Using Tick Charts to Gauge Chop/Trend

Discussion in 'Strategy Development' started by bealer, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. bealer


    I am wondering if it might be practical to gauge the degree of chop or trend in a market by how long it takes to develop a certain number of bars on a tick chart, the logic being that a slow choppy market will take longer than a trending market. The goal here would be to develop a set of guidelines that might aid in determining profit targets - or maybe even in deciding whether to keep one's powder dry until more favorable conditions present themselves via a more active market.

    Anyone else here do any work along these lines - or have any thoughts in this regard?
  2. Running a clock on a tick pair is really helpful.

    I use it in conjunction with 1 tick range tick charts on two indexes, one which leads the other at critcal times (end effect).

    It is a definite antidote to target setting and failing to have excellent market timing for market turns in sentiment.
  3. bealer


    This sounds interesting Jack, but I don't quite understand what you're driving out. Can you kindly point out a more specific example?


  4. On ES check the advance decline bullish percent. My version is

    If between 45 and 55 its a meandering day. If over 70 or under 30 its trending.