 is now available

We are pleased to announce Version 5 of Trading Blox. A fully revamped user interface for ease of use, flexibility, and power. View this quick overview movie for more details:  

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Broker Direct automated trading

Trading Blox Broker Direct feature now supports real time live dynamic trading with FXCM and Interactive Brokers. This process will gather the most current price data, synchronize the positions, and send new or updated orders from Trading Blox to the broker. This can be used for trading

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Forex Broker Connections

We are pleased to announce the early stage beta of real time live connections with FXCM (www.fxcm.com) and Interactive Brokers (www.interactivebrokers.com) for forex trading. This connection allows for data updates, order placement, and automatic strategy execution at intervals set by the size of the data bar. Data

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Sending automated emails from within Trading Blox

Sending emails from within Trading Blox is a powerful feature. Here is a simple example showing how to send an SSL HTML email that has both an attachment and embedded image in the email body. This can be useful when running the order generation process unattended either

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Keep in touch with your trading wherever you are

Trading Blox has a very useful email function. The user may write plain text or HTML email content, including charts, tables, and all manner of custom plots as well as attach files containing orders or other information. The sky is the limit as to what can be

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What’s New: Automatic Execution

This months What’s New introduces: Automatic execution with Interactive Brokers There comes the time when a system builder has chosen a portfolio and settled on a set of system parameters to begin looking at the next important step: execution.  While there are many good choices for online brokers,

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Accurate Historical Testing for Stocks

An important part of systematic trading is the ability to see how a trading method performs under real historical market conditions. Trading Blox allows the user to do this, giving an accurate picture of how a strategy under consideration would have performed in different market environments. In

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Sharpe vs Sortino and Custom Summary Results

When it comes to performance statistics in backtesting, every system builder has a favorite set for gauging the effectiveness of a strategy.  One popular metric, the Sharpe ratio, was introduced in 1966 by Stanford professor Dr. William Forsyth Sharpe and measures return relative to volatility. Volatility is

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Multiple Data Timeframes in One Trading System

Recently, the topic of using both intraday and daily data together in one system came up on the Trading Blox Forum.   This can be useful for taking primary signals on a daily timeframe and using intraday data to more accurately estimate fills.  It can also be important

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What’s New With Trading Blox

This month’s Whats New introduces : Trading Blox multi-threading Processors have seen their biggest performance improvements in recent years by the addition of multiple cores. A 4 core processor is theoretically equivalent to a 4x performance increase. In practice, actual speed gains are closer to 50% and

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