Our custom developed Forex Ichimoku Kinko Hyo Shift Indicator. The Ichimoku Kinko Hyo, or Ichimoku for short, is a technical indicator that is used to gauge momentum along with future areas of support and resistance. The all-in-one technical indicator is comprised of five lines called the tenkan-sen, kijun-sen, senkou span A, senkou span B and chikou span.
Understanding Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
The Ichimoku Kinko Hyo indicator was originally developed by a Japanese newspaper writer to combine various technical strategies into a single indicator that could be easily implemented and interpreted. In Japanese, “ichimoku” translates to “one look,” meaning traders only have to take one look at the chart to determine momentum, support, and resistance.
Ichimoku may look very complicated to novice traders that haven’t seen it before, but the complexity quickly disappears with an understanding of what the various lines mean and why they are used.
The Ichimoku indicator is best used in conjunction with other forms of technical analysis despite its goal of being an all-in-one indicator.
Ichimoku Kinko Hyo Interpretation
There are five key components to the Ichimoku indicator:
- Tenkan-sen – The tenkan-sen, or conversion line, is calculated by adding the highest high and the highest low over the past nine periods and then dividing the result by two. The resulting line represents a key support and resistance level, as well as a signal line for reversals.
- Kijun-sen – The kijun-sen, or base line, is calculated by adding the highest high and the lowest low over the past 26 periods and dividing the result by two. The resulting line represents a key support and resistance level, a confirmation of a trend change, and can be used as a trailing stop-loss point.
- Senkou Span A – The senkou span A, or leading span A, is calculated by adding the tenkan-sen and the kijun-sen, dividing the result by two, and then plotting the result 26 periods ahead. The resulting line forms one edge of the kumo – or cloud – that’s used to identify future areas of support and resistance.
- Senkou Span B – The senkou span B, or leading span B, is calculated by adding the highest high and the lowest low over the past 52 periods, dividing it by two, and then plotting the result 26 periods ahead. The resulting line forms the other edge of the kumo that’s used to identify future areas of support and resistance.
- Chikou Span – The chikou span, or lagging span, is the current period’s closing price plotted 26 days back on the chart. This line is used to show possible areas of support and resistance.
Feel free to use this indicator together with our other technical indicators (oscillators, momentum) or price action methods to maximize your trading accuracy.
The EUR/GBP 15 minute chart below displays the Forex Ichimoku Kinko Hyo Shift Indicator in action.
Copy and paste the Forex Ichimoku Kinko Hyo Shift Indicator into the MQL4 indicators folder of the Metatrader 4 trading platform.
You can access this folder from the top menu as follows:
File > Open Data Folder > MQL4 > Indicators (paste here)
How to remove Indicator from your Metatrader Chart?
- Select the Chart where is the Indicator running in your Metatrader 4 Client
- Right click into the Chart
- “Indicators list”
- Select the Indicator and delete