Market Navigator

The Market Navigator turns the methodology taught in Market School by Investors Business Daily into an easy-to-use indicator. This system follows a strict set of rules to help gauge when it's time to increase market exposure or back away.

The indicator considers 24 different buy and sell signals, as well as portfolio management rules, to keep you on the right side of the market with no guesswork.

Buy and sell signals are generated based on different criteria, including the relationship between price and key moving averages, volume, and time. Each signal is assigned a point value, which is then added (buy signal) or subtracted (sell signal) to the running exposure count when the signal occurs. This exposure count is then used to give a recommended maximum exposure level.

The Market Navigator also identifies certain instances when being more aggressive is called for, known as a Power Trend. A Power Trend is triggered within the context of an uptrend that meets a certain criterion of price, length, and moving average relationship.

This indicator is a must-have for any trader looking to take the guesswork out of their trading by automating recommended exposure levels and being in step with the market

Principles covered include:
  • Recommended maximum portfolio exposure
  • Buy switch / restraint rules
  • Follow through / distribution days
  • Power Trend

Customize the indicator so it fits and looks great on your charts!
  • Multiple ways to view key information
  • Customize colors
  • Show or hide different element to see as much or as little information as you want
  • Highlight the background of Power Trends
  • Change the bar color of distribution/stall days
  • Change table position & size
  • Show or hide key moving averages

Dynamic Day 1
When you first put the indicator on your chart, it will ask you to select Day 1 of the current rally attempt. A Day 1 is defined as either:
  • The first positive day in a down trending market
  • A down day where the index closes in the upper half of the daily range

With over 24 buy and sell signals, the built-in reference table makes it simple to crosscheck which signals occur.

Included with this indicator is access to the Market Navigator Oscillator, which plots the exposure count as a line in a separate pane, keeping your main chart uncluttered. This version allows you to see all of the same information in a condensed form.

Disclaimer: This indicator is for informational and educational purposes only. Do your own research before making any trade decisions. I accept no liability for any loss or damage, including without limitation any loss of profit, which may arise directly or indirectly from use of or reliance on this indicator.

I am not affiliated with Investor's Business Daily. This is my original interpretation of the rules taught in the Market School Home Study Program.

Release Notes:
Update instructions for a week trial
Release Notes:
Small update to reset swing high price for circuit breaker after the buy switch turns off
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Added the option to show small arrows up or down to signify a change in the exposure count, rather than just the exposure count labels.

Allows for a more unobstructed view of price action.

Release Notes:
Update to stall day calculations. Closing range for a stall day now needs to be less than 33% instead of 25%.
Release Notes:
Minor update to fix a bug caused by the latest update.
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Small update to fix the resetting of swing high prices following a circuit breaker
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Update to show when the Power Trend is Under Pressure (U.P.) in the data table. Also update to the S9 logic.
Release Notes:
Minor Update. Please update to this newest version to make sure readings are accurate.
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Added ability to see labels for all signals regardless of if the exposure count changes. This can be turned on or off in the settings by selecting "Show All Signal".

Release Notes:
Added ability for volatility adjusted follow through days. The reference table will now also display the current volatility and % gain needed for a volatility adjusted follow through day based on the parameters below.

  • Volatility defined as the average percentage gain of the up days over the prior 200 days.
  • Volatility less than or equal to 0.4%, follow-through must close up 0.7% or higher.
  • Volatility greater than or equal to 0.4% and less than 0.55%, follow-through must close up 0.85% or higher.
  • Volatility greater than or equal to 0.55% and less than 1.00%, follow-through must close up 1.00% or higher.
  • Volatility greater than or equal to 1.00%, follow-through must close up 1.245% or higher.
Release Notes:
Update to restraint rule logic
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Minor update to sell signals.
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Updated volume source for the indexes, should update in real time now.
Release Notes:
Small update to fix a bug in the data table displaying the number of stall days when the buy switch was off.

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