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With that said, price suddenly breaking a resistance and pushing to the upside for the long term despite being in a downtrend, without warning eg: news, loss of momentum, reversal candlesticks, etc. With such reasoning, you can estimate when price is doing a false breakout. However, bear in mind that this is easier said than done. It takes practice and experience for you to fully understand market behavior. To filter and find a false breakout, be sure to draw a trendline as explained in chapter How to draw a trendline in forex.
The first two steps are most important in filtering false breakout. After completing this, drag the trendline across the chart. At the moment, price might look as if it had broken the trendline, only for it to break back below the trendline and continue downwards. In this case, you would give it some time to let it run its course, await for the retest of the structure, price respecting the structure, followed by a confirmation candle that the structure has been broken.
Continue reading to see how to create such an area, so that you may avoid false trading setups like the one seen above and below. In another scenario where the false breakout had already happen, this could lead to confusion and throw off the accuracy of your technical analysis. This is because the false breakout creates another lower high above the trendline. Any lower high above the trendline can be classified as a false breakout, and be ignored.
A price channel is two trendlines ie: upper and lower trendlines drawn parallel to each other while price is moving in the middle bounce from one trendline to the other. A price channel can be drawn on MetaTrader as well, however, each trendline would have to be drawn manually. While on the other hand, tradingview. In addition to that, the inside price channel can be transparent, translucent, or opaque via the color opacity feature.
Or, false breakout situations. Therefore, a whipsaw on the Forex market is common. Hence, whipsaw trading is a reality for any Forex trader. In Forex trading, and not only, a whipsaw shows levels of increased volatility. And, when volatility is on the rise, forecasting a price gets to be a difficult task. How many times did you open a trade only to see the market moving in the opposite direction?
And, now many times did you see that happening in a blink of an eye? Because high-frequency trading and automated trading are a reality, whipsaw Forex trading became a must-know technique. Such fakeout moves are the norm in FX trading. A false breakout happens all the time. With this article, the aim is to put an order in these moves. Or, at least to explain how to avoid them. And, recognize them. Forex prices reverse fast. As such, traders end up being disoriented. Everyone agrees that losses are part of the trading game.
A trading loss is the result of a whipsaw. Therefore, traders must understand how they form. Moreover, how to spot them, to avoid being stopped. In strong market fluctuations, technical analysis indicators give conflicting signals. Some say to go long. Others indicate ranging conditions. Or, to go short. In the end, the market may do all those moves.
It can move South to stop the bulls, only for bears to realize it was a fakeout move. However, whipsaw Forex trading can be profitable. One way to deal with a false breakout, or a whipsaw, is to trade volatility. That is, to base your trading on volatility. Luckily, volatility is a false breakout indicator.
There are many volatility indicators to use to avoid a whipsaw. Some of the most representative ones are:. The idea is the same for all volatility indicators. It shows real trading conditions. When Welles Wilder Jr. Of course, within the time frame. Moreover, the ATR is smoothed by a moving average.
It merely shows volatility levels for a currency pair. Lower ATR means lower volatility. As such, traders can adapt the trading style. Higher ATR values show the possibility for a false break increases. Effectively, it shows the volatility levels for the previous fourteen days.
Remember the interpretation? Higher ATR levels show bigger chances for whipsaw trading conditions. Lower ATR levels define a trending environment. Or, decreased false breakout potential. From left to right, in June last year, we had the Brexit vote. The United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union. But, smart Forex traders know how to use a whipsaw. Or, how to prepare for whipsaw trading conditions.
First, it broke the previous highs. Only to reverse and break the lows. And, smart traders know to avoid it by using the ATR. The same happened with the U. Presidential Election event. ATR spiked then consolidated with the newly created trend, then spiked some more. Whipsaw trading at its best! A false breakout, or a fakeout, happens when the market makes a…false move. This happens often in Forex trading. Most of the times trading algorithms are programmed to do just that. Next, they reverse.
If you can avoid a losing trade, it is like trading a profitable one. Quality, instead of quantity, should be the focus. In looking for quality trades, traders avoid a fakeout. Pattern recognition is a valuable technical analysis tool.
The Elliott Wave Theory has some interesting patterns that fit the definition. But, before going in more details, what are the prerequisites of a false breakout pattern? Only to find out the market quickly retraces.
Bears, on the other hand, wait for the previous swing lower to break. They trade the break. But, only to find out what a whipsaw is! The market quickly retraces and makes a new high. However, those stops are juicy for trading algorithms. Is there a way to deal with a messy chart like the earlier one? Can we find an order in such moves? One answer, and perhaps the best one, is to stick to the underlying trend.
Of course, if there is one. Just to see if there is a possible trend. More exactly, if you are to go long at the blue trend line, where would you set the take profit? Obviously, at the previous swing highs! Just like that, we used a false breakout pattern conditions in our advantage. It turned out it was a great trade. The whole theory is a logical approach to market moves. A logical process guides traders when counting waves.
The patterns part of this process help traders understand false breakout trading. Perhaps the most representative ones are:. Elliott found that a triangle has five legs. All of them labeled with letters: a-b-c-d-e. But, when they expand, they form an expanding one. However, to do that, fakeout moves are the norm.
The market makes whipsaw after whipsaw. It simply takes the previous highs and lows multiple times. What is it if not the perfect whipsaw Forex trading illustration? As such, traders use letters to illustrate the waves: a-b-c.
But such a pattern is the perfect whipsaw trading illustration. It is a sign of counter-trend strength. The market makes a whipsaw after whipsaw until eventually, the pattern ends. The two Elliott examples here show the efforts to put an order in such whipsaw Forex environment. As all Forex traders know, these patterns form often. In Forex trading, the market looks for tripping stops.
Most of the times, it trips the stops and then reverses. The fakey candlestick pattern is designed to spot false breakout Forex patterns. The best fakey setup, though, is the one that has an inside bar as the second candle. A closer look at it is full of bearish signs. But, that is clear only after the false breakout came.
Or, after the market made a whipsaw that took the previous highs. But, after the fakeout move, the candlestick pattern shows a shooting star. It only comes to confirm the break higher was a fakeout move. Hence, the fakey setup will lead to a bearish move, after all. Despite the whipsaw higher! The shooting star , or the pin bar, is a bearish candle on its own.
Using a risk-reward ratio of will do the trick for the trade.
So much so that traders believe the momentum is going to break prices above or below a key resistance or support level. In the above image, you can observe the bear traps shaded in blue and the bull traps shaded in red. Bull traps happen when there has been a very strong momentum to the upside such that traders assume markets will just keep going higher. Once prices reach the resistance level, momentum does indeed cause prices to break above this level.
Seeing that the resistance level has been broken, more traders start to get in on the trade by opening long positions, hoping to catch the upside move. Instead, prices start to go down and traders with long positions are losing money. In the case of a bull trap, it shows that the major players in the markets — the banks and hedge funds, have taken their profits and closed their positions.
Perhaps they had placed take profit orders slightly above the level of resistance, so the majority of bulls have left the market. Since they were responsible for the strong upward momentum, the momentum dies and the bears take over. The opposite is true for the bear traps, bears push the markets down with heavy short positions, and they take their profits after the support level is hit.
Smaller traders see the break and assume the downward momentum will continue, but major market bulls push prices back up. To avoid getting caught in these traps and false breakouts, wait. It is easy to get excited and want to enter a trade as soon as there is a breakout, but patience is key. Remember when we spoke about Jesse Livermore, he said the key to his success was the sitting down, even more than the trading itself. So, when you see a possible breakout, hold your horses and wait. What are you waiting for, a confirmation.
In the first step, there was a bullish breakout, after which prices came back to test the resistance level. After the test, it became the support level necessary to propel prices higher. In the second step, the bears broke through the support level, but only the subsequent confirmation should have confirmed the breakout. Another way to confirm false breakouts is through oscillating indicators. I prefer to use the stochastic indicator, but the TDI indicator is also very effective.
In all cases of a bull trap, you can see the stochastic oscillator in overbought territory, and the TDI cross happening. With the TDI indicator, you want to check the position of the red line, whereby it shows bearish sentiment when the red line is above the green line. Even the stochastic oscillator has a cross, which is further confirmation.
The TDI red green indicator should be found in most Forex trading platforms and it can be added to the charts just like other indicators. Best technical indicators and how to use them. You can also use other techniques to identify false breakouts with these indicators, like divergence. For example, in a bullish market, even the oscillating indicators should form higher highs and higher lows.
Vice versa for a bearish market. Once such a trend is broken, you have a divergence and that should tell you the trend is over. In our image above, you can see this divergence in action at all positions where there was a bull or bear trap. Learn the 5 Secrets of divergence in Forex. These false breakouts are the most common and easiest to identify.
Yet many traders still fall for them. The areas shaded in red show false breakouts of consolidation to the upside and the blue shaded areas, false breakouts of consolidation to the downside. As you can see, these types of breakouts are easy to spot because the candle does not completely break above or below the resistance or support level respectively.
These types of false breakouts occur when the major players in the market take their profits and cover their positions. The momentum they had created thus fades and market prices turn to the other direction. The reason for the temporary break is created by momentum, whereby more traders enter positions in the direction of the trend toward its end. Critical news announcements can also cause false breakouts to occur, again because traders begin to cover their positions just like in this case:.
To confirm these types of false breakouts, oscillating indicators are once again very effective, especially my trusted stochastic and TDI indicators. Just like Lionel Messi can fake out defenders, the market can fake you out as well and produce false breakouts. False breakouts occur when the price breaks past a certain level support, resistance, triangle, trend line, etc.
A good way to enter on a breakout is to wait until the price retraces back to the original breakout level and then wait to see if it bounces back to create a new high or low depending on which direction you are trading. By waiting to see if the price will continue to move in your intended direction, you give yourself a better chance of making a profitable trade.
The downside to this is that you may miss out on some trades in which the price moves quickly without any hesitation. Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought. Henri Bergson. Partner Center Find a Broker.