System Updates

I wanted to improve the ATS-3200. The system was first developed in 1992, and it was time for a tune up. Markets change over time and I kept saying to myself; if only I can improve the performance by just 10% I will be very happy.

I started by simplifying some functions of the system, and added more and better algorithms.

When the system started to make over 100% more than the ATS-3200 over the last 10 years, I decided to make it into a brand new system and called it the ATS-ZB32.

The new function "TREND" has made drawdowns much smaller by closing losing trades with a small loss.

All results are hypothetical.

October 2018.

A better TREND algorithm has been implemented. The new algorithm is simpler and more generic. This was phase #1.

In phase #2 a virtual Trend-Stop-Loss will be added to the TREND function, to move the stop as close as possible in case the new algorithm detects that a trade may go wrong.

October 5, 2018.

The second trade with the system in real time closed with a loss of $4906.
This time "TREND" failed to reduce the loss but actually made it bigger.
The function "TREND" is being updated to handle sideways markets better.

July 10, 2018.

The first trade with the system in real time closed with a profit of $9531.

On February 2nd, 2018 the system went LONG. The market has been moving sideways ever since, however the system stayed with the trade and is making a good profit, even in these tough market conditions.

You can try the system in real time by downloading the Free Trial

April 6, 2018.

Added more algorithms and the system is working much better.

The system has now been tested going back since 1983.
In 35 years it only suffered 12 losing trades, or 1 trade every 3 years.

The "TREND" function algorithm has been redesigned to work better.

March 5, 2018.

The new "TREND" algorithm is finished and has been implemented in the new version.
The new algorithm can detect if a trade goes wrong and will signal the system to exit with a small loss.

March 1, 2018.

I am designing a better "TREND" algorithm.

The new algorithm will make the "TREND" function even better. It will get the system out of the trade if one of the XL-Algorithms fails.

January 2, 2018.

The "TREND" function is being updated to work even better.
The "Reverse" option has been removed.

January 2018.

The system is finished and ready for Trading.

December 5, 2017.

The "TREND" detail report has been finished and is now part of the system. The new version 1.1.2 is available for downloading. "TREND" has made all drawdowns insignificant. It has reduced the max. drawdown from about $7600 to less than $2800

November 19, 2017.

Phase #1 of implementing the function 'TREND' on the Detail Report is done.
So far I have implemented the EXIT and Resume option on the report.

I will also add the REVERSE and Resume option, so that the 2 strategies can be easily compared.

November 12, 2017.

I am working to incorporate the new function TREND on the Detail Report. This will make it easier to see at a glance the benefits of using TREND.

Since TREND is a separate system from the ATS-ZB32, but sits on top of it, watching the market, it has not been very easy to include it on the Detail Report.

I want to include both strategies:

  • 1. The EXIT and Resume option, and
  • 2. The REVERSE and Resume option.

October 28, 2017.

The ATS-ZB32 ver. 1.0.1 is finally finished and ready for trading. The new "Trend" function has eliminated all losing trades. You have to see it to believe it. You can download the demo if you register for a free license or apply of a 3 year lease. The demo will be sent this week.

You can apply "TREND" in two ways. When "TREND" gives you a signal to "EXIT" you can:

1. Close the trade at a very small loss.
2. Reverse the positon and turn a losing trade into a profit.

"TREND" has eliminated all losing trades and turned the ATS-ZB32 into the Perfect System.

I just made the study, but you can easily do it yourself once you get a demo.

October 20, 2017.

Version 1.0.1 is now Ready for Trading.

I will make more improvements to the system, but later. I want to start trading the system myself as soon as possible. The ATS-ZB32 is NOT FOR SALE. I will share it with a few select Traders(customers). I am not charging anything for the system upfront. I want all my customers to make money for themselves first. I cannot do better than this. Like I said on my profile: I want to keep my life as simple as possible.

Please register for the License or the Lease again properly to download the Free Trial.

October 8, 2017.

The ATS-ZB32 is coming along very well. The largest drawdown has been reduced to less than $7000. The system is making almost 4 times the number of winning trades to losing trades, and the average profit is almost 3.5 times the average loss. Over a 34 year history the number of consecutive losing trades occurances was only 3 times.

Over the last 10 years the ATS-ZB32 is averaging over $25,000 per contract per year, compared to the ATS-3200 that over the last 10 years, averaged only $10,000 per contract per year. This is a gain of 150%.

My final goal is to make the ATS-ZB32 absolutely safe to trade. That is the system cannot go wrong. It will have a few very small losing trades, but that's all.

This may sound impossible, but I believe that it can be done.

September 27, 2017.

Today I made significant improvements in the system by adding more algorithms and filters. The profits have been increased. The system is making more winning trades and less losing trades.

The ATS-ZB32 is now averaging over $21,000 per contract per year over the last 10 years.

My aim is to reduce the number of losing trades even further and lowering the maximum drawdown.

If I can get the maximum drawdown to around $5000 with NO STOPS, the system will be making over 350% per year, because it will be possible to trade it with a margin of about $6000 to $7000 per contract. But most important the system will NOT be able to go wrong, ie. get into a deep drawdown or into a series of losing trades.

Basically what I'm trying to do is the impossible. Therefore it might take me a little longer. But I WILL do it. So please be a little patient. I never say that I'm going to do something then fail to deliver.

September 26, 2017.

I'm still working to implement the new logic in the system. Its challenging and its not easy but it can be done.

These functions will prevent the system from going wrong, ie. get into a prolonged losing trade or a large drawdown. In other words it will prevent the system from trading against the market.

There will be a few losing trades, very few but they will be very small.

September 17, 2017.

Technically the system is ready for trading. The average profit per trade is $7819. The average profitable trade is $10,471, 4 times the average loss. And the number of winning trades is 4 times the number of losing trades. Few systems can match this performance. The drawdowns are reasonable, less than $7000.

Even so I want to make it even better. When I finish adding the new functions, it will be impossible for the system to go wrong, ie. get into a prolonged losing trade. Losing trades will be small and short lived. There should be no consecutive losing trades and the drawdowns will be reduced.

September 8, 2017.

Today I finished programming the new functions and indicators that will be incorporated in the system to make sure it is always trading in the direction of the market and that will enable the system to exit a losing trade with minimal losses.

These functions will reduce the number of losing trades and make drawdowns very small. Therefore the system will be able to be traded with smaller margins to increase the performance.

August 31, 2017.

The implementation of the new functions is proving to be more challenging than I first thought. But it is something that has to be done to make the system practically full proof. These new indicators which I am going to add to the system will monitor the system to make sure it is trading in the direction of the market at ALL TIMES.

There will be a few losing trades, it cannot be totally avoided. But they will be very few and only small losses.

August 10, 2017.

I am working to implement in the system 2 new indicators. The function of these 2 indicators will be to monitor the system when it is in a trade to make sure nothing is going wrong. These 2 indicators are a mathematical formula to determine the direction of the market - up, down or sideways. Mathematically they cannot go wrong.

The ATS-ZB32 relies on algorithms to go short or long. If an algorithm gets over sold, the system will go 'LONG'. However the market may still keep going down. This is when the system has a losing trade or gets into a drawdown.

The new indicators will monitor this and if they detect that the market is moving in the wrong direction of the present trade, they will get the system out of the trade with minimum losses. This should reduce the number of losing trades and make the drawdowns smaller. The new indicators may even eliminate the need for a stop loss function.

This is like Artificial Intelligence and very complicated to implement. Therefore I am going to need more time to finish the system and make it ready for trading. I know that some of you are impatient to start trading the system, therefore I will try to work as fast as I can.

July 17, 2017.

I want to implement a better 'Stop Loss' function and a better 'Trailing Stop' function. This will reduce the drawdowns and make the system less risky. However it is turning out to be very complicated.

I want to make sure I've done everything possible to make the ATS-ZB32 the best system ever. Before I make it available, I want to trade the system myself first.

HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS, SOME OF WHICH ARE DESCRIBED BELOW. NO REPRESENTATION IS BEING MADE THAT ANY ACCOUNT WILL OR IS LIKELY TO ACHIEVE PROFITS OR LOSSES SIMILAR TO THOSE SHOWN. IN FACT, THERE ARE FREQUENTLY SHARP DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS AND THE ACTUAL RESULTS SUBSEQUENTLY ACHIEVED BY ANY PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM.ONE OF THE LIMITATIONS OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS IS THAT THEY ARE GENERALLY PREPARED WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT. IN ADDITION, HYPOTHETICAL TRADING DOES NOT INVOLVE FINANCIAL RISK, AND NO HYPOTHETICAL TRADING RECORD CAN COMPLETELY ACCOUNT FOR THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL RISK IN ACTUAL TRADING. FOR EXAMPLE, THE ABILITY TO WITHSTAND LOSSES OR TO ADHERE TO A PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM IN SPITE OF TRADING LOSSES ARE MATERIAL POINTS WHICH CAN ALSO ADVERSELY AFFECT ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS. THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER FACTORS RELATED TO THE MARKETS IN GENERAL OR TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY SPECIFIC TRADING PROGRAM WHICH CANNOT BE FULLY ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE PREPARATION OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS AND ALL OF WHICH CAN ADVERSELY AFFECT ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS. STAFFORD TRADING HAS HAD NO EXPERIENCE IN TRADING ACTUAL ACCOUNTS ON THIS SYSTEM. BECAUSE THERE ARE NO ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS TO COMPARE TO THE HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS, CUSTOMERS SHOULD BE PARTICULARLY WARY OF PLACING UNDUE RELIANCE ON THESE HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS.

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