Archives: backtesting

Wealth Lab vs TradeStation for Back Test

November 27, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | 4 Comments | Filed in: Classes, Outside Products Reviewed.

At the Trader’s Expo I watched portions of presentations on two different back test tools: TradeStation and Wealth Lab.   The most striking differences between them were not in functionality but in following.   The TradeStation talk in the exhibition theater area was packed, with people standing to watch.   Wealth Lab was discussed in a private room with • Read More »

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Backtesting Introduction

October 31, 2009 | By JackieAnnPatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Backtesting Set Up.

Click here for my Backtesting video interview at Moneyshow.   It gives an introduction to backtesting and covers two main topics: What is Backtesting? In short, backtesting is the process of testing a strategy by describing that strategy as a set of rules and applying those rules to historical price data.   It is often automated by using a software backtesting • Read More »

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Profit Trading: How to Choose Buy or Sell Signals

September 19, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Strategy Development.

Here’s a short interview at the MoneyShow on the topic of choosing buy or sell signals in order to profit trading and reduce risk of loss. Click here to play video To summarize: Before risking any money in the markets, I want to know that I have a reasonable chance to profit trading.   With that • Read More »

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Conf Call Replay Now at

July 16, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Classes.

 A replay of today’s conference call is now available on . On the call you’ll hear my take on backtesting, technical indicators, psychology as it applies to both trading and investing in a 30 min discussion with SelfDirectedInvestor Founder Scott Nystrom.


How Backtesting Helps Investing and Trading – Conf Call

July 15, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Classes.

 A replay of this conference call is now available on  (updated 7/16/09) Here’s the press release with call-in details: Back Testing and Trading Expert Jackie Ann Patterson to be Interviewed by Self Directed Investor, Inc. Self Directed Investor, Inc, a financial media company, today announced they will interview Jackie Patterson, Editor of the BackTesting • Read More »


MACD Sell Signals

May 26, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: MACD, Reports.

If you’ve ever wondered: which MACD sell signal has the best track record whether to sell when the MACD Histogram ticks down or wait for the lines to cross how far positions have dropped after a MACD by signal whether stop losses really reduce risk whether using an ATR stop is worth the effort then you might considering investing • Read More »

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Gerald Appel’s “Technical Analysis Power Tools for Active Investors” – a Book Review

April 16, 2009 | By JackieAnnPatterson | No Comments | Filed in: MACD, Outside Products Reviewed, Technical Strategies.

  Reveals Widespread MACD Misconceptions – Almost, April 16, 2009 Buried in this book are clues that point to widespread misconceptions about the MACD. The clues are 1. Hints at not waiting for the MACD lines to cross to start buying 2. A calculation of MACD Histogram that is different than most, but not all, • Read More »

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My BackTesting Engine Evaluation in 2007

April 9, 2009 | By JackieAnnPatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Backtesting Set Up.

Before starting the current round of major backtesting, I evaluated several tools to decide which to use.    This article shares the highlights of that endeavor and the main reasons for the outcome. TradeStation was my incumbent.  By 2007 when I made my last evaluation, I’d had a couple years of experience with it as a charting tool and a backtesting • Read More »

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BackTesting Tool Selection Criteria

April 2, 2009 | By JackieAnnPatterson | 1 Comment | Filed in: Backtesting Set Up.

In response to questions about choosing backtesting tools, I’ll share my experiences in the next few posts.     If you’re doing your own backtesting, its worth taking some time and effort to pick the right tool for you because you will need to use it extensively to get meaningful results.   And you risk your account equity when • Read More »

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Testing the Tester

March 19, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Backtesting Set Up.

Here’s another mind-numbing task when you are doing your own backtesting:  testing the tester. This week I was forced to do something I don’t like at all.    I had to upgrade my backtesting software, TradeStation, to a new version in the middle of a set of runs.    But when my computer went whacko, upgrading TradeStation proved to be my only • Read More »

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