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Chaikin Money Flow (CMF)

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The Chaikin Money Flow Indicator is an oscillator developed by Marc Chaikin. An oscillator is an indicator that is used as a counter trend showing when the market is overbought or oversold. These indicators are momentum based. The CMF is based largely on the Accumulation Distribution Line; it compares the close value with the high and the low for that same day.

By comparing the close to the high and low, the CMF is determining if the market has pressure to sell or buy. In doing this, the CMF is giving an indication of overbought and oversold by using these comparisons. If the market is consistently closing in the top region of the price bar and there is an increase in volume (showing an increase in the number of trades) then CMF exhibits a positive value. If the market is consistently closing in the bottom region of the price bar and there's an increase in volume, CMF exhibits a negative value.

When the CMF indicator crosses the zero line either up or down, this is an indication of a change in trend. Traders use this indicator to help confirm breakout signals from either support or resistance trend lines.


The calculation of the CMF is here:

CMF = SUM(AD, n) / SUM(VOL, n)
where n = Period

AD = VOL x (CL - OP) / (HI - LO)
AD stands for Accumulation Distribution

Buy/Sell Signals

A buy signal occurs when the CMF value crosses from below the 0 line to above the 0 line. A sell signal occurs when the CMF value crosses from above the 0 line to below the 0 line.


Right-click on the CMF button in your Indicator toolbar and select CMF Settings. The Preferences Tab will open in the Control Panel and the CMF preferences will be displayed. (Once you click on the chart, the Preference tab will go back to chart settings.)

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.

Period: Specify the number of days to be used in calculating the CMF.

CMF+/CMF-: Choose the color, line style, and line thickness of your lines.

Show Gradient Color: Toggle gradient color shading on or off.

Display as: Choose between displaying CMF as a histogram or a line.

View up to four Thresholds at values and colors of your choice.

Choose when you want Buy/Sell Arrows to show and what color.