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In this educational series on the Foundations of Technical Analysis, we piece together the anatomy of a swing trade and discuss the tools along with the methodology used to construct a basic trade setup. Each week we focus on a core concept in technical analysis and how to implement these tools in your trading strategy. Technical analysis on whole is an extremely broad discipline and while there is no one right way to trade, certain practices can increase your chances of success overtime.
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Foundation of Technical Analysis Series
– Part 1: Introduction to Basic Trendline Analysis – In part one we focus on identifying, constructing and utilizing simple trendlines -the simplest and single most important (and largely underutilized) tool in your trading arsenal.
– Part 2: Introduction to Basic Pitchfork / Median-line Analysis –The pitchfork is a simple and often misunderstood method of trendline analysis. The objective is to correctly identify the slope or gradient of a market in an effort to identify key areas of support / resistance within a given trend.
– Part 3: Introduction to Multi-Time Frame Analysis –In this guide we highlight examples of how we can implement the concepts reviewed in parts 1 & 2 across multiple-timeframes. The objective is to gain a broader perspective on where price is trading with respect to the larger trend.
- Trendline & Slope Analysis –An introduction to utilizing slope-lines and simple multi-timeframe analysis to construct a basic trade setup. Review the best practices of objective trendline analysis.
- Fibonacci & RSI – An introduction to the origins and methodology of using Fibonacci and momentum in your trading. Review real-market examples of how to utilize these tools to develop a simple trade setup.
- Managing Risk – Sometimes a subtle shift in how we approach risk management (specifically stop placement) can make all the difference. A discussion on keeping your focus on the technical levels that matter, rather than an arbitrary stop and remaining discipline to a given risk/reward ratio.
- Mistakes to Avoid– We reflect on behaviors / habits to be mindful of to avoid the common pitfalls of day to day trading. While some of these concepts may seem rudimentary, they are essential in developing a more objective trading strategy
- Trade Execution– A discussion on the intricacies of trade execution. Concepts reviewed include identifying your levels, knowing when to operate, examining price action, ascertaining exhaustion / pullback plays and scaling out of positions.
- Risk, Size & Time– A review of three core concepts to be mindful of and how they can impact your overall trading performance. Remaining discipline to these basic ideas will help to keep you more objective and methodical in your approach to trading.
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—Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX