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Would it be possible make the input of a benchmark symbol not mandatory?

If you use Norgate Data back to 1950, numerous typical benchmark symbols such as SPY no longer exist.

You have to "guess" which stock was already listed at the time...
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I doubt it would make great sense to clutter the already crowded Settings pane with yet another seldom used option and then answer queries like "Why are my backtests missing Benchmark results on Performance tab??"
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Glitch8
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I'm afraid it's not possible. The benchmark is too engrained in the whole backtesting and user interface.
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MIH8
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Hi Eugene.

I don't think it's just cosmetic. Sometimes I use datasets where "SPY" or some other index is not included as an example. Why does this have to be forced?

In conclusion, I think forcing an input is not necessary, but with a few steps one can live with it. Processing\ignoring an "empty" benchmark symbol should not be a problem in any sense. Just my two cents.

@Edit: Hi Glitch, thanks for the info. My post was overlapping. If the impact is to high then it needs to be handled manually of course (which is not a big deal at the end).
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MIH8
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@KarlD77

You can simply use any symbol included in your dataset. You do it once if you save the strategy with this setting.
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@MIH

yes. of course. thank you. This would be a workaround...
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Cone8
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QUOTE:
If you use Norgate Data back to 1950, numerous typical benchmark symbols
Use the Dow 30 index. I don't know what the Norgate symbol is, but there's plenty of history for that one!
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