It’s the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. today, and for the past 20 days or so I’ve been doing a morning exercise where I remind myself of a few things every day that I’m thankful for.
And so today I wanted to say that one thing that I am thankful for is the trust that my customers put in me every day — trust that I’m not just some shady internet salesman, trust that I’m going to give them a good product that will assist them with their trading goals, etc.
See, this site has allowed me to combine two of my interests — trading and programming — into one, and build useful things for both myself and the Thinkorswim community.
I hope to make it better and provide some new tools in the coming year, but in the meantime, I just wanted to say thanks to all my customers and users, and to let you know that I appreciate your support and trust.
I recently watched Alphonso Esposito’s New Mastery Series at TradeSmart University regarding his Wide Range Bar Trading Strategy. It seemed awesomely simple and straight forward, and seems to give good signals to boot, so I decided I would make it even easier for my fellow ThinkOrSwim users to add this strategy to their arsenals. Basically you look for these wide range bars, as defined by Alphonso in the course, and buy on an subsequent retracement of approximately 40% (with custom tweaks explained in the course) back into the range of the bar.
This set of ThinkScripts lets you scan for these types of setups, and additionally it comes with a chart study that plots a signal whenever a wide range bar trading strategy setup appears, and plots the 40% line as well.
Most of the parameters can be customized, but are set by default to those explained in the course, except for the minimum volume multiplier, which I just set myself since no specific rule was stated in the course.
The rules are pretty straightforward, but if you want to learn more about how to trade this strategy, you’ll need to sign up for the class at TradeSmart University.
I’m making these available for FREE for a limited time to all my TOS friends, so please help yourself!
UPDATE 12/21/2016 — I’ve been especially productive lately and decided to go ahead and code this into a mechanical strategy that can be backtested on any chart you want! That file will be included now as well.
NOTE: Since I did a bunch more work on this and included a new strategy file now, I’ll have to increase the price from free to a more typical price for a backtest-enabled strategy. Get it while it’s still free!
ThinkOrSwim Downloads Master List of FREE ThinkScripts!
Check out this HUGE list of free ThinkOrSwim downloads and thinkScripts! With most of the indicators and studies I program for my trading, I put a lot of time and energy into them in order to make sure they’re professional quality and offer a premium value — that they’re not just rehashing old chart studies that are already available, and have options that traders can use to customize them to their own trading. But there are also a lot of good free thinkScripts out there that do useful things too. And I do get asked about where to download free thinkorswim indicators from time to time, so in true Josiah fashion, I decided I wanted to deliver and go massively above and beyond in providing value, even for something that is completely FREE!
What This Is
This post contains a massive collection of free thinkorswim downloads that the authors have made available without charge on the web through the ThinkOrSwim sharing platform’s special sharing links feature. These thinkScript downloads are not my own, so I don’t warrant or offer any kind of support for them. And I’m not hosting them on my own site, I’m only linking to the downloads on TD Ameritrade’s servers where the authors posted them for free. But I wanted to provide a good one-stop resource for people looking for free thinkorswim resources, custom quote columns, scanners, chart studies, technical indicators, and strategies for the thinkorswim platform, and this list should definitely do that for you!
How to Install thinkScripts and ThinkOrSwim Downloads – First Things First
To install ThinkOrSwim downloads and indicators from these links, there are 2 options: either click the link and then the green button on the next page, OR simply copy the link, select “Setup” on the upper right of your ThinkOrSwim application, and select “Open shared item…” Then paste in the link and open it that way. Sometimes the first method doesn’t work depending on how you have your app installed, so sometimes the second method is the best way.
Download The Complete ThinkOrSwim SwimLessons ThinkScripts Archive
All of the past SwimLessons about ThinkScript have been archived for download, and here is the complete list courtesy of TOS Support. It’s an incredible wealth of thinkScripts that should keep you busy for awhile!
http://tos.mx/991uyR – watchlist column BidAskSpread. NOTE: you cannot scan for tight Bid Ask spread, but you can create a scan and Save Query … then open the saved query as a watchlist and sort that watchlist by this custom Bid Ask spread column.
http://tos.mx/xqVPc9 – watchlist column Down 20% or more (Bear Territory). NOTE: add to watchlist of an index to see what percent of the stocks in an index are now in bear territory.
http://tos.mx/rYEown – watchlist column below 200 sma. HINT: apply below 50sma and below 200sma to watchlist of Public– >>S&P500 or other index and sort by that column to quickly see how many stocks in that index are currently above/below the 50 or 200 day moving average line watchlist column Bull.
http://tos.mx/lqD8d0 – watchlist column (meant to be used on Trade tab option chain – turns red when volume > OI at that strike). HINT: add OpenInt, Volume, and this custom column to your option chain to see how it works
http://tos.mx/xh6qx6 – alert price 10% or more lower than yesterday’s close. NOTE: automatic reset is already in this alert but you need to click on tiny padlock to unlock it, and How to Notify to make desired selection
http://tos.mx/EZHe9a – *updated* chart study earnings alert for your TOS chart (includes MMM in dollars, percent, and as a shaded rectangle on the chart). NOTE: use Edit Studies box to turn off vertical lines and arrows at past earnings dates.
http://tos.mx/yGUo11 – chart study (example of work around for being able to access Bid or Ask in a custom chart study)
http://tos.mx/OXyWGT – chart study label Percent off High. HINT: Try this custom study on chart of $DJSH Shanghai Index and on chart on new 52-wk high today to see how it works on a symbol that is down and a symbol that hit new 52-week high today.
http://tos.mx/9GuAoP – Chart study label for MMM expressed in dollars and percent (but invisible if no MMM top of Trade tab).
http://tos.mx/OXyWGT – chart study label percent off 52-week high. NOTE: Try this custom study on chart of $DJSH Shanghai Index and on chart of a symbol hitting new 52-week high today to see how it works on a symbol that is down and a symbol that hit new 52-week high today.
http://tos.mx/QNfOwj – chart study LeBron James Index (switch symbols and shares to create your own custom index)
http://tos.mx/QBPsN0 – chart study LinearReg with Channel based on ATR (click for the thinkorswim downloads)
http://tos.mx/FTK84P – chart study Sector/IndGroup chart label example. NOTE: open ThinkScript code and read the instructions to add YOUR symbols.
http://tos.mx/vIRfvi – chart study Volume-by-Price. NOTE: change “Chart” to you desired time period to see net volume across the horizontal bars for your choice of time periods [instead of net total volume for entire chart].
http://tos.mx/lZdFsj – *updated* NOTE: When in a grid you lose the far top right of chart Last trade, Day change, and Percent change label. Use this custom study to have that information on every chart in your grid. Chart study label Day Net and Percent Change with Day volume thinkorswim downloads
http://tos.mx/nKN9il – chart study line chart of quarterly EPS changes. HINT: try this study on a 5-year weekly chart.
http://tos.mx/3hrCFl -chart study futures cheat sheet labels. NOTE: this thinkscript chart study shows tick size, P/L for a 1 tick move, shares equivalent, and risk per contract (futures only).
IMPORTANT: after you import any Scan, go to Scan tab and click on top right menu icon to select the saved query. Then edit the filters and add any extra filters, and select watchlist of symbols with liquid options top left Scan In. Now click on top right menu icon and Save Query to save your changes.
Josiah is a stock trader, thinkScript programmer, real estate investor, and budding mountaineer. He's also rumored to be an in-shower opera singer. Josiah & his family live in Nashville, TN. Twitter | YouTube
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