If you are running a cTrader automated trading system (cBot) and it has not opened any positions, please read the list of causes below.
- The system uses technical indicators and needs to wait for a signal.
- The cBot settings are incorrect.
- The max spread setting of 1 when the average speed is 5.
- Another risk setting is causing no trades to open.
If you are using one of our products at ClickAlgo then the most common cause is that there was no trading signal, most of our cBots use many multi-timeframe indicators and they wait until there is a strong bullish or bearish trend before trading starts, this would be many hours, days or even weeks.
This is a term used when an automated trading system does not trade for a period of time, it is very common with systems that use technical indicators.
How to Check if Settings are OK?
A simple test to see if the cBots settings are ok and that it is working ok is to run a backtest, use cTraders inbuilt backtest module and set the start and end dates for the period you did not get any trades if no trades are shown then no trades opened. Also, run a backtest over a 1-year period, if there are no results then your cBot has incorrect settings.
How many trades will my cBot open
The number of trades and how often they open depends on the settings that are inputted into the trading system, one method to test this is to run a backtest for either 1-year or 1-month and count the number of positions that opened, divide this value by the number of days and you have the number of trades that one each day.
How to Open More Trades
you can adjust the settings for more trades, but be warned, that more trades do not equal more profit, just optimise the settings to return more trades.