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Pivot Point Trading

Discussion in 'Forex Discussions' started by mark004, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. mark004

    mark004 New Member

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    Pivot Point Trading

    Using pivot points as a trading strategy has been around for a long time. This was a nice simple way for traders to have some idea of where the market was heading during the course of the day with only a few simple calculations.

    The pivot point is the level at which the market direction changes for the day. Using some simple arithmetic and the previous days high, low and close, a series of points are derived. These points can be critical support and resistance levels. The pivot level and levels calculated from that are collectively known as pivot levels.

    Every day the market you are following has an open, high, low and a close for the day. This information basically contains all the data you need to calculate the pivot levels. The reason pivot points are so popular is that they are predictive as opposed to lagging. You use the information of the previous day to calculate potential turning points for the day you are about to trade (present day).

    Because so many traders follow pivot points you will often find that the market reacts at these levels. This gives you an opportunity to trade.

    If the market opens above the pivot point then the bias for the day is for long trades as long as price remains above the pivot point. If the market opens below the pivot point then the bias for the day is for short trades as long as the market remains below the pivot point.

    The three most important pivot points are R1, S1 and the actual pivot point. The general idea behind trading pivot points is to look for a reversal or break of R1 or S1. By the time the market reaches R2,R3 or S2,S3 the market will already be overbought or oversold and these levels should be used for exits rather than entries.

    A perfect set up would be for the market to open above the pivot level and then stall slightly at R1 then go on to R2. You would enter on a break of R1 with a target of R2 and if the market was really strong close half at R2 and target R3 with the remainder of your position.


    Best Regards
    Mark042,
     
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