You can manually test, with calculator, pen and paper, but it is laborious and time-consuming. Human beings are also prone to errors and "wishful thinking".

If your idea is programmed mechanically, you can

  • Remove the emotions from testing.

  • Remove the mistakes from testing.

  • Easily optimise the parameter settings.

  • Test various hypotheses, such as larger profit targets, tighter stops, or trading mornings only.

  • Tes...

As you become familiar with an indicator, you will see new opportunities and setups. Screentime and some backtesting are your best allies for developing new trading ideas. This article can get you started. This is not a trading instruction manual, nor specific investment advice. This is intended to help you kickstart your own style of trading, and to illustrate some examples which you may be able to adapt to other indicators as well...

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