Always a Good Idea

Always a Good Idea

Feb. 2, 2024

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Here’s one thing I’ve found in recent years studying Futures.

Combining multiple systems into one portfolio always seems to produce more profit and better drawdown.

Of course, we always have to be very careful about saying “always”.

Because, with trading, always is never always.

But every time I’ve combined logical systems into a portfolio, the results have gotten better.

Combining any old systems together? It might work but probably won’t.

Combining smart, sound systems together? It seems to work every time.

Here’s an example.

Let’s put the two systems that we’ve talked about most recently together into one simple portfolio.

We’ll take the NQ.D system from this week (with no filter) and the ES.D system from last week. Both were decent by themselves.

But if we put them together with Portfolio Architect, we hypothetically get this:

Trading 1 lot each time from 2001-2024 creates a lot of profit. Here’s the Curve using a sample $20k account:

That’s more than double the market over the same period.

You might notice that this portfolio has really taken off in recent years as the market ranges have increased. It didn’t make a ton of money before 2013.

However, if you recall, the market returned practically 0% from 2000-2012!

This portfolio is certainly better than that.

If we added more systems, would we do better?

We’ll leave that for future Newsletters.

But I’m guessing the answer is almost certainly, “Yes.”

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It should not be assumed that the methods, techniques, or indicators presented in these products will be profitable or that they will not result in losses. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. Examples presented on these sites are for educational purposes only. These set-ups are not solicitations of any order to buy or sell. The authors, the publisher, and all affiliates assume no responsibility for your trading results. There is a high degree of risk in trading.

HYPOTHETICAL OR SIMULATED PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE CERTAIN INHERENT LIMITATIONS. UNLIKE AN ACTUAL PERFORMANCE RECORD, SIMULATED RESULTS DO NOT REPRESENT ACTUAL TRADING. ALSO, SINCE THE TRADES HAVE NOT ACTUALLY BEEN EXECUTED, THE RESULTS MAY HAVE UNDER- OR OVER-COMPENSATED FOR THE IMPACT, IF ANY, OF CERTAIN MARKET FACTORS, SUCH AS LACK OF LIQUIDITY. SIMULATED TRADING PROGRAMS IN GENERAL ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO THE FACT THAT THEY ARE DESIGNED WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT. NO REPRESENTATION IS BEING MADE THAT ANY ACCOUNT WILL OR IS LIKELY TO ACHIEVE PROFITS OR LOSSES SIMILAR TO THOSE SHOWN.