103# System 500 Trading System
Submit by Joy22 (written by Colin Atkins)
‘System 500’ allows the user to trade over long periods in a calm manner with no need to rush to get onto a trade. You can take your time analysing the setup and even take a number of hours before making your final decision if you wish. The typical duration of a trade is 2 – 10 days. ‘System 500’ identifies trends and allows the user to then trade with the trend.
1. Open your charting package
2. Open a currency / Forex chart e.g. GBP/USD
3. Change the chart candle periods to 4 hours
4. Remove any indicators you may have on this chart
5. Add the following indicators:
a. Exponential Moving Average (EMA) period set to 2 coloured Blue
b. Exponential Moving Average (EMA) period set to 6 coloured Black
c. Exponential Moving Average (EMA) period set to 12 coloured Green
d. Exponential Moving Average (EMA) period set to 34 Coloured Red
e. Bollinger Bands with no change to settings
6. Open an additional chart on the same currency / Forex pair
7. Change the chart candle period to Daily
8. Duplicate the settings for EMAs and Bollinger Band (as in point 5)
9. Open an additional chart on the same currency / Forex pair
10. Change the chart candle period to Weekly
11. Duplicate the settings for EMAs and Bollinger Bands (as in point 5)
12. Save these 3 charts as a template if possible (dependant on your charting package) Call the Template System 500.
How ‘System 500’ Works
‘System 500’ works by finding entry points during a confirmed trend. I don’t worry about getting in at the start of a trend or a reversal. We are ‘trend riding’, getting on to the trade when it is already in motion.
This way we can greatly increase our chances of success buy taking advantage of buying or selling momentum that is already ‘in play’. System 500 uses a unique strategy that works!!
These are the 7 currency pairs that we trade...
Establishing the Trend
Buy Trades for rising prices – In an UP TREND “Going Long”
1. Look at the 4 Hour chart.
2. Look at the Bollinger Bands. The price (candle(s) must have broken through (pierced) the Lower Band.
3. Staying on the 4 Hour chart. The Blue EMA 2 (Exponential Moving Average) must clearly cross ABOVE the Black EMA 6.
6. This is your trade signal.
4. Now look at the Daily chart to confirm that the correct trend direction is in force, in this case upward.
5. On the Daily chart: The Blue EMA 2 must be ABOVE the Black EMA 6. Both EMAs must be angled upwards and clearly separating (see example below)
6. On the Daily chart: Both the Blue EMA 2 and Black EMA 6 must clearly be ABOVE the Green
7. If points 5 and 6 are confirmed we consider an UP TREND to be in effect.
Sell Trades for falling prices – In a DOWN TREND “Going Short”
1. Look at the 4 Hour chart
2. Look at the Bollinger Bands. The price (candle(s) must have broken through (pierced) the Upper Band.
3. Staying on the 4 Hour chart. The Blue EMA 2 (Exponential Moving Average) must clearly cross
BELOW the Black EMA 6.
Rule: The Bollinger band must be pierced ‘AND THEN’ The EMA 2 must cross the
EMA 6. This is your trade signal.
4. Now look at the Daily chart to confirm that the correct trend direction is in force, in this case downward.
5. On the Daily chart: The Blue EMA 2 must be BELOW the Black EMA 6. Both EMAs must be angled downwards and clearly separating (see example below).
6. On the Daily chart: Both the Blue EMA 2 and Black EMA 6 must clearly be BELOW the Green
7. If points 5 and 6 are confirmed we consider a DOWN TREND to be in effect.
To capture the biggest moves possible our main reason to exit trades are:
1. The EMAs crossing
EMAs crossing back over on the ‘lower time frame’.
a. A potential exit is reached when the EMA 2 crosses the EMA 6 and they both cross the
b. The confirmation should be found by waiting for a new candle to start. If the EMAs are
still crossed the exit should be taken.
2. Stop Loss Is triggered
A Stop Loss or Trailing Stop Loss is triggered
a. All trades should be backed up with a Stop Loss or Trailing Stop Loss.
b. Your Stop Loss should initially be set to approx 50 – 60 points
c. When the trade is fully under way you can adjust your Stop Loss to either
i. 20 points beyond the EMA 12
ii. 10 points beyond the EMA 34
iii. Your decision of which to choose will be lead by previous price action. To find
out what this means look back through your chart and see if the price tends to
move back to the EMA 12 level or as far as the EMA 34.
As your trade moves into profit you should move your ‘stop loss’ in the same direction behind it and keep doing this to lock in your profits. To determine how far behind you should keep your ‘stop loss’ take a look at previous price action. You need to give the market enough room to breath. Measure how big the previous price swings have been. Quite often you will see that the
price comes back to the 12 EMA or 34 EMA.
Read the manual for further