Topic: how to build strategies with a high number of trades
As others have pointed, using EA Studio with the Portfolio EA feature in combination with MT4 Tracker is a good way to find strategies that have good probabilities to continue working well in the future.
I'm trading in demo accounts hundreds of strategies at the same time using the Portfolio EA feature of EA Studio and then, after some time (some months or number of trades), selecting only the strategies that performed better in demo to move them to a live account.
The issue is now when to move the strategies from demo to live. I've read some post from some of you askingg your demo strateies at least 100 trades in demo before moving them to real. Or at least 3 months in demo or similar.
So far, my strateggies have been in demo for 3 months but my problem is most of them do not have more tan 20 to 30 trades. Some have 40 trades, but no more. I'm usually using H4 timeframe to build them, and although it seems I'm getting some nice strategies I will have to wait at least more months before getting a bunch of strategies with a good number of trades.
I wanted to ask what settings you think it is better to use (or what settings you are using) to get strategies with a lot (more) trades. I'm using H4 timeframe and I usually use a selection criteria of SQN=2 to filter them. My broker gives me data from 2010 to now (8 years) when I use H4 timeframe, but it gives me only 2 years of data in the H1 timeframe. I've also used the close ath the end of the session feature (nice feature) and this way I try to force my strategies to open and close their operations fast (hoping the strats to have more operations). I'm asking my H4 strategies at least 300 hundred trades (and SQN=2) to pass my selection criteria, and I usually get nice strategies. If I ask more than that it seems the strategies are harder to get and they are not as nice as before.
What settings / timeframes are you using with EA studio to build portfolios? What number of trades do you think it is statistically significant to move a strategy from demo to live?
Thanks all in advance