Does Algorithmic Trading Work?

Actually the question is ill-posed.   What exactly does it mean to "work"?  If the question is "Can I make a guaranteed salary of X$ every month by algorithmic trading?", then the answer is no.  If the question is "Can I make a random salary every month and make a living, losing money some months?", then the answer is a highly qualified "yes".  To make it work, you will need most (if not all) of the following:

If you have these abilities, then you can probably succeed in algorithmic trading development and implementation, after a few years of hard work. But that's just my opinion. Any given individual might be faster or slower at this process.

To decide whether or not an algorithmic trading strategy is "working", you can evaluate it using various performance measures.

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