Configuring the Volume Point of Control (VPOC) Indicator for MT5

Every trading strategy, particularly those focused on technical analysis exploits any combination of the following factors: volume, price, and time. However, not always do you see one that gracefully, or so effectively utilize each to formulate a solid analysis of the next price action.

The Quantum Volume Point of Control, or VPOC indicator as we like to call it, amalgamates not one, nor two, but ALL THREE of these important aspects of trading in a most logical manner.

The Quantum VPOC indicator have taken the analysis of volume and price to a higher level, which both complements and expands the VPA relationship. Whilst the Quantum tick volumes indicator considers the relationship between a single volume bar and its associated candle on the price time x-axis or groups of candles and volume bars, the Quantum VPOC indicator analyses the density and intensity of volume over time against price. In other words the volume price relationship on the y axis. It does this in three distinct ways as follows:

First, the Quantum VPOC indicator constructs the Volume Profile from a set number of bars in history to the most current bar. The Volume Profile is then presented as a vertical histogram shown at the right edge of the chart – a stack of horizontal bars of varying lengths, but of equal height representing the amount of activity at each price level.

Second, the Quantum VPOC analyzes the Volume Profile to find the key price levels where activity is strong and rising, or weak and falling. In other words, the indicator looks for peaks (long bars) of the Volume Profile where price tends to be attracted as these are areas where price was previously accepted. These are called High Volume Nodes (HVN). The indicator also looks for troughs or valleys (short bars) of the Volume Profile where price tends to be repelled as these are areas where price was previously rejected. These are referred to as Low Volume Nodes (LVN). Both types of price level act as precise zones of support and resistance and as such are projected across the chart within the given period.

Third, the Quantum VPOC indicator looks for the Highest Volume Node or the highest peak in the Volume Profile and marks it as the Volume Point of Control – the price level which acts as the fulcrum from which price pivots. The indicator completes its calculations and updates as each new volume bar is delivered.

The result is a chart revealing the overarching influence of volume at price, coupled with time.

The Quantum VPOC indicator displays several key pieces of information on the chart as follows:

  • Volume Profile – this appears as a histogram of volume on the vertical price axis on the right hand side of the chart. The peaks and troughs are clearly displayed highlighting both High and Low Volume nodes.
  • High volume node (HVN) – this is where we have a bulge in the volume profile generally as a result of an extended phase of price congestion. As a result, as the market approaches these regions on the chart price action is likely to become waterlogged with further congestion likely with the node acting as a strong area of support or resistance. As we have seen a strong acceptance of price at this level in the past, this is likely to be repeated with the market swinging in a range. Ultimately the market may reverse off these levels, with any move through then confirming the current sentiment.
  • Low volume node (LVN) – this is where we see low volume in the volume profile. In these regions, the market has only paused temporarily – in other words a region where price has been rejected in the past. As such we are likely to see the market move quickly through these regions with little in the way of resistance or support acting to prevent a further advance of decline in price. The current sentiment is likely to continue and build quickly through these levels.
  • Support and Resistance Zones – these are drawn at the High and Low Volume nodes to highlight the various HVN and LVN levels on the price axis.
  • Volume Point of Control Line – this is drawn as a single line on the highest volume of the High Volume Node in the timeframe and clearly defines the tipping point of sentiment. This moves dynamically and represents the fulcrum of market sentiment. If it is above the price action, then the current market sentiment is bearish. If it is below the current price action, then the current market sentiment is bullish. The VPOC Line reveals this balance simply, quickly and clearly allowing you to judge market sentiment with accuracy and confidence.

As with all the Quantum Trading indicators, the VPOC indicator is dynamic, constantly changing and updating to reflect the relentless shift in sentiment as the market moves from bullish to bearish and back again. The indicator works in all timeframes and provides a powerful and much deeper understanding of support and resistance through the prism of volume and the associated High and Low Volume Nodes, with the Point of Control itself, acting as the fulcrum of the market.

Applying the Indicator

Open your MT5 platform and in the main menu, select View > Navigator to open the Navigator window which appears at the left hand side of your workspace.

In the Navigator window, expand the Indicators tree by clicking the “+” symbol. Find the Quantum tree and expand it by clicking the “+” once again to reveal the full list of Quantum Trading indicators.

To start using the indicator, you can click and drag QuantumVPOC from the Navigator to a chart or you can also double-click QuantumVPOC (which will then be applied to the currently selected chart). Doing either one of these will display the Custom Indicator window where you can configure all the various user settings for your Quantum VPOC. These options are grouped and can be accessed by selecting the tabs which will be discussed further in the following sections. Once you are done customizing the indicator’s options, click OK to run the indicator.

Common tab

You can find here basic information about the indicator like its name, description, and version number.

Inputs tab

You can configure the indicator by changing its variables listed in this tab. We will discuss further each configurable input of the Quantum VPOC below.

Colors tab

The Quantum VPOC uses drawing objects instead of plot lines so this tab is empty.

Visualization tab

The indicator’s visibility can be toggled on or off in different contexts with the options in this tab.

Dependencies tab

Please make sure that the “Allow DLL imports…” option is checked/ticked before running the indicator. This is required by all Quantum indicators to properly communicate with its accompanying DLL file. Alternatively, you can set this option globally by selecting in the main menu, Tools > Options > Expert Advisors tab and checking/ticking the “Allow DLL imports” option.

Configuring the Indicator

Let’s go back to the Inputs tab and explore the ways on how to customize the settings of your Quantum VPOC.

Account Email

When running the Quantum VPOC for the first time in your trading account, you need to enter the email you used to register in the Quantum Trading Indicators Enablement System – http://enable.quantumtrading.com/ as part of its verification process. You only need to do this once as the email is stored in the terminal’s global variable cache after it is entered initially. Please make sure that you enter your email correctly and exactly without any extra spaces before and after it. If you made an error, simply fill this field again to update it.

Look Back

This setting determines the scope of the indicator. The objects generated by the indicator such as the support and resistance zones, volume point of control, and the volume profile will cover bars up to the set value of the period parameter. For example, the Look Back is set to the default value which is 140 bars. The indicator will calculate the volume profile from the 140th bar in the chart to the most current one. The support and resistance zones as well as the volume point of control will only be projected to the 140th bar in history.

Volume Profile Bar Count

The volume profile the indicator generates is composed of several horizontal bars stacked on top of each other of varying lengths. The Volume profile bar count parameter allows you to refine the definition of the volume profile by increasing or decreasing the profile’s number of bars. Increasing its value will make each bar of the volume profile narrower but increase in number. The support and resistance zones also become narrower but retain its number. Inversely, decreasing its value will make each bar of the volume profile thicker but decrease in number. The support and resistance zones become narrower but retain its number. Its default value is 50 bars.

Volume Type

Quantum VPOC works primarily with volume data and in MT5, some symbols have two types of volume:

  • Tick Volume – this is the number of price changes within each period of a selected timeframe (default setting)
  • Real Volume – this is the number units actually traded

For Forex, you only ever work with tick volume as there is no way to quantify the real volume of currencies being traded but for other symbols like stocks, MT5 may provide data for real volume which you can tap by changing this setting of the indicator.

SR Zone Count

This setting allows you to change the number of the support and resistance zones (the orange bars) to a desired or manageable amount. If you double-click the value field, a drop down menu appears which contains a list of numbers that you can set for the SR zone count:

  • TWO
  • FOUR
  • SIX
  • EIGHT
  • TEN
  • TWELVE
  • FOURTEEN
  • SIXTEEN
  • EIGHTEEN

As you can see, all possible numbers of support and resistance zones are even. This is because zones come in pairs, that is, the first kind of zone projects High Volume Nodes (HVN) and the other projects Low Volume Nodes (LVN). To change the value of this parameter, simply select any one of these predefined numbers from the dropdown menu. Its default value is EIGHT (8) support and resistance zones.

Show Volume Profile

You can toggle this parameter to either true or false to display or hide the volume profile. Its default value is true.

Show Volume Point of Control

You can toggle this parameter to either true or false to display or hide the volume point of control. Its default value is true.

Show Support And Resistance

You can toggle this parameter to either true or false to display or hide the support and resistance zones. Its default value is true.

Volume Profile Offset

The Volume profile offset field shifts the position of the Volume Profile to the right. Before you change the value of this input, please make sure that Shift end of the chart from right border is toggled on (this is found in the toolbar). Its default value is 0 but if you change its value to, say 10, it will move the Volume Profile 10 bars to the right. This is especially useful when you want to keep clear of the space where the new bar forms.

Display Volume Profile From Left

The Display volume profile from left field can be set to either true or false. Setting it to true will switch the position of the Volume Profile from right to left. This is another way to minimize clutter in the rightmost area of the chart. It is also useful for when you find the Volume Profile truncated due to gaps (during weekends or holidays) especially at the start of the week.

Volume Profile Bar Color 1

The volume profile is divided into two by the volume point of control. This parameter sets the color of the top half of the volume profile. Its default value is Navy.

Volume Profile Bar Color 2

The volume profile is divided into two by the volume point of control. This parameter sets the color of the bottom half of the volume profile. Its default is Indigo.

SR Line Color 1

Support and resistance levels can be either High Volume Nodes (HVN) or Low Volume Nodes (LVN). This parameter sets the color of support and resistance levels that are projected from HVN. Its default value is SaddleBrown.

SR Line Color 2

Support and resistance levels can be either High Volume Nodes (HVN) or Low Volume Nodes (LVN). This parameter sets the color of the support and resistance levels that are projected from LVN. Its default value is Maroon.

VPOC Line Color

This parameter sets the color of the volume point of control (VPOC). Its default value is Yellow.

Timeframe

An advanced feature includes the ability to change the source timeframe which is excellent for multi-timeframe analysis. With the Timeframe parameter, the indicator can plot the volume profile, the support and resistance zones, and the volume point of control as if it is attached to the timeframe specified in this parameter. You can choose among 11 different settings:

  • NEXT_TIMEFRAME sets the source timeframe to the next standard MT4 timeframe. For example – if the indicator is attached to a M1 chart, the indicator will get its data from M5. Likewise, if the indicator is attached to a H1 chart, the indicator will get its data from H4. However if the indicator is attached to a MN chart, the indicator will still get its data from MN as there is no standard timeframe after it.
  • CURRENT_TIMEFRAME is the default setting of this parameter. The indicator uses the chart’s timeframe as source when set to this value.
  • MINUTE_1 sets the source timeframe to M1.
  • MINUTE_5 sets the source timeframe to M5.
  • MINUTE_15 sets the source timeframe to M15.
  • MINUTE_30 sets the source timeframe to M30.
  • HOUR_1 sets the source timeframe to H1.
  • HOUR_4 sets the source timeframe to H4.
  • DAY_1 sets the source timeframe to D1
  • WEEK_1 sets the source timeframe to W1.
  • MONTH_1 sets the source timeframe to MN.

Please note that setting a value lower than the chart’s current timeframe causes the output to appear smaller than normal as shown below. Imagine putting a small jar inside a larger jar. The small jar fits in with lots of space to spare.

EURUSDM5 with VPOC set to M1 timeframeSetting a value higher than the chart’s current timeframe causes the output to appear bigger than normal as shown below. Imagine trying to put a large jar in a smaller jar. It does not fit and only a portion of the large jar is covered by the smaller jar’s mouth.

EURUSDM5 with VPOC set to M15 timeframeNaturally you would want to set the Timeframe parameter to a value higher than the current chart’s timeframe for a proper multi-timeframe analysis.

Removing the Indicator from the Chart

Open the chart’s Indicator List window by pressing Ctrl+I. You can also right-click the chart and select Indicator List from the context menu.

Select QuantumVPOC and click the Delete button then click the Close button.