12 May Turning Good Into Very Good
Turning Good Into Very Good
May 12, 2023
This week we’ve looked at two simple systems and how they work together.
Initially, we had a problem.
The simple BB 1-Hour GJPY robot has been struggling in recent months.
But by adding the 3-MA-Cross30M GJPY robot, we mostly solved the problem.
As you recall, here are the BB 1H Annual Returns by itself:
And here’s how much we improved it by adding the 3-MA-Cross:
That’s probably good enough.
But we want more than good enough. Is there anything we can do?
First, we need to make sure we know what we’re doing.
Because over-optimizing is a real thing. A real bad thing.
If we take ONE system and notice its problems, the best answer is not to optimize it to death until it looks better. Trying to force one robot to solve all market conditions is a losing battle. Almost assuredly, we’ll never make it work.
Actually, by trying to make a one-size-fits-all strategy, we’ll probably make it unprofitable.
So, if we’re going to try to lessen drawdown and increase profit, we have to leave simple systems alone. Instead, we’ll just add more simple systems.
If we use our brains and try to make the systems fit together well, we can improve our situation and keep the odds of future success on our side.
In short, we added one simple system. What if we add another?
Let’s take a look.
This time we’ll add a 1-Hour RSI system using the Master Trend robot. This system is in the Master Trend course videos and is different than our previous two in a few ways:
- It only trades a certain part of the day (before 12 pm ET).
- It has a time exit.
- It has a large move to break-even. Meaning: it moves to break-even after substantial profit has been achieved. It doesn’t move too soon but it does make sure a big winner doesn’t turn negative.
- It has a smaller stoploss and smaller targets.
That seems like it might make our portfolio better. Does it?
Here are the Annual Returns with the BB 1H, 3-MA-Cross 30M, and the Master Trend RSI 1H put together (via Portfolio Architect):
Well, look at that. No more losing years.
Hey, moron, 2023 is red!
Easy now. I see it. But we’re only four months in. Considering it has hypothetically ended profitably every year since 2003, I’m going to let it play itself out.
Simple systems will always struggle at some point. There’s no way around it.
But piecing simple systems together with a little common sense can hypothetically turn a struggle into something profitable.
Talk to you soon.
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