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Trend indicators are technical analysis indicators which are used for the identification of a price trend.


□ If a financial market or asset is trending these indicators can provide considerably reliable trading signals.

□ If a financial market or asset is ranging, trend indicators may mislead traders.

In the case of a ranging market, traders can use momentum indicators which are able to identify short-term price movements within the range.

Financial Markets can either be Trending or Ranging:

(i) Trending Markets: When the price of a Financial Asset or Market follows as certain trend during a long time period.

(ii) Ranging Markets: When the price of an asset or market moves up or down without following a certain long-term trend. Ranging means trading in a particular price level formed by an upper and a lower band.


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Popular Trend Indicators


There are a lot of Trend Indicators available, these are the most popular:

(1) Standard Deviation (SD)

(2) Bollinger Bands

(3) Parabolic Stop and Reverse system

(4) Ichimoku Kinko Hyo (一目均衡表)

(5) Moving Averages


(1) Standard Deviation (SD)

Utility: Measuring Volatility

Standard Settings: 20 / 21 Periods

Introduction To Standard Deviation

» Read more about the Standard Deviation (SD)


(2) Bollinger Bands

Utility: Measuring Volatility / Evaluating Trend Strength

Standard Settings: 20 Periods

» Read more about the Bollinger Bands


(3) Parabolic SAR (Stop and Reverse system)

Utility: Evaluating Trends

Standard Settings: 2% acceleration factor and 20% maximum step

» Read more about the Parabolic SAR


(4) Ichimoku Kinko Hyo (一目均衡表)

Utility: Evaluating the Trend / Identifying Overbough / Oversold Market Levels

Standard Settings: Tenkan-Sen (9), Kijun-Sen (26), Senkou Span (52)

» Read more about the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo


(5) Moving Averages

Utility: Evaluating the Trend / Trend Reversals

Standard Settings: Fibonacci Numbers as Periods

» Read more about the Moving Averages





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