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Algorithmic trading can be executed manually or in an automated manner. Expectation: Risk management will not be that important during algorithmic trading. Reality: It is highly important for a trader to manage risk even with algo trading. Risk management shields the trader from the rare but possible glitches in the system and some biases. Reality: It is not true. Discipline as a trader is needed in algorithmic trading as well so that you can keep a check on any need to change the trading strategy in accordance with the situation in the financial market or any technical reason.
For instance, it is possible that some other stocks, bonds or commodities give better value for money than the one you have invested your capital in. This way you can change your trading strategy and invest your capital in some other financial market.
Also, discipline will help you to not overtrade and maintain balance. Recommended course: Algorithmic trading and Quantitative trading. It largely depends on your algorithm. High-frequency trading is a part of algorithmic trading that requires intensive computing power. Algorithmic trading is an imprint of quantitative trading which implies that the algorithms help execute trades after systematic implementation of trading strategies with quantitative techniques.
Expectation: Algorithmic trading requires knowledge of complex mathematical modelling. Reality: The expectation of needing the mathematical knowledge is partially correct. With the help of algorithms, it becomes possible to automate your trading strategy.
Your trading logic can be as simple as a moving average crossover strategy. However, you can always use the complex mathematical approach to use complex models such as machine learning models. In general, and to sum it up, you will simply need the knowledge of some basic mathematics that can serve the purpose as well. Algorithmic trading helps a trader with the logical execution of trades. Nevertheless, there are certain unrealistic expectations in the minds of novice traders.
With this article, we covered some of those expectations and their realities so as to help you begin your algorithmic trading journey better. Learn more about practicing algorithmic trading using quantitative approach with our course on Quantitative Trading Strategies and Models. Mostly, in market efficiency literature, it is assumed that the price process is a random walk around its fundamental value.
When allowing the fundamental value to be non-constant, and assuming it to be not too wild, i. This property of the SLS rule seems to be in contrast to the efficient market hypothesis. Malkiel suggests the comparison of a trading strategy to a randomly selected buy-and-hold portfolio for showing whether or not the strategy has excess returns.
When assuming that the market has on average the same trend as the bond— i. This means that the SLS rule is strictly better than randomly selected buy-and-hold portfolios. It is possible to compare the expected SLS gain stock-by-stock with the corresponding expected buy-and-hold gain.
However, as explained, this is not a solution to the puzzle. When we randomly select some portfolio and use the SLS strategy independently on all stocks in that portfolio, we expect a positive gain. When we use the buy-and-hold strategy on each stock in that portfolio we do expect zero gain.
It turns out that for some special parameter settings, the buy-and-hold rule is dominant to the SLS rule. However, the expected SLS trading gain is positive for almost all parameters—the expected buy-and-hold gain is not. That means a buy-and-hold trader must know or estimate the average trend. An SLS trader has a positive expected gain without any estimation. For sure, there are some points to think about concerning the results in Sect.
The assumption that there are short time trends in expected returns that can be caused by changes in fundamentals is reasonable. The argument that the trader in practice has to achieve a positive gain on average when there are trading costs, in times of over-the-counter and flat-rate trading offers, is not really a solution to the puzzle, and trading costs in a highly liquid market can be assumed to be bounded.
The same is true for the continuous trading assumption when considering high-frequency trading. However, there is one argument against the SLS rule we have to think about: the risk adjustment. Classically, the risk argument is given by the defenders of the market efficiency hypothesis when someone finds an external variable that allows for estimating higher expected returns of an asset. Then, it is said that this external variable is just a better proxy for measuring risk, so one concludes that the asset under investigation is more risky, which allows the asset to be more profitable on average without being a counterexample to market efficiency.
In the setting of this paper, this is not applicable since there is only one asset under analysis, and there are no external variables. Here, only different trading strategies are considered. The only way to apply the risk adjustment argument to the SLS rule is to use volatility, which we will do next. Thus, we use one common choice, which is also known as Sharpe ratio.
For calculating the standard deviation of the SLS strategy, an assumption on the volatility of the underlying price process is needed. Analogous to the definition of the trend, it is set:. From our assumption that the price process has independent multiplicative growth rates, it follows that. It holds:.
By use of the Vito-Volterra-style product integral, it follows:. Since we assumed a risk-free bond with zero interest rate, the risk-adjusted returns equal the so-called Sharpe ratios. Interestingly, from the perspective of risk-adjusted returns, small values of K seem to be preferable, while large K are favorite without risk-adjustment see Figs. All returns are adjusted with the respective standard deviation. Now, the question is whether the risk-adjustment and at the same time the comparison to the buy-and-hold rule is the solution to the robust positive expectation property of the SLS rule in an efficient market.
However, it is not. When a market as a whole i. Indeed, it is reasonable that there are more or less volatile stocks that should have higher or lower trends, respectively. We also discussed some of these assumptions cf. That means, we already presented the theoretical puzzle of market efficiency and SLS trading. This section has two targets: First, we present backtest studies of the SLS rule on real past market data.
Second, in the simulations we allow for bid-ask spreads, trading costs, and different interest rates for debit and credit. This way, it might be justified to call our assumptions relatively weak. However, for negative trends, the SLS strategies are clearly dominant to the buy-and-hold rule. This backtest study investigates which of these effects is on average more relevant in practice.
Note that we test the SLS rule stock-by-stock, i. By averaging over these 60 experiments we approximate the expected trading gain. In other words, we do not use any information about the relation of these 60 charts. Note that there are trading rules constructed for more than one asset that shift money between these assets see Cover ; Fernholz ; Deshpande and Barmish These rules might exploit some structure to improve the trading performance.
However, the aim of this backtesting study is to approximate the expected SLS trading gain under real-world circumstances. Thus, we have a meaningful sample size to approximate the expected trading gain via Monte Carlo. Before simulating SLS trading for different parameters on 60 stock charts in detail: the stock charts from the years and from those firms listed in the German stock index DAX in June , we have to modify the strategy in a few ways to make it applicable to real-world data.
Bid and ask prices have to be used, the number of stocks held is discrete exemplarily, we define it as an integer , trading fees lower trading gains, and a bank account with interest rates is added. That means, when, for example, the long side sends a buy signal and the short side a sell signal, only the difference is transmitted to the broker.
When there is a buy or sell signal transmitted to the broker, the side causing the signal has to pay the trading costs. For example: One side gives a buy signal of 5 stocks and the other side a sell signal of 3 stocks, 2 stocks are bought and the side giving the signal 5 has to pay the fees.
When both sides give signals in the same direction, each side has to pay for its own transaction proportionately. These costs are used for lowering the gains. The dynamics are as follows:. The real, total gain including interest rates is:.
We chose the years and because there were no stock splits or similar for any of the shares in the backtesting study. The trading fees were taken from www. To make the results robust against different bond rates, we use. That means, in all cases, these bond rates are bad for the trader. Even when the influence is only marginal, we choose an annual fee of 25 EUR.
These assets are used for backtesting because the requirements for SLS trading state that the traded stocks should be highly liquid and the underlying firm should be big enough , which is fulfilled for the stocks listed in the German stock index. In Table 2 , we present the backtesting simulation results of the SLS rule on the 60 charts with bid-ask spread for and The trading gains for all stocks at the end of the respective years are given, as well as the maximum amount of capital the trader has to borrow from the bank in these years for trading the respective asset in brackets.
At the end, the average trading gain per stock when SLS trading stock-by-stock is calculated, and the maximum amount of capital the trader has to borrow from the bank for trading all 30 stocks is given which is not simply the sum of the maximal amounts for all stocks, but potentially less; in brackets.
A histogram of the achieved trading gains is given in Fig. In total, a trader following this SLS strategy in the years under analysis for all 30 stocks in parallel does not have to borrow more than To realize an excess return, the SLS rule needs a price path with a clear trend and it does not matter whether this is an upward or a downward trend. In case of an asset with positive and negative trends—as shown in Sect. Having a look at Fig. Charts of the ask prices of the Deutsche Lufthansa stock solid and of the Henkel stock dashed in In Fig.
When the parameters are chosen large enough, the average gain is positive. This can be explained by the minimal transaction fee: in case of small investment amounts, the trader must pay the minimal fee for each trade, which is much higher than the relative fee. For large investments, the trader has to pay the relative fee which is relatively smaller.
These parameters are chosen because the border between positive and negative gain lies within these ranges. The gain is positive on average from the middle to the upper-right area. To sum up, these results are a hint that the robust positive expectation property also holds for real-world data with transaction costs. The gains are highly skewed, which is fully in line with the corresponding literature.
The robust positive expectation property is a statement concerning the expected gain. Thus, for specific price paths the gain may be negative. As can be seen in Fig. We observe that in many cases, the SLS rule makes a small loss, however, in some cases it makes a high gain.
That means, in order to realize the expected positive gain, a trader must perform SLS trading on many assets fulfilling the requirements. And this is a risk for small traders, since an SLS should not run out of money before the expected gain is realized. There is another type of criticism of these results. When buying or selling a large amount of stocks, even a backtest simulation with bid and ask prices is not realistic since the price can change during one trade.
Another point to consider is that the DAX rose from the beginning of to the end of by a factor of 1. When having a look at the maximum needed capital and the gains, it might have been more profitable to invest in index mutual funds or index ETFs for the DAX as a buy-and-hold trader. However, this would only work when the DAX goes up while SLS trading in theory also works when charts or the whole index goes down.
We observe that a trader using the SLS rule gets rid of the risk of falling stock indices, however, he or she has to borrow a lot of money from the bank, which could cause new risks. As mentioned in Sect. As in Sect. However, in contrast to Sect. In this section, the standard SLS rule as constructed in Sect. Again, the price process allows for time-varying parameters. The analysis is based on a refinement of time grids. That means, the discounted SLS rule is.
A flow diagram for the discounted SLS rule is given in Fig. However, in contrast to the delay strategy, the old information loses its weight gradually, not instantaneously. All market assumptions are exactly the same as in Sects. In the following, we show that the robust positive expectation property holds also for the discounted SLS rule at least in two special cases, both very similar to the cases of Sect.
The analysis of the discounted SLS strategy is done analogously to the analysis of the standard rule, i. The reader may ask why we are interested in the expected sum of the discounted gain of the short and the long side of the discounted SLS strategy. We can rewrite the undiscounted gain in the following way:. This are the desired inequalities: the robust positive expectation property. This means that this is not a problem of discounting the SLS strategy, it is a problem of the time-varying trend when the time axis is non-continuous, even in the standard SLS case, i.
We discussed risk-adjustments and provided a backtest study with real-world market data that gives strong evidence that bid-ask spreads, trading fees, and interest rates cannot explain the described robust positive expectation property. To take into account that older information should possibly have less influence on the trading strategy than newer information, we added a discounting factor in the SLS strategy.
We note that the price path itself is allowed to change its slope arbitrarily often since only the trend is of importance for the robust positive expectation property of the SLS strategy. When using the SLS rule, a trader does neither have to predict the direction of the price nor its turning point. Only if the trend—not the return—changes its sign, a trader expects a loss.
When the trend path is to some extent smooth, and trading frequency is increased, the points in time where the trend changes its sign do carry less weight. The SLS rule works well even for fully unknown price trends. Skewness could be a better measure, hence, a detailed analysis of the skewness of SLS rules is an important task for future work. However, when regarding risk we could run into a problem very similar to the joint hypotheses problem: We conjecture that for various trading strategies, one can find two risk measures: one indicating that risk-adjusted returns are high, and one indicating that risk-adjusted returns are low.
And, conversely, we also conjecture that for various risk measures one can find two trading strategies: one that beats the market, and one that is beaten by it. No one could say whether or not the risk measure or the market efficiency hypothesis is wrong. We guess that most traders might fear the presumably high risk related to SLS trading, and only a small fraction of traders would use this rule. We emphasize that the robust positive expectation property is not an arbitrage possibility.
It potentially needs a huge number of experiments, i. It is an important task for future work to find a closed-form formula for the skewness of the distribution of SLS gains. More fundamentally, it is also important to examine what preferences traders have regarding skewness. Another important topic for future work is the comparison of control-based strategies and momentum strategies—both empirically and theoretically. Especially controllers with saturation reset are of interest Barmish The extension of the results concerning SLS strategies to multi-asset markets and their connection with universal portfolios, the stochastic portfolio theory, etc.
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Market setup and simultaneously long short SLS trading strategies In the control literature, there is a strand of research that seemingly is in contrast to the market efficiency hypothesis. Full size image. Analysis of the simultaneously long short strategy with time-varying trends and volatilities The main feature of control-based trading strategies is that, although market parameters like the expected return on investment are used when analyzing the strategies, the trader neither needs to know nor to estimate them.
Backtesting with trading fees and bid-ask spreads In Sect. Backtesting trading dynamics—evidence from the German stock exchange Before simulating SLS trading for different parameters on 60 stock charts in detail: the stock charts from the years and from those firms listed in the German stock index DAX in June , we have to modify the strategy in a few ways to make it applicable to real-world data. Table 2 Trading gains of simultaneously long short trading for the 30 stocks and as well as the maximum amount of capital needed in brackets Full size table.
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Typically trend following systems tend to have low win rates, but relatively large average wins compared to average losses. This time we will look at a Mean Reversion strategy. Mean reversion strategies tend to have higher win rates, and the average wins and losses are somewhat similar.
Many traders make the mistake of only relying on win rates when evaluating trading systems. How many times have you entered positions in multiple currency pairs and noticed that their price movements were related? To understand this better, you have to know what currency correlation is and how it can impact the overall risk in your portfolio. Currency correlation is a statistical measure of how different currency pairs move in relationship to each other.
Currency correlations can be positive, meaning that two currency pairs move in the same direction. Currency correlations can be negative, meaning that two currency pair move in opposite directions. And finally, currency correlation can be neutral, meaning there is no discernible price relationship between the two currency pairs.
The forex mathematics behind currency correlation can be quite complicated, so we will not get into that in this lesson. But fortunately for us, we do not need to know the trade math because there are many currency correlation tools available in the market that makes it easy for use to do our correlation analysis. Most currency correlation tools are presented in a table format.
Remember that a positive value means that the pairs move in the same direction, while a negative value means they have an inverse relationship. As traders, we know that we will have losing trades and that they are a natural part of trading. Essentially, maximum drawdown is the maximum loss in equity that our portfolio incurs over a period of time.
It is the largest drop from a previous equity peak to the lowest point after the peak. We can calculate the maximum drawdown after a new peak has been put in place on the equity curve. Here is the math formula for calculating Maximum Drawdown:. What is your Maximum Drawdown in this scenario? So, the Max Drawdown in this case is Drawdowns can be very dangerous to the financial health of a trader because, as your drawdown increases the return needed to recover becomes larger and larger.
Let take a look at the table below:. As you can see, the larger the max drawdown or capital loss the higher the percentage gain is needed to recover the losses. This is one reason why it is critical for traders to trade small so that they can try to keep drawdowns to a tolerable level. I would venture to guess that most retail traders have either never heard of Risk of Ruin or if they have they do not really understand its power when it comes to risk analysis in the markets.
Risk of Ruin is the likelihood or probability that a trader will lose a predetermined amount of trading capital wherein they will not be able to continue trading. It could be any percentage that the trader determines will be the point at which they will stop trading a system. The Risk of Ruin is calculated as follows:. There are several simulators available for free that you can use to calculate the risk of ruin.
The one we will use in our example can be found here. We will use the following assumptions and plug that into the Risk of Ruin simulator:. If you hit calculate on the simulator, it will run the simulations again so the ROR number may vary a bit. Well the factor that we would have the most control over is the Risk amount, and so we should look to adjust that input. Ok so we will keep all the variables the same, except we will adjust the Risk amount to 2.
What does that do? Well that looks like a winner. Profit Factor measures the profitability of your trading system or strategy. It is one of the most simple but useful metrics related to system performance. Profit Factor can be calculated in one of two ways:. A profit factor of less than 1 means that the trading strategy is a losing strategy. A profit factor of 1 to 1. A profit factor of 1. A profit factor above 2 means that the trading strategy is extremely profitable.
Can you figure out the Profit Factor of this system? This system has a Profit Factor of 1. This system has a Profit Factor of 0,97, meaning that this is a losing strategy. The concept of R Multiples was first introduced by renown psychologist Dr. Van Tharp. R Multiple sounds like an esoteric term but it is fairly straightforward and easy to understand. R Multiple essentially measures Risk to Reward for a particular trade. R stands for Risk and is usually denoted as 1R the risk in the trade.
The multiple of R is your reward as compared to your Risk. So, a 3R trade for example, would simply mean that for every unit of risk you are taking, your potential profit is 3 times that risk or 3R. As you can see by using R multiples, it allows us to standardize our risk measures and easily gauge the Risk profile of a trade.
This situation is a consequence of the above-mentioned autocorrelation, when every new values of the row depend on the preceding, which creates a lot of problems when searching for repetitive signals. Thus, the Martingale in the financial markets in its pure form is not acceptable. To solve this problem, mathematical Forex strategies come to the rescue. In the first stage of the algorithm optimization, it is necessary to collect statistics on working out the signals for the main system over a long period six months or more.
The average length of a series of losing orders and the longest series of losses are further calculated. In this case, the cost of spreads and commissions should also be considered in the financial result. At the final step, you need to choose the parameters for risk management, which become relevant as soon as the average series of losses was recorded — for example, if the average probability to fix four consecutive stop-losses in the system is low, then it is reasonable to increase the volume after three losing orders in the new deal.
At that, multicoefficient does not have to be a double, it is permissible to use more conservative options as well. The figure above shows a second variant of application of the Martingale, i. In this case, it is assumed that the first order is opened by the minimum volume, after which the deal volume is incremented as the price moves against the position. In this case, the stop-loss is set simultaneously with the first order, and the risk of an aggregate position including averages should not violate the rules of money management.
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MAE is the lowest negative balance on the trade while it was open. In order to quantify and analyze the ME from a given forex pair, traders can simply calculate average MFE and average MAE for a large number of past trades. The larger the ratio between MFE and MAE for a given currency pair, the more favorable is the outlook for a potential trade. Those parameters can be set independently by the mechanical trading system based on ME adjusted for volatility, as discussed later in this article.
After determining the entry point and trade direction, the mechanical trading system calculates MFE and MAE values generally first at 10 bars beyond the entry price, then 15 bars beyond, then 20 bars beyond the entry price. My simplest multicurrency trading strategy uses daily charts and relies on a combination of three price-based rules, and only a few parameters that use mathematical expectation to predict success.
This system reverses the trade when the signal changes. Another parameter of this system is the stop-loss trigger which is set at a value just slightly more than the fifteen-day or twenty-day average true range ATR. This value is updated each time a new signal is received in the same direction. This simple multicurrency forex trading system has shown decent results in real trading, and back-testing over a twenty-year period shows that it would have enjoyed profitable results for at least sixteen out of the twenty years tested.
It has shown a reward-to-risk ratio of about 1. Still, the drawdowns can be lengthy — The longest drawdown seen under back-testing was more than days. The ratio of profit-to-drawdown when using this strategy is similar to that of buying-and-holding stocks, and during back-testing the ratio was about 0. By knowing the average MFE and MAE values, a forex trader can program a multicurrency mechanical system to exit a trade at a profit target or stop-loss point determined by adding a calculated number of pips beyond the Maximum Favorable Excursion or Maximum Adverse Excursion values.
On average, in order to win over time the forex trading system must reach the profit goal more often than it touches the stop-loss exit level. For example, if my system is seeing an average MAE of 35 pips and an average MFE of 55 pips, there is a tradable opportunity. The profit target may be projected for 50 pips, which is 5 pips less than MFE, and the stop-loss exit can be set at 30 pips, which is 5 pips beyond the MAE.
The system determines the entry price plus or minus a percentage of the ATR that is workable according to the ME analysis. To have a large enough sample, I usually set the ATR to calculate the previous 15 or 20 time frames. So, if a trade moves in a favorable direction for 55 pips, and if the current ATR is 85 pips, the move is not reported as 55 pips; instead, the MFE is reported as In order to fine-tune forex trading results according to volatility, the mechanical trading system can set the profit targets and stop-loss points at varying levels.
Still, this system is likely to reach target profit levels more often than stop-loss levels, and winners should be larger as long as target profits are set larger than stop-losses. For all trades, the calculated number of pips for target profits and stop-losses is always based on volatility just at the moment of the trade, as reflected by the ATR. When a signal arises, the trading system checks the value of current ATR, then calculates the exact number of pips to reach target profit and stop-loss levels.
Using this system, my average trade duration is about 25 days. In summary, this basic multicurrency forex trading strategy takes advantage of a positive, high ME shared across the four major currency pairs. The entries, profit targets and stop-loss points are all based on ME. Home Sign In Contact Us. Mathematical expectation predicts the likelihood that a forex trade will win A well-programmed EA can use ME tools to help build systems that work across multiple currency pairs.
Calculating the mathematical expectation of success Mathematical Expectation ME is a statistic that measures the greatest temporary profit that a trade experienced the entire time it remained open. Trading results This simple multicurrency forex trading system has shown decent results in real trading, and back-testing over a twenty-year period shows that it would have enjoyed profitable results for at least sixteen out of the twenty years tested.
Risk management for multicurrency trading strategies using ME By knowing the average MFE and MAE values, a forex trader can program a multicurrency mechanical system to exit a trade at a profit target or stop-loss point determined by adding a calculated number of pips beyond the Maximum Favorable Excursion or Maximum Adverse Excursion values.
Volatility helps determine exit points for multicurrency trading As mentioned earlier, a mechanical trading system can easily use Average True Range ATR as a volatility-dependent tool to calculate MAE and MFE in order to set exit points.
Have you tried ME in your trading? The truth is that both an understanding of market psychology and knowledge of the basics of mathematics are critical to a trader's success. Although traders-psychologists proceed from the fact that the market seeks to make money on inexperienced participants, and therefore look for "weak" zones, they are aware of the power of mathematical statistics, since it allows predicting certain events with a fairly high degree of accuracy.
The simplest example of using mathematics in trading is calculating the price of an asset. Changes in the value of an asset are determined with a certain step - a pip 0, points. For example, if the rate rises to 1,, then it has grown by 15 pips. Since the price of a pip differs from position to position, I recommend using the following formula:.
For example, you want to open a position for the above currency pair in the size of a standard lot, the value of which is USD. Leverage in the Forex market plays a critical role. Leverage - funds provided by a broker on a loan.
They can play in the trader's favor or harm if he ignores the simplest mathematical laws. Leverage is usually indicated as a ratio, for example, For example, to open a position of 1 lot, a trader needs to have USD instead of USD the standard lot value. To calculate the amount of funds required to complete a transaction, taking into account the known value of the leverage, use the following formula:.
For example, a trader is offered a leverage to open a position of 2 lots. The size of the position in the deal is determined after several calculations. I have listed them in the table below. First, let's define the risk expressed in monetary terms. Above, we have provided a few simple examples to demonstrate how important mathematics is in trading. Now let's move on to more complex calculations. In particular, let us consider the mathematical expectation - the sum of the probabilities of positive and negative results for transactions, taking into account the cost of transactions.
Consider the math notation:. How to use mathematical expectation in practice? It's simple - calculate the value and determine its sign negative or positive ME. If a value with a "-" sign is obtained, the trader loses money. A positive mathematical expectation indicates that the trader is making a profit. The main reason is the lack of knowledge in the field of probability theory, but mathematics in trading will help correct this deficiency. To calculate the probability, you just need to keep statistics of your own trades.
Based on this data, it is necessary to determine the percentage of winning and losing trades. In further calculations, the rule for multiplying the probabilities is used:. These figures indicate that with each subsequent profitable trade, the likelihood of another success decreases. The same would happen in the case of a series of losing trades. Over time, she found application on the stock exchange.
The system prescribes the following:. The essence of the Martingale system is that the next won trade will cover the losses incurred as a result of a series of failures. In addition, the trader will receive a profit equal to the initial trade amount. Experienced traders know that the market is a volatile environment full of surprises and unpredictable factors.
This explains the high risks of using the Martingale system. A market participant opened a deal for USD, which turned out to be a winning one. Without changing the amount, the trader enters into a new deal for USD and loses. If the trade is successful, the trader will receive USD, which, minus the previous loss of USD, will mean an income of USD equal to the original amount of the trade.
The Martingale system clearly shows how mathematics works in trading. But, before using it, you need to learn about the pros and cons. The first and most important flaw in the system is zero mathematical expectation. This means that by concluding each new deal, the trader only plays back the losses on the previous ones. The second drawback is that the trader must have a large budget.
As you can see, mathematics in trading is far from a secondary role.