How to Use Simple and Exponential Moving Average

What is a Moving Average?

Moving averages are trending indicators and are widely used because of their simplicity and effectiveness.They do not foresee price direction, yet rather define the current direction, though they lag due to being based on past prices.

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Lagging Indicators – Types of Indicators – Part 1

Indicators signify a statistical method of technical analysis as opposed to a subjective approach. By looking at money flow, trends, volatility, and momentum, they provide a secondary measure to actual price movements and help traders confirm the quality of chart patterns or form their own buy or sell signals.

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Commodity Channel Index (CCI)

The commodity channel index (CCI) is an oscillator originally introduced by Donald Lambert in 1980. Since its introduction, the indicator has grown in reputation which is currently a very common tool for traders in identifying cyclical trends not just in commodities, but also equities and currencies.

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Accumulation Distribution Line Indicator

The accumulation/distribution line or accumulation/distribution index (ADL), formulated by Marc Chaikin is a technical analysis indicator meant to relate price and volume in the stock market and also works like a leading indicator of price movements.

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Understanding On-balance volume (OBV)

On-balance volume (OBV) is a technical analysis indicator which is designed to correlate price and volume in the stock market. OBV measures buying and selling pressure as a cumulative indicator that adds volume on up days and subtracts volume on down days. When the security closes higher than the previous close, all of the day’s volume is considered up-volume. When the security closes lower than the previous close, all of the day’s volume is considered down-volume.

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Importance of Volume

Volume is among the most basic and effective concepts to understand when trading stocks. Volume is actually the number of shares (or contracts) that trade over a certain period of time (e.g.a day for daily timeframe). The higher the volume, more active the shares. Volume plays a significant role in the buying and selling of the stocks. Most traders combine the volume with the price of the stock to take the trading decision.

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Ichimoku Indicator : How to use Ichimoku Cloud Indicator

Ichimoku Kinko Hyo called Ichimoku is a technical analysis method that builds on candlestick charting to improve the accuracy of forecast price moves. The indicator was developed by Goichi Hosoda, a Japanese journalist. He spent 30 years perfecting the technique before releasing his findings to the general public in the late 1960s. Continue reading