MetaTrader Backtesting: Best Practices for Algorithmic Traders

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MetaTrader backtesting can be tricky business for algorithmic traders. Follow these best practices to engineer robust, reliable trading strategies.

Risk Disclosure:

This tutorial introduces best practices for backtesting trading strategies using MetaTrader’s Strategy Tester or any other tool / programming language such as Python, Java, R, C++ etc.

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MetaTrader Backtesting – Best Practices for Algorithmic Traders

This tutorial covers:

1) Data Handling

– Segmenting Historical Data
– Selecting Length of Historical Data
– Backtesting Timeframes Lower Than H1 (hourly)
– MetaTrader 4 Historical Data – Effects of Interpolation
– Re-validating MetaTrader 4 History Center Data

2) Parameter Selection

– Using Robust Parameter Ranges
– Estimating Impact of Variable Spread & Slippage
– Maintaining Stable Underlying Strategy VaR

3) Variable Factors

– Correlation of Strategy Returns to Market Volatility
– Testing for Market Correlation
– Optimizing Position Sizes for Capacity
– Trading High Impact News

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