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Forex Trading Strategy - Candlestick Patterns

Forex Trading Strategy - Candlestick Patterns The Forex currency market is the largest financial exchange in the world and allows traders to capitalize upon certain trends to yield profits. There are many Forex trading strategies a trader could use to profit in this business. This article explains what specific candlestick patterns I look for to make some very profitable trades.

Candlesticks in Forex Trading - There are a few things you need to know when trading candlesticks. In my experience, the 30 minute charts are the best ones to use when trading candlestick patterns. You must always wait for the candles to complete to make sure the candlestick pattern is complete. Do not guess where the candle will close and try to get into a trade early.

There are many different candlestick patterns, however some are more dependable than others. The ones I use are called engulfing patterns. Specifically "Bullish Engulfing" and Bearish Engulfing". Both of these are reversal patterns and are considered to be some of the most profitable candlestick patterns to trade. When the candle body engulfs the previous candles body, this is called an "engulfing" pattern. Bullish engulfing patterns are usually found at price bottoms and bearish engulfing patterns are found at price tops.

How to Trade Engulfing Candles - To trade engulfing candlestick patterns, you're looking for an end of a run up or run down in price. This does not have to be a strong trend but it does need to have some momentum that appears to be coming to an end. A good indication of a trend coming to an end is when the bodies of the candles are getting smaller in size. That means the momentum may be running out and this is when you should be looking for a reversal in price action. This could also be the beginning of a consolidation period, so we need to be aware of that.

In an uptrend, when price is going up, we look for an "up" candle immediately followed by a "down" candle, where the body of the "down" candle engulfs the previous "up"' candle. This is the setup we want to see and we take the short trade immediately following the close of this candlestick. Next, we count how many pips away the top of the highest last 2 candles are, including the wick, and add 5 pips. This is our Stop Loss. Our Take Profit target should be set to twice this value. For example, if our stop loss is 33 pips away, then our take profit should be at least 66 pips. Money management, or your risk to reward ratio, are key in this business. A long trade would be similar to a short trade except we're looking for a downtrend reversal to get into a trade.

You can search around the web for forex candlestick patterns and learn all you need to know about them, but remember there are so many of them, you need to just focus on a few. As I mentioned, the engulfing candlestick patterns are some of the best patterns to trade so if you stick with those, you'll do very well.

About the Author:

Andrew Daigle is the owner and author of many successful websites including ForexBoost, www.forexboost.com for free Forex educational resources to learn Forex trading strategies and partners with Forex Confidential, www.forex-confidential.com for live trading sessions and their very profitable forex trading signals service.

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