The Stochastic help us determine if it’s still ok for us to enter a trade after a moving average crossover, and it also helps us avoid oversold and overbought areas. The RSI is an extra confirmation tool that helps us determine the strength of our trend. After figuring out our trade setup, we then determined our risk for each trade. For this system, we are willing to risk 100 pips on each trade. Usually, the higher the time frame, the more pips you should be willing to risk because your gains will typically be larger than if you were to trade on a smaller time frame. Next, we clearly defined our entry and exit rules. At this point, we would begin the testing phase by starting with manual back tests.
If we went back in time and looked at this chart, we would see that according to our system rules, this would be a good time to go long. To backtest, you would write down at what price you would’ve entered, your stop loss, and your exit strategy. Then you would move the chart one candle at a time to see how the trade unfolds. In this particular case, you would’ve made some decent pips! You could’ve bought yourself something nice after this trade! You can see that when the moving averages cross in the opposite direction, it was a good time for us to exit. Of course, not all your trades will look this sexy.