Turtle Soup Pattern | Trading Strategy (Setup & Exit 1)

I. Trading Strategy

Developer: Laurence A. Connors, Linda B. Raschke (“Turtle Soup Plus One” Trading Strategy, Source: Street Smarts | High Probability Short Term Trading Strategies, M. Gordon Publishing Group, 1996). Concept: Trading strategy based on false breakouts. Turtle Soup Patterns trade against the Turtle Trading System. Research Goal: Performance of the pattern setup and trailing exit. Specification: Table 1. Results: Figure 1-2. Trade setup: Long Trades: The market makes a new 2o-bar low (new breakout). The previous 20-bar low (old breakout) has been made at least 3 bars earlier. The close of the current 20-bar low (new breakout) must be at or below the previous 20-bar low (old breakout). Short Trades: The market makes a new 2o-bar high (new breakout). The previous 20-bar high (old breakout) has been made at least 3 bars earlier. The close of the current 20-bar high (new breakout) must be at or above the previous 20-bar high (old breakout). In the sensitivity test, the default value “20-bar” is replaced by an interval “Channel_#1″ (Table 1). Trade Entry: Long Trades: A buy stop is placed the next bar after the setup at the previous 20-bar low (old breakout). Short Trades: A sell stop is placed the next bar after the setup at the previous 20-bar high (old breakout). In the sensitivity test, the default value “20-bar” is replaced by an interval “Channel_#1″. Trade Exit: Table 1. Portfolio: 42 futures markets from four major market sectors (commodities, currencies, interest rates, and equity indexes). Data: 32 years since 1980. Testing Platform: MATLAB®.

II. Sensitivity Test

Pattern Setup & Trailing Exit (Definitions in Table 1: Trading Strategy):


Figure 1 | Portfolio Performance (Inputs: Table 1; Commission & Slippage: $0).

STRATEGY
SPECIFICATION PARAMETERS
Auxiliary Variables: UpperChannel(Channel_#1) is the highest high over a period of Channel_#1.
LowerChannel(Channel_#1) is the lowest low over a period of Channel_#1.
UpperChannelExit(Channel_#2) is the highest high over a period of Channel_#2.
LowerChannelExit(Channel_#2) is the lowest low over a period of Channel_#2.
Channel_#1= [10, 100], Step = 2;
Channel_#2= [1, 40], Step = 1;
Setup: Long Trades: The market makes a new low and breaks below the  LowerChannel(Channel_#1). The previous breakout has been made at least 3 bars earlier. The close of the new breakout must be at or below the previous breakout level.  Short Trades: The market makes a new high and breaks above the UpperChannel(Channel_#1). The previous breakout has been made at least 3 bars earlier. The close of the new breakout must be at or above the previous breakout level.
Filter: N/A
Entry: Long Trades: A buy stop is placed the next bar after the setup at the previous breakout level.
Short Trades: A sell stop is placed the next bar after the setup at the previous breakout level.
Exit: Quick Exit: Long Trades: A sell stop is placed one tick below the Low[j-1]. Short Trades: A buy stop is placed one tick above the High[j-1]. Index: j ~ Entry Bar.
Channel Exit: Long Trades: A sell stop is placed one tick below the LowerChannelExit[i-1]. Short Trades: A buy stop is placed one tick above the UpperChannelExit[i-1]. Index: i ~ Current Bar.
Stop Loss Exit: ATR(ATR_Length) is an Average True Range over a period of ATR_Length. ATR_Stop is a multiple of ATR(ATR_Length). Long Trades: A sell stop is placed at [Entry − ATR(ATR_Length) * ATR_Stop]. Short Trades: A buy stop is placed at [Entry + ATR(ATR_Length) * ATR_Stop].
ATR_Length = 20;
ATR_Stop = 6;
Sensitivity Test: Channel_#1 = [10, 100], Step = 2
Channel_#2 = [1, 40], Step = 1
Position Sizing: Initial_Capital = $1,000,000
Fixed_Fractional = 1%
Portfolio = 42 US Futures
ATR_Stop = 6 (ATR ~ Average True Range)
ATR_Length = 20
Data: 42 futures markets; 32 years (1980/01/01−2011/12/31)

Table 1 | Specification: Trading Strategy.

III. Sensitivity Test with Commission & Slippage

Pattern Setup & Trailing Exit (Definitions in Table 1: Trading Strategy):


Figure 2 | Portfolio Performance (Inputs: Table 1; Commission & Slippage: $100 Round Turn).

IV. Rating: Turtle Soup Pattern | Trading Strategy

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Codes: matlab/turtle-soup/

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