Safer trading with bots? I can see you raise that eyebrow and normally I would totally raise mine along with yours. Not so in this case. We wrote already about 3commas in the past and recommended their very versatile tool with a team of super active developers. But their recent addition is just great and needs a small introduction. We will show you how we use the recently published auto trading bot, and how to use it in the best way to sleep tighter with your trades running.
Patience is a virtue, everyone who trades coins and tokens has to know that, to stay profitable. Also, common sense is that not every trade can be a winner, especially not immediately. We place our entry, it becomes filled and sometimes the price might drop right after – “but, man – I thought I caught the bottom.” Moaning won’t help here, but averaging out will often do a helpful job. The technique of averaging is well-known and easy to understand. Let’s say you want to use 0.1 BTC for this signal by the crypto-addicts on Litecoin.
Entry price would be the current price of 0.0172 sats. Some might place the whole buy order of 0.1 BTC at this price, but it would be smarter to just use a percentage of these funds and spread buy orders in the buy zone down to let’s say 0.0168. This way you lower your dollar-cost-average if the price drops and you will recover faster and/or chances are given, that you are faster green again, measured by the total amount of funds this trade.
3Commas are known for their tool which provides conditional order setups, copytrader features and more. In addition to their great setup of tools they recently released a sweet bot, that enables you to auto-average your orders. The actual intention of this bot follows a simple principle: buy low, sell higher. The bot which they created recently is going to do exactly that. In our case, we want to use this bot as a safety option for a crypto signal we trade. Taking the example above, we want to buy LTC at 0.0172 sats with allocated funds of 0.1BTC for this trade. Of course, if we average a trade we most often end up with trading only a part of the actual amount we planned for that trade, but that’s OK if we can manage our risk in exchange for that. Let’s take a look at the settings and how one could start through with the bot:
- Target profit (%) Take profit level to sell all opened trade in one cycle. From 0.2 % to 10 %.
- Base trade size Sets base trade size when trading starts.
- Take profit type Sets how target profit will be calculated – percentage from base trade size or from total open trades size.
- Safety trade size defines the size of every insurance trade.
- Price deviation to open safety trades (% from initial trade) step to create safety trade. From 1% to 10%.
- Max safety trades count safety trades limit. From 3 to 100.
- Max active safety trades count From 3 to 10. The higher number of safety trades, the more money will be reserved.
So how did we set this up? When we activate that bot, we immediately buy LTC worth of 0.01 BTC at the current price. The safety trade size is set to 0.01 as well. As the range from the buy area to the last targets of the signal suggests, there is room for an 8.3% profit on this trade. Conservative as we are we try to achieve a 7% profit. What does this bot do now, depending on the settings above? Starting from our entry price it will buy more LTC at 0.0172, each 1% drop it will buy LTC worth 0.01BTC, for 9x times. This way we cover an ~10% drop in the price. What does the bot do next? It sells the purchased pieces on upward swings and targets until we reach our defined 7% profit.
One has to say that the described use of this bot is not the actual intention of the creators, I guess – though it makes total sense. You entered into a perfect trade, bitcoin makes one of its big-time moves and your setup is down the river. If you prefer to hold over stop/loss, averaging out might decrease your pain as you would break even much faster.
However, 3Commas idea was another one: The bot can use the provided signals by Tradingview. The charting platform provides a page, that analyzes cryptocurrencies (only automated on technical indicators, no humans involved). You can tell the bot to buy on behalf of “buy”-signals or only on “strong buy” signals – up to you. The bot is checking for fresh signals every 15 minutes. To make it more transparent how all of this works, the website provides an example and a step-by-step explanation of what the bot would do:
Suppose ETH costs $500 and trader with $1000 deposit wants to earn $10 using the bot. So here is the step-by-step algorithm:
- Bot buys ETH at the rate of $500 on $100, that is 0.2 ETH
- Bot places sell-order on his 0.2 ETH at the rate of $550, that is $110. So, if the rate will reach that point, a trader will take $10 profit.
- Bot places safety-buy-orders on $100 at ETH rate of $450, $405, $364.5 (Step between orders is 10%)
- Eth rate goes down to $440, which means that first safety order went through and bot just bought 0.2222 ETH at the rate of $450 ($100/$450). But trader still needs to make $10 profit (5% from 200$ – current amount spent on position). Bot automatically moves TakeProfit from $550 to $497.4 (+5% from average purchase price in $474.7). If that order will go through, the trader is going to get 0.4222 ETH * $497.4 = $210. Trader reaches his goal of $10 profit.
- If the price goes down until next safety-order, the bot is going to repeat same actions as in the previous step.
Here is how an auto averaged trade with the 3Commas bot would like at the charts (green lines are the buys, the red line is the final sell):
As this is an hourly chart, one can abstract that it needs some patience to let the bot do his job, although due to the huge volatility we can find in Crypto, it can be much faster also. The company shows off the overall stats of its tool (for their user base) and achieved quite sweet results – however, future has to show how consistent these results remain. Consistency and success in the long-run is everything in cryptocurrency trading, so we would need to observe how this turns out ultimately. Here is a screenshot of the past results:
If you want to give this bot a try, check out 3Commas. Hence all the other tools they offer it is worth it anyways.