Time Cycle Analysis

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Time Cycle Analysis

Use the Time Cycle Analysis drawing tool to segment the market into regular time intervals in order to identify cyclical market fluctuations.

Vertical lines will be drawn at a regular time intervals of your choosing.

Position and Edit

The starting point is usually set at a high or low, and the Time Cycle Analysis tool is used to identify and emphasize cyclical market movements. For example you may find that a market is changing trend every 60 days from the latest major change in trend. The Time Cycle Analysis tool makes future analysis of the 60 day time interval very simple.

The default setting for the Time Cycle Analysis tool is 30 calendar days. This can be readily adjusted through the Time Cycle Analysis Properties dialog box.

In the following example, the Chart Properties in the General Setting tabbed page have been set to Display Gaps in Data and Display Weekends, and the Time Cycle Analysis Interval is set to seven Calendar Days:

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For the period displayed, it is clear that the price for this symbol tends to fall toward the end of most work weeks.

User Settings

Double right mouse-click on any of the horizontal lines representing the time intervals to open the Time Cycle Analysis Properties dialog box.

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From the Settings tab of this dialog box you can adjust the following:

Starting Date / Price

These can be set to the starting date is the exact date of the high or low you are researching.

Interval

The default interval of 30 can be set to any time period under 1000 days.

Interval Type

Choose the type of time interval used to represent a single time period. You may choose to study intervals of calendar days (the default), trading days, weeks, months, quarters, years or solar degrees.

Appearance / Font

You can also adjust the color and weighting of the vertical lines displayed as well as the amount of information displayed for each time interval's label.

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The location, format and font of the interval labels can also be adjusted.

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