The Ichimoku Kinko Hyo (meaning ‘’One look equilibrium chart’&rsquo otherwise known as the Ichimoku Cloud or simply just Ichimoku is an incredibly versatile indicator that in the right hands can provide a trader with support and resistance, trend direction, momentum and even trading signals. This indicator is the most popular indicator among Japanese Traders of all markets and was created by Journalist Goichi Hosoda in 1968 then published in his book in 1969, however he reportedly first began creating this indicator in the late 1930’s.
While this indicator is overwhelming at first, after reading this article you will gain a basic understanding of how the indicator works and how to make basic use of it.
What It All Means
Figure 1. Standard 9/26/52 Ichimoku indicator on NZD/JPY 4-hour chart.
Chikou Span (Pink line)
The Chikou Span or lagging span, is the current price shifted to the left by 26 periods, this is default but can be altered for different strategies and/or preferences.
Tenkan-Sen (Orange line)
The Tenkan-Sen referred to as the conversion line, is calculated using the midpoint of the highest high and the lowest low over 9 periods. The Tenkan-Sen is used wi…