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Chaikin Volatility Indicator

by Tom Huggens, 2005 days ago
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To determine the volatility of a financial time-series, such as stock close prices, the Chaikin Volatility trading indicator measures the range between high and low values. Unlike the ATR or Average True Range, this indicator does not consider gaps. Gaps are accounted by ATR because its formula calculates volatility based on current bar high and low prices in addition to yesterday's close price.

Chaikin Volatility was developed by Marc Chaikin. Other technical analysis indicators created by Marc include Chaikin A/D Line (QuantShare function: AD), Chaikin A/D Oscillator (QuantShare function: ADOsc), Chaikin Money Flow Indicator and Chaikin Volume Accumulation Oscillator.

Trading signals are generated when the volatility, as measured by this indicator, increases sharply then decreases. This indicates that the market lost interest and that a price reversal is occurring. An increase in volatility often indicates a market top or bottom.

The Chaikin Volatility function name is "ChaikinVol" and it is calculated by taking the 10 bar rate of change of a 10 bar exponential moving average based on the difference between the high and low prices. The exponential moving average period should be specified as the first parameter of this function and the volatility smoothing (Rate of change period) should be specified as the second parameter.

To plot the Chaikin Volatility on a chart, type:
plot(ChaikinVol(10,10), "", colorBlue);


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