November 15, 2019

BlackBird Template

Stepping a Stop-loss to Breakeven and Then Trailing the Ichimoku

This will demonstrate how to incrementally move a stop-loss in steps, and then finally trail the Ichimoku Tenkan Sen plot.  The initial placement for the stop-loss is at 12 ticks away.  When 7 ticks of profit is reached, move the stop-loss to 5 ticks from entry price.  When 15 ticks of profit is reached, move the stop-loss to breakeven +2 ticks.  At 16 ticks of profit, start trailing the Ichimoku Tenkan Sen line.


November 1, 2019

                No Workshop


October 25, 2019

Dynamically Adjusting Profit Target as a Percentage of Stop-loss Distance


October 18, 2019

                No Training Type Questions to Post


October 11, 2019

Using  Multiple Entry & Exit BloodHound Signals Together in BlackBird

This demonstrates how to use one BloodHound template file for the Entry signals, and a different BloodHound template file for Exit signals.  Plus, it explains how multiple BloodHound template files setup in the Trade Signals section work together and are combined together.

Closing an Entry Order Based on Various Criteria

A quick demonstration of the various ways you could cancel a Stop Entry order (e.g. cancel after x number of bars, ticks of profit, time, etc).

Closing a Profitable Trade After X Minutes has Past

This demonstrates how to setup a trailing rule that waits for 3 hrs to pass and then checks if the position is profitable.  If the position is profitable then it is flattened.


October 4, 2019

How do BloodHound Exit Signals Work Together with Stoploss Trailing Rules

This topic discusses how BloodHound Exit signals and stop-losses interact with each other.  How they may affect each other, and how trailing rules can do the same thing as Exit signals.


September 20, 2019

BlackBird Template

Setting a Profit Target to the Recent Swing Price

This example uses the BloodHound template file from yesterday’s BloodHound workshop.  The focus is on placing the profit target at the prior swing price.  For a long position, the profit target is placed at the swing high price, and vice versa for a short.  A short review of the Swing Highs & Lows indicator is given as well.


September 13, 2019

BlackBird Template

Closing a Position When Price Crosses a Swing Line or EMA50

This example demonstrates how to flatten a position, using a stop-loss trailing rule, when price either closes below/above a swing line, or price closes below/above the EMA 50.  This is accomplished by using the Trigger On » Price vs Indicator trigger.  For a long position, when the Close price goes below the Swing low plot or the EMA 50 will flatten the position.  Using a BloodHound Exit signal is a better solution, and the reasons why are discussed in this video.

Can BlackBird be Setup to Ignore Certain BloodHound Signal

No, not directly.  Unwanted BloodHound signals should be removed/controlled in the BH logic, not by BlackBird.  However, this topic demonstrates a workaround that uses a secondary BloodHound template.


September 6, 2019

BlackBird Template

How to Flatten a Trade When Williams %R Crosses -25 or -75 Levels

This example shows how to close out a trade when an oscillator type indicator crosses a level.  In this case the Williams %R indicator is used.


August 16, 2019

                No Training Type Questions to Post


August 2, 2019

BlackBird Template

How to Setup an Automated Scale-in Contract

This video demonstrates a typical scenario of creating an automated scale-in order.  To do this, the Entry order » Place After option and Cancel After option are used.  In this example the scale-in order has three requirements.  #1) Wait for the existing position’s stop-loss to move to breakeven.  #2) The trade (unrealized P/L) must be profitable.  #3) Enter on the next trade signal.


July 19, 2019

BlackBird Template

How to Re-Enter a Position on the Same Bar if the Stoploss is Hit

This demonstrates how to setup BlackBird to allow multiple entries (re-entries) on the same bar, in case the stop-loss is hit.  A stop entry order is created to be placed 1 tick above the bar Open price when the live market price goes 2 ticks below the bar Open.  When the market price goes up and the entry order is filled, a stop-loss is placed 2 ticks below the bar Open.  If the market goes back down and hits the stop-loss, the stop entry order will be placed again immediately afterwards.  The key settings to make this work is the NinjaTrader » Calculate property, and BlackBird Options » ‘Allow re-entry on same bar’ setting.


July 5, 2019

                No Workshop. 🧨 Happy 4th of July Holiday


June 28, 2019

                No Training Type Questions to Post


June 21, 2019

                No Workshop


June 14, 2019

BlackBird Template

A Trailing Rule that Counts Further Backwards as Each New Bar Forms Going Forward


June 7, 2019

A Quick Overview Look at Stop-loss Trailing Rules

This is an introductory look at stop-loss trailing rules.  Trailing rules for entry orders and profit targets operate the same.  The Quick List of trailing stop-loss orders is used to illustrate and analyze how trailing rules work.


May 31, 2019

                No Training Type Questions to Post


May 24, 2019

                No Workshop


May 17, 2019

                No Workshop


May 10, 2019

BlackBird Template

Setting up BlackBird to Execute Orders Intra-Bar

This is a simple example that takes a BloodHound system, which is designed to generate signals intra-bar, and show how to setup BlackBird to then submit orders intra-bar.  Intra-bar means while the bar is building, versus waiting for the bar to close.

BlackBird Template

Cost Averaging Into a Position and Exiting at Breakeven From a Bad Trade

This example demonstrates how to scale into a position if the market moves against the initial trade, and then move the profit targets to the new average entry price as each scale-in contract is filled.  The hope is the initial position will have its profit target filled for a win.  But, if the market moves against the trade then additional cost averaging scale-in positions will be placed in an attempt to exit the trade at breakeven.  Exiting at breakeven is accomplished by moving the profit targets to each new average entry price as each additional scale-in position lowers the average entry price.

This will show how to set up entry orders as scale-in contracts when additional BloodHound signals occur.  And, this shows how to move the profit targets to the average entry price every time the average entry price change, because of the scale-in contracts.


April 26, 2019

                No Training Type Questions to Post


April 19, 2019

BlackBird Template

NT Chart Template

Setting a Stop-loss and Profit Target at the Furthest of 3 Indicator Lines

This example uses the BloodHound signals from the 4/18/19 workshop.  The orders are set up as follows for a long trade.  The first entry is a market order, with 3 profit targets on the amaPivotsDaily R2, R3, and R4 lines.  The stop-losses are placed 1xATR below the furthest of the amaPivotsDaily DP, PP, or CP lines.  Trailing rules are used to evaluate the furthest pivot line away, and move the stop-loss to it.  The second entry order is a limit placed at the amaPivotsDaily R1 line.  It’s profit target is placed at the furthest of the amaRangeProjectionsDaily ADR20 or ADE20 lines.  Trailing rules are used to evaluate the furthest pivot line away, and move the target to it.  The stop-loss is placed, at the same location as the other orders, 1xATR below the furthest of the amaPivotsDaily DP, PP, or CP lines.


March 29, 2019

Enter At Swings Highs/Lows Using BloodHound Signals

This shows how to use SiChameleon to enter trades at the recent High or Low price.  The entry is triggered using signals from a BloodHound template.


March 8, 2019

Stop-Loss Trailing of the Lowest Low of Last 3 Bars

How to setup a stop-loss to trail the lowest low of the last 3 bars for a long trade, and the HH of the last 3 bars for a short trade.


March 1, 2019

Quick Review of Using the Order Monitor Panel » Auto Trailing

This is a quick review showing how the Auto Trailing switch works..


February 8, 2019

BlackBird Template

NT Chart Template

Changing SuperTrend Settings for a Trailing Stop-Loss

This will show how to use different indicator parameters during the life cycle of a stop-loss.  E.G.  A wider SuperTrend setting (Offset Multiplier of 5) may be wanted, when a trade position is first opened, until at least 10 ticks of profit is achieved.  Then, after 10 ticks of profit, a tighter SuperTrend setting (Offset Multiplier of 1) may be wanted, to tighten up the trailing stop-loss.  This example uses the amaSuperTrendU11 from LizardIndicators.

Example of Risk Per Trade to Auto Scale the Number of Contracts

This example quickly shows how to enable the Money Management » Risk Per Trade option, which is used to automatically adjust the number of contracts per trade based on account size and the risk amount.  For a full explanation please see this video Daily Max Profit / Loss and Other Money Management Settings  or  Overview of the Management Settings Buttons.


February 1, 2019

BlackBird Template

Using the Larger Stop-loss Distance of Either an ATR(55) or ATR(200)

How can the largest offset distance, of either a 55 period ATR or 200 period ATR, be used for the stop-loss price when the Initial Placement supports one indicator setting?  While BlackBird does not directly support input choices like this in the Initial Placement, a workaround can be created using the Trailing Actions component.  This example shows how to set up Trailing Rules that will move the stop-loss to the largest/furthest distance away of either ATR periods.  Other important information related to this topic is discussed as well.


January 25, 2019

BlackBird Template

Converting an ATM into BlackBird, & A Workaround for Percentage Parameter Type

This covers two topics in one.  First is the broader topic of how to convert an NT 8 ATM strategy over to BlackBird.  We take the screenshots of a customers ATM strategy, and show where each parameter/component of the ATM is set up in BlackBird’s Order settings interface.  The ATM has Percentage selected in the ‘Parameter type’, and since Blackbird does not support percentage at this time, an ATR offset is used instead.

The second part show a workaround for using percentage as an order offset distance.  All the order settings are adjusted to switch from an ATR offset to a percentage offset.


January 18, 2019

                No Training Type Questions to Post


January 11, 2019

BlackBird Template

NT Chart Template

Starting a Stop Loss 4 Ticks Behind an Indicator

This example shows how to initially set the stop-loss price to an EMA, and then when the market is far enough away from the amaSuperTrend indicator start trailing the SuperTrend.  This topic also uses the BloodHound template from the January 10, 2019 BloodHound workshop.  The specific stop-loss settings used in this topic are:
1)  The initial stop-loss placement is set 4 ticks below the EMA 55.
2)  After the Close price is greater than the amaSupertrendU11 indicator +8 ticks, then start trailing the amaSupertrend -4 ticks.


12/14/2018        Placing an Entry Order Intrabar After Price Crosses a MA

BlackBird Template

0:00 - How to place a Stop entry order at an EMA after price crosses below the EMA by 3 ticks, thus the order is filled if price moves back up to the EMA.  This is designed for large reversal renko bars that can generate long wicks.  The conditions all occur on the same bar as the bar is building, therefore Calculate = On Price Change.


12/07/2018        Trailing An Entry Order with a Moving Average

BlackBird Template


11/09/2018        Exit Position When SMA Slopes in Opposite Direction

BlackBird Template - SL 10 tk Close order on SMA reversal

BlackBird Template - SL 10 tk Trail 10tk using Closed Bar profit of 10tks

00:00 - How to use the closed bar’s price to trigger a trailing stop-loss instead of real-time market price.  This example show how to activate a 10 tick trailing stop-loss once 10 ticks of profit is achieved based on a closed/completed bar’s Close price.

10:04 - How to exit/close a position when the SMA 7 slopes in the opposite direction of the trade.  I.e.  When in a long trade, if the SMA slopes downward then close the position.


10/26/2018        Flatten a Position if the Position Has Been Open for 2 Hours and Isn’t Profitable

BlackBird Template

NT Chart Template

00:00 - Setting a Limit entry order to the Bid price for a long, and Ask for a short position.  Then the following stop-loss parameters are added.  The initial stop-loss starts at 8 ticks.  Move to breakeven +2 ticks at 7 ticks of profit.  Then, trail by 5 ticks on every 2 ticks of profit.  Then, trail by 3 tick, at 15 ticks of profit, on every 1 tick of profit.

15:51 - This next topic takes the above stop-loss settings and adds a Stop entry that is placed 1 tick above the Swing indicator.  For a long position, the Stop entry order is placed 1 tick above the Swing High plot (for a breakout entry), or the Stop entry is placed 1 tick below the Swing Low plot for a short position.  Also, a trailing action is added to automatically move the stop entry if the Swing indicator finds a new swing point.

28:02 - How to flatten a position if the position has been open for 2 hours and is not profitable.  This example shows how to create a stop-loss rule to accomplish this.


10/19/2018        Designing a Scaling-In Trading System (raw unedited recording)

BlackBird Template

NT Chart Template

1)  We take the BloodHound template, built in the 10/19/20018 workshop, and set up the following orders.  The first order is a market entry with a 20 tick profit target, and a 15 tick stop-loss that starts trailing after 8 ticks of profit.  The second order is a scale-in order set up as a runner (no profit target), and a 15 tick stop-loss.  The third order is the second scale-in order set up the same as the second order.  The first order is executed on the first BloodHound signal, the second order is executed on the second BloodHound signal, and the third order is executed on the third BloodHound signal.


09/14/2018        Tightening Stop-loss Trailing as Profit Increases & Allowing Stop-loss Widening

BlackBird Template - PT1 5tk PT2 10tk SL -6tk @PT1 hit -5tk Trail -5tks

BlackBird Template - Example Tightening Trailing SL

00:00 - A short review of 3 topics.  1)  How to open a BlackBird template file.  2)  Setting the number of contracts (or order quantity).  3)  Settings to run BB in full auto-trading mode.

17:36 - How to create an order set with the following parameters.  Profit target #1 (PT1) is 5 ticks.  PT2 is 10 ticks.  Stop-loss (SL) starts at 6 ticks.  Move SL to 5 ticks after 3 ticks of profit.  When PT1 is filled, trail SL2 by 5 ticks.

34:14 - How to override stop-loss trailing to allow them to widen (to move backwards or against the trade direction).  This shows 3 setting that need to be changed to allow this behavior.

37:31 - An example of creating a tightening stop-loss trailing as profit increases.


09/07/2018        No Training Type Questions to Post


08/24/2018        No Training Type Questions to Post


07/27/2018        No Workshop - Shark Week Event


07/20/2018        No Workshop - Shark Week Event


07/06/2018        No Workshop Questions


06/08/2018        Repeat Topics.  No Recording Posted.


06/01/2018        BloodHound Multi-Timeframe System with 3 MACDs & 3 Order Sets

BlackBird Template -NQ- BH 3TF 3 MACD Signal Trg 4 8 40tk SL 16 BE 16tk trail 16tk

BlackBird Template -ES- BH 3TF 3 MACD Signal Trg 3 6 20tk SL 8 BE 8tk trail 8tk

BloodHound Template

NT Chart Template

00:00 - This is a good overview of adding a BloodHound signal into BlackBird, and then building a 3 profit target order set with various stop-loss trailing rules.  We take the MTF & 3 MACD system from the 5/31/2018 BloodHound workshop and build one BlackBird template for the NQ instrument, and another for the ES instrument.  Each instrument has different target and stop-loss settings.

Stop-loss setting for the NQ are as follows:  Stop-loss #1 (for profit target #1) is a fixed 16 ticks.  Stop-loss #2 also starts at 16 ticks, and moves to breakeven +2 ticks afte 6 ticks of profit.  Stop-loss #3 starts at 16 ticks, and moves to breakeven at 16 ticks of profit, and then starts trailing after 21 ticks of profit, 16 ticks behind the market, and moves once every 5 ticks in profit.

Stop-loss setting for the ES are as follows:  Stop-loss #1 (for profit target #1) is a fixed 8 ticks.  Stop-loss #2 also starts at 8 ticks, and moves to breakeven +1 ticks after 4 ticks of profit.  Stop-loss #3 starts at 8 ticks, and moves to breakeven at 8 ticks of profit, and then starts trailing after 12 ticks of profit, 8 ticks behind the market, and moves every tick in profit.


05/25/2018        Start Stop-loss Trailing After the CCI Crosses a Level

BlackBird Template

NT Chart Template

00:00 - How to build a stop-loss that starts trailing swing point after the CCI indicator crosses a certain level.  In this example the stop-loss starts with a 10 tick offset.  It then starts trailing from swing point to swing point after the CCI crosses above +100 for a long trade or below -100 for a short trade.


05/18/2018        Repeat Topics.  No Recording Posted.


05/11/2018        Implementing a Scale-in Contract Overview

BlackBird Template

NT Chart Template

00:00 - An overview of the most typical setup for adding a scale-in contract to a trading system.  This has 2 order sets, 1 contract each.  The first order set is the initial contract that opens the position.  The second order set is the scale-in contract, which is executed if a secondary BH signal occurs while the first contract is open.  An EMA bounce BloodHound signal is used to demonstrate creating the scale-in contract.


05/04/2018        Stop Entry Order for Opening Range Breakout Trade

BlackBird Template

BloodHound Template

NT Chart Template

00:00 - Setting up a Stop entry order for a Opening Range Breakout trade.  This uses the open range BloodHound template from 5/3/2018, and shows how to setup a Stop entry order 1 tick offset from the opening range.  Also, setting the stop-loss to the opening range midpoint is shown.

31:04 - Various ways to move a profit target when price gets within a few ticks of the profit target.


04/27/2018        Closing a Trade When 4 Losing Bars In a Row Occur

BlackBird Template

NT Chart Template

0:00 - This builds a 2 profit target, and anaSuperTrend (ST) trailing stop-losses, where the trade is closed at market if the previous 4 bars are losses.  The entry is a market order.  Profit target #1 is 2.5 points (10ticks for the /ES).  The stop-loss is initially placed at a swing low/high point, and then starts trailing the ST plus a 1.25 ATR offset when 8 ticks of profit occurs.  Profit target #2 is 6 points (24ticks for the /ES).  This stop-loss is also initially placed at a swing low/high point, and then starts trailing the ST plus a 1.25 ATR offset when 8 ticks of profit occurs.  In addition, it will move to Breakeven +1 tick when profit target #1 is filled, and then stop trailing the ST.  Both contracts will close/flatten if 4 bars in a row close on the losing side of the entry price (the bars close as a loss) by moving the stop-losses into the market price.


04/20/2018        Protecting a Stop-loss From Wicks Hitting the SuperTrend, Improved

BlackBird Template

BloodHound Template

NT Chart Template

0:00 - How to protect a anaSuperTrend trailing stop-loss from bar wicks hitting the stop-loss.  This customer’s idea uses the stop-loss to close the order only when a bar closes on the other side of the SuperTrend line (ST), not just the bar wick penetrating the ST line.  This demonstrates a way to alleviate the issue of stop-losses getting hit by bar wicks when price sometimes bounces off the ST line, and then continues on with the trend.  This example uses 2 anaSuperTrend indicators.  One ST is closer to price (the inner ST), and the other is an outer/wider ST.  The inner ST determines when to close the order.  The wider ST is where the stop-loss is trailed until price closes beyond the inner ST line.  A BloodHound template is used to detect when price closes beyond the ST line.  Another BH template detects when the stop-loss can start trailing the wider ST line incase the ST line is on the wrong side of the market when the order is placed.  This is an improvement to the original topic that was discussed in the Sept. 22, 2017 workshop.


04/13/2018        No Recording Today

BlackBird Template - SL exit on Price crossing Indicator

BlackBird Template - BH Entry Signal and Exit Signal example

NT Chart Template


04/06/2018        Safeguards When Placing a Stop-loss to a Swing Point Indicator

BlackBird Template - Example Set SL to SwingHighsLows indicator

BlackBird Template - Example SL trail EMA20 High Low channel

NT Chart Template

00:00 - Safeguards to use when attaching the stop-loss to a swing point indicator.  This clip shows an alternative way of setting up a stop-loss that is to be placed at the most recent swing low (for longs) or high (for shorts).  The issue is when setting a stop-loss to a swing point indicator, sometimes the indicator has not plotted the swing point yet, or the swing point indicator has not yet caught up to were the market is currently trading.  This clip provides a solution to this indicator caused issue.  Instead of using the SiSwingsHighsLows indicator directly, we use the Swing Point Prices interface which uses the SiSwingsHighsLows indicator for the calculations.

25:06 - How to set up indicators to use the High or Low prices instead of the standard Close price.  This clip demonstrates how to change the Input Series of the EMA to the High and Low prices, to create an EMA channel.  Then use those EMAs for a trailing stop-loss.


03/30/2018        No Workshop Questions


03/23/2018        No Workshop Questions


03/09/2018        Moving a Stop-loss When a Profit Target is Filled

BlackBird Template - Example of moving SL when PT are hit

BlackBird Template - Example Stop Entry trailing EMA 55 SL trailing SMA 14

00:00 - How to move/trail a stop-loss when profit targets are hit.  Then, how to set up an entry order to follow a slower moving average, and have the stop-loss follow/trail a faster MA.

45:32 - How to split a 2 contract profit target into two 1 contract profit targets.

50:02 - How do strategies (E.G. BlackBird or Raven) interact with the Super DOM?

56:47 - Does the Money Management » Watermark feature track both Sim101 and Live account trading P&L?


03/02/2018        Demo Using the M/M Daily Watermark with 3 Grouped BlackBirds

BlackBird Template

00:00 - This is a walk-through demonstration using the Daily Watermark feature with multiple BlackBirds, and with Money Management » PnL Calculation Mode in Group Mode.  BlackBird is setup on three separate charts.  Every BlackBird has ‘PnL Calculation Mode’ set to Group Mode and the Daily Watermark is enabled, in the Money Management section.  BloodHound signals are set up in each BlackBird.  The order settings are set slightly different in each BlackBird.  Lastly, simulation testing is done to demonstrate how the Watermark works in group mode.

29:42 - Is it possible to get market orders filled at the closing price of the ProRenko bar?  This discusses how and why orders are generally filled a couple of ticks from the Close price of the signal bar for renko and range bars.


02/16/2018        Repeat Topics.  No Recording Posted.


02/23/2018        Switching Stop-loss Trailing from Tick Based to Previous Bar Low / High

BlackBird Template

00:00 - How to place a Stop entry order a tick above the bar high of the BloodHound signal bar.  I.E.  When a BH signal occurs the entry order will be place a tick above the high price of that bar.

12:35 - How to change the BloodHound signal (logic templates) that BlackBird is trading in real-time.

21:11 - This builds a 20 tick stop-loss that move 2 ticks for every 1 tick in profit, until break even is achieved.  Then the stop-loss trailing switches to trailing the previous bar low/high with a 1 tick offset.


02/02/2018        No Workshop Questions


01/26/2018        Placing an Entry Order Past the Order Book & Review of Buy/Sell Ask/Bid Buttons

0:00 - A quick review of how the Buy/Sell Ask & Bid trade buttons works on the Trade Controls (chart trader) panel.

9:03 - How to define a limit entry order that is placed it 1 or 2 ticks past the order book.  The user’s intent of doing this is to get in front of the other waiting orders.  This shows how to create a limit entry order that is placed 1 tick above the Bid (for a long order), or 1 tick above the Last price.  Whichever you feel is more appropriate for your trading.


01/19/2018        Opening an Entry Order on Indicator A but Trail Indicator B

BlackBird Template 

NT Chart Template

00:00 - How to open a limit entry order at one indicator plot and after that bar closes have the entry order trail/follow a different indicator plot.  In this example the limit order is opened at the Ichimoku Span A plot.  Once the first bar closes the entry order starts trailing the Ichimoku Span B.  If not filled, the entry is canceled after 20 bars or at a specified time of the day using the SiTimeBlock indicator.

39:31 - Where can the profit & loss be seen for each BlackBird when running several BlackBirds at the same time.


01/05/2018        Scaling into a Trade & Pullback to 5 Bar Donchian Channel Scalping Entry

BlackBird Template - Example Scaling-In on BH Signals

BlackBird Template - 5 Bar Pullback w Runner

NT Chart Template

00:00 - How to use the Entry order » Placement Trigger » Trade Signal Trigger option to scale-in(add more contracts) to a position.  This example demonstrates how to use a BloodHound trade signal to keep adding more contracts, with profit targets & stop-losses, to an existing position.

28:20 - This is a continuation of the BloodHound workshop on 1/4/18 to incorporate the pullback to 5 bar high/low signal into BlackBird.  The pullback signal is modified slightly for use in BlackBird.  This demonstrates attaching a limit entry order to the Donchian Channel where it waits for a pullback in the market depending on the market trend as defined in the BloodHound logic.  Later on, a second contract is added added to the position based on a secondary trend continuation BloodHound signal.


12/15/2017        Issues Associated with Backtesting Renko Style Bars

BlackBird Template 

NT Chart Template

00:00 - The issues associated with backtesting Renko style bars.  This discusses the following topics: 1)  Why Renko type bars produce inaccurate backtest results.  2) The various ways to compensate for the inaccuracies.  3) Why backtesting on historical charts will always have some inaccuracies.

25:25 - Can BlackBird automatically switch between a Market entry order and a Limit entry order?  No, not as designed.  However, this demonstrates a workaround idea.  The workaround does have a undesired side effect.


11/17/2017        Two Profit Targets With Stop-Loss That Moves to Breakeven at 10 Ticks of Profit

BlackBird Template 

NT Chart Template

0:00 - Setting up BlackBird to use a BloodHound template that requires ‘Calculate on Bar Close’ = False.  This also demonstrates creating a two profit target order with stop-loss that moves to breakeven at 10 ticks of profit.


10/20/2017        Focused Discussion of the BloodHound » Entry Signal and Exit Signal Options

BlackBird Template

NT Chart Template

00:00 - A narrowly focused discussion of how the Trade Signals » BloodHound Signal » Entry Signal Template and Exit Signal Template options behave.  This explains the differences between the BloodHound signals that may be seen on the chart versus the BloodHound signals that BlackBird is actually using.  In other words, the signals on the chart can differ from the signals that BlackBird is using internally, and this focuses on explaining how all that works.

17:07 - A discussion on how Entry, Reversal, and Exit signals all interact with each other.  And, how Exit signals can nullify Entry signals.

38:55 - How to use a stop-loss for the first trade of the day, and then afterwards use a BloodHound Exit signal to exit positions for all the remaining trades of the day.  The majority of the logic for this to work is done in BloodHound.  Please see the prior day’s BloodHound workshop for that.  This clip explains how to set up the BloodHound signals in BlackBird, and some testing to verify it works correctly.


10/13/2017        BlackBird’s Scheduling vs. BloodHound’s Time solver, and How They Interact

0:00 - This discusses how BloodHound’s Time Session solver and BlackBird’s Scheduling operate together.  Such questions as the following are discussed;
- Are the Time solvers in BloodHound being utilized when BlackBird’s Scheduling is being used?
- Does BlackBird’s Scheduling make the final decision when executing a trade, or can BloodHound affect that decision in some way?
- Does one program override the other, or are trades only permitted when the Time Session solver and Scheduling overlap?


10/06/2017        Trail the Stop-loss 1 tick for Every 2 Ticks in Profit

BlackBird Template

00:00 - How to trail a Stop-loss 1 tick for every 2 ticks in profit.  And, as an added bonus we include a breakeven +1 tick at 10 ticks of profit.

17:42 - How to use BloodHound to exit/flatten a trade on a specific day of the week and time, instead of using the Scheduling » Force Trades To Exit option.  E.G.  The weekly crude inventory report.  This is a follow up on the previous day’s BloodHound workshop question.  

26:16 - A brief explanation of how the Money Management » PnL Calculation Mode » Global Mode works.

36:59 - Is there a limit to the number of BlackBird strategies that can be fun?


9/22/2017        Protecting a Stop-loss From Wicks Hitting the SuperTrend

BlackBird Template File

NT Chart Template

00:00 - How to trigger a stop-loss when price closes beyond the SuperTrend indicator.  This demonstrates a way to alleviates the issue of stop-losses getting hit by wicks crossing the anaSuperTrend, but the bar then closing above the indicator and price continues to move higher.  This example uses a stop-loss in the order.  Also discussed is another way to do the same without a stop-loss as part of the order.


9/15/2017        An Overview of the Improved Scheduling Feature

00:00 - An overview of the improved Scheduling feature.


9/08/2017        Adjusting the Quick List ‘Previous Bar Low/High (Trailing)’ Stop-loss

BlackBird Template File

00:00 - An overview of adjusting the quick list ‘Previous Bar Low/High (Trailing)’ stop-loss to suit your own bar low/high stop-loss trailing.  The default setting for the  Previous Bar Low/High (Trailing) stop-loss is to trail the last bar’s low or high.  This video explains how to adjust the setting to trail the lowest low of the last 3 bars (or last 2 bars) for a long trade.  Or, trail the low of the 3rd bar back, instead of 1 bar back.

11:44 - How to set a Stop entry 12 ticks below the highest high of 30 bars back, and then trail the stop entry lower if the market continues to move lower.  This demonstrates how to use the Select Input » Price window to calculate the highest high of 30 bars back, and then apply a 12 tick offset below that highest high.  Then a secondary stop entry is added to the system.  The second stop entry is tied to the first profit target.  When the first profit target is hit, the second stop entry is submitted 12 ticks above the profit target.


8/25/2017        Taking Profits at Market when Ask/Bid Touches an Indicator

BlackBird Template File

00:00 - Exiting a trade, for a profit, when the Ask or Bid touches the anaSuperTrend.  This uses a BloodHound signal as an Exit signal to flatten the trade for a profit.  Instead of using a profit target (which are limit orders that sometimes do not get filled), the trader wants to exit the trade at market as soon as the Ask or Bid touches the anaSuperTrend line.  Please Note:  In Options, the ‘Allow Auto Trades During Manually Placed Trade’ needed to be checked in order for the testing to work properly.

13:07 - How to close a position after a certain amount of time has passed, if the profit target or stop-loss is not hit.  This shows how to use the Trailing Actions » Initial Delay to accomplish this action.


8/18/2017        Moving Stop-loss to Breakeven After Target #1 is Hit

BlackBird Template File

00:00 - Moving the stop-loss to breakeven once the first profit target is filled.  This demonstrates a typical use of the Trailing Actions » Trigger On » Order Status Changed option.

13:19 - How to create a simple market entry order, now that Placement Delay and Placement Trigger options (for scaling-in additional order) have been added to the Entry order menu.


8/11/2017        A Quick Back-testing Overview

0:00 - This is a very quick and simple overview of back-testing with BlackBird.  A BloodHound template from the previous day’s workshop is used for the trade signals.


8/04/2017        Adding a Pull-Back Delay After a Trade Signal to a Market Order

0:00 -  Delaying a market order until the Last price crosses below the Open of the previous bar.  In this example a trader wants the market order to wait until price has a pull-back to the previous bar's Open, after the BloodHound signal, and then execute.


7/28/2017        Market Replay Backtesting vs. Chart Backtest

BlackBird Template

0:00 - The difference in backtesting on a chart (static historical data) versus backtesting using the Market Replay data-feed (tick by tick historical data).  Market Replay is technically a simulated way to do forward testing using historical data, vs. using live data.  In this topic we discuss why there are differences, and show the different results in NinjaTrader’s Strategy Report.


7/21/2017        Various Discussions on Recent Update Enhancements

0:00:00 - An overview of the scaling-in feature Placement Trigger for entry orders.  In this clip we demonstrate the two most commonly used Placement Trigger options.  Entry Order > Placement Trigger > Trade Signal Trigger is the most commonly used option.  Next is the Placement Trigger > BloodHound Signal.

1:02:45 - A review of the latest improvements to the Dynamic Planning in the 6-20-2017 update.

1:29:41 - Another overview of the Dynamic Planning > Scale to Fit and Track Price buttons.

1:45:00 - A theoretical discussion of a practical approach for automatically moving a profit target further out to capture more profit.  This clip discusses how you can use a BloodHound signal to move a profit target further out, for more profit, and then move the profit target back in again if the BloodHound signal/condition ends.


7/14/2017        Cancel an Entry Order Using an Indicator Condition

00:00 - How to cancel a limit order when two indicators no longer equal each other.  This example demonstrates how to cancel a limit entry order when the DonchianChannel no longer equals the daily high or daily low (using the CurrentDayOHL indicator).


7/07/2017        The Calculate on Bar Close Effect on Trailing Rules

00:00 - What are the differences between BlackBird and Raven?

14:14 - An overview of ways to delay stop-loss trailing until a profit goal is achieved.  This discusses the Trailing Actions > Initial Delay, Trailing Actions > Trigger On > Profit or Loss, and Trailing Actions > Trigger On > Order Status Changed components to create profit based delays.

23:58 - How does the ‘Calculate on bar close’ setting affect trailing rules.  Entry order trailing, profit target trailing, and stop-loss trailing can be affected by the CoBC setting.

32:42 - How does NinjaTrader handle orders placed in opposite directions on the same instrument.  E.G. BlackBird #1 is on a 5 minute chart and enters a long trade.  BlackBird #2 is on a 1-minute chart, of the same instrument, and enters a short trade while BB #1 is in the long trade.


6/16/2017        Intro to Advanced Stop-loss Management Using the ParabolicSAR

BlackBird Template (1)

BlackBird Template (2)

00:00 - Adding a Breakeven (BE) to your indicator following trailing stop-loss.  In this clip we cover various topic of creating a multi-ruled trail stop-loss.  This is a good beginner video for getting into advanced stop-loss rule building.  We begin by adding a BE rule to the ParabolicSAR trailing stop-loss.

        a.)  Next, a mult-tiered ParabolicSAR trailing is added.  After BE, the stop-loss trails the ParabolicSAR with standard parameter settings.  Then after 60 tkcks in profit the stop-loss will trail a faster moving ParabolicSAR.

41:12 - How to change the stop-loss placement for a short trade vs. a long trade.  BlackBird does not directly support using one indicator for setting the stop-loss price for long trades, and using a different indicator for setting the stop-loss price for short trades.  However, there is a workaround for this.  This clip demonstrates how to use the Trailing Actions > Trigger On > Price vs. Indicator option to create a stop-loss rule that is only used during a short trade.


6/09/2017        Using an Indicator to Control a Trailing Stop Loss

00:00 - How to use an indicator to control a trailing stop loss.

28:02 - How does the “offset” setting work?  Any setting that pertains to a price value will have the option for an offset.

47:02 - We dive into a previous demo from a BlackBird sales webinar, showing how BlackBird can be used much like an experienced discretionary trader would trade live.


6/02/2017        Setting up a Hedged Order Set

BlackBird Template - BH XO Entry1 PT60tk SL20tk

BlackBird Template - XO Entry2 PT10tk SL10tk

NT Chart Template

00:00 - How to setup a “hedged” order set using two BlackBirds running on the same chart.  The order setup; order #1 is a long limit entry order with a 60 tick profit target and a 20 tick stop-loss.  The hedged order (order #2) is a short stop entry order placed at the stop-loss of order #1.  If the stop-loss, for order #1, is hit a position (order #2) in the opposite direction is opened.  Also, if the profit target for order #1 is hit, then the hedged order (order #2) is canceled.  Two BlackBirds are used to accomplish this sophisticated task.  BlackBird #1 manages order #1, and BlackBird #2 manages order #2.  This demonstration illustrates how to setup both BlackBirds, and discusses the Pros & Cons, and technical issues to be aware of.


5/19/2017        An Overview of the ‘Previous Bar Low / High’ Stop-Loss Settings

00:00 - An overview of the ‘Previous Bar Low/High’ from the Add Stop Loss quick list.  This topic focuses on the Select Input window » Price options. In particular, how the ‘Lookback Period’ and the ‘Process Lookback By’ settings operate.  This is a good lesson for learning how to modify the ‘Previous Bar Low/High’ stop-loss settings to suite your custom needs.


5/05/2017        Daily Max Profit / Loss and Other Money Management Settings

00:00 - Using a custom indicator to set the Profit Target and Stop Loss.

09:50 - Questions about the daily max profit / loss, risk per trade, and other Money Management settings.

16:46 - How does this setting work: “Enforce During Live Trade” for Net Max Loss/Profit.  This setting decides whether the max amount is based on realized or unrealized profit or loss.


4/28/2017        Setting Up Different Trade Rules Depending on Time of Day

0:00 - How to set up a different set of trade rules depending on the time of day.  To accomplish this, we use two instances of BlackBird on one chart.

3:07 - Miscellaneous questions about the Dynamic Planning.


4/14/2017        How to Delay an Audio Alert After Entry Order is Filled

0:00 - How to delay an audio alert, so that it plays X seconds after an entry order is filled/executed.  In this topic the user wants a reminder message to play about 7 seconds after a entry order is filled, to remind him to disable the Auto Trading button.  This is a workaround which uses the Trailing Actions » Initial Delay and Action to accomplish the delay.


4/06/2017        Quick Example of the Dynamic Planning

0:00 - An example of using the Dynamic Planning.  In this example the entry is to be placed approximately at the 50% fibonacci level.  The profit target at the swing point high, and the stop-loss at the swing point low, for a long trade.


3/30/2017        How to Chase the Market with a Limit Order

BlackBird Template File 1 

BlackBird Template File 2

NinjaTrader Chart Template

00:00 - How to setup a chase the market entry order.  In this example a Limit entry order is placed 5 ticks below the bar’s Close price (for long entry).  When price moves away from the entry order, the entry order will chase the market 5 ticks behind, waiting for a pull back.  A limit can be set on how far the entry order will chase the market by using Trailing Actions » Repeat »  Repeat X Times’ or ‘Repeat Until.

30:47 - How to set an alternative Stop-loss when using the anaSuperTrend indicator and it is in the wrong direction of the trade.  E.G.  A long trade is placed, but the anaSuperTrend is on the wrong side of price to set a stop-loss.  How can a stop-loss be placed?

57:13 - What is the difference between ‘OCO Entry Price’ vs. ‘Average Entry Price’ in the Select Mode » Price menu?




3/23/2017        Computer Crashed and the Recording was Corrupted


3/16/2017        Setting up Entry Orders for a Hedged Grid Strategy

00:00 - What sequence is recommended for studying BlackBird?  OCO Order section, Management section, and then the Signal section.

15:08 - Can BlackBird place entry orders in a Hedged Grid strategy? Yes, but in one direction at a time.


3/09/2017        Miscellaneous BlackBird Questions

00:00 - Is it possible to attach/associate an existing (manually placed) order to BlackBird, so that BlackBird and manage that order? No, NinjaTrader does not have the ability to facilitate that.

02:12 - An extended explanation of the Risk Management option "Allow Widening of Stop Loss During Trade".

12:42 - Does the Risk Management option "Exit Trade After Loss Exceeds" apply to discretionary trades?


3/02/2017        How to Place a Trade at a Specific Time of Day

BlackBird Template File 

00:00 - How to use a BloodHound signal to execute a trade at an exact time of day.  In this example we take a BloodHound template, that was built in the 02/24/2017 BloodHound Workshop, which generates a signal at 9:32am every day.  Afterwards, we demonstrate how to generate backtest results.

10:09 - A follow up example to the above topic.  How to exit/flatten a trade at a specific time of day.  This can be done using a BloodHound signal to flatten a trade, or a trailing rule can be used..

22:43 - Can a trade be opened when the market first opens?  Yes.  Using the above topic, we briefly explain how this can be done.

23:46 - Can the account that BlackBird trades by changed on-the-fly?  No.  NinjaTrader does not allow that.

25:38 - Can more than one BlackBird run on a chart at the same time?  Yes, and we give a short demonstration of what it will look like the order distinction issues that might arise.  Also, are the order from each BlackBird kept separate from each other or will they interfere with each other?


2/23/2017        Stop a Trailing Stop-loss From Moving After X Profit or Condition

BlackBird Template File 

How to stop a trailing stop-loss from moving after a certain condition occurs.  In this example we demonstrate using the Trailing Actions » Repeat Until option.  The stop-loss is to be trailed until 1 tick of profit is achieved, and then the stop-loss will no longer trail.


2/16/2017        Demonstrating the New Alert Types in Trailing Actions

BlackBird Template File 

00:25 - This discusses and demonstrates the new alert types, from the Alert menu, that are also available in the Trailing Actions » Action section.  Also, included is use of the Active Position alert in the Alerts menu.

28:41 - This demonstrates creating a trailing stop-loss after a break even +1 stop-loss movement is made.


2/09/2017        A Review of the Feb 6 2017 BlackBird Update


This video discusses the new enhancements and improvements in the 3rd BlackBird update.

1)  Enhancements to the Scheduler.

2)  The new Global Breakeven button.

3)  The new Alert types.

4)  The new Watermark Stoploss value display.

5)  Enhancement to the Trailing Actions » Trigger On » Price vs Indicator condition.

6)  The new Entry Prices now available.  OCO and Average Entry Prices.

7)  Display improvements for the Performance panel.

8)  The new Automatic (entry) Order Type.


1/26/2017        Using the DM Indicator as a Stop-Loss Offset

04:49 - How to set the profit target distance based on the entry bar length.  In this example we set the profit target at 1.5 times the length of the entry bar by using the ATR indicator.  The stop-loss is set at 1 tick below the low/above the high.

12:42 - A discussion about overriding auto-trades with discretionary trades.  What are the various options and behaviors of placing a manual trade when BlackBird is setup to auto-trade.

28:56 - Can a auto-trade or a manual trade be reversed?

33:10 - Is it possible to delete a static stop-loss and replace it with a trailing stop-loss while in the trade?

37:23 - How to use the DM indicator’s DI plots as a stop-loss offset distance.  The ±DI plot values are in ticks, which can be used as an offset tick distance in BlackBird.


1/19/2017        Placing Stop-loss at Opening Range Prices

Links to download indicators:

EMAGapless 

OpenRangev42MTF 

This example discusses an Opening Range system question.  It uses LizardTrader.com’s anaOpenRangeV42MTF indicator to calculate the range, which is used to set the stop-loss price, and in the BloodHound workshop used to calculate the breakout signal.  The entries are market orders, with one profit target and a runner.  A 1% of account size is used to set the max risk / trade and the number of contracts are increased to match.  

Please note, as of 01-20-2017, the anaOpenRangeV42MTF indicator does not function correctly in BloodHound.


1/12/2017        Various Order Manipulation Questions

00:00 - An overview of all the various ways to cancel orders.

06:35 - How to cancel pending entry orders using a custom logic based event.

09:32 - Is it possible to track the various order states (as outlined in ninjatrader.com/support/helpGuides/nt7/?order_state_definitions.htm) in  a logic based event to help prevent overfills?

12:27 - Is it possible to cancel pending entry orders using a (BloodHound or indicator) signal in the Trailing Actions tab?

20:19 - How to create an Opening Range Breakout system in BlackBird.  The highest high and lowest low that occurs during a specific time range needs to be tracked by an indicator. Once price breaks out of that range, then place a limit order at the range’s price and wait for the market to retrace back to that limit order.


1/05/2017        Updated Overview of OCO Order Set ≫ Trailing Actions Tab

0:00 - This is an updated overview of the Trailing Actions tab, which is where custom trailing rules are created.  This training focuses on Stop-loss trailing, but keep in mind that profit targets and entry orders can be trailed/moved as well.


12/15/2016        Overview of Go Long/Short Buttons and P&L Statistics

BlackBird Template

06:44 - When using the "Go Long" or "Go Short" buttons, what determines the price of where the entry is placed?  This discusses how the Go buttons are set.

10:13 - What is the difference in how BlackBird tracks the P&L statistics versus NinjaTrader.


12/01/2016        Averaging in With Trailing Stop Entry Orders

BlackBird Template

0:00:00 - How to build a trailing Stop entry order, legging in system.  This example starts with a Stop entry order(order “A”) and shows how to trail the market price when price moves away from the Stop order.  E.G.  A long Stop order is placed, but the market price moves down.  The Stop order will trail down 4 ticks above the market price.  A second Stop entry order(order “B”) is placed, but is waiting for order “A” to fill first.  When order “A” fills, if price keeps moving down then order “B” will trail down once price move 8 ticks below order “A” entry price.  But, if price move 12 ticks down then order “B” is canceled.  This is a fairly complex averaging in system using Stop entry orders instead of Limit orders.

1:01:17 - A simple example on how to use the Indicator Signal input to automatically place trades.  We use the LTSRuby indicator to demonstrate the Indicator Signal input.  This also demonstrates how to set a Limit order price from an indicator value/plot.

1:27:27 - How to enable Calculate on Bar Close(CoBC) = False when it is grayed out(can not be changed)?


11/17/2016        Converting an ATM in to BlackBird & A Backtesting Overview

BlackBird Template: ATM 1 Target 1 Trailing Rule

BlackBird Template: ATM 2 Target 2 Trailing Rule

BlackBird Template: SA Example with BloodHound Example

00:00 - How to convert a NinjaTrader ATM in to BlackBird.  Two examples are provided.  The first ATM is simple with one profit target.  The second ATM has two profit targets and a 2 Step trailing stoploss.

35:20 - A broad overview of backtesting with BlackBird.  We demonstrate backtesting on a chart first, the easiest way to backtest.  Then we move to the Strategy Analyzer to generate some backtest results, and show some prerequisites before using the Strategy Analyzer.  Lastly, we explain the Optimization issues.


11/03/2016        Setting Up BlackBird to Trade Like Raven

BlackBird Template 

BloodHound Template

00:00 - An explanation of the Order Settings window ≫ Save, OK, and Cancel buttons.

08:15 - How to setup a Bar Reversal trade exit to be used with manual/discretionary trading.

23:56 - An brief overview of the Scheduling component options.  In particular how the Force Trades To Exit is used.

29:23 - How to setup BlackBird so it behaves and back-tests like Raven.

43:08 - How to scale-in/leg-in with additional entry order, with the current version of BlackBird.

53:13 - How the “BlackBird Layout” button works.


10/27/2016        Example of BlackBird Taking Trades using BloodHound Signals

BlackBird Template File 

BlackBird Template File 

BlackBird Template File 

BloodHound Template File 

BloodHound Template File 

0:00:29 - Covering some lesser known features of BlackBird.

0:46:37 - A simple example of BlackBird taking trades using BloodHound signals.

0:54:01 - How to disable trading after a specific net profit using the Money Management menu.

0:59:21 - When setting up Trailing Action rules, what’s the difference between “Last” and “Entry” prices.

1:04:10 - The setting “Max # of Losing Trades” means number of losing Trades, not Contracts.



10/20/2016        Overview of the Trailing Actions

BlackBird Template File

00:21 - How to place a limit order 4 ticks above the current day’s low, or 4 tick below the current day’s high, when a BloodHound signal occurs.  Next, place a stop-loss 10 ticks below the day’s low or 10 ticks above the day’s high, creating a 14 tick stop-loss.  When price moves 15 ticks in profit, move the stop-loss to the swing high/low point plus 1 tick.  The profit targets are 25 ticks, and 50 tick.

40:57 - Can separate stop-loss trailing rules be set up for long trades vs short trades? The two trailing rules are; #1 After 15 ticks of profit move stop-loss 10 ticks above entry price.  #2 After 30 ticks of profit move stop-loss 20 ticks above entry price.  We discuss how these trailing rules will behave and do they execute in real-time or when the bar closes.

52:59 - An overview of the OCO Order Set ≫ Trailing Actions tab.


10/13/2016        General Q&A

11:41 - Using limit orders in BlackBird

28:17 - Can you offset by an amount, and then adjust manually as needed?

33:36 - How to get the “ana” indicators.

34:42 - An example of when BlackBird can’t do something; BloodHound or another indicator should be used.

40:04 - Set a trailing stop to the low of the prior bar.


10/06/2016        Overview of OCO Order Sets

0:00:30 - Overview of using OCO order sets

2:27:40 - Protect profits by moving the stop loss to break-even plus a few ticks

2:47:44 - Using the DM indicator as an offset factor.

2:52:45 - Why you can’t use the anaSuperTrend as the stop loss value.


9/29/2016        Forgot to hit “record” so no recording this week


9/22/2016        Overview of the Management Settings Buttons

00:30 - Overview of the latest update

17:21 - Overview of the management settings buttons
 - Miscellaneous questions


9/15/2016        Overview of Trade Signals and Using an Indicator to set Stop-Loss Price

BlackBird Template 

0:00:29 - Training on the Order Settings > Trade Signals section.  This discusses how to use a 3rd party indicator in BlackBird to initiate trades.  And, how to setup a BloodHound template to initiate trades, or exit/flatten a trade.

0:52:01 - How to use an indicator plot to set the Stop-loss price, and trail the stop-loss.  In this example we use the anaSuperTrendU11 indicator.

1:04:31 - How to setup BlackBird with different settings for different instruments.


9/08/2016        An Overview of the Chart Panels and Dynamic Planning

00:20 - An overview of the chart panels.  How to customize their location and stacking.  What each one is for.

54:52 - An overview of Dynamic Planning.