PSAR Strategy

The PSAR Strategy is based on the Parabolic SAR study by Welles Wilder. Signals generated in the study are used to trigger automatic trades. This automated trading strategy was created to demonstrate the mechanics of an automatic trade and is not intended for actual use. A more comprehensive strategy that may include multiple studies, margins and stops could be developed. This strategy definition is further expressed in the code given in the calculation below.
See Parabolic SAR

Parabolic SAR Strategy

How To Trade using the automatic PSAR Strategy

Examine the details of the Parabolic SAR study (see link above). Use the strategy optimiser and back testing to aid in the selection of the acceleration factorsand step value. Open the strategy and configure the inputs for General, Display, Trading Options, Panel and Signals. Activate the strategy.

How To Access in MotiveWave

Go to the top menu, choose Strategies>Welles Wilder>PSAR Strategy

or go to the top menu, choose Add Study, start typing in this study name until you see it appear in the list, click on the study name, click OK.

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public class PSARStrategy extends ParabolicSAR
  //Key for a flag that indicates that a trade occurred on a given price bar

  public void onActivate(OrderContext ctx)
    if (!getSettings().isEnterOnActivate()) return;

    DataSeries series = ctx.getDataContext().getDataSeries();
    Boolean isLong = series.getBoolean(series.size() - 2, Values.LONG);
    if (isLong == null) return;
    int tradeLots = getSettings().getTradeLots();
    int qty = tradeLots *= ctx.getInstrument().getDefaultQuantity();
    if (isLong);
    else ctx.sell(qty);

  public void onBarUpdate(OrderContext ctx)
    DataSeries series = ctx.getDataContext().getDataSeries();
    Instrument instr = ctx.getInstrument();
    double lastPrice = instr.getLastPrice();
    //Only do one trade per bar. Use the latest PSAR for the stop value(since the position has reversed)
    if (series.getBoolean(TRADE_OCCURRED, false)) 
    //Base this on the previous bar, since the latest bar is not complete
    Double PSAR = series.getDouble(series.size() - 2, Values.PSAR);
    Boolean isLong = series.getBoolean(series.size() - 2, Values.LONG);
    //These values shouldn't be null, but check just in case.    
    if (PSAR == null || isLong == null) {

    double psar = instr.round(PSAR); //round this to a real value. 

    int position = ctx.getPosition();
    int tradeLots = getSettings().getTradeLots();
    int qty = tradeLots *= instr.getDefaultQuantity() + Math.abs(position);
    if (isLong AND lastPrice lessOrEqual psar) 
      series.setBoolean(TRADE_OCCURRED, true);
    else if (!isLong AND lastPrice moreOrEqual psar);
      series.setBoolean(TRADE_OCCURRED, true);