[blackcat] L2 Ehlers Cyber Cycle Trading Strategy

Level: 2


John F. Ehlers introuced Cyber Cycle Trading Strategy in his "Cybernetic Analysis for Stocks and Futures" chapter 4 on 2004.


With cyber cycle alone, the Trigger lags the Cycle by one bar, so that their crossing introduces at least another bar of lag. Finally, Dr Ehler concluded that we can’t execute the trade until the bar after the signal is observed. In total, that means our trade execution will be at least four bars late. If we are working with an eight-bar cycle, that means the signal will be exactly wrong. We could do better to buy when the signal says sell, and vice versa.

The difficulties arising from the lag suggest a way to build an automatic trading strategy. Suppose we choose to use the trading signal in the opposite direction of the signal. That will work if we can introduce lag so the correct signal will be given in the more general case, not just the case of an eight-bar cycle. Therefore, the Cyber Cycle trading strategy was introduced by Dr . Ehlers . It starts exactly the same as the Cyber Cycle Indicator. Dr . Ehlers then introduce the variable Signal, which is an exponential moving average of the Cycle variable. The exponential moving average generates the desired lag in the trading signal. The relationship between the alpha of an exponential moving average and lag is alpha2 = 1/ (Lag+1). This relationship is used to create the variable alpha2 in the code and the variable Signal using the exponential moving average . The trading signals using the variable Signal crossing itself delayed by one bar are exactly the opposite of the trading signals I would have used if there were no delay. But, since the variable Signal is delayed such that the net delay is less than half a cycle, the trading signals are correct to catch the next cyclic reversal. The idea of betting against the correct direction by waiting for the next cycle reversal can be pretty scary because that reversal may “never” happen because the market takes off in a trend. For this reason Dr . Ehlers included two lines of code that are escape mechanisms if we were wrong in our entry signal. These last two Signal lines of code reverse the trading position if we have been in the trade for more than eight bars and the trade has an open position loss.

Key Signal

Cycle ---> Cyber Cycle fast line
Cycle (2) ---> Cyber Cycle slow line
Signal ---> Trading signal fast line
Signal(1) ---> Trading signal slow line

Pros and Cons

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