Wilder Volatility Stop

Author: Optuma Team Last updated: Jul 25, 2020 06:01
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The Wilder Volatility Stop plots a trailing stop calculated from Welles Wilder’s Average True Range calculation. The stop can be used on both bull and bear markets with the stop line plotting above the price in a downtrend and below the price on an uptrend.

To add the tool to your chart, select the tool from the Volatility tool group, and left-click on the chart or indicator on which you wish to add the tool. Optuma will then draw the tool using the default settings.

Scripting Funciton: WVS()

Actions & Properties



Copy Data to Clipboard: Will copy the tool’s values to the clipboard which can then be inserted into a spreadsheet, for example, allowing for further analysis.

Add Technical Alert: When selected, a Technical Alert will be created for the selected security.

Add to Toolbar: Adds the selected tool to your custom toolbar.

Apply Settings to All: When multiple Wilder Volatility Stop tools have been applied to a chart, page or workbook, this action can be used to apply the settings of the one selected to other instances of the tool. This is a great time saver if an adjustment is made to the tool - such as line colour - as this allows all the other Wilder Volatility Stop tools in the chart, page or entire workbook to be updated instantly.

Copy Tool: Allows you to copy the selected tool, which can then be pasted onto a different chart window.

Move to Back: If the tool is displaying in front of other tools or indicators clicking this action will move the tool view to the background.

Move to Front: If the tool is displaying behind other tools or indicators on the chart, clicking this action will bring the tool to the forefront.

Restore Default Settings: Click this action if you have adjusted the default settings of the tool, and wish to return to the standard properties originally installed with Optuma.

Save Settings as Default: If you have adjusted any of the tool’s properties (colour, for example) you can save the adjustments as your new default setting. Each time you apply a new Wilder Volatility Stop to a chart, the tool will display using the new settings.

Delete: Deletes the tool from the chart.



Tool Name: Allows you to adjust the name of the tool, as it’s displayed in the Structures Panel.

ATR Bars: The number of bars used in the ATR calculation.

ATR Multiplier: Multiplies the ATR value. By default, this is 3.5.

Set Enter Date: Used to select the date the Wilder Volatility Stop begins calculating from (by default the entire chart is used).

Long Colour: Allows you to adjust the colour of the Wilder Volatility Stop when the line is positioned below the bars.

Short Colour: Allows you to adjust the colour of the Wilder Volatility Stop when the line is positioned above the bars.

Plot Style: Adjusts the display style of the Wilder Volatility Stop tool. There are 6 options available: Line, Dot, Histogram, Step, Shaded, Shaded Step.

Line Style: When Line is selected as the Plot Style, the Line Style property allows you to adjust the type of line displayed. There are 8 options available: Solid, Dots, Dash, Dash Dots, Long Dash, Long Dash Dot, Long Dash Dot Dot, Stippled.

Line Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the Wilder Volatility Stop tool. Moving the slider bar to the right increases the thickness of the line.

Line Colour: Allows you to select the colour of the line. Clicking on the drop down arrow will display a colour swatch. Locate the desired colour and left-click it once to select it.

Offset: Moves the tool forward or backwards in time. The offset is measured in bars, so a value of 2 will push the tool forward 2 bars and -2 will move the tool back 2 bars.

Tool Transparency: Use this slider bar to adjust the transparency of the tool. Moving the slider to the left will increase the transparency of the tool.

Visible: Un-tick this checkbox to hide the tool from the chart.

Show In Price Scale: When selected the current Wilder Volatility Stop value will be displayed in the Price Scale.