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What is "ARM"?

ARM stands for Adaptive Reasoning Model. In the Nirvana Club, we have taken ARM several levels above OmniTrader through the use of applied Artificial Intelligence.

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The History of ARM2

ARM 2 Release 2 was our first version of ARM Technology delivered to Club members.  Our ARM was based on a Genetic Algorithm process home brewed here at Nirvana. ARM 2 R2 was tunable by the user in terms of desired signal accuracy vs. signal count - a major advancement.

Neural Network was added in ARM2 Release 3 to determine a positive or negative score at any bar in a chart. The network in ARM2 R3 determines a "likely up" or "likely down" state for the chart at any bar. This gave us a new capability, since ARM2 R3 can be applied to ANY trading signal. 

In 2002 and 2003, we began experimenting with pattern recognition concepts. ARM2 R4 is based on these findings, which are an application of J.M. Hurst's work on Valid Trend Lines. The proprietary Nirvana Club
(VTL-B) System is still being used to improve performance in ARM3.

ARM2 R3 was developed using a Neural Network, and is capable of signal accuracies of 65% - 70%

ARM3- The Next Generation

The version of ARM Technology, called ARM3, was literally 'heads and shoulders' above the prior versions. Using  advances in Artificial Intelligence and taking advantage of faster processors available, we rebuilt our Neural Network and Genetic Algorithm components from the ground up.

Members can now build their own Knowledge Bases quickly and easily by simply training our Networks or GAs on their own symbol lists. Or, they can create their own networks using knowledge they have about Technical Analysis. And, in 2006, we improved the Genetic Algorithm component further.

The Move to Equity Curves

Before 2007, we had been using a signal measurement technique called Next Pivot Points, to measure Signal Accuracy. This method told us whether the Entry Signals on a Strategy were improved, but did not yield strategies which could be "mechanically" traded because there were no actual Exits.

All that changed in 2006. Our Artificial Intelligence technology is now powerful enough to apply real exits to our strategies - producing Strategies that can be traded mechanically.

Our focus now is on improving performance in the Equity Curves until we have reached our Ultimate Trading Machine goal (see About the Club). However, since we are delivering Strategies to Members that show mechanical profitability over long periods of time, many members are engaging the market with these products


In 2008, we launched a new mechanical strategy called NSP-33. This strategy showed the ability to generate an average return of 20% per year from 1998 through July 2009.

Bull Market or Bear Market – this amazing strategy has consistently pumped out profits year after year. After the Strategy was delivered to the Nirvana Club, we applied our ARM3 Neural Network to it to create NSP-33 NN.

The result was another immediate performance improvement. By August 2009, NSP-33 NN was up an incredible 38%.

NSP-33 NN Comparison

A Breakthrough In Artificial Intelligence - ARM4

In 2009, we pushed the envelope ahead again, with the new Consensus Block. This new A.I. tool makes it possible to measure the predictive power of any list of formulas or indicators. This is very important, because we are able to eliminate the ones that don’t work well and focus on those that do.

When we began this research, we were hoping to build a tool to assist us in this task. What we ended up with was so powerful, we increased our ARM technology to ARM4.

The first Strategy to be developed with ARM4 is NSP-35 CB (Consensus Block). It is based on a careful selection of indicator formulas that identify the best trading situations. Our Consensus Block identifies those ranges that are most predictive, and then it combines them into a “consensus vote”.

The power of this approach is evident in the NSP-35 CB Equity Curve, showing over 30% annual profit from 2001 through 2009.

Improving Strategies with ARM4

In 2010, we added Data Mining to our Neural Network process, which dramatically improved performance. In many cases we are seeing the profits DOUBLE in our best Strategies!

We are using our ARM technology to empower traders to achieve a superior return. As we do this, we will continue to build new Strategies with tor ARM technology. With the performance gains we are currently seeing, this could easily be the year that we hit our Ultimate Trading Machine goals.

Important Information:
Futures, options and securities trading has risk of loss and may not be suitable for all persons. No system can guarantee profits or freedom from loss. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. Hypothetical or simulated performance results have certain inherent limitations. Unlike an actual performance record, simulated results do not represent actual trading. Simulated trading programs in general are also subject to the fact that they are designed with the benefit of hindsight. No representation is being made that any account will achieve profits or losses similar to those shown.