What is the Know Sure Thing indicator?
The Know Sure Thing indicator, known as KST, was invented by Martin Pring. It is a momentum oscillator for four various time frames founded on the smoothed rate-of-change. It combines the data from four cycles of the price into a singular indicator. It helps to determine the divergences as well as the centerline and signal line crossovers.
How to add the KST to the chart on IQ Option?
Once you are logged in to your IQ Option account, choose the asset and set the type of the chart. Then, click on the indicator icon on the left side of the trading interface. You will find the Know Sure Thing among the Momentum indicators.
Also, you can just start typing the name of the indicator in the search window.
Calculations and settings
The Know Sure Thing indicator formula may seem very complicated at first sight. But they come down to the smoothed average from four different rate-of-change values.
The default settings are as follows:
The rate-of-change periods are 10, 15, 20 and 30.
The moving averages for the RoCs are 10, 10, 10 and 15.
There is a signal line added which is a simple moving average with period 9.
The Know Sure Thing indicator together with the signal line is displayed in a separate window below the price chart.
How do you read KST indicator on IQ Option?
The KST oscillates around the zero line. Its reading is positive when it moves above the zero line and negative when it goes below it. When the indicator fluctuates above the middle line it signifies the bulls dominance and the price is rising. The negative reading reflects the bears in control over the market and thus the price is falling.
Another type of signals produced by the KST is the signal line crossover. When the KST line is rising above the signal line and the reading is negative, this signifies the end of the downtrend. When the KST is falling below the signal line and the reading is positive, the uptrend is coming to an end.
You can use both signals to create your own Know Sure Thing indicator strategy.
There are also other types of signals provided by the Know Sure Thing indicator. However, the centerline and the signal line crossovers are the most popular and productive.
Note, that there are no limits how low or how high the KST may go. Thus, it does not show the oversold or overbought areas, in opposition to the RSI or the Stochastic.
Searching for divergences
The KST can be also analysed in terms of divergences. Though, it is a good idea to wait for a large divergence. Take a look at the picture below. There is one bearish and one bullish divergence marked. Both ends with the signal line crossovers.
Crossovers in a strong trend
During a strong uptrend, the KST indicator moves in the positive zone and may reach quite high values. Then, it goes down, but never leaves the positive territory. This is a signal of the temporary slow down of the upside momentum and not the reverse of the trend. Similarly, during a strong downtrend, the KST stays in the negative area. Occasionally it rises a bit, which shows a slow down of the downside momentum, but the trend continues the previous direction. You should not trade with the signal line crossovers when there is a strong trend.
The Know Sure Thing catches the price in four different cycles. It builds on the smoothed rate-of-change over four various periods.
The KST indicator has its weak points. Martin Pring invites traders to experiment with the indicator's settings. More sensitive settings are required when used for the less volatile markets and vice versa.
Pring's oscillator cannot be used for identifying the oversold and overbought zones. But it gives good trading signals when the lines of the indicator cross each other and when it breaks the trend line established on itself.
Give the Know Sure Thing a try on the IQ Option demo account. You will not risk your money there, but you will get a chance to know the indicator well.
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