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Seven Trading Systems for the S&P Futures

Real Strategies from Professional Traders

  • The First Thing Every Pro Looks for at the Opening Bell - Do you know what a gap is? If so, do you know how to trade it?

  • Four Different Gap Patterns - The details of the gap are important. There are four different gap patterns every trader should understand.

  • Seven Different Gap Strategies ​- We show you how to apply different gap patterns to create seven automated trading systems. The code is fully disclosed.

  • How to Exit a Trade​ - Top traders agree that exiting the trade can be more important that entering a trade. We share the truth on popular exit techniques.

  • The Art and Science of Trading - observing patterns and then developing trading systems is the best way to trade. Most traders get this wrong and data mine instead.

  • The Secret of Optimization - The best way to optimize a strategy. It's not what you think. 

Seven Trading Systems for the S&P Futures E-Book

Learn How to Trade the E-mini S&P

A live trade for Gap Fill I on April 22, 2019

This books offers a practical approach to trading systems and allows you to learn by example. You don't have to have to have a PhD to be a quant or to trade with an automated algorithm.

The E-mini S&P is one of the most popular markets to trade and one of the most challenging. It represents the stock market and is open virtually 24 hours per day. When there is a news event or a trend and you need to trade fast with the most liquidity, the S&P is where the pros go.

In order to trade with the pros, you need a strategy. In Seven Trading Systems for the S&P futures, we share seven specific trading systems that can be used to trade the S&P futures, as well as other stock indexes. The exact rules as well as the automated algorithmic trading system code is included for Tradestation, NinjaTrader, and MultiCharts. These popular trading platforms use EasyLanguage, C#, and PowerLanguage.

We discuss the latest trade in NinjaTrader 8 as well as the historical performance back to 2006 using Kinetick in the NinjaTrader 8 platform from Chapter 3, my favorite strategy in this book. 

Its truly incredible when a strategy developed in 2010 has this type of performance 9 years later. The value that you get in knowing this is incredible.

While this strategy is really simple, it isn't just any gap strategy.  The proof is in the book as the code that was published in this book, can be verified based on the publication date on Amazon.

This strategy also works in the MultiCharts platform.

Trading it in NinjaTrader 8 Platform

What You Will Learn

Discover basic trading strategies for the beginning algorithmic trader. We cover seven different ways to trade the E-mini S&P futures based on the gap pattern. The Tradestation EasyLanguage code is included in the book. 

We go over some very basic price action and trading system theory such as the Win/Loss ratio as well as some basic trading system psychology. 

Combing market analysis and trading ideas along with code, provides explicit strategies. There are many general ideas with indicators and market theory but unless your define your strategy ideas and rules, its hard to test and find the truth about your strategy. 

This book provides an exact mechanical approach to trading so that the rules are pre-defined to the point that they can be backtested an automated.

Complete Chapter List

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Chapter 2: Basic Price Action

  • Chapter 3: Gap Fill

  • Chapter 4: Gap Fill II

  • Chapter 5: Win/Loss Ratio

  • Chapter 6: Trading System Psychology

  • Chapter 7: Multi System Approach - Combining Strategies

  • Chapter 8: Gap Fill Rank

  • Chapter 9: Gap Continuation I

  • Chapter 10: Gap Continuation II

  • Chapter 11: Conclusions

  • Chapter 12: Appendix

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Here's What People Are Saying

Amazon Five Star Review One for Seven Trading Systems for the S&P Futures

"Most all trading books are filled with filler and fluff. Mr. Bean doesn't waste your time with chart patterns, trend lines, or how you should complete your trading journal with honest confessions. Instead, Mr. Bean simply presents his evidence accompanied with statistical output. In short, Mr. Bean is the real deal. The systems presented are the result of hard work and honest effort. If you are looking for magic, then this is not the book for you. If you want to learn how a professional trader consistently beats the market...this is the book you need."

Amazon 5 Star Review

Amazon Five Star Review Four for Seven Trading Systems for the S&P Futures

"As we are all aware 95% of all trader lose money in the markets. Why? Because 99% of all trading books and seminars teach systems and techniques that simply just don't work! Most of the authors hide this fact by simply 1) not giving you their system code, 2) not showing you a long term equity curve that proves that the system is either good or worthless, 3) not sharing performance data such as profit ratio, Sharpe number, etc. All you get is a bunch of convoluted trading signal instructions and hype that the untested system is great.

Dave shares his system code, supplies long term equity curves, and uses TradeStation to create the system performance summary data. I've tested his mechanical systems and they work, and work quite well as advertised.

Mr. Bean owes me big-time for endorsing his book, but I believe that he's one of the few honest authors out there whose systems deliver as promised. I suspect that they will also work well for the high-volume ETFs like SPY, DIA, and QQQQ, and perhaps several high volume traded stocks like IBM, INTC, and MSFT. In my opinion this book is more useful than 99% of the +$10,000 trading seminars/courses out there. So grab it before Dave comes to his senses and raises the price.

As for the other 99% authors: Some one once said that "Any trading system can be profitable... as long as you sale enough copies of it."

Amazon 5 Star Review

Amazon Five Star Review Three for Seven Trading Systems for the S&P Futures

"This book has some fantastic strategies which are tradable right of the bat, but the real value is the insight it provides into the process of strategy development. Gap strategies have been well known among traders for a long time, but this is the first book I've come across which outlines a detailed approach to profiting from opening gaps. All too often, trading books advocate strategies which are based on vague chart formations or other untestable methods. The methods in this book are quantified and proven, with a simple approach that can easily be modified to suit your own specific trading goals. Highly recommended."


Amazon 5 Star Review

Amazon Five Star Review Two for Seven Trading Systems for the S&P Futures

"Potential purchasers of this book should be aware of what this is and is not. What it is: it is exactly what the title says- 7 gap strategies with the Tradestation ("TS") code for trading the ES (and TF and EMD). What it is not: anything more than that.

It is just 90 pages- but for me, they are packed with value. The charts (showing minute charts of the ES) and the reports (TS performance reports) are very clear. The description of the strategies is clear.


Do they work? I am not very skilled in TS, but I was able to copy the 2 of most interest to me (Gap Fill-1 and Gap Continuation-1), correct my typos, set up the workspaces, deal with a maxbars problem, and get them working. If you knew my minimal coding ability, you would be impressed!


The reports in the book cover the 5 years before June, 2010. I tested the period after. Gap Fill-1 gave a Net Profit per Trade (NPT) of $54 in the 5 year period used by the book; I got just $15 since. Gap Continuation-1 on the TF gave a NPT of $265 in the book. For me since then, it was $202 (both using the TF). I will start auto-trading this, but just watch the Gap Fill-1 system.


If you use TS, this is a great value for the small price. For me, there was a bonus- it helped in my TS coding skills. It also helped to see how the author developed his ideas. I am sure I will take some of these ideas to help develop and improve my own trading.

What if you don't use TS? Well, you won't be able to try modifications, nor will you be able to try different markets. However, you will be able to manually trade the 7 gap strategies. The entry and exit conditions, including stops, are clearly set out. They are not complicated (except in 1 system). You should make up the cost of the book very quickly.


I am a hard marker- this only the second 5 star review I have given. I have given it 5 stars based on solely its value to me. I hope, though, I have given you enough information to evaluate what its value to you would be.


Update on August 16, 2013: I am on the author's Twitter follower list, and found he updated his results here: [...] In summary, the combo system lost $8k in 2011 but is now at all time highs. It has made about $40k over the last 6 years."

Brad Waugh
Amazon 5 Star Review

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and is not a guarantee of future performance or success.

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