An indicator is the most important tool for technical analysis. Decisions about how and when to trade can be made on the basis of technical indicator signals. The essence of technical indicators is a mathematical transformation of a financial symbol price aimed at forecasting future price changes. This provides an opportunity to identify various characteristics and patterns in price dynamics which are invisible to the naked eye
Types of Indicators
In accordance with the functional properties, indicators can be divided into two types: trend indicators and oscillators. Trend indicators help to identify the price direction and find trend reversal moments synchronously or with a delay. Oscillators allow to define market reversal points in advance or simultaneously.
A separate category includes indicators calculated based on volumes. For the Forex market, 'volume' means the number of ticks (price changes) within a time interval. For stock securities volume means the volume of executed trades (in contracts or money terms).
Another category is Bill Williams' indicators . They are included into a separate group because they are part of the trading system described in his books.
The above categories include built-in indicators of the trading platform. 38 indicators are available in the platform. A large number of custom technical indicators can also be used in the platform. You can download source codes of various free applications from the Code Base. Thousands of ready-to use applications for technical analysis and automated trading are also available on the Market.
For convenience, all the indicators are divided into groups in the Navigator window
How to Run an Indicator on the Chart
The most convenient way to apply an indicator is to drag it from the
window. You can also use the Indicators command from the
menu or button
A technical indicator can be drawn in a separate indicator window with its own vertical scale (for example, MACD ) or applied directly onto a price chart (like Moving Average ).
How to Customize the Indicator Appearance
You can conveniently customize the appearance of indicators in the trading platform. You can set up the indicator parameters when applying it to a chart or modify them later. The indicator appearance is adjusted on the "Properties" tab:
Indicator line color, width and style are set up in the "Style" field.
How to Set Up Additional Indicator Levels
For some indicators, additional levels can be enabled. Open the "Levels" tab, click "Add" and enter the level value in the table. You can also optionally add the level description.
The line color, width and style for the levels can be set up below. To edit a level, click "Edit" or double-click on the appropriate field.
Indicator Display Settings
The indicator display for different timeframes (period) can be set up on the "Visualization" tab. The indicator will only be displayed for the selected timeframes. This can be useful when the indicator is designed for use on specific timeframes.
Option "Show in the Data Window" allows to manage indicator information displayed in the Data Window.
- Inherit Scale — enable/disable scale inheritance from the first indicator in the window. If this option is enabled, the indicator has the same scale as the one applied prior to this one;
- Scale by Line — enable/disable fixation of a certain indicator value in its sub window using a drag-and-drop line. If this option is enabled, "scale percent" and "scale value" fields become active; the value of the indicator to be fixed can be specified there. Once the value is set, a line is added to the indicator window, using which you can set a fixed level of indicator values on the vertical scale;
- Fixed Minimum — enable/disable fixation of a minimum value of the vertical scale of an indicator sub window. If enabled, the option activates the field for entering the corresponding value;
- Fixed Maximum — enable/disable fixation of a maximum value of the vertical scale of an indicator sub window. If enabled, the option activates the field for entering the corresponding value.