How to spot a trend with the Accumulation/Distribution indicator on IQ Option

Accumulation Distribution on IQ OptionTraders use indicators to recognise the trend or the change in the price direction and so find the best points to open transactions. Today you will get to know the tool that is known as Accumulation/Distribution indicator. It was designed by Marc Chaikin and was initially called the Cumulative Money Flow Line.

Adding the Accumulation/Distribution indicator to the IQ Option chart

To add an indicator to the trading chart, you must be logged in to your IQ Option account. Decide what kind of asset you are going to trade in this session. Set the timeframe for your chart. Now, click on the Indicators icon. There are a few categories under the Indicators tab. Choose ‘Volume'. Then you will see the Accumulation/Distribution on the list on the left side. Click on it and it will be opened in the separate window beneath the price chart.

Accumulation Distribution indicator on IQ Option platform
Where to find the Accumulation Distribution indicator on the IQ Option platform

The basis of the Accumulation/Distribution indicator

The Accumulation Distribution Line is calculated by adding the current period's Money Flow Volume to the previous Accumulation Distribution Line. And the Money Flow Volume is Money Flow Multiplier multiplied by the Volume for the period.

The AD indicator is the accumulative measurement of volume flows in each period. Its line is rising when the buying pressure is high that is when a high positive multiplier is joined with high volume. A strong selling pressure, (low negative multiplier and high volume), results in the decrease of the indicator's line. Money Flow Volume creates a line that can confirm or contradict the trend seen on the price chart.

Trading with the Accumulation/Distribution indicator on IQ Option

You can use the AD in a few ways. You just have to observe the price chart together with the indicator's window.

Trend confirmation

You get a confirmation of the trend that is seen on the price chart when both, the price and the Accumulation/Distribution line go in the same direction. If they rise, there is an uptrend. The downtrend exists when both move downwards.

AD as a trend confirmation
You can use the AD as a trend confirmation

Bullish and bearish divergences

Divergences happen when the price and the indicator do not go in the same direction. They help to catch the upcoming trend reversal.

Below, there is an exemplary chart with bullish divergence. The price is falling but at the same time, the Accumulation/Distribution line is rising. Underlying buying pressure (accumulation) forces the price to change direction.

bullish divergence spotted on GBPUSD 1h chart
Beautiful bullish divergence spotted on the GBPUSD 1h chart

When the price is going up but the indicator's line is falling, we can assume there is underlying selling pressure (distribution) and expect the reversal of the trend.

Bearish divergence on Wallmart daily chart
Bearish divergence on the Wallmart daily chart


The Accumulation/Distribution indicator shows a general flow of volume. Its rise reveals buying pressure and its decline selling pressure. It can be used to confirm the existing trend or to find future trends and catch a potential change in the price direction.

Use it in combination with other technical analyses tools such as chart patterns or momentum oscillators.

Check in the IQ Option demo account how it works. You will get time to know it well without worrying about losing your money.

Wish you successful trading!

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