13 Nov Bollinger Band™ Strategies That Produce Profit
Bollinger Band™ Strategies That Produce Profit
Nov. 13, 2023
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Topics and videos about the “best” indicators tend to get a lot of views.
I’ve done some of that myself.
But we’ve had an unexpected, yet fortunate, turn of events this year.
2023 has been a whipsaw quagmire.
Many traders have even said 2023 has been the hardest trading year of their careers.
So, if an indicator tested out well previously and works this year, it will probably work far into the future.
And an indicator that fits that profile is the famous one created by John Bollinger (Bollinger Bands™).
This week, we’re going to look at a few Bollinger Band™ strategies that have good past testing and have held up this year.
First, we’ll discuss Forex.
For a long time, I’ve talked about using the trendiest Fx pair, the GBPJPY, for trend strategies. We’ll do that again.
And I’ve also talked about entering on a Band breakout, not a reversion to the mean. We’ll do that again, too.
Here’s the first system this week. I’ll also be talking about a version of this methodology when I speak at the Trade View Conference in Melbourne in December.
(The guy in the middle looks suspect.)
Here are the details of this simple strategy:
BB GJPY 1-Hour Breakout
- Entry: A break above or below the Bollinger Bands™ (100 Length, 3 standard deviation)
- Target: 450 pips
- Stop: 190 pips
Using the Master Trend robot and trading 1 lot each time, here’s how that strategy has hypothetically done in 2023:
Here’s the Curve:
Now, it isn’t perfect. It’s had some of 2023’s infamous whipsaws.
But it’s hypothetically profitable. And many, many strategies that worked for years are not profitable this year.
So the fact that it’s hypothetically up is a big deal.
Why is this strategy profitable when so many others have not been?
I would say it’s because it only trades extremes and it doesn’t trade much. If you aren’t always in the market, the market can’t punch you in the face very much.
And the signal quality tends to be higher.
If only a trader can go without action for a period of time.
How has this strategy done over time? Here’s the Curve via Portfolio Architect going back to 2004:
The testing shows profit in the past and also in the present. Hooray Bollinger Bands™!
In our next Newsletter, we’ll look at another BB strategy.
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