Trading on Nasdaq: How We Gained $30,000 in a Year

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In this video, we discuss two strategies to take advantage of the recent movements of Nasdaq.

Both are part of Andrea Unger’s personal trading portfolio, were coded in 2018 and trade with a trend-following approach.

The first is an intraday strategy that gained over $40,000 in the last three years by capitalizing on the volatility of the Nasdaq.

The second is a multiday strategy that only opens long trades (buys only) and has earned over $23,000 on a single contract in 2023.

Watch the video now to discover:
-How the two strategies work
-All the details about their performance
-Some valuable information for trading Nasdaq futures

Enjoy 😎



Hello and welcome back. As usual, today we’ll evaluate the strategies in our portfolio that have performed the best results in the last period.

One of the coaches at the Unger Academy here, where we develop automated trading strategies that can be used on major futures markets, such as stock indexes, Crude Oil, Gold, and many others.

Today we’ll look at two strategies in particular that have performed very well in recent months.

These strategies work on Nasdaq futures, a stock index and a market that has made big moves in recent years and has also recently, as you know, reached its all-time highs.

I remind you that these two strategies, among others, are part of the personal database that Andrea Unger uses directly.

Strategy #1: Intraday trend following on Nasdaq

The first strategy I would like to introduce to you today is number 188.

This is an intraday strategy where all trades are opened and closed within the same session.

It’s a strategy that belongs to the family of trend-following systems, which means that it will open its positions in the same direction as the current trend and uses some volatility-related filters.

Let’s look at some examples. In this case, for example, we see a long trade in a market trending upwards with bars gradually rising.

And our strategy went along with that move and then reached the profit target set in the strategy.

In parallel, we can also see this other trade that followed the same trend but operated on the short side and reached the predetermined profit target.

One important aspect is that we’ve already factored in the commission costs and slippage that would be incurred if we were trading live on this market.

Let's take a look at the equity line.

This is the equity line of the strategy, and now we’ll look at some important metrics, such as the average trade.

We see that it’s close to $100. That’s not a very high value, but we must remember that this is an intraday strategy, so it stays in the market for a few hours.

Interestingly, the average trade on the short side is even higher than on the long side, which is quite remarkable given the solid bullish bias of the instrument, which is a characteristics of all stock indexes worldwide.

As you can see in the Periodical Analysis, the strategy has been profitable almost every year of the backtest, except in 2020 and 2013, when it suffered a very slight loss.

Anyway, the strategy has done well over the last three years, with a total gain of more than $40,000. Rather interestingly, it was able to use the intense volatility of the markets in recent years to its advantage.

Basically, the strategy makes about 1 or 2 entries per week. What is very remarkable is the fact that it can also be applied to micro contracts, which are also very liquid and, therefore, allow excellent scalability even for smaller accounts.

Strategy #2: Multiday trend following on Nasdaq

But now I want to show you today’s second strategy. It’s also a trend-following strategy, so it enters in favor of the trend when some critical levels are broken.

However, unlike the other strategy, it will only trade on the long side and won’t close the positions at the end of the day. Instead, it will hold the positions overnight unless the profit target or stop loss values are reached earlier.

For example, in the trade you’re seeing now, the position was closed in the same session because the profit target was reached.

If we look at the equity line, we see that it’s pretty regular, and also, the performance years are basically all positive except for two years, including 2022.

Last year, however, it proved to be particularly good.

In 2023, for example, it was able to earn more than $23,000 on a single contract, mainly making up for what was just not a positive year in 2022, especially in the first part, due to the well-known events related to the war in Ukraine and the descent of the markets during that period.

Regarding other metrics, we have an extensive average trade of over $190, also because this is a multiday strategy (while the previous one was an intraday strategy).

And again, we’ve included commission costs and hypothetical slippage that would be expected with this type of strategy in live trading.

One important thing to point out is that both this and the previous strategy have been out of sample since January 2018. And even at this stage, they have confirmed what good things they expressed during the development and coding phase.

As we have seen, the Nasdaq future is undoubtedly a very interesting market that can be approached with different logics, both mean reverting and trend following, as shown with these two systems.

It’s a very volatile market, and therefore, I would say that it is highly appreciated by all systematic traders who make volatility the fuel of their systems, so to speak.

So that's it for today. See you soon in our next video, bye for now!

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Andrea Unger

Andrea Unger

Andrea Unger here and I help retail traders to improve their trading, scientifically. I went from being a cog in the machine in a multinational company to the only 4-Time World Trading Champion in a little more than 10 years.

I've been a professional trader since 2001 and in 2008 I became World Champion using just 4 automated trading systems. 

In 2015 I founded Unger Academy, where I teach my method of developing effecting trading strategies: a scientific, replicable and universal method, based on numbers and statistics, not hunches, which led me and my students to become Champions again and again.

Now I'm here to help you learn how to develop your own strategies, autonomously. This channel will help you improve your trading, know the markets better, and apply the scientific method to financial markets.

Becoming a trader is harder than you think, but if you have passion, will, and sufficient capital, you'll learn how to code and develop effective strategies, manage risk, and diversify a portfolio of trading systems to greatly improve your chances of becoming successful.