February 6, 2016

Trendfinder Systems: Strategies for Futures Trading

In this blog post, we introduce another one of our system developer partner: Trendfinder.

Trendfinder, founded by Gary Hart, provides fully automated intraday and swing trading strategies for the futures markets. Gary has been trading the futues markets with fully automated mechanical systems for over 15 years, and featured in Futures Truth.

Trendfinder aims to provide trading systems that are robust to generate profits in various market conditions from live trading. To this aim, their goal is to offer investors with trading systems that provide consistent outsized returns while keeping losses and drawdowns contained. To achieve this goal they offer very short term trading strategies that put a relatively small amount of capital at risk and are in the market only when perceived opportunity is the greatest.

One of the main focus is to create trading systems that will continue to perform well for many years, and for long-term clients. To support this, the systems are developed with a primary focus on risk control and minimizing drawdowns.

Trendfinder Systems

At Wisdom Trading, we are offering full execution services for Trendfinder Systems. What this means is you can now harness the results of any of Trendfinder systems combined with our execution expertise (we trade any system for you in your own account) to simply benefit from the returns produced by the system with no or minimal involvement.

Trendfinder offers different systems, with low trading capital, which can also be combined together for diversification. Below is a list of the Trendfinder systems (performance is hypothetical):


And further below is a performance report from one of these systems, Fed Swing ES (performance is hypothetical):

Live Hypothetical Results since release date (March 14, 2012):


Hypothetical Performance 1/1/2006-current (based on a $20,000 account not compounded):





FedSwing ES (minimum recommended trading capital: $20K) applies the FedSwing strategy to the emini futures of the S&P 500. FedSwing is a countertrend swing trading strategy designed for stock indices, and the exact same code is used for every market. This strategy follows the adage of “don’t fight the Fed”. It will not go long when the Fed is selling and will not go short when the Fed is buying.

Sample trades:

FedSwing ES Trade

Full Report: Trendfinder Systems and Portfolios

For more information on Trendfinder systems, please contact us today.



Material Assumptions

All system performance results in this newsletter include commission and slippage and are non-compounded results (profits are not reinvested). Be careful when looking at performance results on other websites – not all system vendors include slippage and commission in their results. Commission and slippage are real trading costs and must be accounted for.

All hypothetical performance results shown for the FedSwing ES systems are based on 1 contract per trade, include $20 round-trip commission and 1 tick slippage per side and are non-compounded results (profits are not reinvested). The lease price is not included in these results. No management or incentive fees are charged. The method used to determine purchase and sale price for each trade is established by a mathematical computation that is proprietary. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Risk Disclosures

Commodity Trading involves high risks and you can lose a significant amount of money. Commodity trading is not suitable for many investors. Any performance results listed in all marketing materials represents simulated computer results over past historical data, and not the results of an actual account. All opinions expressed anywhere on this website are only opinions of the author. The information contained here was gathered from sources deemed reliable, however, no claim is made as to its accuracy or content. Different testing platforms can produce slightly different results. Our systems are only recommended for well capitalized and experienced futures traders.

CFTC-required risk disclosure for hypothetical results

Hypothetical performance results have many inherent limitations, some of which are described below. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those shown. in fact, there are frequently sharp differences between hypothetical performance results and the actual results subsequently achieved by any particular trading program.

One of the limitations of hypothetical performance results is that they are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight. In addition, hypothetical trading does not involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. For example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results. There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all of which can adversely affect actual trading results.

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