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A Practical Guide to ETF Trading Systems by Anthony Garner

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Back-testing: Strategy and System Design

The aims of this chapter are–

  • To dispel the myth that successful system design is one of the deeper secrets of the universe.
  • To set out some basic guidance to those new to system design.

Do I need to be a genius?

Many ask “Do I need to be a rocket scientist to succeed at mechanical systems trading?” The answer is “No.”

Anybody with a statistical or applied science background will have a big head start. Even those without such an advantage however, can easily teach themselves basic computer programming from scratch (certainly within a program like Trading Blox or Mechanica). Those with an arts background will certainly benefit from brushing up their maths and basic statistics.

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