[blackcat] L2 Ehlers ITrendline Trigger Trend-Following System

Level: 2


John F. Ehlers introuced the Instantaneous Trendline and the Trigger of the trend-following system in his "Cybernetic Analysis for Stocks and Futures" chapter 3 on 2004.


The process for creating a trendfollowing trading system from the indicators is simple. One unique aspect of the code is that the ITrend is forced to be a finite impulse response (FIR)-smoothed version of price for the first seven bars of the calculation.
This initialization is included to cause the ITrend to converge more rapidly to its correct value from the beginning transient. The strategy enters a long position when the trigger crosses over the Instantaneous Trendline and enters a short position when the trigger crosses under the Instantaneous Trendline. However, an effective trading system is more than following a simple set of indicators.
First, experience has shown that greater profits result from using limit orders rather than market orders or stop orders. Market orders are selfexplanatory. Stop orders mean the market must be going in the direction of the trade before the order is filled. For example, for long-position trades, the stop order must be placed above the current price. Thus, the price must increase from its current level before you get stopped into the long-position trade. This means you necessarily give up some of the profits you would otherwise have gotten if you had entered on a market order at the instant of your signal. You can lose additional profits from stop orders due to slippage.

Key Signal

Trigger ---> trend-following system fast line
ITrend ---> trend-following system slow line

Pros and Cons

100% John F. Ehlers definition translation of original work, even variable names are the same. This help readers who would like to use pine to read his book. If you had read his works, then you will be quite familiar with my code style.


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