I'm going to chime in as well. Even strategies that are built better than what I do, should not be left unattended. They are like giving a teenager with a brand new driver's license the keys to your Corvette. They can't be trusted to do everything they are supposed to do. Leaving them unsupervised is just asking for trouble.
I agree Mike . There are too many things that can go wrong so an automated strategy left unattended they cant compensate for outages or data quirks or global news emergecies etc . Its different leaving a position open with a stop and target you can monitor or change on the go but a live automated strategy must be babysat . I guess then that an autostrat would be advantageous for entering and converted to an ATM strategy .
Why do you say that. It can be done and I do it all the time. The only advantage of unmanaged orders is putting sell and buy at the same time. Even this behavior I did in 6.5 with managed orders.
There are many ways to do things .... look at the strategy code in the downloads and start modifying to learn and understand what you are getting into first!
I have used 5 different consultants to write everything from an indicator to multi-timeframe strategy. I have had everything that can go wrong, go wrong, so patience and a detailed requirement is ###1 !! I have even had one programmer send me a strategy he was making for someone else (in error) of a completely different design. Another tried to update an indicator of my own design when the original programmer would not answer my emails to do that update: he found some parts of the code had big problems, and I knew there were issues but just couldnt locate them myself.
Most consultants do contribute to MBT and that 'other' forum, and have examples of their work available on their websites. Depending on how busy they are, your choices may be marred by availability.
So far, IMHO, Anthony (Pure Logik Trading) is doing an excellent workmanship on strategy, and I can say that after having strategy built by two other consultants.
Disclaimer:::OF COURSE YOUR EXPERIENCE MAY BE DIFFERENT. Even with those that I found to be less than easy to work with. So, take care and good luck. I can only share my experience, I wish you well on your choice whatever it may be.
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According to the documentation you cannot use both SetTrailStop and SetStopLoss. It also says SetStopLoss will always take precedence, so you can't just replace it with a SetTrailStop in OnBarUpdate. I'm curious how you're making it work?
This is more appropriate post. Its not a shame to ask questions, I do it myself. What I hate is people making statements which they can not prove.
To the issue: I never used Set commands. I don't know what are they good for. I don't say they are bad, just don't know. What I do is issuing Exit orders. This way I can see the order and manipulate it how I want on each bar or tick (I do it only on bar close!, but its just me).
So if I enter Long, immediately in OnExecution I fire a Stop Order (my initial stop) and some times a target order (if I have one).
Then on each bar I see if I need to adjust the orders (stop and profit). If I do then I adjust the price!
The only thing to pay attention is that you can not change the name of the order. So if the initial name was "Stop", you can not change it to "MyTrailingStop". In backtesting it works but not in live. So I ask if I'm in backtesting and only then I change the name for better clarity.
Here is an example. This was a 6J trade I took. I used a limit if touched entry. touch 979, entry long 978. The stop was sent at 975 (IIRC) which was never hit in real life. I entered at 978 and exited at 982 for a 4 tick scalp.
If I was backtesting, the system would have entered at 978 and been stopped out at 975 for a 4 tick loss ( added 1 tick for the Market order exit ).