Open Interest in Swing Trading: Significant Insights for Traders
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The Significance of the Open Interest Indicator in Trading
In the world of the financial market, there are numerous indicators that assist traders in making informed decisions. One of these indicators that we want to delve into today is the Open Interest Indicator. It may seem simple at first glance, but its analysis can provide us with valuable insights into market movements.
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Open Interest in Swing Trading:
What does the Open Interest tell you?
Basics of the Open Interest Indicator
The Open Interest Indicator consists of two line charts. The foreground graph represents the historical development of open interest on a weekly closing price basis. In contrast, in the background, you can see the price movement of the respective market. Through open interest, we can gain some very interesting insights into the market: Are positions being built or liquidated? Is a trend strong or weak? Is the interest in the market or commodity currently high or low?
Indicates the strength of a trend and the interest of market participants in it
The price movement indicates the market's price development
Trend Analysis with Open Interest
In a clear uptrend or downtrend where open interest is increasing, it indicates that new trades are being executed. This confirmation of interest suggests that the trend is likely to persist. However, it becomes interesting in cases of divergences – if open interest decreases while the trend continues, it may suggest an impending reversal or at least a correction.
Open interest is increasing in the trend
Whether Long or Short: The interest in the trend is high; the trend is intact.
Open Interest is decreasing in the trend
Whether Long or Short: Interest in the trend is decreasing, a trend reversal is possible.
Bei einigen Märkten Open Interest kongruent zu Kursverlauf
Bilden sich in diesen Märkten Divergenzen zum Kurs, sind Kurskorrekturen oder Reversals möglich
It is important to note that the indicator should be interpreted differently depending on the commodity. For example, in the gold market, there is a clear correlation between open interest and price. In other markets, such as corn, specific trends and deviations can be observed.
Practical Application Using the Example of Corn and Silver
From February 2021, the open interest noticeably began to decline. Based on a shortage of supply, there was another significant increase in prices before the trend clearly reversed downward. Also, in the summer of 2022, we could see how the open interest anticipated the price movement. It initially dropped, and a few weeks later, the price followed suit.
Warning Signs with Low Open Interest
Conclusion: Taking a Look at Open Interest is Worthwhile
During periods of low open interest, the market may become more volatile, and conventional analyses may be less reliable. Therefore, it is advisable to always keep an eye on the open interest indicator. It serves as a valuable tool for traders to gain a better understanding of market dynamics and to base their trading decisions on solid ground.
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