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Alligator (AL)

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A unique use of fractal geometry and nonlinear dynamics is used to create the method of calculations for the Alligator Indicator. Used in combination with the Gator Indicator, the Alligator has proved to be effective at pinpointing large market trends.


Alligator’s Jaw (blue line): The Balance Line for the timeframe that was used to build the chart (13 period Smoothed Moving Average, moved into the future by 8 bars).

Alligator’s Teeth (red line): The Balance Line for the value timeframe of one level lower (8 period Smoothed Moving Average, moved by 5 bars into the future).

Alligator’s Lips (green line): The Balance Line for the value timeframe, one more level lower (5 period Smoothed Moving Average, moved by 3 bars into the future).

The Lips, Teeth, and Jaw of the Alligator show the interaction of different time periods. As clear trends can be seen only 15 to 30 percent of the time, it is essential to follow them and refrain from working on markets that fluctuate only within certain price periods.

When the Jaw, Teeth, and Lips are closed or intertwined, the Alligator is going to sleep or is asleep already. As it sleeps, it gets hungrier and hungrier: the longer it sleeps, the hungrier it will be when it wakes up. The first thing it does after it wakes up is to open its mouth and yawn. Then the smell of food comes to its nostrils: flesh of a bull or flesh of a bear, and the Alligator starts to hunt it. Having eaten enough to feel quite full, the Alligator starts to lose interest in the food/price (Balance Lines join together), and this is the time to fix the profit.

Alligator Example:


To open the Alligator Preferences click on the QuickLink (AL) in the lower right of the chart. Or you can right-click, select Overlay Properties and then Alligator. If you click on the chart, the Preferences tab will go back to chart settings.

Alligator Pref1. Restore Settings: TNT Default will change your settings back to the original software settings. My Default will change current settings to your personalized default settings. Apply To All Charts will apply your selected settings on all open charts. Save As My Default will save your current personal settings.

2. Jaws, Teeth, Lips: Specify your periods and shift specifications.

3. Type: Select Simple, Linear Weight, or Exponential.

4. Data: Select Open, High, Low, or Close.

5. Jaws, Teeth, Lips: Choose the color, line style, and line thickness of your indicator line.