Ichimoku Cloud, also known as Ichimoku Kinko Hyo, is a technical analysis instrument that belongs to the category of trend indicators. In other words, it serves the primary purpose of identifying the direction and reversal points of the market trend. What’s more, this isn’t its only purpose. Being quite versatile, Ichimoku can also work as an oscillator. That is to say, it gauges the speed of the price change for a given asset. As if it was not enough, Ichimoku is also capable of locating support and resistance levels.
How it works?
To give an illustration of what Ichimoku Cloud is, let’s break it down into separate elements. There are five elements in total, where each one is a moving average.
All the lines may seem intimidating in the very beginning but make sense once you start using them
The conversion line Tenkan and the standard line Kijun are also called equilibrium lines. The conversion line (blue) averages the highest high and the lowest low for the last 9 periods. It can signal the trend reversal when crossing the standard line (red). In comparison, the standard line averages the highest and lowest values for the last 26 periods. It serves as a dynamic support and resistance level.
The second pair of moving averages Senkou Span A and Senkou Span B form the so-called cloud. First, Senkou Span A averages the two equilibrium lines and shifts the derived values 26 periods ahead. Secondly, Senkou Span B averages the highest high and the lowest low for the last 52 periods, shifting the results 26 periods forward.
The so-called cloud, created by the two lines
In between Senkou Span A and B forms a shaded area on the chart. It is a cloud, which changes color from red to green and vice-versa every time these two boundaries cross each other. When the cloud turns green, overall sentiment on the market is considered to be bullish. Conversely, when the color becomes red, market sentiment is considered bearish. The cloud changes its color where the trend reversal is possible. The vertical distance between the borders of the cloud can serve as an indicator of the market volatility.
Finally, the Chikou Span (green-colored line) represents the closing price of the current candle, which is shifted back by 26 periods. This lagging moving average serves as an aid to confirm other signals, received by this indicator.
How to set up?
To add Ichimoku Cloud for the selected asset, follow these simple steps:
1. Open the Indicators menu and find Ichimoku CLoud in the . Once you click on it, Settings menu for the indicator will open up.
2. With default settings (or adjust them if you need to) and click ‘Apply‘.
That’s it! You will be able to change the settings for Ichimoku Cloud or remove the indicator from the chart by going back to the Indicators icon.
All things considered, Ichimoku Cloud suggests a bullish trend when candles are above the cloud. When the cloud turns from red to green, the candles move above the Kijun base line, and the Tenkan conversion line moves above the base line, an indicator is signaling that the market may be reversing to bullish. On the contrary, Ichimoku Cloud suggests a bearish trend when the candles are below the cloud. When the cloud turns from green to red, the candles move below the Kijun base line, and the Tenkan conversion line moves below the base line, an indicator is signaling that the market may be reversing to bearish. Professional traders prefer to combine Ichimoku Cloud with other indicators for a more accurate analysis.Try indicator