The next pair in the row to try is the ADX indicator accompanied by the Moving Average. Can this pair of indicators show better results than the previous ones? What are the best settings for ADX to perform with?
Intrigued? Read the results below.
The main aim of the ADX indicator is to measure trendiness. So if you are looking for an indicator to check either the trend is going up or worn, it is not the proper one – it shows only either the trend is strong or the market is consolidating.
The trend is strong and is not going to fade if the indicator reaches above the 25 line. On contrary, if the indicator reaches below the 25 line, then the trend is weak or the market is not trending, so it is better not to enter trades during such period.
The ADX signals over 30 demonstrate the strong trend to happen – it is definitely the best time to get into the trade.
Important tip: when the ADX is over 35 and it is above either +DI or -Di, then the trader should look carefully for the signals from another indicator because the possibility of the reversal is very high.
Within this strategy, we use additionally the Moving Average. As said above, the ADX cannot spot the trend, but only it’s strength, so we use MA to check either the trend is up or down and take the candlestick crossover as the entry signal.
Timeframe: 15 mins and above (we backtest within the 30 mins timeframe).
Currency pair: Any.
Indicators: ADX (with default settings); 14 EMA.
Important: we do not trade when the ADX is below the 25 line.
There are several ways to read ADX indicator, the author of the method indicates that if the ADX crosses the 20 level – then the trend is getting stronger if the ADX is over 30 – the trend has gained even more power.
However, still different traders emerge various readings of this indicator:
We cannot claim anything of these being false or true, as obviously every trader finds its own way to read popular indicators and adjust them according to their trading needs. Again, the best way to find out – to backtest any of these settings and pick the one that will work the best for you.
What else can be adjusted additionally?
|Market||Training set||Forward testing|
|Bull||213,39 pips||30,88 pips|
|Bear||70,58 pips||-16,84 pips|
|Flat||171,48 pips||-18,09 pips|
|Market||Training set||Forward testing|
|Bull||01/03/2011-11/04/2011||09/06/2010 – 02/07/2010|
|Flat||01/09/2016 – 01/11/2016||04/05/2015 – 22/05/2015|
*How long it took us to enter the 50 trades for the Training Set and 20 trades for the Forward Testing.
A Reminder: in order to save your valuable time and efforts, we have introduced the system of backtesting when you perform only 50 trades through 3 different types of market (Bullish, Bearish and Flat markets) and then again 20 trades through the given types of market, but during other periods. Then with simple math calculations, we can make conclusions about effectiveness or irrelevance of the chosen strategy.
The full version of the theory of our backtesting experiments and how did we came up with the idea of such backtesting you can read here.
As believed the best results this combo of indicators revealed during the Bull markets.
Backtesting during the Flat market showed optimistic results, so we thought: “Finally, we have found a strategy and the indicator that show pleasant results when the market is Flat”, but no, the forward testing proved again that trading in trending markets shows more results as always.
Besides, as the market is not trending, the ADX was quite often under 25, so it was hard to find the trades setups.
As for the period, it took us to perform the trades, we have achieved the aimed quantity of trades in a month or less. Not bad, right?
Based on that we can assume that this strategy can work out potentially with the different settings backtested.
As you can see, the main idea of our backtesting experiment was to show that:
As you can see, backtesting is quite simple activity in case if you have the right backtesting tools.
The testing of this strategy was arranged in Forex Tester with the historical data that comes along with the program.
To check this (or any other) strategy’s performance you can download Forex Tester for free. In addition, you will receive 22 years of free historical data (easily downloadable straight from the software).
What is your opinion about this trading strategy? Did you happen to trade with these indicators before? What were the results?