What Is The Range Action Verification Index & How To Trade With It

The Range Verification Index or RAVI is used to identify the trending market. Introduced by Tushar Chande in his book Beyond Technical Analysis, RAVI shows the difference between the current prices and the past prices in percentage. The Range Action Verification Index indicator can be used on your trading platform charts to help filter potential trading signals as part of an overall trading strategy.

What is the Range Action Verification Index?

Chande suggested two lines of the RAVI for its dependence on the market.; 3% and -1%. He mentioned the 13-day SMA as the source of indicator. It shows the quarterly (3 months = 65 working days) market sentiment.

A bullish trend appears when the RAVI crosses above the 3% line. The bullish trend continues to appear as long as the RAVI is above 3%.

On the other hand, the bearish trend begins when the RAVI crosses below the 1% line. The bearish trend remains as the indicator is below -1%.

In the picture below, you can see the RAVI indicator on a GBP/USD chart. Notice there is a single line, which is similar to the moving averages.

Range Action Verification Index on a chart
Range Action Verification Index on a chart

If the RAVI turns back to 0 line, this is an indication that the trend has ended, and now it is in a trading range. And, if the RAVI doesn’t enter between the area of 3% and -1%, this shows the trend has resumed.

To set the indicator on MT4, you can change the input values of Period 1 and 2, but many traders may choose to keep them as default. Note that Period 1 is a fast-moving average, while Period 2 is a slow-moving average.

This gives us the equation for the RAVI:

RAVI= ((MAfast – MAslow)/MAslow*100%

You can also alter the moving average (SMA) used in the indicator to adjust to your own trading strategy and style.

Range Action Verification Index parameters
Range Action Verification Index parameters

How to use the Range Action Verification Index?

As RAVI is a trend trading indicator, it helps to identify the trend in its earlier stage and filters flat price movements.

Like the ADX indicator, it differentiates between the trading market and the trending market. But ADX has two smoothings, and RAVI has one smoothing. This makes RAVI more precise than the ADX.

Buy signals are generated if the RAVI is above the 3% line and a sell signal below -1%.

Divergences are also possible with the RAVI. A bullish divergence occurs when the price reaches a new low, and the RAVI reaches a higher bottom.

Range Action Verification Index Bullish Divergence
Range Action Verification Index Bullish Divergence

Conversely, a bearish divergence appears when the price reaches a new high, and the RAVI is at the lower top.

Range Action Verification Index Bearish divergence
Range Action Verification Index Bearish divergence

In the modified version, RAVI displays a histogram similar to the MACD. A bullish trend appears when the histogram bars are above the 0 level. And, a bearish trend occurs when the histogram bars are below the 0 level.

Range Action Verification Index trading strategy

Originally, Chande developed RAVI for the daily charts. Thus, you can use it for day trading strategies.

Long-term traders can also benefit from the RAVI for detecting the trend as it can show 65 days’ market movements.

You can also use Ravi with other technical indicators to enhance your forex trading strategies.

Range Action Verification Index buy strategy

  • The RAVI indicator must be above the zero line.
  • Wait for the price bar to go bullish before entry.
  • Set a stop-loss near the recent swing low.
  • Exit the trade when the Ravi drops.
Range Action Verification Index buy setup
Range Action Verification Index buy setup

Range Action Verification Index sell strategy

  • The Ravi indicator must be below the zero line.
  • Wait for the price bar to go bearish before entry.
  • Set a stop-loss near the recent swing high.
  • Exit the trade when the Ravi rises.
Range Action Verification Index sell setup
Range Action Verification Index sell setup

Range Action Verification Index Conclusion

The Range Action Verification Index is a useful trading indicator for determining the difference between the current price and the past price. It can be used as a filter between oscillators and the trend-following indicators.