Momentum based strategy using Choppiness Index

How to understand trending or consolidation phase using Choppiness Index?

by Ankit Jaiswal on Technical Analysis

The Choppiness index is a volatility indicator which is designed to determine trendiness of market only and not to predict future price direction.

It was developed by Australian commodity trader Bill Dreiss which simply indicates whether the market is trending (not choppy) or ranging (choppy).

The values basically range between 0 and 100, with low value signaling a strong trend (directional trending) and a high value indicating consolidation (choppiness).

Choppiness Index Formula

Choppiness Index= 100 * Log10 {Sum (True Range, n)} / [Maximum (True High, n) – Minimum (True Low, n)]} / Log10 (n)


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Trading signals

The default setting used is 14 days.

Traders generally use Fibonacci values as extremes for a choppy and trending market:

1. The value above 61.8 (higher threshold) indicates consolidation.

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2. The value below 38.2 (lower threshold) signal a trend.

Though Choppiness index measures the status of the current trend, but it often lags the actual trend.

As long as Choppiness index stays above mid 50 line, the trend continues to be choppy.

On the other hand, if it stays below the midline, it remains trending.

Let’s understand this with an example.

Chopiness above mid line f consumer

The above is the weekly chart of Future consumer and we can see that whenever the stock was above the mid 50 line, the trend continued to be choppy.

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Trading strategy using Choppiness Index, RSI, and ADX

In this strategy, we combine RSI, choppiness index and ADX to generate buy or sell signal. A buy signal is generated when-

1. RSI is above 60

2. Choppiness Index closes below the lower threshold level of 38.2.

3. Simultaneously, ADX cuts 20 level from below

Below is the weekly chart of Reliance Industries, and as we can see that when all the above conditions were satisfied, the stock gave a strong upside rally.

Trading strategy using Chopiness index

Similarly, sell signal is generated when the following conditions are satisfied-

1. RSI is above 40

2. Choppiness Index closes below the lower threshold level of 38.2.

3. Simultaneously, ADX cuts 20 level from below

The below is the daily chart of Religare Enterprises and as we can see that when all the above condition were met, the stock witnessed strong fall.

Chopiness trading strategy 2

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The Choppiness index is a very interesting tool which helps in identifying trends and ranges.

It is often seen that extended period of consolidation and is often followed by an extended period of trending and vice versa.

However, we should not use Choppiness Index in isolation rather it should be used in conjunction with a traditional pattern or other indicators or oscillators to get confirmed buy or sell signal.

Disclaimer wants to remind you that all our content is created solely for the purpose of education. No strategy, stock, commodity, fund or any other security discussed here is any way a recommendation for trading or investing. will not be any way responsible for trading losses incurred by any individual or entity for trading with real money. Please take advise of certified financial advisers before trading or investing.

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