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.
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.
The most convenient way to apply an indicator is to drag it from the Navigator window. You can also use the Indicators command from the Insert menu or button on the Standard toolbar.
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).
The settings of a running indicator can be changed. Select the required indicator in the Indicator List and click "Properties" or use the indicator context menu on the chart.
Use the context menu to manage indicators:
Moving a mouse cursor to a line, symbol or a histogram border of an indicator, you can precisely define the value of the indicator at this point.
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.
Display of various elements can be individually configured for Ichimoku Kinko Hyo, Alligator and custom indicators. The line color, width and type can be set on the "Colors" tab.
Indicators can be plotted based on price data and derivatives thereof (Median Price, Typical Price, Weighted Close), as well as on the basis of other indicators. For example, you can apply Moving Average to Awesome Oscillator and have an additional AO signal line. First you need to draw the AO indicator, and then apply MA to it. In the MA settings select option "Previous Indicator's Data" in the "Apply to" field. If you choose "First Indicator's Data", MA will be applied to the very first added indicator, i.e. it can be any other indicator.
Nine variants of indicator construction are available:
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.
For indicators applied to a price chart, levels are drawn by summing the indicator values and the specified level. For indicators drawn in a separate subwindow, levels are drawn as horizontal lines through the specified value on the vertical scale.
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.
Some indicators have additional scale settings. Indicator properties window has an additional "Scale" tab: