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Emotional decision making is often a trader's worst enemy. System trading removes this emotional element from trading. In fact, many of the top-performing Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs) rigidly follow proprietary trading systems.

A trading system eliminates gut feelings, second-guessing, whims, uninformed decision making and other emotions which many times are responsible for traders' losses. An added benefit of trading a system is that it eliminates the anxiety, time and effort of formulating a trade.

We believe a good trading system does not give you any choices-it should tell you exactly what, when, where and how to buy. Additionally, it should tell you clearly, in an easy to understand manner, exactly when to buy or sell.

Systems trading isn't new. However, due to radical advances in technology, such as electronical communications and trading, computational systems and the ability to instantaneously access market information globally, this phenomenon is making systems trading one of the fastest growing segments of the investment world. 


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Trading systems provide discipline to overcome the fear and greed that paralyze traders and prevent them from making proper decisions. Systems remove the pressure of making specific buy/sell decisions on a trade-by-trade basis. Each order placed is governed by a predetermined set of rules that does not deviate based on anything other than market action. Finally, a system will include specific money management parameters and the mechanical placement of these orders ensures those rules are being followed.

There are many trading systems to choose from. On a continual basis, we evaluates trading systems and selects the ones our analysis concludes are the very best available. Then, upon your request, we negotiate a deeply discounted rate for you to either lease or buy the system or receive the system's signals by E-mail or fax. Recommended Commodity Trading Systems.


Suggestions on System Trading

Modified Portfolio to Meet your Affordability.  If you don't have the necessary risk capital to trade all the commodities in a particular system, select a group of commodities from different sectors. For example, instead of selecting corn, wheat, soybeans, and oats, you might select corn, gold, T-Bonds, and crude oil. The reasoning behind selecting commodities from different sectors is that they tend to move independently from one another and can better diversify your portfolio and potentially lead to less volatility in your account. During a drawdown, if you are trading a highly correlated portfolio, the drawdown from each individual market will exacerbate the others and defeat the purpose of trading a portfolio. On the other hand, a non-correlated portfolio can negate each other's drawdown and smooth out the overall equity curve.

Rule #1.  Once you have selected all the commodities in a particular system that you want to trade, take all the signals-don't cherry pick! Many times the trades you may think are the worst can turn out to be the best. One or only a few trades a year in a commodity can account for the majority of that commodity's performance.

Follow the System's Instructions.  Enter, exit, and place your protective stops as the system dictates. Don't hold back on taking a trading signal with the hope of getting a better price-you may entirely miss the signal. Find out "Why System Trading should outperform intuitive trading".
 


Using a Broker

Many systems require constant monitoring where a trader must be "glued" to a trading terminal. Using a broker can eliminate virtually all the work associated with trading a system. Additionally, a broker can assist you in placing the system orders in the market as an objective third party. It eliminates the temptation to deviate from the system. Brokers watch their screens all day so traders do not have to follow the markets. 


Recommended Systems

We are currently recommending the following commodity futures trading systems:

INTRADAY TRADING SYSTEMS:

1. Chronos-1 - trading system capable to time the market during the day with time filters based on market moving events to catch the intra-day Nasdaq-100 Stock Index Futures market movements. Learn more.

2. Blind Terry - Blind Terry is a computerized trading system that trades full size Nasdaq-100 during the day. The trading is based on quantitative system and technical analysis calculations for this market, as well as technical indicators filter algorithms. Learn more.

3. Real Time Trading Machine - The Real Time Trading Signals® Machine delivers to your computer live signals to buy or sell "fast markets". The machine is designed to extract a steady stream of closed-out, potentially profitable trades from the market, rather than attempting to capture "all" of a market move. Learn more. 

 

POSITION TRADING SYSTEMS

1. Atlas-35 - one of the most powerful tools for technical and fundamental analysis of commodity futures markets available today. Trades a basket of 35 commodities from all commodity groups. complete commodity futures trading program with buy and sell entries, protective stops, trailing stops and profit targets. Learn more.
 



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