Indicators are technical analysis tools which study price action and use mathematical formulas to display additional information about price. Indicators only indicate potential changes in the nature of price, they do not signal that you should take action. They should only be used as a filtering technique or confluence indication, and never be revered as a primary reason for action. They exist to alert, confirm, and predict.
Indicators exist in two timeframe types. The first is leading, the second is lagging. Leading indicators give potential signals before a new trend or reversal occurs. These indicators are typically valuable in consolidations or sideways markets with no up or down trend. Lagging signals follow price action, and typically perform best during a trend. The stronger the trend performs, the better a lagging indicator’s performance. Leading indicators create more fake signals while allowing early entries, but lagging indicators give late entries. Since the biggest earnings usually occur at the start of a trend, larger gains can be missed by waiting.
Oscillators fluctuate between levels or in relation to a centerline. If centered, they fluctuate above and below a central line. These lines are best for analyzing and identifying strength or direction of price movement. If banded they fluctuate above and below two lines marking “extreme” points. These are typically overbought or oversold lines. Oscillators do best in the non-trending market, and perform poorly in trending markets. If using them in a trend, use them carefully: Look for oversold, positive divergence, and bullish crosses in uptrends for long buys. Look for overbought, negative divergence, and bearish crosses in downtrends for short sales. Never trade against the trend or forget the trend because of an oscillator.
Trend following indicators are lagging indicators. They’re only useful with a trend. Showing trends after they begin means you miss a perfect entry’s gains in exchange for being right more often. Trend following systems are worthless in non-trending markets, and will typically create whipsaw trades. You follow only bullish signals in an uptrend. You follow only bearish signals in a downtrend. Consolidations are completely avoided.
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