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Custom strategies (beta)

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With custom strategies you can define your own purely indicator based strategies in Gunbot.

Normal constraints like “buy once, sell once” don’t apply: each time buying criteria occur, Gunbot will place a buy order as high as set in TRADING_LIMIT. Gain is not a factor in custom strategies, so be aware that sell orders can sometimes lead to losses.

With this initial release towards fully custom strategies, there are three variants to choose from as starting point for your strategy:

  • SMA cross
  • MACD
  • MACDH

These can be enhanced with additional indicators confirming both buying or selling criteria: RSI, MFI and the Stochastic oscilator.

Double up, reversal trading and TrailMe! can all be used in custom strategies.

Usage

To start using a custom strategy, set the name field of the custom strategy to one of the following options:

"custom": {
            "NAME": "SMACROSS",

"custom": {
           "NAME": "MACD",
		   
"custom": {
           "NAME": "MACDH",

SMACROSS

Gunbot will place a buy order when fastSMA crosses up slowSMA. A sell order will be placed when fastSMA crosses down slowSMA.

MACD

A buy order will be placed when the MACD line crosses up the signal line. A sell order will be placed when the MACD line crosses down the signal line.

MACD is calculated using the Tulip library, using the “close” array.

MACDH

Buying takes place when the MACD-Histogram crosses up the zero line, selling occurs when it crosses down the zero line.

Strategy parameters

Following settings options are available for custom

Buying and selling

These parameters are relevant for providing buying and selling signals in custom strategies.

Parameter Default value Description
SLOW_SMA 1 The amount of periods to be used for calculating slowSMA.
FAST_SMA 2 The amount of periods to be used for calculating fastSMA.
MACD_SHORT 5 The amount of periods to be used for calculating the short-term moving average for MACD.
MACD_LONG 20 The amount of periods to be used for calculating the long-term moving average for MACD.
MACD_SIGNAL 10 The amount of periods used to calculate the MACD signal line.
TRADING_LIMIT 0.001 Values: numerical – represent an amount in primary trading currency. This value defines the trading limit for limit buy orders placed by Gunbot. The default value of 0.001 would place maximum orders of 0.001 BTC when used on a BTC_x pair. Only use whole numbers for fiat pairs.
BUY_ENABLED true Values: true or false. Set this to false to prevent Gunbot from placing buy orders. Also affects double up orders.
SELL_ENABLED true Values: true or false. Set this to false to prevent Gunbot from placing sell orders.

General

General settings for custom.

Parameter Default value Description
PERIOD 15 Values: 1 / 5 / 15 / 30 – represents candlestick size in minutes. Only use periods that are available on the charts on your exchange.
STOP_LIMIT 60 Values: numerical – represents a percentage. Sets a stop limit to sell a coin at a calculated loss. Setting a stop limit at 60 would cause that all balance for a coin are sold when the current price is >60% lower than averaged bought price. After a stop limit sell order has been placed, the bot will go into buying mode after TRADES_TIMEOUT has passed and will buy again when market conditions meet your buying strategy.
FUNDS_RESERVE 0.001 Values: numerical – represent an amount in primary trading currency. Sets an amount of base currency that will not be traded with. For a BTC_x pair, funds in BTC would be reserved, for an ETH_x pair the bot will keep the amount in ETH reserved, etc. It is recommended to use the same value for all pairs you run in this base currency.
PANIC_SELL false Values: true or false. When set to true, all coins will be sold at market value. This can incur losses!
TRADES_TIMEOUT 600 Values: numerical – represent time in seconds. This sets a timeout preventing any trades to be placed for a pair after the last order and after starting the bot. Use this to prevent double buys or fast consecutive buy orders when averaging down. Affects buy and sell orders. When the timeout is active you will see Waiting to Trade - Safety Switch is on in the logs.
OKKIES_MODE true Values: true or false. Setting this to true disables buy orders when there is too much price and volume pressure on BTC. Configurable with BTC_MONEY_FLOW. Only use this if BTC pumps have a significant effect on your trading pair.
BTC_MONEY_FLOW 35 Values: numerical, ranging between 0 and 100. Sets the value on the Money Flow Index (MFI) you want OKKIES_MODE to disable buy orders. As soon as MFI hits the set value or drops below it, OKKIES_MODE will be enabled.
MIN_VOLUME_TO_BUY 0.001 Values: numerical – represents the total value of a coins holdings in base currency. Sets a threshold for buy orders. If you own less than the set amount, buy orders will still be placed. This prevents owning very small quantities (dust) blocking buy orders. Only use whole numbers for fiat pairs.
MIN_VOLUME_TO_SELL 0.001 Values: numerical – represents the total value of a coins holdings in base currency. Sets a threshold for sell orders. If you own less than the set amount, sell orders will not be placed and the bot goes into buying mode again.

Confirming indicators

Parameters to configure additional indicators as confirmation for buying or selling. These do not apply to reversal trading or double up.

Parameter Default value Description
RSI_BUY_ENABLED false Values: true or false. Setting this to true will make sure Gunbot only buys when both strategy buying conditions and RSI_BUY_LEVEL are met.
RSI_SELL_ENABLED false Values: true or false. Setting this to true will make sure Gunbot only sells when both strategy selling conditions and RSI_SELL_LEVEL are met.
RSI_BUY_LEVEL 30 Values: numerical, ranging between 0 and 100. Set RSI to the maximum level you want to allow the strategy to buy at.
RSI_SELL_LEVEL 70 Values: numerical, ranging between 0 and 100. Set RSI to the minimum level you want to allow the strategy to sell at.
STOCH_ENABLED false Values: true or false. Setting this to true will make sure Gunbot only trades when both strategy buying conditions and STOCH_BUY_LEVEL/STOCH_SELL_LEVEL are met.
STOCH_BUY_LEVEL 20 Values: numerical, ranging between 0 and 100. Set Stochastic to the maximum level you want to allow the strategy to buy at. A buy signal occurs when both Stoch %K and %D are below the set buy level, additionally %K must cross over %D.
STOCH_SELL_LEVEL 80 Values: numerical, ranging between 0 and 100. Set Stochastic to the minimum level you want to allow the strategy to sell at. A sell signal orrurs when both Stoch %K and %D are above the set sell level, additionally %K must cross down %D.
STOCH_K 14 Values: numerical, represents a number of periods. The number of periods used for calculating Stochastic %K.
SLOW_STOCH_K 3 Values: numerical, represents a number of periods. The number of periods used for calculating Slow Stochastic %K.
STOCH_D 3 Values: numerical, represents a number of periods. The number of periods used for calculating Stochastic %D.
MFI_ENABLED false Values: true or false. Setting this to true will make sure Gunbot only sells when both strategy selling conditions and MFI_BUY_LEVEL/MFI_SELL_LEVEL are met.
MFI_BUY_LEVEL 30 Values: numerical, ranging between 0 and 100. Set pair MFI to the maximum level you want to allow the strategy to buy at.
MFI_SELL_LEVEL 70 Values: numerical, ranging between 0 and 100. Set pair MFI to the minimum level you want to allow the strategy to sell at.
SMAPERIOD 50 *Values: numerical – represents a number of candlesticks. This parameter defines the amount of periods to be used for the simple moving average (SMA) calculation. Set this value to the value used to chart on the exchange. If you want to use SMA 50 on the exchange charts, set this value to 50. SMA is used for calculating all indicators except MFI.

TrailMe!

Parameters to configure additional trailing for various types of orders.

Parameter Default value Description
TRAIL_ME_BUY false Values: true or false. Use this to enable tssl-style trailing after the normal strategy buy criteria are met.
TRAIL_ME_SELL false Values: true or false. Use this to enable tssl-style trailing after the normal strategy sell criteria are met.
TRAIL_ME_DU false Values: true or false. Use this to enable tssl-style trailing for double up orders.
TRAIL_ME_RT true Values: true or false. Use this to enable tssl-style trailing for RT_BUY orders.
TRAIL_ME_BUY_RANGE 0.5 Values: numerical – represent a percentage. This sets the buy range for trail me. Setting a range of 0.5% at a current price of 0.1 would set a range between 0.0995 and 0.1005.
TRAIL_ME_SELL_RANGE 0.5 Values: numerical – represent a percentage. This sets the sell range for trail me. Setting a range of 0.5% at a current price of 0.1 would set a range between 0.0995 and 0.1005.

Reversal trading

Settings for reversal trading.

Parameter Default value Description
RT_ENABLED false Values: true or false. When set to true and prices drop, reversal trading will try to use the assets originally invested in your bag to accumulate a bigger bag, which can be sold for profit earlier than the original bag. When double up is enabled, RT will start when DU_CAP_COUNT is reached.
RT_SELL_BUYDOWN 1 Values: numerical – represents a percentage.Defines the percentage drop after initial buy or RT_BUY to trigger RT_SELL
RT_BUY_BUYDOWN 2 Values: numerical – represents a percentage. This defines the percentage the price has to drop after RT_SELL to trigger RT_BUY.
AIRDROP false Values: true or false. Set this to true to enable airdrop and automatically cash out accumulated quote currency during reversal trading. The initial bag size will be kept, surplus bigger than MIN_VOLUME_TO_SELL will be airdropped.
TRADING_FEES 0.25 Values: numerical – represents a percentage. This sets the amount of trading fees that needs to be considered for each trade while in reversal trading.
RT_MAXBAG_PROTECTION 10 Values: numerical – represents a percentage. Sets the maximum difference between the average bought price and current price for starting RT. When the difference is bigger, RT won’t start. This is used as a protection against starting reversal trading on bags that already dropped too much for the process to work effectively.
IGNORE_TRADES_BEFORE 0 Values: unix timestamp in milliseconds (in GMT)Optional parameter to force reversal trading to ignore trades before a set time. Use epochconverter.com to convert human readable time in GMT to unix timestamps, make sure to use the timestamp in milliseconds.

Double up

Settings for using double up.

Parameter Default value Description
DOUBLE_UP false Values: true or false. When set to true, DOUBLE_UP will try to get rid of bags by averaging down. Works on all strategies. Averaging down can use up a lot of balance, make sure you have enough of your base currency available. Gunbot will start averaging down a bag according to your setting for DU_METHOD.
DU_METHOD HIGHBB Values: HIGHBB or RSI. This sets the trigger for placing buy orders with Double Up. When set to HIGHBB Gunbot will start averaging down a bag when the actual upper Bollinger Band drops below bought price (not the distance from it as set in HIGH_BB), and will then buy again when the upper Bollinger Band drops below the average buy price and the price is below last buy price, as set in DU_BUYDOWN. When set to RSI buy orders will only be placed when the set RSI_BUY_LEVEL is reached and the price is below last buy price, as set in DU_BUYDOWN.
DOUBLE_UP_CAP 1 Values: numerical – represents a ratio. This defines the ratio to the pairs balance to be used for each consecutive buy when doubling up. Setting it to 0.5 would mean it uses a 0.5:1 ratio for averaging down. It is recommended to set this as high as you can afford, to increase your chance to actually average down and sell at profit. Example with ratio of 1: initial buy of 100 LTC, first double up buy order is 100 LTC, second will be 200 LTC, then 400 LTC, etc. Example with 0.5 ratio: initial buy of 100 LTC, first double up buy order is 50 LTC, then 75 LTC, then 112.5 LTC.
DU_CAP_COUNT 3 Values: numerical – represents a number. Limits the amount of times a Double Up order can be placed for a pair. The default setting of 1 would limit Double Up to only 1 buy before it waits to sell. When you set this higher, the bot will invest more and will get a lower average bought price to get rid of your bags faster.
DU_BUYDOWN 2 Values: numerical, ranging between 0 and 100 – represents a percentage. The minimum price drop compared to last bought price that needs to occur for Double Up buys to be placed.
RSI_DU_BUY 30 Values: numerical, ranging between 0 and 100. Use this to specify the RSI level for buying when DU_METHOD is set to RSI.
STDV 2 Values: numerical (recommended: between 1.9 and 2.1) – represents a multiplier value used in the bollinger bands calculation. This value defines the multiplier used for calculation of the lower and upper bollinger bands.

Not relevant

These settings have no function in custom and act as placeholders.

Parameter Default value Description
EMA1 16 Placeholder.
EMA2 8 Placeholder.
BUY_LEVEL 0.6 Placeholder.
GAIN 0.6 Placeholder.
BOUGHT_PRICE Placeholder.
LOW_BB 45 Placeholder.
HIGH_BB 45 Placeholder.
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