If you could go back in the past, what would you do differently?
In the world of trading, split-second decisions can result in thousands of dollars of profit or loss. It is not uncommon to hear stories of distressed traders missing a golden opportunity because of hesitation or, worse, lamenting about a bad trade that lost them a huge amount of money.
When the markets are highly volatile, having a robust, tried and tested trading strategy is doubly important. With a game plan in mind, traders avoid making huge mistakes, such as impulsive trades brought upon by emotions or FOMO.
So, how do you build a trading strategy that you think could work? With backtesting, of course!
Introducing Traders' Gym, ThinkMarkets' exclusive backtesting tool. By using Traders' Gym, traders can access real-life historical data and test their trading strategies to determine how they would have fared at that particular time.
What is backtesting?
Backtesting is a data-driven process to evaluate the performance and efficiency of a trading strategy using historical market data. With a backtesting tool, traders can assess how a plan would have performed had they opened a position at the time.
What is Traders' Gym?
Traders' Gym is ThinkMarkets' backtesting tool, available exclusively on ThinkTrader, its proprietary and award-winning trading platform.
Accessible to all ThinkTrader live account holders, Traders' Gym allows traders to enter a simulated market and choose a specific timeframe for testing. It offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into a strategy's effectiveness and how to improve decision-making.
How to use Traders' Gym?
We created a beginner-friendly video on how you can develop and test your trading strategy using Traders' Gym here.
Traders' Gym: Develop and Test Your Trading Strategy
Benefits of backtesting
Here's why you should include backtesting when you're building your trading strategy.
Gain an extra layer of confidence in your trading strategy by identifying whether it would have been profitable in the past.
Understand the potential risks associated with your strategies, including drawdowns, maximum losses, and the risk of such events. Adjust your take profit and stop loss depending on your risk tolerance.
- Enhance your skills risk-free
Train your skills and execute your strategies under actual market conditions without the risk of losing money. As it is historical data, try multiple strategies using the same timeframe.
Sign up for an account
Traders' Gym is free for all live ThinkTrader account holders. Open an account today and start testing your strategies under real historical data.
Step into the future of trading with ThinkTrader and use the past as a learning experience.
Please note that past performance does not guarantee future returns.
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