Stop Loss Hunting in Forex

July 24, 2018 at 2:51 pm

If you are not new to forex trading, you have probably heard about the stop loss hunting myth and it can generally influence the way traders perceive the market. That is why in this article we will digest this issue and make clear once and for all if stop loss hunting is true or not and what any forex trader can do in order to avoid being involved in such situations.

Retail trading and conflict of interest

One thing that most of the retail traders do not know is that any broker that lacks regulation and internal ethic is basically functioning as a betting company. This type of broker is literally opening positions on the other side of the market without telling anything to traders.

Also, the broker can see where the majority of people is placing stop losses and take profits, and by widening the spread (the difference between the bid and ask price) is able to trigger stops and thus make clients lose money.

What should a trader do?

You as a trader cannot stop this kind of activity, but you can take some measure in order to protect yourself. You must start to think outside of the box and take precautions, so you won’t work with a broker that does what we have described above.

The first thing to do is to choose a broker regulated by a strong and popular financial watchdog. The Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States are just two examples with that respect.

Another important aspect is the liquidity provider your broker works with. 5 digits quotes and a clear chart can prove that.

It is also a good thing to check for other broker’s quotes to see if there are significant discrepancies between them. If the liquidity provider is different, the quotes might vary a bit, but significant differences should ring alarm bells.

Your trading strategy should also be set correctly. Most of the beginners lack a deep understanding of the markets and blame the broker for their losses.

Trading forex requires a lot of work and many things to take into account. The small details can add up and in the long run, can generate huge returns. Make sure to take into account all the information we have mentioned here in order to avoid working with an online broker that only looks after its interests.


Tips for Professional Forex Trading

July 2, 2018 at 2:51 pm

If you are reading this article you are most likely one of those that have a strong desire to achieve success in forex trading. However, when it comes to actually do what is required for that, you find it hard to implement all the things. Also, some of the information that had been given to you by all the “online expert traders” seems to be useless and that is why we want to give you a few trading tips that will certainly help you in your day to day activity.

Tip #1 Focus on the process not on the reward

We know that each one of you is trading because each of you wants to have more money. That is a fact which can’t be denied. However, focusing on the money and not paying 100% of your attention to the process that will eventually lead you to have more money, can end up with you actually losing money and become emotional when it comes to forex trading.

How you treat this activity is crucial if you want to be a professional forex trader. We’ve emphasized in a previous article, that treating forex like a business is the best way a person could approach this process.

Also, as we have learned from Jesse Livermore, understanding the fundamentals of the market and tracking its performance represent aspects of the trading process that you should focus on.

Tip #2 Constantly improve your game

Maybe you are one of those that already manage to get results trading forex. Maybe you have understood the market rhythm and you have developed a trading strategy that makes money. Congratulations on that, but things do not end here. There always room for the better, so this tip is to constantly look for ways that will improve your performance. You can do that by reviewing your trading activity. By doing so, you will be able to spot subtle details in your trading that could be optimized.

Tip #3 Don’t take yourself too serious

Even though you might be taking into account all the good information about trading (which is relatively impossible to do) you are still going to make mistakes. Agonizing on those mistakes and not be able to move forward can be a huge roadblock in your journey. Learn to embrace your weaknesses and your vulnerabilities and accept yourself just as you are right now. Without doing these things, you won’t be able to become a better person that you are now.


Should You Rely on RSI in Forex?

April 30, 2018 at 7:18 am

The Relative Strength Index is probably one of the most popular price indicators and it is being used by those traders who are at the beginning with forex trading. However, the indicator might be misleading for most of the traders, as they fail to understand it properly, which leads to some painful mistakes. In this article, we will cover the basics of RSI and we will also try to answer the question: Is RSI good for Forex trading?

General Information about RSI

What is RSI?

It is a technical indicator used to measure the strength of a particular trend, based on the closing price for a given period of time. The most popular period is 14, but other ones could be used, as well. The indicator can have a value between 0 and 100, with two levels being used as a threshold in order to determine in what kind of environment a particular asset is in.

If the RSI is located around or below the 30 level, that means we are in an oversold condition. A value above the 70 level will mean that an overbought condition is in play. Simple enough to understand, but some particularities will need to be taken into account in order to use the indicator properly.

Is RSI reliable?

It could be, but you must apply it in a certain context. Technical analysis is like an art, it can be mastered with time and in order to do that, you must practice and go over a lot of mistakes.

Now, getting back to RSI, let’s take an actual example from the chart. You can see below the EURUSD on the 4h chart and three situations we’ve spotted, two oversold and one overbought.

RSI trading

You can see that the market started to move in the opposite direction each time. The first thing to take into account is to use the indicator on a higher time frame. You could find signals on the smaller time frames, but it will most likely generate a lot of false signals.

The second thing and the last is to take signals that form on the dominant side of the market. In the example above, the pair had been in a bullish trend and buying the pair on oversold conditions would have generated strong signals, as it is highlighted on the chart.




Understanding the Market Rhythm

April 26, 2018 at 7:21 am

An ordinary forex trader will go out and learn technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and sentiment analysis, as all the books and online courses are saying, but only a few go deeper than that and learn some subtle details of the market. That is what we are going to do today, as we aim to explain a bit what the market rhythm is and how it could help you to anticipate recurrent patterns in the market.

What does rhythm have to do with Forex?

Well, it does. The market functions exactly like a car piston. It cannot move in a single direction, without moving in the opposite. No matter how an impulsive trend it, if you zoom on the smaller time frames, you will see counter trend players. Their influence is small, but it exists. Now, this series of moves on both sides sometimes has predictable unfolding.

Let’s see an example from the chart, to explain the concept better.

Below we have the EURUSD on the 1h chart, a pair which had performed very well in 2017. What we have spotted there is a series of legs that are similar to each other.

Market rhythm

The legs a, c, e, and g are considered consolidations on the other side of the dominant trend. On the other hand, legs b, d, f, and h, are impulsive moves in the dominant side of the market, since they cover more ground.

What we can notice there is this pattern of small consolidations followed by impulsive moves occurring four. This is what we mean by market rhythm. Is a recurring behavior of price which can lead to an anticipation of the future movements.

What you need to understand, though, is that not all the moves will be exactly the same. The length will be different, maybe some of them will cover more ground than the others. In such a liquid environment like the forex market, it is possible. What is important is to develop your focus and discipline in order to be able to spot this kind of price structure. Combined with a technical strategy it can lead to successful forex trades, for sure.


How to Think Outside of the Box in Forex

April 22, 2018 at 7:18 am

You’ve probably heard this phrase a lot of times and you haven’t manage to understand it. Also, even though you manage to understand, you don’t really find a way to apply it, so your actions will evolve for the better. Today we’ll cover this topic related to market psychology and mindset of trading and hopefully, you will be able to get what this is all about. We must say from the start that thinking outside of the box is a skill that can be practiced with time, so don’t worry if you are not able to master it right now.

Crowd behavior and its bad consequences

The Forex market is formed of a large number of people – a crowd and the way it evolves over is a result of the actions this large group makes. Some of them have a higher influence than other and so forth, but the bottom line is that crowd behavior drives the market.

If we analyze this crowd, we could see that we can split it into more categories. We will stick to just one of them- losers and winners, for the sake of the current subject.

People that are part of the winning side are able to understand the force of crowd behavior and anticipate what could influence that behavior in the future ahead. If they can anticipate the behavior that could lead to the anticipation of the market moves.

Forex mindset


Thinking outside of the box simply means having a collateral view of the situation and managing to form objective conclusions. A person who thinks outside the box will never act impulsively and will never take a trading position just because he thinks all the people are doing that.

The crowd behavior is influenced by emotions and if we talk about professional forex trading, those emotions must not intervene in the decision-making process. That is why most of the people do not manage to generate profits. They act impulsively most of the time, while professionals manage to think outside of the box and anticipate future moves. Easy to talk about, but it can take years to master this skill, so make sure to start from now.


Risk Aversion and Forex Trading

April 15, 2018 at 7:18 am

In order to understand better the market psychology, this time we will discuss another interesting concept, which is the risk aversion. The current economic context is another reason why we want to approach this subject. The global economy had been expanding since 2011 and since 2009 in the United States. A recession is something normal in this case, as the economic cycles principle is stating. During those periods, risks aversion appears as the market sentiment deteriorates. Let’s dig into this subject and see what the particularities of this concept are.

What is risk aversion?

Risk aversion is a situation when the market participants are no more willing to invest their money in risky assets (stocks, precious metals, commodities etc) and place their money into safe assets (bonds, bank deposits etc.) due to economic contraction, political uncertainty, natural disasters or any other even with a significant negative impact on the economy.

Risk aversion


Periods with high-risk aversion have low market performance associated and thus returns are low, especially for long-term investors.

What should forex traders do during these periods?

What usually happens in the forex market is that investors are buying safe-haven currencies. We’ve covered the topic of safe-havens in a previous article and you can check it as well.

During the last severe economic crisis, which took place back in 2018, the yen, US dollar and the Swiss franc had been the biggest gainers, due to their safety profile.

Our assumption is that due to extreme nonconventional monetary policy from the Switzerland National Bank, the franc might not be able to gain as much as the yen or the US dollar.

The biggest economy of the world at this point, the United States, and US bonds are considered to be safe, that is why investors are selling currencies in order to buy US dollars so they will be able to buy bonds.

Also, following the crisis of 2018, the major central banks had embarked on a road of easy money, lowering rates and printing money, leaving them with little room for action in case another economic contraction takes place. Protection is the first objective when risk aversion is high and that is what you should do, as well, not expecting huge returns in short periods of time.


Treating Forex like a Business?

March 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm

We won’t talk about any strategy or economic subject this time. Instead, we want to focus on something that is more like a psychological skill professional and successful traders manage to develop over time. It is in their mindset to have this approach and we’ll talk about it in a few seconds. What we are going to discuss won’t make you a millionaire in the next few months (sorry, if you were hoping that), but it will definitely help you be more prosperous and be more abundant.

How ordinary traders approach forex trading

If you have been trading for at least a few months, you are now able to spot some patterns in your behavior, which repeat themselves over and over again. The main thing that characterizes beginners is their rush to get rich quickly.

forex trading


There is no reason to hide the fact that all the traders join this activity because they want to be wealthier than they are now. But in order to overcome a current condition, things are more complicated than most of you think.

The first step towards that should be to have a different approach towards forex trading. You, as most of the traders, lost money sometimes and you’ve seen with your own eyes how tough it is to make money trading.

What you need to do is treat forex trading like any ordinary business. People see it as some kind of Holy Grail of infinite mine of wealth which they could have access to. In fact, trading is just like any other business. It is a competition between individuals and companies. It is a place with few winners and a lot of losers. It might be harsh for some of you to admit this, but folks, this is the truth.

Even though you will face losses, you have to learn how to deal with them and manage to succeed in this tough environment. By choosing the path of forex trading, you will become a more evolved person than you are now. That is the most important, probably more important than money – becoming a better person as you progress throughout life.

Jesse Livermore and Forex Trading

March 14, 2018 at 12:56 pm

For those of you that heard about Jesse Livermore, you will find a little weird the analogy with forex trading. However, his methodology was focused on the technical aspects of price and that is why you may find some useful information which could be applied to trading.

If you really want to learn more about him, we recommend the book “How to trade in stocks”. It is very short to read, but it really contains a lot of interesting and valuable points.

Jesse Livermore


Briefings about Jesse Livermore

He is regarded by many as one of the greatest speculators of all times. He made and lost fortunes at the beginning of the twentieth century. During the great crash of 1929, he made around 100 million US dollars, by shorting the US stock market.

What stands out from his approach to trading was the focus on technical aspects of price. He kept journals with price changes, as you will see from the book we’ve mentioned above.

At that particular time, the fundamental analysis was trending, since the technology was not as it is today and it was pretty tough to monitor charts.

If you decide to read his book, you will find a lot of interesting things about crowd psychology and market sentiment. No get-rich-quick scheme can be found there, but instead, a thorough analysis of markets and how they behave from a technical point of view.

What can forex traders learn from Jesse Livermore?

First, its desire to accomplish everything that he wanted. He came from a really small town, started trading with 5 dollars and managed to be successful in a field where most fail.

Second, it is his unique mindset and approach that helped him generate the wealth he had. Although he had a terrible personal life, from a professional point of view we cannot judge him.

Make sure to study his life and work and you will find a lot of inspiring things about trading, especially if you are one of those that need to start with huge disadvantages. Hope you enjoyed the material and stay tuned for the next ones.

Parabolic Structures and Forex Trading

March 7, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Today we’ll talk about a pattern that occurs many times in the forex market, on most of the pairs and on any time frame. We will describe the parabolic price structure and how you could use it for trading. However, we must begin by saying there are many forms of patterns that occur over and over in the markets. You just need concentration and pattern recognition skills in order to be able to spot them. You don’t need to apply the basics of fundamental analysis, although you could have a higher edge by combining both.

Parabolic structure – a common pattern in the forex market

In order to help you understand better what we are talking about, let’s take an actual example. Below you can see the GBPUSD on the 5 minutes chart. We’ve spotted a parabolic structure yesterday, March 30th 2018.

parabolic structure


Let’s describe the actual context. If you zoom out to the daily chart, you will see that Cable had been under pressure for a few days in a row. However, as the end of the month was near, some profit taking might have been in play. That is why we see the leg up on the left of our screenshot.

After a few hours of buying, the price ran into a resistance level, located at 1.4060 and then started to consolidate. What stands out is the shift in the price relationship with the 20 EMA.

We’ve used the 20 EMA to help us spot a change in the market mood and you can see that sellers were showing signs of strength once the price action had begun to treat the 20 EMA as resistance, not as support.

There were a few rejections off the EMA, which is good news for sellers, as they could enter the market at a better price. What resulted is a nice parabolic-shaped price formation which can be used efficiently especially for with-trend trading.

Hope you will manage to spot formations like this one in the future and maybe you will be able to spot other kinds of formations as well. This type of recurring formations happen all the time, you just need the experience to see them unfolding.