Hi everybody, I've over the past 6+ months developed and tested a long-only-options trading system that I would like to offer interessted firms and individuals. Below please find the loose 'prospectus' of the system along with some test data. Please feel free to PM me for any questions you might have. Prospectus of the auto-trading long-only options trading black-box system named "sys13" Author of the system: U.M. in Germany (PM botpro @ ET) - Intended audience: trading firms, hedge funds, banks, professionals and also retail traders with big account - System is intended for automatic options trading (mainly equity and index options). The system trades long options only (ie. long calls and long puts only; does not use options shorting/selling). It needs multiple underlyings (stocks, indices) for trading their options, the more the better. It could also work with other options, like futures options. - Since everything needs to have an identification: the name of the system is simply "sys13" - The system needs to trade multiple instruments (ie. options) at the same time by multiple bots, There should be at least 5 bots, better is 10+. And it needs at least 1/3 more tradable instruments than there are bots; the more the better to choose from, especially for skipping or unloading flat instruments. These limits are because the capital has to be traded by multiple bots, as said, each bot trading only a single instrument. So it gets harder to trade more than about 50 instruments at the same time because we are interested primarily in the most active and liquid instruments. The equity curve gets smoother (ie. less drawdowns) the more bots are trading the account. From that it follows that the inital trading capital should be at least 100k and at most about 600k. Of course the upper limit can be increased by trading also at some foreign exchanges (ie. Europe, Asia etc.). An example: 10 bots (= 10 different instruments), each starting with 15k --> 150k invested, initial account size should be about 4x of that because the system needs to apply also its key-strategies after opening the position, ie. adjusting/hedging until it reaches its target. - This system does not and cannot predict the future, so instead it applies some other (proprietary, ie. secret) methods based on the price action and the data of each position. - The system is tested using Monte-Carlo with simulated bar data (702 bars/day, ie. 33.33-sec bars @ 23400 tradingseconds/day) using GBM (Geom. Brownian Motion) and the Black-Scholes options pricing model, but limiting itself to market rules (s.b.). For backtesting (and forwardtesting) the number of bars per day is configurable: max. 23400 bars/day is possible (ie. 1-sec bars), but then of course the execution of the program gets significantly slower (on a 4 x 2500MHz system). - The author is an experienced senior C++ developer, and the sole author and developer of the system, and residing in Germany. It took more than 6 months to develop this system. It's written in C++, uses STL and some goodies from the latest language standard C++11. It uses some new and novel trading ideas and algorithms. Because of that, it is a black-box system, ie. the source code will not be sold, nor disclosed; it is a trading secret, ie. the "edge" of the system. - Platform: Linux. If needed, can be ported to a Linux-like environment like Cygwin under Windows. Ie. it needs a recent C++ compiler that understands C++11, preferably GNU g++ v4.9 or higher. - The system is intended primarily for the US options market (because of the high volume and number of tradable instruments, and the availability of APIs by the US-brokers), but can also be used with foreign brokers/exchanges/bourses as long as an API is available for auto-trading. - It is not an HFT system, so commission is not an headache (avg daily round-trip-trades is about 16 when 50 bots trade). It is also not a pure daytrading system as the target of each bot needs on average up to 5 days to be reached, so it can be said it is a swing trading system that is fulltime connected to the exchange. It needs to know only the current price and quote (ie. Level-I), but it does not need any deep-going orderbook data (ie. Level-II). - It does not use any known TA indicator or oscillator, it rather uses some new ideas and algorithms based on statistics and probability. - It adds autom. more bots if possible, so that more of the available cash gets traded. Of course there are some realistic upper limits to obey of what is tradable and what not. - It limits itself by not trading more capital than is available at day start, ie. it follows the settlement requirements in conjunction with margin account. Otherwise even more profit is possible. - The daily invested capital is on average less than half of the account value. Otherwise even more profit is possible. - It works in every market situation by autom. adapting to the new situation. It tries to detect and avoid flat markets as this is poison esp. for options. - Performance: since this is an options trading system the performance can be quite very high. Of course it also depends on the parameters (ie. volatility, maturity/expiration, strike (ATM, OTM), etc.). +1000% p.a. or even more is very well possible (this depends also highly on the initial account size). A warranty of at least +100% p.a. can be given. --> cf. test data and graphs in the examples. Code: Summary of 5 runs (each 252 trading days, ie. a trading year), details s. Examples: | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | ---------------------------|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------| Profit in 1 year | 962.53% | 1173.98% | 1101.22% | 1042.17% | 968.07% | Avg Monthly Rate of Return | 21.77% | 23.62% | 23.02% | 22.50% | 21.82% | Avg Weekly Rate of Return | 4.80% | 5.18% | 5.06% | 4.95% | 4.81% | Avg Daily Rate of Return | 0.94% | 1.01% | 0.99% | 0.97% | 0.94% | Highest Daily Gain of AV | 14.11% | 9.56% | 8.35% | 7.99% | 10.42% | Highest Daily Loss of AV | -5.05% | -2.79% | -3.06% | -4.09% | -3.55% | Max Drawdown of AV | -8.46% | -3.42% | -3.06% | -4.09% | -7.14% | - Examples: see sys13_tests_v2.zip The examples contain at least 5 sets of annual daily data using a 600k account (as csv and as xls; xls has same data as the csv, plus some metrics and charts). The daily gains are reused, ie. compounding is implicitly applied. Test params: InitialAV=600k, Vola=30%, Strike=ATM, ExpDays=3m, MinInitialPosSize=15k..25k, ... Analysis: as can be seen from the InvestedPct-Chart: adding even more bots beyond the used limit of 50 would bring even more profit (would require an at least twice faster PC, ie. 8-vCore or more @ >=2500 MHz) - Price for leasing the black-box system: 15% to 20% (negotiable) of the profits the system makes. Contract/License: 1 or 2 years, renewable - The system needs to be integrated into the API of the broker (estimating 8 weeks). The author can do this work and also the administration, oversight, support. - If you need to trade more capital than an initial 600k then more instruments need to be traded and a powerful machine or multiple of them need to be used. We can find the right solution. - What you get 1) a very good black-box options trading system that autom. adapts itself to all market situations 2) the author and developer of the system: a professional senior C++ software engineer and non-professional researcher (trading, maths, crypto, sw/hw) ie. instant support, improvements, testing and adding new ideas and features etc. - Contact: PM botpro at http://www.elitetrader.com/ .