Forex trading charts are an invaluable tool used by forex traders. The first thing you are going to notice when you fire up your trading platform will be those flashing numbers and graphs. These graphs are the bread and butter of forex trading. They will show you everything you need to know and with a little practice, you will be able to read and trade on them. In the beginning you will probably feel a bit overwhelmed by all the options and settings, but give it a few weeks and you will be reading ‘candlesticks’ and trend lines, like you have done nothing else your entire life. This article will look at some of the most commonly used signals on forex trading charts.
- Simple Moving Average
The simple moving average is often the first signal that forex traders learn. It’s a line running trough your graph showing you the running average for each time period. The moving average shows you the average price over a period of time. It’s different from a simple average in that the simple average will only return one number out of for example a set of 30, but the moving average will show you 30 averages from a set of 30 prices. This shows you the general trend over time and can be used to determine if you should buy or sell. If the price of a currency is above the moving average, then it may be a good time to sell and on the other hand, if the price is below the moving average, then you should consider buying.
- Bollinger Bands
Next signal on our list is the Bollinger Bands. This technical indicator shows you two lines that show you both the liquidity and volatility in the market. They are similar to support and resistance level lines. If the two lines are set far apart, it implies that there is a lot of action in the market, buying and selling. If they are close, then it means that the market is quite. After a quiet period, it often happens that the market moves in one direction forcefully. You can therefore use the Bollinger Bands in combination with other signals to look for these opportunities.
Stochastics show if the market is overpriced or underpriced by using a statistical measure. It involves using the simple or exponential moving average to test for these assumptions. Stochastics are good buy/sell signals.
- Parabolic Stop And Reversal
Also known as SAR, this is an indicator that can be used to determine if the trend has topped or bottomed out. This indicator can be used with other indicators to make sure you enter the market at the bottom and sell on the top or the other way around if you have a short position.
These are only some of many indicators, but they will go along way to helping you max out your profits and they are easy to learn and simple to spot on the charts.