Monday, February 28, 2011

Oanda releases MT4

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

R Project and R For MT4 mt4R.dll will give you the ability to start the R engine and call R functions directly from your MQL4 scripts, indicators and EAs. Its a thin wrapper/frontend around Rterm.exe with an easy and intuitive MQL4 API. All you need is a working installation of R ( on your trading PC and the two files (mt4R.dll and mt4R.mqh) installed in their appropriate MT4 folders.

There is documentation inside mt4R.mqh that should get you started without problems, the idea is quite simple, if you already know R you will intuitively understand what you can do with this library. Please read it before you ask any questions. The API reference is also available for browsing it online. Finally also the code of Trend-O-Mat and Arb-O-Mat may serve as an example how this API is meant to be used. 

Introduction to R

R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is a GNU project which is similar to the S language and environment which was developed at Bell Laboratories (formerly AT&T, now Lucent Technologies) by John Chambers and colleagues. R can be considered as a different implementation of S. There are some important differences, but much code written for S runs unaltered under R.
R provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, ...) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. The S language is often the vehicle of choice for research in statistical methodology, and R provides an Open Source route to participation in that activity.
One of R's strengths is the ease with which well-designed publication-quality plots can be produced, including mathematical symbols and formulae where needed. Great care has been taken over the defaults for the minor design choices in graphics, but the user retains full control.
R is available as Free Software under the terms of the Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public License in source code form. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms and similar systems (including FreeBSD and Linux), Windows and MacOS.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Internet Kill Switch
SAN FRANCISCO — A raging debate over new legislation, and its impact on the Internet, has tongues wagging and fingers pointing from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C.

Just as the Egyptian government recently forced the Internet to go dark, U.S. officials could flip the switch if the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset legislation becomes law, say its critics.
Proponents of the bill, which is expected to be reintroduced in the current session of Congress, dismiss the detractors as ill-informed — even naive.
The ominously nicknamed Kill Switch bill is sure to be a flashpoint of discussion at the RSA Conference, the nation's largest gathering of computer-security experts that takes place here this week.
The bill — crafted by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Tom Carper, D-Del. — aims to defend the economic infrastructure from a cyberterrorist attack. But it has free-speech advocates and privacy experts howling over the prospect of a government agency quelling the communication of hundreds of millions of people.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WSJ: Big Banks Face Fines on Role of Servicers

* 17 Feb 11: 02:45(SGA) - FX NOW! USD/CHF, USD/JPY Flows - WSJ: Big Banks Face Fines on Role of Servicers

USD/JPY finding some buying from Japanese mega-city banks, possibly importers and corporates, now at 83.55-60. USD/CHF at 0.9580-85, weighed by geopolitical M.E. concerns and EUR/CHF sales, now 1.3020-25. Some focus on US banks. WSJ: A review of mortgage-servicing practices by US regulators found serious problems with internal controls and staffing levels, likely to result in formal enforcement action against more than a dozen major financial institutions. The penalties against BoA., JP Morgan, Wells Fargo + 11 other home-loan servicers being investigated since last fall over breakdowns in procedures for payment collection, loan modifications and foreclosures could include fines and changes in how the companies operate. On FX, good to watch any impact on US banks stocks. Dow futures now -0.1%.USD/JPY offers ahead of 84 options. USD/CHF eye break of 0.9400, offers 0.9600-10. WL

* 17 Feb 11: 02:02(SGA) - FX NOW! GBP/USD, EUR/USD Flows - FT : Germany seeks deal on global imbalances/ G20

Some players are getting a touch bullish for EUR, AUD, GBP and bearish USD - some seeing a "break up" day for EUR, AUD, GBP today. More on G20: FT: The German govt expects G20 to agree on specific indicators to monitor the causes of global imbalances but does not see them setting quantifiable targets for individual countries, a senior unnamed German official said. A deal, which could be reached this weekend, would seek to reconcile the divergent views of the US, which has the world's largest trade deficit, with those of China and Germany, boasting two of the largest surpluses The German official said agreement was close on five indicators of the "causes of imbalances": c/a imbalances, real FX rates, public sector debt and deficits, currency reserves, and private sector savings rates. On FX, EUR/USD at 1.3595-97, offers 1.3600-20/ 50. Bids 1.3540-50. GBP/USD at 1.6108-10. offers 1.6130-50/ 1.6200. WL