Thursday, January 03, 2008

Simple Forex strategies

I havent't recently updated this blog because, i am currently more focused on Stock Market, and system for sports betting which i recently created. When i will finish it, i wil give you link to this system, i suppose it will be free till the end of the season.

Anyway, simple forex strategies, what i mean by that? In my mind these are strategies that are very simple :). I often see guys with super advanced entry strategies. They use MACD, RSI, ADX, 10 different MAs and EMAs, Fibbonaci retracement, Elliot Waves to predict the best entry point.

I think it's funny.

Because often these guys do not realize that actually there are only two types of indicators.
  • Trend following - indicates whatever Market is in up or down trend (MACD for example)
  • Momentum - tells you if Market is overbought or oversold (RSI)
There are also Volume and Volatility indicators but they are not suitable for Forex market. So if you use more then 2 indicators then you can right now narrow your choice down to only two.

How many oscillators do i use? I use none or zero, so in my mind forex strategy with 2 indicators is still complex strategy. Traders often say that you need a lot of indicators to get rid of false signal. But what i found out when i started using many tools was that i got as many signals that i should take LONG position as for SHORT position. So, keep in mind the old saying: sometimes less is more.

After eliminating all oscillators we are left with very simple tools:
  • trend lines, as well as support and resistance levels
  • Fibbonacci retracement
When i trade Forex i also use two other tools the are not as much popular as MACD, RSI but they work for me.
  • Andrews' Pitchfork
  • Standard Deviation Channel
All of them, help me to determine trend, because what forex trading really comes down to is:

Determine trend, but do NOT try to predict future, it is impossible. determine trend based on what you already have on the chart. There are at least three types of trend: up, down, consolidation, i think i already said it, but it is worth repeating over and over.

Determine Take Profit and Stop Loss, GO IN. That's it.

Ok so to sum this up. You can build a very complex strategy or system if it works for you, it didn't work for me at all. But remember, do not underestimate value and importance of very simple tools like trend lines, fibbonacci retracement and standard deviation channels.

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