I would say try it ... this is the only way to know if your system has a directional edge. You could start using your current max-stop as target, then shrink it (& the target) by increments of 10%. This will at least tell you for which % of your current max-stop you have your maximum directional edge, and which value that is.
The reality is, if your system doesn't have a directional edge, then a "scalping" approach really is trading noise.
Does the ratio of the maximum win to the maximum loss tell you the same thing or something similar? On the optimized version for the ES, the biggest loss is 8.75 points and the biggest win is 30 points. Unoptimized, it's 25.25 and 40.75, so the ratio tightens up a lot in the unoptimized version, even though that set of trades has the biggest overall win.
Honestly, for me, having lived with the model for nearly 3 years now, I take it as proven, to the extent it is possible to prove something in trading, that there is a directional edge. My main issue is finding the marginal areas of improvement I can. That's where I run the big risk of curve-fitting. The actual unoptimized system is almost assuredly profitable, but I am always striving for more.
Does the ratio of the maximum win to the maximum loss tell you the same thing or something similar?
No ... there are tons of trend following strategies, with win% way under 50%, but avg-win >> avg-loss. Most of them do not have a directional edge, meaning with a target = stop they will have a win% ~ 50%. Their edge is essentially in the trade management, and using a timeframe in which the market trends often & long enough.
whats worse- hedge fund managers are not smarter than that.
so after you worked your ass off developing robust models for 5 years...
traded them, etc.
the clown (with IL education, of course) can blow you off saying "but i'd rather see a track record on at least a $1M...."
f*** you Sir. this is precisely why most firms lose. they think that out of sample results generated on >1m account have some value.
They do not. But let them live in their fairy tales
LOL, seems you got some raw deal from some IL guy recently
Nevermind though, I agree with your basic sentiment. 5yrs working, developing and refining a model and actually trading it on a 20k account is more valuable to me than a 1 yr out of the sample trading using 1M, if the effort in developing a good model hasn't been there. It takes time to become a good system developer.