Stocks & Commodities V. 26:6 (36-40): Robotic Trading by Martha Stokes

Stocks & Commodities V. 26:6 (36-40): Robotic Trading by Martha Stokes
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Robotic Trading by Martha Stokes

What works and what doesn’t? Only experience will tell. Find out why you need to constantly modify a trading system so it gives you the results you want.

At a recent investment trade show I attended, the booths displaying charting software looked nearly identical. High-tech charts blinking red and green had hordes of traders gathered around them. Vendors were proclaiming the age of the emotionless trade, triggered by an automatic buy or sell signal generated by a computer that never makes a mistake. Traders have flocked to these automated trading systems in recent years in a mass frenzy typical of a market boom.


Look around you. If these automated trading systems are so perfect, if the computer is better at selecting stocks than a human brain — the most advanced and complex organism on the planet — then why aren’t those retail traders doing better in the stock market? For that matter, why would large institutional investor and trader firms even need high-salary managers and advisors? Stock prices do not follow a set mathematical process, which is how computers are able to crunch numbers instantaneously and how most automated trading systems function.

Contrary to popular opinion, computers have not gotten any smarter since the day Bill Gates started Microsoft. In fact, computers are only capable of following a set sequential list of commands written by a human brain. And at this point, computers are highly limited to mathematical formulas that

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