Learn to use charts and graphs to identify potential trading opportunities buying, or selling CFD and forex instruments.
THE ART OF IDENTIFYING TRENDS
Technical analysts believe that prices move in trends, and price movements generally follow established patterns that can be partly attributed to market psychology based on the widely-held belief that participants in markets react in a similar fashion when faced with similar situations.
The field of technical analysis is based on three important assumptions:
The price of a security automatically factors in economic conditions.
The impact of events such as interest rate changes, or the latest inflation reports are automatically factored into the currency price through the actions of buyers and sellers in the market.
When it comes to pricing, history tends to repeat itself.
Technical analysts track historical prices and traded volumes in an attempt to identify trends. They use graphs and charts to plot this information, and for this reason are sometimes referred to as chartists. By attempting to quantify historical performance, technical analysts seek to identify repeating patterns as a means to signal future buy and sell opportunities.
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Trading on Technicals
This video is designed to introduce traders to technical analysis to demonstrate how you can add these mathematical studies to your trading charts. While this lesson does not require you to have any past experience with technical indicators, it does assume that you have some understanding of trading forex and CFDs.
INCLUDES: OHTC and candlestick price charts, trend identification, and mathematical indicators like moving averages, oscillators or momentum indicators, and Fibonacci ratios. More detailed information about these topics can be found in the sections below.
ONE OF THE MOST USED TECHNICAL INDICATORS
Moving averages help determine the strength of the current market trend and to distinguish true market reversal points from typical exchange rate fluctuations.
MEASURE THE DEGREE OF CHANGE BETWEEN PRICE PERIODS
This oscillator works on the theory that during a market uptrend prices will remain equal to or above the previous period closing price, and in a market downtrend prices will remain equal to or below the previous closing price.
A trading strategy can offer benefits such as consistency of positive outcomes, and error minimization. An optimal trading strategy reflects the trader’s objective and personal approach.
Fundamental traders watch interest rates, employment reports, and other economic indicators trying to forecast market trends.
Technical analysts track historical prices, and traded volumes in an attempt to identify market trends. They rely on graphs and charts to plot this information and identify repeating patterns as a means to signal future buy and sell opportunities.
Leveraged trading involves high risk since losses can exceed the original investment. A capital management plan is vital to the success and survival of traders with all levels of experience.
Learn risk management concepts to preserve your capital and minimize your risk exposure. Seek to understand how leveraged trading can generate larger profits or larger losses and how multiple open trades can increase your risk of an automatic margin closeout.
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This is for general information purposes only - Examples shown are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect current prices from OANDA. It is not investment advice or an inducement to trade. Past history is not an indication of future performance.
Trading FX and/or CFDs on margin is high risk and not suitable for everyone. Losses can exceed investment.