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ThinkOrSwim Position Sizer gets Complete Overhaul! [VIDEO]

New Features for the ThinkOrSwim Position Sizer

I recently finished up a complete redesign of my ThinkOrSwim Position Sizer, and I wanted to post a quick announcement and go over some of the new features. I’m pretty excited about what I’ve been able to do with it, and I really hope others will find it as useful as I do.

The original implementation was basically a candle high/low position sizer. It calculated entries 1 tick above the high and your stop was 1 tick below the low of the candle, and it would size your position based on that stop size. Additionally, it only worked on stocks. I had originally made it to help me quickly calculate price action entries and exits and get the right number of shares each time, and it did that well for me, but wasn’t very flexible for other traders’ needs.

The new indicator is completely different and vastly more powerful.

thinkorswim position sizer labels
ThinkOrSwim Position Sizer labels

New Features

  • Works on Stocks, ETFs, and now Futures too!
    • Automatically account for the minimum tick size and tick value of futures contracts
  • Choose a percent of your buying power to risk on each trade
  • Script automatically grabs your current account balance and calculates the right amount of shares/contracts to buy based on your predefined risk tolerance
    • Optionally specify a manual/theoretical account balance
    • Specify a buying power multiple (2x or 4x account balance, etc., or just leave at 1x to use no margin leverage)
  • NEW STOP TYPES!
    • Candle/bar price action stops and entries as before
    • New! ATR stops
      • Specify a custom ATR multiple to use for stops
      • Change every aspect of how the ATR is calculated if desired
    • New! Kase DevStops
      • Choose between 4 different DevStop standard deviation levels
  • New entry methods!
    • Choose trade direction, long or short
    • Specify to calculate entries from the close, open, high, or low
    • Add custom padding for slippage or breakout entries to both entries and stops
      • Example 1: enter 1 tick above the high of a candle, stop 1 tick below the low, etc., to simulate a stop-market entry and exit
      • Example 2: assume 1 tick slippage on entries and stops, regardless of entry type
  • New target methods!
    • Choose an automatic target based on a multiple of your risk (stop size).
      • Example: if your stop size is $2, you can specify a 1:2 risk/reward ratio, and it will automatically calculate your target price as $4 above your entry
    • Choose a manual target price for your trade and automatically get the risk/reward in both Risk Units (Rs) or in percentage terms
  • Optionally round the shares or contracts to the nearest 10, 100, or whatever other number you specify
  • Show/hide any labels or lines on the chart
  • Change label and line colors as desired
  • Question mark icon / Tooltip for each option explains every setting in detail

How to Get the Updated Version

A quick note: previous purchasers will OF COURSE get the updated version for free! I really appreciate your support, and the updated links will be waiting for you in the My Account area under My Orders, as with all updates I release. If you have any trouble getting the links, just contact me and I’ll make sure you get setup.

If you haven’t purchased the Think-Or-Swim Position Sizer yet but you think it will be of benefit to your trading, you can pick up your copy here:

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Screenshots

explanation of each label in the think or swim position sizer indicator
explanation of each label in the think or swim position sizer indicator

 

 

thinkorswim position sizer chart example 1
thinkorswim position sizer chart example 1

 

thinkorswim position sizer kase devstop atr stop volatility stop
think or swim position sizer with Kase DevStops, ATR stops, volatility stops

 

think-or-swim position sizer with ATR stops
think-or-swim position sizer with ATR stops

 

Thinkorswim position sizer chart example
Thinkorswim position sizer chart example

 

Thinkorswim position sizer chart example and label explanation
Thinkorswim position sizer chart example and label explanation

 

thinkorswim position sizer - options settings 1
thinkorswim position sizer – options & settings 1

 

thinkorswim position sizer - options settings 1
thinkorswim position sizer – options & settings 2

 

thinkorswim position sizer - options & settings 3
thinkorswim position sizer – options & settings 3

 

thinkorswim position sizer - options & settings 4
thinkorswim position sizer – options & settings 4

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Short SPY Trading Strategy for ThinkOrSwim

Short SPY strategy by Connors and Alvarez for thinkorswim

The Short SPY Trading Strategy for ThinkOrSwim

The short SPY trading strategy comes straight out of Larry Connors’ & Cesar Alvarez’s book called “Short Term Trading Strategies that Work” and it’s the one strategy that they present for shorting. I’ve really been enjoying programming and testing some of the ideas presented in their book — a lot of which seem to have some merit — so I wanted to go ahead and share some of the work I’ve been doing with my readers.

The default settings that the trading strategy comes with are straight out of the book on page 106, and seem to perform very well in my own tests, but they can be easily customized and tested with different values using the strategy properties menu. This is useful for quickly backtesting the strategy with different instruments, time frames, and market conditions.

The original strategy in the book calls for no stop to be used, but I went ahead and added the option for a percentage based stop to make the strategy more applicable to different trading styles and time frames.

Results from thinkorswim strategy backtests can easily be exported and analyzed further in Excel or other spreadsheet programs simply by right-clicking on a strategy signal on the chart and clicking “Export” in the popup menu.

The Authors’ Stats:

  • Instrument: SPY
  • Win Rate: 68.75%
  • # Trades: 16
  • Points gained: 169.91
  • Avg. Holding Time: under 5 days

What You Get

  • Short S&P strategy file for thinkorswim from page 106 of the book
  • All parameters are customizable in the properties menu
  • Option to use a stop or not to use a stop, and to set the size in %
  • Customizable colors

Why You Want It

  • The high win/loss ratio on the SPY and other instruments makes it an easy strategy to trade from a psychological standpoint
  • Includes the option to add a stop, which makes the strategy even more easy to trade
  • Ability to quantitatively backtest the strategy on multiple instruments, timeframes, and conditions affords more peace of mind and encourages traders to fully trust in their system.

How it Works

The strategy is straightforward: just make sure the market is under the 200 day sma, and then if the market makes 4 new higher closes, sell the market and cover once it drops below its 5 day sma. Traders can optionally add a percentage based stop to the strategy (simple option in the properties menu) and customize how big the percentage stop should be.

 

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Short SPY Trading Strategy for thinkorswim
Short SPY Trading Strategy for thinkorswim
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The TRIN Strategy for ThinkOrSwim

Connors and Alvarez TRIN SPY strategy for thinkorswim

The TRIN Strategy for ThinkOrSwim

According to Larry Connors and Cesar Alvarez in their excellent book, “Short Term Trading Strategies that Work“, the TRIN is a very popular indicator but few people have taken the time to quantify whether or not it can provide a trader with edge. With that in mind, the authors tested and developed the TRIN strategy for the SPY which I’ve programmed here for the ThinkOrSwim platform.

The TRIN was originally created by Richard Arms as the Arms Index but has become known as the TRIN. The basic calculation is as follows: (advancing issues / declining issues) / (advancing volume / declining volume). Readings above 1 tend to occur when markets decline, and eventually can lead to oversold conditions, and readings above 1 tend to occur when markets rise, and eventually lead to overbought conditions.

The Authors’ Stats:

  • Timeframe tested: 12 years
  • Instrument: SPY
  • Win Rate: 75.56%
  • # Trades: 90
  • SPX points gained: 558.30
  • Avg. Holding Time: under 4 trading days

What You Get

  • The TRIN strategy file for thinkorswim
  • All parameters include the default settings from the authors that gave the above results when the authors tested it
  • All parameters are customizable in the properties menu, including SPY sma length, TRIN threshold, etc.
  • Customizable market hours
  • Option to use a percentage-based stop or not to use a stop
  • Specify the size of stop to use, if any
  • Customizable colors

Why You Want It

  • The extremely high win/loss ratio on the SPY and SPX, as demonstrated by the authors, makes it an easy strategy to trade from a psychological standpoint
  • Option to add a stop makes the strategy even more easy to trade
  • Long-only strategy further makes it suitable for almost anyone, regardless of the type of account they trade out of
  • Ability to quantitatively backtest the strategy on multiple instruments, timeframes, and conditions affords more peace of mind and encourages traders to fully trust in their system
  • The ideas behind this strategy and its edge can be taken and further customized to your trading style to create a unique edge that only you know about

How it Works

The TRIN strategy works as follows: if the SPY is above its 200 day sma (indicating a primary uptrend), and the 2-period RSI of the SPY is under 50, and the TRIN closes above a reading of 1 for 3 consecutive days, a buy signal is issued. A sell signal is issued when the RSI(2) of the SPY closes above an overbought reading of 65.

 


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The TRIN strategy for thinkorswim
The TRIN strategy for thinkorswim

 


$69.99 Add to cart