The rationale for this permissiveness is based on the size of the forex markets, to wit, that it is so large that it is nearly impossible for a trader or group of traders to move currency rates in a desired direction. But what the authorities frown upon is collusion and obvious price manipulation.
If the trader does not resort to collusion, they do run some risks when initiating their million short euro position, specifically the likelihood that the euro may spike in the 15 minutes left before the 4 p. Asleep at the switch. The forex scandal, coming as it does just a couple of years after the huge Libor -fixing disgrace, has led to heightened concern that regulatory authorities have been caught asleep at the switch yet again.
The Libor-fixing scandal was unearthed after some journalists detected unusual similarities in the rates supplied by banks during the financial crisis. The forex benchmark rate issue first came into the spotlight in June , after Bloomberg News reported suspicious price surges around the 4 p.
Bloomberg journalists analyzed data over a two-year period and discovered that on the last trading day of the month, a sudden surge of at least 0. While this phenomenon was observed for 14 currency pairs, the anomaly occurred about half the time for the most common currency pairs like the euro-dollar. Note that end-of-the-month exchange rates have added significance because they form the basis for determining month-end net asset values for funds and other financial assets.
The irony of the forex scandal is that Bank of England officials were aware of concerns about exchange rate manipulation as early as Years later, in , Bank of England officials reportedly told currency traders that sharing information about pending customer orders was not improper because it would help reduce market volatility.
Growing repercussions. At least a dozen regulators - including the U. Carney took the helm at the BOE in July , after garnering worldwide acclaim for their adroit steering of the Canadian economy as Governor of the Bank of Canada from to mid The Bottom Line.
The rate manipulation scandal highlights the fact that despite its size and importance, the forex market remains the least regulated and most opaque of all financial markets. Like the Libor scandal, it also calls into question the wisdom of allowing rates that influence the value of trillions of dollars of assets and investments to be set by a cozy coterie of a few individuals. Although none of the traders or their employers has been accused of wrongdoing in the forex scandal to date, stiff penalties may be in store for the worst offenders.
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If you look at the three highlighted candles below, it is easy to conclude that sellers are in control of price. The candles all closed lower than they opened, they all created new lows beyond the previous candles low and they all had small upper wicks in comparison to the candle body. The small upper wicks indicate that buyers were unable to push price up by much. It has a short upper wick, a small body, and a long lower wick.
This is what I call an indecision candle. Indecision candles occur when neither buyers or sellers can gain and maintain control of price. They are common, but if used in the right way, they can be very powerful. Take a look at this bullish trend yellow highlight , it is a strong trend, there are several bullish candles heading towards an area of resistance.
The big bullish candles tell us that during the highlighted period buyers were in complete control of price. Large Upper Wick Blue Highlight A large upper wick shows that buyers tried to continue the bullish trend but failed. Sellers took control of price and pushed it down. Small Bearish Body Green Highlight The small bearish body shows that sellers were able to close lower than the open. This is significant because in the three candles before this price consistently closed higher than open.
This shows us that buyers are losing power. Small Lower Wick Red Highlight The small lower wick shows us that sellers were not able to gain much ground either. This tells us that sellers are not strong enough to turn price around completely. However, they are strong enough to stall further buyer movement.
All together this indecision candle forming right after strong bullish candles suggests that power has shifted from a decidedly bullish buyer market to an undecided market. While sellers are not in control, neither are buyers. If you remember, in the previous chapter we talked about resistance being a sell area and support being a buy area. So the image above shows us three strong bullish candles heading into a resistance area. And then…. This tells us that the sell area is working.
When price pushed into that area sell orders triggered and buyers could no longer continue up. Price action allows you to take many different types of trades, reversals, continuations, range, swing, breakout and scalp trades to name a few. In my free Forex trading strategy I will focus on one type of setup, the easiest to spot and trade, reversal. Reversals are one of the strongest price action setups, and one of the easiest to trade.
And because they occur so often, you can trade this setup exclusively and be a profitable trader. In fact, for years Forex trading strategy focussed on reversals only. However, these days I trade more price action setups. In the example above, the preceding trend is a very strong bearish move, indicating that there are a lot of bears in the market and very few bulls. If bulls were strong then price would not be trending down.
The preceding trend shows us that bears sellers have strong control of price and they are pushing price down into a support area. The opposite applies for a bullish preceding trend which would show bulls buyers trending towards resistance, as you see below.
A preceding trend can be formed by as little as one candle. If the candle is strong and covers a lot of price distance, I categorise it as a preceding trend for the purposes of reversal trading. Preceding trends are pretty simple. As long as you see a strong move heading into an area of support or resistance, you can consider it a preceding trend. A reversal setup will have one to three indecision candles.
The indecision candles need to form on or near to the support and resistance area. If indecision does not form on or near to the area of support and resistance, it is not a valid reversal setup. An indecision candle in a bullish preceding trend indicates that buyers are possibly losing control, and sellers may be gaining control. In a bearish preceding trend it indicates that sellers are losing control and buyers may be gaining control. However, an indecision candle does not indicate that price will reverse with any degree of certainty.
You cannot take a trade based solely on indecision. The image below shows indecision forming between support and resistance. What about when a bullish preceding trend heads into an area of resistance sell area or a bearish trend into support buy area and indecision forms? But we cannot enter just yet, we need confirmation, which comes in at part three of a reversal setup. The reversal trend is the third and most important part of a reversal setup. This is where we make our profit! After a preceding trend stalls at support, and indecision forms, you often see a reversal trend.
The image below shows a bearish reversal trend forming after indecision on resistance. In this case we saw a transition of power from a bullish preceding trend to a bearish reversal trend separated by a stall on resistance. In this chapter I will show you how to use my Forex trading strategy to trade reversals profitably. My Forex trading strategy was built on reversal trading. It has now expanded beyond just reversals, but reversal trading is where it all started.
Over the years I have refined reversal trade entries into a simple step-by-step process. You need to enter the reversal trade after part two indecision closes, but before part three reversal trend completely takes off. Obviously if you enter after the reversal trend takes off, it is too late.
In the image below you see a preceding trend heading into support, indecision, and a failed reversal trend. If you entered too early, you would have failed this trade. Many people wait for a candle close to get in, but I have tested this thoroughly and waiting for closes gets you in too late.
In the image below you can see the first candle in the reversal trend closing far from support. The key to reversal trading, or any trading for that matter is getting in at the right time. I have tested countless entry methods in the last 15 years.
When indecision forms on an area of support or resistance, you can use the high or low of the indecision candle as an entry trigger and as a stop loss. In the image above indecision has formed on resistance after a bullish preceding trend, so we want to enter a short reversal trade.
We set our entry a few pips below the low of the indecision candle, and our stop loss a few pips above the highest point of the candle. In trading, highs and lows are very important. If a new low is created from resistance it indicates sellers have taken control of price, which means we want to be short.
Our stop loss sits above the high as a break of that high would indicate buyers have regained control of price. For long trades you set your entry a few pips above the high of indecision, and a few pips below the low. Targets are also very easy, you need to make sure your target comes before major barriers like the next area of support or resistance. So, if you enter a long reversal from support, make sure that your target is before the next resistance area.
The minimum risk to reward ratio I use is This means that my target has to be a minimum of 1. If there is a major barrier like the next support and resistance area in the way of my minimum target I skip the trade. In the image above the support area is before my minimum target of 1. This strategy works on every single Forex pair, and it also works in other markets like cryptocurrencies, options, futures, stocks and everything. If your broker does not support 6, 8 and 12 hour time frames you need to find a broker who does, or simply use a charting platform separate to your broker.
While this strategy can be traded with just the 4 hour and daily time frames, there is absolutely no sense in sacrificing potential trades because your broker is too outdated to provide new time frames. Thanks for the lectures, ur write up seems to b from experience.
Please prescribe some good books I can read about forex, especially price action. If you can send me PDF I will be grateful. Thank you. This looks more practical than the theorical candlestick patterns that looks like an uphill task to find on the chart. Pls can I be in contact with you? If you have a telegram channel, can you share link here so I can join? I really love and enjoyed the lesson.
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Demand areas occur where buyers have entered the market aggressively. The price rallied and has not returned. If the price returns to that level, traders will be watching to see if the buying picks up again, pushing the price back up. Continuation patterns occur during a trend. Assume the trend is up, and a triangle forms. Because of the uptrend, the price has a slightly higher chance of breaking out to the upside because the trend is up.
The same concept applies during a downtrend when a pattern forms. The strategy here is to wait for a trend to form, and then wait for a pattern, and then only trade if the price breaks out of the pattern in the trending direction. Price action reversals occur when the rules of an uptrend or downtrend are violated.
Once one of these basic rules is violated, the trend is in trouble. If both rules are violated, the trend will reverse based on the waves being viewed. Consider an uptrend that is making higher swing highs and lows. When it makes a lower swing low, this is a warning sign. If the price then makes a lower swing high as well, this means that a reversal is underway. This does not mean that things cannot go back the other way, allowing the uptrend to resume.
The evidence simply indicates that a reversal is likely to happen. The below Tesla [TSLA] chart shows a price action reversal from uptrend to downtrend, and then back to an uptrend. Price rejection is when the price tries to move through an important level, but then reverses direction because there is not enough force to maintain the trading momentum.
Rejections often result in hard and fast moves in the opposite direction. Here is what to watch out for:. In all cases, the candles had long tails, which indicate the last failed attempts to breakout. Bricks only occur at degree angles and they stay the same colour until a reversal occurs.
A reversal is when the price moves two-bricks in the opposite direction. Renko charts work well in trending markets. If the Renko chart stays the same colour and the trend continues, traders should stick with the trade. But if it reverses, then it may be time to exit the position. The Tesla chart we previously looked at has been recreated below, using Renko blocks.
They would have kept the trader in for the entire rally starting in March. Scalping is a trading strategy where profits and losses are taken quickly, as trades typically last a few minutes or less. In the share market, it may mean risking a few cents a share in or order to make a few cents. Scalping involves entering and exiting a position quickly to take advantage of small price movements, for whatever a small price move is considered to be for that asset.
Many scalpers typically use 1-minute charts. To do this, traders look for engulfing patterns to signal an entry, such as when a candle in the trending direction envelops a candle in the pullback direction. This occurs during a pullback. Below, arrows mark the engulfing patterns that signal potential trade entries on the Alcoa [AA] 1-minute chart.
While this is one example of a scalping strategy, all the prior discussed strategies and concepts could be used for price action. Swing traders typically use hourly, 4-hour, and daily charts to find trade setups, although they may use minute or 5-minute charts to fine-tune their market entries. As you can interpret, the price rallies, puts in a swing high, declines and then enters a short-term downtrend, before rallying back to the prior high.
Given that the trend is down and the price has entered a supply area, this is a potential short trade. If you were to let the price enter the supply area, it would often exceed the prior high. The arrow marks the breakout of the consolidation, to the downside in this case.
When buying and taking a long position, a stop loss goes below the recent swing low. When shorting an asset, you could place it above the recent swing high. In both events, this controls the risk of the price sinking too low, or rising too high. For Renko charts, you could exit when the bricks reverse direction and change colour.
Price action traders need to lock in profits. This can be done in a variety of ways. That is a risk-reward ratio. For scalping, 1. For swing trading, or higher is common, but traders can determine for themselves their desired risk-reward ratio. Other exit methods include using price action itself. If you enter a trade because a downtrend has started, stay in the trade until the trend reverses.
Price action dictates when to get out by providing evidence that the price is turning. If entering at a supply area, consider exiting at demand. If entering near a demand area, consider exiting near supply. Seamlessly open and close trades, track your progress and set up alerts. Most price action traders do not use indicators, but some may if it helps them better identify entry, stop loss, and target levels. The Fibonacci retracement is drawn on a chart from a low to a high in an uptrend , or a high to low in a downtrend.
It indicates areas where the price could pull back to. The levels are In a strong trend, pullbacks are typically shallow, often only reaching the The following chart shows a modest uptrend in crude oil. The last wave up is used to draw the retracement tool. You can reverse this method if price is falling.
Then, wait for a trade signal as discussed prior. There is a strong move to the upside after the price drops below the This is a potential buy signal. Traders often wait for the price to move out of these areas during trends to help confirm trades. During an uptrend, traders will look to buy when the RSI moves below 30 and rallies above.
During a downtrend, traders will look to short when the RSI moves above 70 and drops below. Other price action signals are typically used to confirm these signals. The RSI dropped below 30 and then rallied back above, at the same time that the price action and the Fibonacci retracement also signalled an entry.
A stochastic can be used to help spot turning points and confirm price action signals. It is used in a similar way to the RSI. A trader that is interested in trading a price action signal can watch for the stochastic to move through the signal line.
If contemplating a long trade, they should wait for the price action signal and for the stochastic to move above the signal line.
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