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Tech Trader Tech Trader

Tech Trader

Human-Like Intelligence, Machine-Like Discipline, Fully Autonomous

     Tech Trader is a fully autonomous system trading thousands of stocks simultaneously with no human intervention.  It is unique from conventional automated and algorithmic trading systems in that it takes a "human" approach to markets.  It is not quant.  It is not stat-arb.  It is not high frequency.  It is a program that looks at stocks the same way a person would but with the cold discipline and infinite attention span of a machine.  It is analogous to having a thousand traders each focusing on a single stock as opposed to a single quant manager trying to make sense of a thousand datapoints.  It is akin to Swarm Intelligence in Ants, where the true intelligence emerges from the collective behavior of a thousand independent minds performing at their best instead of any central control or top-down view.  Trades take place over days, months, and even years to achieve significant, scalable returns instead of sharing the race to zero with high frequency bots or scalpers.  A person doesn't think through stats, correlations, or complex math models when trading, and neither does Tech Trader.  Whereas a quant might crunch a thousand variables to cross the street, Tech Trader just looks down the street to see that there is no car; then it is physically impossible to be hit.  Tech Trader leverages technology to do what the best traders do at scale and maximum efficiency rather than approach the markets from the point of view of an academic, mathematician, or scientist.
     Since its launch in Dec. 2012, Tech Trader has been trading live capital completely on its own with no human intervention whatsoever.  All trading is fully automated through and through with no human input, no tweaking, no updates.  It is, for all intents and purposes, a fully automated and fully autonomous hedge fund, the first of its kind.  Discussions on what Tech Trader trades can be followed on The Tech Trader Wall.  For performance history, email  For a sense of how Tech Trader's algorithms are written (loosely artificial intelligence but not *really*), see Creating Sentient Artificial Intelligence as well as Conatus, a more general AI (AGI) based on the approach behind Tech Trader.  Most however will find more relevant the thought process in the humorous piece, The Power of Fate and Irony.

Fully Automated Trading Through and Through

     Most algorithmic trading systems out there claiming to do fully automated trading often still require adjustments over time or human supervision to actually handle the trading.  They function more as a tool to aid the human operator than as a truly independent entity.  The humans use the technology to guide them, like a human driver who uses a GPS, but at the end of the day, the human is the one actually making decisions and learning.
     Tech Trader, however, has been unchanged since inception and continues to trade on its own with absolutely no human input or involvement.  It is not just fully automated but fully autonomous, in the same way that autonomous self-driving cars now navigate the roads with no human driver.  Tech Trader is not a tool that aids humans in their trading endeavors.  It replaces them completely.

A Fully Autonomous Hedge Fund

     Tech Trader handles everything from trading decisions to compliance to order management to execution.  It is a one-man team combining the backtesting, signal generation, live trading, and portfolio analytics all in one compact system.  If a trade doesn't complete, it knows to continue or resend it.  If positions are missing or unrecognized, it knows to add or close them.  Portfolios automatically resize when NAV changes or when gains stack over time to take advantage of compounding.  Performance can be broken down by strategy, sector, and exposures on any time frame with everything tracked to a tee.  Tech Trader does the work of an entire hedge fund, the humans included.

Tech Trader is only accessible on request.  Please contact me if interested to learn more or work with Tech Trader.
This is not a product for sale or download.  It is not a user-facing tool, and there is nothing to "try" or click on.
If you are just interested in following Tech Trader's decisions, you can do so on The Tech Trader Wall.

Videos and Screenshots

Presentation Demo of Tech Trader and Its Technology

Self-Drawing Analytics and Charts

Portfolio Simulation with Comprehensive Analytics

Ability to run on other data sets as well with the same algorithms and not just stocks.
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pftq says...

Updated the plugin template with several improvements to make it easier to code (namely, you can use PRICE.HIGH etc in the price functions instead of memorizing 0=high, 1=low, etc).  Also you can see sharpe/trade now instead to better assess strategies that don't trade often.  To update your plugin to the new api, just replace TechTrader.dll from the new download.

pftq says...

In addition to the AI now being able to optimize your strategy for any particular statistic (sharpe, nav, hitrate), the Batch mode is now fully parallelized and also accessible from the plugin API.  In other words, you can finish scanning the entire S&P100 in under a minute.  Likewise, when writing your own indicators, you only need to make a single function call to scan any stock or basket of stocks you want and grab the results/data.

pftq says...

The AI/Optimizer is now accessible from the plugin template.

pftq says...

Rolling optimizer technical is now available.  It'll automatically optimize all indicators on the fly for any set window as you are running a strategy on a stock.  Basically just an application of the AI/Optimizer available from the plugin.

pstec says...


pftq says...

Tech Trader now has the ability to automate trades.  Please see the updated plugin template for how to add your own broker account.  It is very easy.

pftq says...

Already have Tech Trader auto-trading equities and options with the TDAmeritrade plugin. Smiley

pftq says...

You can now save/load different lists into Batch, and more importantly, you can now scan multiple strategies/profiles at once in the same Batch list.

pftq says...

Tech Trader now automatically posts its own live trades on the Virtual Trading System.  Fun to watch - it's a like another person trading.

pftq says...

Pretty funny.  I get a lot of critique for not having any explicit portfolio management in my system, but now, after 3 years, I finally read about swarm intelligence here, which is pretty spot on to how my system trades (a thousand traders going at it independently with no central control):
Intuitively it makes sense.  If you focus on making each of those thousand traders the best they can be, the collective performance should be better than what you can do at the top level with one person.

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