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Justin Bennett is a Forex trader, coach and founder of Daily Price Action, the world's most popular Forex price action blog. He began trading equities and ETFs in and later transitioned to Forex in Observing price action is the simplest way to trade. Yet, many price action trading setups are not simple at all, requiring interpretation of complex and subjective chart formations.
And for situations in which traders are anticipating support or resistance continuing to be respected, the Double-Spike Fade may be more accommodating: On the topic of congestion, another very popular setup that we discussed was Trading Price Action Triangles.
While there are different types of triangles, most traders look to trade these periods by anticipating a breakout. Related is the ascending triangle that is highlighted with an upward sloping trend-line. In both instances, traders are often looking to play breakouts of the horizontal support or resistance level this horizontal line is support for descending triangles, and resistance for ascending triangles. The following illustration shows a symmetrical triangle setup, along with how a trader may look to trade it: And for periods in which the market is ranging the article How to Analyze and Trade Ranges with Price Action went over the topic in detail.
We took this a step further in the article How to Identify Positive Risk-Reward Ratios with Price Action , so that traders can analyze the relevant swings to decide whether or not the potential trade given its management parameters would be warranted.
And of course, once we are in the trade, managing profits is a topic of key consideration. The following picture will illustrate this concept further: DailyFX provides forex news and technical analysis on the trends that influence the global currency markets.
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Easy, trading candlestick patterns in isolation! This has got to be the trap that every new trader trips over when they first open the door to trade price action, and continue to be stuck with this toxic mindset!
If the Forex price action pattern appears, it starts recording data. Candlestick patterns are awesome to use, but they should not be the first, or only factor in your trade decision making process. When analyzing the price action context, some things you need to consider are:. If I could illustrate my point here, I would show two charts.
The bad way, and the professional way to approach candlestick signals. Look at the flow chart above, is this level of decision making you take when putting your money on the line?
Now look at the chart below, this is how I recommend you approach a trade decision that involves a candlestick pattern. Give this a try…. If you look beyond the candlestick, you can see the market is very bullish. Any price action based signal is going to dramatically change in value depending what kind of market environment the trade setup forms in.
A similar structure to the previous example. This market is making higher highs, and higher lows — a bullish market, where we should be looking to buy only. A bullish rejection candle formed here, and off a trend swing level. The trade idea is within context and has a lot of technical value. The bullish rejection candlestick signal had good follow through, which is expected, because it was backed by many technical factors — aligning it with the market context.
This is a critical, and an overlooked step when evaluating a trade idea by many traders who are trying to learn price action. To begin, start your analysis from the top time frame — I recommend using the weekly chart for your entry point. The weekly chart offers a lot of value, big technical details that you might otherwise miss on your trading time frame. I mostly use the top time frame weekly chart for gathering information. Occasionally I will use the 1 hour chart for an aggressive swing trade entry, but only when I can build very strong top down analysis.
To illustrate why this is important, lets walk through an example where we disregard top down analysis and focus only on the trading time frame. From the weekly time frame we gather the key information I would normally bring down to the trading time frame. We can see price is testing a major weekly resistance level here. This is something we do not want to attempt to buy through. If anything, we could consider looking for sell signals off that level on our trading time frame.
Now we have the information in hand, keep it in mind. A classic scenario where the higher time frame analysis overpowers the single value of a candlestick trade signal on the trading time frame. In this case, it is bad practice to try and challenge the market by buying or selling through proven major turning points.
Without the top down analysis element here, we could have easily overlooked the major level, not even knowing the danger was there in the first place. Starting our top down analysis, we can see the price is testing a major level. We look to the left and see this level is a proven turning point, so we can only logically anticipate one thing — a good chance of a reversal occurring. We step down onto our trading time frame and see a bearish candlestick sell signal. This signal fits the context of the market, and aligns with our higher time frame analysis.
An authoritative counter trend signal which builds a very strong case to position against the existing market trend. Well, those catch phrases are only true while the trending context is relevant.
A lot of traders are very reluctant to move into lower time frames, due to a lot of misconceptions about trading on charts like the daily and weekly. Let me extinguish all your fires right here: Busting myths about trading Forex price action on the daily charts. Candlestick signals, and other trades will often form within these conditions, and may be tempting to trade — but are just too unreliable in an unstable market. A simple check to the left rule can be a good reminder to move on to the next chart, or wait for the next position.
We take one quick look to the left, and we see the market very cluttered and congested — just like a peak hour traffic jam. This immediately tags the signals as very risky. The unstable price action, and no clear market structure makes these types of charts very difficult to make money with. I just recently experienced this myself. My trade got caught in congestion for weeks, and the swap rate interest rate charges started to build up quite a bit.
Looking to the left of a bullish price action signal, we see a nice clear trending structure. The higher highs and higher lows give a nice clear picture to the left, which builds value into the bullish trade idea. Simply meaning, if you see bad conditions — leave the chart alone and come back when things have cleared up.
If you want to dive deeper into this topic, check out my tutorial: Learn how to trade price action in Forex without using indicators. One element to a trading decision, is the timing. There are many time-based nuances in trading price action, however in this segment, I am mostly focusing on breakout decisions. I speak from my swing trading experience, but this phenomenon would definitely seep into other trading strategies also. The fix is simple. Wait until London opens before you make any breakout decisions!
In my opinion, this one should be left to experienced traders — but here is some food for though. A price action breakout event occurs — the current daily candle breaks below the previous day candle.
In many cases, this could be a trigger for a breakout structured trade. But look what happens when we allow it to be triggered during the Asia session…. The key moment for this concept. Asia session is coming to an end, and London is about to open. The Asia breakout has faded, and is building strength going into the money sessions!
This is the point of failure. This is the reason right here why I avoid the Asia breakout triggers. If you frequently check your charts at the London open, you will see this price action event unfold many times. The London open is one of the best times to do your technical analysis, and to make your breakout trade decisions.
Nowhere is this posture more apparent than in Yen-pairings. Since then, the pair has ascended more than pips, and has the potential to run further. This is not too dissimilar than the move that took place in US Dollars in September of last year heading into the widely anticipated announcement of QE3. This continued through June, July, and August — all the way to the beginning of September for the next Federal Reserve meeting.
Notice that less than 2 weeks after the announcement of QE3, the low in US Dollars had already been inset; and the USD began a campaign of strength that has not yet stalled.
This is traders buying the rumor in this case, selling US Dollars in anticipation of QE3 , and selling the news buying back USD to cover short positions after the announcement took place. Is this going to happen in Yen? It still may be too early to tell, but as traders — there is risk in any position that we take; and this is precisely why risk and reward are such important elements of any trade that is taken: At its very best, any trade idea is, at its very best, a hypothesis.
Yen offers a compelling setup after the recent BOJ announcement. Within an hour of the article being published Jean Claude Junker offered some scorching commentary to the regards of the Euro being overvalued. The stop, at 1. The previous Price Action Setups article , from January 8, investigated a long EURJPY entry, of which we were fortunate enough to limit out a few short days after the article was published. This highlights the fact that in the currency market, trends and themes can change on the turn of a dime.
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Thank you so much Dale for such an article.
It also formed at a confluence of resistance at Oleste Cemelus August 28, at 6: