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Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Prior to buying or selling an
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Options. Copies are available from your broker, by calling 1-888-OPTIONS, or at The information in this presentation is provided solely for general
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and price data, are strictly for illustrative and educational purposes only. In order to
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What is the Ichimoku Cloud?
The Ichimoku cloud is a technical analysis method that uses the past,
present, and future to help traders identify at a single glance if a
security is in bullish or bearish territory.

Ichimoku Kinko Hyo actually translates to “One Glance Equilibrium


The cloud is made up of 6 key components, each of which we will

examine individually. When combined, these
components construct the Ichimoku Cloud.

Trading Using the Ichimoku Cloud

• What is the Ichimoku Cloud?

• The different components of the cloud

• Using the cloud as levels of support and resistance

• The cloud and trend

• Using the cloud for options

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So Why Use the Cloud?
• The cloud is my favorite indicator because it is forward looking
unlike moving averages, fib levels or other popular technical
analysis methods.

• The cloud takes into account more data than simple or

exponential moving averages do.

• This gives us clearer levels of support

and resistance for setting profit targets
or stops.

• The cloud can be a tool to any trader

trading ANY plan on any product.
What Makes the Cloud Different?

• The cloud is one of the only indicators that is past and

forward looking.

• Averages are calculated in real time and are plotted on

both current price and 26 periods in advance.

• The cloud is applicable to ANY security.

• The cloud is not as widely used as many other more

popular indicators.

The Cloud for Options Traders

The cloud for options traders: As options traders we find the cloud to be one
of the most useful indicators around. We apply the Ichimoku Cloud to all of
our trading plans. Using the cloud helps steer us away from false signals and
helps keep us in the best trade set ups.

These are only a few examples of applications of the cloud.

We believe that using the Ichimoku Cloud can benefit
any trader regardless of the experience with technical
analysis. The cloud is one of the easiest indicators to
read and apply in a trading plan and is an excellent
tool for traders of any skill level.

Cloud Thickness
In general we say that the thicker the cloud is the more difficult a sustained break of the cloud is
going to be. A thicker cloud is also considered to be a sign that trend is less likely to reverse in the
future. A thinner cloud could signal a reversal is coming. Since it is more difficult to break out of a
thick cloud it is considered a stronger break. The thickness of the cloud however means that the
amount of risk a trader takes is going to have to be larger.

We can see here that the test of the top of the cloud
produced several false signals where the cloud was

Keene’s Approach:Ichimoku Cloud
Since the cloud originated in Japan there is very little literature pertaining to its use originally
written in English. It is because of this there is so much debate among practitioners on how to
use the cloud.

Some of the factors that practitioners debate over are:

• Importance of cloud thickness.
• Which line is forming the top/bottom of the cloud.
• Space between the current price and the cloud.
• Importance of the lagging indicator.
• Different moving average periods.

Our views on how to use the cloud are formed from practical experience and a
lot of real world testing. We believe that we use the cloud in the best possible
application for our trading plans.

• The Ichimoku cloud is a technical analysis method that uses forward looking
moving averages to help traders identify at a single glance if a security is in bullish
or bearish territory.

• The cloud is made up of 6 key components.

• The cloud works best in trending markets. The cloud will not produce good
signals in markets that are in periods of consolidation or sideways action.

• The cloud will work best on different time scales depending on the security. Faster
time scales will produce more traps in some assets while providing good signals in

• The cloud is best used as an indicator of key zones of support or resistance.

• The slope and thickness of the cloud can help indicate the strength of trends.

• The simplicity of the cloud allows for the quick and easy analysis of any chart in
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