About

Learn about Dave Bergstrom, the trader and creator of the Build Alpha software. Dave has spent years working with a high frequency trading firm, consulting large CTAs and Hedge Funds as well as individual investors and traders. Now it is time to use the software behind his process.

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My Story

My name is David Bergstrom, and I am the guy behind the Build Alpha software. I have spent many years researching, building, testing, and implementing market making and trading strategies for a high frequency trading firm, a handful of CTAs, individual clients, registered money managers, and even aspiring retail traders. I am a self taught programmer who uses C++, C#, Python, Perl, Java and even TradeStation’s EasyLanguage. Most of my experience has led me to a series of repeatable processes to find, create, test, and implement trading ideas. Build Alpha is the culmination of this process from start to finish.

All lifetime licenses come with support from myself and not some intern or team dedicated to answering phone calls; that’s right, you get to talk to me directly. Have an issue or want some new feature implemented? I am the guy. I am constantly updating and adding things I find valuable to the trading process and to the Build Alpha software; it is software that I use every day. For any questions, comments, or concerns never hesitate to contact me directly. I am always in the mood to talk about markets.

To learn more about me, please check out my recently featured interview on the Chat with Traders podcast. This is a trading podcast that has interviewed stars from the sport such as: Blair Hull, Ed Thorp, and Jack Schwager.

You can check out the episode I did here:

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New Update:

I recently was interviewed by another podcast, bettersystemtrader.com. This is a podcast specifically geared toward systematic and algorithmic trading. I gleaned tons of information from this podcast and still do. I was honored to be a part of it:
http://bettersystemtrader.com/079-strategy-validation-dave-bergstrom/

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New Update:

I was just on Future’s Radio Show which is sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. You can listen here:
http://www.futuresradioshow.com/podcast/144/

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New Update:

Latest Update: I have started a blog! It is basically a collection of quantitative trading insights, useful tools and techniques, and the Free Friday strategies I give away on twitter. Please feel free to read through it here:
https://buildalpha.com/blog

Also, a big shout out to Quantocracy. They’re a great website that have tons of information about quant trading and have been kind enough to share a few of my posts and podcasts. Check them out, too.

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Risk Disclosure

FUTURES AND FOREX TRADING CONTAINS SUBSTANTIAL RISK AND IS NOT FOR EVERY INVESTOR. AN INVESTOR COULD POTENTIALLY LOSE ALL OR MORE THAN THE INITIAL INVESTMENT. RISK CAPITAL IS MONEY THAT CAN BE LOST WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING ONES FINANCIAL SECURITY OR LIFE STYLE. ONLY RISK CAPITAL SHOULD BE USED FOR TRADING AND ONLY THOSE WITH SUFFICIENT RISK CAPITAL SHOULD CONSIDER TRADING. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS.

Hypothetical Performance Disclaimer

HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS, SOME OF WHICH ARE DESCRIBED BELOW. NO REPRESENTATION IS BEING MADE THAT ANY ACCOUNT WILL OR IS LIKELY TO ACHIEVE PROFITS OR LOSSES SIMILAR TO THOSE SHOWN; IN FACT, THERE ARE FREQUENTLY SHARP DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS AND THE ACTUAL RESULTS SUBSEQUENTLY ACHIEVED BY ANY PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM. ONE OF THE LIMITATIONS OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS IS THAT THEY ARE GENERALLY PREPARED WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT. IN ADDITION, HYPOTHETICAL TRADING DOES NOT INVOLVE FINANCIAL RISK, AND NO HYPOTHETICAL TRADING RECORD CAN COMPLETELY ACCOUNT FOR THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL RISK OF ACTUAL TRADING. FOR EXAMPLE, THE ABILITY TO WITHSTAND LOSSES OR TO ADHERE TO A PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM IN SPITE OF TRADING LOSSES ARE MATERIAL POINTS WHICH CAN ALSO ADVERSELY AFFECT ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS. THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER FACTORS RELATED TO THE MARKETS IN GENERAL OR TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY SPECIFIC TRADING PROGRAM WHICH CANNOT BE FULLY ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE PREPARATION OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS AND ALL WHICH CAN ADVERSELY AFFECT TRADING RESULTS.