Strategy Template: Multiple EMAs

This strategy example uses multiple EMA signals to look at market momentum at different timeframes before triggering a buy.

Disclaimer: These strategies should not be considered financial advice and in no way guarantee results. You should understand these settings and how they impact trading before using them. 

Step 1:

Go to Auto Trader > Strategy Builder. This will give your a blank strategy to start building. Once there:

  • Name your strategy
  • Pick the asset to trade
  • Pick the base currency for trades
  • Make sure "enable buying" and "enable selling" are selected if you want this to start looking for trades as soon as you "save strategy" in the upper right. 

strategy template name-multiple EMAs

Step 2:

Next we will set our Portfolio Allocation, overall Strategy Settings, and Cool Downs. 

strategy settings-multiple EMAs

Step 3:

Now let's set our buy signals. This is the logic the platform will look at when deciding whether or not it should open (buy) a new position. In this example, we'll use three EMA signals. All are required to be true before a buy happens.

We'll set three EMA buy signals where 5 is greater than 10, but use different Indicator Timeframes for each. Using three different timeframes gives you a tiered signal that the market has been building momentum but also has good momentum right now. 

Let's add that buy signal to CoinLion. Under the Buy Signals section, click:

1. Buy Signal: EMA

2. Buy Signal: EMA

3. Buy Signal: EMA

3 EMA buy signals diff timeframes

Here's an example of what EMA lines look like on a chart. The blue line is the 5 EMA and the white line is the 10 EMA. Since the 5 (blue) is now greater than the 10 (white), the system should trigger a buy.

Keep in mind that EMAs don't only trigger when the EMAs cross, but could also trigger later while the 5 is still greater than the 10. This is where the "Open add'l positions when price is better by" field comes in handy, as it will only open another position if the price is better (lower) than your existing open positions. 

buy signal_EMA cross2


Step 4:

Since we set a "What is your goal % gain on each trade" of 0.5% in this strategy, we will skip Sell Signals. This strategy simply wants to make sure your gain is at least 0.5% on each position.

If you didn't set a % gain goal, another approach could be to set a sell signal for when the 5 EMA is now less than the 10 EMA, basically doing the reverse of your buy signal. If you use a sell signal, the "What is your goal % gain on each trade" field is ignored.

We're also going to skip Pause and Resume Buy Signals and go straight to Pause and Resume Sell signals. This is what allows you to take a larger gain than 0.5% when the market is moving up fast. 

Pause Sell Signals

  • New Signal: EMA
  • Indicator Timeframe: 5 Minutes
  • EMA Length 3 "is greater than" EMA Length 6
  • Basis Points Buffer = 0

pause sell signal_EMA

This will turn selling off while the market is moving up fast, which allows the system to wait past your 1% profit goal. Because we're looking at 5 minute candles, the system can see if there's momentum moving upward and fast. 

Step 5:

Since we set a Pause Sell Signal, we need to tell the system when to turn selling back on. To do this, let's set a Resume Sell Signal. In this example, we're basically going to do the inverse of what we did in Step 4.

Resume Sell Signals

  • New Signal: EMA
  • Indicator Timeframe: 5 Minutes
  • EMA Length 3 "is less than" EMA Length 6
  • Basis Points Buffer = 10

resume sell signal2_EMA

Step 6:

Last step is to scroll to the top and click "Save Strategy"

That's it! You've created an automated trading strategy on CoinLion. 

A few final tips:

You can always edit or delete this strategy from the "My Strategies" screen.

Even if you turn on/off buying or selling from the My Strategies screen, it could turn back or off automatically if you're using the pause and resume buy/sell signals. 

You can also copy a strategy to use as a starting point to build off of. Maybe you want to use all the same settings, except do 15 minute candles instead of 1 hour, or you want to remove the Stop Loss.

delete strategy Delete Strategy
edit strategy Edit Strategy
copy strategy Copy Strategy

You now have complete control of your automated trading. Happy trading! 

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Multiple EMA CoinLion Strategy Template