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What is Volume Profile & How does it works?

TrueData Team · 27 January 2020 · 1 Comments


What is Volume Profile?

Volume Profile is a visual representation of how much volume occurs at each individual price over a certain period of time. It helps traders to identify support and resistance. By looking at volume we can see where the most activity is taking place historically.

The important ingredients of Volume Profile include:-

  • Value area: The Value Area represents the range of volume that contains 70% of a day’s trading activity. Prices in value areas are the most accepted prices.
  • Initial Balance: Initial Balance represents the first hour of trade to predict how market will perform during rest of the day or to identify volatility to avoid trading.
  • VPOC: The price that recorded the highest trading activity.
  • Value Area High (VAH): The upper level of value area.
  • Value Area Low (VAL): The lower level of value area.

This is used to identify Support and Resistance. Volume Profile also includes High volume nodes (HVNs) where prices are deemed as fair prices. These are the prices where traders spend most of their time. HVN attract market activity. In contrast to HVNs, where prices are deemed as unfair prices are known as Low volume nodes ( LVNs), at these prices, traders spent no or little time. LVN tends to reject market activity.

How does volume profile works?

Basically, Volume Profile takes account of total volume traded at a particular price level during the specific duration and divides the total volume into either “buy volume” or “sell volume”. This makes easier for the trader to understand the information.

How to find Support and Resistance?

The first and the most important use of Volume profile is to find basic support and resistance levels. It is a reactive method to identify support and resistance. This means the method relies on past price movements and volume behavior unlike proactive methods (such as trend lines and moving averages) which are based on current price action and analysis to predict future price movements. It can also be helpful in applying meaning to price levels where the market has visited earlier.

Bottom Line

Volume Profile is an exceptionally valuable tool for technical analysis for the traders. It is a charting tool that does a variety of things that are helpful while trading The data that is provided by Volume Profile is quite certain. While in its simplest form, it is a great reactive method for analyzing and finding traditional support and resistance areas. It is capable of comparing a real-time event (the current day’s open) with historical events (the previous day’s profile) and make the best decision based on the connection of the two.

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December 28, 2022

the meaning of technical analysis in brief. Technical analysis is the study of the price and volume movements of a stock or security like commodities, etc. This study functions on three core

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