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On this page, we have compiled all the trading strategies we have published since our start in 2012 (plus relevant trading strategy articles). The page contains 200+ free trading strategies plus articles about indicators and trading strategy-specific articles. We are confident you find a viable trading system among all these articles.

All our trading strategies are published with trading rules in plain English and code in multiple platform code languages. (Contact us and let us know if you cannot find your platform code or if you are looking for something else. We can probably provide you with what you are looking for.)

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Table of contents:

S&P 500 trading strategies (ES and SPY)

Overnight trading systems and strategies in stocks

Volatility trading edges and strategies

Nasdaq trading systems (NQ and QQQ free trading systems)

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Candlestick strategies and systems (patterns and formations)

Treasuries/bonds trading strategies (TLT trading systems)

Technical Indicators

We also have many original backtest and strategies on our landing page for technical indicators.

Day trading strategies and systems

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Russell 2000 (IWM) strategies

Seasonality in stocks (seasonalities, anomalies, abnormalities, and effects)

Stock and sector rotation strategies (momentum)

Momentum trading strategies

Larry Connors Strategies

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Trend reversal trading strategies and systems

Sentiment indicator trading strategies

Macro number strategies and systems

Trend following indicator strategies

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Bear market trading strategies

Gold trading strategies and systems (GLD trading system)

Market-neutral trading strategies and systems

Breakout strategies and systems

Volatility indicator strategies and systems

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Oscillating indicator strategies and systems

Price action trading strategies and systems

Random indicator strategies and systems

DAX 40, Euro Stoxx 50, and Bund trading strategies and systems

Short selling strategies and systems

NIFTY 50 strategies and systems

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OTC and penny stocks (penny stock strategies)

Meb Faber asset allocation investment strategies and systems

Asset allocation investment strategies and systems

Market timing strategies and systems

Investment strategies

Technical analysis trading strategies and classical chart pattern

Sector trading strategies and systems

Consumer staples (XLP free trading systems)

Consumer staples (XLU free trading strategies)

Trend following trading strategies and systems

Mean reversion trading strategies and systems

Swing trading strategies and systems

Factor investing strategies and systems

Buy and hold trading strategies (long-term strategies – investment strategy)

International markets trading strategies and systems

ChatGPT trading strategies and systems

Forex trading strategies and systems

Quantitative trading strategies and systems

Pivot points trading strategies

When to sell a stock or position? (Sell strategy or system)

Volume trading strategies and systems

Oil trading strategies

E-mini trading strategies and systems

Bitcoin and crypto trading strategies (systems)

Sentiment trading strategies

Options trading strategies

Dow Jones trading strategies

ETF trading strategies and systems

TradingView trading strategies and systems (Pine Script)

Exotic trading strategies and systems

Commodity trading strategies and systems

Derivatives trading strategies and systems

CTA, hedge fund, and Macro trading strategies and systems

Python trading strategies and systems

Value Vs. Growth trading strategies and systems

Different trading systems and strategies

Gann, Fibonacci, and Elliot Wave strategies and systems

Dividend investing strategies and dividend investment strategies

Our best Moving average strategies

Single stock strategies and systems

Finale: Some advice before you embark on your trading career

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Trading Strategies and Investment Strategies

If you have clicked on one or several in the list or library of the profitable free trading strategies above, you might wonder what is the best way to approach trading. We have tried to answer that in many other articles, but below we give a very brief explanation of what should be your main considerations before you start trading:

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Are you a trader or an investor?

First, you need to have a thorough understanding of what kind of investor you are. It might seem obvious, but many derail already before they start.

Sit down and think about what your aims and goals are. Are you a trader or an investor? Looking for trading and investment strategies or investment strategies? Do you think you have the mindset and capabilities to deal with frequent profits and losses?

The alternative to trading is to invest in stocks and mutual funds for the long-term:

Position trading/buy and hold

By position trading we mean holding positions for a long time, close to or equal to “buy and hold”.

Should you trade at all? Trading is scalable, ie. you can make a lot of money in a relatively short period of time, but the fail ratio is much higher compared to buy and hold.

If you invest passively in a mutual fund you participate in the earnings and productivity growth in society and you are most likely well protected against inflation.

We recommend spending some time pondering where you should put your money.

What is a trading strategy?

A clearly defined trading strategy needs at least four elements:

  1. It needs to have defined/quantified buy/short criteria. That is, you need to know exactly when to buy. “Buy when touching resistance” is not a criterion – it’s vague and not clearly defined. You should not use anecdotal evidence in your decision-making!
  2. If you get a buy signal, how do you execute the buy/short order? Do you put in a limit order or do you buy at the market? In the trading and investment strategies above, we mainly use at the close orders. Obviously, we only know the close price in hindsight. However, we start sending orders ten seconds before the close, and that works really well and gets very close to the results in our backtests.
  3. If you are in a position, you need to know when to sell/cover. Just like the buy criterion, this needs to be quantified to avoid second-guessing.
  4. The sell/short order should be executed at prices that are realistic compared to your backtests. Slippage and commissions are a big cost for a trader, and you need to minimize costs and make it as similar as possible to the backtest. We have been using at the close orders for years, just like when we buy and enter positions, and it works well for us.

Types of trading strategies: What kind of trader should you be?

If you start trading and are a beginner, you need to make plans and systems, and you need a trading or investment strategy. This takes time, but hopefully, this is time well spent and at the same time enjoyable.

If you don’t have a particular interest in trading, you should invest for the long term and forget about trading. A great interest in trading is a prerequisite for success! Beginners often start with the goal of striking it rich, but this is a bad starting point.

Furthermore, your approach should be agnostic. First off, what kind of instruments and asset classes should you trade? Don’t limit yourself by focusing on a certain time frame or asset class.

There are many types of trading systems to choose from, but mainly we can argue they fall in two groups: day trading and swing trading.

Day trading strategies

Day trading has the shortest time frame. Many day traders do scalping, but we are a bit cautious with scalping. If you want to day trade it’s crucial that you know what you’re doing.

Unfortunately, many want to be day traders in the hope they can make money faster. The reality is that most of them get poor pretty fast. It’s a fast way of departing your money if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Another downside with day trading is that you don’t benefit from the long-term tailwind in the stock market, as you do in swing trading:

Swing strategies (end-of-day trading)

We prefer end-of-day trading where we enter at the close (but sometimes exit at the open). This is the same as swing trading.

Many argue they will day trade to avoid the overnight “risk” in the stock market. But the long-term trend suggests that you get well awarded for taking this “risk”: all the gains since 1993 have come from the close until the next day’s open (the overnight trading edge). There has been no money to be made intraday from the open to the close.

The overnight “risk” is a nice tailwind you can exploit!

The tailwind is particularly strong in stocks, and to some extent in gold. In most other asset classes, you don’t have this edge.

Investment strategies

Some should not trade but invest long term and “forget about it”. A typical investment strategy can be the boring (but very good) Buy & Hold. This is probably the best option for the great majority of investors.

Other strategies and edges

Among prop traders long/short and pairs trading are popular. These are market-neutral trading strategies because you hold an equal amount of capital both long and short that should cancel each other out in case of adverse movements.

The idea behind pairs trading strategies is to trade on the value of the spread. For example, this could be shorting the strongest and buying the weakest on the assumption they will converge.

The downside of trading

If you buy a basket of mutual funds there is no much you need to do. Just buy the funds and forget about it. Get on with your life and save regularly and don’t interfere in your dollar-cost averaging. If history is any guide, you will be well rewarded as long as you are patient and let the capital compound.

With trading, you need to do a lot of work and research. It requires time to develop strategies, and when you are done developing you need to do the actual trading. It’s essential you like this process and find it enjoyable. If not, you will not make it as a trader.

However, if you use automated trading software you can “outsource” the trading to your computer. This gives you leverage to trade an “unlimited” number of strategies.

Which time frame is best for trading?

One of the most important things in trading is to have a portfolio of diversified strategies that correlate as little as possible. One way to do this is to trade several different time frames.

We believe we have given you a pretty wide variety in time frames in the systems and strategies we have presented above: from day trading to long-term position trading in the S&P 500.

However, most of the strategies are swing trades. Scalping and day trading is very difficult and only a few traders manage being profitable year in and year out. The longer the time frame, the more you utilize the long-term tailwind mentioned above (at least in the stock markets).

Which market is best for trading?

Because of inflation and earnings growth, a diversified basket of stocks, like for example owning the S&P 500, has proven to beat inflation in the long run. Just by owning stocks overnight, you manage a 0.04% return from the close until the next day’s open. We would say that the best place to start is by trading stocks. Stock trading has a long history and you can use the mentioned tailwind. Our experience indicates that the top and most successful traders operate in the stock market.

This is an edge, let’s call it tailwind, that you basically only get in the stock market. Very few other asset classes offer the same tailwind, perhaps gold being an exception.

Thus, we believe you stand better chances in stocks and stock indexes. We are no fans FOREX, for example, because of this. We are also careful with dipping our toes into crypto, mainly because of the short history. Likewise, options and many derivatives are hard to make money in as well.

Moreover, our research stock strategies are less prone to “blow off”, like for example happens frequently in the commodities markets. Likewise, the forex markets are very difficult to trade. If you manage to find commodity and forex trading strategies that last year in and year out – congratulations!

We recommend starting with stocks. Not only do you have a tailwind, but you can also choose among thousand of stocks in different sectors. Many of those have little competition from other traders. Compare this to forex trading strategies where you are competing against millions of traders just in the USD/EUR spread!

Swing trading strategy tips: What are you looking for in a trading strategy?

You want to have consistent profits, more like an income, but that is very tough to achieve. Some kind of lump-sum and erratic profits are inevitable. Most likely just a few days per month will generate most of the profits. The rest of the time you are scraping by and looking to avoid losses and disasters.

Trading is much like a slow grind where you have to show up day in and day out for years with some occasional big wins.

That said, you want a steady rising equity curve from the left to the right. You want a profit factor that is somewhere between 1.75 and 3. Likewise, you can have a look at the Sharpe Ratio of your trading strategy as well. Below is a an example of a trading strategy with a low profit factor:

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This is an example of a trading strategy that has a low profit factor (1.5). Clearly, the equity curve is basically all you need to see.

Opposite, below is an example of a potentially good trading strategy with a high profit factor:

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The chart above is an example of a trading strategy that has a linear rise from left to right. The trading strategy’s profit factor is 2.9.

Because of the behavioral mistakes you are most likely to commit, most traders should make strategies that give the smoothest returns you can get. However, be aware of curve fitting!

We provide you with a last chart that shows you examples of drawdowns:

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The above backtest of a trading strategy shows a rather poor strategy, even though the CAGR is decent. The drawdowns are big and it’s hard to trade a trading strategy like this in a live trading account.

However, because of little or negative correlation between strategies, you might not be looking for the specific best trading strategies. Investment strategies can still be useful if they independently are not the best, but they complement each other.

Trade small size – be careful

Trading requires experience – lots of it. In order to survive, always make sure you are trading smaller position sizes than you would like.

Likewise, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Spread your time frames, asset classes, and strategies are a good guide.

Why trade small?

You want to trade small because you want to make sure you can survive adverse movements against your position. Sooner or later you’ll experience days where all or most of your positions go against you.

Put aside money for a rainy day

Likewise, don’t put all your money in your trading account. We recommend setting aside money for long-term appreciation, preferably in mutual funds. Don’t try to be smart, make your investments simple.

Be careful with leverage:

It’s easy to get fooled by a backtest – it all looks so simple and easy in hindsight. Because of this, many use too much leverage by being greedy.

Leverage can put you out of business. Make sure you always think about how much you can lose, not what you can make. A 50% drop requires a 100% rise to get back to break-even.

Make sure you have a trading plan

This website is all about quantified trading strategies and trading systems. We believe as a guide that 100% quantified rules are what fits most traders.

The reason for this is simple: Although nothing is certain about the future, you at least have an opinion if your trading strategy performed well in the past. Additionally, it makes you disciplined and less prone to knee-jerk trades out of the blue.

Besides, by automating all your trading you theoretically can trade an almost unlimited amount of trading systems. You focus on developing strategies, and you let the computer do the rest.

Avoid obvious mistakes

Profits tend to take care of themselves as long as you avoid the biggest blunders. In tennis, this is called unforced errors. In professional tennis, most of the matches are won by the player who makes the least amount of unforced errors!

How many trading strategies are there?

There is no definitive answer to the exact number of trading strategies that exist. The world of trading is vast and diverse, and new strategies are continually being developed and refined by traders and investors. As a start you can find over 200 trading strategies on this page and thousands on the site altogether.

Make sure you understand yourself

It might sound like a cliche, but you need to understand yourself and the potential behavior mistakes you are prone to make. Even very profitable strategies won’t make you money if you buy and sell at the wrong time.

Statistically proven trading strategies

  • Statistically proven trading strategies leverage data analysis for success in financial markets.
  • These strategies identify patterns, trends, and correlations to make informed trading decisions and manage risks.
  • Examples of such strategies include trend following, mean reversion, and momentum trading.
  • Technical indicators and algorithms are commonly used in implementing these strategies.
  • While no strategy can guarantee profits, statistically proven approaches provide a systematic and disciplined approach for consistent returns and improved risk management.


This page which contains our trading strategies and trading systems might give you input on how to start trading. Trading is not easy, and certainly much more demanding than long-term investing.

While trading offers scalability and huge profit potential, consider the time spent and the risk of ruin in trading. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you might lose your capital quickly.

Disclaimer: We are not financial advisors. Please do your own due diligence and investment research or consult a financial professional. All articles are our opinions – they are not suggestions to buy or sell any securities.