V. 21:4 (26-38): Detecting Breakouts by Markos Katsanos

V. 21:4 (26-38): Detecting Breakouts by Markos Katsanos
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Detecting Breakouts by Markos Katsanos

The finite volume elements (FVE) indicator is yet another money flow indicator ó but it takes into account both intra- and interday price action.

Most technical analysts underestimate volume indicators in favor of pricebased indicators or price pattern recognition. Volume often leads price, and volume indicators can predict this price change by observing the delicate balance of supply and demand in the never-ending battle between buyers and sellers, bulls and bears. To help analyze crowd psychology and profit from subsequent price moves, I created the finite volume elements (FVE) indicator.


Money flow, accumulation/distribution, and balance of power are all terms synonymous with volumebased indicators. I have been using volume indicators for some time as my prime tools in making trading decisions, and Iíve found that divergences between volume and price are often the only clues to important reversals. Volume indicators use intraday (the relation of the close to the midpoint of the day) or interday (todayís price relative to yesterdayís) price action to calculate whether money is flowing in or out of a security. The best-known intraday money flow indicators include Marc Chaikinís money flow index (CMF), David Bostianís intraday intensity, and Williamsí accumulation/ distribution. These all ignore the stockís price change relative to the past, but calculate accumulation or distribution according to the relation between the closing price and the midpoint (Chaikin and Bostian) or the open (Williams) of the day.

On the other hand, the best-known money flow indicators that use interday price changes are onbalance volume (OBV), David Marksteinís volumeprice trend, and the money flow index (MFI), which is a volume-weighted relative strength index (RSI).

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