As someone who has been programming and running automated strategies for testing past year or so, I wanted to share an experience for any newbies. I created an automated strategy on Ninjatrader and ran a 6 month historical analysis: Yeah.....ready to run this for real and buy an island in a year! haha ......NO. Well as a good smart individual I ran it in SIM for a few days and it lost a few thousand dollars most days. I let it run live with 1 contract on NQ which it was tested on the display above and it just kept generating red. BE CAREFUL about unrealistic historical analysis. I have no issues with NT actual trader platform and running strats but their analysis of strategies is really unrealistic so be careful before you think you found the next strat that will generate $191,143.84 in a month on 1 contract haha. Always sim test going forward and live test before letting a bot run. I like comparing historical SIM versus actual going forward and the only way to test your automated strat is to let it run on a live SIM account with realistic fills and commissions or with any confidence run it with 1 contract for a few days. Just a word of advice for the newbies or those who come on here posting their amazing backtest results. As the backtest results I posted here, anyone can make it look amazing but reality is far from true.