Saturday, November 15, 2008

How To Use Fibonacci Retracements In Your Trading

Written by Wayne McDonell, Chief Currency Coach FxBootcamp

Leonardo Fibonacci studied ratios. He should have been a forex trader. We use his ratios to study pull-backs on all time frames; from 1 min to monthly charts and everything in between.

What’s a pull-back? It’s a retracement of price from the direction of your fundamental bias. Let’s say you are bullish on a particular currency pair. In this case, your fundamental bias is up. The definition of an up trend is a series of higher highs and higher lows. Therefore, by definition, price WILL fall in a rising market. How far price falls is important.

I use Fibonacci studies to measure these pull-backs. My ideal pull-back only retraces 38.2-61.4%. If red candles turn green in this zone, I become bullish again and look for opportunities to buy.

Below are some examples from today.

Figure 2 is the CAD/JPY 4 hour chart. After rising back to the 200 EMA, the long term lagging indicator I use to judge “fair market value”, price begins to drop. If I were bullish on this pair, I’m happy to see it drop. I like to buy when price is low.

How to enter a Fibonacci Trade

Step 1: Measure the distance between the swing high and low.
Step 2: Wait for price to fall. You can trade while it falls, but I prefer to only trade in the
direction of my fundamental bias.
Step 3: If price falls into the “fib zone” of 38.2% - 61.8%, get ready.
Step 4: If price turns green, you may consider going long again. Use of moving averages and
oscillators are further levels of confirmation.

Figure 3 offers a great example. There are two large bullish engulfing candles that formed on the psychological level of 1.4600. This represents a nice reversal. However, the “long opportunity” is not created at that bounce.

If an uptrend is a series of higher highs and higher lows, we don’t have all the pieces in order yet. All we have is a new higher high. The conservative tactic is to not go long after you see big green candles. The tactic is to buy the pair after a high low has been created. This is especially attractive to see that higher low for exactly 61.8% from the swing high.

The next example from today was on this EUR/JPY 1 min chart. I have illustrated a 50% fib retracement. It’s a normal occurrence and happens dozens of times per day. However, can you see any other Fibonacci retracements in this example? Look at all the little swing highs and lows. I bet you can find plenty of reasonable setups.

In the video, you will see how I set up Fibonacci retracements for trade opportunities in the live market. Remember, if you are going to practice this methodology, do so on a demo account and do not trade real money until you have a track record of success.

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  1. How To Use Fibonacci Retracements In Your Trading. Friday, 14 November 2008 15:11:53 GMT.

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