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How do you create in Insight Trader the charts of the Arms Index?

(1) For the Long-Term Chart (all history and 200-day MA)

Launch Insight Trader

Alt + C

Close any subchart (press V key)

If your default is semi-log, switch to linear (press F key)

Shift + G to toggle gridlines to horizontal only

N

ARMS (Dial&Chart filename - substitute if you use another data vendor)

Enter

Ctrl + H

A

Tab

200

Enter

Y

S

0.7 (better than 0.6 used in article)

Tab

1.4 (better than 1.6 used in article)

Enter

X

S

010191 (Dial&Chart data started in 1990, so the 200-day moving average will start in 1991 - Adjust the last two digits if your data vendor started in a different year)

Enter

Press plus sign over equals sign key

XAO

Enter

Y

A

Ctrl + H

Alt + C

Click the Overlay Icon

If you save the chart arrangement as a Saved Chart, you can reopen it every day after downloading new data and it will be updated for you.

(2) For the Medium-Term Chart (18 months history and 55-day MA)

Launch Insight Trader

Alt + C

Close any subchart (press V key)

If your default is semi-log, switch to linear (press F key)

Shift + G to toggle gridlines to horizontal only

N

ARMS (Dial&Chart filename - substitute if you use another data vendor)

Enter

Ctrl + H

A

Tab

55

Enter

Y

S

0.7 (currently better than 0.6 used in article)

Tab

1.0

Enter

X

S

-540

Enter

Press plus sign over equals sign key

XAO

Enter

Y

A

Ctrl + H

Alt + C

Click the Overlay Icon

If you save the chart arrangement as a Saved Chart, you can reopen it every day after downloading new data and it will be updated for you.

(3) For the Short-Term Chart (6 months history and 10-day MA)

Launch Insight Trader

Alt + C

Close any subchart (press V key)

If your default is semi-log, switch to linear (press F key)

Shift + G to toggle gridlines to horizontal only

N

ARMS (Dial&Chart filename - substitute if you use another data vendor)

Enter

Ctrl + H

A

Tab

10

Enter

Y

S

0.6

Tab

1.2

Enter

X

S

-180

Enter

Press plus sign over equals sign key

XAO

Enter

Y

A

Ctrl + H

Alt + C

Click the Overlay Icon

If you save the chart arrangement as a Saved Chart, you can reopen it every day after downloading new data and it will be updated for you.

Note: The vertical (Y) axis settings are suitable for the Arms Index in current market conditions. If the Arms Index moves outside the top or bottom of the windows in the future, it will be necessary to recreate the charts with appropriately wider vertical axis settings.

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