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OK, here are 2 indicators I  have created and found useful. Both are designed to work solely with NYSE $TICK, but may work with other exchange tick or other instruments ( I use them with $TICKQ, too). Not tested with other instruments though, so, you-know, if it doesn’t….


Ticks above / below zero, and ratio
This was originally a separate indicator, now part of the Tamer. This works on any time-scale. I personally use it on a fast and slower one. It is very simple, but surprisingly useful (to me, at least). It counts the number of closes above or below zero and reports those in the data series chart window, example below. So you have ticks closed up, closed down, and a ratio

$TICK chart with tick counter indicator

What use is this you say? Seems a bit simplistic!  Well, yes. BUT, how many times have you looked at that mass of ticks, been caught out by a trend day, etc. The figures give you an idea what side is dominating, or if ~50/50, if we are likely to be in a range. Reading ticks is bit of an art. This helps, or more accurately, I found it helps me. Maybe it’ll help you too. Let me know.

This indicator takes an average of the high/low/median and plots that. Ticks can jump all over the place. As mentioned above, it’s a bit of an acquired art to read them. Sometimes they squirt up for a short period and close. I don’t feel this gives you a true picture. Using this method you get a nice chart. I feel it gives a much better idea of the overall tick trend. I tend to run this on much shorter time intervals. Here is an example that also has the built in SMA indicator applied to it. See how much more sense you make of the orange bars than the first example, above? Isn’t that a clearer picture?

$TICK chart with tamer plot

This indicator may well be of use with other things. I’ve not used it for anything other than index TICK’s though. Anything that swings around a lot on a short term basis it would probably be of use for. Let me know below if you find it useful elsewhere.

Credit for the original tamer idea goes to Peter Davies from Jigsaw trading. I know there are variations on this, but I saw an NT7 version of this idea on his website and decided I wanted something like it for NT8.

Cumulative mode
For me, the Cumulative mode is the best part and is one of the best additions I made. Green, they are buying, red, they are selling. There’s not any other real interpretation. It makes seeing what the tick trend is, very, very easy. Trend days are more easily recognised.

Audio alerts
Optionally enable audio alerts. Again, this is a simple thing, but after years of use, i can tell you it is very useful. If enabled, voice announcement (or other sound you prefer) will announce ‘tick new high’, or ‘tick new low’. You have no idea of the confidence this gives to hear this when you are aligned appropriately!

Example setup
Bar the examples above, this is how I generally use it on my dashboard. Not the only way (or maybe even the best way), but it works for me. A template for this setup is included in the indicator package, so if you’d like to try it, just create a new tick chart and apply the pjsTamer template. I am pretty sure at the least, you’ll want to change the colours!

Tick Tamer example

Tick Tamer example, 5 minute. Can you read the native ticks, or the cumulative / tamed version better?

Another example. A bullish one.

Bullish internals

Bullish internals


if you already have a license key, please make sure you enter it in the indicator properties as part of the process of adding the indicator to your chart. Probably a good idea to ‘save as default’, so your key is remembered in your indicator template.

Example template and data series settings. 

Here is a template you can download (one I use). You will need to add 2 data series to use this template, per the below example. This can give you a starting point and you can change things up from there. This is an NYSE/NASDAQ combo I use. The symbols may vary depending on your data provider. Note – I have added this template to the main download, so if you download and install the indicator, it should be present in your chart templates already.

Tick tamed!

Right-click, save as, this file, to your Ninjatrader 8\templates\charts folder
Configure your data series like this (click for larger image)

Make sure you select the chart template from your new chart dialogue box (top right).

As usual, let me know below if any issues and I will try to resolve them, time permitting.


2021.02.x – New alert and sounds options and have been added


This tool requires a license after the 7 day trial period. You can purchase one here. Please make sure the indicator meets your requirements, prior to purchase. Thanks for your support!


Can I install this on multiple computers? Yes – Up to 2 with the same licensed version of NinjaTrader, with the same license key.


if you have any questions, please email us via the web site. If you already have the indicator, please be sure to provide your product key and machine id with the request. We cannot help you unless you provide your product key AND your machine id. Please note, your machine ID can be found in Ninjatrader, under the ‘Help, About’ menu.

Contact us

Email me via the web site if you want to get in touch.


  • craig beheler says:

    looks like you have it hard coded to use $TICK for us ^TICK users it wont plot it appears..anyway to put a dialog in the indicator to specify the symbol..

    • pjsmith says:

      Ah, that was stupid of me. Thanks for reporting it. Leave it with me. I will fix it and issue an updated version soon.

      • pjsmith says:

        I finally got round to just checking this, due to another query, and as far as I can see, it’s not hard coded. It takes whatever input series you specify, so you should be OK… The indicator adds no data series of it’s own at all. Just takes the one off the chart…

  • Rudy says:


    I’m not getting the red and green colors on the pjsTamer display for cumulative mode.

    How do I configure exactly how to show in the picture above, with red and green popping up?

    Thank you in advance for your attention!

  • Gerald Gorevan says:

    Hi PJ
    Your cumulative TICK indicator is just great, works very well. Would you consider doing a single indicator to track the differences between UVOL & DVOL on ninjatrader 8?
    Many thanks for all your hard work,

    • pjsmith says:

      Thank you for the kind comment. In fact, over the last few days, having had UVOL and DVOL missing from my setup for a month or so after I changed data feeds, I have done just that. In fact, I only got it all together a couple days ago. I’m testing it now, so once done, I may well release it here.

  • Gerry says:

    It would be great if you could!

  • novice says:

    How do you download cumulativeTick indicator? could not find the download link.

  • Lance says:

    looking for the cumulative tick indicator and an email address for contact/support?

  • Eugene says:

    how do i send you my machine ID? i can,t see an email address on your web site.

    • pjsmith says:

      Hi – Include a note when you order, or just drop me an email (reply to the order conf) and let me know what your serial key is, once you have the indicator installed. Thanks. It’s actually the key from the indicator settings, rather than the machine ID that is needed.

  • Alejandro says:

    Hi. I liked the indicator and I want to buy it, is it available, no problem to buy it?

  • aubrey says:

    Hi pj
    cumulative tick
    If I understand your calculation is H + L + M /3
    Could you make a version with a different calculation e.g. H +L + C /3

  • Alex Man says:

    I just installed, but it’s not working for the trial, what do I need to do? Thanks

    • pjsmith says:

      What have you done and what is the issue? Really, there is not much to configure on this one, so as long as you can get a plain chart for the tick instrument, it should work. You do have a subscription to the tick symbols and can get a chart with out the indicator?

  • AdrianP says:

    I just download the free trial. But like Alex Man nothing when I open a new chart for the ^TICK symbol. Yes, I have the subscription for the data via NinjaTrader.

    • pjsmith says:

      So, I do not know why you have this issue, but I have amended the page above with some sample templates and instructions to get you started. These are working with the symbols shown (^TICKQ ^TICK). There was already a template in the download to use, but I have added my updated one to the download too, for future downloads. You can download the template etc., following the instructions above if you already installed, or re-download and re-install. That should certainly get you started and you can make any changes you want from there.

  • Cindy says:

    Hi, I love the tick template, I bought it a few years ago but suddenly it’s stopped working.
    The product key is saved by default in the indicator.
    My machine id has changed but from your comments above that shouldn’t be an issue.
    Can you e-mail me so I can give you my product key?


    • pjsmith says:

      Hi – If the machine ID has changed, that’ll be the cause I expect. Can you email me your key (I don’t have your email address) pjs dot guernsey at gmail dot com. If a problem, please post the last 4 digits of your key herre. Thanks.

  • Eugene Loy says:

    I have a couple of indicators I bought from you and I want to put them on a 2nd PC. Can you email me price

  • pjsmith says:

    Hi, Thanks. Yes, Kofi will be fine. Not a problem. Message me via Kofi afterwards and I will sort you out. THanks.

  • amin says:

    Hi PJ,
    I downloaded the tool. Seems to be very nice.
    BUT the problem it does not update in real time. I have to keep Reload all historical data. I do have a subscription to the ^TICK data.

    • pjsmith says:

      Hi – Have you tried it before? The only reason I can think it would stop updating is that it has expired. If you like, please shoot me your product key from the indicator properties using the ‘Contact Us’ option on the ‘Everything else’ menu.

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