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Posted on May 27, 2019 by Robot James
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Pick the Easy Games Like many sociopaths, Frank Wallace was a fan of the philosophy of Ayn Rand. He wrote a book called "Poker: A Guaranteed Income for Life", started a cult based on Rand's philosophy of objectivism, and got convicted of tax fraud.   "Poker: A Guaranteed Income for Life" is about getting edges in poker by playing weak players....

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Michael M
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In an ideal trading universe (free from backtesting bias), we’d all have a big golden “causation magnifying glass”. Through the lens of this fictional tool, you’d zoom in and understand the fleeting, enigmatic nature of the financial markets, stripping bare all its causes and effects. Knowing exactly what causes exploitable inefficiencies would make predicting market behaviour and building profitable trading...

Posted on Apr 29, 2019 by Kris Longmore
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In our inaugural Algo Bootcamp, we teamed up with our super-active community of traders and developed a long-only, always-in-the-market strategy for harvesting risk premia. It holds a number of different ETFs, varying their relative weighting on a monthly basis. We're happy with it. However, the perennial question remains: can we do better? As you might expect, we found evidence suggesting...

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 by Kris Longmore
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This risk premia post is part of a series derived from one of our recent Bootcamps, in which we developed a strategy for harvesting risk premia. We have allocated proprietary capital to the strategy, and many of our members are trading it too. In our Bootcamps we develop trading strategies in collaboration with the Robot Wealth community over a 6-week...

Posted on Sep 10, 2018 by Kris Longmore
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This is Part 2 in our Practical Statistics for Algo Traders blog series—don't forget to check out Part 1 if you haven't already.   Even if you've never heard of it, the Law of Large Numbers is something that you understand intuitively, and probably employ in one form or another on an almost daily basis. But human nature is such...

Posted on Jul 23, 2018 by Kris Longmore
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This is the first in a two-part series. Be sure to read part 2 - Practical Statistics for Algo Traders: The Law of Large Numbers  How do you feel when you see the word "statistics"?  Maybe you feel that it's something you should be really good at but aren't. Maybe the word gives you a sense of dread, since you've...

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 by Kris Longmore
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One of the ongoing research projects inside the Robot Wealth community involves an FX strategy with some multi-week hold periods. Such a strategy can be significantly impacted by the swap, or the cost of financing the position. These costs change over time, and we decided that for the sake of more accurate simulations, we would incorporate these changes into our...

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 by Kris Longmore
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Cryptocompare is a platform providing data and insights on pretty much everything in the crypto-sphere, from market data for cryptocurrencies to comparisons of the various crytpo-exchanges, to recommendations for where to spend your crypto assets. The user-experience is quite pleasant, as you can see from the screenshot of their real-time coin comparison table: As nice as the user-interface is, what...