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  1. #1
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    Jram: settings and strategy for 5 min scalper trading... !!!

    This will be in two parts...

    The first how I setup my charts and the studies (signals) I use and how to set them up. Later in the week I'll upload my basic strategy.

    DISCLAIMER: This is how I trade. It has taken a LONGGGG time to get it right and the only way to learn it is like any other strategy, you have to watch, study, take good notes and paper trade. Trade it for 3 months demo before going live. This is not an automatic miracle method (if you have one let me know . It is a good system and my winning percentage is very profitable.

    Jram trading method:

    This a "scalper" method.


    Charts:

    I use ThinkOrSwim. This is the chart service provided by TD Ameritrade if you have an account with them. It's a $50 minimum to open an account which gives you access to the ThinkOrSwim charts (sometimes called "tos). It is robust and comes pre-loaded with tons of tools pre-programmed for you. You pick which ones you like, you can edit them or you can program your own.

    My Chart setup:

    The quotes show what the TOS language is so you can be sure to have it right.

    Simple Moving Average (SMA) 8 day
    "SimpleMovingAvg (CLOSE,8,0)"

    Simple Moving Average (SMA) 20 day
    "SimpleMovingAvg (CLOSE,20,0)"

    Simple Moving Average (SMA) 30 day
    "SimpleMovingAvg (CLOSE,30,0)"

    BollingerBands
    "BollingerBandsSMA (CLOSE,0,20,-2.0,2.0)"


    Next I use two simple studies and have them setup to that they provide up and down arrows as signals. Once you have added on the study you must edit it so the values are correct >>

    The first is:

    "BollingerBandsCrossover(20,2.2, lower, above)"
    Double click the study and a settings box will appear.

    Input these values:
    length: 20
    std deviation: 2.2
    band: lower
    crossing type: above

    You can then choose a color of the signal (arrow), for this signal I use white.

    This sets up the signal for one direction.

    The next is:

    "BollingerBandsCrossover(20,2.2, upper, below)"
    Double click the study and a settings box will appear.

    Input these values:
    length: 20
    std deviation: 2.2
    band: upper
    crossing type: below

    You can then choose a color of the signal (arrow), for this signal I use white.


    Next I use a Stochastic study:

    "StochasticCrossover (8, StochasticSlow, Overbought)"
    Double click the study and a settings box will appear.

    Input these values:

    k period: 8
    stochastic mode: StochasticSlow
    crossing type: Overbought

    Next, choose a color, I use yellow.

    This sets up the signal for one direction.

    The next is:

    "StochasticCrossover (8, StochasticSlow, Oversold)"
    Double click the study and a settings box will appear.

    Input these values:

    k period: 8
    stochastic mode: StochasticSlow
    crossing type: Oversold

    Next, choose a color, I use yellow.


    OK, that is all there is to it. This produces white and yellow indicator arrows on a candlestick chart. You can use it on any candlestick chart. Being a scalper who does lots of 5 min trades my setup is on 1 min charts.

    I trade the yens, eur/usd, gbp/usd, eur/gbp, usd/chf, aud/usd, gold, oil and sometimes others.

    Before I go into the actual strategy (which will take some time to get typed up and explained correctly and hopefully with clarity) use the setup and watch the signals. You need to watch them live as they sometimes appear and dissappear so you need to get an idea of how you can use them to find entry points.

    The yellow arrows are very good for reversal trades of 5 min. BUT, DO NOT TRADE them until I get my strategy uploaded. Please, I don't want anyone losing anything. YOU have been WARNED.

    I only trade this strategy at certain times of the day (low volume times) and only when the major currencies are flat (dollar and the yen). It's very low stress.

    I will try to get my strategy down and uploaded soon.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Would love to hear from anyone who trades with a similar setup to exchange ideas and observations.

    Jram

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    Junior Member beset's Avatar
    I would like to try your strategy out but since you use ThinkorSwim(TOS) which is ran by Ameritrade which requires your social, tax id, and employers name/address just to sign up I doubt I will ever get the chance to. Do you know if Simple studies can be added through Metatrader4(MT4)? If so I will be able to at least set it up until you finish writing your strategy for scalping

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Quote Originally Posted by beset View Post
    I would like to try your strategy out but since you use ThinkorSwim(TOS) which is ran by Ameritrade which requires your social, tax id, and employers name/address just to sign up I doubt I will ever get the chance to. Do you know if Simple studies can be added through Metatrader4(MT4)? If so I will be able to at least set it up until you finish writing your strategy for scalping

    I did a google search and found this >> http://www.bestfxtradingsystems.com/...mt4-indicator/

    He provides a screenshot and that is what is should look like once set up...

    Jram

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    Junior Member beset's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JRAM View Post
    I did a google search and found this >> http://www.bestfxtradingsystems.com/...mt4-indicator/

    He provides a screenshot and that is what is should look like once set up...

    Jram
    Wow, thats awesome. Thank you. Already installed and it looks great. Crossover Sound Alert immediately scared me because my speakers were up too much, ha. Good find, thanks again.

  5. #5
    Solid Member Zanadu's Avatar
    Hi Jram

    Sounds interesting !

    Hi Beset

    Since you seemed to have already set up those indicators on your mt4 (which I am also using)
    would you be able to assist me to set up this system correctly as I am having some
    problems

  6. #6
    Specialist Member pinoyoptions's Avatar
    Let me correct about TOS, You don't need to pay $50 to get their platform. You can have demo account with 10,000 $ playmoney account. I've been using TOS also for quite sometime. FYI

    https://www.thinkorswim.com/tos/disp...age=paperMoney sign up here if you want paper money (aka demo)
    Last edited by pinoyoptions; 03-04-2014 at 08:17 AM.

  7. #7
    Junior Member beset's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zanadu View Post
    Hi Jram

    Sounds interesting !

    Hi Beset

    Since you seemed to have already set up those indicators on your mt4 (which I am also using)
    would you be able to assist me to set up this system correctly as I am having some
    problems
    Sure! What problems are you having?? Goto Site Jram linked (http://www.bestfxtradingsystems.com/...mt4-indicator/) and scroll down under details to click on Stochastic Cross Alert – MT4 Indicator


    If you have Windows OS and MetaTrader 4 Downloaded this is what you do. (Hope it makes sense)

    1.It comes as a zip file so you have to extract it to a folder. (usually right click gives you option)
    2.Once extracted open folder and you should see two files. (ex4 and MQL4)
    3.Highlight and Right click to copy both Stochastic Cross Alert files
    4.GOTO Computer, C: Drive, Program Files (x86), MetaTrader4 Folder, experts, indicators- now right click anywhere in this folder and click paste. (Click continue if you're administrator)
    5.X out of MetaTrader and reload it.
    6.Once in MetaTrader 4 again. Click Insert at top, indicators, custom, Stochastic Cross Alert. Viola, should be installed correctly.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    @pinoyoptions...

    There you go. Get TOS for free! wish I would have known...

  9. #9
    Legendry Member Michael Hodges's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pinoyoptions View Post
    Let me correct about TOS, You don't need to pay $50 to get their platform. You can have demo account with 10,000 $ playmoney account. I've been using TOS also for quite sometime. FYI

    https://www.thinkorswim.com/tos/disp...age=paperMoney sign up here if you want paper money (aka demo)
    yeah, TOS is cool, it is the next generation of the platform I use in a way....I got started through a seminar called Investools 5 step method for trading blah blah blah and they got me using OptionsXpress for charts and trading. The business that gave the seminar eventually became/mergeed with TOS. I use those charts (optionsxpress) everyday and use their demo account for trading sometimes... and my equity positions are there of course.

  10. #10
    Specialist Member pinoyoptions's Avatar
    totally agree SenseiMichael, TOS are quite impressive, already preloaded valuable indi's, compare to MT4 with just basic indicators. But still love mt4 because of simplicity :-)

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