DEFINITION of 'Spread Indicator'
An indicator that shows the difference between the bid and ask price of a security, currency or asset. The spread indicator is typically used in a chart to graphically represent the spread at a glance, and is a popular tool among forex traders. The indicator, displayed as a curve, shows the direction of the spread as it relates to the bid and ask price. Usually, highly liquid currency pairs have lower spreads.
BREAKING DOWN 'Spread Indicator'
Spreads are calculated metrics that often requires that a trader manually determine the difference between bid and ask prices. For traders trying to capture small fluctuations in the spread, determining the spread requires handling quotes with a large number following the decimal. As a result, the spread indicator fluctuates over a very narrow range.