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TRIX is a form of momentum indicator known as a technical analysis oscillator and was developed by Jack Hutson, the editor of Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities, in the 1980s.

The purpose of TRIX is to clearly and accurately demonstrate the derivative slope of a triple smoothed exponential moving average of closing prices in the market, the name Trix having itself been derived from the TRiple EXponential nature of the indicator.

Because the TRIX indicator oscillates around a zero line, the report is designed to automatically filter out stock or currency movements which in probability are insignificant to the larger, overall trend of the market.

With TRIX, just as with any other moving average indicator report, TRIX’s triple EMA nature is trend following and allows for easy recognition of the current trend movement. Because of it’s zero line alignment up trends and down trends are easy to spot as crossing the zero line signals a change to the trend. This is especially useful as it allows the zero line to act as an active signal line, so that the indicator showing a positive cross over the zero line may act as a buy signal and a negative, or downward cross over the zero line acting as a sell signal.