An “Evaluated” System on Gold

An “Evaluated” System on Gold

May 1, 2024

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A few years ago, a “guru” approached me about a system on Gold.

I hadn’t done a lot of testing on Gold at that time, but I did have a trend following system I’d worked on.

Nothing came of that meeting, but I kept the system on a Workspace.

I’ve been watching it trade since.

And watching it trade, as we discussed in the last Newsletter, is the Holy Grail of Testing.

Here are the details for that system:

Price Action Breakout on Gold (405-Minute)

  • Entry: Buy when price breaks above the high of the past 50 bars. Do the opposite for Shorts (sell below 50-bar lows).
  • Target: $3000 per contract.
  • Stop: $1200 per contract.
  • Break-Even: when profit reaches $700

It’s a pretty simple trend following strategy applied to an instrument that really trends. Seemed like a good idea.

How’s it done?

Here’s the Equity Curve trading 1 contract since 2000:

Not bad.

AndĀ  here’s the Curve since it went into the Evaluation process:

What do you think?

It’s definitely lost since it’s been built and had a losing year in 2023 (when the stock market was way up).

But it’s also roared back in 2024, hypothetically making over $18k in just four months.

Does the Evaluation Period look like the rest of the Curve?

I think so. Do you?

If you do, then this is potentially a viable strategy.

And in our next Newsletter, we’ll pair this system with something that might make it look better.

Talk to you soon.

 

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