Founder, Systems on the Road
Program(s) Developed: Morpheus-1 TF Trading System
Interview Date: August, 2015
Interviewed by John F. Gallwas, Founder of Striker Securities, Inc.
Interview Introduction: Tomas Nesnidal is a European trader and system developer based in Southern Spain. He has two passions: developing trading systems and traveling. His lucrative work as a trader allows him to live his dream of traveling extensively and internationally. Since he became a system developer in 2007, he has visited 60 countries and completed a 100 day cruise around the world. He says that many of his out-of-the-box ideas for his trading systems have come to him while traveling.
Mr. Nesnidal uses high-end technology and a rigid development protocol to incorporate the innovative algorithms that are unique to his trading systems. Striker's Martin Lembak (a fellow European) executes the Morpheus-1 TF Trading System which has a rate of return of +104.57% a/o Aug 1, 2015 since going live Aug 17, 2011.
John Gallwas: Tomas, tell us about your background. What led you to become a system developer?
Tomas Nesnidal: First of all, thank you very much for the chance to present myself and my trading systems to your clients and readers. It is an honor for me to do this interview.
Although my original background is in the film and TV industry, I have been trading fulltime for about 12 years already. I used to do discretionary trading for many years, but since 2010 all my trading is 100% automated.
My story is a quite simple one. My original background is artistic - for many years I worked as a film and TV director. However, the film industry in the Czech Republic (Central Europe), where I am originally from, is really a tough one. As a film and TV director I experienced a lot of financial struggle.
One day I just realized I didn't want to live like that anymore. My wife and I always dreamed about traveling extensively and living by the sea. So I decided to become a trader and make all of this happen.
Fortunately for me, I soon realized that I really love trading and system development. It requires a lot of creativity, which is a strong point for me. I just love thinking up new ideas, developing out-of-the box solutions, etc. This approach really helps me to stay ahead of the game.
Today, my wife and I live right by the Mediterranean Sea on the Costa del Sol (Southern Spain), a famous European vacation destination where a lot of international celebrities have their summer houses. We enjoy 320 sunny days per year and a relaxed, beautiful life. We travel a lot - so far we have traveled to 60 countries! All that thanks to trading and Automated Trading Strategies!
John Gallwas: We know you trade your own systems, so why offer these systems to other traders for a fee?
Tomas Nesnidal: Honestly, this wasn't even my own idea. Ten years ago I became a Striker client and selected Striker's Martin Lembak to be my broker. During that period we became friends, and now Martin comes to visit me in Spain almost every year. During his last visit he suggested that I offer some of my systems to other traders for a fee. His main argument was that they have an exceptional live trading track record and that they are of general high quality, low risk, great return/small drawdown systems - exactly what the majority of clients is asking for. So I just told myself, "Why not give it a try?" I have plenty of systems, and I also developed my own rapid development process, so I have a constant flow of new systems. If I can offer something that Martin sees as highly valuable for clients, I am really happy to do that.
John Gallwas: What should a trader know about the Morpheus-1 ATS intraday system currently being tracked by Striker?
Tomas Nesnidal: Morpheus-1 ATS has been trading live since 2011, with great results and low drawdown. The system trades with a reasonably small stop-loss (300-600 USD, depending on the quality of the entry signal), is suitable for a small account (from 6.000 USD), and has made a +104.57% return by now as of Aug 1, 2015, after slip, fees, and commission. I consider it to be a very robust and reliable system. I've personally made good money on this system and have financed some of my traveling thanks to it.
John Gallwas: Is Morpheus-1 ATS re-optimized, and if so, is it scheduled or event driven?
Tomas Nesnidal: In general, re-optimization is an important part of all of my trading systems. Most of them are re-optimized on a regular basis. However, Morpheus-1 ATS is one of a few of my systems with an event driven re-optimization.
John Gallwas: Do you offer some more systems for lease with Striker, and where can our clients get more information about that?
Tomas Nesnidal: Yes, right now I offer two more systems. T-Gainer ATS is another system with a positive live trading history since 2013. G-REX ATS is a system with a reasonable stop-loss (500 USD) and great potential, as it combines two very strong systems into one. All my systems passed a proprietary, very strict development protocol and very demanding robustness testing. Detailed information about all of my systems can be downloaded from my web page http://www.systemsontheroad.com/, and of course, you can contact Martin Lembak anytime to ask him for the latest performance reports, portfolio suggestions, or general info.
John Gallwas: Do you have anything you can share with us in the "What's New" section?
Tomas Nesnidal: For me, trading and trading development is a never ending process of improvement. I just love working on new concepts, and I keep myself highly focused so that I am constantly learning something new about markets. After all, in trading and system development there is always something new to learn - almost every day!
Right now I am working on furthering the automatization of my development process in order to be able to do my Design & Prototype and Robustness Testing processes more quickly. I also work on several new trading concepts and recently finished a lot of research and testing on Market Internals. I am absolutely sure that more great trading systems are just down the road!
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