What is X3 Pattern Framework ?

Pattern trader uses many patterns every day including Gartley Pattern, Elliott Wave Pattern, Shark Pattern, etc but no single book or article provide any scientific evidence for each pattern. When there is no scientific evidence, those presented patterns in the text books are nothing more than just a piece of idea. Especially when you are not able to compare their performance to alternative, they are not ready to serve for your trading. To tackle this limited supporting evidence, we have created X3 Pattern Framework (i.e. first introduced in the book: Scientific Guide to Price Action and Pattern Trading by Young Ho Seo). The purpose of X3 Pattern Framework was to provide one unified framework for many existing patterns in Financial trading so that we can compare those patterns apple to apple. Especially any patterns made up from triangle self-similarity like Fibonacci patterns, Harmonic Patterns, and Elliott Wave patterns, etc can be expressed more precisely using X3 Pattern Framework. In fact, Scientific Comparison is the most important reason why we have developed X3 Pattern Framework. We believe that we can bring you to the quantum leap in financial trading and investment with our scientific pattern study.

What is Optimal X3 Patterns ?

We apply X3 Pattern Framework to each pattern to allow the fair testing and comparison of those patterns under the same condition (i.e. apple to apple). Hence, we can compare pattern to its own variation or to another patterns. Optimal X3 Patterns are the patterns we have selected for their notably better performance in comparison to other patterns or their variation. Do not worry. These good patterns are shipped in our products any way. Hence we provide you the testing results for your information.

How Testing Results Were Produced

To compare the performance of each pattern, we calculate their success rate over historical data with the chosen Reward/Risk ratio. We do this for multiple instruments and over 5 years of data. Then we calculate the statistical profit based on the success rate of each pattern using following equation:

  • Statistical Profit per 10 dollar Risk (per trade) = Reward x Probability of Win – Risk x Probability of Loss = Expected Earning – Expected Loss

where we substitute 10 dollar as the Risk, hence we calculate Statistical Profit per 10 dollar risk. To account for any commission and slippage (i.e. probably two ways), we adjusted the value of Statistical Profit by subtracting 5% (0.5 dollar) of 10 dollar. Likewise, we can also adjust the value of Statistical Profit by 10% of our Risk by subtracting 1.0 dollar from calculation.

  • 5% adj Statistical Profit per 10 dollar Risk (per trade) = Statistical Profit – 0.5 dollar.
  • 10% adj Statistical Profit per 10 dollar Risk (per trade) = Statistical Profit – 1.0 dollar.

Simply speaking, patterns with higher Statistical profit can be considered as more profitable patterns in long run. Just use this Statistical value to get the relative performance of pattern against other patterns.

Then this testing results over multiple instruments will be averaged out to provide you the overview of the performance of pattern like below.

Total Trades 279
Average Total Trades per Instrument 55.8
Average Win Trades 23.8
Average Loss Trades 32
Average Success Rate 42.82%
Average Take Profit 3.8
Average Stop Loss 1.8
Average Breakeven win Rate 30.90%
Average 5% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar $3.61
Average 10% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar $3.11

Calculating Statistical Profit per Trader per Account Size

The statistical profit calculation in the above table is tuned for 1000 dollar account with 1% risk (=10 dollar). For example, statistical profit per 1 trade will be 3.11 dollar in above example for 10% Commission case. For 10 trade, the expected profit would be 31.1 dollar. Below are the example calculation to give you some ideas.

  • Statistical Profit for 10 trades for 1% risk (=10 dollar) = Average 5% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar * 10 = 36.1
  • Statistical Profit for 100 trades for 1% risk (=10 dollar) = Average 5% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar * 100 = 361.0

or you can use Average 10% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar if you want to calculate profit in even tougher case,

  • Statistical Profit for 10 trades for 1% risk (=10 dollar) = Average 10% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar * 10 = 31.1
  • Statistical Profit for 100 trades for 1% risk (=10 dollar) = Average 10% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar * 100 = 311.0

If you have different account size of 10,000 dollar with 1% risk (=100 dollar), then your hypothetical profit per 1 trade would be 31.1 dollar and it would 311.00 dollar per 10 trade. If you are using 2% risk, then it would be 622.00 dollar per 10 trade.

  • Statistical Profit for 10 trades for 1% risk (=100 dollar) = Average 10% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar * 10 * 10 = 311.0
  • Statistical Profit for 10 trades for 2% risk (=200 dollar) = Average 10% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar * 10 * 100 = 622.0
  • Statistical Profit for 100 trades for 2% risk (=200 dollar) = Average 10% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar * 10 * 100 = 6220.0

Assuming that you are making 500 trades per year on 10,000 dollar account, then here is your statistical profit calculation per 1 year.

  • Statistical Profit for 500 trades for 2% risk (=200 dollar) = Average 10% Commission Adj Profit per 10 dollar * 10 * 500 = 15,550

The insight we get from above equation is that we need quality in our trading and not quantity. However this is hypothetical profit calculation only without considering any secondary confirmation. Therefore, your profit can vary with different market condition and your skill set of using secondary confirmation technique. Highly disciplined trader can  achieve the success rate greater than the testing result because they will use the pattern with secondary confirmation technique together. Hence, they will achieve even higher profits than above example calculations. At the same time, poorly disciplined trader could just collapse psychologically by themselves after few runs of trading.

Using Testing Results for Your Trading

Testing results provided here is only statistical and hypothetical reference for your trading. Remember that the main focus of our testing was to compare each pattern apple to apple under the same condition. Traditionally Expert Pattern trader uses Pattern + secondary confirmation in their final decision. In our testing, we do not use any secondary confirmation because technically it is impossible to account for 1000 different secondary confirmations used by different trader. When you use these tested Patterns, please use them with secondary confirmation together as it was directed by many experience trader and analyst in the industry. With good secondary confirmation, you can even achieve higher success rate than the listed testing results.

Testing Result for Day Trader

Since we assume that you know the discipline of position sizing, we do provide the testing results where Reward is greater than Risk only. When people say 80% or 90% success rate, that could mean that person never learnt the proper financial trading before. When Reward is greater than Risk, typically your Success Rate will stay well below 80% or 90%. Here is the some guidance for Breakeven Win Rate. You would be profitable as long as you can break this Breakeven Win Rate in the table for your chosen Reward/Risk ratio.

Important Note

The testing results only represents for the Patterns in our products. Product from another company might use pattern with similar look, but their performance can absolutely different from our product performance. Even if the pattern look alike, the pattern detection algorithm can show patterns at totally different time. Please only use this testing results to get the feel of Patterns in our products only but not other company’s products.

Risk Disclaimer

Financial trading carries a high level of risk and is not suitable for all market participants. The leverage associated with trading can result in losses, which may exceed your initial investment. Consider your objectives and level of experience carefully before trading. If necessary, seek advice from a financial adviser.

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