Donchian Channels

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DEFINITION of 'Donchian Channels'

A moving average indicator developed by Richard Donchian. It plots the highest high and lowest low over the last period time intervals.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Donchian Channels'

The Donchian Channel is a simple trend-following breakout system. The signals derived from this system are based on the following basic rules:

1. When price closes above the Donchian Channel, buy long and cover short positions.
2. When price closes below the Donchian Channel, sell short and liquidate long positions.

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  2. What does it mean when a stock is trading near the Donchian channel, high or low?

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  3. How are Donchian channels used when building trading strategies?

    Donchian channels are used to show volatility, breakouts and potential overbought/oversold conditions for a security. The ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are common technical indicators used along with Donchian channels?

    Traders apply a Donchian channel to a price chart to identify the points where a security's price breaks above the highest ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are the differences between Bollinger Bands® and Donchian Channels?

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