I only watch the ATR on longer term charts so I can't say for sure but I'm pretty sure that 2.4 is relatively low for the NQ. During the morning session you can expect that number to be like 5 pts at least. So you'd be going for some even bigger stops than that
Some stuff can't translate as easy between markets I guess.
You might want to talk to whoever came up with the guideline that you've mentioned and bring this up. But from a problem solving standpoint you could probably back test different multipliers on the ATR and come up with a number that makes more sense for the NQ than between 2-3.
Sorry I couldn't help out more than that, I've never set stops or targets around ATR.
The reason you would use a multiple of ATR to determine a stop-loss is so that your stops automatically adjust to current volatility levels. You can adjust your multiplier 1 which will have you at a 10-tick stoploss at current volatility levels. Once you have tested this a bit, you can determine if you wish to adjust your multiplier to a different number.
Based on your ATR number, I am guessing you aren't looking at daily charts. You could also look at daily charts, get yesterday's ATR and just use a smaller multiplier, i.e. something like 0.2, to calculate your stops for today. That simplifies the method a little. If you wish to exploit low-vol times during the day, then this may not work for you.
Where ATR really shines is if you trade different instruments and want to normalise volatility across them. For instance, I can place trades in ZB, CL, NQ and ES and if I have a sufficiently large account, then I can have the exact same $-volatility in each of these trades. The Turtles used this to normalise risk across the various instruments they traded. For instance, if you know your stop is 2 ATR and you wish to risk 2% of your equity on this trade, then the sizing will automatically have a smaller position on CL than on ZB and the normal daily equity swings on each can be "considered" equal since ATR is based on volatility. Just a little bit of useless info to spice up your Thursday.
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@SoftSoap You were right, it's Points like we thought. I verified it with Sierra Chart support to be sure. Thanks for your help man.
Thanks Grausch for taking the tme to post that. I really like the Daily chart idea, I'm going to look at that. I primarily trade the NQ in the afternoon on a 2 minute chart. I took the high ATR this afternoon which was 2.73 x 1.5 = 4.09. I used a 4 point stop which gave it lots of breathing room and took 3.25 points this afternoon and had a good day.
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