MIDAS Technical Analysis: A VWAP Approach to Trading and Investing in Today’s Markets


  • Format: PDF
  • Pages: 479
  • Published Date: 2011


MIDAS Technical Analysis explains the basics of MIDAS before demonstrating how to apply it in different time frames. Further, it extrapolates how MIDAS can be used with other more conventional indicators, such as DeMark or moving averages. In addition to introducing new indicators that the authors have created, the book also supplies new computer codes.


This book is a study of the MIDAS method of technical analysis based on work that the physicist and technical analyst Paul Levine, PhD, published online in 1995. MIDAS is an acronym for Market Interpretation/Data Analysis System, and although mathematically and conceptually distinct, is a unique development of a market methodology known as Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP). The latter is an approach to establishing price levels in today’s markets that has a variety of uses, from applications in the brokerage industry to trade-management benchmarking and latterly to a growing number of trading strategies and forecasting systems.

Although the MIDAS method uses the volume weighted average price, MIDAS algorithms are distinct from standard VWAP formulations and the more sophisticated techniques for applying MIDAS curves also differ fundamentally from standard VWAP applications. Accordingly, although this book title correctly describes MIDAS as a VWAP approach, it would be quite incorrect to conflate the two.

The aim of this book is twofold. On the one hand, regardless of the reader’s experience in technical analysis, one prevalent theme is to teach the basic principles of the MIDAS method as they were originally conceived of by Paul Levine in 1995. However, in many respects the technological changes that have affected the markets since that time on the hardware and software fronts mean that approaches to using the MIDAS method have inevitably evolved too, especially for contexts such as day trading and new markets.1 It has therefore been important to retain the basic authenticity of Levine’s teachings while allowing the approach sufficient flexibility to apply to these new areas, including the development of new MIDAS-based indicators.


  • MIDAS and Its Core Constituents: The Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP) and Fractal Market Analysis
  • Applying Standard MIDAS Curves to the Investor Timeframes
  • MIDAS Support and Resistance (S/R) Curves and Day Trading
  • The MIDAS Topfinder/Bottomfinder on Intraday Charts
  • Applying the Topfinder/Bottomfinder to the Investor Timeframes
  • Applying MIDAS to Market Averages, ETFs, and Very Long-Term Timeframes
  • EquiVolume, MIDAS and Float Analysis
  • Standard and Calibrated Curves
  • Applying the MIDAS Method to Price Charts without Volume: A Study in the Cash Foreign Exchange Markets
  • Four Relationships between Price and Volume and Their Impact on the Plotting of MIDAS Curves
  • MIDAS and the CFTC Commitments of Traders Report: Using MIDAS with Open Interest Data
  • Price Porosity and Price Suspension: The Causes of these Phenomena and Several Partial Solutions
  • A MIDAS Displacement Channel for Congested Markets
  • MIDAS and Standard Deviation Bands
  • Nominal–On Balance Volume Curves (N-OBVs) and Volume–On Balance Curves (V-OBVs)
  • Extensions, Insights, and New Departures in MIDAS Studies