Short-term Trading Strategy Based on Chaikin Volatility Indicator

Author: ChaoZhang, Date: 2023-12-21 16:14:56



This strategy designs a short-term trading system based on the Chaikin Volatility indicator to capture short-term market fluctuations. The main idea is to enter long or short positions when the Chaikin Volatility indicator crosses above or below a specified threshold.

Strategy Logic

The Chaikin Volatility indicator quantifies volatility by measuring the spread between the highest and lowest prices of a security. A widening range between the high and low prices indicates rising volatility.

The specific logic of this strategy is:

  1. Calculate the Chaikin Volatility indicator (xROC_EMA)
  2. Set a trigger threshold (Trigger)
  3. Go long when xROC_EMA crosses above Trigger; go short when xROC_EMA crosses below Trigger
  4. Option to trade in reverse direction

Advantage Analysis

The advantages of this strategy include:

  1. Quick response, suitable for short-term trading
  2. Relatively small drawdowns, some capital management effect
  3. Simple to implement and easy to understand
  4. Flexible parameter adjustment for different market environments

Risk Analysis

There are also some risks:

  1. High trading frequency increases overtrading risk
  2. Parameters like Length and Trigger can be overfitted
  3. Vulnerable to losses when trading reverses
  4. Cannot filter market noise effectively, some mis-trades


  1. Adjust parameters to control trade frequency
  2. Optimize parameters to prevent overfitting
  3. Use wider stops to allow some price retracement
  4. Add filters to reduce false signals


The strategy can be improved by:

  1. Incorporate structure indicators to identify trends and support levels
  2. Add filters like volume and moving averages to reduce whipsaws
  3. Dynamic adjustment of parameters based on changing market conditions
  4. Enhance stop loss mechanisms e.g. trailing stops or Chandelier Exit to lock in more profits


The strategy has a simple and clear logic suitable for short-term trading. The flexible parameters can be adjusted as needed. Overfitting and high trading frequency risks exist. Further optimizations can make the strategy more robust for steadier performance.

start: 2023-11-20 00:00:00
end: 2023-12-04 00:00:00
period: 3h
basePeriod: 15m
exchanges: [{"eid":"Futures_Binance","currency":"BTC_USDT"}]

//@version = 2
//  Copyright by HPotter v1.0 01/12/2016
// Chaikin's Volatility indicator compares the spread between a security's
// high and low prices. It quantifies volatility as a widening of the range
// between the high and the low price.
// You can use in the xPrice1 and xPrice2 any series: Open, High, Low, Close, HL2,
// HLC3, OHLC4 and ect...
// You can change long to short in the Input Settings
// Please, use it only for learning or paper trading. Do not for real trading.
strategy(title="Chaikin Volatility Strategy Backtest")
Length = input(10, minval=1)
ROCLength = input(12, minval=1)
Trigger = input(0, minval=1)
reverse = input(false, title="Trade reverse")
hline(0, color=purple, linestyle=line)
hline(Trigger, color=red, linestyle=line)
xPrice1 = high
xPrice2 = low
xPrice = xPrice1 - xPrice2
xROC_EMA = roc(ema(xPrice, Length), ROCLength)
pos = iff(xROC_EMA < Trigger, 1,
	   iff(xROC_EMA > Trigger, -1, nz(pos[1], 0))) 
possig = iff(reverse and pos == 1, -1,
         iff(reverse and pos == -1, 1, pos))	   
if (possig == 1) 
    strategy.entry("Long", strategy.long)
if (possig == -1)
    strategy.entry("Short", strategy.short)	   	    
barcolor(pos == -1 ? red: pos == 1 ? green : blue )
plot(xROC_EMA, color=blue, title="Chaikin Volatility Strategy")