How to use ninjatrader to test simple trading strategies




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How to use ninjatrader to test simple trading strategiesHow To Use NinjaTrader To Test Simple Trading Strategies

by Mark Williams on February 9, 2009

My current trading platform that I am using is Ninjatrader. The enjoy the ease of use of the program, and the fact that this powerful little sumb**** of a program is free to use for charting and backtesting (but not for live trading).

Free. 100%. AND its powerful. You cant beat that.

Anyway, the purpose of this article is give you a primer on how to create and back test strategies using this powerful program. So lets get started.

First, our strategy:

The 3 Exponential Moving System

This system uses 3 Exponential Moving Averages.

Entries are as follows:

If the Faster and Medium EMAs are above the Slowest EMA, then the only trades that are to be made will be long.

If the Faster and Medium EMAs are below the Slowest EMA, then the only trade that are to be made will be short.

A SHORT trade will be made if the Faster EMA crosses Below the Medium Moving Average.

A LONG trade is exited when the Faster EMA crosses back below the Medium EMA.

A SHORT trade is exited when the Faster EMA crosses back above the Medium EMA.

My Variables are as follows:

Faster Period for EMAs

Medium Period For EMAs

SlowerPeriod For EMAs