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Williams Accumulation Distribution Line

The Williams Accumulation Distribution Line is primarily used to identify divergence between the price action and the underlying strength of the trend.


During periods of accumulation when the market is controlled by buyers, if the underlying price is forming higher highs, with the Williams Accumulation Distribution Line forming lower highs, this is considered an indication that the upward trend is coming to an end.


During periods of distribution when the market is controlled by sellers, if the underlying price is forming lower lows, with the Williams Accumulation Distribution Line forming higher lows, this is considered an indication that the downward trend is coming to an end.


In the following example when the prices tested the upper resistance trend line, Williams Accumulation Distribution Line was forming lower highs, indicating that the bullish move was coming to an end. The highlighted orange trend line on the Williams Accumulation Distribution chart can be used as a point of support when the price action starts to diverge and then used to identify the end of the bullish trend and the start of the bearish trend.


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Williams Accumulation Distribution Line Formula

There are multiple steps involved in calculating the Williams Accumulation Distribution. Begin by calculating the True Range High and Low:


Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): {\displaystyle \text{True Range} = \displaystyle \text{The greater of the past CLOSE or the current HIGH)} }

Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): {\displaystyle \text{True Range} = \displaystyle \text{The lesser of the past CLOSE or the current Low)} }


Now calculate the Accumulation Distribution, which is the difference between the current CLOSE and the True Range:

Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): {\displaystyle \text{Accumulation Distribution} = \displaystyle \text{CLOSE - True Range} }


The Williams Accumulation Distribution is the sum of the Accumulation Distribution values from the start of the data series:

Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): {\displaystyle \text{Williams Accumulation Distribution} = \displaystyle \sum_{1}^∞ \left ( \text{Accumulation Distribution} \right ) }



Williams Accumulation Distribution Line Indicator

The Williams Accumulation Distribution Line indicator can be displayed on the TimeToTrade charts. To add the Williams Accumulation Distribution Line indicator to the TimeToTrade charts, go to the chart settings and click on the 'Add Indicator' button. Click on the search box and type the name of the indicator that you are looking for, or for example type Williams Accumulation Distribution Line and scroll through the results:


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After adding the Williams Accumulation Distribution Line indicator, within the chart settings, click on it to set the parameters and change colours.



Williams Accumulation Distribution Line Alerts

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