MotiveWave Cycle Tools

MotiveWave Cycle Analysis – Cycle Indicators

MotiveWave Cycle Analysis Integration

We are proud to announce integration for MotiveWave cycle analysis tools. The MotiveWave free Community Edition charting software has high quality charting, Replay Mode & built-in trade simulation.

The following WhenToTrade cycle indicators are supported and included:

  • Dynamic Cycle Explorer (DCE)
    The Cycle-Swing Indicator is fast, clear and smooth. You get better timing, greater accuracy, and better signals.
  • Cyclic-smoothed RSI (cRSI)
    The cyclic-smoothed RSI indicator allows to use the dominant cycle length to adjust to the current market vibration to provide better signals compared to the standard RSI indicator.
  • Cycle Swing Indicator (CSI)
    Our Cycle Explorer allows to detect the current dominant cycle on any chart, any time-frame and plots it into the future.

The following chart illustrates the indicators on a MotiveWave chart:

MotiveWave Cycle Tools

You can download the latest package from our documentation here:

The MotiveWave integration will be discussed in our InsideWebinar 27 Feb. 2021. You can review our InsideWebinars here.

Asymmetric Business Cycle Skew Factors

Cycle Skew Factors: Asymmetric Business Cycles

Please check out our updated article on “Asymmetric Business Cycles and Skew Factors” in the latest CYCLES MAGAZINE, the official journal of the Foundation for The Study of Cycles:

Cycle analysis and cycle forecasting often imply the use of a symmetric time distribution between high to low and low to high. This is the underlying framework used by anyone applying mathematical signal processing to cycles and producing cycle-based composite cycle forecasts. This technique is now faced with a new challenge that has emerged over the past 30 years based on financial regulations impacting today’s economic business cycle. The following article will highlight the situation and present the reader with a proposed skew factor to account for this behavior in cycle forecasting models.  […]

Since 2-phase cycle models are based on a time-symmetric distribution of dominant cycles with mathematical sine-based counting modes from low to low or high to high. However, these models lose their forecasting ability under the assumption that a uniform distribution from high to low and low to high is no longer given.

A new model is needed. A dynamic skew cycle model that includes a skew factor.

A common approach is to build cycle prediction models based on detected or predefined values for cycle length, phase, and amplitude. These models use a standard sine wave function to create a cycle forecast or composite forecast projection. To retain these models and not recreate an existing model, the proposal presented in this paper is to simply replace the existing standard sine wave function with the new skewed sine wave function. Thus, any cycle prediction algorithm can remain as is and use the detected cycles with length, amplitude, and phase as input parameters. At the same time, the projection function is replaced with the new skewed sine function instead of the standard sine function.

The main features of this function in brief:

  • It is designed as a drop-in replacement for existing sine or cosine functions used for cycle prediction. It is not necessary to adjust the existing overall model. Simply use this function as a drop-in replacement in an existing algorithm.
  • A skew factor of 0.3-0.4 should be used to fit the model according to current scientific evidence on the asymmetry of the business cycle.
  • The cycle will not be skewed. The length is preserved. Thus, the top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top cycle counts are preserved and are not distorted. The amplitude will not be distorted either. In this way, it is a safe replacement, with the main cycle parameters of length and amplitude remaining intact.
Read full article in Cycles Magazine

Interim Market Update: Cycles speak a clear message…

Please review these cycle charts for current situation. Do you see the message?

This is a special situation!


This daily cycles come into alignment with the longer, weekly cycles on the Financial Stress Index. To get the full picture, also read my article in the latest Traders World Magazine Jan/Feb/Mar 2021, page 44ff (Download here)

I will review the current market situation in our inside webinar this Saturday 30th Jan at 20:00 CET in the new webinar room.