The ADX indicator, or, as it is also called, the directional movement index, is one of the most popular technical indicators of the Forex market. First described by J. Wells Wilder Jr. in 1978, this technology has undergone minor changes over its almost forty-year history, while maintaining its uniqueness.

The mentioned uniqueness of the indicator is expressed, first of all, in the fact that it can rightfully be called a trend oscillator, i.e. it is capable of not only signaling the direction of the trend, but also determining its potential with fairly high accuracy.

But you should immediately draw the attention of traders, especially beginners, to the fact that using this technical analysis tool as an independent and, most importantly, self-sufficient tool is very risky. Many experts tend to call this approach simply adventurous.

Description of the ADX indicator

Almost all trading platforms have this indicator in their arsenal of analytical tools, but its description is not the simplest. Externally these are three lines:

  • +DI - positive direction indicator;
  • -DI - negative direction indicator;
  • ADX indicator line (average indicator), which is calculated based on the first two.

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All lines move within a range limited by the levels “0” and “100”. They are all “informative”. The ADX line informs us about the presence (the indicator is directed upward) or the absence (sideways or downward movement of the indicator) of prevailing trends in the market.

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The +DI and -DI lines tell us exactly what sentiments are currently prevailing in the market - if +DI is greater than -DI - the bulls “rule the show”, if less - bearish sentiments dominate the market.

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The “field of activity” of the indicator is from 0 to 100, but, as practice shows, it almost never rises above the level of 60. If it is above the 40th level, then this indicates the presence of a strong trend, if below 20, then we can safely talk about no trend.

Additional confirmation of the presence of a trend is the large distance between the signal lines (DI). Accordingly, their “convergence” indicates a decrease in trend momentum.

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ADX indicator settings

Instructions for installing indicators in MetaTrader 4 :

The indicator is easy to use. To figure out how to use it, a trader needs to set two parameters:

  • Period;
  • Price.

The price is simple. In principle, you can use any prices, but the developers recommend closing prices.

With the period the situation is somewhat more complicated. The default is 14 bars, but in the literature you can find recommendations that consider various options in the range from 7 to 30 bars.

When choosing a period, a trader must take into account the following feature of the indicator:

  • Increasing the period reduces the efficiency of the indicator, i.e. the higher the period, the “smoother” the ADX moves, but there is a possibility (and it is very high) that the trader will “catch up with the departing train,” which very often has a detrimental effect on profit;
  • An indicator with a short period generates a large number of false signals for binary options , which cannot “please” the trader.

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conclusions

The ADX indicator is multifaceted, and it is quite difficult to describe all its features in one article. The main thing that a trader should know about the directional movement index (as well as all other technical analysis indicators) is that information from one source is not information, but just a version. And this version must be confirmed (or refuted) by information obtained from other sources (indicators).

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Геннадий
Геннадий
Это же типа индикатора волантиности?
почти. показывает преобладание покупателей или продавцов
21 February 2020
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Косарек
Косарек
Это же типа индикатора волантиности?
08 January 2020
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Артем
хороший индюк, с трендовыми стратегиями идет замечательно
12 June 2018
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Давид
С помощью этого индикатора стал хорошо зарабатывать, прибыль на 30% увеличилась, спасибо за статью
03 June 2018
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Татьяна
Хочется больше видео уроков по вашим стратегиям и обучению индикаторам. Спасибо!
25 April 2018
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Дмитрий
Дмитрий
Отличный индикатор! При использовании с другими, получаются крутые стратегии, их достаточно много
02 March 2018
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Николай
Николай
Согласен с тем что ADX лучший индикатор в бинарных опционах
24 February 2018
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Марго
довольно не плохой индикатор
28 November 2017
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Артем
Артем
Довольно простой в использовании,может немного запаздывать,но в редких случаях
05 November 2017
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Игорь
азжевали и положили в рот,спасибо большое за статью!
05 October 2017
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Артем
Артем
Отличный разбор! Хотелось бы по-больше таких статей.
27 September 2017
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Федоров
Федоров
Хороший индикатор без перерисовки . Рекомендую.
25 August 2017
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Александр
Александр
Одна из основных проблем индикатора ADX это то что он запаздывает.
22 August 2017
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