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Original Publish Date: Feb 22, 2018
Have you wondered what indicators to use when you do day trading?
I have been learning and doing day trading past months and I learned a lot and still learning.
UPDATE(2019): Binance uses TradingView
Binance now uses Tradingview in its charting system.
All charts you see on Twitter or anywhere are usually done with TradingView.
It’s totally free.
I really recommend it if you are serious about doing TA(Technical Analysis) .
Ok, let’s start learning about indicators!
Why do you need indicators?
When you see the candle stick chart, it already tells you a lot but it’s very difficult for human to tell what’s really happening.
Is it going to go up?
Is the trend changing?
How long is this trend going to last?
How high? How low?
The more confirmations, the higher probability
Indicators don’t always work but it gives you a confirmation on a certain aspect based on the indicator.
One indicator can say it will go up but other might not say it will.
If you are using 3 different indicators and if all of them say it will go up, then you can probably make a decision to buy more.
In the end, it’s just a tool to give you more ideas to make decisions.
All indicates can be found in the advanced view of Binance.
Here is the link to it.
How to add indicators
Please skip this section if you already know how.
First select the “Advanced” tab.
Yes, it’s advanced. This is so much better than the basic.
Click the text “Technical Ind” on the top left corner.
You can select one and the indicator will be added to your chart.
Let’s try adding RSI.
Alright, now you are ready to play with all indicators I’m going to explain next!
RSI(Relative Strength Index)
This is one of the most popular indicator people use.
The relative strength index (RSI) is a momentum indicator developed by noted technical analyst Welles Wilder, that compares the magnitude of recent gains and losses over a specified time period to measure speed and change of price movements of a security. It is primarily used to attempt to identify overbought or oversold conditions in the trading of an asset.
What does that mean?
Basically, it shows when coins are overbought or oversold.
In the image below, you see the line 30, 50 and 70.
If the blue line is above 70, then coins are overbought and if the line is below 30, the coins are over sold.
How to use RSI?
As you see in the image above, when coins are oversold, the chart is rising soon after that and when it’s overbought, the chart is going down soon after that.
You can use RSI for detecting when it’s overbought or oversold.
MACD(Moving Average Convergence Divergence)
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) is a trend-following momentum indicator that shows the relationship between two moving averages of prices. The MACD is calculated by subtracting the 26-day exponential moving average (EMA) from the 12-day EMA. A nine-day EMA of the MACD, called the “signal line”, is then plotted on top of the MACD, functioning as a trigger for buy and sell signals.
You can just think the concept of MACD is to understand the current trend of the market.
How to use MACD
The most important part of MACD is when those two lines cross.
As you see in the image, the chart goes up then soon after that, the MACD line is crossing the signal line and going up.
It works in the other way as well, if market goes down MACD can cross soon after that.
This indication doesn’t really line up with the moment the market shifts.
So you can think if those two lines are about to cross, the trend of the market is shifting.
Sometimes the chart is going up but MACD is going down or other way around.
This indicates the rally is about to end and the trend most likely shift.
Standard deviation is a mathematical formula that measures volatility, showing how the stock price can vary from its true value. By measuring price volatility, Bollinger Bands® adjust themselves to market conditions. This is what makes them so handy for traders: they can find almost all of the price data needed between the two bands. Read on to find out how this indicator works, and how you can apply it to your trading.(For more on volatility, see Tips For Investors In Volatile Markets.)
What does it show?
You see those three purple lines in the image.
Basically, it shows how far the chart jumps around.
If the there is a big gap between the top line and the bottom line, it means it has a high volatility and the price can move much more drastically.
How to use BOLL
You can use this to see how far the market will go up or go down.
The price tends to bounce back when it hits the top or the bottom line.
There are exceptions and sometimes it penetrates those lines but not often.
When you see a squeeze like this in the image, the price tend to break out in one direction.
In this example, you can see the price is going up steeply and hit the top and going down.
This is going up but it can go down as well.
If you see a squeeze like this, you can guess the breakout might start soon.
tochRSI is an indicator used in technical analysis that ranges between zero and one and is created by applying the Stochastic Oscillator formula to a set of Relative Strength Index (RSI) values rather than standard price data. Using RSI values within the Stochastic formula gives traders an idea of whether the current RSI value is overbought or oversold – a measure that becomes specifically useful when the RSI value is confined between its signal levels of 20 and 80.
I will be honest with you. I don’t know how this is really woking but I learned how to use it.
How to use StochRSI
You can think the StochRSI shows overbought/oversold in much shorter terms than regular RSI.
When those two lines cross, you can think the trend has changed.
Also, when those lines go over 80 or go below 20, you can detect the overbought/oversold like RSI.
I found many people using this for day trading.
Best way to use indicators
Now you can go to Binace and start trying out these views.
The best way to use these indicators are combining them.
As you see, I’m using BOLL and MACD in the image.
BOLL’s squeeze was alerting me something would happen soon and MACD is crossing the line to upward so I could guess the market would rise drastically.
I personally like the combination of these two but I found people using BOLL + StochRSI for day trading more on Binance when I was researching.
I hope you got something from this article.
Thank you for reading.
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