If you are already an experienced forex trader, are you using the correct combinations of technical indicators to help you profit consistently in the forex market? If you are still not sure, we'll discuss the following 4 different types of forex technical indicators below:
1. Trend Indicators - Also known as Directional Indicators. I have always reminded my students, 'Trend is your best friend and always trade in the direction of a trend'. A forex trend may be quite subjective to different traders as they may have different views on trendiness. So those trend indicators out there in the forex market can help traders detect the starting and ending of a trend. Some of the more popular trend following indicators includes MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence), MA (Moving Average), Parabolic SAR. Depending just on trend indicators is not enough, you may need Momentum Indicator(s) to enter and/or exit a trade.
2. Momentum indicator - Also known as Strength Indicators. It is described as the speed of a move in price over a period of time. They are oscillators which are able to indicate whether the forex market is in the overbought or oversold regions. If they have risen to the overbought zone, there is high possibility that the price will be going down, and if they have fallen to oversold zone, there is high possibility price will be going up. Some of the more popular oscillating indicators in forex trading include Stochastic, Momentum, RSI (Relative Strength Index), CCI (Commodity Channel Index).
3. Volatility indicators - Also known as Bands Indicators. Often, a change in volatility will lead to a change in price. Therefore, we can see how active the forex market is just by looking at the price ranges. You may want to trade when there is a dramatic change in price movements, which suggests that the market is actively trading forex. Some of the more popular Volatility Indicator includes BB (Bollinger Bands), ATR (Average True Range), Envelopes.
4. Volume indicator - They are used to show the volume of forex trading and are useful to confirm the direction of a trend, a reversal or a breakout. Price movements increase when the volume increases, low volume may warn of a reversal in a forex trade. If a currency pair trades from a narrow range and then breaks out on high volume, this is a strong signal and may suggest a breakout. Some of the more widely used Volume Indicator includes Demand Index, Chaikin Money Flow, Money Flow Index, Ease Of Movement, OBV (On Balance Volume).
I'm sure that after the above discussions, you should have a better idea of the different types of forex technical indicators. While they can greatly help you in technical analysis and make trading decisions, I want to stress that NO forex indicators is holy grail. The indicators are just a confirmation of history and a guide for the future. Most importantly, you need to know the right combination of the forex technical indicators to get you profitable consistently in the long haul. You can find a forex trading system which has a very good combination of indicators in my forex ebook which I give for FREE. Good trading to all.