LabTrend is constructed based on three indicators:
And the system provides different entry strategies like Significant Trend Change, Break Out, Low Risk, Retracement, etc
LabTrend1 is two indicator in one, it's the entry signal and trend strength together.
Also, the trend strength is composed by two indicators, one for up trends and one for down trends.
LabTrend1 is the market "direction" indicator. It shows trend direction by colors, when the market changes to or stays in an up-trend, the bars become or remain BLUE. When the market changes to or stays in a downtrend, the bars become or remain RED. When the market goes sideways or is not strong on either side, the bars become or remain Green. LabTrend1 indicator can work with any time bar charts.
"RISK" level of LabTrend1 can be changed from 1 to 10. "1" is the most sensitive with minimum delay and "10" is the least sensitive. The default value of RISK is 3. Under normal conditions, the default setting should be your first choice.
LabTrend2 and LabTrend3 are "Trend-Stop" indicators with Chartreuse/Orange Dots and Aqua/Magenta Dots
LabTrend2 are demonstrated by different COLOR DOTS.
For distinguishing purposes, LabTrend22 uses Chartreuse and Orange dots, and LabTrend3 uses Aqua and Magenta dots.
Both LabTrend 2 and LabTrend 3 must identify a trend first then begin to paint the dots. This is why you may not see any blue or red dots sometimes.
CHARTREUSE DOTS below the lows of the bars indicate two things: (1) the market is in an up-trend; (2) the values of the CHARTREUSE dots are the protection stops or the profit target stops (if the position had profit) for the long position. The value of the CHARTREUSE points can be seen in the Data Window.
The ORANGE DOTS above the highs of the bars indicate two things: (1) the market is in a down-trend; (2) the values of the ORANGE DOTS are the protection stops or the profit target stops (if the position had profit) for the short position.
Many studies reveal that it is more difficult to know how to exit the market than to enter the market. One can get into the market at any time if one knows how to get out of the market. Labrend2 and LabTrend3 are TREND-Stops indicators which are precisely and objectively defined by the market’s own prices. They help traders enter and stay in the right market direction with minimal risk. You can back test Trend-STOPS with the historical data. LabTrend2 and LAbTrend3 work in very similar ways, but the trend definition and stop calculations are different. LabTrend3 is about 50% more sensitive than LAbTrend2. Use LabTrend3 to enter the market, use LAbTrend2 as trailing stops.
LabTrend3 is a trend-stop indicator. It is similar to LabTrend2 indicator. It is more sensitive than LabTrend2; therefore, it is mainly used for entry and exit with lower risk trading in short term. You may refer to LAbTrend2 for details.
I'm using this indicator with a slight variation as well.
I've used the LabTrend1_v4 with Igorads StepMA_v7 and the OsMA on the hourly charts of nicely trending and volatile pairs.
The way I've set mine up is to take trades on signal from the LabTrend1 in the direction of the StepMA....so blue with blue and red with red.
I open the initial trade at a close of the first bar on a change of the StepMA with two lots and shed one lot at the first sell (or buy) signal of the LabTrend1, keeping the other lot open. Then re-enter at the next buy signal (or sell) with another lot. Once the trend has changed overall direction as indicated by the StepMA, I close out both lots unless they've already been taken out by the trailing stop @ 125 pips. This keeps me trading in the direction of the prevailing trend and in the trade for as long as the trend lasts.
I have to admit that I'm more impressed with this system than I have been with ANY other system I've used. It's a beautiful system for the hourly charts and Igorad, linuxser, and their team have done excellent work.