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The Alligator and the Fractals used together have a potential of providing strong and highly accurate forecasts. The indicators can be applied to any asset and on any time frame.

Alligator and Fractals on IQ Option
The Alligator and the Fractals overlaid on the price chart

The Alligator is a technical analysis tool consisting of three lines overlaid on a pricing chart. The lines represent the jaw, the teeth and the lips of the named animal. It is used to determine the trend and predict its future direction. The Fractals are recurring patterns that can predict reversals among larger, more chaotic price movements. Together they work just fine.

How do they work?

The Alligator is a combination of three smoothed moving averages with periods of 5, 8 and 13, which are all Fibonacci numbers. Each of the lines is shifted ahead for a certain period, that depends on the short- or long-term orientation of that particular line.

The Alligator indicator overlayd on a price chart
The Alligator overlaid on a price chart

1) The Alligator’s Jaw (red) is a 13-period SMA, moved into the future by 8 bars;

2) The Alligator’s Teeth (orange) is an 8-period SMA, moved into the future by 5 bars;

3) The Alligator’s Lips (yellow) is a 5-period SMA, moved into the future by 3 bars.

The following analogy is used to describe the way the indicator works. Sideways trends are marked with the alligator’s closed mouth — all the three lines approach each other and occasionally intersect. When the alligator is sleeping, the majority of careful traders avoid making new deals. The longer the Alligator waits, the hungrier it gets. Long periods of sideways trends are interspersed with strong bullish/bearish periods, and the Alligator is good at catching these moments.

Fractals

The Fractals are used to identify emerging trends and warn the traders of upcoming investing opportunities. The Fractals come in two different forms:

1) A bearish turning point occurs when there is a pattern with the highest high in the middle and two lower highs on each side.

Bearish signal provided by the Fractals indicator
Bearish signal provided by the Fractals

2) A bullish turning point occurs when there is a pattern with the lowest low in the middle and two higher lows on each side.

Bullish signal provided by the Fractals indicator
Bullish signal provided by the Fractals

Setting it up

Setting up the indicators in the IQ Option trading platform is easy.

To activate the Alligator, click on the “Indicators” button in the lower left corner of the screen. Then choose “Alligator” from the list of possible available tools.

Setting up the Alligator indicator. Step one
Setting up the Alligator. Step one

Click the “Apply” button without changing the settings. The Alligator graph will then be overlaid on the price chart.

Setting up the Alligator indicator. Step two
Setting up the Alligator. Step two

To activate the Fractals , click on the “Indicators” button in the lower left corner of the screen. Then choose “Fractals” from the list.

Setting up the Fractals indicator. Step one
Setting up the Fractals. Step one

Click the “Apply” button without changing the settings. The Fractals will then be overlaid on the price chart.

Setting up the Fractals indicator. Step two
Setting up the Fractals. Step two

How to apply in trading?

Though each of the indicators can be used separately, the Fractals and the Alligator, as noticed by the Bill Williams himself, work best when used simultaneously to confirm each other’s signals. Generally, all buy signals provided by the Fractals should be considered valid if only below the Alligator’s central line (orange). Similarly, all sell signals should be above the Alligator’s central line (orange) in order to be valid.

The Alligator and the Fractals, when used together, are capable of providing accurate sell/buy signals
The Alligator and the Fractals, when used together, are capable of providing accurate sell/buy signals

Things to consider

  1. Being the trend following indicators, the Alligator and the Fractals are lagging behind the actual market.
  2. It is possible to boost the accuracy of both indicators by increasing the period. The number of generated signals will, however, decrease.
  3. Signals should be checked on different time frames for maximum predictive potential.
  4. The Alligator and the Fractals work best when used simultaneously. Using only one of the above signals can be risky.
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