Revolutionary New MT4 Charting System Takes All The Guesswork Out of
Forex Trading And Allows Traders To Find Profitable Trades At Any
No more noise, no more "chart clutter"
Just a 80-90% certainty what direction price is going next!
Don't believe me? Then look at the two MT4 charts below and ask yourself which chart you would rather trade off of:
Or This One?
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WHICH INDICATOR DO YOU THINK GIVES YOU
Look at the chart below. It's a 5 minute chart for the EUR/USD, from November 27, 2009. There is nothing special about this time period (no economic news was released during this period) so your trading would have been strictly based on Technicals (Indicators). So which indicator (or set of indicators) do you believe would give you the best entry point to catch this short term trend and maximize your pips gained? Scroll down for my own analysis, using several of the more popular indictors and methods.
Specifically, priced dropped significantly during the 5 minute candle at 16:00, reversed course for 15 minutes, dropped for two more candles, and then started its long march up at the 16:30 candle. My question is, which indicator do you think gave you the best entry?
Over the past few years, I've relied upon the Heiken Ashii candles (2,6,3,2 settings), the Slope Direction Lines (34,2,0 and 9,3,0 settings), simple Support and Resistance lines and of course, the Anniversary Trade (which is a moving average crossover trade, for those of you who never read my book).
Obviously, there are dozens of other indicators, with a myriad of settings you could use, but I want to keep this shorter than a Tom Clancy novel, so lets just look at the indicators I've mentioned.
HEIKEN ASHII SMOOTHED
If you use the settings I mentioned (2,6,3,2), then your charts probably look a lot like this:
I know the price numbers along the right side are not really clear, but I have a clear copy in front of me, so just trust me to copy them here correctly. The first H/A candle to show signs of turning was at 16:40 (where the H/A was a red dot at the bottom and a blue wick running up). That candle closed at 1.4898. Since you can't really trust the mixed color candles too much, most traders would wait for the next candle to also close blue in color before jumping in. That price was 1.4904. So using the H/A candles, you would buy in at 1.4904 and have an 80 pip run in front of you. Definitely not too shabby.
SLOPE DIRECTION LINES
We discovered the slope lines a couple of years ago, and they have been a boon to our trading overall. Modeled after the Hull Moving Averages, the Slope lines can oftentimes get you in near the bottom, and out near the top if you have the patience to wait for the colors to change. Using settings of 34,2,0 for the "slow" line and 9,3,0 for the "fast" line, the trade calls for you to check the color of the slow line, and place trades as soon as the fast line changes to the same color. Similar to the Heiken Ashii candles, it's best to wait until the second candle closes after the color change, as this indicator tends to "repaint" when there is no clear trend under development.
Using the 2 Slope Line method, you can see that the "slow" line turns from red to green at 16:50. The color change locks in when the second candle closes at 16:55, and this is where you would enter your Buy order, at a price of 1.4910. So your entry would be 6 pips worse than using Heiken Ashii candles, but you still get a good entry price considering the way this trade unfolded.
SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE LINES
Support and Resistance lines are the backbone of virtually all trading. By waiting for price to break out of a range, and trading in the direction of the breakout, you give yourself a better than reasonable chance to get into a winning trade (most of you got the GBP/JPY trade I sent out a couple of weeks back, and that call was based on nothing more than a breakout from an increasingly diminished range, bounded by a support line at the bottom and a resistance line at the top).
For the trade we are examining, we actually have to go back in time a few hours to see exactly where those S & R lines would be placed.
You can see that price moved above 1.4884 during the 5 minute candle that opened at 11:15, and stayed within a range between 1.4884 and 1.4928 for more than four hours. Price finally broke that range at 16:00 hours, but did so to the downside. Price retraced back up to the original Support line and then headed back down again. Frankly, this would be a Sell signal in just about every trader's book. You would sell at 1.4875 or so, and set your stop loss just above the original Support line at 1.4884.
And you would have banked a loss on this trade. Just as soon as you got in, price turned back around and took off, not looking back for almost two hours.
This just goes to show, no method works 100% of the time, and everyone banks a losing trade now and then.
The upside to this trade is that after taking a probable 20 pip loss (I would have set my s/l around 1.4895), and within about a half hour, price broke out to the upside of the original range and you could have entered a buy at 1.4935 or so. This still left you with a chance to make a quick 40 pips and come out ahead by the time the trade ran out of steam.
However, in this case, Support and Resistance lines didn't give you the kind of love you would expect from a breakout trade. So far, you got the worst entry price, and you had a 20 pip deficit to erase before you got to see any profit on this trade. By far, this would be your worst option on this trade so far.
THE ANNIVERSARY TRADE
In my book and in several of my live events, I've mentioned how The Anniversary Trade was my bread and butter when I finally became a successful Forex trader. While I have strayed from my first love, moving towards more technical indicators to find trades, the fact is that this method of trading is just as sound today as it was 5+ years ago when I started using it.
Depending on which crossover you trade, your entry would have been at 1.4904 (the 4--red-- crossing up through the 16--white). If you wait until the 16 (white) crosses through the 60 (Blue) your entry would be at 1.4925. Both reasonable entries and both would put you in position to grab 50-80 or so pips this move made.
So looking back at the various results, you can see that any of the indicators got you in at pretty good prices...from 1.4904 to 1.4925. Using Support and Resistance was the least successful trading tool (for this particular trade...it is still an ultra-valuable trading tool to learn and will give you many more winners than losers.)
HERE IS THE TRUTH ABOUT EVERY INDICATOR YOU USE
All of your indicators need price to move 15-30 pips before they start triggering trades.
Since most of us are on quests just to make 10-20 pips, it just kills me to see pips get passed by while waiting for my indicators to kick in. If there was some way to get in on a move on the very ground floor (or at least the mezzanine) I could have my 10-20 pips already banked before the indicators began getting everyone else into the trade, and I could either close out the trade (happily, I might add) or hang in and grab a few extra pips as the momentum kicked in from all the other traders around the world jumping in when THEIR indicators started giving them the same signals.
I've spent months (years, even) trying just about every indicator known to man or beast, using every conceivable setting I can think of, and have reached the conclusion that just such an indicator does not exist.
Last week, I learned something shocking: I was right all along.
It's not an indicator I should have been searching for.
It's a charting method!!!
What I spent years looking for (and finally found) is called Renko Charting. It's a type of chart developed by the Japanese, and brought to the western world by Steve Nison (the guy who actually "wrote the book" on using candlesticks for trading). I'm not going to get too deep into all the theory behind how these charts differ from "normal" candlesticks...mostly because all the higher math just confuses me and makes me go cross-eyed...instead, I'm going to show you a chart generated by the Renko Charts, which covers the same trade we examined in the charts above.
The first thing I think you'll notice on these charts is the complete lack of "noise" that you see on regular candlestick charts. No long wicks, no protracted periods of sideways movement. Pretty much just up or down. Sometimes the Up moves last 1 or 2 candles, sometimes they last 8 or more candles (and of course, the same goes for downward moves as well).
If you are an aggressive trader, you get in the first time you see a blue candle or a red candle close (meaning the previous candle was the opposite color). You stay in until the color changes again. Or you can wait for two or even three candles to close, to make sure the trend is established, and then get in. Obviously, by waiting you are getting a worse price than you would get by jumping in on the first color change, but you are also avoiding getting into a set of whipsaw trades that do nothing but knock you out of trade after trade. And that can happen when price is in a tight trading range.
In this case, the first blue candle closed at 1.4885. That is 19 pips before you got the earliest signals from the other indicators I mentioned. The second candle closed at 1.4990, 14 pips before then other indicators told you to get into the trade.
If you are a more conservative type trader, there are a couple of other indicators you can add to the charts to give you added confidence before you place a trade. In the videos I created for using Renko, I'll show you the exact indicators I use, with their special settings, that get me into the best trades possible and make earning 30 pips on a trade as easy as pushing a button and walking away.
So How Do You Know When To Get Out Of a Trade?
The other issue is where to get out of the trade. You can see there were four red candles interspersed along the upward move. There are a few ways to deal with this, but I'm not going to bother getting into it here. The quiz question had to do with entries. But rest assured that there are simple and effective ways to stay in a trade and bank as many pips as there are for the taking, if you have the guts to stay in the trade. In the videos, I go over my exit strategy in full detail.
Watch A Renko Trade In Action