The indicator of the ratio between fast Average True Range (ATR) and slow ATR.
ATR ratio often reach high values after the prices quick and strong movements. Low indicator values often correspond with long periods of flat that can be observed on the market top and during consolidation. It can be intepreted according to same rules as other volatility indicators.
Forecasting method using ATR ratio is as follows: the higher is the indicator value, the higher is the probability of a trend change; the lower is the value, the weaker is the trend movement. In case the indicator value climbs above the blue horizontal line, it is
time to buy or sell.
High ATR ratio price levels often correlate with high volatility. Low ATR ratio price correlates with low volatility, as the prices stabilize or move along the channel flat movement up to the possible breakout point.
Author: Nikolay Kositsin
newdigital, 2013.10.23 18:52
Average losses (in red) far outpace average wins (in blue) :
The first step to avoiding The Number One Mistake Forex Traders Make is
to set a stop. This allows you to cap the risk on any one trade, so that
if it doesn’t go in your direction, you can stem the bleeding before it
becomes too unbearable.
Below, we’re going to look at two popular, yet different ways of setting
stops. One easy way that is often employed by professional traders for
the sake of simplicity; and another more advanced method that may suit
certain trading styles more adequately.
The Easy Way
First off, just because this is an easier way of setting a stop does not
make it any less valid. This is classified as ‘the easy way’ simply
because most traders can pick this up right now, and begin using it
instantly with a minimum of instruction.
Average True Range is a favorite indicator of many professional
traders, and one of the great things about it is that it’s rather simple
in its design. While many indicators wear multiple hats and try to do a
few different things at once, ATR is just a measure of price movements
over a specific period of time.
If those movements increase in value, ATR goes up. If those movements decrease, ATR goes down (see below).
ATR measures volatility, and this allows traders to set stops based actual market behavior :
There are a few nuances of ATR that traders need to know before
applying. We cover these, in depth in the article Managing Risk with
ATR. The first is the format with which the indicator displays values.
While it looks like an oscillator like RSI, and moves similar to an
indicator like ADX; the real value of ATR is in its value. It will
measure the ‘Average True Range’ of the last x periods, where x is the
input you choose. The default, and most common input for ATR is 14
periods. The value of ATR will read in the price format of the currency
pair being analyzed. So, for instance; if a value of .00760 is shown on
EURUSD, that means 76 pips (4th place to the right of the decimal is a
single pip in the quote).
ATR displays values in the format of the currency pair’s price :
There is a slightly easier option, and for traders that are using
short-term techniques this can be extremely helpful. There is a custom
indicator available for Trading Station desktop that automatically
calculates, and displays ATR on the chart in a very easy-to-read format.
This is completely free, and can be downloaded from the FXCM App Store
at this link (link). As you can see below, not only does it display ATR,
but it even rounds the ‘.6’ fractional pip as appropriate.
The ‘ATR_Pips’ Indicator displays Average True Range in an easy-to-read format :
The Advanced Way
Price Action can have a huge impact on a trader’s performance.
Inclusion of price action into an approach will often take place
regardless of the trader or type of trading being done. Price action can
help traders read trends, find support and resistance, and perhaps most
importantly - manage risks.
Because, after all - if prices are trending higher, and we’re seeing
continuous higher-highs, and higher-lows, wouldn’t it be reasonable to
consider closing the trade if the trend reversed?
Remember, this is the number one mistake traders make, and this is the
reason stops are so important. If the trend reverses, the trader’s best
advice is often to close the trade and look for greener pasture
elsewhere... because if the reversal continues against the trader, one
loss can wipe away a lot of gains.
If traders are trading a trend, they can look to the previous
opposing-side swing for stop placement. So, if an up-trend is being
traded, we should be able to see higher-highs, and higher-lows. If we
are buying to take part in the up-trend, we can look to place our stop
below the prior swing-low (see picture).
During an up-trend, stops can be placed below the previous swing-low :
On the other hand, if we’re selling in a down-trend, we would want to look to place our stop above the prior swing-high.
During down-trend, stops can be placed above the previous swing-high
In How to Analyze and Trade Ranges with Price Action, we look at stop placement in
range-bound markets. If a range is being traded, the ‘peak-high’ and ‘peak-low’ should be identified (see below).Traders can look to place their stop just outside of the peak of the
opposing side of their position. So, if buying, traders would look to
place their stop just below the peak-low; and if selling just above the
peak-high. This way, if the range turns into a breakout against the
trader, the bleeding can be stopped before one loser wipes away the
gains from a lot of winners.
If you’d like to become a better Price Action trader, we’ve put
together the basics into a Brainshark curriculum. The link below will
take you directly to the lesson, and after filling in a few pieces of
information into the guestbook the session will begin.