Imbalances Indicator

NinjaTrader 8 Indicator Published 24 Nov 2023 - Updated at 12 May 2024
FREE
Summary

The Volume Imbalances is a free NinjaTrader 8 Indicator that highlights diagonal volume imbalances on both footprint charts and regular candlestick charts

Imbalances occurs on price levels where trade volume on one side (bid/ask) is excess over the trade volume on the opposite side. Hence, Diagonal Bid/Ask imbalance displays aggressive buy market orders lifting the offer and aggressive sell market orders hitting the bid

A large number of imbalances in a row is an indication of future powerful movement in that direction.

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Description

Imbalance in footprint or candlestick chart highlights the price levels where a buy trade volume is excess over a sell trade volume. Diagonal Bid/Ask imbalance displays aggressive buy market orders lifting the offer and aggressive sell market orders hitting the bid.

In this imbalances indicator you can specify the minimum ratio between buyers and sellers volume. For example, Ratio = 3 will show on the chart all the imbalances, where the excess of buying over selling will be above 300%.

Stacked Imbalances shows zones of multiple consecutive imbalances that occur on bid or ask side. These zones are important support/resistance levels because they are levels where participants aggressively wanted to get into the market. So when the market retests those levels, the same participants may appear again. For example, when you get stacked imbalances of 3 or more on top of one another it is a good sign of strong pressure in the market and that the market will continue in that direction.

Here are few examples of how the indicator works:

  • Imbalances on a footprint chart
  • In this example, adding the imbalances indicator on a MES footprint chart will draw rectangles on each bid/ask level that has diagonal volume balance

    The imbalance ratio in this example is 3 and the minimum imbalance volume is 100. The buy imbalance color is Cyan and the sell imbalance volume is Magenta

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  • Imbalances on a 2 minutes chart
  • The indicator can also be added to a candlestick chart and it will display rectangles on price levels that have diagonal imbalances

    The colors used here are Cyan for buy imbalances (ask side) and Gold for sell imbalances (bid side)

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  • Stacked Imbalances on a footprint chart
  • When the parameter Only Draw Stacked Imbalances is enabled this will filter out imbalances that are not stacked

    In the below example a rectanlge is drawn on a sell stacked imbalance. This can be a signal of agressive sellers stepping in and a signal to enter a trade short

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  • Stacked Imbalances on a 2 minutes chart
  • In this example buy stacked imbalances are colored in Cyan (on the ask side), sell stacked imbalances are colored in Gold (on the bid side).

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  • Stacked Imbalances zone extension on a footprint chart
  • In the example below, some stacked sell imbalances are observed and then the price reversed to retest the zone defined by the stacked imbalances zone.

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  • Stacked Imbalances zone extension on a 2 minutes chart
  • In this example, buy stacked imbalances are colored in Cyan (on the ask side), sell stacked imbalances are colored in Gold (on the bid side).

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  • Trapped traders detection on a 2 minutes chart
  • In the example below you can see a stacked sell imbalance being trapped before the market reverses long. There was a strong aggressive volume by sellers to push the market down, but eventually the market reverses on the long side.

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    Features

    The imbalances indicator has a set of unique features

    • Free. The indicator is completely free to use.
    • Can be used on Footprint charts or regular candlestick charts (time based or price based)
    • Highly customizable and can be adapted to wide range of instruments
    • Can be run on Historical Data (TickReplay should be enabled)
    • Can expand rendering of stacked imbalances zones until retested by price, which can be used as signal to enter a trade
    Parameters

    We always try to keep the parameters to minimum.

    License
    License This is the free license key you get when you create an account on automated-trading.ch. After creating an account, copy your license key from the billing page. You need to set this parameter only once per month, once the license key is validated it will be remembered for the rest of the billing cycle.
    General
    Min Imbalance Volume This parameter sets the minimum volume value on the strong side (bid/ask) to consider an imbalance
    Min Imbalance Ratio This parameter sets the minimum ratio between the diagonal bid/ask volumes to consider an imbalance
    Stacked Imbalances
    Max Imbalance Gap (Ticks) This parameter sets a gap tolerance between stacked imbalance levels. For example, multiple imbalances that are not perfectly stacked (having a number of tick gaps between them) will be considered a cluster of stacked imbalances if the this parameter is higher than one
    Min Stacked Imbalance Count This parameter sets the minimum number of imbalances in a cluster of stacked imbalances, generally this should be 3 or more
    Only Draw Stacked Imbalances This parameter will restrict drawing to stacked imbalances. No single imbalances will be drawn
    Draw Until Retested This parameter expand the drawing of stacked imbalances until the price retest them
    Play Sound This parameter will enable playing and alert sound when a price bar closes with a stacked imbalance
    Play Sound File This parameter will set the file name to be played on sound alert. This can be set to any .wav file on your computer
    Rendering
    Buy Imbalances The Color used to draw Buy side (Ask) Imbalances
    Sell Imbalances The Color used to draw Sell side (Bid) Imbalances
    Render Opacity (1-100) The opacity to render imbalances and retest zones
    Download & Installation Instructions

    The indicator can be downloaded for free. To download and install the indicator follow the instructions below

    • Click on the below download button to download the Imbalances Indicator file
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    • Import the downloaded .zip file into NinjaTrader using the import NinjaScript menu item
    • how to import add on to NinjaTrader
    • Next, open a new chart window
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    • On the new chart settings, make sure you enable the Tick Replay check box
    • If you don't see the Tick Replay check box, go to Tools->Options->Market Data and enable Show Tick Replay
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    • After installing the indicator and opening a new Chart window you should add the indicator to the chart. Right-click on the chart and click on Indicators...
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    • After adding the indicator to the chart, the indiactor will be run on Historical data loaded in the chart.
    • After that, the indicator is added with success and will continue to run on live market data
    Frequantly Asked Questions
    General
    Can I ask you to modify/add a new feature to this Indicator?

    Yes, If you have an idea that you believe can improve this indicatr, I will be more then happy to hear from you. Please use the contact page to send me a message

    Will I get the source code of the indicator when I download it?

    No, the source code of the indicator is protected for copyright reasons

    Can this indicator be used in a strategy?

    No, this indicator only do rendering and doesn't provide data that can be used from within a strategy. Check out our other strategies for an imbalances based strategy

    Can I use this indicator without the TickReplay mode enabled?

    Yes you can use this indicator without TickReplay, but bare in mind that in this case the indicator will not detect imbalances on historical candles. The indicator will start detecting imbalances only on real time volume and price data

    Release Notes
    Release 1.3.0.0 - 12 May 2024

    • Added License check capabilities

    Release 1.2.0.0 - 14 Jan 2024

    • Added Play Sound and Play Sound File parameters

    Release 1.0.0.0 - 24 Nov 2023

    • First Release of the indicator

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