# ES.D Strategy Utilizing Ratchet Trailing Stop

A reader of this blog wanted a conversion from my Ratchet Trailing Stop indicator into a Strategy.  You will notice a very close similarity with the indicator code as the code for this strategy.  This is a simple N-Bar [Hi/Lo] break out with inputs for the RatchetAmt and TrailAmt.  Remember RatchetAmt is how far the market must move in your favor before the stop is pulldown the TrailAmt.  So if the RatchetAmt is 12 and the TrailAmt is 6, the market would need to move 12 handles in your favor and the Trail Stop would move to break even.  If it moves another 12 handles then the stop would be moved up/down by 6 handles.  Let me know if you have any questions – this system is similar to the one I just posted.

``````inputs: ratchetAmt(6),trailAmt(6);
vars:longMult(0),shortMult(0),myBarCount(0);
vars:lep(0),sep(0);

If d <> d[1] then
Begin
longMult = 0;
shortMult = 0;
myBarCount = 0;
mp = 0;
lep = 0;
sep = 0;
shortsToday = 0;
end;

myBarCount = myBarCount + 1;

If myBarCount = 6 then  // six 5 min bars = 30 minutes
Begin
stb = highD(0);  //get the high of the day
sts = lowD(0);   //get low of the day
end;

If myBarCount >=6 and t < calcTime(sess1Endtime,-3*barInterval) then
Begin
if buysToday = 0  then buy("NBar-Range-B") next bar stb stop;
if shortsToday = 0 then sellShort("NBar-Range-S") next bar sts stop;
end;

mp = marketPosition;
If mp = 1 then
begin
lep = entryPrice;
end;
If mp =-1 then
begin
sep = entryPrice;
shortsToday = 1;
end;

// Okay initially you want a X point stop and then pull the stop up
// or down once price exceeds a multiple of Y points
// longMult keeps track of the number of Y point multipes of profit
// always key off of lep(LONG ENTRY POINT)
// notice how I used + 1 to determine profit
// and -  1 to determine stop level

If mp = 1 then
Begin
If h >= lep + (longMult + 1) * ratchetAmt then	longMult = longMult + 1;
Sell("LongTrail") next bar at (lep + (longMult - 1) *  trailAmt) stop;
end;

If mp = -1 then
Begin
If l <= sep - (shortMult + 1) * ratchetAmt then	shortMult = shortMult + 1;
buyToCover("ShortTrail") next bar (sep - (shortMult - 1) *  trailAmt) stop;
end;

setExitOnClose;``````
I Used my Ratchet Indicator for the Basis of this Strategy