Forex Trading And Trendline Tools


It is difficult for Forex traders to realize that the currency market is extremely unpredictable. As new traders spend a long time trying to learn the mechanics of the foreign exchange trade and focus their time and energy on trying to find a method for predicting movements, they naturally expect there to be rules governing the movement of the market. 

This not being the case, many traders find themselves at a disadvantage. While Forex traders have a number of tools at their disposal, which allow them to judge the right time to open or close a position, many prefer to rely mostly on one tool. 


So, having opened a position, they watch their favorite indicator and, to a large extent, base their trading decisions solely on it, ignoring the others.

This works well enough until that indicator starts telling them something different from what the others are. Traders caught in a open position which their favorite tool is telling them to hold, will often do so, despite the fact that other tools are telling them to close and get off the market, and end up losing money. 

The basic problem, of course, is that the trader is not looking at the market as is, but through the lenses of his own expectations about it and further using his favorite indicator to reinforce those ideas instead of looking at the bigger picture. 

And, encouraged by the fact that his chosen indicator is forecasting the profit he wants, the trader is focusing more on money than on the market. 

If the Forex market was not unpredictable, it would collapse because all traders would profit all the time. There are many tools that can help traders predict the direction of the market and they usually do an efficient job. 

But even in the hands of the most experienced traders, the best tools occasionally fail to predict the market’s movements correctly. Losing in trade because of predicting the market wrongly is an innate part of Forex trading and traders need to accept it. 

Besides, they need to learn to avoid getting in a position where they do not have many choices. For this, the trader needs to accept the fact that the foreign exchange market pretty much has a mind of its own and the traders have to follow its movements instead of trying to make it go in the direction they want it to.

Forex Trading Tools

There is no one single super smart Forex trading tool which gives you profit, profit and more profit. The only possible solution is to use a combination of different tools to identify the favorable market forces to get a maximum number of high probability trades over a period of time. 

Trendlines are the most popular and reliable Forex trading tool which many successful traders give their testimonial for.

The Three Trend line Strategy

Trend Lines are an important tool for trend identification and confirmation in technical analysis. It is a straight line that connects two or more price points and then extends into the future to guide you.

There will be lines drawn across significant lows in an uptrend, and significant highs in a downtrend. To roughly classify trend lines, we can divide them into three as short term trendlines, medium term trendlines and long term trendlines.

  1. Short Term Trendlines
Draw these lines across the most recent two lows for an uptrend or across most recent two highs for a downtrend. Best observations are found on a smaller time frame such as a 15 minute or 30 minute chart.

  1. Medium Term Trendlines
These are best observed on a higher time frame like a 60 minute chart. It either connects the nearest significant low to current price action to the previous significant low in an uptrend or the nearest significant high to current price action to the previous significant high in a downtrend.

  1. Long Term Trendlines
It uses higher time frames such as the 4 hour chart or the daily chart to draw long term trendlines using the same method of Medium Term Trendlines. 

The long term trend line is considered as an effective Forex trading tool. The daily chart is used mostly by traders of big institutions who do not usually engage in small moves on an intra day level.

By drawing a trend line on a daily chart you can graphically analyze where price is and where it is likely to bounce. But employ trendlines as a Forex trading tool with caution and discretion. Covering your charts with every trend line possible will result in confusion and blurry analysis.
 
It is not a good idea to rely completely on a short time trend line. They merely give you a defined picture of current price action. These are broken often during the course of a day. Their main use is to give you a clear, instantly recognizable graphical representation of current price behavior.

If you notice price coming back to test a trend line on the higher time frames, look at other factors. Draw in horizontal lines to mark key support and resistance using previous highs and lows. 

Draw Fibonacci retracement and extension levels. Calculate the daily pivot points and put them on your chart. Have the 200 EMA (Exponential Moving Average) shown on your charts.

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