Trader's Profit Motive
by John Sweeney
Ray Copeland, Jeff Tucker
Trader's Software, Inc.
15 East 15th Street, Suite 300
Edmond, OK 73083-2690
Product: Disclosed futures trading system
Requirements: IBM PC/XT/AT/PS2 with two floppies or one floppy and a hard drive, DOS 2.0 or
later, 256K RAM, mono monitor or better, 80 column printer or wider.
Ratings: Ease of use: B
No major glitches. Some minor inconveniences. Solid programming with acceptable error control.
I found no errors in calculating the entry points.
On par with VBS and better than Eurotrader and EPOCH.
Risk control: A
Outstanding. Best we've seen to date.
Return competitive with less risk.
How best to get right with the trend? Playing the breakout from a price range (Volatility Breakout
System) or an opening range (Opening Range Breakout) are two recent approaches, and now Trader's
Software adds some new sophistication by (1) adjusting the entry or reversal point from the opening price
by the recent range of closing prices (vs. high and low prices or "true range") and (2) optimizing for
smoothest equity curve.
Developer Ray Copeland explains that Trader's Software tested every combination of price elements the
group of developers could think of and the opening price turned out to be the best | base to start from.
Every day a new reversal point is calculated and, if the market moves to it, you reverse position.