Hi, I'm Matthew Klein

Glamour shot showing Matthew Klein, founder of Collective2, highly airbrushed to prevent projectile vomiting
A glamour shot of me, highly airbrushed to prevent projectile vomiting.

I'm the founder of Collective2. I'm also a computer programmer, novelist, and trader.

I spend most of my time in a room. It's not a dark room exactly, but there is a certain funk emanating from within it.

But that's okay. Because that's just simply what happens when you spend all your hours developing computer software designed to help traders.

That's what Collective2 is -- a Web site designed to help people automate their trading. I've spent over a decade building the technology behind Collective2, and I invite you to explore the site. Whether you trade futures, forex, stocks, or options, there's probably a trading system on our site that will interest you. With over 60,000 registered users, we must be doing something cool.

Not sure if C2 is right for you? Try AutoTrading in a free, simulated brokerage account.

Supported Brokers

Interested in AutoTrading a Collective2 trading system? We support a lot of brokers. The list includes: MB Trading, OpenECry, Interactive Brokers, Alpari, Dorman Trading, AvaFX, Daniels Trading, Gain Capital, Vision Financial, FXCM, and Striker.

In addition we are able to support brokers who use the following technology platforms: Currenex, MetaTrader4, CTS, and Zenfire.

What is Collective2?

Collective2 (or "C2" to its fans) is an automated trading platform. It allows traders to analyze and choose automated trading systems based on hypothetical track records.

Subscribers can choose to have trades automatically placed in compatible brokerage accounts, or can have buy/sell signals sent by email or cell phone for manual trading.

Skilled traders and system developers can earn extra income by offering subscriptions to their own trading methods.

Collective2 was founded eleven years ago, and has enabled billions of dollars of real-life trades in real-life trading accounts.

If your broker supports one of these trading platforms, we can reach out to your broker on your behalf to allow you to start AutoTrading at Collective2.

Hot trading systems this week

System: WSS_Gold100oz

Graph showing performance of WSS_Gold100oz

What it trades: Futures

What's interesting about it: In my last newsletter, I talked about a trading system that trades only wheat futures contracts. This month, I'll start by showing you a trading system that buys and sells only gold.

Is gold more exciting than wheat? Hell yes. After all, insane third-world dictators don't buy custom-built toilets made out of wheat. They go for yellow shiny stuff.

Now, if you don't happen to be a third-world strongman, but you do like gold, you might want to take a look at WSS_Gold100oz. It's true that the name is a mouthful (I'm not even sure how you're supposed to pronounce it; around the office, we just call it, "you know, the gold system") - but it's worth a look. Trading profits are a great way to keep your bum warm on a cold winter morning. (Of course, you're equally likely to lose your money, but it's always more fun to think about potential profits.)

Free trial available: Yes

Third-world strongmen prefer the feeling of real gold under their derrieères. plus Throne room.
If you're not a third-world strong man, but you still enjoy the feeling of real gold under your derrière, consider WSS_Gold100oz.

System: Daily Batch

Graph showing performance of Daily Batch

What it trades: Futures

What's interesting about it: The system developer tells us that his system is "95% technical" with a "small amount of discretion." Maybe that's why I've taken a liking to this trading system -- because I too exhibit only a small amount of discretion, especially when I have a drink or two in me.

Regardless of how the system developer manages it, manage it he does: his formula of passing computerized buy and sell signals through a common-sense filter (his brain) seems to be a success so far. The system has been tracked by Collective2 for nearly two years, and the hypothetical performance results speak for themselves. Worth checking out.

Free trial available: Yes

System: tradeWerksz I

Hypothetical Results

What it trades: Forex

What's interesting about it: What exactly happened on September 18th of this year? It wasn't a particularly interesting day in the world of finance, or politics, or sports. But something magical appears to have occurred within the offices of tradeWerksz I. As you can see on the equity chart above, it was on that day that its hypothetical performance went into overdrive.

In completely unrelated news, the International Trading System Competition Committee (ITSCC) recently announced it was opening an investigation of tradeWerksz's new portfolio manager for use of performance-enhancing drugs. Mr. Lance Armstrong was hired to run the tradeWerksz I trading system on September 17, 2012.

Free trial available: Yes

The new portfolio manager of the trading system tradeWerksz I. He assumed his responsibilities on October 17th of this year.
The new portfolio manager of the trading system tradeWerksz I. He assumed responsibilities on September 17th of this year.

Despite an investigation by the ITSCC, tradeWerksz assures us the sudden boost in performance on that date is unrelated to its new manager.

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.

These results are based on simulated or hypothetical performance results that have certain inherent limitations. Unlike the results shown in an actual performance record, these results do not represent actual trading. Also, because these trades have not actually been executed, these results may have under-or over-compensated for the impact, if any, of certain market factors, such as lack of liquidity. Simulated or hypothetical trading programs in general are also subject to the fact that they are designed with the benefit of hindsight. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to these being shown.

In addition, hypothetical trading does not involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. For example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results. There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program, which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all of which can adversely affect actual trading results.

The following are material assumptions used when calculating any hypothetical monthly results that appear on our web site.

Profits are reinvested. We assume profits (when there are profits) are reinvested in the trading strategy.

Starting investment. For any trading system on our Web site, we assume you will invest the amount that appears as the starting amount of that system's performance chart.

All fees are included. When calculating monthly returns, we try to estimate and include all the fees a typical trader incurs when AutoTrading using AutoTrade technology. This includes the subscription cost of the strategy, plus any per-trade AutoTrade fees, plus estimated broker commissions.

There is a substantial risk of loss in futures and forex trading. Assume you will lose money. Don't trade with money you cannot afford to lose.

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