[101 Trading Ideas] Corn Predator Prey #strategy #idea #101tradingideas

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101 Trading Ideas:

#40 Predator Prey

Triggered Idea:

What happens to the price of corn when the wheat and soybeans are viewed as prey and the dollar is viewed as a predator?

From Triggered Idea to Trading Strategy:

When wheat and soybeans (prey), are rising and the dollar (predator) is falling, the ecosystem and predator-prey balance should be right for corn to rise. And vice versa. Use pullbacks in corn for entries.

Long Rules (can reverse)

the average close of wheat over the last 8 days is higher than the average close 8 days ago, and (prey)

the average close of soybeans over the last 8 days is higher than the average close 8 days ago, and (prey)

the average close of the dollar over the last 8 days is lower than the average close 8 days ago, (predator)

the close of corn today is lower than the average close of corn over the last 8 days (pullback)

then buy corn

Short Rules:

Opposite long rules


On the second profitable close or after 4 days

Results (2007-p)Corn Predator Prey Equity Curve

trades: 167

w/l: 61%,  102/167

avg trade: 3.24 pts

z: 2.28

profitable 7 of 10 years, exceptions 2007, 2013, and 2016


I like the buying a pullback piece of the strategy – so simple.

This should also work trading wheat and soybeans.

A rough draft, alpha hunt idea. Not a complete strategy.

There is risk in trading. Most strategies degrade when moving from in-sample backtests to out-of-sample live markets. Be careful.

101 Trading Ideas:

This strategy idea was triggered by 101 Trading Ideas, A Magical List for Fast-Paced Alpha Hunting.

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