Herrick Payoff Index

The Herrick Payoff Index (HPI) was authored by John Herrick. The HPI is used to analyze futures and commodities. One input parameter called value of one percent move (pointValue) is required. Herrick recommended 100 for most commodities. A host of highs, lows, opens, closes and volume are mathematically manipulated to produce a bi-colored histogram. This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.

Herrick Payoff Index

How To Trade Using Herrick Payoff Index

The Herrick Payoff Index may to be used in conjunction with other indicators. No trading signals are calculated.

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//pointValue = user defined, default is 100
//prev = previous, index = current bar number
//abs = absolute value
//LT = less than, MT = more than

prevOpen = open[index-1];
prevHigh = high[index-1];
prevLow = low[index-1];
prevClose = close[index-1];
median = (high + low) / 2;
prevMedian = (prevHigh + prevLow) / 2;
i = abs(close - prevClose);
g = min(open, prevOpen);
k = (median-prevMedian) * pointValue * volume;
temp = 1 + ((i/2) / g);
if (median LT prevMedian) temp = 1 - ((i/2) / g);
k = k * temp;
prevK = k[index-1];
PlotHist: hpic = prevK + (k - prevK);