Get to know which operators best suit your trading plan

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When creating a strategy, it is important to know your operators and what will trigger them.

Here is some information to help understand the differences so you can create the strategies you want.

Is Above / Is Below

  • Use these conditions to describe a state where the value of one term is higher/lower than the value of another term.

  • At its simple form, this condition is apathetic to how far or how long one value is higher/lower than the other value.


Synonyms: > / < | higher / lower | more / less | over / under | greater

Crosses Above / Crosses Below

  • Use this condition to describe the exact moment where the value of one term changes from is above to is below or vice versa.

  • Being sensitive to the moment of change, this condition works great for strategies based on technical analysis.


Synonyms: is crossing above / is crossing below | jumps above / falls below | breaks above / breaks below | goes above / goes below | moves above / moves below | cuts above / cuts below | jumps above / falls below

By... (delta)

  • Use the keyword ’By’ to define nominal or percentage delta of the term value for describing the scenario you're looking for.


Synonyms: > by / < by | higher by / lower by | rises by / comes off by | up by / down by | over by more / over by less

The delta can be referred to as a Nominal Value;

  • Stocks, Indices, ETFs - with the currency sign.

  • Forex - with no sign, or as pips.

  • Percentage value - using ‘%’ sign.

‘Percentage Points’ value - stands for the nominal change in a percentage value (relevant only for terms which their value is in percentage, like some news events)

After / Before

  • Use these scheduling conditions to describe a scenario that will take place on the day of an event, before or after its scheduled time. For example,



  • Use this condition to describe a scenario that will take place between a certain time. For Example,

Except Between

  • This condition allows you to stop your strategy from executing during specific time frames. For example,

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