Let’s continue our discussion from yesterday on the limitations of Heikin Ashi.
Now let’s look at a daily chart of EUR/USD using a traditional Japanese candlestick chart:
Focus on the last candlestick. A couple of things to notice:
Let’s review what we just observed:
|Chart Type||Last Candlestick||Open Price||Close Price|
|Heikin Ashi Candlestick||Red||1.09005||1.08531|
Do you see the difference?
Even though the “real” candle closed green, Heikin Ashi is signaling that EUR/USD is still in a downtrend.
Make sure you know what price you’re looking at.
Since you can’t see the actual open and close prices, some traders prefer to use a Heikin Ashi chart as more of an INDICATOR rather than a price chart itself.
This limitation is related to the first one.
The closing price is considered important for many traders, but the actual closing price is NOT displayed on a Heikin Ashi candlestick.
As a review, here’s how the Close price is calculated:
Close = (Open+High+Low+Close) / 4
You only see the averaged closing price.
Make sure you’re aware of the actual closing price, and not just the averaged value.
This can be done easily by switching back to a regular Japanese candlestick chart.
Since Heikin Ashi candlestick requires price information from two periods, a trade setup takes longer to develop.
This isn’t really an issue for longer-term traders, like swing traders or position traders, who have more time to let their trades develop.
But it might be an issue for shorter-term traders like day traders and scalpers.
For example, scalpers need to exploit quick price moves so they may find that Heikin Ashi charts are not responsive enough for their type of trading.
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