As well known for the legend that surrounds it as for its results, the "turtle" trading strategy is one of the simplest trend-following strategies
In this tutorial, we will see how we can automate it, and what returns we can expect from it using backtests. (spoiler: they're huge)
For those in a hurry, the strategy we'll be building is also available in the "pre-made strategies" section
The turtle strategy's rules are simple.
As always, we're going to go in bots and click on "new bot"
We want to check if the max of the highs of the last candle is lower than the current trading price
We'll be doing: 0 < [MAX highs 1 period ago] < [Last trade's price]
We're going to click the middle value and set up a 2H, 30 periods MAX on highs.
On the "intervals back in time" field, select 1: we want the past candle's MAX.
Press enter, you'll see this:
With the above explanations and the given rules, you should be able to bootstrap your own custom automated turtle strategy by filling the last three values. Feel free to play with all the parameters: timeperiods, intervals, additional indicators ... That's the key to profits!
Here's what you should have if you applied the rules to the letter :
To start a backtest, click on the simulate button
After saving your strategy, click on the "enable" button and enjoy the results 😉
You can enable telegram notifications to be alerted whenever your bot enters a trade.
To be sure that our strategy is profitable, we encourage you to test it for a while on the sandbox exchange.
As a reminder, sandbox trading on kaktana is 100% free, forever.