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Overview of Backtesting

What is backtesting and how does it differ from “simulations”? The importance of backtesting: Why is backtesting a necessary step for profitable automated trading? The limitations of backtesting: Why is backtesting not a sufficient step to ensure profitability in automated trading? What we can do to increase the predictive power of our backtest results: the avoidance of pitfalls. How to identify good/bad strategies even before a backtest: a preview of various pitfalls through a series of examples.
UNIT OUTLINE:

1. What is backtesting and how does it differ from “simulations”?
2. The importance of backtesting: Why is backtesting a necessary step for profitable automated trading?
3. The limitations of backtesting: Why is backtesting not a sufficient step to ensure profitability in automated trading?
4. What we can do to increase the predictive power of our backtest results: the avoidance of pitfalls.
5. How to identify good/bad strategies even before a backtest: a preview of various pitfalls through a series of examples.


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