Indicator “Andrews’ Pitchfork” For Forex Trading (Part-1)

Indicator “Andrews’ Pitchfork” For Forex Trading (Part-1)

Technical analysis is one of the analytical methods commonly used in forex trading. The benefits provided include enabling a trader to “track” market movements and make decisions based on current trends.Not only trends that can be used as a benchmark, but also many other “tools” such as the introduction of price movement patterns, as well as technical indicators. One of the many “tools” in technical analysis is “Andrews’ Pitchfork”, which we will discuss in this article.

From the name, you might have guessed that Andrews’ Pitchfork was named after the creator’s name. You are right, because the creator is Dr.Alan H. Andrews. He is a physicist who was born from a family close to the financial world. His father was an investment consultant, so almost every day he was familiar with the talk about financial markets. With his intelligence – and his awareness of the importance of education – he successfully graduated from Harvard and MIT, two very prestigious universities in the United States because of their quality.

But Andrews was not alone, he got help from Roger W. Babson and George Marechal.

First introduction with Andrews’ Pitchfork

Andrew’s Pitchfork is actually not an indicator but is included in the ” Line Studies ” family. Included in this Line Studies family are trendline, channel, Fibonacci retracement and others. However, to make it easier to mention, let’s just say that Andrew’s Pitchfork is a technical indicator.

OK, so what and what exactly is this indicator?

Basically, it is an indicator that can be used to identify support and resistance with the help of three parallel trendlines. The three trendlines are formed from the placement of three reference points after determining a clear trend.

It can be said that this indicator is similar to a channel, except that it has three lines, while the channel generally has only two lines (top and bottom). The three lines on Andrews’ Pitchfork were obtained using three reference points which were significant points and valleys.

Following is the appearance of Andrews Pitchfork with three reference points which are significant peaks and valleys.

Andrews Pitchfork forex trading indicator

Figure 1: Andrews’ Pitchfork with 3 reference points, drawn on EUR/AUD chart.

The line that is in the middle of the formed channel is called the ” median line “. That is why this method of analysis is often referred to as ” median line studies “. In Andrews’ Pitchfork, the median line is called “helve” , while the two channel lines that are above and below are called “teeth”(teeth). Pitchfork itself means pitchfork in Indonesian, so that naming “stalk” and “tooth” refers to the shape of a pitchfork that has stems and teeth. Both “teeth” are actually channels, where the lines above are resistance while those below are support.

There is an 80% chance that the price will move back towards the helve if it has been in the upper or lower line, but don’t forget that there is also a possibility the price will break the upper or lower line if the bullish or bearish pressure is very strong, it can even change the direction of the trend.


To draw Andrews’ Pitchfork, before you have to see a trend. Remember, the trend has a rule: an uptrend is a series of peaks and valleys that are getting higher, while the downtrend is a row of shrubs and valleys that are getting lower.

In the picture above shows that EUR / AUD starts moving down from the top of Point 1. Before Point 2, you can also see there is a higher valley, this means Point 2 is a valley lower than the previous valley. Then from Point 1 to Point 3 you can also see the peaks forming are also getting lower. Thus, the movement from Point 1 to Point 3 is a short-term downtrend.

After pitchfork is well illustrated, the next step is to try to find opportunities to sell or buy. To trade, you can use the area between along the channel, or you can wait until one of the channel lines (teeth / teeth) breaks to apply breakout trading.

The method that is also often used is bounce trading by utilizing the channel as support and resistance and helve ( median line ) as a pivot .

There are some basic rules that apply to trading based on Andrews’ Pitchfork:

  1. Sell ​​when the price is in the upper channel area, the first target is helve, while the farthest target is the bottom channel.
  2. Buy when the price is in the lower channel area, the first target is helve, while the farthest target is the top channel.
  3. During downtrend, buy if the upper channel breaks.
  4. At an uptrend, sell if the bottom channel breaks.

In the next article we will discuss the example of applying trading using Andrews’ Pitchfork.

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