Frequently Asked Questions

Does Algorithmic Futures Manage Capital?


Algorithmic Futures is a third-party trading system developer that licenses trading algorithms to allow customers to trade with 100% automated systems. Algorithmic Futures does not manage capital or provide investment advice, and as such, is not registered with the NFA as a Commodity Trading Advisor. We operate under an agreement known as a "letter of direction" to allow trading of our algorithms in your account.




How do the HFT Alpha and Diversified Algo Systems Differ?


The Diversified Algo system trades 12 trading systems, diversified between high frequency strategies and mid-frequency strategies. As a result of the increased diversification, the program’s backtest has a lower standard deviation of monthly returns and lower monthly maximum drawdown. The HFT Alpha system trades 10 trading systems and focuses on high frequency trading strategies. Although the program is diversified between 10 different strategies, the backtest has higher volatility of monthly returns and monthly maximum drawdown, but also with higher annualized returns. The HFT Alpha strategies are able to be trade with a smaller recommended account size of $25,000 compared to the Diversified Algo, which has a recommended account size of $50,000.




What are the Minimum Account Sizes for the Systems?


There are two recommended account sizes: 1) $25,000 recommended ($20,000 minumum) for the HFT Alpha program; 2) $50,000 recommended ($40,000 minumum) for the Diversified Algo program. The recommended account sizes are established based on the estimated required margin and expected maximum drawdown of each of the programs. However, there is always the risk of experiencing a margin call and loss of capital and the customer must determine how much capital to keep in their account based on their risk profile.




What is the Cost and What Payment Methods are Accepted?


The HFT Alpha program is $105 per month or $900 annually. The Diversified Algo is $155 per month or $1,400 annually. We accept PayPal for payment, but will work with your needs if there is another preferred payment method. You can choose to pay monthly or receive a discount for paying for a full year.




What Asset Classes and Contracts do the Systems Trade?


These programs only trade futures contracts and does not trade stocks, ETFs or bonds. Each of the programs will trade equity index futures and treasury futures.




How are Strategies Developed and Backtested?


We utilize sophisticated trading software to develop, backtest and automate strategies. All strategies are developed with statistical research and walk-forward analysis to create robust trading models. Our research utilizes realistic assumptions including commissions and slippage to create reliable backtests.




How do I Open an Account to Start Trading?


You can contact us through the Algorithmic Futures website or at info@algorithmic-futures.com to setup an account. Our broker, The Fox Group, will work with you to setup your Tradestation account. The Fox Group will trade the licensed algorithms in your account via a remote server.




What Brokers Can I Use to Trade the Systems?


We currently setup trading accounts at Tradestation. Tradestation provides full functionality to support the algorithmic trading strategies and provides a low cost brokerage option.




Can I Open an IRA Account?


Yes, you can open an IRA account for auto-trading our systems. You will need to use an IRA administrator, such as Midland Trust Company, which administers self-directed IRAs.





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