Let’s Trade Flags

Today I say Let’s trade flags.  And  no, I’m not saying you should swap flags among your flags. The flags I’m referring to are chart patterns used in price action analysis. Sure, they are less popular than triangles wedges, and other price action patterns. but they’re just as reliable as the other patterns. So we’re gong to do as we always do. We’ll find out what these flag patterns are and how to trade them. So of we go.

 

First up is:

What are Flags?

A flag is a continuation pattern where a strong primary trend is followed by a period of consolidation before it resumes in the direction of the dominant trend. Shaped like  a rectangle,the flag is formed by parallel lines that slope  against breakouts emanating from support or resistance levels. Once the flag takes shape,an upward or downward trend,courtesy of the bulls and the bears,respectively suggests that the previous trend is about to resume.

When it comes to identification, the flag can be very difficult to spot. flags can form whenever a currency pair’s price consolidates. However,the most important factor to watch out for is a strong breakout above or below support and resistance levels. They may not completely eliminate the possibility of a reversal,but they do lower the odds.

Let’s take a look at illustrations of bullish and bearish flags.

bullishflag-bearishflag

As you can see,both the bullish and bearish patterns exhibit continuation patterns at the resistance and support levels.  Notice the tall poles that form after breakouts  at both resistance/support levels of the uptrend and downtrend. They help lower the possibility of a reversal.

Next we’re going to look at three Components of a Flag Pattern

First:

Flag  Pole

The flag pole is the main facilitator as far as price action goes.  It is represented quite well by both the uptrend and downtrend. The question bugging most people is “How do you calculate the flag pole’s price move?” Well, calculate the previous swing high or low from the current swing high or low. Let’s  see an illustration below.

flag-pole

Keep watch over the  tall flag pole you see to your left in the bullish pattern. Like I said in my description, the flag pole is the main initiator in the price movement.  Wondering about measuring the price movement?Just calculate the last high/low to the current high/low.

Flag

At the risk of repeting myself, the flag is the real McCoy in this pattern. Like we said earlier, it starts with a strong trend  followed by a period of consolidation where the main players take a breather before resuming hostilities regardless of whether it’s an uptrend or downtrend. Just to refresh your memory,let’s take a look at another illustration of the flag in action.

flag2

 

This is a classic flag move. You have a classic bullish move followed by a period of consolidation, as indicated by the two trend lines. After taking a huge breather, the bulls resume their journey. It goes without saying that long breathers,or long periods of consolidation can lead to aggressive breakouts. It’s like the calm before the storm.

Last but not least:

The Continuation 

This is where the main actors have finished taking a breather and are resuming their journey. In other words, the market  has finished consolidating and the main players are continuing to follow the trend-  whether it’s an uptrend or downtrend.

continuation

This is what  a continuation looks like.  After a taking huge breather(my short for consolidation), the bulls march on upwards. The blue and red trend lines represent  the period of consolidation. Nice looking trend if you ask me.

Now to  the burning question of the day

How Do We Trade Flag Pattern?

Well,

Trading Signal

Just like any other trade,look for a trading   signal. You  can find this trading signal in the breakout. If you are trading the bullish flag, make sure you make your buy trade when the candle closes above the upper side. If  you are trading the bearish flag, place your sell entry on the lower side of the bearish flag pattern.

Stop Loss

Of course, after you make your entry you put in a stop loss. You’d be crazy not to do that. Wouldn’t you?Anyways,for the bullish flag,place the stop loss below the lowest bottom in the flag. Conversely, for the bearish,flag,place your stop loss at the  highest top.

Take Profits

Close out 1/3of your position size and take the profits. This to protect your trade against  any unexpected U-turn by the market.. Also to protect your position, raise your stop loss target just above the initial  profit target. So that if the price reaches your second profit target, you will close another 1/3 of your trading position and lock in with further profits. No what do we do with the remaining trade? You readjust your stop loss just below the second profit target. If the price continues to soar, keep watch over the price action and hold the last 1/3 of your trading position for as long as you see fir.

Let’s take a look at the GBP/USD chart.

Technical-Analysis-Using-Flag-Patterns

As you can see the green circle represents th moment the price broke through the upper  part of the flag. BINGO! That will be the perfect time to make your entry trade. Once you execute the trade you put in your stop loss as shown in S/L1.  Then with each target, you move the stop loss upwards, locking in profits,as price surges on. The magenta nd purple arrows  show the size of the flag and size of the pole. And as each target is hit, the stop loss is adjusted to protect the trading position.

The end comes when the price breaks the third stop order(S/L3).  As I’m sure you’ve noticed,the price reverses, creating unpleasant consequences for the long trade. Now I hope you’re sensible enough by then to get out while you cano r else…….Kum ba yah.

If you’ve stumbled in here looking to join the forex trade bandwagon, here is what you need to do. First,  look up Why Forex Trade Is So popular.  Next, you learn the fundamentals of forex trading by reading  Forex Trading Basics – Top To Bottom Part I  and Forex Trading Basics – Top to Bottom Part II .

To be able to interpret what the candlesticks are telling you, You Need To Know Ten Of These Candlestick Patterns . if you want to give your trading skills an edge by relying on pure price action trading/analysis,  instead of fancy forex robots and fancy indicators,,  get started with What is Price Action Trading?

However, if you only want to trade once a month and watch your entry rack up huge profits over a stretch  of several weeks, consult  How to Spot High Probability Trades.  Dont let me stop you from reading the other posts as well. But the  suggested posts above are the most important posts to get  you started.

That’s wrap for “Let’s Trade Flags.”  I hope you make significant profits with this flag pattern, Till next time take care.

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We’re Going To Talk Channels

Today we’re going to talk channels. No, I’m not talking ESPN, the Shopping Channel,nor the Cartoon network for that matter.If that’s what you thought I had in mind,sorry, you’re at the wrong cable company. The channels that I’m  referring to are just another price action tool forex traders use to identify areas on the forex chart to buy or sell. And  just like the  aforementioned channels, they’re fun to watch-That is if you get your trading decisions right.

So what’re we going to do?As usual, we’ll start with a definition, then we look at three types of channels, and finally, VOILA, How to trade these channels.

First and foremost:

What Are Channels?

Well, channels are areas between two parallel trend lines  recognized as defined trading zones that traders can buy or sell.  Assuming you lay out the channels properly, you should see higher highs and higher highs or lower lows forming.  And just so you know,channels are very popular price action tools with forex traders?Why?Because they’re easily recognizable with the naked eye on the forex chart, if you know what you’re looking for.

Now there are three types of forex channels we are going to be looking at. they are ascending channel, descending channel and horizontal channel. I have this gnawing feeling that some of you have already put two and two together concerning these three channels. If that’s true,then you guys are much smarter than I thought.

Anyways,first things first.

What’s an Ascending Channel?

Well the ascending channel is a bullish pattern where the price action is restricted within two parallel ascending trend lines with the price surging upward while richocheting off higher high and high low price peaks You have an extra trend line running parallel to the right hand side of the main trend line mapping the uptrend line.

Ascending channels come highly recommend because of their spot on prediction of general changes in the uptrend.  So long as prices stay within the price channel, the upward trend, led by the bulls continues. However, when prices go beyond the channel,  expect to see a strong buy or sell signal. Let’s take a look at what an ascending channel looks like.

 

Ascending-channel

As you  can see the ascending channel is equipped with trend lines.You have the main trend line with the parallel line keeping company. The higher highs and higher lows represent the bullish trend. Add support and resistance strategies,and you have a great opportunity to enter a trade.

How Do I Draw An Ascending Channel?

First, draw the trend line. Don’t forget that to draw  a trend line by connecting two lows. Once you take care of the trend line, draw another trend line,parallel to the first trend line. And make sure it touches the highs created by the price increase. If you’re worried about being Einstein precise when drawing the second trend line?No need.The price will penetrate it regardless of your level of precision.

When drawing the channel at the beginning of the uptrend, look out for two higher lows and one higher high. Connect the two lows with a line  and  then draw the second parallel line through the higher high. Let’s see  an illustration of the drawing.

ascending_channel

Notice the two lower lows at the lower end of the right parallel line.  Also look out for the higher high along the left parallel line. So long as you’ve got these two scenarios,you have an ascending channel.

How Do I Trade The Ascending Channel?

Put in your trade entry when price touches the lower line(or support level).  However,to put in your sell entry,make sure the price touches the upper trend line(or resistance level.  Next, llace your stop loss on just outside the channel or just above the high of the candlestick (for a sell order) or just below the low of the candlestick (for a buy order)

Let’s see how it looks like.

up-trade

As you can see, sell is indicated on the end of  upper trend line, and buy at the end of the lower trend line. You’ll be well advised to make sure both buy and sell entries are placed at the exact positions.Anything less,and guess what?Kum ba yah.

Next up is:

What’s a Descending Channel

You don’t need much rocket science to deduce that a descending channel is the complete opposite of an ascending channel. Unlike the ascending channel, the descending line’s price action si contained between two slopping(or downward)parallel lines. And just like ascending channel,  descending channels are very useful in establishing whether the short term trend in price will continue. The trend continues only if the price remains within the region defined by the channel.

However, when the price breaks out of the channel, things get real interesting. If price surges upward out of the channel, a signal to buy flashes. When prices heads for the valley outside of the channel,  you see a signal to buy. To make a long story short, if the price break out upward out of the channel, the trend is bullish.If price breaks out downwards, it’s a bearish trend. Let’s see what a descending channel looks like

descending-price-channel

As you can see,   the descending channel  is made of the two slopping parallel lines and the ensuing price action in between. The price action is considered a channel because the price is trending downwards.

I guess the question burning your minds is:

How do I Draw The Descending Channel?

Make sure you draw the channel parallel to the trend line. Of course you have to establish the downtrend first before laying out the channel. Once you’ve established the downtrend, you draw a parallel line at the same angle as the trend line.  You then move the parallel line to touch the most recent low. Please make sure you do this at the same time you draw the parallel line or your account could really suffer. I know, I know, it’s hard doing two things at the same time. But you will be the better for it. this time. Trust me. Let’s look at an illustrationdescending_channel

As you can see, the parallel line lie is drawn at the same angle at the trend line. Notice how the parallel line   touches the most recent lower  low.If you’re into trading ranges, this’ll be the perfect time to go short and put in a sell entry. Just put in your entry at the low peak.

 

How do I Trade The Descending Line?

It’s no different from the ascending channel. If you want to make a buy or sell entry, you make sure the price touches both trend lines. And just like the ascending channel,  you place your stop loss on just outside the channel or just above the high of the candlestick (for a sell order) or just below the low of the candlestick (for a buy order)  if it shows signs of rejection.

And last but not least:

What’s a Horizontal Channel

Just like ascending and descending channels, horizontal channels take shape through trend lines that are drawn for both high and low prices on the forex chart.  The only difference being that it is flat. The horizontal channel comes about when prices remain the same,or constant over a period of time. And when that happens, the slope of both trendlines takes on a horizontal appearance. Inevitably a horizontal channel is born.

Oh, and lest I forget. The horizontal channel trend lines represent both the support and resistance levels. If prices break out of  the resistance  level, a buy alert is generated. While a sell signal is generated when prices break out of the support level. However, a horizontal channel is not considered a trend in forex trading circles. Why? because the main players are in consolidation. They’re just taking a breather before resuming hostilities. And  the market is moving sideways.  Let’s ta look at what a horizontal channel looks like.

horizontal-channel

As you can see , the horizontal trend lines represents both the resistance and support levels. The three points along the resistance level are labels for the newly formed highs.  What you have here is major congestion going on,in that no clear trend has been established. Instead,the major players are taken a breather before  resuming their journey. I’d strongly suggest you not trade until a clear trade has been established.  Failure to  heed this warning could cause you to say” Kum ba yah anybody?”

 

How Do I Trade Horizontal Channel

To Sell

  • Wait until the resistance level is established at top3.
  • Once the resistance level is established at top3, you enter with a sell stop . Make sure you enter your trade on confirmation with a bearish reversal. The candlestick must close before you enter or else?guess what? Kum ba yah.
  • Place your stop loss 5-10 pips outside of resistance level. Or place your stop loss 3-5 pips outside the bearish reversal pattern.
  • Place your take profit target exactly on the support level.

If  You Want To Buy

  • Once top3 forms and price moves down to bottom3 at support level, wait for bullish reversal candlestick pattern. Then place your buy order 3-5 pips above high peak.
  • Next place your stop loss 5-10 pips outside of support level. Or you can place stop loss 3-5 pips below the low of the bullish reversal pattern.
  • Place your profit target a the price level around the support level.

If you’ve stumbled in here looking to join the forex trade bandwagon, here is what you need to do. First,  look up Why Forex Trade Is So popular.  Next, you learn the fundamentals of forex trading by reading  Forex Trading Basics – Top To Bottom Part I  and Forex Trading Basics – Top to Bottom Part II .

To be able to interpret what the candlesticks are telling you, You Need To Know Ten Of These Candlestick Patterns . if you want to give your trading skills an edge by relying on pure price action trading/analysis,  instead of fancy forex robots and fancy indicators,,  get started with What is Price Action Trading?

However, if you only want to trade once a month and watch your entry rack up huge profits over a stretch  of several weeks, consult  How to Spot High Probability Trades.  Dont let me stop you from reading the other posts as well. But the  suggested posts above are the most important posts to get  you started.

 

That’s a wrap for “We’re Going to Talk  Channels”. Hopefully you’ve gained a painless understanding on how to trade channels. I hope you all have fun with  trading channels  whether demo or live.Till next time, take care.

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Find, Enter,Manage

Don’t let the title scare you.This is not a shrink session. We’re just going to take a walk on how to find,enter,and manage our forex trades. We’re going to hold each other’s hand and try to find a trade signal, set the profit margin, et the stop lossand   Hopefully, by the time this session is over, there will be no clouds left as to how to trade price action setups on the charts.

First up:

How Do I Find A Trade Signal?

Where else would you find a trade signal? On the price charts of course.  You need scan through your price charts to look for possible trade signals. While you look for your signals, you should have at the back of your mind which currency pairs you’re comfortable trading with. Make sure to do this everyday at the same time. I suggest you do your analysis between the time that the New York session goes to sleep and the European session wakes up. Why this time window? because this is when market activity from the previous day tapers off, and Asian traders take over. By the way, Asian market session is not as feverish at the New York or Europe.The more reason why you stick with the former.

Now where are the best areas to look for trade signals? Conventional trading  wisdom has it that you point your focus at the following places:trends,levels, and good old price action. These three areas is where the action is. The trend lookout can be tricky,but to make life less  complicated for yourself, just look for higher highs/higher lows and lower lows. I hope you remember these two. If not, quickly refer to Trade Trends With Price Action Analysis. You can also apply moving averages by looking out specifically for the 8 and 21 EMA’S(Short for Exponential Moving Averages).If you’re not sure about your moving averages, get with We’re Moving Averages Part I and We’re Moving Averages Part II.  Let’s take a look at illustrations of the above:

Starting with Finding An entry signal on a Trending Market

Long_short

As you can see there are entry signals for long position on the uptrend and short position to sell on the downtrend. So long as you’re clear in your mind of a  trend developing,you can jump in with your entries.

Next is:

Support/Resistance

support.resistance

 

As you can see,the bull and the bears are bouncing and breaking out all over the place .  Keep your focus on the breakouts at the support and resistance  levels. Because that’s where you’ll make you trade entries.

Next up is:

How  do I Place A Stop Loss?

Again,as conventional trading wisdom would have it, place your stop loss at the most logical level.  Some you’re probably murmuring among yourselves”What does he mean by ‘Place Your Stop Loss At The Most Logical Level’?” Well, basically you want the market to tell you tha your trading position is in danger of taking a hit.You can do this through a strategy known as ‘Set and Forget.” You just set your stop loss and go enjoy life while the market does the dirty work.

Now why in the world would I want to trigger a stop loss against my trading position? Because you want to protect your trading position from sustaining a massive hit in case the direction of the prevailing market trend does a 360 on you. I mean look at it this way: You want to give your trade enough room to breathe.In so doing , you put your stop loss at a level that is not too close,and not too far from your trading position  – talk about walking a fine line.

And you definitely do not want to commit trading suicide by placing your stop loss to close to your trading position in a desperate attempt to make a humongous profit. That’s not a trading mentality, that’s a gambler’s mentality. You’re building a business, and so must be disciplined and patient in your trading decisions. You place your stop loss based on the trading signal and prevailing market conditions. You can’t let greed override your sense of logic.

Now that we’ve let of some steam, let’s take a look at a few illustrations of placing stop losses.We’re going to use a few of the most popular trading strategies out there.

Starting with:

Pin Bar Stop Placement

 

pinbar_setups

Notice the little black arrow pointed at the pinbar in the bullish trend. You place your stop loss below the pinbar’s long stick-or higher low. See the same black arrow pointing at the pin bar in the bearish trend. The difference here is that the pin bar in this instance is standing on its head with the long thick stick pointing upwards.To protect your short position, just above the high of the pin bar’s tail.

Next up is:

Inside Bar  Stop Loss At Bullish Trend

bullish-insidebar

Notice the inside bar at the beginning the bullish trend. The inside bar is characterized by a higher low(The long tail) and a lower(high) the small tail. The stop loss is always inserted at the lower high end of the inside bar.  Insert the stop loss anywhere else, and you risk singing kum ba yah for a very long time.

Now let’s move on to:

Placing Stop Loss on Inside Bar on Bearish Trend

bearish- insidebar

As I’m sure,you geniuses have deduced by now, the inside  bar can also be spotted at the bearish trend, except that they look different.  Unlike the uptrend,where it looks thin and skinny,this inside bar here,is bigger and full with smaller wicks at the high and low ends. If you don’t want to be singing kum ba yah over your trading account, I’d strongly suggest that you place your stop loss just above the upper wick. This way you save your  selling position from  sustaining a major hit.

How Do I Place My Profit Target?

When placing your profit target,  aim for a risk ratio of 1:2. Let  say your initial risk is 100 pips. You then look place a reward distance of say 200 pips. Let’s get one thin straight. You should think  measurement not risk.You’re spreading the pips around to offset any major losses.

Then check to make sure they’re no support or resistance levels in the way of  your  profit target. The last thing you want is to  get caught up in any bull/bear conflict. You want to make sure the coast clear for you to make your profits without any hustles. In any case, even if there is the whiff of a bull/bear tussle,just use your discretion as to whether you want to take the trade or not. Left to me alone I’ll let it go.

Let’s take a look at how placing a profit target is done

profit-target

As you can see,  the profit target is as far away  from bull/bear conflict as possible.  It’s in a very good place,minding its own business. The last thing you want is dodge bullets from bull/bear consolidation at the support/resistance levels. You’d be better off erring on the side of safety here.

 

A word of warning though: Don’t get greedy here: Take more than your 1:2 profit ratio ONLY if it exists on the chart. If  you start imagining things, kum ba yah will be weighing on your conscience again.. If you’ve inserted a trail stop in the hopes of racking a huge profit based on what is really showing on the market. Just don’t get the urge of setting a new profit target once price closes in on it, or even worse,you develop this delusion that the market will always have our back forever. The forex  market has no friends,and it’s not a Santa Claus either. So you need to get your signals ,stops, and profit targets straight before making your entry.

If you’ve stumbled in here looking to join the forex trade bandwagon, here is what you need to do. First,  look up Why Forex Trade Is So popular.  Next, you learn the fundamentals of forex trading by reading  Forex Trading Basics – Top To Bottom Part I  and Forex Trading Basics – Top to Bottom Part II .

To be able to interpret what the candlesticks are telling you, You Need To Know Ten Of These Candlestick Patterns . if you want to give your trading skills an edge by relying on pure price action trading/analysis,  instead of fancy forex robots and fancy indicators,,  get started with What is Price Action Trading?

However, if you only want to trade once a month and watch your entry rack up huge profits over a stretch  of several weeks, consult  How to Spot High Probability Trades.  Dont let me stop you from reading the other posts as well. But the  suggested posts above are the most important posts to get  you started.

 

That’s a wrap for “Find, Enter, Manage”.  Hopefully, you’ve learnt that you don’t just jump into the market. You need to identify certain conditions before you trade-depending on your trading strategy of course Till next time take care.

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You Need To Sharpen Your Trading Edge

If you want  to rake  in the cash as a forex trader, you need to sharpen your trading edge. And no, I’m not saying  act like you’re the hottest thing since Muhammed Ali.  Having a trade edge requires you to identify conditions in the forex market that enhances the probability of you making a winning  trade. And please,forget about using indicators,or any kind of weird gizmo to develop your trading edge – They are  not going to help you. You need a deadly combination of knowledge of the market and plain old instincts to develop your trading edge.

We’ll  look at what a trading edge really is and then learn how to sharpen our trading edge.

I guess the first question we need to ask is:

What is A Trading Edge?

Well, a trading edge is basically a set of conditions  in the forex market that increases the probability of you chalking  a winning trade.  These conditions must be present in the market in order for your entry trade to be a winnable one. if  you are able to recognize these conditions, you have the edge over everybody else especially those  traders who have the gamblers mentality rather than the  traders mindset. If the conditions aren’t present, DO NOT BOTHER ENTERING A TRADE. Failure to listen to that still small voice could be fatal for your  trading account.

 

Can You Give Us Examples Of A Trading Edge Please?

Sure. For instance could base your trading edge on identifying the when the market is trending. You want to look to look out for the bulls heading for Mount Everest or the Bears heading for the Grand Canyon. For those of you wondering”What is he talking about?” The bulls represent the bullish  trend initiating a strong upward surge  when price goes up.While the bears represent the  bearish trend heading downwards after the price takes a tumble. Just in case some of you have completely forgotten what trending markets look like?Let’s take a look at a graph of the aforementioned.

bullishbearish-trend

These,ladies and gentlemen  are two illustrations of  bullish and bearish trends   In the bullish chart, the blue candlesticks surging upward represent the bullish trend.  Whenever you get a bullish candlestick engulfing a bearish candlestick(black..But could be any other color depending on platfom).( That’s means a bullish trend is developing or the bulls are heading for the hills.  Please make sure you get at least two more bullish candlestick confirmations before you enter your trade. If you jump in straight away, you risk losing some much needed cash

In the bearish chart pattern,the black  candlesticks heading downwards  represent a bearish trend. This is where the bears take over and force the price to take a tumble. And, the bearish trend kicks off a bearish candlestick engulfs a bullish candlestick. Make sure you get at least 2-3 bearish candlestick confirmations to establish a bearish trend. And please, look to sell on a bearish trend NOT BUY.(You only buy on a bullish trend). You make the mistake of making entering to buy,that will be your own massive headache.

So if your trading edge is bullish and bearish trends,this is what you need to identify when looking for trades.

Another example of a trading edge is support and resistance levels. If you’re the type who gets a huge thrill from trading support and resistance levels, this is for you. .  Again,in case some of you have forgotten, the support level  catches price as it falls. Meaning that it bounces of this level  rather than break through it .  So basically it acts as a trampoline of sorts. But in case price breaks through this support level, it continues dropping until it bounces off another support level.

The resistance level is the complete opposite.It rather acts as a barrier against price as it rises.But once price breaches this level, it heads for the hills until it runs into another resistance level. Now let’s take a look at illustrations of both levels

support_resistance

 

Ladies and gentlemen,this is an illustration of support and resistance levels in action in the USD/JPY session.  At the resistance level,the bears are playing trampoline as they try to break through the support level. However, when the bears do break through, don’t forget put in a trade.Will you? But , at the resistance level, the bulls basically tell  the bears”Get out of our way” as they breach the resistance barrier and head for the hills.

So  if you   prefer trading as support and resistance level as your trading edge, these are the conditions that must be present on the market for you to trade these levels. If anybody is seeking information on trading support and resistance levels, get in touch with my Identify Support and Resistance Levels With Price Action Analysis post.

Let’s get one thing straight. The above strategies are just two examples  that you could use as your trading edge. You could use any of  the other trading strategies that we’ve discussed on this blog as your trading edge.Just make sure the conditions for these strategies are present in the market for you to trade them That is assuming you really care about not blowing trading account to smithereens.

Now that we’ve identified what a trading edge, how do we sharpen our trading edge?

Well, there are a few ways  of getting your trading edge sharpened like a knife. Starting With:

Pay Attention To The Price Action

As a price action trader, naturally you need to pay attention to the price action – no ifs,no buts. You  need to watch what’s happening on your price action chart like a hawk.  Be on the look out for trading opportunities in conditions such as support and resistance levels, trends, and general trade behavior. Let’s take a look at the graphic below.

price_action

This is an illustration of what you will be staring at. As you can see, there are so many trading opportunities along the support level that you can take advantage of. You just need to keep your eyes wide open.

Some of you may be wondering “I thought pattern trading was also part of price action trading.?” Sure it is.But you’re only looking at  the last two candlestick entries as signals. Besides,these candlesticks are  a few of several candlesticks on the charts. Now I’m not saying ditch pattern trading altogether -absolutely not! I’m just saying you need to be more holistic in your analysis.

Learn One Price Action Setup At A Time

If  you want to maintain your sanity as a price action trader, learn one price action setup at a time. If you think cramming all the price action setups  all at once, you’ll suffer mental meltdown. You see the way a nuclear reactor melts down after overheating. That’s exactly how your brain will react when you try to force it to cram  every price action setup. Just allow your brain to digest one price action setup at a time,and you’ll eventually ease into the flow of the forex trading process

Once you’ve perfected  your chosen setup,you can then  look to make your entry. Like I said earlier, As I said earlier look at strong trends,whether price is rejecting support or resistance, and   whether there is leg room for price to maneuver,et,c.

Not sure of which price action setup to work with?Let me give you  two setups you can work with. We’ve dealt with these setups already on this blog in the not too distant pat.,but this is to refresh your memory.

First:

Pin Bar Reversal

pinbar_setups

As you already know, the pin bar is characterized by a long stick, popularly known as a wick. Anytime you see this candlestick, think sharp reversal or rejection of price. The bullish trend suggests a  continuation after the bulls take a breather from butting heads with the bears.

The same scenario  pertains in the bearish trend. and   The pin bar in this scenario also   represents a sharp reversal or rejection of price by the bears. The same continuation pattern also exists in the bearish pattern with the bears heading down south after taking a breather from butting heads with the bulls.

So if  you want to make the pin bar reversal your trading cup of tea,these are the conditions to look out for. For more information on the pin bar, look up Pin Bar Strategy – How To Trade It

Next is:

Inside Bar

insidebar_setup.jpg

As you can see the inside bar is a two bar situation where the smaller bar(inside bar) is within the higher to lower range of the previous bar. The candlesticks  encased in the squares in both the bearish and the bullish trends represent the inside bar  setup. The bigger candlestick is affectionately called the mother bar.(Almost like mother hen).  Whenever you see such a setup,- whether bullish or bearish,it’s time to enter a trade.

If you want to know more about Inside Bar strategy, look up Trading The Inside Bar.

Less Is More

There is a painful reality you need to accept in forex trading. It is basically this:LESS IS MORE. The notion that trading more  makes your forex account looks good completely baseless.. If anything, it puts your account in harm’s way especially when you make losing trades. Picture this scenario: You enter an average  trade without thinking it through.  You then recognize a juicy trade,and you say to yourself”..Hmmmm time to make up for a lost trade.” Luckily for you, you make a decent profit,which excites you to no end.

I have a huge problem with this trading mentality. Why? Because you lost an average trade, you’re then forced to jump back into the market  just to break even. I have traded like that in the past. And believe me,it;s not fun at all. You’re stressed out, struggling to look out for what you believe to be the best trade out there to make up  for lost money. Not only are you putting your blood pressure in harm’s way trading this way, but you’re also puting your trading account under pressure . Imagine if your forex account could talk. It’ll probably be screaming in your face saying”YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING.” Now that will be very humiliating. Wouldn’t it?

The morale of the story is just concentrate on one trade that will bring you maximum profits. All you have to do is develop the sniper mentality where you lie in wait for the best trade to come along. Once the trade shows up on your charts, you pounce like a lion,make your trade and earn some  nice profits. Just make sure the trade has a high probability of sucess. If you want to know how to identify high probability trades, refer to  How To Spot High Probability Trades.

If you’ve stumbled in here looking to join the forex trade bandwagon, here is what you need to do. First,  look up Why Forex Trade Is So popular.  Next, you learn the fundamentals of forex trading by reading  Forex Trading Basics – Top To Bottom Part I  and Forex Trading Basics – Top to Bottom Part II .

To be able to interpret what the candlesticks are telling you, You Need To Know Ten Of These Candlestick Patterns . if you want to give your trading skills an edge by relying on pure price action trading/analysis,  instead of fancy forex robots and fancy indicators,,  get started with What is Price Action Trading?

However, if you only want to trade once a month and watch your entry rack up huge profits over a stretch  of several weeks, consult  How to Spot High Probability Trades.  Dont let me stop you from reading the other posts as well. But the  suggested posts above are the most important posts to get  you started.

 

That’s a wrap for “You Need To Sharpen Your Trading Edge.”.  Hopefully, you’ve learnt that you don’tjust jump into the market. You need to identify certain conditions before you trade-depending on your trading strategy of course Till next time take care.

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Forex Trading Basics – Top to Bottom Part II


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Last time we started part I of a two part series on Forex Trading Basics. –Top To Bottom Part I. I decided to do this for you out there who are itching to jump into the trade but don’t have enough ammunition to do so. Today is the second and final part, Forex Trading Basics – Top To Bottom Part II. Yeah, I know wish this series could go on and on. But all good things must come to an end. But does doesn’t mean your interest in the forex trade comes to an end. You can apply what you learn here in your price action analysis/trading. So onward:

 

First meal on the menu today is:

Types of Forex Orders

What do we mean by “Order” in the forex trade? Well, order merely refers to how you enter or exit a trade.Except that we’ll be looking the different types of forex orders that are placed  in the forex market. Some of you’re probably wondering  ”When are you going to show us how to place these orders?” Well, easy easy.  I’ll show you how to place each order-After I’ve explained what each one of them is about of course.

First in line.:

Market Order

A market order is just simply  simply to buy or sell at the best available price. Let’s say bid price for EUR/USD is currently at 1.2140 and the ask price is at 1.2142. If you want to buy EUR/USD then it will be sold to you at the ask price of  1.2142. Your trading platform will then execute your order at the sound of you clicking to place your order. Let me show you a pic of this scenario:

market-order

Here is an example of a market entry exit and exit with EUR/JPY currency pair. Here,we have a pin bar set up in motion. The order to sell is executed because the bulls are losing momentum.The stop loss is executed when the market does a reversal.

 

Next comes:

Limit Entry Order

A limit entry order s a bit more conservative than the full market order.Here,you place your order below the market price or sell above the market at a specific price. Let say EUR/USD is sold to 1.2050. You opt to go short(sell) if the price hits 1.2070. The way I see it, you have two choices: You either sit in front of your PC and wait for it to 1.2070(In this case you click a sell market order).Or you set a limit entry order at 1.2070 and go for your morning jog. Once the price hits 1.2070,your trading platform will execute  a sell order at the best available price. However,you only choose this option if you believe in your heart of hearts that the market will do a 360 on the price you chose. Let seen an illustration of the limit order.

limit -order

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen,This is the limit order in action.As you can see, buy limit order is set below market price while the sell limit order is set above market price. You can either wait for priceto hit the intended target, or go  out for a bit while your platform executes the order after the intended target is reached.

 

By the way.I’ll  take up the second option if I were you.You;d be better off smelling the fresh air than sitting in front of your PC all day.

 

Stop Order

A stop order is the complete opposite of the limit order.Here you want to buy above the market or sell below the market at a specific price. Say, GBP/USD is going for 1.5050 and is heading for the hills. You’re betting your last dollar that the price will keep marching outwards if it hits 1.5060. I n that case,and as in most cases in life,you have two options: you sit in front of your  PC(That PC again) and watch the price hit 1.5060, or set a stop-entry order at 15060 and go out and smell the roses. Let’s see the stop-entry order in action.

 

This is the classic example of the stop entry order being activated once the asking(buy) price hits entry price. Same stop order is also activated when the bid(sell) price also hits his target. Just make sure you’re nowhere near the PC when the price hits. There is so much fresh air out there. Feel it blowing through your nostrils.

 

Okay who is next in line?

Stop Loss Order

A stop loss order is like an insurance policy against your trading position. You place a stop loss order for the purposes of preventing additional losses if the market does a 360 on you.  Keep this order in mind because you’ll definitely need it when the market starts sneezing. Let’s say you go long(buy) EUR/USD at 1.2230. To avoid sustaining a massive hit set your stop loss order at 1.2200.  So that in case, against your better instincts, EUR/USD drops to 1.2200, your trading platform will automatically trigger a stop loss at a 30 pip loss(Ouch! I feel the pain). And if you don’t want to pull your hair out worrying whether you’ll blow all your money, well  I’ve got a simple solution for you. LEAVE YOUR PC ALONE! Just set a stop loss against all your positions and go to the gym.Your  trading platform will cover for you while you’re gone.  Let’s see how a stop loss works using GBP/USD.

stop_loss

As you can see, the stop loss has been set at the resistance level. Like I said earlier, you will definitely need the stop loss when the market goes into reversal mode, Failure to trigger the stop loss could be deadly for your cash register.

 

Finally,

Trailing Stop

The trailing stop is a stop loss order with a difference. This is only attached to a trade when price fluctuates. Let’s say you decide to sell USD/JPY at 90.80 with a trailing stop of 20 pips.  This sets your stop loss at 91.00.So that if the price drops and hits 90.60, your trailing stop will move back to 90.80(or breakeven). By the same token, if USD/JPY hits at 90.40, your trail stop moves to 90.60-giving you a 20 pip profit. Let’s  see a trailing stop in action with EUR/USD

stop-loss

 

As you can see,the trail stop  has been set at the resistance level during the downtrend – which is bears territory. As  I said earlier, as price fluctuates,trail stop widens – creating profit opportunities  for you. However, I have to warn you;if the market turns against you,your trail stop remains the same. This of course,will hurt  your cash register(Your forex account). So keep that in mind.

 

Now that we’ve gotten the entry orders out of the way,

Should You Start With A Demo or Live Account?

Conventional wisdom dictates that you’d be better off getting started with a demo account. Now before you accuse me of denying you the opportunity to feel real cash in your hands, hear me out. First off, a demo account is absolutely free.Sure,the cash on demo account is virtual, and not real.But it does have the functionality of  live account where you get to practice your trading skills without any stress. In fact,you can afford to lose a few thousand dollars and learn  from your mistakes. Even more important, you get to learn the ins and out of your broker’s trading platform without much risk before deciding to take the plunge into the lion’s den with real cash.

And while you’re practicing, do me a huge favour. Stick to one currency pair. You don’t want to give yourself too much work to do trading several currency pairs at once when you start demo trading.Sticj with one of the major currencies(like GBP/USD) since they are more liquid,and you’ll get tighter spreads and more constituency. Plus, by starting with one currency,you’ll develop better trading habits and creating a solid trading system. These should stand you in good stead when you decide to go live into the lion’s den. It’s possible to be a successful trader, but just like any other endeavor you have to start from somewhere. And you need to be focused,patient, and develop sound judgement.

Now there is one hard truth you need to learn about forex trading. And that is:

 

Forex Trading Is Not A Get-Rich –Quick- Scheme!

Yes, you heard it from me! Forex Trading is not a get-rich-quick scheme. When I started trading, I thought, “hmmmm….I could be hit the jackpot within days.” I found out the hard way within minutes of  entering my first trade.You see a lot of rookie  traders  trade the forex market as if they’re playing black jack. They think they can risk $10,000 and make 50 times what they invested. Well,I’ve got news for you black jack traders! You have to treat your forex account as a business.You are the CEO of your account and you must hold yourself accountable for every trading decision that you make. Even more important, you must develop a trading strategy and perfect it before you enter the lion’s den. Because if youdont, you will be eaten alive. This why you need to get started with a demo account so you can perfect your  trading strategy before going live into the lion’s den called the forex market.

Because of the forex market’s humongous size,it’s easily prone to speculation. And it’s this speculative that makes so called black jack traders that they can make an instant killing. WRONG! You can’t succeed with a short  term mentality  on the forex market. You need solid discipline, patience,and focus to make it in the lion’s den. You need to  develop a trading strategy devoid of inconsistencies and massive losses. If you can’t do this,then you’re nothing but a gambler.

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If you’ve stumbled in here looking to join the forex trade bandwagon,  look up Why Forex Trade Is So popular.  Next,if you want to give your trading skills an edge by relying on pure price action trading/analysis,  instead of fancy forex robots,  get started with What is Price Action Trading?    And to be able to analyze/trade  with price action data, You Need To Know Ten of These Candlestick Patterns.  If you can’t interpret what your candlesticks are telling you, you cannot trade  with price action data.

However, if you only want to trade once a month and watch your entry rack up huge profits over a stretch  of several weeks, consult  How to Spot High Probability Trades.

 

 

That’s a wrap for Forex Trading Bascis – Top To Bottom Part II.  It’s also the end of our two part series on Forex Trading Basics-Top To Bottom.Hopefully all of you out there now have a solid foundation on how to get started as forex traders. Now that you’ve gotten the milk you can start chewing the bones. Once you’ve figured your way around you can then follow my price action posts where you can add more grease to your trading elbows. Till next time take care.

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Forex Trading Basics – Top To Bottom Part I

Ever since I started this forex trading blog, I’ve gotten some amazing feedback from you readers. Infact, some of the  reviews of my  have been so tremendous I’ve felt my head expanding  as big as cyberspace itself. Now I don’t want to jump ahead of myself, but I’ve a feeling some of you would like to join the forex trade bandwagon. But you don’t know how. So,being the nice guy that I am,  going to do a two part series on Forex Trading Basics-Top To Bottom Part I. It’s my version of Forex Trading 101 where you’ll be fed the fundamentals of forex trading. I basically want to feed you the milk before you start chewing the bones of the forex trade.  You’d be tak  crazy to take  the plunge without the necessary tools right?

So let’s get started with:

Exchange One Currency For Another

The only motivation behind forex trading is to exchange one currency for another. That’s all!- Nothing sinister going on here. By exchanging one currency for another, you’re hoping that the price will change so tha the currency that you bought  initially will shoot up in value as against the currency that you sold.  Let’s take a look at the little graph below:

Trader’s Action EUR USD
You purchase 10,000 euros at the EUR/USD exchange rate of 1.1800 +10,000 -11,800*
Two weeks later, you exchange your 10,000 euros back into U.S. dollar at the exchange rate of 1.2500 -10,000 +12,500**
You earn a profit of $700 0 +700

** EUR 10,000 x 1.25 = US $12,500

 

What you see here is the exchange rate in action. The exchange rate is simply the ratio of one currency  valued against another currency. Per this definition, the USD/CHF shows how many U.S dollars need to buy one Swiss franc or how many Swiss Francs you need to buy one U.S dollar.

You Need To Know How To Read A Forex Quote

If you want to make it as a forex trader,you need to know how to read a forex quote.  There is no getting around this one. If you can’t do this,you’re in trouble. Seriously though, currencies have always been quoted in pairs since time memorial. I’m sure you’re aware of famous partners such as GBP/USD AND  USD/JPY . They’re perfect examples of a forex quote. Now why’re they quoted in pairs? Because in every forex transaction, you’re doing two things at the same time – buying one currency and selling the other. Let’s take a look at British Pound/U.S.Dollar

GBP-USD

 

The first currency listed to the left of the slash symbol is termed the base currency(In this case the British Pound). While the second currency on the right  is labelled the counter or quote currency(In this case U.S.dollar).

When you buy, the exchange rate lets you know how many units of the quote currency you need to pay to get one unit of the base currency. So going by the above example, you have to pay 1.51258 U.S. dollars to buy 1 British pound.

But it’s a little bit different when you sell.  Here, the exchange rate lets you know how many units of the quote currency you get for selling the base.  Again going by the GBP/USD pair, you will receive 1.51258 U.S. dollars when you sell 1 British pound.

And please get this once and for all. the base currency is the main catalyst for the buy or sell routine. For instance if you buy EUR/USD, you’re buying the base currency and selling the quote currency at the same time, In Tarzan talk, “Buy EUR, sell USD.”  You buy the pair if your trading instincts tell you that the base currency(EUR) will gain in value as against the quote currency (USD). You sell the pair when those same trading instincts scream in your head that the base currency will take a dip as against the quote currency.

 

Know How To Go Long/Short

You need to know how to go long or short. In other words, you must decide whether you want to buy or sell. If you want to buy(buy the base currency and sell the quote currency), let the base currency rise in value and then sell it back at a higher price. And if you want to sell(sell base currency/buy quote currency), the value of the base currency must drop  for you sell it back at a lower price. So  remember these two formulas: long=buy. short=sell . Let’s take a look at theAUD/JPY graphic below.

Long-short

This is a classic illustration of entering long/short using AUD/JPY in the 1hr time frame.  You go long when you spot engulfed candlesticks. By engulfed candlesticks,when a bull(strong candlestick) engulfs a bear(white candlestick. This suggests the value  has risen,and it’s time tobuy.This is exactly the case at the lines of support and resistance where the strong bull(white candlestick) engulfs  the bear(blue candlestick). The bulls are basically saying  the value of the currency has risen,and so they’re putting in a bid to buy. When you see something like this,why waste time?

As the short entries suggest,the value of the currency has dropped enough in value. So it’s time to sell. That’s according to the bears. Since they helped drive the price down,they’re now in the driver’s seat calling the shorts.

Know How To Ask/Bid

Not only should you know how to ask/bid as a trader,but you should know the difference between these two terms. For the record,all forex quotes are quoted with two prices –  The bid and the ask. Let’s see the graphic showing both terms.

bid-ask

This EUR/USD graphic illustrates the bid/ask scenario.. The bid is the price at which you’re willing to buy the base currency in exchange  for the quote currency. It is the best currency at which you(the trader) will to sell to the market.

Th ask is the price at which the broker is willing to sell the base currency in exchange for  the quote currency. It is the best currency at which you(the trader) will buy from the market. The ask is also known as the offer price. After all,if you want something you ask for it.Right? Also,let’s make one thing absolutely clear: The bid price  is  usually lower than the ask  price. Try do it the other way round, and you’re sure to get a massive rejection from your MT4 software.

Wanna know the difference between the bid and the ask price? It’s popularly known as the spread. On the EUR/USD quote above, the bid price is 1.34568 and the ask price is 1.34588 The ten pip difference is known as the spread, which we will be getting to next..

What Do We Mean by Pips In Forex Trade?

A pip is a popular acronym for price interest  point. Basically the pip measures the amount of change in the exchange rate for a currency pair.Most currency pairs are rounded up to four decimal places, so that one pip is 0.0001. The only exception is the yen,which is rounded up to two decimal places(0.01). So keep that in mind in case you decide to experiment.

However, forex  brokers are getting sexy these days.  They’re now offering fractional pips called pipettes to add extra precision when quoting  exchange rates for certain currency  pairs. Just so, you know a fractional pip is equivalent to 1/10 of a pip.So for instance, you can round  EUR/USD currency pair to five decimal places while the yen moves up a notch to three decimal places. Makes life more   for you  yen traders out  there . Doesn’t it?

Forex traders also use pips to make reference to gains and losses they’ve sustained in their trades. So when you hear a trader say “I made 40 pips in this trade,” he’s basically saying “ he profited by 40 pips.  However, the actual cash representation of these pips depends squarely on their value.

Speaking of which:

How Do I Determine Monetary Value Of Pip?

“How Do I Determine Monetary Value Of Pip” translates into “How Do I Calculate Profits.”Well, the monetary value of a pip is dependent on three crucial factors: the currency pair being  traded, the size of the trade, and the exchange rate. Let’s say a $300,000 trade between the USD/CAD pair closes at 1.0568. Here is how the profit is calculated.

  1. Determine the number of CAD each pip represents by multiplying the amount of the trade by 1 pip as follows:

300,000 x 0.0001 = 30 CAD per pip

 

  1. Divide the number of CAD per pip by the closing exchange rate to arrive at the number of USD per pip:

30 ÷ 1.0568 = 28.39 USD per pip

 

  1. Multiply the number of pips gained, by the value of each pip in USD to arrive at the total loss / profit for the trade:

20 x 28.39 = $567.80 USD profit

Seems fairly straight forward isn’t it?

Just to solidify your understanding of the calculation process, let me show you another example using the EUR/GBP pair and   using the same steps above.

Currency Pair Exchange Rate at Close Pip Change Trade Amount
EUR/GBP 0.8714 +29 350,000 EUR
  • Number of GBP per pip: 350,000 × 0.0001 = 35
  • Per Pip Value: 35 ÷ 0.8714 = 40.17 EUR per pip
  • Trade Profit / (Loss): 29 pips × 40.17 = 1, 164.93 Euros

Hopefully this example helped smooth things.

If you want to find why the forex trade is the biggest industry on the planet refer to Why Forex Trade Is So Popular?

 

If you’ve stumbled in here looking to join the forex trade bandwagon,  look up Why Forex Trade Is So popular.  Next,if you want to give your trading skills an edge by relying on pure price action trading/analysis,  instead of fancy forex robots,  get started with What is Price Action Trading?    And to be able to analyze/trade  with price action data, You Need To Know Ten of These Candlestick Patterns.  If you can’t interpret what your candlesticks are telling you, you cannot trade  with price action data.

However, if you only want to trade once a month and watch your entry rack up huge profits over a stretch  of several weeks, consult  How to Spot High Probability Trades.

That’s a wrap for “Forex Trading Basics From Top To Bottom Part I.” Hopefully you now have a feel for what you need to know to get started as a forex trader.. Next I’ll share with you more things you need to know  to make money as a forex trader in “Forex Trading Basics From Top To Bottom Part II.” Till then,take care.

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Drawing and Trading Trend Lines

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This week, we’re going to tackle drawing and trading trend lines. Yes, I know a lot of you out there are literally geniuses at applying support and resistance lines. Left to you alone, you could make a fortune on just support and resistance lines. But mention drawing trend lines, and I’m sure I’ll get thick frowns from you guys that will make Godzilla look like a boy scout.

As a matter of fact, drawing trade lines is the most common and most popular among most forex traders.  Not only are you identifying the trend, you’re also determining the strength of the trend. You’re putting all the dots together as to  whether a setup can be traded or not.

So we’re going to do a few things. We’re going to define what trendlines are including looking at two types of trend lines. Next we’ll get to the most exciting part – How to draw trendlines, including ground rules on drawing trend lines. Finally we’ll touch on trading trend lines.

 

But first things first!

What Really Are Forex Trend Lines?

Well, forex trend lines are levels that help you identify and  detect the direction of market  trends. Imagine looking into the crystal ball and predicting what your future will be like. Well,that’s what  traders do with trend lines.  Some of you might be thinking  “yeah right” but trend lines do offer  value information as  far as potential trades go.  Not only do trend lines depict  the current direction of a price move, but they also help identify  support and resistance levels for the price. Trend lines also help you make up your mind on crucial factors such as entry and exit stops, profit taking and placing protective stops to avoid the harrowing possibility of your account going up in smoke.

 

How Do I Draw a Trendline?

Fairly straight forward. If you’re have a chart with an uptrend in front of you(i.e. the bulls charging upwards), start your trend line from the bottom of the line. Then draw the line a little further until it connects with two or three swing low/high points without interfering with other parts of the price action.

But it’s the complete opposite with the bears downtrend. You start the trendline at the highest possible price point(Imagine looking down from the summit of Mount Everest). Then continuing stretching the length of the trendline until  it touches two swing high/lows without interfering with the price action.

 

Now there are two types of trendlines you will be using when measuring trends. Most of you may have across these trends while reading my posts. But it doesnt hurt to refresh your memory.

First off:

Bullish Trendlines

As if it’s not obvious to you  now, bullish trendlines are utilized to measure bullish trends that are on the up and up. In case some have forgotten, bullish trends have the bulls running the show.In other words,the value of the currency pair is rising, with higher highs and higher lows being the end result.

Now Where Do I Place The Bullish Trendline?

Just place the bullish trend line below the price action. Next connect the higher lows of the trend line, creating a level of support for the bullish trending. Now let’s see what the bullish trendline looks like.

bullish-trendline

 

As you can see, the green line represents the bullish trendline. The two arrows point to  the higher lows or swing lows, as they’re popularly known. Just connect the two swing low points and you’ve got yourself a bullish trend line. The more lower lows contained in the trend line,the stronger the trend line.

Next up is:

Bearish Trendlines

You don’t need me to tell you that bearish trends are the complete opposite of their bullish brethren.  As the name suggests, the bearish trend suggests a drop in price with lower highs and lower lows being the end result of the bears downhill slalom. In this case, you use a bearish trendline to ascertain price action while the price took a nose dive.

Where Do I Place The Bearish Trendline?

Insert the bearish trendline at the highest point of price action(Imagine what it feels like looking down while standing on top of Mount Everest). And then connect the lower highs and lower lows.  Let’s see what the bearish trendline looks like.

bearish-trendline

The sloping red line is the bearish  trendline.  And the two candlesticks indicated by the red arrows represented the highest points on the price action. Just connect these two points and you have yourself a bearish trendline.

Now before we wrap up:

A  Few Things To Keep In Mind

  • To get a valid trend line, make sure you see at least two highs or lows. Just to confirm, you may need  at least three tops or bottoms.
  • Make sure your trend line is not to too steep. Or else you may end up with a distorted view of the price action-which of course could blow your profit prospects to smithereens.
  • Just like support and resistance levels,  trendlines also have a strong backbone. With every hit that they take, they become more stronger.

And lastly, PLEASE PLEASE And I repeat- PLEASE! PLEASE! Whatever you do, do not force your trendlines to fit the market. If your trendline does not reflect the prevailing price action, it’s not a valid one. Dont push and force anything that isn’t there, unless you don’t really care about the sanity of your forex account.

Here are some even more critical facts you need to keep in mind.

Think of The Trend As an Area Not a Line

When drawing a trendline, you need to think of the trend not as an isolated line but a whole area. Just because the price action breaks the trendline  doesn’t necessarily mean that the trend  has been broken.  Some of us have this weird impression that just  because the lower ends of the candlesticks strays off the trendline it means the trendline has broken. NEWSFLASH! ABSOLUTE NO! You need to keep in mind trendlines take a while to mature, and when they do mature, you’ll catch a lot of price reactions along the trendlines. And often time,these price reactions transform into the dreaded false breakout traps  that rookie traders always seem to fall into.

Let’s take a look at a trendline in action on the USD/CAD currency pair.

USDCAD-pairRight in front of us is long bearish trendline. courtesy of the bears. The third lower high(third arrow pointing at the full-bodied candlestick)  confirms the trend. Like I said I said earlier,you’ll need a third  top  to confirm the trend. Then notice the yellow circle encircle the lower low. That candlestick has gone off the trendline.Again, as I mentioned earlier, just because a candlestick’s wick strays off the trendline does mean the trendline has been broken. It’s all part of the trendline’ maturation process.

However, numerous candlesticks hovering around the area suggests a major rejection exercise being carried out against the price as it tries to break through the trendline. consequently, price drops before it finally breaks through the trendline at the final attempt.

And Finally:

Trading Trendlines

Now comes the fun part-trading trendlines.We’re going to look at three trading scenarios that  unfold along the trend line. The first one is:

Trading The Trending Move

First make sure you have your three confirmations. Once you get your third confirmation, you now have the green light to trade on that trendline. Let’s look at a”Trading the Trending Move”  illustration on the AUD/USD graph

Trending-Move

Here the blue trendline represents the bearish price drop(Or the bearish slalom as I like to call it.) The green arrow pointing at the full bearish candlestick represents the third  confirmation signal that we alluded to earlier. Once you get that confirmation, you can enter your sell trade(or go short as we also say).

Also notice that another lower low forms, causing another correction to the trend. This causes the price to take a further plunge, thus,creating another lower low.  Now take a very close look at the bullish candle circled in red at the end of the trendline. That’s a clear sign that the bears momentum is evaporating, and that it’s time close the trades. So when you see such a situation unfolding in future trades you know what to do.

Next up is:

Trading Trendline Breaks and Reversals

Now that we’ve gotten past  trading swings using trend and counter trends, let’s look at trading trendline breaks and reversals.  In as much as we love the bulls shooting for the hills,we also know that situation is not always permanent. That as some point, there is going to be a reversal, sometimes of astronomical proportions. And when that happens, the grizzly bears take over and push price downwards, forcing it to roll down the hill -sometimes at dizzying speeds.

In as much as we’d like trend reversal confirmations to be straightforward, it’s not always the case. The veterans of this sometimes crazy business will tell you that it’s not an exact science. It tallies with my assertion earlier that just because a candlestick accidentally strays off a trendline doesn’t mean the trendline has been broken. So to make life easier for you rookies out there I’m going to show you four scenarios you should recognize when using trendlines to confirm a trend. We’ll use the ever famous GBP/USD pair to illustrate.

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What you see above is the four scenarios which help confirm a trend  reversal. Now, since I’m a very nice guy, I’m going to break down and explain all four of the above scenarios to make life just that much easier for all of you.

We’ll  start with:

  1. Price Breaking Trendline

Phase one shows the price breaking the bullish trendline acting as a resistance level.. The strong red candlestick  in the red circle represents the actual breakout by the bears. It’s the beginning of their traditional slalom run.

2. Price Decrease Below Previous Bottom

The bears continue to hold sway as price continues to decrease further. The strong red candlestick  in the red circle is indicative of the bears pushing the price below the previous bottom and the  initial swing low that was created as a result of this price drop. The horizontal line  at the circled swing low serves as the alarm bell or triggern for the eventual trend reversal.

3.Broken Trendline Under Attack

The Bears are really milking their newfound momentum like nobody’s business. They re really attacking the trendline by constantly retesting the broken resistance trendline to try to put it out its misery  and roll downhill. You can place your trade entry after the close of the strong red candle. However,  there is one little secret about these trend reversals you need to know. The retest doesn’t have to touch the trendline.Why?because the trendline is considered an area, not a level. Even further, the price may do even do a 360 on you by shooting upwards beyond the decimated trendline.

 

4. Support Level Also Takes a Hit

So, not only does  the resistance level take a hit from the bears, but the support level suffers the same indignity from the bears also. The black line in this scenario happens to be the poor support absorbing all this punishment. But take a close look  at the strong candle stick closing strongly below the support line. This would be the perfect place to put in a  sell order(or go short as we say).

If you’re still pulling your hair over drawing and trading trendlines, I suggest you seek the advice of Identify Support and Resistance Levels With Price Action Analysis

Well, that’s a wrap for “Drawing and Trading Trend Lines.” As you can tell, trendlines are crucial too; for forex traders as far as predicting the future price action goes.Just make sure your trendline fits directly on the chart and you will reap the benefits nicely. Till next time take care.

If you’ve stumbled in here looking to join the forex trade bandwagon,  look up Why Forex Trade Is So popular.  Next,if you want to give your trading skills an edge by relying on pure price action trading/analysis,  instead of fancy forex robots,  get started with What is Price Action Trading?    And to be able to analyze/trade  with price action data, You Need To Know Ten of These Candlestick Patterns.  If you can’t interprete what your candlesticks are telling you, you cannot trade  with price action data.

However, if you only want to trade once a month and watch your entry rack up huge profits over a stretch  of several weeks, consult How to Spot High Probability Trades.

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