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Relative Volume Gradient Paintbars – New Updates for ThinkOrSwim

Relative Volume Gradient Paintbars for Thinkorswim [VIDEO]

Relative Volume Gradient Paintbars Study for Thinkorswim

Today I’m releasing an overhaul of the Relative Volume indicator for Thinkorswim that I’ve been working on for awhile. This is one of my favorite thinkscript studies and I’ve been experimenting with it in my own trading for awhile, so I wanted to go ahead and get the update released on the site and see if it can add some value for my fellow traders.

Like all of our upgrades, they’re completely free to prior purchasers, just go to the My Account > Orders > View Order Details area of the site and the new links should be posted there for you to install.

New Features

  1. Relative Volume Gradient Paintbars to highlight the highest relative volume bars!
    1. Custom colors
    2. 4 custom coloration thresholds
    3. Different color scheme for up bars vs. down bars
  2. MA-based relative volume for tick charts, also with gradient paintbars!
  3. Combined tick volume / trade volume in the same indicator, just switch the mode in settings. Simply add 2 instances if you want both relative tick count & share count on the same chart!
  4. Combined long term studies into 1 study with custom period reset (12 for monthly charts, 52 for weekly charts, 252 for daily charts).
  5. Added a TIME BASED relative volume QUOTE COLUMN so you can see when a stock in your watchlist has surging volume on whatever INTRADAY timeframe you want (5 minute, hourly, etc).
  6. Added a MA BASED relative volume QUOTE COLUMN so you can see when a stock in your watchlist has surging volume on ANY timeframe you want (hourly, daily, etc).


  • High volume bars now immediately pop out visually on your chart without having to look down at the histogram.
  • You can even hide the histogram altogether and just use the paintbars function to gauge volume and save screen space.
  • This release really simplifies down the number of scripts and makes each more powerful and customizable.
  • MA-based relative volume indicator can be used on tick charts, intraday minute charts, or daily and higher charts.
  • Using the MA-based relative volume on tick charts lets you see an additional dimension of volume on the same graph (tick count bars combined with share count highlighting really adds additional depth of information).

Get the Relative Volume study here!

I’m finding the volume gradient to be a real value add, and especially on the tick charts:

relative volume gradient paintbars indicator for thinkorswim
Example chart of KO with the new relative volume gradient paintbars indicator for Thinkorswim

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Higher Time Frame Moving Averages – Now Supports Hull, Wilders, Exponential, and Weighted MAs!

Multiple timeframe moving averages example

Updated Higher Time Frame Moving Averages

I just released an improvement update for the higher time frame moving averages chart study. Any customers who already bought it and use it will of course have free access to the update. The updated link to import the new indicator should already be in your order history under my account, but if you have any trouble getting it just contact me directly and I’ll make sure you get the updated version.

Traders who purchase it from now on will get the improved version which now supports any of the built-in moving averages in ThinkOrSwim, and additionally lets you choose your moving average’s price type (close, open, high, low, etc.).

As in the prior version, you can select the plot color and style, which higher timeframe you want to calculate the average from, how many periods to calculate the average from, etc. This version is just a bit higher quality and more flexible.

Here are some screen shots of the indicator and the updated settings menu:

Multiple timeframe moving averages example
Multiple timeframe moving averages example (click to enlarge)


Multiple timeframe moving averages for ThinkOrSwim: example and settings menu (click to enlarge)

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Multiple Timeframe Simple Moving Averages

higher timeframe SMA example chart

Multiple Timeframe Simple Moving Averages Indicator for ThinkOrSwim

In the type of trading I do, I rely heavily on the 20-period simple moving average as a reference point for intraday trend identification. My mentors taught me to trade on a lower timeframe, such as the 5-minute chart early in the morning, or the 15-minute chart later in the day, but take my directional cues from a higher timeframe chart. So I look at multiple timeframe simple moving averages.

But no matter what chart I’m focused on, the goal is always to trade in with the bigger trend. Basically, the goal is to trade in harmony with the larger forces that are at play. To accomplish this, I use multi-timeframe analysis of a single stock — keeping multiple charts of the stock open at one time. And depending on the time of day, I might have a 1′ or 5′ chart, a 15′ or 60′ chart, and the daily chart open.

Multiple timeframe simple moving averages indicator for thinkorswim - AddToChart
Multiple timeframe simple moving averages indicator for thinkorswim – AddToChart

I soon began to realize that it would help me simplify things and conserve screen space if I could analyze the higher timeframe charts while only using the lower timeframe chart. After all, the same data is all there, it’s just presented differently. Over time, one way I’ve found to do this is by calculating a higher timeframe simple moving average and displaying it on a lower timeframe. This will tell me how extended price is on multiple timeframes, or how deep a pullback is and thus how attractive a given setup looks across multiple charts, all without leaving the chart I’m currently working from. You will be surprised at how often a 20 period simple moving average from, say, a 15′ chart, acts as support on a 5′ or 2′ chart.

The Wrong Solution

Multiple timeframe simple moving averages indicator for thinkorswim - properties
Multiple timeframe simple moving averages indicator for thinkorswim – properties

To make a multiple timeframe simple moving averages indicator accurately show a higher timeframe average on a lower timeframe, you can’t just use a longer SMA on the same chart. There are subtle but real differences in the locations of the averages because more data is used to calculate the longer SMA from the lower timeframe chart. I’ve found that the true higher timeframe averages are more reliable as support and resistance, since they are what longer-term traders are actually looking at and basing their trades on.

The Right Solution

So to solve this dilemma and make life easier on myself, I developed the multiple timeframe simple moving averages indicator for ThinkOrSwim. It’s a chart study that allows me to add ANY higher timeframe SMA to any lower timeframe chart. I trade off the 20 SMA, but if you trade the 21, 10, or 50, this indicator can easily work for those as well.

It can also allow you to plot multiple higher timeframe averages on the same chart. Say you’re on a 2′ and like using the 10-period SMA on higher timeframes. You can add the 10-period SMA from the 5′, 10′, 15′, 30′, 60′, and 4-hour, etc., all on the same 2′ chart at the same time. Or you could mix it up and add the 50 period from one timeframe, the 20 period from another timeframe, and the 10 period from yet another timeframe, all on the same lower timeframe chart. The possibilities are pretty endless and can easily accommodate whatever your trading system needs. You can also custom color-code each higher timeframe SMA to make them easily identifiable.

Check out the screenshots and the video and let me know if you have any questions.


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