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hi, I use OEC Trader and I was hoping you would help me turn a regular MACD indicator into a MACDBB lines indicator. thanks for reading. I was wondering if I could just add a bollinger band around the MACD somehow and turn one of the lines into dots... any help would be nice.

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hi, I use OEC Trader and I was hoping you would help me turn a regular MACD indicator into a MACDBB lines indicator. thanks for reading. I was wondering if I could just add a bollinger band around the MACD somehow and turn one of the lines into dots... any help would be nice.

Had answered this question via private message. This is just a copy in case anybody else is interested.

Take the raw MACD (not the signal line or the histogram), then

-> calculate an EMA(10) from that MACD
-> calculate the StdDev (10) from that MACD

Typically for Bollinger Bands you calculate the standard deviation from the data points of the EMA, then add and subtract two standard deviations to get the channel lines.

In this case you will not calculate the standard deviation from the EMA, but directly from the raw MACD. Then add and subtract one standard deviation to get the bands.

The dots just represent the raw MACD.

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Had answered this question via private message. This is just a copy in case anybody else is interested.

Take the raw MACD (not the signal line or the histogram), then

-> calculate an EMA(10) from that MACD
-> calculate the StdDev (10) from that MACD

Typically for Bollinger Bands you calculate the standard deviation from the data points of the EMA, then add and subtract two standard deviations to get the channel lines.

In this case you will not calculate the standard deviation from the EMA, but directly from the raw MACD. Then add and subtract one standard deviation to get the bands.

The dots just represent the raw MACD.

Fat, by raw MACD do you mean the difference between the two EMA's 12 and 26 ?

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Fat, by raw MACD do you mean the difference between the two EMA's 12 and 26 ?

Yes, the raw MACD is just the difference of the two EMAs. You then generate the signal line by smoothing the raw MACD. The signal line is just an EMA calculated from the raw MACD. The histogram is the difference between the raw MACD and the signal line.

The MACDBBLines indicator does neither use the signal line nor the histogram.

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MACD BB for OEC Trader

You can import this as an Easylanguage indicator in your OEC Trader. I can't remember where I got the original source from, I definitely don't take credit for it, but this version works fine in OEC.

 
Code
//******************************************************//
//  MacdBB 12/24/07                                     //
//******************************************************//
//
// for "Chart_Offset" I use .0005 for EC and other 4 dec symbols.
// I use .5 for the ER2 and 1.00 for the ES, equities - expirament.
//
// Imagine this will work on Radar Screen, haven't tried it.  I
// would just use the "Plot_Chart" setting and see what happens.
//
    
inputs: 
    Price(Close),
    FastLen( 12 ), 
    SlowLen( 26 ), 
    Length ( 10 ),
    StDv( 1 ),
    BB_Color_Up(Green),
    BB_Color_Dn(Red),
    Upper_Band_Color(Red),
    Lower_Band_Color(Blue),
    Zero_Color_Up(Blue),
    Zero_Color_Dn(Red);
 
VARS:
    BB_Macd(0),
    Avg(0),
    SDev(0),
    Upper_Band(0),
    Lower_Band(0),
    BB_Color(Black),      {black is meaningless - just for initialize}
    Cross_Up(False),
    Cross_Dn(False),
    Zero_Color(yellow);   {yellow is meaningless - just for initialize}

//******************************************************//
//     Main Calculations.                               //
//******************************************************//
BB_Macd = MACD( Price, FastLen, SlowLen ) * 100 ;

Avg  = XAverage( BB_Macd, Length);

SDev = StandardDev( BB_Macd, Length, 1);

Upper_Band = ( Avg + StDv * SDev );
Lower_Band = ( Avg - StDv * SDev );

//******************************************************//
//     Sub-Graph plot logic.                            //
//******************************************************//    
    
   If BB_Macd > BB_Macd[1] then BB_Color = BB_Color_Up else BB_Color = BB_Color_Dn;

   If Cross_Up = False then if BB_Macd > Upper_Band then begin
      Cross_Up = True;  
      Cross_Dn = False;  
      BB_Color = Cyan;    
      end;   
 
   If Cross_Dn = False then if BB_Macd < Lower_Band then begin
      Cross_Up = False;  
      Cross_Dn = True;  
      BB_Color = Yellow;
      end;

  If ( BB_Macd < 0 ) then Zero_Color = Zero_Color_Dn  else if
     ( BB_Macd > 0 ) then Zero_Color = Zero_Color_Up;

   Plot1( BB_Macd, "MACD Dots" ,BB_Color );    
   Plot2( Upper_Band, "Upper_Band", Upper_Band_Color );
   Plot3( Lower_Band, "Lower_Band", Lower_Band_Color );
   Plot4( 0, "Zero_Line", Zero_Color );
Once you add the imported indicator to your chart, you just have to set the Style for "MACD Dots' to Point and your indicator will look right.

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