Williams’ 3 bar trailing stop

Williams’ 3 bar trailing stop

This is one of the very best trading techniques I have ever developed. The reason why is that it often rides mega trend markets for a long , long time, yet does not give back much profit when the correction begins as conventional moving average and channel. 

This technique can be used not only as an exit techniques, but as an entry technique as well. It is really quite simple. Once the market is in a run away move, as I call it a “rock and roll” market – then and only then – do we use this exit. Price must be out of a trading range. 

As a trailing stop: Make certain prices are out of congestion, they have begun to run, then, and only then, implement this as your trailing stop (i.e. exit).

For entry: Make certain the market is really set up. Sometimes the first entry will be false as a straight up or down market usually “bases” before the next trend move begins.

(excerpt from the author’s description of this trend following indicator)

This indicator has been requested by Maximus 78 here (https://www.prorealcode.com/topic/3-bar-trailing-stop-di-larry-williams/).

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  1. Franz1234 • 220 days ago #

    Hi gabri,
     
    great work! I am currently working on this 3 bar trailing stop for trading view and I have coded pretty much the same indicator as you. 
    But, the original requirement is to start counting at the highest close in an up move (and lowest close in a down move). So in particular once this highest/lowest close is found then apply then find the lowest/highest low of the last three bars which are not an inside bar.
    The result would be an indicator the keep a bigger distance from the price action when the price moves sideways and does not make new highst/lowest closes.
    So far my thoughts are that it is crucial to define first: “When did the up/down move begin!” This could be done by the indicator which you have already programmed. And then take this as a starting point to find the highst/lowest closes to calculate the further progression of the stop.
    I haven’t found a way to do so. Would be great I you could think about this an share your ideas!
    Thank you in advance!

  2. gabri • 219 days ago #

    Franz,
    I see what you mean. I will try to work some code for that but I cannot make any promise.
    G

  3. gabri • 219 days ago #

    Franz,
    can this code work for you?
    count=1
    i=0
    j=i+1
    tot=0
    //calcolo 3 barre
    while count<4 do
    tot=tot+1
    if (low[j]<low[i]) and (high[j]>high[i]) then
    //inside bar
    i=i+1
    j=j+1
    else
    count=count+1
    i=i+1
    J=i+1
    endif
    wend
    if close>close[1] then
    basso=lowest[tot](close)
    endif
    if close<close[1] then
    alto=highest[tot](close)
    endif

    if barindex>1 then
    if close > ref[1] then
    ref=basso
    endif
    if close < ref[1] then
    ref=alto
    endif
    endif
    return ref
    I also changed something between lines 5 and 14 to calculate the inside bars. I considered up trend any close above “ref” and downtrend any close below “ref”. Let me know if it works better.
    G

  4. Francesco78 • 219 days ago #

    Hi, can you show at least one strategy that works well with this indicator?
    The idea is nice.
    Thank you 

  5. gabri • 219 days ago #

    Francesco,
    I just tried to code an idea from Maximus 78 (https://www.prorealcode.com/topic/3-bar-trailing-stop-di-larry-williams/). I am sure he has all the info about strategies connected with this indicator. If I had to guess though I’d say that, being this a trailing stop indicator, it has to be used in conjunction with some other sort of trend indicator.
    G
     

  6. Paul • 142 days ago #

    Good work ! I was looking for way to maximise profits and this serves it’s purpose well !

  7. gabri • 141 days ago #

    Thanks!!

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