Leveraging GANN’s Concepts within Global Algorithmic Trading Software (GATS)

Leveraging GANN’s Concepts within Global Algorithmic Trading Software (GATS)


In the ever-evolving world of financial trading, integrating historical trading theories with modern technology can provide a significant edge. At Global Financial Engineering, Inc., we have achieved this by incorporating the renowned concepts of W.D. Gann into our cutting-edge Global Algorithmic Trading Software (GATS). This article explores how we utilize Gann’s theories to enhance our trading strategies, providing traders with a robust framework for achieving consistent success in the markets.

Understanding GANN’s 1/8th Theory

W.D. Gann, a legendary trader and market theorist, introduced the idea that price movements can be divided into eighths. According to Gann, these divisions (1/8th, 2/8th, …, 8/8th) represent significant support and resistance levels where price reversals or consolidations often occur. This concept allows traders to predict potential price movements and make informed decisions.

Integrating GANN’s Theory with GATS

We have seamlessly integrated Gann’s 1/8th theory into GATS, creating a powerful tool for traders. The process involves the following steps:

Calculating the ATR-Based Range Gap

The Average True Range (ATR) is a key indicator of market volatility. By using an 8-period ATR, GATS calculates an estimate of the average price movement, which we term the “Range Gap.” This is determined by multiplying the ATR by 8, aligning with Gann’s eighths theory.

Setting Dynamic Trailing Stops

GATS uses the calculated Range Gap to set an initial stop loss, which is dynamically adjusted as the trade progresses. The trailing stop is set at the highest price reached since entry minus the Range Gap. This ensures that the stop loss moves with the price, capturing gains while protecting against downside risks.

Position Sizing and Risk Management

GATS determines position sizes based on risking 0.25% of free equity. This disciplined approach to risk management ensures that trades are aligned with the trader’s risk tolerance and account balance. Additionally, GATS now targets an ambitious 8:1 reward-to-risk ratio, setting clear profit targets that align with Gann’s concept of maximum price movements.

The Concept of Range Gap as Trading Blocks

In addition to serving as a dynamic trailing stop mechanism, the Range Gap can also be conceptualized as Trading Blocks. As a trend-following strategy, these blocks act as steps that the price uses to move upward in a bullish market or downward in a bearish market.

Trading Blocks in Bullish and Bearish Markets

  • Bullish Market: In an uptrend, each Trading Block represents a step up. The price is expected to move from one block to the next, with each block serving as a potential support level where the price can consolidate before moving higher.
  • Bearish Market: In a downtrend, each Trading Block represents a step down. The price is expected to move from one block to the next, with each block serving as a potential resistance level where the price can consolidate before moving lower.

Aiming for an 8-Block Profit

To align this concept with Gann’s 1/8th theory, consider each Trading Block as a multiple of the 1/8th division. By aiming for an 8-block profit, we are targeting the maximum expected price movement within Gann’s framework.

Practical Application

To illustrate, let’s consider a hypothetical trade on EURJPY:

  • Entry Price: 169.45
  • Initial ATR (8-period): 0.0508
  • Initial Range Gap: 0.0508×8=0.40640.0508 \times 8 = 0.40640.0508×8=0.4064
  • Initial Stop-Loss: 169.45−0.4064=169.0436169.45 – 0.4064 = 169.0436169.45−0.4064=169.0436

As the trade progresses and the price reaches a high of 170.13 with the ATR expanding to 0.0673:

  • Updated Range Gap: 0.0673×8=0.53840.0673 \times 8 = 0.53840.0673×8=0.5384
  • Updated Trailing Stop: 170.13−0.5384=169.5916170.13 – 0.5384 = 169.5916170.13−0.5384=169.5916

To achieve the maximum profit of 8 blocks:

  • Target Profit (8 blocks): 169.45+(8×0.5384)=169.45+4.3072=173.7572169.45 + (8 \times 0.5384) = 169.45 + 4.3072 = 173.7572169.45+(8×0.5384)=169.45+4.3072=173.7572

Enhancing Trading Strategies with GATS

By integrating Gann’s concepts with advanced algorithmic trading technology, GATS provides traders with a systematic and automated approach to trading. The software’s ability to dynamically adjust stop losses based on real-time market conditions, coupled with disciplined risk management and clear profit targets, offers a comprehensive solution for traders seeking consistent success.


At Global Financial Engineering, Inc., we are committed to blending the best of historical trading theories with modern technology to create innovative solutions for the financial markets. The integration of Gann’s 1/8th theory within GATS exemplifies this commitment, providing traders with a powerful tool for navigating the complexities of today’s markets. As we continue to develop and enhance GATS, we remain focused on delivering cutting-edge strategies that empower traders to achieve their financial goals.

About the Author

Dr. Glen Brown is a seasoned finance and accounting professional with an impressive track record spanning over 25 years in the industry. As the President & CEO of both Global Accountancy Institute, Inc. and Global Financial Engineering, Inc., he steers organizations with a clear focus on bridging the gap between the fields of accountancy, finance, investments, trading, and technology. His leadership has positioned these entities as globally recognized multi-asset class professional proprietary trading firms.

Dr. Brown is an alumnus of distinguished educational institutions, holding a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Investments and Finance. His broad spectrum of expertise encompasses financial accounting, management accounting, finance, investments, strategic management, and risk management.

Besides his executive responsibilities, Dr. Brown wears several other hats — Chief Financial Engineer, Head of Trading & Investments, Chief Data Scientist, and Senior Lecturer in a range of financial disciplines. These diverse roles highlight his dual commitment to the practical application of financial knowledge and the advancement of academic learning in his field.

Dr. Brown’s guiding philosophy is a testament to his leadership style and personal commitment: “We must consume ourselves in order to transform ourselves for our rebirth. We are blessed with subtlety, creative imaginations, and outstanding potential to attain spiritual enlightenment, transformation, and regeneration.” This belief is the driving force behind his dedication to innovation, personal growth, and the pursuit of excellence in finance and investments.

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