We are going to round off our introductory technical analysis series, in the last three articles, by putting together what we’ve learnt so far. It’s fine having all this new knowledge, but how do you use it in the real world? Technical analysis is a multi-talented tool that can be used for many things in your trading – not just direct price analysis. So this week, we are going to look at how you can use technical analysis to design, build and implement a trading strategy. In our final two articles, we will see how you can apply technical analysis in your risk and trade management and how you can use it to improve your results! [Read more…]
Previously we looked at the Line Break chart which was great for spotting possible reversals. In this article, we look at an approach that can filter out some of the psychological issues you may be having with your analysis. If you’re struggling with the ‘noise’ of the charts and information overload in your trading, then Kagi charting could be just the thing for you to add to your trading arsenal. Kagi charts were developed in Japan in the 1870’s when their stock market started trading and were used to track the price movement of rice. They were used to give a much more transparent picture of where the price of an individual asset was headed independent of time. Due to the global world we live in and the advancement in charting software, techniques such as Kagi charting are now available to all of us. [Read more…]
In the last article we looked at Fibonacci. In part 14, we look at something that is visually similar: Pivot Points. I find that Pivot Points are one of the best tools for trading intraday FX or Stock Market Indices. Like Fibonacci, they give you a road map for price support and resistance. At times they behave like magnets towards the price action and because of this, a trader can use these pivot points to anticipate future short term price action. They can be used in the longer term, but in my experience, this approach isn’t so popular. [Read more…]
In the last article we looked at how to determine whether markets were trending or ranging. In Part 13, we look at a very interesting method used to calculate support and resistance and capture the behaviour and psychology in any given market: Fibonacci. Fibonacci has become an extremely popular tool amongst technical analysts. [Read more…]
In terms of Technical Analysis applications, Renko Charts at first glance could appear to be as ‘way out’ as it gets – the work of some Technical Analysis boffin with too much time on their hands! In fact, Renko charts aren’t some new tool created by the technological revolution, but have their roots firmly embedded in eighteenth century Japan. They were originally applied to trade Rice and formed the building blocks for a robust trading strategy.
What are Renko charts?
These charts were named from the Japanese word for bricks, “Renga”. This type of chart completely ignores time and focuses solely on price changes that meet a minimum requirement. Renko charts use price “bricks” that represent a fixed price move. They move up or down in 45 degree lines with one brick per vertical column. Because of this unique approach to charting, it creates some great analytical applications for trading.