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Sergey Golubev, 2016.12.21 06:51

Best indicators for the modern trader (based on Futures Magazine article)

1.  Moving Averages

"That is because price trends are characterized by a natural progression that is indeed timeless. Market price activity tends to proceed through phases of directional swings followed by taking a rest. The degree of that directional volatility and length of the rest (‘consolidation’) periods can vary widely. However, within the overall trend psychology, the attempted reversal patterns which inevitably form during rest phases are a key to the health of any trend.

2. Balance of Power (BOP)

"Since most of what we do is mechanical trading, and different algos perform well under different market conditions, we have found we can really increase our performance by actively heeding what the market is trying to show. BOP helps tease those messages out.

3. Price Action with  a powerful risk management tool

"Before an indicator is used it is essential to understand the limitations of the indicator. In other words, when does it perform well and when does it not perform well. Often times an indicator is used across all markets with the expectation that it will perform equally well in all market environments around the clock."

4. Oil price

"Oil is a fickle beast. Our indicators used to be all about America’s thirst for oil and geopolitics disrupting supply, we’re channeling the band Kansas and have gone past the point of no return. Now when we’re trading WTI it’s all about U.S. production and the pace of economic growth. We used to talk about how a $10 increase in the price of crude oil would decrease GDP by 0.5%

5. Stock Indices 

6. 100-day Moving Average 

'"Take the GBP/USD as an example: the pair’s uptrend has stretched to 400 pips from its 100-day MA on four separate occasions this year, and each time (including just two weeks ago) rates have pulled back by 300-400 pips before finding support, presenting a better buying opportunity for trend-following traders.


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TESTING TRADING STRATEGIES ON REAL TICKS

 

The article provides the results of testing a simple trading strategy in three modes: "1 minute OHLC" using only Open, High, Low and Close prices of minute bars; detailed modeling in "Every tick" mode, as well as the most accurate "Every tick based on real ticks" mode applying actual historical data. 

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New MetaTrader 5 Platform Build 1545: Fast switching between windows and changing price values with the mouse wheel

MetaQuotes Software Corp., 2017.02.15 16:39

New MetaTrader 5 Platform Build 1545: Fast switching between windows and changing price values with the mouse wheel

The MetaTrader 5 platform update will be released on February 17, 2017. The update will feature the following changes:

  1. Terminal: Fast switch between the 'Toolbox' and 'Strategy Tester' windows.



  2. Terminal: New option allows editing prices and volumes of orders using the mouse wheel:




  3. Terminal: Now, when you go to download mobile terminals, the list of your trade servers is remembered. Then, when you install MetaTrader on your iPhone or Android device, a ready list of servers will be shown to you. You can quickly connect to your existing trading accounts. The server of the currently connected account will be displayed first in the mobile terminal.




  4. Terminal: Significantly reduced load on the terminal, created by invisible (minimized) charts and objects.
  5. Terminal: Fixed occasional incorrect triggering of trailing stop levels.
  6. Terminal: Fixed filtering of trades by symbol in the account trading history.
  7. Terminal: Fixed display of the 'Type' field in the history of positions.
  8. Terminal: Fixed presentation of the trading history in the form of positions.
  9. MQL5: Fixed display of custom indicators whose drawing type is DRAW_COLOR_LINE, DRAW_COLOR_ZIGZAG and DRAW_COLOR_SECTION, in case CLR_NONE is used for the color.
  10. MQL5: Fixed template typing using a constant pointer.
  11. MQL5: Fixed control of access to private and protected class members.
  12. Tester: Fixed activation of limit orders on Exchange instruments, when the order trigger price is better than the current market.
  13. Tester: Removed restriction connected with testing of custom indicators having more than 64 input parameters.
  14. Tester: Added UI translation into Hindi.
  15. Updated documentation.

The update will be available through the LiveUpdate system.


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Sergey Golubev, 2014.01.23 11:01

Margin Call (adapted from dailyfx.com article)

  • A Short Introduction to Margin & Leverage
  • Causes of Margin Calls
  • How to Avoid Margin Calls

To get a grasp on what a margin call is, you should understand the purpose and use of Margin & Leverage. Margin & Leverage are two sides of the same coin. The purpose of either is to help you control a contract larger than your account balance. Simply put, margin is the amount required to hold the trade open. Leverage is the multiple of exposure to account equity. Therefore, if you have an account with a value of $10,000 but you would like to buy a 100,000 contract for EURUSD, you would be required to put up $800 for margin in an account leaving $9,200 in usable margin. Usable Margin should be seen as a safety net and you should protect your usable margin at all costs.

Causes of a Margin Call


To understand the cause of a margin call is the first step. The second and more beneficial step is learning understanding how to stay far away from a potential margin call. The short answer as to understand what causes a margin call is simple, you’ve run out of usable margin.

The second and promised more beneficial step is to understand what depletes your usable margin and stay away from those activities. In risk of oversimplifying the causes, here are the top causes for margin calls which you should avoid like the plague (presented in no specific order):

  • Holding on to a losing trade too long which depletes Usable Margin
  • Overleveraging your account combined with the 1st reason
  • An underfunded account which will force you to over trade with too little usable margin

What Happens When A Margin Call Takes Place?

When a margin call takes place, you are liquidated or closed out of your trades. The purpose is two-fold: you no longer have the money in your account to hold the losing positions and the broker is now on the line for your losses which is equally bad for the broker.

How to Avoid Margin Calls

Leverage is often and fittingly referred to as a double-edged sword. The purpose of that statement is that the larger leverage you use to hold a trade greater than some large multiple of your account, the less usable margin you have to absorb any losses. The sword only cuts deeper if an over-leveraged trade goes against you as the gains can quickly deplete your account and when your usable margin % hits, zero, you will receive a margin call. This only gives further credence to the reason of using protective stops while cutting your losses as short as possible.


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3D MODELING IN MQL5


3D modeling allows analyzing complex processes and phenomena and forecasting their results. On financial markets, 3D modeling can be used for example to provide a three-dimensional representation of time series.

A time series is a dynamic system, in which values of a random variable are received continuously or at successive equally spaced points in time (ticks, bars, fractals, etc.) In this article, we will consider the three-dimensional visualization of time series and indicators.

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How to Start with Metatrader 5

Sergey Golubev, 2016.12.30 17:26

Just some reminding about how to insert code to the post (for new users/newbies) - read here, and read whole the article: MQL5.community - User Memo

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As there are many questions from newbies about where to start so I want to remind once again about the following:

and read articles.

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Do you already use coupons issued by your broker to pay for MetaTrader 5 services?

MetaQuotes Software Corp., 2017.03.01 11:24

During the iFX EXPO Asia 2017 in Hong Kong, we officially announced the launch of the Coupons service. This new service allows brokers to support their traders willing to purchase applications and services for the MetaTrader platforms — from virtual hosting to trading signals subscriptions. The new service is an important tool for motivating and encouraging active traders, as well as expanding a client base.

MQL5 Coupons

A coupon is a text code to be inserted in the payment form on the MQL5.community or the MetaTrader platforms. Brokers can generate 4 types of coupons that you can use in your payments:

  • HOSTING — for paying the virtual server rental fees. For example, HOSTING-30-DSJK-B8AB-CEFC-C399-60BE — coupon for 30 USD to pay for virtual hosting.
  • MARKET — for the purchase of trading robots and technical indicators in the Market. For example, MARKET-50-CFCB-B7HB-CEFC-C519-72UC — coupon for 50 USD to pay for Market products.
  • SIGNAL — for subscribing to trading signals. For example, SIGNAL-40-IOPX-B1AB-GAPC-62BE — coupon for 40 USD to pay for a signal subscription.
  • MONEY — for depositing funds to an MQL5.com account to pay for any service including Freelance and MQL5 CLoud Network. For example, MONEY-50-2222-7777-8888-3333-2222 — general-purpose coupon for 50 USD used to deposit funds to an MQL5 account.

Using the service is simple: a broker generates a coupon and sends it to you along with the necessary instructions. Insert the obtained code to the payment form:



Do you want to try the paid services of the MetaTrader platforms for free? Ask your broker if it has available coupons.