Hi guys, hi from Andrea Unger! Today, I’d like to talk a bit about my trading infrastructure, that is to say, how I am personally structured, as this is something people often ask me about.
To avoid problems in case of internet connection and power supply issues, I host my trading software on a cloud server.
The trading platform in my infrastructure is MultiCharts. This doesn’t obviously mean that MultiCharts is the best choice for you as well. There are many other good software – Tradestation, Ninja Trader, Trade Nagivator, and so on and so forth – that can be good for you, as long as they do what you need them to do.
The reason why I use MultiCharts is that I’m familiar with it and I like the flexibility it offers.
I have a large number of strategies. Every month, from my software Titan, I get a list of the strategies that will go live on the coming month. These are the strategies that I put live on the platform.
I usually divide them into different worksheets, but this is just my personal choice. For instance:
- US Indexes: Nasdaq, e-Mini S&P 500, etc. (I have systems that work on different timeframes: 5, 30 and 90 minutes);
- Currencies and Bonds: thirty-year bond (on 30 minutes), European Bund (5 and 30 minutes), EuroFX currency (30 minutes);
- Energy sector: Gasoline (5 and 15 minutes), Natural Gas (5 and 15 minutes), Crude Oil (1, 5 and 15 minutes), Heating Oil;
- European indexes: DAX, EuroStoxx (when you watch my videos, you can see some 1440-minute timeframes. That means they are daily bars, but I use minutes because, in so doing, I can have bars that close when the market actually closes);
- Metals: Gold, Silver, Copper and Platinum (5 and 60 minutes);
- Soft: Feeder Cattle, Live Cattle, Lean Hogs, Cocoa, Coffee, Sugar.
I test all my systems on the first Saturday of each month. On the tracker, I have a list of systems featuring some information about positions. When I check this, I verify that broker positions correspond to the sum of the contracts on the tracker. I can check this easily on the platform and also have a glance at the whole portfolio.
In my infrastructure, I use real-time data from IQFeed. I don’t get the data directly from Interactive Brokers, which is my broker, because I prefer a more detailed feed, instead of the snapshots that Interactive Brokers offers. However, this is a technical point I may explore more in depth in the future.
IQFeed covers most of the markets I need to trade. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t provide data for the Italian future. So, even if I live in Italy, I don’t have any strategies on this future. I could take the data from Interactive Brokers, but I don’t like mixing data feeds. When I did it in the past, it made me feel uncomfortable, so I dropped those strategies.
I would also have some strategies on some Asian markets, such as the Hang Seng future and the Nikkei, but they, too, are not included in IQFeed data. However, I’m considering getting equipped for these markets, as the results are quite interesting.
This is more or less what I wanted to tell you. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write your thoughts.
I wish you a nice week!
Ciao from Andrea Unger!