Only picked a basket of things that looked promising at the time.
I’ve been trading since 1984, and a member of C2 since 2006. I tend to be a very abrupt and harsh person (perhaps due to my analytical nature), so I hope you’ll think about the following rather than taking offense at how it’s said.
You have no plan, therefore any outcome (good or bad) is valid. The stock market is temporal in nature (if you’re unsure of the exact meaning, I urge you to look it up)… your methodology was to pick systems that looked good at the moment (non-temporal analysis), and reflect upon those choices at a temporal moment in time (the future). It’s no wonder your results were a mixed bag.
I urge you to try and learn a new way of thinking and looking at the markets, that takes their temporal nature into consideration. Often times, the only way I can understand how to go about something is by starting at the end - looking at the outcome I wish to attain, and then moving backwards in time so as to understand the steps I’ll need to take. That’s why goal setting is so important.
Here are two more very important things that I constantly do, ad nauseum:
I answer the question that’s being asked, not the question I think someone should have asked. I am as brief as possible while conveying all the information necessary, but nothing more. In effect, I do not try to read someone else’s mind. If you were to ask, “Do you know of a good trading system?” my answer would be “Yes… I do” and nothing more.
I force others (as well as myself) to clarify their terms… and I do this whenever subjective statements are being made. In the above example, if you were to then ask, “Okay… what’s that system?” I would respond with, “A good trading system… good is subjective… what do you mean by good? What amount of draw-down would you consider good? What reward/risk ratio would you consider good? What profit factor would you consider good?” Lastly, because markets are temporal in nature, I ask, “… and over what time period?” It should be obvious that what I may consider to be good, you may not like at all. Also, in a temporal system, definitions change over time. What someone may consider good today could be considered bad later.
Most people never take these criteria into consideration, and instead act out of impulse (as you did). That used to drive me crazy… and it took more than 40 years for my attitude to change. Nowadays, I realize that if it weren’t for people like you (no offense meant - dive into the lesson), there would be less opportunity for me. No matter how much anyone else disagrees with this, it’s proven true - thanks to other peoples’ bad choices (putting their money in a bank CD paying 1.25% APR), the bank and I are given great opportunity (they can lend to me at 4.5%, and I can make 18% on a property flip). If people were smarter (or understood risk better), life would be more difficult for me, as would making money. Thus, whenever someone says, “oh, the stock market is a gamble!” or “futures trading is suicide” I not only agree with them, but try to discourage them by telling them of the hundreds of thousands of dollars I’ve lost in trading, over the years (which is true - I just omit the part about the gains I’ve made).
Most people are lazy, by nature. They will do just enough to get by comfortably, and no more. You need to choose what type of person you want to be - the one who does the bare minimum to grasp things, or the one who knows 10% more than others (which, ironically, makes you an expert).
How to apply this? Before simulating a system, decide on the temporal criteria that are important to you… how a system looks at the moment (i.e., snapshot) is not temporal. Then, learn enough about statistics to be smarter than the uneducated masses. Understand that a sample size of a few dozen trades is not statistically significant given the context. Understand the risks over time, the timeframes, and how a system manages shifting markets as well as black swan events. Make intelligent choices, which you can back up with facts.