Heikin Ashi candlesticks overview

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Heikin Ashi candlesticks gives a smoother appearance by reducing some of the market noise, hence making it easier to spots trends and reversals. There is a tendency with Heikin-Ashi for the candles to stay red during a downtrend and green during an uptrend

Heikin-Ashi calculation uses a formula based on two-period averages

How to read Heikin-Ashi candles

Green candles indicate an uptrend and in case with no lower shadows the move can be assumed a strong uptrend
Red candles indicate a downtrend and if with no higher shadows a strong downtrend

Candles with a small body surrounded by upper and lower shadows indicate a potential trend change or trend pause

the Heikin-Ashi candlesticks do not show the exact open and close prices for a particular time period because they are averaged hence who need to exploit quick price moves may find Heikin-Ashi charts are not responsive enough to be useful

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