Understanding divergence

Parabolic SAR - Updated

MACD - Updated

This script provides a solid foundation for backtesting the Positional Parabolic SAR Strategy in TradingView. We have already discussed the strategy in the last chapter.

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```//@version=5
strategy("Positional Parabolic SAR Strategy | Unofficed.com", overlay=true)
initial = input(0.02)
step = input(0.02)
cap = input(0.2)
var bool isUptrend = na
var float Extremum = na
var float SARValue = na
var float Accelerator = initial
var float futureSAR = na
if bar_index > 0
isNewTrendBar = false
SARValue := futureSAR
if bar_index == 1
float pastSAR = na
float pastExtremum = na
previousLow = low[1]
previousHigh = high[1]
currentClose = close
pastClose = close[1]
if currentClose > pastClose
isUptrend := true
Extremum := high
pastSAR := previousLow
pastExtremum := high
else
isUptrend := false
Extremum := low
pastSAR := previousHigh
pastExtremum := low
isNewTrendBar := true
SARValue := pastSAR + initial * (pastExtremum - pastSAR)
if isUptrend
if SARValue > low
isNewTrendBar := true
isUptrend := false
SARValue := math.max(Extremum, high)
Extremum := low
Accelerator := initial
else
if SARValue < high
isNewTrendBar := true
isUptrend := true
SARValue := math.min(Extremum, low)
Extremum := high
Accelerator := initial
if not isNewTrendBar
if isUptrend
if high > Extremum
Extremum := high
Accelerator := math.min(Accelerator + step, cap)
else
if low < Extremum
Extremum := low
Accelerator := math.min(Accelerator + step, cap)
if isUptrend
SARValue := math.min(SARValue, low[1])
if bar_index > 1
SARValue := math.min(SARValue, low[2])
else
SARValue := math.max(SARValue, high[1])
if bar_index > 1
SARValue := math.max(SARValue, high[2])
futureSAR := SARValue + Accelerator * (Extremum - SARValue)
if barstate.isconfirmed
if isUptrend
strategy.entry("ShortEntry", strategy.short, stop=futureSAR, comment="ShortEntry")
strategy.cancel("LongEntry")
else
strategy.entry("LongEntry", strategy.long, stop=futureSAR, comment="LongEntry")
strategy.cancel("ShortEntry")
plot(SARValue, style=plot.style_cross, linewidth=3, color=color.white)
plot(futureSAR, style=plot.style_cross, linewidth=3, color=color.red)
//plot(strategy.equity, title="equity", color=color.red, linewidth=2, style=plot.style_areabr)

The strategy is made available on TradingView. It’s open source and free, allowing you to utilize it for your personal research and analysis.

`//@version=5`

: Specifies the version of Pine Script being used, which in this case is version 5.`strategy("Positional Parabolic SAR Strategy", overlay=true)`

: Defines a new strategy with the title “Positional Parabolic SAR Strategy” and sets the overlay to true to display the strategy on the price chart.`initial = input(0.02)`

,`step = input(0.02)`

,`cap = input(0.2)`

: Initializes input variables for the Parabolic SAR parameters: initial, step, and cap.**Variable Initialization:**`var bool isUptrend = na`

: Declares a boolean variable to track if the market is in an uptrend.`var float Extremum = na`

: Tracks the extreme point (highest high or lowest low) in the current trend.`var float SARValue = na`

: Stores the value of the Parabolic SAR.`var float Accelerator = initial`

: Sets the acceleration factor for the Parabolic SAR calculation.`var float futureSAR = na`

: Holds the predicted next period SAR value.

`if bar_index > 0`

: Ensures the code below executes only from the second bar onward to have at least one previous bar for reference.**Main Logic:**- The section within
`if bar_index > 0`

contains the logic for calculating the Parabolic SAR values based on price action. - It checks whether the market is in an uptrend or downtrend, adjusts the acceleration factor, and calculates the SAR value accordingly.

- The section within
**Entry and Exit Logic:**- Within
`if barstate.isconfirmed`

, the script defines the entry and exit conditions using`strategy.entry`

and`strategy.cancel`

functions based on the SAR values and market trend.

- Within
**Visualization:**`plot(SARValue, style=plot.style_cross, linewidth=3, color=color.white)`

: Plots the current SAR value on the chart.`plot(futureSAR, style=plot.style_cross, linewidth=3, color=color.red)`

: Plots the predicted next period SAR value on the chart.

In Tradingview, You can find the NIFTY futures in a continous contact which means it will auto rollver when there is expiry and it will take the prive of the contact whcih is about to expire. So that is exaclty what we need.

So although the lot size and margin changes over time, we have taken the contract to be 1 which mean it will take the 1 lot automatically. The current margin of 1 lot nifty is around 1,50,000 inr. So, Lets run the strategy with various timeframe to analsyse how it is working.

The reason of choosing NIFTY straightforward because it is an index.

The core principal of Parabolic SAR lies on the assumption that the market follows normal distribution. We can refer “index” as “the market” anyways. What can be more appropiate?

The rationale behind selecting the 30-minute strategy for illustration is evident from the above data – the performance dwindles as the timeframe extends. This decline is primarily due to the multitude of events and news that crop up in a longer timeframe, deviating from a normal distribution.

- While a 15-minute strategy showcases higher profits, it generates twice the number of trades compared to a 30-minute timeframe. Hence, to curb costs, a 30-minute window has been opted for.
- Also the profitibility of the 30-minute strategy is slight higher.

As we march forward the timeframes, The trades keep reducing significantly, so does the win ratio! The drawdown gets higher!

Although the monthly timeframe emerges as the most favorable, the scant number of trades it produces renders it inadequate as a data point for analysis.

So far, it is a blockbuster and simple strategy that works!

- Now, apart from NIFTY, What other instrument we can backtest with the Parabolic SAR Strategy?
- Also, Can it be automated directly in the account so that We do not have to stay glued into the screen?
- Why don’t you explore the strategy yourself with various instruments and various timeframes and share all the interesting results you get.

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