Forex Indicators

 Forex Indicators

Forex Market, where the national currencies are exchanged against one another is the largest and the most liquid asset market in the world. The supply and demand for the currencies are affected due various factors like interest rates, trade flows, economic strength, and geopolitical risk. This creates daily volatility in the forex market.

To predict the price changes in the market which can help the traders in making various decisions, Forex Indicators are used. You can see in detail about the forex in the website

Types of Indicators:

There are various types of indicators. Some traders use only one indicator while the others attempt to use a combination of indicators. When one indicator is used, the time frame and the period to be analyzed are focused. While used as a combination, the indicators that complement each other are chosen besides focusing the time frame and the period.

Moving Averages:

The moving average helps the traders to plot one simple moving average on a chart to identify the trend and the right time to buy or sell. It simply measures the average price of any currency pair for a specific period of time.

MACD (Moving Average Convergence & Divergence):

The MACD is a comparison of two exponential moving averages (EMA) that tallies up the signals for defining the market’s direction. This indicator mostly moves on averages but also uses formulas known as “oscillators”. After identifying the market environment as either ranging or trading, two things are focused. First, to identify an upward or downward bias of the currency pair, the lines in relation to the zero line is recognized. Second, a crossover or cross under of the MACD line to the signal line for a buy or sell trade is identified respectively. The drastic price drop is predicted once the MACD returns to 0 or even lower.

RSI (Relative Strength Index):

The overbought or oversold currency pair can be identified with the help of RSI. However, the time-accurate signals cannot be provided when traded on trends. RSI is plotted with values between 0 and 100. The closer RSI gravitates toward 0, the more oversold a market may be and the value of 100 is considered overbought. The RSI reversing from readings below 30 or oversold is identified before entering back in the direction of the trend, if an uptrend is discovered.


Slow stochastics are the RSI that can help to identify when a security is overbought or oversold. To identify this, a security’s periodic closing price and its price range for a specific period of time are compared. The unique aspect of trading with the stochastic indicator is the two lines – the current or slow stochastic (%K) and the fast stochastic (%D) that are plotted on a pricing chart which is a specified periodic moving average. The oversold and overbought conditions are indicated with 0 and 100 respectively.

Each indicator has its own pros and cons. Some indicators are used to determine the general direction of the market while others can be used for confirming the strength of the trend. Through due diligence, the study of price action and application of indicators can become easy and the best ones will add value to a comprehensive trading strategy.

Paul Petersen