The Trend Bible

Trend Identification Algorithm

Investtech has developed automatic algorithms for trend identification. Every day these find the ”best” trend in the chart, where the criteria include amongst others the density of the trend, deviation from regression, and number of points near floor and ceiling.

Trend Identification Algorithm

In the old days, as described in Investtech’s book on technical stock analysis, visual technical analysis was conducted manually: "Study price movements in order to identify a trend. The price rarely moves in a straight line, but rather as a series of tops and bottoms. If you can draw a straight line between two or more rising bottoms, this is the support line of a rising trend, see figure 1. Then draw a parallel line through the rising tops. This line is called the trend’s resistance line, and support and resistance combined make up the trend, see figure 2.

Figure 1. Support line of rising trend.

Figure 2. Rising trend with support line and resistance line.

Similarly you get a falling trend if you can draw a straight line through two or more falling tops and a parallel line though falling bottoms

Many investors still identify trends by studying charts and drawing trend lines by hand. The key weakness of this method is its subjective nature, allowing you to see the trends you want to see which may also fit in with your subconscious preferences. It is also very time consuming.

Now, though, good tools for such analysis are available. Investtech has developed automatic algorithms for trend identification. Every day these find the ”best” trend in the chart, where included criteria amongst others are the density of the trend, deviation from regression and number of points near floor and ceiling. In an Investtech chart for the medium long term, with 18 months’ history, approximately 80,000 different trend alternatives are assessed every day. Each is assigned a score, and the one with the highest score is selected.

Figure 3: It can be hard to tell whether a stock is in a rising, sideways or falling trend, and whether a trend channel is broken out of or not. It is useful to have a tool that identifies this based on objective mathematical criteria.

Figure 4. Example of a rising trend identified by Investtech’s systems. Norwegian stock Marine Harvest in February 2016. The stock is in a rising trend channel, has triggered buy signal from rising trend and the rise is indicated to continue.

 

The Trend Bible was written in 2016 by Investtech’s Head of Research Mr. Geir Linløkken. The research team behind the Trend Bible also consists of Senior Researchers Asbjørn Taugbøl and Fredrik Tyvand.

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Investtech has worked on research into behavioural finance and technical and quantitative stock analysis since 1997. The company has developed an analysis system that identifies trends, support and resistance, formations and volume patterns in stock prices, and uses these to generate buy and sell signals. Investtech uses advanced mathematical algorithms and statistical methods in computer programmes and online subscription services.

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Investtech guarantees neither the entirety nor accuracy of the analyses. Any consequent exposure related to the advice / signals which emerge in the analyses is completely and entirely at the investors own expense and risk. Investtech is not responsible for any loss, either directly or indirectly, which arises as a result of the use of Investtechs analyses. Details of any arising conflicts of interest will always appear in the investment recommendations. Further information about Investtechs analyses can be found here disclaimer. The content provided by Investtech.com is NOT SEC or FSA regulated and is therefore not intended for US or UK consumers.

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