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A few notes about Turtle EUR strategy

Hello Traders,

many people have asked me and continue to ask me how my strategy works and what is my exit strategy if things go wrong.

This is a brief description of how the Turtle EUR strategy works:

Turtle EUR use an Expert Advisor to manage trading operations, the Auto Money Management (the risk for each trade) is set to 2%.
The system run on my own server and, whenever possible, I constantly watch the open trade.
In the 90% of the cases the strategy open in the right direction and close the trade in a few hours, sometimes in a few days.
The remain 10% of the cases, when the strategy open in a wrong direction, after a loss of about 150-200 pip, it open a recovery trade in the same direction of the initial trade with a higher lot size (from 3x to 4x depend which pair is involved).
This way, thanks to small movements towards the right direction the strategy closes all trades in overall profit.
Actually the system works with EURUSD and GBPUSD currency pair.
Only one trade is open at a time.

I would not say that this is a typical martingale system. Martingale does not work the way that Turtle EUR works. The Expert Advisor  opens only one additional trade and the risk is beforehand specified by me. Furthermore, the additional trade is triggered only during specific conditions, unlike more martingale systems. My point is that if you trade with reasonable risk, your account should be safe enough and long-term profitable.

This is how my strategy works, sometimes it can happen that the first trade goes wrong.
If the loss in pips exceeds the threshold value of 150, a recovery trade can be expected with a higher lot size.
But this is not an exact value, the distance in pips may be different, because the strategy wait for a good market condition to open the recovery trade.

Unfortunately I do not have a magic wand.
This can cause an increase in heartbeat, but for 10 years of backtest and 2 years of real trading the strategy has worked well and will continue to do so in the future.

The Plan B

Question: What’s happen if also the Recovery Trade fails and the price is not retracing enough (after all what has not happened in the past, sooner or later it can happen in the future)?

Answer: Actually I setup the maximum allowed drawdown for the account, his value is 30%.
This option is based on the current drawdown, which is the difference between the current account balance and equity.
Also if the trades remain open for more than a month (4 weeks), they will be manually closed.

Regards
Andrea Lanza

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57 Comments

  1. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    Oh, you reduced the Total Drawdown from 53% to 25%?

    Thx for the summary!

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      where did you read 53%?
      The value of 25% I got from my backtests, I considered the fact that at most in 12 years the drawdown does not exceed 25% for both currency pair.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  2. Stefan Stefan

    In September 2017 Update Report you commented:
    “The maximum allowed drawdown for the account is set to about 53%.
    This option is based on the current drawdown…”

    If I set the copying multiplier to x2, my lotsizes are doubled.
    The consequence are:
    – I have twice as high gain (at the moment about 6%)
    – my maximum Drawdown when the failing recovery trades are closed amounts 50%

    Is that correct? Is there anorher consequence?

    I follow since may 2017. I love it and have much respect to your performance and success quote.
    Sometimes in phases of drawdowns I join Turte with a second account, close to the point when a recovery trade is opened. This lateral entry enables additional gain, compared to the original system, after recovery.

    At this point the drawdown potential is less than 25%, so I think about multiplying the lotsizes of these lateral entry Trades.

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Well yes, if you double the lot you increase the gains but also the risks, keep this in mind if you increase the multiplier.
      However, a 25% drawdown would be the worst event and we hope it never happens.
      The idea of opening a trade in parallel with that of recovery seems very interesting, also because statistically speaking the recovery trade has never failed.
      The problem is that you have to wait more or less the exact point when the recovery is opened and also this operation is done only a few times (thankfully).
      However, you suggested an idea that I will consider to try to optimize the strategy and it would be better to use this system on a second trading account to avoid further drawdown if the graph does not immediately turn right.

      Have a nice day
      Andrea Lanza

  3. Stefan Stefan

    Of course this point is hard to hit. Before Turtles big Drawdown in October 17, I copied Turtle on Account 1 and on 4 other accounts one other system each. I watched Turtle recovering from small DDs very reliable several times without knowing of all that I understood later and what you wrote here. Then the October DD started. I joint on account 2 at 1%, on acc 3 at 2%. 4 at 3% and the fifth account at 4% DD. My whole budget at myfxbook was linked with turtle and the DD became bigger and bigger. It became a very exiting week for me 😉
    Unfortunately not a profitable on, because I had not enough faith in Turtle yet and disabled further trades on account 2 to 5. Overall no win no loss.

    After this event I began to understand the recovery trade process and got a feeling for the Entry point.

    Could it be possible to put such a strategy into a separate ready-to-copy System at myfxbook? Could be called Turtle 2 😀

    One more Idea:
    The easiest way of setting up such a system would be Turtle “Recovery Trades Only”, I guess. This would provide only one or two handful of trades each year. It could be activated for example together with another System of myfxbook, to use the money on the Account more efficient (a succesful other system assumed).

    Second possibility: Turtle “Drawdown Entries”.
    If Turtle 2 could open trades that already have a drawdown of about 1 or 2 or 3 … % at Turtle 1, much more Trades could be performed, included the recovery trades. There would be smaller additional profits, but more in number.
    Which Possibility is the best, could be found out by backtests maybe. I don’t know what s implementable, I just want to give some ideas.

    I have another Question, regarding a long-term common future:
    At the moment I use a Pro-Account at Broker Think Markets. I have Slippage of about 1 pip and there are some commision costs per lot due to pro-Account. Without, the slippage would be 2 pips, I guess. Is that acceptable or would you recommend to copy on Alpari Accounts?

  4. Coen Dekker Coen Dekker

    If plan B will happen. So if the draw down will be bigger dan 25% and there will be a big loss do you continue trading with Turtle eur? Of will you stop the system? This is important because this gives a opportunity to recover the loss. I really hope that plan B will not happen.

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      in my simulations it never happened to touch 25% drawdown.
      If this happens it would be very difficult to recover this situation, that’s why in the remote event that this could happen I would decide to close the trades in order to lose only a quarter of the entire capital.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  5. Stefan Stefan

    I think Coen means to recover the 25% longterm by continuing trading after closing the bad trades.

  6. SulsMel SulsMel

    Hello Andrea,
    I just purchased the EA , do u mind sharing your Turtle EUR set file…
    Been following your signal on demo for a while, now.. Thanks.

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      I just created a new post where I explain how to download Backtests & Settings for Turtle EUR.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  7. SulsMel SulsMel

    Thanks, Andrea, playing around with your set files.
    I’m beginning to understand the settings a little.

  8. Denny Bejan Denny Bejan

    Also What about topping up account once it hits 25% of capital drawdown? I think this would be a good strategy in case of a big impact

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      Topping up the account when it is in heavy loss seems to me very risky, if the signal reaches that level of drawdown I think that there would be very little chance of recovery and therefore better to close in strong loss than to lose the entire capital.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  9. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    And after that?

    Will you do a new start with the remaining 75%

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      I do not want to think about this bad news right now, it’s been fine for over 2 years now and I’m confident that Turtle EUR will continue to work well for a long time.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  10. Stefan Schöne Stefan Schöne

    Good attitude, didn’t want to stress you.
    Good performance this week so far!

    Regards!

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      thank you.
      I made some small changes to the parameters of the GBPUSD pair and now it should be slightly more performing.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  11. Ana Ana

    I’m using Turtle EUR through Myfxbook and the last trade was on the 6th of September. Did you stop running it?

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      no no the strategy is working properly.
      Some weeks trades more than once a day, some weeks only one trades and sometimes nothing at all.
      But I prefer in this way, better less trades but more safer with less recovery.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  12. Edward Ko Edward Ko

    Hi Andrea

    Keep up the good work. I have a number of accounts that AutoTrades via MyFXBook with your system. I just wanted to check that all is still running well because there does not seem to have been a trade since 6 Sep 2018.

    Thanks

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      no no the strategy is working properly.
      Some weeks trades more than once a day, some weeks only one trades and sometimes nothing at all.
      But I prefer in this way, better less trades but more safer with less recovery.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  13. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    Actually, a new recovery trade is in progress. This is alway an exiting phase.

    Andrea, is a revovery trade automatically opened at 150 Pips resp. about 4% DD or do you open it manually depending on the market / signal situation?

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      the Recovery Trade was opened by the Expert Advisor.
      For GBPUSD the distance in pips is 145 but this is not an exact value.
      The EA wait for a good market condition to open the Recovery Trade.
      Now we must wait that the trades will be close in overall profit, hoping that the Recovery Trade retrace quickly.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  14. Daniel Daniel

    can someone recommend a broker to copy your trades on myfxbook?

    • Giorgos Giorgos

      Hi,
      I use ICmarkets with no problem

  15. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    Think Markets.
    Slippage mostly under 2 pips

    • Daniel Daniel

      do they add a mark-up to spreads? if so, what is the mark-up?

  16. John John

    I want to buy this ea, can you give me the link?

  17. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    Is it possible, to run turtle with MT4 and with the settings from the download section on my own server or PC to avoid slippage as with copying via myfxbook?

    I am new to MT4.

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      the answer is no.
      You must have your own copy of the Expert Advisor and then upload my settings, if you want to have the strategy running on your PC.
      Alternatively you must have an account with my broker Alpari, in this way you can copy my signal with the PAMM system and you pay a fixed fee based on your earnings and you don’t have problems about slippage, spread etc…

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  18. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    I am going to buy the EA. Slippage is simply a to big problem and causes to much performance losses.
    Was there a special reason for running it on Alpari RU for you?
    Do you know anything that argues against broker Think Markets?

    I am study the manuals, if I have Questions (for example about replacing the settings with Turtles), I can ask you hopefully?

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      there is not a particular reason why I use alpari, it was my first broker and so far I have never had any problems.
      Other brokers unfortunately I do not know, if you buy the engine it is good to do some backtest and maybe test it first on a demo account, because the EA behaves slightly differently with different brokers.
      If you have problems with the settings ask me, you can also download the settings that I publish monthly on my blog.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  19. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    Yes of course I want to run the EA with Turtle Settings, cause I loose about 30-50% of your gain by Slippage.
    Furthermore I want to enter the EA in its drawdown phases on a secondary account. Same I want to do with Turtles DD phases (Enter at about -150 pips/ -4%). I think this can cause good additional profits.

    At the moment I run Turtle with multiplier 2.0 on myfx and I am going to reduce it step by step. If I want to run the EA on my own with Turtles settings, think I will have to change the Lotsize Settings somewhere, right?

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      yes you can change the lot size with the fixedlot parameter or with the AutoMM parameter.
      The automm set your lot size accordlyng with the size of your equity.
      But in the manual you can find a detailed description.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  20. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    If I change the AutoMM Parameter from 2.0 to 4.0 (multiplier = 2, like on myfxbook), will this affect the lotsize of a recovery trade?

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      yes of course.
      I do not recommend to set up the risk level too high, verify that you have enought equity to do this.
      It’s better also to make some backtest on your account first.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  21. Denny Bejan Denny Bejan

    Hi Andrea,

    What settings did you put on your back test for the ea???

    Cheers

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      here you can find “May2019.zip”, the latest backtest and .set files.
      Follow also this link for EURUSD myfxbook statistics and this link for GBPUSD.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  22. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    There is a quite interesting development with the EA, Turtle uses.
    The publisher runs several accounts with the EA.
    Demo:
    https://www.myfxbook.com/members/forexwallstreet/wallstreet-recovery-pro-20-evolution/1934826
    REAL:
    https://www.myfxbook.com/members/forexwallstreet/wallstreet-recovery-pro-20-evo/2536318
    REAL NEW:
    https://www.myfxbook.com/members/forexwallstreet/wallstreet-recovery-pro-20-evo/2643183

    All 3 of them were links on the Homepage of the publisher, some weeks ago, but the Demo-Account suffered from a massive Drawdown since January, because a Trade and its Recovery Trade (GBPUSD Sell) turned negative. This link of the account was removed from the publishers Homepage. Now, 5 Months later, the Account really almost did recover from the longest Drawddown, I could find in the 3 Charts. The Trades still are open, but it looks much better that in the past.

    The REAL NEW Account did not suffer from these Sell Trades, but opened a GBPUSD Buy Trade an its Recovery Trade in May, that went negative. Here, the Equity dropped under 70% of the Balance.
    At the moment, it seems, that there are two Recovery Trades, that are 4x higher than the initial trade, that should be recovered.
    This is new, I think.

    I am very interested, what will happen.

  23. Denny Bejan Denny Bejan

    I try to back test it and then it comes up with initialisation is failed with error code when I use your settings. It also says unsupported currency pair “Gbp52” can you please explain what I can do ?? Thanks

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      even for backtests it is necessary to be connected to the internet.
      Make sure you set these two parameters correctly: UseCustomPair=true; UseSettingsFrom=”GBP52″.
      The account number you use for backtests must be activated on the wallstreet-forex.com website.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  24. Denny Bejan Denny Bejan

    Same settings on GBP USD and it blows out on 14/10/2014

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      have you tried with the latest published data?
      Probably depends on several factors.
      It may be that the leverage you use on the backtest account is too low, make sure it is at least 1:100 or higher.
      Historical data probably dumps them from metaquotes, they are not very reliable.
      For my backtests I use Alpari data.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  25. Denny Bejan Denny Bejan

    Hi Andrea My leverage is 1-500 on my Pepperstone account.

    Cheers

  26. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    Hey Andrea!

    You told us, that turtle is a safer version of the EA. So it openes only one position at once. The EA sometimes has both currency pairs in both directions opened.
    I understand that it is safer to trade only one currency pair at the same time. Otherwise the risk is twice as high.
    But why not allow to trade for example Buy if there are already open (and negative) Sell trades in one currency pair, lets say, if there is a small Buy trend during a longer Sell trend? There is no risk increase, because if one trade falls, the other rises.
    Maybe this is a possibility to increase the traffic and the gain at the same risk level!?

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      yes, but this is a different strategy and I can’t control it.
      Turtle uses an engine made by others programmers and the only thing I can do is optimize the parameters to minimize the sad recovery trade event and, when it happens, close them quickly and well.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  27. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    What about setting number of trades up to 2? Would that open up to 1 Sell and 1 Buy Trade oder would it even allow to open up to 2 Buy OR 2 Sell trades (except the Recovery Trade)?
    In the first case, if 1 Buy and one Sell order is open in one Currency Pair, the other Pair gets deactivated.
    What do you think?

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Does not work,
      the engine opens in buy or in Sell following its internal logic.
      If the operation goes wrong, open the recovery trade in the same direction.
      I can also tell him to open a second transaction, but I can’t decide which direction to open it.
      Furthermore if a second one trade is open and in the first operation the recovery trade is trigger, can be a very dangerous situation.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  28. Denny Bejan Denny Bejan

    Hi Andrea. How come your strategy does such little trading? Do you switch the ea on and off? If so when do you switch it on and off??

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      The strategy works regularly and the engine is always active.
      It is a period of little activity, moreover my settings are quite conservative, in order to limit the number of recovery trade and keep the drawdown low.
      The engine I use for Turtle EUR is called “WallStreet Recovery PRO Evolution” and if you look at the original signal on myfxbook https://www.myfxbook.com/members/forexwallstreet/wallstreet-recovery-pro-20-evo/2643183 you will find which performs more operations but is much more unstable with a higher drawdown.
      I prefer to do less operations but have the capital more secure.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  29. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    Hey Andrea,

    What was going on tonight? There was a Buy trade during a sell trade? Two at one time?
    That’s new to Turtle, isnt it?

    • Andrea Lanza Andrea Lanza

      Hello,
      Yes due to low trading activities I Made some small changes to the strategy.
      Now 2 independent trade can be Open for the same currency.

      Regards
      Andrea Lanza

  30. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    Thats good, I suggested to do so.
    Opposite Trades in the same currency increases the traffic without increasing the risk.
    Very interesting:
    On the 3 Recovery-Accounts of forexwallstreet
    https://www.myfxbook.com/members/forexwallstreet
    both, the Sell as well as the Buy Trade(s) in EURUSD are still open.
    Turtle closed them successfully, maybe due to your changed settings.

  31. Mac Stef Mac Stef

    Meanwhile, they all could close the EURUSD Sell, too, but much later than Turtle.

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