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Public Overloads Shared Function BollingerBands( _ ByVal s As Series, _ ByVal elementValue As ElementValue, _ ByVal standardDeviationLevel As Double, _ ByVal lengthOfMA As Integer _ ) As SeriesCollection
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public static SeriesCollection BollingerBands( Series s, ElementValue elementValue, double standardDeviationLevel, int lengthOfMA )
- A financial series.
- Specifies the particular element value (for example High, Low, Close or Open of the financial time series) which will be considered within this indicator evaluation. In particular, if you wish to use the element value high then you should pass the parameter High. In a similarly fashion if you wish to use the low, close or open, then you should pass the parameter Low, Close, Open, respectively.
- The (positive) number of standard deviations which the lower band in shifted from the moving average.
- The length of the moving average used within the evaluation of the Bollinger Bands. Note that this also corresponds to the length of the period over which the standard deviation is evaluated.
Bollinger Bands are a type of envelope that are plotted at standard deviation levels above and below the corresponding (simple) moving average. This produces an effect of having the bands widen during periods of higher volatility and contract during less volatile periods. Bollinger Bands indicate the relative supply and demand for a given asset. If the asset to move close to the top of the envelope then it indicates that there is strong demand for the asset, conversely if the asset hugs the bottom of the trading range then it indicates that there is oversupply of the asset.
Since the Bollinger Bands will nearly always be combined with other indicators when forming a trading system the number of periods used in the evaluation of the standard deviation of the stocks and the moving average will vary. For those without design restrictions a popular choice of the number of time periods is around 20-23.