Bill Williams – Alligator Indicator

Bill Williams introduced the Alligator indicator in 1995. There are three lines of SEMA, overlaid on a pricing chart, that represent the jaw, the teeth and the lips of the beast, and was created to help the trader confirm the presence of a trend and its direction.

The Alligator’s Jaw, the “Blue” line, is a 13-period Smoothed Moving Average , moved into the future by 8 bars;
The Alligator’s Teeth, the “Red” line, is an 8-period Smoothed Moving Average , moved by 5 bars into the future;
The Alligator’s Lips, the “Green” line, is a 5-period Smoothed Moving Average , moved by 3 bars into the future.
The Alligator indicator has three lines – green, red, and blue. The green line tracks closest to the price action, the red line is the middle average and the blue line is the furthest from the price action.

Alligator has three stages

Sleeping Alligator
The signs of a sleeping Alligator are when the three lines are close to each other. This translates to low volatility and trading should be avoided during these lull periods.

Awakening Alligator
When the lips of the Alligator (green line) cross the teeth (red line) and the jaws (blue line). If the lips cross the other two lines in an upwards fashion, we have an awakening bullish Alligator . If the lips cross the other lines in a downward fashion, we have an awakening bearish Alligator .

Eating Alligator
The Alligator could start eating after waking up. The signal for a hungry Alligator is after the completion of the waking up stage, a candle closes below or above the three lines. This is when we should go long or short respectively.

Alligator indicator helps the trader stay in the position for a longer period and works best the longer the period of sleep.
hi Raj,nice n simple explanation cool..now let this (yes b) alligator out of the pond.
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Does it work both ways too?
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raj3elite Parasuram
@Parasuram, yes it will work on both sides.
AshishDoshi raj3elite
@raj3elite, Any tgt sir??
raj3elite AshishDoshi
@AshishDoshi, brother... explanation about alligator indicator... not a suggestion...
Bravetotrade raj3elite
@raj3elite, any proper entry/exit technique?
raj3elite Bravetotrade
@Bravetotrade, u can use fibo or sup/res line to get entry / exit.
Thanks a lot for enlightment Sir!
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raj3elite sud_ju99
@sud_ju99, welcome... ;-D
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