Kevin J. Davey | Expert Systematic Trader

In continuation of our series to highlight expert systematic traders that are icons for the next generation of traders, we have the spotlight this week on Kevin J. Davey.


Kevin J. Davey is a professional trader and a top-performing algorithmic trading systems developer. He has been an independent trader and investor for nearly 30 years. Davey is the author of many best-selling books on systematic trading and investing, and he is recognized as a thought leader in algorithmic trading system development. Davey writes the monthly column "Algo Q&A" for "Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities" magazine.

Although he has had a great deal of recent success, many of the early years were met with failure. In fact, Kevin recalls losing 60% of his bankroll within a few weeks while trying to trade moving averages. However, he persevered and continued to learn until he eventually found trading systems that worked for him. Today, he shares this knowledge with others through his writing and trading courses.

From 2005 to 2007, Kevin was usually near or at the top of the leaderboard in a worldwide futures trading contest.  In 2006, he had a 107% return and took home 1st place honors. Prior to that in 2005, Kevin achieved a 148% return and finished in 2nd place. And then again, in 2007, Kevin earned a 112% return and again finished in 2nd place.

Kevin is a trader with a unique perspective. He brings his experience in the aerospace industry to the trading world, where he applies the same rigor to his work. His attention to detail and focus on quality assurance give him an edge in the markets. He is not just an aerospace engineer but also has an MBA degree.

Kevin Davey currently trades full-time, writes articles and gives webinars on trading-related topics, and provides one-on-one mentoring or consultation. This is in addition to his ongoing work developing new trading systems and strategies—markets are ever-changing, which is critical for his ongoing success.

In his award-winning book, Building Algorithmic Trading Systems, Kevin teaches how to create a profitable trading system. He shares his secrets for developing algorithms that generated him triple-digit returns, with both explanation and demonstration! He guides readers through every step of generating an idea, setting entry points/exit rules, and using Monte Carlo simulator tools to test systems before are can be implemented successfully into live trading.

Kevin regularly shares his knowledge and insights on his Youtube channel.


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