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Popular Chart Indicators Explained

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If you are new to trading you might wonder what these lines on the charts mean. Indicators are a visual way of representing calculations performed on price. They are designed to give you an idea of where a stock or index (or any other security) may be heading. They can be based on price movements, like an average, or volume levels such as oscillators. As with anything in the market, a degree of caution is needed. No indicator is 100% accurate. It takes research and back testing to find one which performs consistently, with minimal losses. Even the greatest charting strategies will incur losses for the trader. So be prepared to find one that delivers a good ratio of wins, compared to loss, to be an overall winner.

Below you will find our guides to popular chart indicators. These indicators are pretty much industry standard, found in the majority of charting packages, and found in our advanced chart within the members area. Hopefully these guides will help explain the quirks and flaws involved in trading with indicators.

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The MACD Indicator - Moving Avergage Convergence Divergence
Moving Avergages and Parabolic SAR
RSI Indicator - Relative Strength Index
Bollinger Bands Indicator
Fast and Slow Stochastic Indicators
The Momentum Indicator Explained
The Money Flow Index Indicator
Chaikin Indicator
The Average Directional Movement Index (ADX)

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