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by Roscoe
Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Futures Markets
Topic: Which Nasdaq future is correct for trading?
Replies: 2
Views: 1708

Re: Which Nasdaq future is correct for trading?

Hi oem, It's hard to say, but this link is probably correct: https://www.google.com/search?q=nasdaq+100&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 I would take the yahoo value over the other one, which did not work well here. If you really want to trade the ND I would suggest that you buy data - http://www.pinnacledata.com ...
by Roscoe
Fri May 29, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Market Psychology
Topic: How to beat yourself before beating the market?
Replies: 5
Views: 5038

Re: How to beat yourself before beating the market?

Hello OEM my friend, You have found an indisputable truth of trading, as many of us have, and it is this: it is easy to be right but it is hard to sit tight (with apologies to Larry Livermore, whose quote I think this is). I think that I speak for many of my trading brothers and sisters when I say t...
by Roscoe
Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Data Providers and other non testing software
Topic: CSI Gone a tad crazy >
Replies: 8
Views: 5892

Re: CSI Gone a tad crazy >

This probably won't help but let me say it anyway: I have been using Pinnacle Data since the turn of the century (damn, now I really feel old...) and I have never once had a data issue. Not one. In that time I have seen a lot of posts about CSI data problems. Data reliability has to be one of the mo...
by Roscoe
Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Brokers
Topic: Would broker follow any winning traders for making money?
Replies: 4
Views: 4880

Re: Would broker follow any winning traders for making money?

:P Just because I am paranoid doesn't mean that they are not out to get me.....
by Roscoe
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Data Providers and other non testing software
Topic: Portara & CQG Datafactory - Professional Data Service
Replies: 17
Views: 9214

Ah, so current margin only. Thank you for that. I report margin requirements as part of my daily order sheet, but the thought did occur that it would be interesting to chart the relation of margin requirements to open equity over time as a means of selecting a suitable percentage buffer to keep in t...
by Roscoe
Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Data Providers and other non testing software
Topic: Portara & CQG Datafactory - Professional Data Service
Replies: 17
Views: 9214

Thanks Arthur, much appreciated. One final question if I may: is the Margin variable linked to the historical data series in any way? I.E. is the Margin value from, say, 10 years back the actual Margin at that date, or is the reported value just the current Margin value? TIA.
by Roscoe
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: Data Providers and other non testing software
Topic: Portara & CQG Datafactory - Professional Data Service
Replies: 17
Views: 9214

Good Morning Arthur! I'm back and your post and associated video reminded me of your excellent product, about which I will email you shortly. In the meantime I do have a question: In the video I see the option to add a Margin field to the data stream (I assume that this can be output to .csv flat fi...
by Roscoe
Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: Data Providers and other non testing software
Topic: Portara & CQG Datafactory - Professional Data Service
Replies: 17
Views: 9214

Hello Arthur. I am interested in the product and I have just downloaded the 14 day demo. At this point I have a few questions regarding the rollover options, specifically: for BP I want to roll on the 8th day of the delivery month and I want to do a ratio adjust rather than just a plain back adjust,...
by Roscoe
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:41 am
Forum: Money Management
Topic: Shutting down our small fund
Replies: 43
Views: 19177

H Mark. Nothing to date from PFG, the wholesale transfer of all PFG accounts to Vision Financial happened over a month ago and I still can't get any response from anyone at Vision, although to be fair I am sure they are very busy. A friend received his Vision statement a month ago but I have seen ex...
by Roscoe
Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: Money Management
Topic: Shutting down our small fund
Replies: 43
Views: 19177

Glad to hear that you are getting something back. I wish there was a PFG version of James Koutoulas! I don't think that anybody is leading anything there. Wassendorf seems to have assets stashed offshore but he is not being particularly helpful to the liquidator about them, guess he is planning ahea...
by Roscoe
Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: Money Management
Topic: Shutting down our small fund
Replies: 43
Views: 19177

Hi Chuck. Well put! If my understanding is correct, MFG customers now have something like 90+% of their money back, while PFG customers are not likely to ever get more than ~50% back. I can't speak for the MFG case, but with the PFG case the NFA and CFTC were asleep at the wheel for 20 years and yet...
by Roscoe
Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Money Management
Topic: Shutting down our small fund
Replies: 43
Views: 19177

Hey Cymond. Agree, the markets have changed but what has changed more is the notion of trust - used to be that you could trust your broker and their FCM, in fact the whole business was essentially founded on trust. Corzine and Wassendorf have done all they can to destroy that concept. I guess that F...
by Roscoe
Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Money Management
Topic: Shutting down our small fund
Replies: 43
Views: 19177

I am beginning to see how much luck/timing also plays a part in all this! Agree totally, the starting point seems to me to be all about luck. I figured that after 3 years and 30+ trades had passed I might have had at least the basis to consider using statistical measures of performance from there o...
by Roscoe
Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Money Management
Topic: Shutting down our small fund
Replies: 43
Views: 19177

Hey Mark, sorry to hear your story but thanks for telling it, it is instructive as have been the many great responses and Chuck has described the overall situation very eloquently, thanks gentlemen. My story is slightly different: I started trading my current portfolio in August 2010 (after my divor...
by Roscoe
Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Data Providers and other non testing software
Topic: deep data history
Replies: 10
Views: 4871

Pinnacle have adjusted data back to 1969 in some cases (beans, wheat). Good company, good data: http://www.pinnacledata.com/clc.html#includes
by Roscoe
Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:54 pm
Forum: Futures Markets
Topic: Does Anybody Feel Safe?
Replies: 34
Views: 13193

For the purposes of comparison with the Knight letter, here is the PFG client letter of last year, just after MFG tanked: November 18, 2011 To our valued PFGBEST customers, affiliates, and partners: Many futures and forex clients who had their accounts at MF Global have asked for PFGBEST assistance ...
by Roscoe
Sun May 27, 2012 1:33 am
Forum: Testing Software
Topic: Hard Disk Backups
Replies: 5
Views: 3227

Anyone using this? http://www.fssdev.com/ - it looks like it does what System Guardian used to do.
by Roscoe
Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: Trader Psychology
Topic: Performance Enhancing Trading Drugs
Replies: 22
Views: 12220

My $0.02 worth: the use or otherwise of chemical aids-to-trading would seem to relate very directly to the personality type or physiological makeup of the individual, and would seem (assuming that a choice to take anything has been made) to further fall into one of two areas: drugs that are taken to...
by Roscoe
Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:07 am
Forum: Trader Psychology
Topic: Any DON"T DO lists for trader?
Replies: 9
Views: 6026

...and never ever forget #7.
by Roscoe
Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:31 am
Forum: Trader Psychology
Topic: Any DON"T DO lists for trader?
Replies: 9
Views: 6026

8) watch the news or read any newspaper (comics are OK).
9) think too much.
10) give or take tips.

Agree with all others, particularly #7.