This is a brief look at how to recognize critical fx signals.
Being able to recognize the critical forex signals in the market is a key component of trading. Fx signals manifest in many ways. Apart from the regular fx news that is released according to the schedule of the forex news calendar, it is important that traders should be able to use other means of detecting signals as they occur on the charts.
One of the critical tools used in recognizing critical fx signals are chart patterns. Candlesticks will usually depict all the market activity, but a trader needs to be able to understand the patterns that the form in order to detect where the price action is pointing to. Even though it is recommended that traders study chart patterns in order to recognize them as they occur, there are tools out there that can make this job easier. There are different variations of chart pattern recognition software that a trader can use.
Chart pattern recognition software have in-built algorithms that help them recognize chart patterns that are developing. This is very important. A chart pattern is of no use if it has formed and the expected movement of the price action is already on its way. That is why early recognition of a pattern as it is evolving is important. When the software flags a pattern as undergoing development, the trader can monitor it and will be in a better position to recognize it as a key fx signal in order to pull the trigger later on.
Another element in recognizing key forex signals is the candlesticks themselves. Certain candlestick formations are associated with critical price movements. Candlestick reversal patterns immediately alert the trader to a change in trend. Being able to recognize candlesticks such as these are a key element in recognizing fx signals. A trader should be able to recognize a bullish harami or an engulfing pattern and immediately know what will happen to the price action. Again, several software have been developed with the ability to recognize candlestick patterns.
Perhaps a greatly overlooked component of forex trading is what is known as the COT or Commitment of Traders report. This report, which is available from a few selected forex brokers such as eToro, provide statistical data on where the top traders in the brokerage are putting their money. I have taken a critical look at the impact of this report on trades and I can tell you that the COT report is pure gold. At a glance, you can immediately tell where the market sentiment on a particular currency is headed. This is supposed to prompt the trader to go back to the chart and start searching for clues as to why traders have a particular market bias. If you look closely enough, you are sure to find something that has been missed.
Closely linked to the COT is market sentiment. As a trader, you need to read the daily insights into what is going on in the market. Recently, there have been rumors that the Swiss National Bank is considering raising the EUR/CHF peg from 1.2000 to 1.2500. Before the rumor mill went agog, the EUR/CHF was trading at 1. 2060. That rumor sent traders scampering into long positions on that currency pair, which is now trading at close to 1.2300. The diagram below illustrates the effects of market sentiment as well as the commitment of traders on the EUR/CHF.
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