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This week we are going to dive into the indicators I rely on to find, place, and manage trades to provide the greatest opportunity for profits.
Average Direction Index (ADX) – Strength Indicator
Indicators can be used in a number of ways and each has specific applications where it can provide the most benefit. The Average Direction Index (ADX) is used to get a gauge of how strong a trend is moving in a particular direction. Once force a trend has is confirmed, the likelihood it will continue in that direction can be determined. Identifying powerful trends can reveal potentially lucrative trades.
Here is the and example of the ADX on a chart to see how it can be used.
The Average Directional Index consists of 3 lines: Green, Red and Black.
- Green = +DI (Bullish)
- Red = -DI (Bearish)
- Black = ADX Strength Line
ADX is an easy indicator to interpret. The +DI line (green) is bullish and when it is on top, it suggests price is going to head up. When the -DI line (red) is on top, it suggests price is going to drop.
The black line is the strength line and when it heads up, it is telling you strength is moving into the DI line that is on top and in control. When the ADX line has been heading down, the DI line on top has been weakening and is ready for a change.
When the DI lines swap places and cross up and the ADX heads up, it suggests strength is moving into the new DI direction.
ADX signal = Profit Payout
Each candle on the chart represents price movement of a week. As the +DI heads up and moves further above the black line and both rise above the red line, it suggests there is bullish strength that could continue to grow, especially once the black line starts to turn up. If price continues to rise, the ADX line (black) will continue to turn to head up to imply that strength will continue to support the trade. If the ADX is heading up, it means it is supporting the bullish- up direction. The opposite is true if the -DI line heads up to cross the +DI line, this suggests bearish strength and a climb in price. If the ADX line heads up while the red line -DI is on top, is it saying strength is building into the downward direction.
When the -DI crosses over the +DI line, it gives a buy signal for Puts as the -DI line (red) appears as if it is in control and rising to head up on the ADX indicator, and as the ADX turns up that is even more bearish, suggesting a downward move is gaining strength. When the +DI (green line) crosses the red and the black line points up it shows an upward trend and Calls can be considered.
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Yours for a prosperous future,