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Hi all

Within the last couple weeks, i have downloaded ProRealTime and have started to learn how to programme a simple idea i have had.  Ive learn alot since starting and looking through the library of code on here and really helped but I am currently stuck on 2 points and wondered if anyone would be able to help me with these please.

These are quite basic questions but i just cant figure out how you would write these scenarios in code:

• If my code opens a position (either long or short) with 2 contracts on an action, how can i set the code to close 1 of the contracts on a profit target and leave the remaining running until another action closes it?  Is that possible?  This would really help to maximise profits but limit risk.
• Also, how can I get my code to close a position (long or short) if there are say 4 candles in the row that have only moved a maximum of say 2 points in either direction?

#124957 Report

Use LIMIT orders. You have to place one at the time you enter the trade (you can only use the closing price to calculate the exit at this point and hope there is no big gap!) so that it is on the market from the moment the 2 positions are opened. After the first bar closes you can calculate the exit price based on the actual price you bought at. Limit orders last only one bar so you then have to keep sending them to the market on every candle.

You should be aware that at the current time it is not possible to run a strategy either live in demo or in real live trading that uses partial position closure. You can back test ideas though.

In this example the first position is closed out at 1% profit.

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#125005 Report

Hi Vonasi

Thanks very much for coming back to me with the above, much appreciated!

Oh right, is there a reason that we are not currently able to do partial position closure?  Thats a shame….so the code you’ve sent me above for the limit order wouldnt actually work on the live or live demo system, only on back test?

Thanks again

#125009 Report

Correct.

The PRT platform has the ability to do partial position closure but the broker IG doesn’t allow it via automated trading at the moment. The closest we can get is to use SET STOP and SET PROFIT instructions that allow positions to be closed separately. All positions however have exactly the same stoploss and takeprofit distances from their opening price set to whatever the last SET instruction values were.

#125019 Report

Hi Vonasi

Thanks again, i would never have worked all this out without speaking to you! 🙂

I know this is going to be a dumb question but i just want to make sure i understand it correctly….how exactly do we use the SET STOP and SET PROFIT instructions to close positions separately?

#125022 Report

Whenever one of the above instructions is read at the close of a candle then the stop loss and target orders are sent to the market and effect all open positions. The orders stay on the market until the position they are attached to are closed or until a new SET order is sent. If you change the 2 to a 3 then all positions will have their exit orders changed to 3 pips or 3%.

#125035 Report

Thanks again for explaining, this makes it alot easier to understand.

One last question i promise, then i’ll leave you alone 🙂

Within my code, my buy instructions are looking at when exponential lines cross but also to then count 2 candles after the lines cross to ensure that the market is still heading that way at that point….the code i have used is below:

But i’m still getting buys (or shorts) in my backtesting when the candles arn’t as i’ve set in the code, i think i’ve set it so it doesn’t buy before the indicators cross and there are 2 subsequent candles that are green before buying? Or have i got the code wrong?  I have done the same but in reverse for shorts.

Thanks again

#125043 Report

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#125044 Report

You need to check C1 two candles back.

So this will now need a cross followed by two green candles.

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#125047 Report

Ah, sorry about that, i’ll make sure i do that from now on 🙂

#125052 Report

As, so close!

Thanks for your help Vonasi, that seems to have worked but now thats given me a new thing to look at tomorrow 🙂

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