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TableofContents

MolanisStrategyBuilder3.1......................................................................................................................... 5
OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................................................... 5
FEATURESANDBENEFITS ................................................................................................................................. 5
MINIMUMSYSTEMREQUIREMENTS ................................................................................................................... 6
INSTALLATION ............................................................................................................................................... 6
LICENSE ........................................................................................................................................................ 6

GRAPHICALENVIRONMENT ............................................................................................................................. 7
MAINMENUS ................................................................................................................................................ 7

FileMenu............................................................................................................................................... 7
EditMenu.............................................................................................................................................. 8
ViewMenu ............................................................................................................................................ 8
FormatMenu ........................................................................................................................................ 9
TradingBlocksMenu............................................................................................................................. 9
TradingDiagramMenu......................................................................................................................... 9
HelpMenu............................................................................................................................................. 9
TOOLBAR .................................................................................................................................................... 10

TRADINGDIAGRAM ..................................................................................................................................... 10
ConfigurationBlock............................................................................................................................. 11
TechnicalAnalysis ............................................................................................................................... 15
LogicBlocks ......................................................................................................................................... 17
ExecuteOrderBlocks........................................................................................................................... 17
CloseOpenPositionsBlocks ................................................................................................................ 18
NotesBlock.......................................................................................................................................... 19

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EndBlock ............................................................................................................................................. 20
ConnectingBlocks ............................................................................................................................... 20
TradingFlow ....................................................................................................................................... 20
TradingPaths ...................................................................................................................................... 20
MovingAverageStrategy ................................................................................................................... 22
GLOSSARY .................................................................................................................................................. 25
LICENSEAGREEMENT ................................................................................................................................... 26

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MolanisStrategyBuilder3.1

OVERVIEW
MolanisStrategyBuilderforMetaTraderprovidesahighlyintuitivegraphicalenvironmentwith
acomprehensivesetofpredefinedtradingblocksthatletyoudesignexpertadvisorsandforex
signalsinminutes.Nocoding,programmingorMQLknowledgeisrequired.

The click, drag and drop approach of Molanis Strategy Builder allows you to create visual
representations of forex trading strategies and signals as you would with pencil and paper.
These trading diagrams are analyzed automatically by Molanis MQL code generator that
transforms them into ready to use expert advisors. The interactive graphical environment
simplifiesthedesignprocessandeliminatestheneedtowriteMQLcode.

Normally,tocreateanexpertadvisoryouhavetwooptions:1)Youlearn

MQL4 (MetaQuotes Language Version 4) or in the near future MQL5, and


spendalongtimewritingandreviewingcode;2)Youhireaprogrammerand
shareyourtradingideas.
MolanisStrategyBuilderisthethirdoption.Yourbestoption.Itgeneratesall
the MQL code for you meaning you can focus solely on the forex strategy

andnotonthecoding.

FEATURESANDBENEFITS
9 MolanisStrategyBuilderisfullybasedonavisualenvironmentratherthanthetraditional,time
consumingcodingprocess.Itallowsyoutocreateexpertadvisorswithoutwritinganycode.
9 Reduce the Learning Curve, instead of focusing on learning programming languages like MQL,
justfocusonyourtradingideas.
9 Molanis Strategy Builder is targeted at nonprogrammers or programmers that want to
dramaticallyreducethedevelopmenttimeofforexstrategiesforMetaTrader(ExpertAdvisors).
Building forex strategies with Molanis Strategy Builder is so easy and intuitive that non
programmerscanstartcreatingexpertadvisorsinminutes.Noprogrammingskillsarerequired.
9 Easytounderstand.MolanisStrategyBuilderprovidestherightbalanceofcommonsensevisual
tools,whichwillquicklyenableanyonetounderstandanytradingdiagraminminutes.
9 LeadingEdgeCodeGenerationcreatesalltheMetaTradervariablesforyoutotestandoptimize
yourexpertadvisor.
9 Designedtoallowexpertadvisorswithmultiplecurrenciesandmultipletimeframes.
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9 Withminimumeffort,itcanbeusedtocreateForexSignals.
9 Fastdevelopmenttime.Youcanbuildyourownexpertadvisorsinminutes.
9 Keepyourtradingideastoyourself.Noneedtoshareyourknowledgewithprogrammers.
9 GivesyouaccesstoMolanisOnlineCommunity,MolanisForumandfreeexpertadvisors.
MolanisStrategyBuilderisprobablythemostadvancedgraphicenvironmentavailabletodayto
create expert advisors. With just a few clicks, you can create complex forex trading strategies
and transform them into fully functional expert advisors. Whether you are new to forex, a
professional trader or a MQL programmer, you can use Molanis Strategy Builder to rapidly
developpowerfulexpertadvisors.

MINIMUMSYSTEMREQUIREMENTS
TosuccessfullyinstallanduseMolanisStrategyBuilder,youmusthave:

WindowsXP,Professional,Server2003or2008,Vista.
PentiumIVcompatible2GHzprocessor,1GBofRAM,20MBofdiskspace.
Java1.4orhigher.
MetaTraderTerminal(Youcandownloaditfromhttp://www.metaquotes.net/terminal)

INSTALLATION
OnceyouhaveverifiedthatyourPCmeetstheminimumsystemrequirementsrunMolanisSB3
installer.

Duringtheinstallationprocess,itisrecommendedthatyouread,understandandagreetothe
termsandconditionsunderwhichMolanisStrategyBuilderisreleased.

During the process you will be asked for your license information. Type your First Name, Last
Name and your License Key. The License Key is provided to you via email when you purchase
MolanisBuilderStrategy.PleasenotethatBetaVersionscomewithaBetalicensesothisstep
maynotbeincludedintheprocess.

LICENSE
MolanisStrategyBuilderisprovidedunderalicenseagreement.Acopyofthisagreementcan
befoundattheendofthisdocument.

Afreetrialdownloadthatrunsfor10daysisavailable.Thistrialhasonlyafewlimitations.Most
notably, you cannot see the MQL code of your EA. You will receive all the .ex4 files, fully
functionaltotrade,backtestandoptimize.InordertoseetheMQLcodeandallMQ4files,you
mustbuyMolanisStrategyBuilderandactivateyourlicense.

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GRAPHICALENVIRONMENT
MolanisStrategyBuilderhasbeendesignedtobeintuitiveandeasytouse.Tocreateaforex
strategy,justdragtradingblocksfromtheTradingBlockLibraryanddropthemintoaTrading
Diagram.

MAINMENUS

Themainmenuislocatedundertheprogramheadingandhasallthecommandsandfunctions
youneedtobuildyourforexstrategy.

FileMenu
Thismenuincludescommandsforcreatingnewfiles(.molfiles),storingyourforexstrategyand
printingoptions.
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New

Createsanewtradingdiagram.

OpenFile

Opens an existing strategy (.mol file) already created in Molanis Strategy Builder.
The initial installation comes with a basic moving average strategy but additional
freestrategiescanwefoundatwww.molanis.com

Savesthecurrenttradingdiagram.

Save
SaveAs

Allows you to save your trading diagram with another name and/or in another
folder.Italsogivesyouthepossibilityofsavingyoutradingdiagramasanimage.

Print

Printsthecurrenttradingdiagram.

ExitsMolanisStrategyBuilder.

Exit

EditMenu
Thismenuincludescommandsthatwillhelpyoumodifyyourcurrenttradingstrategy.
Undo

Reversesthelastactionexecuted toyourtradingdiagram.

Redo

Redothelastactionexecutedinyourtradingdiagram.

Cut

Removesthecurrentselection.

Copy

Createsareplicaofyourcurrentselection.

Paste

Pastetheselectionyouhavealreadycutorcopied.

Delete

Removesyourcurrentselectionfromthetradingdiagram.

SelectAll

SelectalltheTradingBlocksinyourcurrenttradingdiagram.

ViewMenu

Grid

Rulers

Zoom

ZoomIn

ZoomOut

Page

Width

ActualSize

Turnsthegridonandoff.Acheckmark()nexttothefunctionindicatesthatthegridis
visible.
Turns the rulers on and off. A check mark () next to the function indicates that the
rulersarevisible.
Increases or decreases the size of the current trading diagram to a fixed percentage:
400%,200%,100%,75%,and50%
Increasesthesizeofthecurrenttradingdiagram.
Decreasesthesizeofthecurrenttradingdiagram.
Showsthecurrenttradingdiagraminonepage.
Adjuststhecurrenttradingdiagramsizetothewidthofthescreen.
Showstheactualsizeofthecurrenttradingdiagram.

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FormatMenu
Theformatmenudisplaysformattingoptions.

Text

Includesthefollowingfunctions:

FontColor:ChangestheFontcoloroftheselectedtext

Rotate:Rotatestheselectedtext.

Position: Move the selected text to the desired position within the trading
block.Horizontalposition:top,middleorbottom.VerticalPosition:left,center
orright.

Connector
Showsformattingoptionsforconnectingarrows,suchasLineColor,Linewidth
and dashed or continuous line option. Line types include Straight, Horizontal,
andVertical,Curve.

TradingBlocksMenu
Showsthedifferentoptionsthatallowyoutoorganizethetradingblocksinthetradingdiagram.
ToBack

Positiontheselectedtradingblockatthebackofothertradingblocksortext
boxes(Notes)

ToFront

Align

Positiontheselectedtradingblockatthefrontofothertradingblocksortext
boxes(Notes)
Alignstheselectedtradingblockstothedesiredposition.Horizontal:left,right,
center.Vertical:top,middle,bottom.

TradingDiagramMenu

ValidateDiagram

GenerateMQL4code

MiniDiagram

Grid

Checks the consistency of the trading diagram. It alerts when trading


blocksaremissingconnectionsorchangesonparametersareneeded.
Creates the code of the forex strategy to be used with MetaTrader.
Twofilesarecreated,oneMQ4(code)andoneEX4(compiledcode).
Showsaminimizedversionofthetradingdiagramatthebottomleft
cornerofthescreen.Acheckmark()nexttothefunctionindicates
thattheMiniDiagramisvisible.

Changesgridstyle:gridsize,gridcolor,andgridtype.

HelpMenu
OnlineHelp

MolanisCommunity

TakesyoutoMolanisStrategyBuilderhelppagethatdescribestheproducts
features,tradingblocks,andprovidesexamplesofcommonforexstrategies.

ConnectsyouwithMolaniscommunityforumatwww.molanis.com/forum

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ReportBugorRequest
Enhancement
SoftwareUpdates

Allowsyoutoreportbugsorrequestnewfeatures

ChecksforthelatestreleaseofMolanisStrategyBuilder

BuyMolanisstrategy
Builder

AllowsyoutobuyalicenseforMolanisStrategyBuilderat
www.molanis.com

LicenseInformation

Showslicenseinformationandexpirationdateifapplicable

AboutMolanisStrategy
Builder

ShowstheversionofMolanisStrategyBuilderrunning

TOOLBAR
TheToolbarprovideseasyaccesstothemostfrequentlyusedoptions.

Tip:Ashortdescriptionofthefunctionappearswhenyoumovethemouseovereach
icon

Thefunctionsthatyouwillfindinthetoolbarare:

FileOptions

EditOptions

FontOptions

FormatOptions

New,Open,Save,Print
Cut,Copy,Paste,Delete,Undo,Redo
Fonttype,Fontsize,Bold,Italic
Textpositioning,FontColor,LineColor,BackgroundColor(fortext
boxes/Notes)

ViewOptions Zoom

TRADINGDIAGRAM
Atradingdiagramisagraphicalrepresentationofatradingalgorithm,forexstrategyorexpert
advisor. It shows the flow through a trading decision system. Trading diagrams are made of
tradingblocksthatareconnectedtocreatecomplexforexstrategies.

Tocreateatradingdiagram,youonlyneedtoaddthetradingblocks,set
theirconfigurationparametersandmakethenecessaryconnections.

MolanisStrategyBuilderincludesanumberoftradingblocksusedwhenmodelingatrading
strategy.Theseinclude:
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ConfigurationBlock

START

Tradingblockthatindicateswheretheforextradingstrategy
starts.TheSTARTiconalwaysappearsatthetopofthe
tradingdiagram.

TheSTARTtradingblockallowstheforexstrategy(Expert
Advisor)setup.Ithasthreemaingroupsofoptions:

a. GeneralOptions
b. TradingOptions
c. MoneyManagementOptions

ToaccesstheconfigurationoptionssimplydoubleclickontheSTARTtradingblockand
youwillbepromptedwiththefollowingscreen:

When the Expert Advisor code is generated, the options on the START trading block are
transformedintoMQLvariables.ThismeansthateachvariableintheSTARTtradingblockhasan
equivalentvariableonMetaTrader.

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a. GeneralOptions

OPTION

AccountType

DESCRIPTION

SelectyouraccounttypebetweenMicro
andStandard.

ExecutionMode CompletedBars:Executioneverytimea
fullbariscompleted.EveryTick:
Executioneverytimeatickisreceived.

ExecutionType

eMailMode

PlaySound

Trade:Allowstrading.Alert:Doesnot
allowtrading.Instead,itshows/sends
emailswithalerts.

Sendsemailswiththeorderexecution
informationand/orwarnings.
Playsasoundwhenorders/alarmsare
executed

VARIABLEONMT4

IsMicroAccount=True
Defineifaccountismicroorstandard.True
meansyouraccountisMicroAccount.False
meansitisaStandardAccount.

CompletedBars=True
Defineexecutionbybarsorticks.Truemeans
EAisexecutedeverytimeafullbaris
completed.FalsemeansEAisexecutedevery
timeatickisreceived.

TradeOrAlert=False
Defineexecutiontype.Trueallowstrading,
FalsesendsAlerts.
SendMailMode=False
WhenTrue,TheEAsendsemailswithorder
executioninformation
PlaySounds=True
PlaysasoundwhenTrue.TheMT4variable
MySoundallowsyoutochangethesoundto
beplayed.

ForexSignals:Turnyourexpertadvisorintoatooltoadviseyouofmarket
changes and trading opportunities. Just change the Execution Type option
fromTradingtoAlertandyourexpertadvisorwillsendyoualertsinsteadof
trading. Alerts include sounds, a standard MetaTrader popup alert, and
emails.

b. TradingOption

OPTION

TradingTimeFilter

DESCRIPTION

Allowstoopen/closepositionsaccording
toaSERVERtime(hour)filter.IfON,you
needtosetTradingHoursStartand
TradingHoursEnd.

VARIABLEONMT4

UseTradingTime=False
IfTrue,tradesonlywhen
tradingtimestart<hour<
tradingtimeend

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OPTION

TradingHoursStart

TradingHoursEnd

Buy/Sellorders
includeTP/SL

MaximumNumber
ofPositions

NumberofRetry
AttemptsforOrder
Execution

DESCRIPTION

EAtradesonlywhenSERVERtimeis
betweentradinghoursstartandtrading
hoursend

i.e.Totradefrom9amto4pmTrading
HoursStart=9andTradingHoursEnd=16

VARIABLEONMT4

TradingTimeStart=9
i.e.9=9am

SomebrokersrequirethatyourBuy/Sell
ordersdonotincludeTP(TakeProfit)/SL
(StopLoss).Theseareaddedlater.

Controlsthemaximumnumberof
simultaneousopenpositionspercurrency
pair
NumberoftimestheEAretriesto
executeanorderwhenservererrorsare
detected

OrderIncludeTPSL=True
IfFalse,ordersareopenedandlater
TP/SLisadded

BuyColor

Colorusedfortheiconthatidentifiesbuy
ordersontheMetaTraderchart

SellColor

Colorusedfortheiconthatidentifiessell
ordersontheMetaTraderchart

Automatically
AdjustSL/TPto
ServerAccepted
Levels

AdjustsTakeProfit(TP)andStopLoss(SL)
levelsabovetheminimumlevelallowed
bytheMT4server

TradingTimeEnd=16
i.e.16=4pm

MaxNumberofPositions=1
Allows1openpositionpercurrency
pair
MaxOrderRetry=100
Ifthereisanerrorexecutingorders,
thescriptretriesMaxOrderRetry
times

BuyColor=Green
Colortoidentifybuyorders

SellColor=Red
Colortoidentifysellorders

AutoAdjustSLTP=True
ToturnOn(True)/Off(False)auto
adjustment.AdjustsSLtothree
timestheminimumSLallowed.

c. MoneyManagementOptions

OPTION

DESCRIPTION

Maximum
PercentageatRisk

Allowstosetamaximumpercentageof
yourequityatriskperposition.IfON,you
needtosettheMaximumPercentageat
RiskValue

Maximum
PercentageatRisk
Value

Avalueof2=2%meansthatanyposition
thatriskmorethan2%ofequitywillbe
adjustedto2%reducingthelotsize

VARIABLEONMT4

UseMaximumPercentageatRisk=
False
Turnson/offmaximumrisk
condition

MaximumPercentageatRisk=2
i.e.maxsizeoftrade=2=2%of
equity

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OPTION

DESCRIPTION

RewardRiskRatio

Usedtodeterminethelevelofriskina
trade.IfON,youneedtosetRewardRisk
RatioValue.

RewardRiskRatio I.e.RewardRisk=TakeProfit/StopLoss.If
Value
RewardRisk=3andTakeProfit=30pips
thenStopLoss=30/3=10pips.Youmake
30pipsperwinningtradeandlose10pips
perlosingtrade.

LotManagement
Lotmanagementreducesthelotsizeafter
oneormoreconsecutivelosses.Youneed
toselectthelotmanagementtypeand
reductionfactor.

LotManagement
Type1:Lotdecreasesbyequation[lot
Type
(lot*numberofconsecutivelosses/Lot
ReductionFactor)]
Type2:Lotisreducedusing25%steps
(75%,50%,25%)

LotReduction
i.e.Whenlot=10,consecutivelosses=2
Factor
andLotReductionFactor=4,reduction
equationgivestheadjustedlotsize=10
(10*2/4)=5

VARIABLEONMT4

UseRiskRatio=True
Turnson/offriskratio

RiskRatio=3
i.e.RiskRatio=3meansthat
TakeProfit/StopLoss=3

UseLotManagement=True
Turnson/offlotmanagement

LotManagementType=1
1setsType1,2setsType2

ReductionFactor=4
Formoneymanagement,lotis
reducedaccordingtotheequation:
lot(lot*numberofconsecutive
losses/ReductionFactor)

AdditionalMT4variables:

EAName,itsvalueissettothefilenameofyourstrategy(.molfile).

Slippage,setat3pips.

PairVariables,MolanisStrategyBuilderautomaticallycreatesvariablesforeachcurrencypair
includedintheforexstrategy.Thesevariablescontainvaluesforlotsize(LS),takeprofit(TP),
stoploss(SL)andtrailingstops(TS).I.e.ForaEURCADstrategy,typicalvaluesinclude:
S_EURCAD_LS_0,S_EURCAD_TP_0,S_EURCAD_SL_0,S_EURCAD_TS_0,B_EURCAD_LS_0,
B_EURCAD_TP_0,etc

Pairvariablesareconstructedusingthefollowingstandard:
OrderTypeFirstletter(BuyorSell)+CurrencyPair+VariableUse(LS,TP,SL,
TS)+ReferenceNumber
i.e.S_EURCAD_LS_0isavariableforaSellorder,forEURCAD,andhasthevaluefor
theLotSize.B_EURCAD_TP_0isavariableforaBuyorder,forEURCAD,containing
the Take Profit Value. Use these variables to optimize your EA when backtesting
yourstrategyinMetaTrader.

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MetaTradervariablesareusedtotest,optimize,andbacktestyourexpertadvisorinMetaTrader
without having to edit your strategy with Molanis Strategy Builder. For example, changing
UseTradingTimevariableonMetaTraderfromFalsetoTruecreatesatimefilterforyourtrades.
ThismeansthatyourEAwilltradeonlywhentheServerTimeisbetweenTradingTimeStartand
TradingTimeEnd.

If you want to find the best trading time for your EA simply backtest your forex strategy
optimizingthevariablesTradingTimeStartandTradingTimeEnd.

TechnicalAnalysis

TA

TheTATechnicalAnalysistradingblockallowsyoutocreate
tradingconditionsusingwellknowntechnicalindicators.Itis
thekeybaseforthedevelopmentofforexstrategies.

To create a trading condition, edit the Technical Analysis trading block (TA), select a technical
indicator from the list on the left. Then set up the indicator parameters. Repeat the same
procedurefromthelistontheright.FinallyselectoneofthecomparisonoptionsandclickOK.

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WellknowntechnicalindicatorsareavailabletobeusedComparisonOptions

The Trading Condition on the previous graph can be described as: Condition is true if the Ask
PriceforUSDCADishigherthan1.07866.

Currently,MolanisStrategyBuilderhasthefollowingtechnicalindicatorsavailable:

Accelerator/DeceleratorOscillatoriAC
Accumulation/DistributioniAD
AlligatoriAlligator
Ask
AverageMovementDirectionalIndexiADX
AverageTrueRangeiATR
AwesomeOscillatoriAO
BearsPoweriBearsPower
Bid
BollingerBandsiBands
BullsPoweriBullsPower
CloseiClose
CommodityChannelIndexiCCI
CustomIndicatoriCustom
DeMarkeriDeMarker
EnvelopesiEnvelopes
ForceIndexiForce
FractalsiFractals

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GatorOscillatoriGator
HighiHigh
IchimokuKinkoHyoiIchimoku
LowiLow
MarketFacilitationIndexiBWMFI
MomentumiMomentum
MoneyFlowIndexiMFI
MovingAverageiMA
MovingAverageofOscillatoriOsMA
MovingAveragesConvergence/DivergenceiMACD
OnBalanceVolumeiOBV
OpeniOpen
ParabolicSARStopandReverseSystemiSAR
PercentRangeiWPR
RelativeStrengthIndexiRSI
RelativeVigorIndexiRVI
StandardDeviationiStdDev
StochasticOscillatoriStochastic
UserDefinedPriceUserPrice

LogicBlocks

AND

Producesavalueoftrueifandonlyifbothofits
precedingtradingblocksaretrue.

OR

Producesavalueoftruewheneveroneormoreofits
precedingtradingblocksaretrue.

ExecuteOrderBlocks

BUY

ExecutesaBuyOrder.Youneedtoselectthecurrencypair,Lot
Size,andthepipvalueforTakeProfit,StopLoss,andTrailing
Stop.(Avalueofzeropipsmeansdonotusethisoption)

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SELL

ExecutesaSellOrder.Youneedtoselectthecurrencypair,
LotSize,andthepipvalueforTakeProfit,StopLoss,and
TrailingStop.(Avalueofzeropipsmeansdonotusethis
option)

CloseOpenPositionsBlocks

CLOSE
LONG

Closesalllongpositionsfortheselectedcurrencypair

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CLOSE
SHORT

Closesallshortpositionsfortheselectedcurrencypair

NotesBlock

NOTES

Allowsyoutowriteyouownnotesabouttheforex
strategy.Alsocalledtextbox.

ToaddtexttoaNoteortextbox,selectitandstarttyping.Yourtextwillappearinside.Inthe
toolbar, you can find formatting options to change the font size, font type, color, and
background.

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EndBlock

END

TradingBlockthatindicateswherethestrategy
finishes.AlltradingflowsmustendattheEND
block.

ConnectingBlocks

CONNECTING Connectingarrowslinktradingblocksand
ARROWS
definetradingflowdirection.

To connect two trading blocks, click one of the blocks you are trying to connect and without
lettinggoofthemousedragthearrowtotheotherblock.Iftheconnectingarrowisgreen,the
connection is allowed. A red arrow indicates that the connection is not possible. When you
releasethe mousebutton,thelinkis created.Onceconnected,tradingblocksstayconnected,
eveniftheyaremoved.Alltradingblocksshouldbeconnected.Theonlyexceptiontothisruleis
theNotesblockortextboxesthatdonotconnectedtoanytradingblocks.
Bydefault,connectingarrowsarecurvedbutyoucanchangetheirformatontheFormatMenu
>Connector.

TradingFlow
ATradingFlowisapipelinethroughwhichticksflow.Itshowshowtheprice(ticks)movefrom
the START block to the END block passing through interconnected trading blocks. Connecting
arrowsrepresentthedirectionoftheflow,whichalwaysinitiatesintheSTARTblockandfinishes
attheENDBlock.

The flow of the trading diagram allows a reader to understand the trading strategy: what
operationswillbeperformed,inwhichorder,andunderwhatcircumstances.

TradingPaths
TradingpathsarethepossiblepathsformedwhengoingagainstthetradingflowfromtheEND
totheSTARTblock.Iflogicconditionsarepresent(ANDOR),theprecedenttradingblocksare
consideredtobepartofthesametradingpath.

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In this part of a trading diagram, the trading


flow moves from TA to AND, ending at BUY.
Thetradingpathhelpsustoreadthediagram,
startingfromtheBUYblock:

Buy 1 lot of USDCAD (Take Profit of 100 pips)


whentheaskpriceishigherthan1.07866AND
themovingaverageconditionistrue(theshort
periodmovingaverageisabovethelongperiod
movingaverage)

Trading paths are independent for you to have major control of your forex strategy. However
this means that you have to design coherent trading strategies. For example, the following
tradingdiagram,althoughwellconnected,isnotacoherentstrategy.Itcanbereadas:
BuyandSellatthesametime,1lotofEURCAD(witha100piptakeprofitand50pipstoploss)
whentheshortperiodmovingaverage(9)isabovethelongperiodmovingaverage(18).

Molanis Strategy Builder does not check for coherence. It is therefore your responsibility to
developaclearunderstandingofyourforexstrategy.
There are several common modeling rules that you need to follow when creating trading
diagrams:

TradingflowmovesfromSTARTtoENDblock.
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Thetradingdiagrammusthaveatleastonecompletetradingpath.
STARTconnectstoTechnicalAnalysis(TA)only.
TechnicalAnalysis(TA)connectstoAND,OR,BUY,SELL,CLOSELONG,andCLOSESHORT
only.
ANDconnectstoBUY,SELL,CLOSELONG,andCLOSESHORTonly.
ORconnectstoBUY,SELL,CLOSELONG,andCLOSESHORTonly.
ENDreceivesconnectionsfromBUY,SELL,CLOSELONG,andCLOSESHORTonly.
Notes(textbox)cannotconnecttoanyblock.
If possible, rearrange your trading diagram to get rid of crossed lines and add a Note
with a short description of the trading strategy. Also, to avoid confusion, keep the
directionofthetradingflowconsistent.
Toomanyrules?Donotworry.MolanisStrategyBuilderwillnotallowyou
tomakeawrongconnection.

MovingAverageStrategy
Typically,twomovingaveragescanbeusedtocreateaforexstrategywiththeserules:

Buywhentheshortperiodmovingaverageisabovethelongperiodmovingaverage
Sellwhenthelongperiodmovingaverageisabovetheshortperiodmovingaverage

On the following graph from MetaTrader Terminal, the yellow line is the short period moving
average (9) and the red line is the long period moving average (18). So we could rewrite the
tradingrulesorforexsignalsas:

Buywhentheyellowlineisabovetheredline
Sellwhentheyellowlineisbelowtheredline

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Insteadofspendingalongtimecodingthisforexstrategy,withMolanisStrategyBuilderyoucan
createatradingdiagramthatrepresentsthemovingaveragestrategyinminutes.Justdragand
droptwoTechnicalAnalysisblocks,oneBuyblockandoneSellblock.Connectthemandsetthe
blockparameterstogetadiagramlikethefollowing:

Thistradingdiagramhastwotradingpaths.Theleftoneishighlighted.ItgoesfromtheSTART
block to the END block. Remember to read the trading diagram in opposite direction to the
tradingflow.Onecouldreaditas:

Buy 1 lot of EURCAD (with a 100 pip Take Profit and 50 pip Stop Loss) when the short period
movingaverage(9)isabovethelongperiodmovingaverage(18).Howdoweknowtheshort
andlongperiod9and18?IfyoumovethemouseovertheTechnicalAnalysisblockandwaitfor
acoupleofsecondsyouwillseethefollowing:

Therighttradingpathcouldbereadas:Sell1lotofEURCAD(witha100pipTakeProfitand50
pip Stop Loss) when the long period moving average (18) is above the short period moving
average(9).

MolanisStrategyBuilderusestheconceptofopenpositionsanddoesnotallowhedging(inpart
to comply with new regulations in place in North America and in part due to our consultants
experience with other platforms). This means that a new EURCAD Buy order will close all
outstandingEURCADshortpositionsbeforebeingexecuted.Onthesamelines,anewEURCAD
SellorderwillclosealloutstandingEURCADlongpositionsbeforebeingexecuted.

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GeneratingtheMQLcodeforMetaTrader
OntheTradingDiagramMenu,clickonGenerateMQL4CodetogettheMQL4Codewindow.

MolanisStrategyBuilderallowsyoutoopenyourexpertadvisordirectlywithMetaTraderorto
saveitasanMQ4file.

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GLOSSARY
EA Expert Advisor short program written in MQL that implements a forex strategy. EAs are
automatedprogramsthatinvestforyou.
MQL MetaQuotes Language is the language used to write expert advisors (EA, or forex
strategies)andtechnicalindicatorsforMetaTrader.
TRADINGBLOCKSmaincomponentsofatradingdiagram.

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Molanis.Wehelptraders!

WARNING:Tradinghaslargepotentialrewards,butalsolargepotentialrisk.Youmustbeaware
oftherisksandbewillingtoaccepttheminordertoinvest.Don'ttradewithmoneyyoucan't
afford to lose. The past performance of any trading system or methodology is not necessarily
indicative of future results. Hypothetical or simulated performance results have certain
limitations. Unlike an actual performance record, simulated results do not represent actual
trading. Also, since the trades have not been executed, the results may have underorover
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ISPOSSIBLETOPROFITBYTRADINGFOREIGNEXCHANGE,ITISALSOPOSSIBLETOLOSE100%OF
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