The Quad MA Trend Scalper strategy is a trend following strategy that uses 4 moving averages of different periods to generate buy and sell signals. It works best on smaller timeframes from 10mins to 30mins for scalping to beat the market.
The strategy uses two groups of moving averages. The first group consists of the fast moving averages - Length1 period MA1 and Length2 period MA2, the crossover between which generates trading signals. The second group consists of the long moving averages - Longlength1 period MA3 and Longlength2 period MA4, which determines the long term trend direction.
Long positions are opened only when the fast MAs (MA1 and MA2) have a golden crossover AND the long MAs (MA3 and MA4) suggest an upward trend (MA3 above MA4).
The long position will be closed when the fast MA1 crosses below the slow MA3, which suggests a short term trend reversal.
The logic for shorts is symmetric and omitted here.
This design allows the strategy to effectively track the trend direction and avoid being whipsawed in range-bound markets. Also, the combination of long and short term MAs helps identify high-probability profit opportunities to enter trades, with stop loss in place to control risks.
The main advantages of this strategy are:
Using multiple MAs improves signal reliability and avoids whipsaws.
The long-term to short-term timeframe analysis facilitates effective trend following.
The short-term stop loss helps limit single trade loss.
Suitable for high leverage trading with good profitability.
There are also some risks:
Divergence between long and short MAs may cause bad trades. These need to be identified in advance for early exit.
The strategy is sensitive to parameter tuning. Improper parameters may lead to over-trading or signal delays. Multiple optimization is required to find the optimum.
With high leverage, capital usage needs to controlled to avoid margin calls.
Some ways to optimize the strategy:
Add volatility indicators to assess volatility level for improved timing.
Add volume indicators to trade breakouts with authentic high volume.
Optimize MA lengths through iterative testing to find global optimum.
Examine signals across timeframes for improved signal confirmation.
The Quad MA Trend Scalper is a typical trend following strategy. It uses two groups of MAs to determine trend direction and enter positions along the major trend. Profits are captured quickly using the fast MAs. The logic is simple and risk is easy to control, making it suitable for high frequency trading. There can be some false signals which need to be improved through parameter and logic optimization to maximize profitability.
/*backtest start: 2023-11-21 00:00:00 end: 2023-12-10 10:00:00 period: 1h basePeriod: 15m exchanges: [{"eid":"Futures_Binance","currency":"BTC_USDT"}] */ //@version=3 strategy(title="Quad MA Trend Scalper Backtest", shorttitle="QMA BACKTEST", overlay=true, pyramiding = 100) // //INPUTS // price = close exponential = input(false, title="Exponential MA") longexponential = input(true, title="Long Exponential MA") src = input(close, title="Source") length1 = input(13, title="MA Fast") length2 = input(21, title="MA Slow") longlength1 = input(54, title="Long MA 1") longlength2 = input(84, title="Long MA 2") // //MAs // ma1 = exponential ? ema(src, length1) : sma(src, length1) ma2 = exponential ? ema(src, length2) : sma(src, length2) ma3 = longexponential ? ema(src, longlength1) : sma(src, longlength1) ma4 = longexponential ? ema(src, longlength2) : sma(src, longlength1) plot(ma1, color = black, linewidth = 2) plot(ma2, color = red, linewidth = 2) plot(ma3, color = blue, linewidth = 2) plot(ma4, color = green, linewidth = 5) long1 = crossover(ma1, ma2) and ma3 > ma4 long2 = crossover(ma1, ma2) and ma3 < ma4 short1 = crossunder(ma1, ma2) and ma3 < ma4 short2 = crossunder(ma1, ma2) and ma3 > ma4 //plotshape(long1, style=shape.triangleup, location=location.belowbar, color=green, size=size.tiny) //plotshape(long2, style=shape.triangleup, location=location.belowbar, color=red, size=size.tiny) //plotshape(short1, style=shape.triangledown, location=location.abovebar, color=green, size=size.tiny) //plotshape(short2, style=shape.triangledown, location=location.abovebar, color=red, size=size.tiny) // //STRATEGY // //LONG if (crossover(ma1, ma2) and ma1>ma4) strategy.entry("Long", strategy.long, comment="Long") strategy.close("Long", when = crossunder(ma1, ma3)) //SHORT if (crossunder(ma1, ma2) and ma1<ma4) strategy.entry("Short", strategy.short, comment="Short") strategy.close("Short", when = crossover(ma1, ma3))template: strategy.tpl:40:21: executing "strategy.tpl" at <.api.GetStrategyListByName>: wrong number of args for GetStrategyListByName: want 7 got 6