Traders use technical analysis tools to find the best points to enter the positions. IQ Option has many helpful indicators in its offer. In today's article, I will focus on one which is called the KDJ indicator.

Thanks to the KDJ it is possible to define the direction of the trend, and its strength and find entry points for trading positions.

### What is the KDJ indicator

The KDJ is a trend following indicator. It resembles a little bit the Stochastic Oscillator and the Alligator. They all serve the same purpose.

### KDJ indicator formula

There are three lines that form the KDJ and they are called the K, the D and the J. As you see, the name is pretty simple and derives from the curves of the indicator. You can remember the K and the D lines from the Stochastic Oscillator. But the J is new. It shows the divergence of the D from the K value.

The KDJ oscillator calculation is based on the recorded lowest, highest and closing prices over a specific period.

The KDJ oscillates between 0 and 100 values. It is possible to catch when the asset falls into oversold and overbought zones with the KDJ. There are two horizontal lines marked as 20 and 80 and when the indicator runs below or above, it means the trend will most probably reverse soon.

You can change the values of these levels manually.

### Adding the KDJ to the IQ Option chart

Once you are logged in, find the chart analysis icon on the left side of the platform. Click on it and the list of the indicators types will be displayed. Choose the Trend indicators and then the KDJ.

You can also type the name of the indicator in the search box on the top right side.

The KDJ with its three curves will appear in the separate window beneath your chart.

### How do you read KDJ lines?

The KDJ oscillator is used in trading to find optimal points to open a buy or sell transactions. The signals are received when the lines cross over in a specific moment. These moments are often known as a golden fork and a dead fork.

### Buy with a golden fork

You get a buy signal from the KDJ indicator when the three curves converge. The blue K line crosses the D line from bottom to top and then moves above the yellow J line. The purple D line is at the bottom.

The signal is even stronger when the golden form appears under the 20 line, that is in the oversold area.

### Sell with a dead fork

A sell signal is received when the lines converge in a way that the blue line K crosses the line D from top to bottom. The blue line continues below the yellow and the purple one runs above the others.

The signal is stronger when the dead fork of the KDJ oscillator occurs in the overbought zone that is above the line of 80 value.

### Is KDJ accurate?

The KDJ is the trend following indicator. It consists of three lines. The key points of the indicator are points 20 and 80 which show oversold and overbought areas.

The KDJ produces false signals. That is why it might be a good idea to combine it with another indicator such as the Average True Range (ATR) or the Average Directional Index (ADX).

No indicator will give you 100% successful signals. Make sure you apply proper money and risk management strategies.

There is a free IQ Option demo account where you can check how the KDJ indicator behaves. Practice trading with it there before you move to the real account and invest your own money.

### What is the KDJ Indicator?

The KDJ Indicator is a momentum-based technical analysis tool that was developed by George Lane in the 1950s. It is similar to other popular technical indicators such as the RSI and Stochastic Oscillator, but with some key differences.

The KDJ Indicator is made up of three components: the Stochastic Oscillator, the smoothed moving average, and the difference between the two. The Stochastic Oscillator measures momentum by comparing the current closing price to the high and low prices over a set period of time. The smoothed moving average is used to reduce noise in the Stochastic Oscillator signal, and the difference between the two components creates the KDJ Indicator.

### How does the KDJ Indicator work?

The KDJ Indicator works by measuring momentum and identifying overbought and oversold conditions in the market. When the KDJ Indicator is above 80, the market is considered overbought, and when it is below 20, the market is considered oversold.

Traders can use the KDJ Indicator to identify potential entry and exit points in the market. When the KDJ Indicator is in overbought territory, it may be a signal to sell or take profits, and when it is in oversold territory, it may be a signal to buy or enter the market.

### Interpreting KDJ Indicator signals

There are several signals that traders can look for when interpreting the KDJ Indicator:

### Bullish signals:

• When the KDJ Indicator crosses above the 20 level from oversold territory, it may be a signal to buy or enter the market.
• When the KDJ Indicator forms a bullish divergence with price, it may be a signal that the market is about to reverse and move higher.
• When the KDJ Indicator forms a bullish crossover with its moving average, it may be a signal to buy or enter the market.

### Bearish signals:

• When the KDJ Indicator crosses below the 80 level from overbought territory, it may be a signal to sell or take profits.
• When the KDJ Indicator forms a bearish divergence with price, it may be a signal that the market is about to reverse and move lower.
• When the KDJ Indicator forms a bearish crossover with its moving average, it may be a signal to sell or exit the market.

### Tips for using the KDJ Indicator in your trading strategy

Here are some tips for using the KDJ Indicator in your trading strategy:

1. Combine the KDJ Indicator with other technical analysis tools, such as trend lines, moving averages, and support and resistance levels, to confirm signals.
2. Use the KDJ Indicator with different timeframes to get a broader perspective on the market.
3. Experiment with different settings for the KDJ Indicator to find what works best for your trading style and the market you are trading.
4. Use the KDJ Indicator in conjunction with fundamental analysis to get a complete picture of the market and make informed trading decisions.

### Advantages and disadvantages of the KDJ Indicator

• The KDJ Indicator is easy to use and understand, even for beginners.
• It provides clear signals for potential entry and exit points in the market.
• It can be used on different markets and timeframes.

• The KDJ Indicator can generate false signals in choppy or sideways markets.
• It may not work as well in very volatile markets.
• It should not be used as the sole indicator for making trading decisions.

### Q: What markets can the KDJ Indicator be used on?

A: The KDJ Indicator can be used on any market that has enough price data, such as stocks, futures, forex, and cryptocurrencies.

### Q: How often should you check the KDJ Indicator?

A: This depends on your trading strategy and timeframe. Some traders check the KDJ Indicator every day, while others only check it once a week or less frequently.

### Q: What are the best settings for the KDJ Indicator?

A: This depends on the market and timeframe you are trading, as well as your personal trading style. Some common settings are 9, 3, 3 or 14, 3, 3.

### Conclusion

The KDJ Indicator is a popular technical analysis tool that can help traders identify potential entry and exit points in the market. It measures momentum and identifies overbought and oversold conditions, which can be used to make trading decisions.

While the KDJ Indicator is easy to use and understand, it should not be used as the sole indicator for making trading decisions. By combining it with other technical and fundamental analysis tools, traders can get a more complete picture of the market and make informed trading decisions.

Have you heard about the KDJ before? Do you have any experience in using it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Best of luck!

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Bart Bregman

Author / IQ Option expert: "My name is Bart Bregman, I have 9 years of full-time professional trading experience. I've been trading with IQ Option for more than 7 years, mainly on the shorter time frames doing technical analyses, and have many experience with Binary Options, CFDs, Options, and Crypto trading. There is no such thing as a bad trade! As a digital nomad trader, I'm mostly traveling all over the world. Follow my journey on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bart_bregman/. "