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5 Systems in a Drawdown

5 Systems in a Drawdown

We all have our good days and our bad days, and this goes for algos as well.

Our sister site, Foremost Capital just published a blog post reviewing 5 Commodity Trading Advisors in a Drawdown that, in our opinion, are worth a good look. Foremost Trading site focuses on brokerage and algo trading, so we thought we’d ask the same question of the algorithms on the iSystems website.

iSystems houses nearly 1600 trading systems for your review. Traders and developers add new programs to the site almost every week. The iSystems site itself provides an incredibly powerful search and filter tool. You can take that list of 1600 and whittle it down to a handful in a matter of minutes.

Naturally, among the most important criteria are measures of risk. And drawdown is a common risk metric. The “Current Drawdown” looks at current performance of a system and measures its distance beneath the last equity high. While we’d all love systems that make money all the time, risk and volatility are part of the trading experience. Yet as an investor looks through iSystems to find the “best” algorithms, they may pass over some good systems that show a less than appealing current drawdown only to miss a potential recovery.

With that in mind, we want to draw your attention to five systems we feel are worth remembering even though they currently show a modest drawdown. Click on the links below for up to date performance.

  1. Joseja 2 Mini Nasdaq
  1. Diamond Mini DJ 707
  1. Emidia Mini Nasdaq
  1. Cirus ST Mini-Dax
  1. TRC2 Mini-Dax

Please give us a call so we can discuss with you why tracking a system that is in a drawdown may be worth your time. We enjoy talking markets, feel free to call anytime! 888-818-0880

What is an Automated Systems Role in a Portfolio?

What is an Automated Systems Role in a Portfolio?

With our schedules becoming busier by the minute and technology continually advancing, wouldn’t it be nice to have assistance with your trading?

Automated Trading systems have revolutionized the trading world and have become exceptionally popular in trading commodities.

Systems are Reaching New Highs  Automated trading systems account for large volumes of transactions in commodity futures. System growth stems from it’s rapid trading speed and ability to perform faster than the manual actions of a human.

According to the CME group, this revolutionized way of trading has made it next to impossible for an investor to execute trades without the assistance from a system. The CFTC noted that these systems are dominating many commodity markets. Automated trading for grain and oilseed rose 39 to 49 percent from 2012-2016. Metals spiked 46-54 percent and oil jumped 54-63 percent!

Systems have taken over the commodity trading world allowing for real-time, rapid trade transactions. Although these platforms may be intimidating, they are not to be ignored and should be utilized to assist basic trading fundamentals. Systems can offer a variety of options from sophisticated trading to the execution of large orders. Automated systems permit users to trade multiple accounts or various strategies at one time. This has the potential to spread risk over various instruments while creating a hedge against losing positions.

Information taken from Financial Times article 10/9/17, Automated Trading of Commodity Futures Accelerating and Ranchers and Fund Managers, ‘Algos’ Cause a Stir by Gregory Meyer.

Interested in Learning More About Systems Trading?

Join us on Thursday November 9th at 3:30PM CST to learn more about a specific Automated Trading System, InvestiQuant! Senior Account Executive, Pete Rives is joining InvestiQuant’s VP of Research, Rob Hanna in our first ever webinar titled: 2008 the Price of Correlation Risk. Systems

Who is InvestiQuant? 

InvestiQuant is a modern trading platform that utilizes automated portfolios that trade on your behalf! Their investments included multiple strategies across a wide variety of markets. The system takes advantage of intraday opportunities in equity index and bond futures markets.

This webinar will highlight:

  • The surprising correlation of stocks, bonds and commodities in 2008
  • The significance of drawdowns and recovery ramifications
  • An introduction to non-correlated managed futures.

Sign up HERE to secure your spot! A special offer is available for all registrants! Not free during a weekday? No worries! Register at the link above and a recording will be sent to webinar registrants within 24 hours of the presentation!


Note: InvestiQuant is a third-party system developer and not a member of the NFA. As such, InvestiQuant can and does provide trading signals from their proprietary trading software. InvestiQuant cannot make individualized trading or account management recommendations. Foremost Trading, LLC executes signals generated by InvestiQuant’s proprietary trading software. Investors should thoroughly review any investment and consider their own financial capabilities before investing.

Disclaimer: The risk of trading futures and options can be substantial. Trading foreign exchange carries a high degree of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. All information, publications, and reports, including this specific material, used and distributed by Foremost Trading, LLC shall be construed as a solicitation. Foremost Trading LLC does not distribute research reports, employ research analysts, or maintain a research department as defined in CFTC Regulation 1.71. This website contains information obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but such information has not been independently verified and its accuracy is not guaranteed by Foremost Trading, LLC. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Any mention of performance in any context whether actual or hypothetical is no guarantee of future results. Phone calls to and from Foremost Trading, LLC or its DBAs may be recorded. Email sent through the internet is not secure. Email is not private and is subject to review by the Firm, its officers, agents, employees and regulators. Your Privacy is important – Privacy Policy.

A Little Patriotic Humor, Lots of Truth

Having a long weekend gives us the time to reflect on our nation’s history.  We’re thankful for the many freedoms we experience here.  Enjoy this humorous tribute to our nation’s flag by one of the best American (and Chicagoan) comedians of all time, Robin Williams.



Robin Williams as the American Flag


The Foremost Trading Team

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Disclaimer: Trading futures, options on futures, retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions (“Forex”), investing in managed futures and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. This website contains information obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but such information has not been independently verified and its accuracy is not guaranteed by Foremost Trading. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Any mention of performance in any context whether actual or hypothetical is no guarantee of future results. Foremost Trading became a registered ‘dba’ of RCM Alternatives in July of 2020. Please see full disclaimer here: https://www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer/