What's New: Twiggs Trend Index

By Colin Twiggs
August 8, 2017 3:00 a.m. EDT (5:00 p.m. AEST)

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Twiggs Trend Index

Twiggs Trend Index is a variation of the popular Twiggs Money Flow indicator. Results look similar at first glance but there are some subtle differences. The Trend Index is calculated using Volatility instead of Volume which offers two distinct advantages:

  1. Twiggs Trend Index is not susceptible to large volume spikes that sometimes distort Twiggs Money Flow; and
  2. Twiggs Trend Index can be plotted on currencies, precious metals, commodities and indices where no volume data is available.

Large Volume Spikes

Here, IPH Ltd [IPH] on the ASX experienced a volume spike, with 32.7 million shares changing hands in a single day compared to the 21-day average of 600,000. Twiggs Money is clearly distorted, signaling strong buying pressure.

Twiggs Money Flow distorted by large Volume spike

Twiggs Trend Index avoids distortion, displaying a short bear market rally while continuing to warn of a down-trend.

Twiggs Trend Index not distorted by large Volume spike

No Volume

Here Twiggs Trend Index is plotted on the weekly US Dollar Index [DXY]. No volume is needed.

Dollar Index [DXY] & Twiggs Trend Index

Trading Signals

Trading signals are the same as for Twiggs Money Flow:

Twiggs Trend Index signals accumulation if above zero, while negative values signal distribution. The higher the reading (above or below zero), the stronger the signal.

  • Go long if breakout above resistance is supported by Twiggs Trend Index above zero.
  • Go short if breakout below support is confirmed by negative Twiggs Trend Index.

Divergences also provide good signals:

  • Go long on a bullish divergence.
  • Go short on a bearish divergence.

The strongest confirmation of the above signals is when either:

  • Twiggs Trend Index is trending upwards and completes a trough above the zero line (i.e. without crossing below zero); or
  • Twiggs Trend Index trends downwards and completes a peak without crossing above zero.

One of the best signals I have seen on Twiggs Money Flow is this classic Flight Centre [FLT] breakout, plotted here with 13-week Twiggs Trend Index and 30-week Weighted Moving Average.

FLT WMA & Twiggs Trend Index
  1. A large bullish ascending triangle in 1998 warns of a potential breakout.
  2. Rising Twiggs Trend Index confirms strong buying pressure.
  3. Go long [green arrow] on breakout above resistance at $3.15.
  4. At the time I used to take exits using Stan Weinstein's 30-week Weighted Moving Average (or Exponential MA) which here provides a great exit signal.

Even if you exit using a trendline as in the chart below — penetration warns that the trend is losing momentum — you would still capture a large portion of the trend.

FLT Twiggs Trend Index and Trendline

The chart below shows Twiggs Money Flow (13-week) for the same period. Note how indicator values in March 1999 are distorted by another large volume spike.

FLT Twiggs Money Flow and Volume Spike


A useful substitute for Twiggs Money Flow. But it is best if the two are used together, to provide a more rounded view of market sentiment.

Other Changes

Some minor indicator changes in response to requests:

  • Average True Range Bands and Average True Range Trailing Stops have a new drop-down option on the indicator panel: 'Close/Intraday'. This reverses trend direction if intraday prices (i.e. the daily range) cross the ATR band. The earlier options only reverse direction when closing price crosses the ATR band.
  • MACD has an additional drop-down option 'HistogramWithDirection' which colors histogram bars red or green depending on whether rising or falling.

Other minor changes:

  • ASX 300 Industry Groups watchlist has been updated.
  • When you mouse-over the anchor point of a Trendline it now displays Calendar Days, Trading Days, and Candle Count in addition to Percentage Gain (and Annualized Gain).

Reminder: US Indexes

Just a reminder that Dow Jones and CBOE indexes are no longer updated on a 15-minute delay. The Index providers have introduced per user charges for delayed data, normally only associated with real-time feeds. We therefore elected to receive end-of-day updates.

Dow Jones and CBOE indexes (S&P 500, VIX, etc.) will be updated after the market close from July 1st, 2017. This is already the case for Nasdaq and Russell indices. Updates are normally available by 5:30 p.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. AEST).

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