How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways.

Method #1: Inside NinjaTrder 8 control center

In order to create a strategy, you need to go to the strategy tab, which is located in the NinjaTrader 8 control center (screenshot below), right-click and select “create strategy”. We have prepared screenshots of the strategy creation process (we used “Reversal” automated trading strategy as an example) below to make it clearer:

 

Go to the “Strategies” tab, then right-click and select “New Strategy…”.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

Select “Reversal” automated trading strategy that you have imported to the NinjaTrader 8 (You can read how to import/install NinjaTrader add-ons in this article: How to Install Automated Strategy in NinjaTrader 8?) and press “Load templates”.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

Select the template that you are willing to try (the template will automatically set all the parameters of the auto-trader the way it is supposed to be for a particular market). You can read how to import templates into NinjaTrader 8 by following the article: How to Import Strategy Templates Into NinjaTrader 8?

In this example, we have used “MNQ 15 MIN BARS (#112)” template.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

After selecting and importing the template, make sure the data series settings are correct. Since we used the “MNQ 15 MIN BARS (#112)” template, we must set the data series as follows: Instrument: MNQ, Type: Minute, Value: 15, Days to load: Must be at least 10 days to load. After checking the correctness of the settings, you can select the account on which you want to try the strategy and click “OK”.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

Your strategy is now added to the NinjaTrader 8 Control Center. You can find it under the “Strategies” tab.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

How to add a strategy in NinjaTrader 8 control center, video:

We have prepared a short video of the process of adding a strategy to the control panel of NinjaTrader 8.

 

Method #2: Adding strategy directly on the chart

You can also add the strategy directly to the chart, which allows you to easily monitor the strategy during its trading directly on the chart, analyze entry points, and manage the strategy while it is trading. Below you will find the process of adding a strategy to the chart:

 

First, Go to the strategy settings tab on the chart by clicking on the “Strategies” button.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

Select the “Reversal” strategy and proceed to import strategy templates.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

In this example, we used the “NQ 15 MIN BARS (#122)” template, so all further settings will be for this template.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

After loading the template select account you want to use and enable the strategy.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

Now we need to configure the data series settings for our template. Go to the “Data Series” parameters by clicking its icon on your chart.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

Since we used the “NQ 15 MIN BARS (#122)” template, we must set the data series as follows: Instrument: NQ, Type: Minute, Value: 15, Days to load:  30 (Must be at least 10 days to load) and hit “OK”.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

If you clicked the “Enable” button in the strategy configuration window, you should see the strategy label at the top of your chart, as well as several trades on historical data. All of these indicate that the strategy is working correctly.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

Also, the added strategy will automatically be added to the strategies tab in your control center.

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

Once you have successfully added the strategy, you can test its performance of it on historical data to make sure that it is enabled and working. Also, you should not expect the strategy to enter the market immediately after being enabled. The auto-trader uses certain parameters to enter the market, so it may take some time before the strategy places an entry order. Here is a short video showing how to access the historical performance of the strategy:

How to Add (Enable) a Strategy in NinjaTrader 8? Two Ways. – mascapital.uk

 

Video on how to add a trading strategy to a chart in NinjaTrader 8:

Below you can find a video on how to add a strategy to the chart in NinjaTrader 8.

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