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Bitcoin and Altcoin Trading with the Ichimoku Cloud

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Ichimoku cloud is the mysterious indicator available on cryptowat.ch.

Stockcharts on Ichimoku cloud:

Ichimoku Kinko Hyo translates into “one look equilibrium chart”. With one look, chartists can identify the trend and look for potential signals within that trend. The indicator was developed by Goichi Hosoda, a journalist, and published in his 1969 book. Even though the Ichimoku Cloud may seem complicated when viewed on the price chart, it is really a straight forward indicator that is very usable. It was, after all, created by a journalist, not a rocket scientist!

Lines on Ichimoku cloud explained like you’re five

Ichimoku cloud uses past action of the market to predict future most likely direction along with support and resistance lines. It is calculated from past EMAs and highs vs lows, among other things, here’s more if you need to know.

The number of lines is confusing but here’s the basic info you need to know:

  • The Senkou span are the borders of the (here) green cloud. It is green in this case as the market is bullish. It will be red in bearish markets. The space between the lines is called kumo. Senkou spans are major support/resistance lines - people set their stop orders on them because once the trend breaks through both of them, a reversal should come.
  • Kinjun and Tenken lines are “balance” lines - fast and slow EMAs. If the price keeps around them, it is not overhyped nor underpriced. If it gets distant it is changing direction way faster than it “should” and a pullback is likely. In such a case, people set stop-loss orders around the lines if they are in a position and don’t want to take profits until necessary.
  • The Chinkou line is a lagging indicator. You can use it to confirm a trend.

Video Intro into Ichimoku Cloud from Youtube by @CarpeNoctom

BASICS: Ichimoku cloud Bullish signals

For a strong bullish signal, everything must occur above the Kumo cloud: The price action must remain above the Kumo cloud. The Chinkou line must stay above the kumo and Tenken should be crossing Kinjun also above the Kumo. Tenken should be crossing upside - if this cross occurs inside of the Kumo that’s still bullish but not so strongly bullish.

BASICS: Ichimoku cloud Bearish signals

If you are looking for strong bearish signal, with Ichimoku cloud you can pretty much reverse all that has been said to bullish signals - price action occurs below Kumo, as well as Tenken and Kinjun crossing and the lagging line Chinkou. Basically the more happens below the stronger the bears are.

BASICS: None of this?

If none of this is happening then it most likely means that at your timeframe the market is undecided, sideways, waiting for direction. Don’t worry, if a breakout happens the traders of twitter and reddit will call it - keep reading to learn whom to follow.

What to read and whom to follow

[TOOL] Ichimoku Trading signals

A whole website about it. None of anything is investment advice though - trade your thoughts. See the signal page.

Traders who tweet about Ichimoku cloud

CarpeNoctom (Josh Olszewicz)

#BubbleMoku is the author of the above mentioned Youtube channel, and also DrWD on Reddit, as mentioned below.


Triforcetrader tweets general trading stuff since he is a full-time trader. Sometimes he’ll feaure some TA but there is plenty of it on his website - Here is his post on Ichimoku cloud.

He made a video on how he trades Ichimoku cloud.

Redditors who post about Ichimoku cloud

DrWD (Josh Olszewicz) is probably the only consistent Ichimoku advocate in the cryptocurrency space on Reddit these days. He posts in the stickied threads on /r/BitcoinMarkets. Bookmark his profile page

SFFWMorin posted an Ichimoku cloud tutorial on the subreddit /r/StockMarkets.

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