Traditional Japanese Candlestick Chart vs. Heikin Ashi Candlestick Chart

 

Traditional Japanese Candlestick Chart vs. Heikin Ashi Candlestick Chart
Japanese CandleStick                              Heikin Ashi candlestick 


What distinguishes Heikin Ashi from a standard candlestick?


Let's compare and contrast a Heikin Ashi candlestick chart with a standard Japanese candlestick chart.

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Let's look at some genuine charts because a picture is worth a thousand pips.


First, here's a daily (1D) chart of the GBP/JPY in traditional Japanese style:

Traditional Japanese Candlestick Chart vs. Heikin Ashi Candlestick Chart

The same GBP/JPY rate is shown on a Heikin Ashi candlestick chart:

Traditional Japanese Candlestick Chart vs. Heikin Ashi Candlestick Chart

Let’s put them both side-by-side:

Traditional Japanese Candlestick Chart vs. Heikin Ashi Candlestick Chart

The classic Japanese candlestick chart is on the LEFT, while the Heikin Ashi chart is on the RIGHT.

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The right chart shows how directional moves are smoothed out in a way that the left chart does not.


Traditional Japanese candlestick charts' candles regularly change color from green to red (up or down), making them difficult to read.


Candles on the Heikin Ashi chart, on the other hand, display more consecutive colored candles, making it easier for traders to spot historical price moves.


You'll notice that the candles on Heikin Ashi charts prefer to stay green during uptrends and red during downtrends.

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Traditional Japanese candlesticks, on the other hand, alternate color even if the price is firmly moving in one way.


The color of the candlesticks can change almost as frequently as Kylie Jenner's hair color.

Traditional Japanese Candlestick Chart vs. Heikin Ashi Candlestick Chart

You probably didn’t even notice the image above is a candlestick chart. 😂

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Anyways, back to the side-by-side chart…

Traditional Japanese Candlestick Chart vs. Heikin Ashi Candlestick Chart

In terms of price action, you can clearly observe that the Heikin Ashi chart is significantly smoother.


This is why some forex traders choose to use Heikin Ashi candles since they reduce chart noise and allow them to more clearly assess trends.


The way the price is displayed in terms of the open and close distinguishes Heikin Ashi from a standard Japanese candlestick chart.

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If you look closely at the Heikin Ashi chart, you'll note that each Heikin Ashi candlestick begins at the MIDDLE of the candlestick before it, rather than at the level where the preceding candlestick ended.

Traditional Japanese Candlestick Chart vs. Heikin Ashi Candlestick Chart

Heikin Ashi candlesticks “act” this way due to the way they are calculated.

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In the next lesson, you’ll learn how to calculate Heikin Ashi so you can sound super smart at dinner parties.

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