AFL Strategy for Chande Momentum Oscillator


Step 1: The Trading Idea

Buy when momentum is strong with the recent high/low as stoploss

Step 2: Selecting Indicators for CMO Strategy

In the book “The New Technical Trader”, Tushar Chande introduced the Chande Momentum Oscillator (CMO). It is a momentum indicator very similar to RSI and Stochastics indicator. However it differs from them in its construction that the Up and Down days are used in both numerator and denominator.

The overbought and oversold levels in CMO as suggested by Tushar Chande are +50 and -50. We use these levels similar to the RSI AFL Trading System. We Buy when CMO crosses above +50 using the recent high of last 5 candles as stop loss. The default period of 20 is used for CMO.

Step 3: Defining Clear Strategy Rules for Chande Momentum Oscillator Strategy

Buy: When CMO crosses above +50

Sell:  When recent low of last 5 candles is breached

AFL Strategy for Chande Momentum Oscillator

Step 4: AFL Coding Guide

The AFL uses looping on all bars to generate buy sell signals. This is because the entries and exit conditions are different but occur too frequently. Using flags in the loop help to confirm:

The proper cycle of Buy, Sell, Short and Cover signals is maintained

There are no consecutive buy or sell signals

Step 5: The Backtest

The strategy shows amazing profits when tested using the default. It generates a significant profit of 7195 points, or Rs. 5,39,625/ over two years on one lot (75 shares). The winner% is just 32%, which is very low. However, the average win/loss ratio is 59 points, which is very good. This indicates that this strategy is able to capture entire trending movement, even though it gets stopped our in sideways market.

Related Article: Basics in Strategy Backtesting

  • Scrip: Bank Nifty current month futures, 15-minute
  • All trades executed at Close price of the bar on which signal is triggered
  • Brokerage: 0.01% of Trade Value
  • Data History: 01-01-2014 to 31-12-2015 (two years)
  • Strategy Optimization: None

Step 6: Further Improvement

We leave it to the readers to suggest any improvement in Step 2 and Step 3 which can increase the profitability. We can introduce custom stoploss as well as profit targets
to further maximize the profitability.

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