FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
What kind of trader should take this course?
The "Strategy Factory" course is designed for mechanical/algorithmic traders - traders who want to develop, test and evaluate their systems before putting money on the line. Ideally, your rules will be 100% written down and programmable.
If you trade with discretion, though, this workshop can help you, too. Just let me know during our pre-webinar talk, and I'll make sure I include building blocks for a discretionary trader strategy factory.
What kind of experience level should I have to take this course?
You'll get the most out of the class if you have at least a few years of trading and/or development experience. If you are brand new to trading, DON'T TAKE THIS COURSE - learn the basics first!
Ideally, you'll have trading software (Tradestation, Ninja Trader, Multicharts, etc.) that you have worked with for at least 1-6 months. To succeed with the information I provide, you must be able to program your own trading strategies. In the long run, coming up with your own ideas, programming them yourself and testing them in the strategy factory is the clearest route to success.
How is this different from all the disappointing trading systems / packages etc. I've bought before?
Well, first you have to realize that most people out there selling trading products don't actually trade. Their success is in their ability to be a quick talking sales "shark" - and guess what, you are the poor "minnow." They make their living from selling trading products. On the other hand, I make my living off of trading. This workshop is based on my ACTUAL trading experience, not paper trading or simulator experience. It makes for a big difference.
Second, I am not promising you rainbows and sunshine in this workshop. The material is hardcore, in-depth, and complicated. The trading development process you must follow afterwards is intense, and many times frustrating. In fact, you may never be able to build a strategy that meets your goals. But, at the same time, using the information I provide you'll stop throwing money at vendors who are useless, and you'll stop trading systems that have no edge. Your level of "trader savviness" will definitely increase after the workshop.
Finally, the third strategy I provide in this workshop (Strategy #3) is a close "brother" of a strategy I have traded successfully with real money since 2009. There is no way that I'd feel right, ethically or morally, if I knowingly gave you a money losing strategy. But remember, past performance is no guarantee of future results.
This workshop is pretty expensive - do you offer any discounts?
Sorry, but the price you see is the best and lowest price. Honestly, if you don't see the value in this workshop, you probably should just look for something else. But, if you are serious about trading, and serious about developing strategies, then this class is for you. You'll learn techniques that should lead to strategies much more profitable than the workshop cost.
Strategy #1, #2 and #3 alone are worth at least triple the workshop cost! If you can't see that, please don't take the course.
Do I have to read or buy your book beforehand?
Absolutely not! It certainly would be a benefit to read my book (and other strategy development books) before and after the workshop, though. Repeated exposure to material can only help you as you develop your strategy building process.
Why not allow more people in the workshop and charge less?
Since I want people to ask questions during the class, and I talk to everyone before and after the workshop, it is impossible to serve a big crowd. Plus, during the 4 months of follow up, I am the only person answering your questions via e-mail. Finally, remember that my main job is trading - I want to keep it that way!
Is there a money back guarantee?
If after the first session you decide this isn't a good course for you, just e-mail me, and drop out of the workshop. I'll refund your full payment. After the first session, there are no refunds.
Are the strategies you provide legit?
Yes. Both of the strategies were developed using techniques I discuss in the workshop. I have been trading Strategy #1 and #2 (or slight variations thereof) since Fall 2014. In the case of Strategy #3, I have been trading a close derivative of it, with real money, since November 2009. I have been pretty pleased with the results. But remember, all results you see must be treated as hypothetical, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. Be sure to read and understand the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
Will I really be able to create my own strategies after attending your workshop?
Definitely yes. But, developing strategies is hard work, and you'll have to throw away a lot of systems before you find one you can trade. Many traders I know are happy with finding 1-3 new strategies per year. You may do better or worse than that, but like all things in life, the results you get depend on the effort you put forth.
The beauty of the Strategy Factory is that developing strategies will become a step by step procedure for you. If a strategy does not meet the performance goals you establish, it gets tossed out. In this way, you can objectively examine each strategy, and rely less on emotion and "fuzzy math" in selecting strategies to trade.
After the workshop, will you collaborate on systems with me?
Possibly. My time is pretty limited, but I will assist you however I can during the 4 month follow up period. I may be able to give you some ideas for a strategy you have, and those ideas might make all the difference. If you are looking to collaborate, the Strategy Factory Club could be what you want. It is included as part of the package, and allows students to exchange verified strategies. But, you should definitely plan on developing strategies on your own - that is what the course is for!
I do not live in the US. Do you offer any times suited to my schedule?
Yes, I occasionally do. Check the available times listed at the bottom of the page. If you would like a different time, just let me know. If there is enough interest, I'll hold a workshop at that time.
Can't I just get the info from your book, and save some money?
Sure! You can also learn how to play soccer or play baseball by reading a book. But, many times learning it "live" leads to better comprehension, increased retention and longer lasting success. The workshop provides all that, in a comfortable setting (your home or office!).
What if I cannot make any of the dates/times listed below?
You may be out of luck, so I encourage you to attend one of the sessions below. I may schedule future sessions, but remember 1) my "real" job is trading full time and 2) every session adds traders to my ongoing support list, and to maintain excellent service, I have to limit the number of traders I work with. So, there may not be any future workshops.