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Time factors of indicators

The time factor of an indicator refers to the length of time over which an indicator is calculated and displayed. Different indicators may use different time periods for their calculations, and this can impact the signals that are generated.

For example, a short-term indicator may use a time period of a few days or a few weeks, while a long-term indicator may use a time period of several months or years. Short-term indicators may be more sensitive to short-term price movements, while long-term indicators may provide a broader view of the trend or market conditions.

It is important to choose the appropriate time period for an indicator based on the individual's trading or investment style, as well as the specific market conditions being analyzed. Some traders may use multiple time frames and different indicators to gain a comprehensive view of the market.

It is also important to consider the time horizon of an investment or trade when selecting indicators, as longer-term investments may require the use of long-term indicators, while short-term trades may benefit from the use of short-term indicators. Cycles interpreted in these time horizons are in this lesson.

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