Introduction to GearBox
GearBox uses a Grid-based strategy. While many Expert Advisors that use a Grid-based strategy fail during significant market movements, this is where GearBox shows superior algorithms and logic.
Based on data, a person can "Choose the Gear Entry" and wait until a long trend ends to enter a position right before a pullback. As an advanced GearBox user or someone who understands trading, the strategy being employed can be “tweaked” by adjusting the settings, so there is a lot of flexibility and power in your hands.
GearBox is a Counter Trend Trader, which means GearBox predicts the end of a long trend that a currency has taken. On the reversal of that trade, GearBox wants to execute trades knowing the trend has reversed. This is where the word “Gear” is important to understand. The higher the “Gear,” the more accurate the trade.
Additionally, GearBox has been created with the ability to execute Ghost Trades on the same long trend mentioned in the last paragraph to diagnose where an account would typically enter drawdown. Here, GearBox attempts to execute trades in the real market before the pullback or retracement. These Forex Pairs are the best-performing options for GearBox: USDCAD, EURUSD, AUDUSD, EURAUD, GBPNZD, and NZDUSD.
GearBox is designed to work with any currency pair, but you will need to know the average range that currency pair moves before a retracement!
With that knowledge, advanced users can design some great setups.
NOTE: You will notice that a number settings are available for editing but are labeled for advanced users. The GearBox Developer has made the available but make sure you know what you are doing if you choose to edit them.
Weekly Goal (%)
Default - 100%
Do you have a profit goal for the week? Would you like to lock in x% for the week and have the software turned off, so you don’t risk loss?
This is a percent goal you can set that will allow you to exit the market when you are in this percent of “Floating equity” in the current trading week.
Max Equity Risk (%)
Default - 100%. (it is recommended to change this)
How much are you willing to lose at any time? If you were to experience a large trade on a long trending trade that put your account at risk, when would you “cut the cord?” This is an integral part of a trader’s overall risk management. (It is essential to understand expected drawdowns on a swing trade.)
Enter the value of the Maximum amount of Equity you are willing to risk before GearBox closes all trades.
For example, setting the Max Equity risk to 30% means that once your overall drawdown reaches 30% of your account balance between one or more trades, GearBox will close all trades immediately to protect the account from further losses.
Stop Running After Max Risk Hit
Default - Yes
Once an account’s Max Equity risk is reached and all your trades are closed, you can determine if you want GearBox to continue trading.
- Yes - GearBox will continue to analyze markets and execute trades according to the settings.
- No - GearBox will not enter into any trades until receiving further instructions from the user.
Starting Lot Size
Default - 0.01
The value entered here is the lot size of the first trade in a potential sequence.
GearBox allows you to adjust your lot size with extreme accuracy by basing it on your account balance. This is an essential aspect of proper risk management.
If you want to trade with a .01 per $1000 lot size and your account balance is $10,000, you will need to use the following formula to determine the value to enter into the Starting Lot Size field.
- Lot Size = (Account Balance / 1000) x 0.01
- Lot Size = (10,000 / 1000) x 0.01
- Lot Size = (10) x 0.01
- Lot Size = 0.1
Let's say you want to trade with a lot size of .01 per $2500 to be conservative on an account with a balance of $55,000. Let's work through the formula we already used with the new numbers.
- Lot Size = (Account Balance / 2500) x 0.01
- Lot Size = (55,000 / 2500) x 0.01
- Lot Size = (22) x 0.01
- Lot Size = 0.22
Here is a guide to the selection of a lot size for use.
- .01 to 1000 - This is a standard formula for accounts up to $10,000.
- .01 to 1500 - This is a standard formula for accounts from $10,001 to $25,000.
- .01 to 2000 - This is a standard formula for accounts from $25,001 and above.
- .01 to 3000 - This is an ultra-conservative formula for accounts above $10,000.
Beginning users typically set a value of .01 per $1,000-$3,000.
There are two items that you should consider in selecting a lot size.
First, what is your risk tolerance? A more aggressive lot size of .01 per $1,000 or less can secure more profits but will likely experience higher drawdowns.
The second item to consider is your selection of mode to run GearBox. Swing mode can get more trades, but they are less accurate than Sniper or Super Sniper trade entries.
Intraday users will frequently go as conservative as .01 per $5,000.
Starting Lot Enters On
Default - Real Trades
- Real Trades - The first trade you see on your account will be your starting lot size. This is the more conservative approach of the two options
- Ghost Trades - GearBox will enter the starting lot in “The Ghost Server.” This setting is for advanced users and should not be used without proper education.
Range Between Gears
Default - 21.0
Changing this value is for an advanced user who preferably understands trading.
Someone you know who uses GearBox may also give you settings, but it is essential to know what those settings will do and what you may expect.
Max Number of Gears
Default - 8
If you add GearBox directly to a chart the default shows as 8. Adjusting that number is something that should be reserved only for advanced users.
In the majority of cases the GearBox Manager should be used and it will apply the value for Max Number of Gears automatically based on the mode selected; swing, sniper, or super sniper. After using the Manager and applying the mode you can see the value applied by GearBox by clicking the GearBox icon in the top right corner of the chart.
On volatile pairs with a high gear entry, setting this to 13 is suggested.
On more stable pairs, the pairs listed above that GearBox is optimized for, using a setting of 11 is common.
Moving Average Period
Default - 20
This is one method the software uses to determine the trade's direction (buy or sell).
The lower the value entered here, the less accurate GearBox will be.
Default - 1.35
This is the distance, in pips, between Gear entries. This is an advanced feature and adjusting this should only be done with an understanding of the impact of changing it.
For example, you start at 21 pips, and if you use a multiplier of 1.35, the distance between Gear 0 and 1 will be 28 pips.
Max Pairs Trading at Same Time
Default - 3
This is the maximum number of pairs you will allow GearBox to trade at one time.
The more pairs that are allowed to be traded at the same time, the more drawdown an account will experience.
If an account will allow trades to be taken in many pairs, it is highly recommended that it forbid opening trades of correlating pairs.
Forbid Opening Trades of Correlating Pairs
Default - Yes
- Yes - If the value is set to Yes, Gearbox will not allow pairs 85%+ correlated with taking trades going in the same direction or trades that are 85%- correlated going in the opposite direction. This is a very feature for risk management and is recommended to use.
- No - If the value is set to No, there is no filter to prevent trades of correlating pairs from being taken.
Trailing Stop Settings
Enable Trailing Stop
Default - Yes
If the value is set to Yes, Gearbox will activate a Trailing Stoploss at your chosen Take Profit Price + your hedge amount. If the value is set to no, there will not be any trailing stop loss activated.
Trailing Stop for Hedge Trade
Default - 25
This is the number of pips beyond take profit you want the trail to activate; then it will trail up every one pip in the correct direction beyond 25 pips, for example.
Gears Above Settings
Only Gears Above
Default - 2
The value you enter here will determine the minimum gear that trades must reach before they are allowed to be taken in the live market.
Autochange Gears Above
Default - Yes
If you would like to allow GearBox to auto-change the gear that must be reached to enter into a trade, the value set in the previous setting, you can select it here.
- Yes - GearBox will be allowed to auto-change the Gear.
- No - GearBox will not be allowed to auto-change the Gear.
Some users will allow a change on certain days of the week. This can be controlled in the following setting.
Auto Change On
Default - Wednesday
If you have selected yes to the previous setting, use this value to select the day you want to allow a change. If you have Wednesday selected then the auto change will be active from Wednesday through Friday. It will then turn off from Sunday to Tuesday and turn back on Wednesday again.
Change to Gears Above
Default - 3
If you are not allowing an auto change, this setting will not be active. If you have allowed an auto change of the gears and have chosen the day to allow it, then in this field, you will set the gear you want to allow GearBox to enter.
For example, suppose you put 6 here. In that case, you can only enter 7 and beyond in the real market.
Restart Gear Range with First Real Trade
Default - No
- Yes - If you have this feature turned on and you enter a Gear 6 trade, the next trade would be entered at the gear 1 level. This is another advanced feature that should only be used when a thorough education of the feature is obtained.
- No - GearBox will run without restarting to the first real trade.
Close Basket at Max Number Gears
Default - No
- Yes - This feature is a per pair equity protector instead of a global equity protector. For example, if you want to trade a volatile pair along with the standard pairs, you can set an equity protector just for that pair. This is an advanced setting to be used once it is well understood.
- No - No pairs are specifically being monitored. It is assumed that you are using the Global Equity Protector for your entire account.
Default - 500
You can set any stop-loss amount that you want, expressed in pips.
Ghost Trade Settings
Delete Ghost Trades at the Start of Week
Default - Yes
- Yes - Having this on creates more accuracy in your trade as it is based on news events this week. It is recommended to have this turned on.
- No - You will get more trades but the risk of drawdown increases due to less accuracy with the trades being entered.
Take Profit Settings
Take Profits Based on
Default - Real Trades Double TP
- Real Trades Only - With this setting, the default TP is 30 pips.
- Real Trades Double TP - This value doubles the default 30 pips, equalling 60 pips.
- Ghost Trades + Real Trades - This is a calculation of what Ghost Trades + Real Trades would need to be profitable on an entire sequence.
- Custom TP on First Real Trades (Input a number) - The default is Real Trades Double TP, which is 60 pips. This setting allows you to set a lower TP than 60 pips. You can use this on a per pair basis. Using this can increase your win ratio but will lower your profitability since you are catching fewer pips per trade.
Notifications of Drawdown
Default - Percent
- Off - No notifications will be sent to you regarding drawdown.
- Percent - Set a value to activate a drawdown notification when a specific percentage of your account is reached in the drawdown.
- Absolute - Set a value to activate a drawdown notification when a specific monetary amount of your account is reached in the drawdown.
First Notification Amount
Default - 10
If you have notifications turned on using the setting above, you will use this value to specify when you want to be notified of the drawdown. The value you enter will be seen as a percentage or fixed number based on the value you selected above, Percent or Absolute.
Second Notification Amount
Default - 20
If you have chosen to get notifications, you can use this to get a second alert at a second value if you choose. You may want to know when your drawdown goes from 1% to 2% or if the dollar amount goes from $50 to $100.
Balance Protection Settings
Balance Protection Active
Default - Yes
- Yes - Choose this value if you want to implement balance protection on your account.
- No - Choose this value if you don’t want to have balance protection active on your account.
Balance Protection Mode
Default - Percent
If you have chosen Yes, to have Balance Protecting active, please choose how you want to express your protection.
- Percent - Choose this option if you want to use a percentage value for account protection.
- Fixed - Choose this option if you want to use a fixed dollar amount for account protection.
Balance Protection Value
Default - 25.0
If you are using Balance Protection, enter the numerical value you want to use for your protection. In the following setting, you chose to have your account balance protected by either a percentage or absolute dollar amount. Please remember that when choosing your value here.
Note: This feature does not close your trades but does not allow any further new trades to be taken when the account balance protection is reached. If you want to have all of your trades closed at a specific drawdown amount, you will need to use the Max Equity Risk feature.
Wait 2 Hours After Market Open
Default - Yes
- Yes - This is the default selection recommended due to high spreads when the markets first open on Sunday evening.
- No - You can choose to allow GearBox to start trading right at the time of market opening.
Trade on Sunday-Saturday
Default - Yes
Some users do not want to allow trading on Sunday or Friday, and with these values, you can determine which days of the week you want to allow GearBox to take trades.
Gearbox Support Options
You have several support options available to you that are yours to use.
- Insights Call - Once per month and when needed, Tyler streams live and shares updates on the previous week's trading results and shares updates and more about his own personal use of Gearbox. Call details are on the Events Page. The call is hosted in AP Live; read this article to find out how to access the call live.
- YouTube Channel - Recordings of the Weekly Insight calls are available on the Auvoria Prime YouTube channel, and you are highly recommended to watch them.
- Help Desk - The Auvoria Prime Help Desk has Live Chat support, ticket support, and a large knowledge base of articles to learn from.
- Send an Email to Support - firstname.lastname@example.org - Send an email, which will be converted into a ticket and replied to asap by a customer support representative.
- Telegram Channel - Join this channel to receive announcements regarding Gearbox.
- Discord Group and Channel - Connect to Auvoria Prime Discord Server and get access to an announcement channel and a group of people using Flash together and sharing experiences. Visit this support article to learn more about connecting to Discord.