TIME SERIES FORCAST
The Time Series Forecast indicator displays the statistical trend of a security's price
over a specified time period. The trend is based on linear regression analysis. Rather
than plotting a straight linear regression trendline,
the Time Series Forecast plots the last point of multiple linear regression trendlines.
The resulting Time Series Forecast indicator is sometimes referred to as the "moving linear
regression" indicator or the "regression oscillator."
The interpretation of a Time Series Forecast is identical to a moving average. However,
the Time Series Forecast indicator has two advantages over classic moving averages.
Unlike a moving average, a Time Series Forecast does not exhibit as much delay when
adjusting to price changes. Since the indicator is "fitting" itself to the data rather
than averaging them, the Time Series Forecast is more responsive to price changes.
As the name suggests, you can use the Time Series Forecast to forecast the next period's
price. This estimate is based on the trend of the security's prices over the period
specified (e.g., 20 days). If the current trend continues, the value of the Time Series
Forecast is a forecast of the next period's price.
The following chart shows a 50-day Time
Series Forecast of Microsoft's prices.
I've also drawn three 50-day long linear regression
trendlines. You can see that the ending point of each trendline is equal to the value of
the Time Series Forecast.
The Time Series Forecast is determined by calculating a linear regression trendline using
the "least squares fit" method. The least squares fit technique fits a trendline to the
data in the chart by minimizing the distance between the data points and the linear
regression trendline. Click here to go to the formula
for a linear regression trendline.