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Systematic Trading: A unique new method for designing trading and investing systems Hardcover – September 14, 2015
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- Publisher : Harriman House; 1st edition (September 14, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 325 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0857194453
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857194459
- Item Weight : 1.58 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.69 x 0.75 x 9.61 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are a novice to trading and investing then this book probably isn't the first, second, or even tenth book you should read on trading. However, if you are experienced trader looking for some fresh approaches to logically evaluating and developing a systematic approach to trading then you may find this one worth your time. For example, there are a few books and plenty of information on the internet regarding fixed fractional position sizing methods. However, this book is the most detailed manuscript that I have come across in regards to constructing a trading system based on a volatility targeting position sizing method. If you liked Following The Trend by Andreas Clenow and Trend Following With Managed Futures by Greyserman and Kaminiski then you will probably like this book. The writing style is more in-line with the latter than the former.
This book is by no means an easy read and has an academic text feel at times, but I am giving it 5 stars based on the substantive content, the look-behind-the-curtain perspective that the author provides to institutional trading, and the overall value of information provided for the price paid. I also agree with the other reviews that the author's website is a nice bonus.
It is also very refreshing to see a realistic discussion of what is possible, and what is not. There are too many books targeting retail traders, promising impossible gains. Rob rightly explains what kind of results are realistic and why.
The single most important difference between amateurs and professionals, is that amateurs take on far too high risks, in pursuit of impossible returns. This is the reason why most amateurs fail.
If you want to enter the professional systematic trading field, Rob's book is a must.
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From reading this book, coupled with the online resources Robert provides (pysystemtrade, and the thread on Elite Trader), I have a built an automated futures trading system in Python, not dissimilar to what is used at trend following hedge funds. I couldn't have done this without Rob's book, from which I learned everything. Not only that, I've enjoyed every minute of it, and I suspect this will alter the course of my career and life. So thank you, Rob!
I can't even begin to explain how many insights I have gleaned from this book. And I have been trading systematically for six years!
If you are a retail trader and have ever considered system trading or you already trade systematically, do yourself a favour and buy this book!