Hi, I have several EAs that cannot deal with money management rules such as 1% risk according to balance or to account equity. I’m attaching an example of one of these strategies, together with the retest file. Can you please test it at your end and find whether there is a fix that can make that EAs decide on the lot size by applying a certain % of account balance or equity.
I have of course strategies that do this, so why still some other strategies cannot make this?
Many thanks in advance
Hi, here are files where I describe the issues.
Could you please have a look?
For this strategy, I’ve put the following parameters on purpose : MM with 1% risk according to balance. I put 5 lot size for “size if no MM” to see in the trade records where I could spot the events.
There are two different things that I would like to understand and find fix for.
1) Starting balance account is 10K and even with a MM risk of max 1%, the strategy takes 5 lots for trading, which is not consistent with risking 1% of the balance account. The stop loss should have been placed at different value. How is it that a stop loss and a target profit are specified although the stop loss does not take into account a risk of 1%
2) The trade should have been stopped when the MAE reached 1% of account balance eg when it reached 100 dollars loss. Even if the MM was not active to set up the right number of lots relative to the balance account at the moment it entered the trade, why the stop loss did not move to levels where $100 USD would have be lost (which would have corresponded to 1% loss for a 10k account)?
Many thanks for your answers.
The problem is in certain situations when Keltner channel is narrow but the last bar range is high, the calculated stop-loss price is above the entry price (Keltner Low + 2* Bar Range for a long trade). It this case a position is opened without stop-loss, the lot size cannot be calculated for that reason and the trade size is set to 5 lots (Lot if no MM value)
The best way now to solve this is to set Lot if no MM = 0. This will prevent from opening large bets without stop-loss properly placed
Hi, I saw the text disappeared when I submitted the comment and only pictures seem to stay in the post so I wrote down something again summarizing my thoughts.
Thanks for your reply. I understand that there is a technical issue when the strategy cannot determine where placing the stop loss.
I’ve done what you recommended and used the following setting with the same strategy : risk 1% according to balance, and “size if no MM” set to zero to avoid trades with 5 lots if no MM could be calculated when trade was opened.
However, I still have issues which I will detailed below and hopefully you will understand where I’m coming from. Please have a look at the attached pictures.
Looking at the trade list, we can see that the strategy took various lot sizes when trading. That should make one think that if “size if no MM” is set to zero, when the strategy opens a trade, it should place a stop loss according to the set money management system and guarantee that if equity level reaches a 1% loss (supposed to be here represented by the maximal adverse excursion – MAE) compared to the balance, than the stop loss should be executed. This is not what happened, and many times. When can see that losses are often above the 1% level.
On one occasion (ticket 3626), the biggest MAE reached $3045 and the stop loss was executed with a loss of $2281!!! That represents more than 10% loss in just one trade. By the way, the profit/loss percentage column and the % drawdown column are confusing as one refers to the initial starting balance and the other to the current balance at the moment where the trade was triggered.
I’ve got this issue on many other strategies so I think this problem does not pertain to this strategy only.
Even if the strategy looks profitable on the long run, this gives me an issue if we cannot really have a sound management system that will take us out of the trade when equity levels reached a maximal percentage loss that we have defined according to the balance.
Would it therefore be possible to have stop losses set to x % balance in all cases even if the strategy cannot determine, at the moment of the trade, where the level of the exit parameters will be for an ideal execution. Strategies may therefore be less profitable but at least, they will guarantee a sound money management system and will allow the traders to preserve their capital.
Thanks very much
Thanks for your reply. I understand the technical issues but that prevents to have a sound money management system!
I’ve done what you recommended. The parameters I used were :
-Risk fixed % balance : 1%, size decimals : 1; Maximum lots : 50; Size if no MM : 0 ==> results attached.
I’ve attached various pictures so that you understand my issue.
In the trade list attached, we can see that the strategy takes various lot sizes and does not take the fixed lot size that it took before – that’s where setting “lot if no MM value” to zero had a positive effect”. However, lot sizes taken by the strategy do not seem to be in relation to a certain percentage of risk… Why does it trade then if, according to the setting “lot if no MM value” is zero? Losses are mentioned to have been triggered by stop losses. However, the profit/loss columns mentions a percentage loss which rarely corresponds to 1% risk according to the balance.
In addition, the maximal adverse excursions are sometimes bigger that the loss level…how is it possible? I expect that if risk is set to 1% according to the balance, when equity level drawdown (represented here by the maximal adverse excusion – MAE) reaches 1%, the stop loss should be triggered. It did not…
Focusing on the biggest MAE now, it reached $3045 (ticket 3626), triggering a 10.35% loss in just one trade! Even if the strategy seemed profitable overall, I do not see myself in front of my metatrader platform with an open drawdown representing more than 10% of my account balance.
Moreover, it seems that the profit/loss and the % drawdown column do not take the same reference for the calculations. This trade (ticket 3626) is mentioned to have triggered a 22.81% loss and a 10.35% drawdown…I guess that the profit/loss column refers to the starting capital (10K) and that the % drawdown refers to a calculation in relation to the current balance at the moment of the trade. This is a bit confusing when trying to play with data.
Would it be possible to have a REAL stop loss guaranteed to be equal to a MAE of x% risk according to the balance. Strategies may therefore not be as profitable as they seem to be but you will guarantee a sound risk management system and you will allow what should matter most for the traders : the preservation of their capital.
Many thanks in advance
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