|By Nathan Young|
April 20, 2017
True range or the average true range measures volatility and is an indicator used in charting. Welles Wilder introduced the average true range and it was initially used in commodities but is not exclusive to this equity type. When that average true range of a stock or equity is low, that means volatility is low and if the average true range is high, that means volatility is high. Many people use it to exit and enter trades, and this can certainly be used in conjunction with other indicators to help you locate the appropriate times to enter and exit positions.
When looking at this indicator, it can help you determine direction and what kind of volatility to expect. Usually it covers a period of 14 but can be adjusted to fit your trading style. An example would be to use this when a stock is nearing a resistance level and if the average true range picks up, that could indicate people are getting set up to either push through or take profits at the highs. Ultimately, you want it to alert you of when you should be looking at the chart.
Overall, this indicator and tool has been around for quite sometime and continues to provide data for traders and investors alike. When testing, use this on a demo account and decide the specifics and what fits your needs the best. Ultimately, this should accent your trading and enhance you abilities. Once you feel confident, slowly integrate it into your trading and investing setup. There are plenty of resources out there to help you and if you still have questions, reach out to an investing community and they can help to decide the best course of action.