Time Series Forecast & Analysis: How To Read The Charts

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The Time Series Forecast uses Linear Regression to calculate a best fit line over a designated time period; this line is then plotted forward a user-defined time period.

The chart below of the mini-Dow Futures contract shows the Time Series Forecast indicator:

Time Series Forecast


The chart above illustrates how the Time Series Forecast line has been plotted forward (in the example above, 7 days).

Generally, traders might expect price to return back to the Time Series Forecast line when prices have strayed.

Therefore, a vague potential buy signal could occur when price is below the line and a potential sell signal could occur when price is far above the line.

However, how far price needs to vary from the line is very subjective.

A similar and arguably superior technical indicator, is the Linear Regression Curve (see: Linear Regression Curve).

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Further Reading

See our other option strategy guides or learn more about technical analysis indicators, concepts, and strategies including Momentum, Elliot Waves, Market Thrust, Moving Averages, and Fibonacci Patterns.

Also see our guides on Forex, Crypto and Option brokers to find out which tools brokerages offer their clients.

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