Trade BTC Zignaly
BTC Perpetual Futures Copy Trading
Part 2 — BTCUSDT Perpetual Futures on Binance via Zignaly
Jul 1, 2020·8 min read
“You got to know when to hold ‘em
Know when to fold ‘em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealing’s done” — Kenny Rogers
If you are coming from Part 1 of my Crypto Copy Trading Service series (if you haven’t done it yet, I strongly suggest to check that out), you already know that I am going to offer two distinct products, that can work separately, but work even better when used together as they integrate each other very well.Riding the Bucking Bronco (in our case Bitcoin)— Photo by Joseph Keil on Unsplash
The first product offered is Managed Futures on the BTCUSDT pair (Perpetual) on the Binance Futures exchange via a dedicated copy trading platform called Zignaly, so you will need to create an account on both of them to follow the trades. I have included instructions below on how to do it.
For those of you not familiar with Managed Futures, they are an Absolute Returns — market neutral — positive expectancy system, that can trade on both sides of the market (long or short) while keeping risk strictly under control.
The specific setup of this strategy is very aggressive and highly speculative, ideal to grow accounts. If there will be demand in the future, I might offer an adaptation of the same with more of a hedging function (lower performances and even lower risk).
Performance and Stats
Now some numbers for the past 4 and a half years:
The chart above represents what would have been your performances have you invested $5,000.00 on 01/01/2016 until June 2020, and is based on the Bitfinex exchange (Binance didn’t exist back in 2016) and it does include trading fees as well (0.2% on both entry and exit on Bitfinex)¹. The CAGR as per June 2020 is 213.29%.
Strategy Stats and buy and hold comparison:
The one below is a Monte Carlo simulation³ which helps visualize potential alternative outcomes for the system output by randomizing the historical data, in other words, it is a good test to verify if the original data have been obtained thanks to luck. When using this type of simulation, a nice bundle of upward-pointing curves is what we want to see (like in this case).
What you need to understand and keep in mind
It is very important for you to understand that this strategy doesn’t statistically have a high winning rate (and doesn’t need one), but it works in such a way that winners, when they come, will be several times bigger compared to losers and this immediately brings us to another very important element: there will be losses and there will be strings of losses that can also last months at a time. The trick is to keep risk in check and stick to the system until we catch our big winner.
To have a chance of making this strategy play out for you, I would say it needs to be followed for at least 1 year, in fact, especially in a bear or sideways market is
not rare that very few trades will make the difference, miss those and your performance for that year is gone, meaning that it is crucial to take every single trade
Is critical for you to understand this point because, even though you won’t be the one actually trading, you will still go through the ups and downs of your account (which is totally part of the process) and need to be prepared for it (another important reason why you should never allocate sums that you can’t afford to lose, in crypto in general).
Zignaly offers two types of services, the monthly subscription, and the profit-sharing model. I have chosen the profit-sharing one for this (and most of my others) copy trading providers as I find it to be the fairest for the copier, in fact, it is completely FREE to join, and I only get paid if you are making profits, plus I also find it particularly suitable for my strategy, as no one will get stressed by a monthly fee if we happen not to make profits for a few weeks.
The profit-sharing on Zignaly works accordingly to the High Watermark Benchmark, which in layman’s terms simply means that the success fees⁵ are paid to the trader only once a new trade is closed reaching a new profit high, and that the success fee will only be taken from the difference between the last high and the new one. In other words, you will only pay fees on your net profits, and never pay anything if your account is breaking even or losing.
For a more detailed description of how this system works, check the original Zignaly’s release.
Personally, I really like the profit-sharing model as it is an effective way to align the trader’s and the copier’s incentives, while eventually encouraging a longer term relationship between the two parties involved, as the copiers are now only paying when their accounts are growing, instead of an arbitrary monthly fee.
Adopting exclusively a profit-sharing kind of model (instead of offering a monthly subscription too) is yet another way of putting my money where my mouth is, in fact with this approach the trader will make more fees only if more profits are made by the copiers, and I think this also proves the level of confidence that I have in my systems.
How to Access the Service
Accessing the BTCUSDT Perpetual Futures copy trading service is very simple and can be done entirely through Zignaly (no need to create a Binance account and connect APIs). If you still don’t have a Zignaly account, you can create one here.
Once on the platform, the next step consists of creating a Zignaly Futures Exchange Account (this is done on Zignaly directly), and you can do it by following these simple instructions. Make sure that when asked for the account Type you select Futures and USDT as base currency.
You now just need to connect this newly created Futures Exchange Account to the BTC Futures — Profit Sharing Provider (direct link). Here you will find an extensive explanation about how to complete this last step.
If you need to find the Provider from a list, just filter them by USDt base quote plus Profit-Sharing type, and find CryptoLivermore — Btc Futures — Profit Sharing.
If at any step you need help with this process, feel free to contact me or the Zignaly team on their official Discord, plus here is a full platform guide where you will find indications on how everything works on Zignaly in general.
The system just described here integrates very well with the ALTCOINS / USDt Binance Spot Markets Copy Trading service, for several reasons, first of all, the Altcoins system will be seasonal, meaning that it won’t be traded at all times, while the BTC Perpetual will be continuously traded, plus the two systems together will give you exposure to both BTC and Alts while keeping your account base currency in stable coins (USDt), so if Alts outperform BTC you will still get that upside, and the same will happen when BTC outperform Alts.
You could even decide to rebalance your accounts between the two systems while we are still trading both, but that’s entirely up to you.
Congratulations if you have made it this far!
I hope you will enjoy the service and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me on Twitter, or on the Telegram Group where I will also share all the news related to the service and trading related thoughts.
Disclaimer (Terms and Conditions)
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: This doesn’t take into account founding fees as they are constantly changing depending on the market conditions (but are negligible most of the times), and doesn’t consider slippage (for this type of medium/long term trading slippage is relatively irrelevant in the long term, plus very often we can get a more favorable fill on our trades, which does compensate for when we get a less favorable one).
: Source https://edgewonk.com/. This software can not take into account in the simulation the compounding effect, as it is only possible to input absolute values and not percentages. For this reason, the values in the chart are relatively low, however, what matters here are the curves.
 Please note that service fees are not refundable and that the service cannot be paused. You are free to stop accessing the service at any time, by simply disconnecting your account.