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Grid System

What is a Grid System?

A grid system in Forex trading is a strategy that involves placing buy and sell orders at regular intervals above and below a set price. This creates a "grid" of orders that can capture market movements in both directions. The primary goal is to profit from market volatility without needing to predict the direction of the market.

Key Features of Grid Trading

  • Time-frame independent: Works on any time frame.
  • No reliance on indicators: Utilizes price levels rather than technical indicators.
  • Bidirectional trading: Can trade in both long and short directions simultaneously.
  • Risk management: Exposure is limited and pre-calculated.
  • Automated adjustments: Can automatically adjust take-profit levels during market spikes or broker disconnections.

Advantages of Grid Trading

  • Easy to set up and supervise.
  • Extracts money from the market regularly.
  • Requires little forecasting of the market.
  • Trades price ranges, not specific setups.
  • Works for Forex, CFDs, and futures.

Types of Grid Systems

  • Fixed Grid: Orders are placed at fixed intervals, typically 20-200 pips apart.
  • Dynamic Grid: Uses indicators like ATR to adjust the spacing between orders based on market volatility.
  • Limit and Stop Grids: Utilizes limit orders to buy below the market price and stop orders to sell above the market price.

How to Implement a Grid System

  • Load the EA to any chart and timeframe.
  • Choose a trading direction (buy, sell, or bidirectional).
  • Edit the spacing and amount of trades until risk is acceptable.
  • Start the grid.

Usage Tips

  • If the market is cheap, trade long only.
  • If the market is overpriced, trade short only.
  • Favor trading in a direction with positive swaps to earn interest.
  • Trade from a VPS or leave your trading computer turned on 24/5.
  • Use profit targets to reset the grid regularly.

Technical Information

  • The EA evaluates at M1 bar closing.
  • Trades have no stop-loss or take-profit orders; they use market orders.
  • The strategy is not NFA/FIFO compliant.
  • The EA won't trade live if there is a risk of a margin call with current settings.

Examples of Grid Trading Systems

  • PZ Grid Trading EA MT5: This EA is highly flexible and can trade many simultaneous symbols. It supports directional and bidirectional profit targets and allows grids to be closed or paused at the trader's discretion.
  • Grid Manual: A trading panel that works with grid strategies, supporting both limit and stop grids. It allows for dynamic grid spacing based on the ATR indicator and includes features like trailing stop and breakeven functions.
  • PipFinite Trend Grid EA: Uses a smart trend-following strategy combined with a grid system. It includes features like spike and whipsaw protection, and dynamic grid management.

Risk Management in Grid Trading

  • Use a drawdown-based stop-loss to close all trades when a desired drawdown is reached.
  • Set a maximum number of open trades to limit exposure.
  • Adjust lot sizes and grid spacing to manage risk effectively.


Grid trading can be a powerful strategy for profiting from market volatility, but it requires careful risk management and a good understanding of market conditions. With the right tools and settings, it can provide consistent returns and adapt to various market scenarios. 🚀📈