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HELP, PLEASE

It seems like every time I make an algorithm I break Quantopian. I'm pretty sure you can't have a return under -100%. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong.

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Make sure you are not somehow leveraging and buying more than your initial capital amount. I see you are using order_target_percent which generally prevents that from happening, but you are just indicating to always use 5% of your capital as the parameter- if I had to guess, you have more than 20 stocks in your list at times, and are thus buying with more than 100% of your capital. Change that 5 to 1/len(context.long_secs.index) and see if that helps.

Hi Brandon,

If you pass a 5 as the second argument to order_target_percent, it will order up to a target of 500% of your portfolio value. You probably wanted 5% which would be 0.05. Check out this tutorial lesson on ordering for more info.

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