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Controlling Order Entry in a strategy

I am learning to code in EL and trying to generate a very simple strategy based on slope change but I would like to control the order entry using a flag as given in following code but orders are not getting generated, what am I doing wrong?

I want to control when to enter the market using LongTradeFlag and ShortTradeFlag but this simple thing I couldn't get it working. It compiles successfully but in real time on sim account orders are not generated.

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[IntrabarOrderGeneration = false]

Inputs: WMALength(89), Price(Close), posSize(1), StopTicks(40), BrokerFlag(false);//, LongTradeFlag(true), ShortTradeFlag(false);

variables:
	var0( 0 ),
	myStop(0);

Vars: LongTradeFlag(false), ShortTradeFlag(true);

var0 = WAverage( Price, WMALength ) ;

//condition1 = (Price >= var0) and (var0 > var0[1] and var0[1] < var0[2]) ;
//condition2 = (Price <= var0) and (var0 < var0[1] and var0[1] > var0[2]) ;

Condition1 = var0 > var0[1] and LongTradeFlag = true;
Condition2 = var0 < var0[1] and ShortTradeFlag = true;

Condition3 = date = currentdate and time > currenttime-1;



If condition1 then Begin

		
	if price >= var0 and marketposition <> 1 then begin
		Buy ("LE") posSize contracts next bar at Market;
		ShortTradeFlag = true;
		LongTradeFlag = false;
	end;
End;

If condition2 then Begin
	
	if price <= var0  and marketposition <> -1 then begin
		Sell short ("SE") posSize contracts next bar at Market;
		ShortTradeFlag = false;
		LongTradeFlag = true;

	end;
End;

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bmtrading9,

I'd suggest to add print statements to your code, so you know what is going on internally. For example that your Condition1 and Condition2 can never become true and your system won't be able to enter trades.
Besides that as you start out, I'd suggest to get into the habit of using meaningful variable names and to comment your code as this will make your live so much easier down the road.

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bmtrading9,

I'd suggest to add print statements to your code, so you know what is going on internally. For example that your Condition1 and Condition2 can never become true and your system won't be able to enter trades.
Besides that as you start out, I'd suggest to get into the habit of using meaningful variable names and to comment your code as this will make your live so much easier down the road.

Regards,

ABCTG

Thanks for your response, yes, I have to add print statements (I need to do some research on how to do it). I didn't get you point of Condition1 and Condition2 will never become true.

My thinking is when I turn on the strategy it should consider only SHORT TRADES as per the code isn't it? This is the main idea behind this exercise i.e control the entry in the strategy based on flag. If you have any better way to control the entries in a strategy please suggest.

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Sorry, my bad I overlooked that you initialized ShortTradeFlag with true on declaration. I loaded your code here and it's taking plenty of trades, so it might just be a settings issue. I used an @ES# 5 minute chart and 10 days back.

You can find information on how to utilize the print reserved word here.

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It doesn't take in real time, that's what puzzling me.

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It doesn't take in real time, that's what puzzling me.

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I guess the issue is these variables are getting assigned on every bar update so controlling that might help.

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Sorry, my bad I overlooked that you initialized ShortTradeFlag with true on declaration. I loaded your code here and it's taking plenty of trades, so it might just be a settings issue. I used an @ES# 5 minute chart and 10 days back.

You can find information on how to utilize the print reserved word here.

Regards,

ABCTG

Those print statements helped in identifying what is happening so I thought...


Why can't I initialize the variables LongTradeFlag(true), ShortTradeFlag(false) from INPUT?

but I was getting following compiling error

"array, varable or refinput expected"

I guess if I can control this flag from INPUT, I should be able to solve this...

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Because variables and inputs are two different things. You can't use an input like a variable.

You would need two variables and two different inputs and then store one input's value in one variable and the second one in the other.

Regards,

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Why can't I initialize the variables LongTradeFlag(true), ShortTradeFlag(false) from INPUT?


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Because variables and inputs are two different things. You can't use an input like a variable.

You would need two variables and two different inputs and then store one input's value in one variable and the second one in the other.

Regards,

ABCTG

Thanks alot! That's perfect on the first run. I have to look deep into it.

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