Features of the PickStocks.com Backtester:

  • 100% free. We never try to sell you anything.
  • Cloud (web) based. No download or installation needed.
  • No programming knowledge needed. Just choose what you want to backtest from our menu.
  • No registration needed. You can save your strategies and backtests without registering.
  • Over 100 pre-configured strategies you can use.
  • Over 100 technical indicators you can use to create your own strategies.
  • Backtest your strategy on any stock, any ETF, or any basket of stocks (such as the Dow30 or S&P500).
  • Backtest on second, minute, and daily time frames.
  • Specify the slippage (such as the loss due to the different bid and ask prices) and commissions.
  • Combine multiple strategies and indicators into one big strategy. For example, you could buy any stock that is at its 52 week high, has gone up 5 or more days in a row, and went up over 1% so far today.
  • 10 Years worth of stock market data.
  • Use our powerful optimization engine to optimize the variables in your strategy. Let's say you find that it makes money if you buy Apple (AAPL) anytime it goes down 5 days in a row and then sell the next day. But, maybe it does better if you instead buy at 6 or 7 days in a row. Running an optimization will show you which entry point is the most profitable.
  • Use our genetic algorithm to discover profitable strategies completely automatically.
  • Pair Trading - This is something that very few other online backtesting sites offer. Pair trading is when you buy an "underpriced" stock and sell short a similar stock that you think is overpriced, like you would buy Fedex and at the same exact time short an equal amount of UPS. It is market neutral, meaning that it does not matter what the overall stock market does, you are profiting from the convergence of these 2 stocks. It is based on the theory that the prices of highly correlated stocks (usually competing companies in the same industry such as Fedex/UPS, Walmart/Target, and Coke/Pepsi) sometimes get out of alignment temporarily due to temporary factors such as big news releases and large institutional buy or sell orders, but that eventually they will revert back to the mean. Our pair trading algorithms detect situations like this, and let you profit from them.
  • Export your strategies to use for real life algorithmic (automated) trading with leading online brokers, such as TradeStation.com.