If the US dollar is the primary currency to consider in any analysis of the forex market, the secondary one is the Japanese yen, and yet there are almost no indices which track this in a similar way. But once again, we have the answer and have therefore developed the JPYX index for the MT5 platform. This is based on the FXCM/Dow Jones index, and takes four major currencies, with an equal weighting to deliver the JPYX index as follows:
- Australian dollar (AUD) – 25%
- New Zealand dollar (NZD) – 25%
- Euro (EUR) – 25%
- US dollar (USD) – 25%
Once again, the index is based on a notional 10,000 mini lot contract size. It is our belief that this simple index provides a ‘real world’ view of strength and weakness in the Japanese yen which is equally important in terms of risk analysis. Whilst the US dollar has increasingly been adopted to fund the carry trade, the Japanese yen remains the key currency in this respect, and with flows into and out of risk assets remaining pivotal for the currency, having an index to track its performance against other key currencies is crucial.
Like the Quantum USDX indicator, the Quantum JPYX indicator can be used in one of three ways:
- First, as an inverse indicator to a major currency pair, helping you get in, stay in and get out
- Second, as a confirming indicator for the Quantum Currency Strength indicator, providing a perspective against other currencies
- Finally, as the ultimate barometer of risk
Whichever approach you adopt, you will no longer have to leave your NinjaTrader 8 platform for a view of the Japanese yen! In addition, the indicator is also supplied with two moving averages already applied, the 8 SMA and the 14 SMA to help provide you with further insights into market direction.
Open your NinjaTrader 8 platform and select a chart.
Right click the chart to bring up a menu which looks like the following image:
Select Indicators… which will open the following window. Alternatively, you can open this window by clicking the Indicators button in the chart toolbar or by pressing Ctrl + I while focused on the chart.
In the Indicators window under Available section, go to Quantum > Quantum JPYX and click it to select the indicator. Once selected, click “add” under the Configured section which will put it on the list of active indicators to be added in the chart.
Before clicking the OK or Apply button to complete, the indicator has several configurable options. You can click the Apply button at any time, and this will apply any changes you have made to the indicator without closing the window. This will allow you to see the changes you have made to the indicator, without closing with the OK button or the Cancel button.
All user input can be configured at the right-hand side of the Indicators window under the Properties section. These are the default settings when you add the indicator in a chart.
The following settings affect the indicator’s alert notifications displayed in the Alerts Log. You can open the Alerts Log from your NinjaTrader 8 client’s menu bar in the main window at New > Alerts Log.
Alert On MA Cross
When enabled, the indicator sends an alert notification in the Alerts Log when the indicator’s 2 moving averages cross paths which can indicate a change in trend in the JPYX.
Alert Rearm Time (Seconds)
This adds a delay to the next alert notification, expressed in number of seconds.
Alert BG Color
This setting allows you to customize the background color of the indicator’s messages as they appear in the Alerts Log.
Alert Text Color
This setting allows you to customize the color of the text as the indicator’s messages appear in the Alerts Log.
Alert Sound File
You can change here the sound file the platform uses when this indicator triggers an alert. By default, it uses the Alert1.wav file packaged with your NinjaTrader installation. Please make sure that the file is supported and the absolute path to the sound file is entered correctly.
Sets the number of bars that the indicator displays on the chart. Please note that a larger Look Back consumes more of your machine’s resources.
Sets the look back period of 1st of the 2 moving averages calculated across the JPYX. Useful for setting up MA crosses.
Sets the look back period of 2nd of the 2 moving averages calculated across the JPYX. Useful for setting up MA crosses.
Sets the price type of the indicator’s the 2 moving averages. You can either choose OPEN_PRICE, HIGH_PRICE, LOW_PRICE, or CLOSE_PRICE of the JPYX to calculate both moving averages. The default price type is based on the JPYX’s close prices.
Bullish Candle Color
Sets the color of the bullish candlestick bars in the JPYX.
Bearish Candle Color
Sets the color of the bearish candlestick bars in the JPYX.
Opens the indicator Input Series dialogue which allows you to select the source of data for your indicator’s calculations.
Sets the frequency at which the indicator performs its calculations.
The label of the indicator’s instance displayed on the chart.
Maximum bars look back
Determines the maximum number of bars the indicator can look back to perform calculations on historical data. This is set to 256 by default (the most memory-friendly setting), but it can be changed to “infinite” to allow for a greater look back period.
When enabled, the indicator will be included in the chart panel’s vertical automatic scaling.
Sets the number of bars by which to displace the indicator plots.
Display in Data Box
Enables or disables the inclusion of the indicator’s plot values in the Data Box
Sets the panel in which the indicator is plotted. If you select “Same as input series,” the indicator will be linked to the Input Series and automatically move if the Input Series is modified to a different panel.
When enabled, the indicator value is plotted in the axis selected under the “Scale Justification” property.
Sets the scale on which the indicator will be plotted. Possible values are “Right,” “Left,” and “Overlay”.
Enables or disables visibility and function of the indicator on the chart.
Sets a variety of parameters, such as color, for the plots drawn by the indicator.
Unloading the indicator
Here are the steps to remove the indicator in the chart.
Right-click on the chart then select Indicators… from the menu. Select Quantum JPYX from the Configured section and click “remove” then OK to confirm and the indicator should be unloaded from your chart.