Stocks & Commodities V. 30:8 (56-61): Product Review: Trading Blox by Technical Analysis, Inc.

Stocks & Commodities V. 30:8 (56-61): Product Review: Trading Blox by Technical Analysis, Inc.
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Product Review: Trading Blox by Technical Analysis, Inc.

Trading Blox is software you install on your PC to perform backtesting across selected portfolios using different money management schemes and trading systems. The mission for Trading Blox is to provide all of the flexibility needed by money managers, and as such more than 50% of Trading Blox’s clients are corporations with staff who have the ability to program new schemes if needed.

Trading Blox is available in three versions to fit your skill level and needs. If you’re looking for a way to trade portfolios using the Turtle strategy with Turtle money management, N-based unit sizing, and so on, Trading Blox would be your choice and no programming is needed. If you want more than Turtle, Trading Blox Pro might be your choice with 10 trading systems, which include money management schemes and the ability to trade futures and stocks simultaneously in different portfolios, to name just a few features. Again, no programming is needed. Finally, Trading Blox Builder gives you all of the capability of Pro but adds the ability to write scripts using a Visual Basic–like language. Using Builder’s script language, you can create dynamic system allocation (shift between trading systems using an algorithm you have programmed), dynamic start/end dates, and customizable results filtering.


Let’s discuss the breakout approach. The theory can be explained by examining two different price patterns. Looking at Figure 1, you see two price movements depicted. Price movement 1 shows prices rising from point A. During the move up, traders come in anticipating a reversal and start shorting the call at point B. They would be ready to abandon their positions if prices broke out above point C. In the early 1980s, the time span between points A and C that worked best was 20 days. For price movement 2, however, those who shorted at point B are making a profit, while those who bought at point A are still seeking one.

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