Pivot Points in Forex: Mapping your Time Frame

Pivot points, a technique developed by floor traders, help us see where the price is relative to previous market action.

As a definition, a pivot point is a turning point or condition. The same applies to the Forex market, the pivot point is a level in which the sentiment of the market changes from “bull” to “bear” or vice versa. If the market breaks this level up, then the sentiment is said to be a bull market and it is likely to continue its way up, on the other hand, if the market breaks this level down, then the sentiment is bear, and it is expected to continue its way down. Also at this level, the market is expected to have some kind of support/resistance, and if price can’t break the pivot point, a possible bounce from it is plausible.

Pivot points work best on highly liquid markets, like the spot currency market, but they can also be used in other markets as well.

Pivot Points

In a few words, pivot point is a level in which the sentiment of traders and investors changes from bull to bear or vice versa.

Why PP work?
They work simply because many individual traders and investors use and trust them, as well as bank and institutional traders. It is known to every trader that the pivot point is an important measure of strength and weakness of any market.

Calculating pivot points
There are several ways to arrive to the Pivot point. The method we found to have the most accurate results is calculated by taking the average of the high, low and close of a previous period (or session).

Pivot point (PP) = (High + Low + Close) / 3

Take for instance the following EUR/USD information from the previous session:

Open: 1.2386
High: 1.2474
Low: 1.2376
Close: 1.2458

The PP would be,
PP = (1.2474 + 1.2376 + 1.2458) / 3 = 1.2439

What does this number tell us?
It simply tells us that if the market is trading above 1.2439, Bulls are winning the battle pushing the prices higher. And if the market is trading below this 1.2439 the bears are winning the battle pulling prices lower. On both cases this condition is likely to sustain until the next session.

Since the Forex market is a 24hr market (no close or open from day to day) there is a eternal battle on deciding at white time we should take the open, close, high and low from each session. From our point of view, the times that produce more accurate predictions is taking the open at 00:00 GMT and the close at 23:59 GMT.

Besides the calculation of the PP, there are other support and resistance levels that are calculated taking the PP as a reference.

Support 1 (S1) = (PP * 2) – H
Resistance 1 (R1) = (PP * 2) – L
Support 2 (S2) = PP – (R1 – S1)
Resistance 2 (R2) = PP + (R1 – S1)

Where , H is the High of the previous period and L is the low of the previous period

Continuing with the example above, PP = 1.2439

S1 = (1.2439 * 2) – 1.2474 = 1.2404
R1 = (1.2439 * 2) – 1.2376 = 1.2502
R2 = 1.2439 + (1.2636 – 1.2537) = 1.2537
S2 = 1.2439 – (1.2636 – 1.2537) = 1.2537

These levels are supposed to mark support and resistance levels for the current session.

On the example above, the PP was calculated using information of the previous session (previous day.) This way we could see possible intraday resistance and support levels. But it can also be calculated using the previous weekly or monthly data to determine such levels. By doing so we are able to see the sentiment over longer periods of time. Also we can see possible levels that might offer support and resistance throughout the week or month. Calculating the Pivot point in a weekly or monthly basis is mostly used by long term traders, but it can also be used by short time traders, it gives us a good idea about the longer term trend.

S1, S2, R1 AND R2…? An Objective Alternative

As already stated, the pivot point zone is a well-known technique and it works simply because many traders and investors use and trust it. But what about the other support and resistance zones (S1, S2, R1 and R2,) to forecast a support or resistance level with some mathematical formula is somehow subjective. It is hard to rely on them blindly just because the formula popped out that level. For this reason, we have created an alternative way to map our time frame, simpler but more objective and effective.

We calculate the pivot point as showed before. But our support and resistance levels are drawn in a different way. We take the previous session high and low, and draw those levels on today’s chart. The same is done with the session before the previous session. So, we will have our PP and four more important levels drawn in our chart.

LOPS1, low of the previous session.
HOPS1, high of the previous session.
LOPS2, low of the session before the previous session.
HOPS2, high of the session before the previous session.
PP, pivot point.

These levels will tell us the strength of the market at any given moment. If the market is trading above the PP, then the market is considered in a possible uptrend. If the market is trading above HOPS1 or HOPS2, then the market is in an uptrend, and we only take long positions. If the market is trading below the PP then the market is considered in a possible downtrend. If the market is trading below LOPS1 or LOPS2, then the market is in a downtrend, and we should only consider short trades.

The psychology behind this approach is simple. We know that for some reason the market stopped there from going higher/lower the previous session, or the session before that. We don’t know the reason, and we don’t need to know it. We only know the fact: the market reversed at that level. We also know that traders and investors have memories, they do remember that the price stopped there before, and the odds are that the market reverses from there again (maybe because the same reason, and maybe not) or at least find some support or resistance at these levels.

What is important about his approach is that support and resistance levels are measured objectively; they aren’t just a level derived from a mathematical formula, the price reversed there before so these levels have a higher probability of being effective.

Our mapping method works on both market conditions, when trending and on sideways conditions. In a trending market, it helps us determine the strength of the trend and trade off important levels. On sideways markets it shows us possible reversal levels.

How we use our mapping method?
You can use the mapping method in three different ways: as a trend identification (measure of the strength of the trend), a trading system using important levels with price behavior as a trading signal and to set the risk reward ratio (RR) of any given trade based on where the is the market relative to the previous session.

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Forex Technical Indicators And Tools

The list of the most effective indicators for trading forex:

Simple Moving Average (SMA) – The average price of a given time period, (5 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 day, etc.) where each of the chosen periods carries the same weight for the average. Example using the closing prices of the USD/JPY currency pair: Day 1 close = 124.00, Day 2 close = 126.00, Day 3 close = 124.00, Day 4 close = 126.00; The 4-day SMA is 125.00 (the average of the prior four closes).

simple moving average

Exponential Moving Average (EMA) – Here, the averages are calculated with the recent forex rates carrying more weight in the overall average; for example: In a 10-day exponential moving average, the last 5 days will have more effect on the average than the first 5 days. The idea is to use the most recent data as a better indication of trend direction.

exponential moving average

Bollinger Bands – The basic interpretation of Bollinger Bands is that prices tend to stay within the upper and lower bands. The distinctive characteristic of Bollinger Bands is that the spacing between the bands varies based on the volatility of the prices. During periods of extreme currency price changes (i.e., high volatility), the bands widen to become more forgiving. During periods of low volatility, the bands narrow to contain currency prices. The bands are plotted two standard deviations above and below a simple moving average. They indicate a “sell” when above the moving average (or close to the upper band) and a “buy” when below it (or close to the lower band). The bands are used by some forex traders in conjunction with other analyses, including RSI, MACD, CCI, and Rate of Change.

bollinger bands

Parabolic SAR – The Parabolic SAR (stop-and-reversal) is a time/price trend following system used to set trailing price stops. The Parabolic SAR provides excellent exit points. Forex traders using this technical indicator should close long positions when the price falls below the SAR and close short positions when the price rises above the SAR. If you are long (i.e., the price is above the SAR), the SAR will move up every day, regardless of the direction the price is moving. The amount the SAR moves up depends on the amount that currency rates move.

parabolic sar

Rate of Change – The oldest closing price divided into the most recent one.

RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI is a price-following oscillator that ranges between 0 and 100. A popular method of analyzing the RSI is to look for a divergence in which the currency price is making a new high, but the RSI is failing to surpass its previous high. This divergence is an indication of an impending reversal. When the RSI then turns down and falls below its most recent trough, it is said to have completed a “failure swing.” The failure swing is considered a confirmation of the impending reversal in the price of the currency.

relative strength

Stochastics – Stochastic studies are based on the premise that as prices rise, closing prices tend to be near the high value. Conversely, as prices fall, closing prices are near the low for the period. Stochastic studies are made of two lines, %D and %K, that move between a scale of 0 and 100. The %D line is the moving average over a specified period of time of the %K line. The %K line measures where the closing price of a currency is compared to the price range for a given number of periods.


Momentum – Designed to measure the rate of price change, not the actual price level. Consists of the net difference between the current closing price and the oldest closing price from a predetermined period. The Momentum indicator can be used as either a trend-following oscillator similar to the MACD or as a leading indicator.

MACD – Moving Average Convergence/Divergence – Consists of two exponential moving averages that are plotted against the zero line. The zero line represents the times the values of the two moving averages are identical. The MACD is calculated by subtracting a 26-day moving average of a currency’s price from a 12-day moving average of its price. The result is an indicator that oscillates above and below zero. When the MACD is above zero, it means the 12-day moving average is higher than the 26-day moving average. This is bullish as it shows that current expectations (i.e., the 12-day moving average) are more bullish than previous expectations (i.e., the 26-day average). This implies a bullish, or upward, shift in the forex rate. When the MACD falls below zero, it means that the 12-day moving average is less than the 26-day moving average, implying a bearish shift in the currency.

moving average conversion diversion

ADX – Measures the strength of a prevailing currency trend and whether or not there is direction in the currency market. Plotted from zero on up, usually a reading above 25 can be considered directional.

adx indicator

William’s %R – A momentum indicator that measures overbought/oversold levels in the price of a currency. The interpretation of Williams’ %R is very similar to that of the Stochastic Oscillator, except that %R is plotted upside-down and the Stochastic Oscillator has internal smoothing. Readings in the range of 80 to 100% indicate oversold, while readings in the 0 to 20% range suggest overbought.

williams r

Volatility – Measures the overall volatility of a currency in a given time period.

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Using Pivot Points to Make Forex Pay

For those interested in foreign exchange, or Forex, trading and are just beginning, it is important to understand that Forex trading a risky but very profitable business. An important tool used by Forex market traders to analyze fluctuations in the market is the Pivot Point.

The Pivot Point is where a currency pair hits the highest point of a high trend or the lowest point of a low trend before going in the direction from which it came. This is the first place where an investor usually enters a trade because it is the basic Support and Resistance level. The largest movements in price usually occur at the Pivot Point price, too. A good way to get used to using the Pivot Point is to look back at a month of charts and find where the Pivot Points occurred and see where the best Pivot reversal points occurred. Large movements and strong momentum create huge profits. When a pivot reversal breakout day happens, it’s important to look for whether or not the market breaks a new higher high or a lower low.

Investing in Forex does not require a lot of capital investment. About $300 or less can go a long way. Some traders will use the strategy of buying at pivot low when the price moves more than 1 pip above the high of the middle candle. Then, they sell at pivot high when the price moves 1 pip below the low of the middle candle. If the price is at the Pivot Point, moving back to the Resistance 1 or Support 1 level is very probable. If the price is at the Resistance 1 level, it can be expected to move to the Resistance 2 level or back towards the Pivot Point. If the currency price is at the Support 1 level, it can be expected to move towards the Support 2 level or back to the Pivot Point. If the price is at the Support 2 level, it will either move toward the Support 3 level or back toward the Support 1 level.

Resistance level 3 and support level 3 are used by Forex market traders as an signal of the maximum number of days that have extreme volatility but may also be exceeded. Pivot Points work fantastically in sideways markets because prices typically range between the Resistance 1 level and Support 1 level.

If one were to numerically rank the best traders across the world, more than likely the numbers would consist of traders who can take $100 million or more and make at least 20% per year on that amount at a consistent rate. Probably only twenty to thirty traders exist in the world that would be able to do such a thing.

Remember two important things. First, if the market goes above a pivot high, it’s time to buy. Second, if the market drops below a pivot low, sell short. These types of trades are done with a one-day timetable in mind. Once the breakout takes place, it’s a good idea to close the position at the end of the trading day so that gains are protected.

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Forex Trading Using Pivot Points For Huge Profits

How Will You Do Forex Trading?

The foreign exchange, or Forex, trading market is a global currency market. Forex trading allows traders to make (or lose) money by predicting the way the value of one country’s currency will change in relation to another country’s currency. For example, in the Forex market a trader can buy Euros and simultaneously sell U. S. Dollars, typically as part of a brokered transaction that requires a minimum investment. Based on trader’s prediction and amount of investment, profit or loss is determined. Making predictions this way may produce more profitable results than paying more than $200 for a software package, which some say are designed to lose.

If good trades are made, huge profits are generated as you learn skills and get a great education in the business of Forex. The simple strategies work a lot better than the complex, robust ones. Because the Forex trading market is a global trading system it can be traded continuously. To spot profits it is important to learn the right chart formations to use and to be able to spot profitable chart sets. The system used for trading systems is very sophisticated and will help aid your decision with regards to which system to invest in. It is important to search for the best broker to suit your needs before making a final decision.

It is only necessary to make predictions once or twice a month in order to make big gains. You would be focusing on higher-odds trades that offer the biggest profits. Make sure each offer is kept small and make sure to always place a stop before a trade is started to remove the risk of run losses. Larger trades offer the larger payoffs.

Leverage is used to control a certain amount of investments. Brokers will offer additional leverage: 20, 50, or 100 to 1. For every $1000 you invest you may control a total amount of $100,000 in investments. The average leverage is about 10–20:1. Even a miniscule movement of currency worth can make a small profit. You must follow the system closely as to keep your losses minimal. Between 50–100% of your first year of trading with Forex trading market you can make it up with the best traders if you focus on making the money rather than perfection. Devoting the time necessary and keeping a cool head will make all the difference in your profits. If you execute your trades properly and at the right moment, you will do well.

Using pivot points help you make better trading decisions, and they are very simple to calculate with Forex. A number of online tools exist that calculate pivot point levels. To find these tools go to your favorite search engine, such as Google, and type in “calculate pivot points.”

In recent months the market has been recovering from the worldwide market slump. The market is beginning to reach a pivot point just above current price. As this price hits the pivot point, it will start to fall again. The falling price will indicate that people have noticed the levels and have begun to sell at market price.

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Technical Indicator ADX – Average Directional Index

The average directional index, or ADX, was developed by J. Welles Wilder as a measure of a current market trend’s strength. The ADX is derived from two directional indicators, known as DI+ and DI-, which are in turn derived from the directional movement index (DMI).

ADX is calculated by finding the difference of DI+ and DI-, as well as the sum of DI+ and DI-. The difference is divided by the sum, and the resulting number multiplied by 100. The product is known as the directional index, or DX. A moving average is then taken of DX, typically over a fourteen-day period (although any number of periods can be used.) This final moving average is the ADX.

The ADX takes the form of a number from 0 to 100. A value of 0 indicates that the market is equally likely to move in either a positive or negative direction, meaning that there is no overall market trend. A value of 100 indicates that the market is exclusively moving in either a positive or negative direction, indicating an extremely strong trend. Values of greater than 60 are uncommon in practice, and any value of greater than 40 is considered to be a strong trend. Any value less than 20 is considered to be a weak trend, and may signal an upcoming reversal. Because the ADX is derived from both positive and negative directional indicators, it only measures the magnitude of a trend rather than its direction.

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The Three Trend line Strategy

Trend Lines are an important tool for trend identification and confirmation in technical analysis. It is a straight line that connects two or more price points and then extends into the future to guide you.

There will be lines drawn across significant lows in an uptrend, and significant highs in a downtrend. To roughly classify trend lines, we can divide them into three as short term trendlines, medium term trendlines and long term trendlines.

 1.Short Term Trendlines

Draw these lines across the most recent two lows for an uptrend or across most recent two highs for a downtrend. Best observations are found on a smaller time frame such as a 15 minute or 30 minute chart.

1.Medium Term Trendlines

These are best observed on a higher time frame like a 60 minute chart. It either connects the nearest significant low to current price action to the previous significant low in an uptrend or the nearest significant high to current price action to the previous significant high in a downtrend.

1.Long Term Trendlines

It uses higher time frames such as the 4 hour chart or the daily chart to draw long term trendlines using the same method of Medium Term Trendlines. The long term trend line is considered as an effective Forex trading tool. The daily chart is used mostly by traders of big institutions who do not usually engage in small moves on an intra day level.

By drawing a trend line on a daily chart you can graphically analyze where price is and where it is likely to bounce. But employ trendlines as a Forex trading tool with caution and discretion. Covering your charts with every trend line possible will result in confusion and blurry analysis.

It is not a good idea to rely completely on a short time trend line. They merely give you a defined picture of current price action. These are broken often during the course of a day. Their main use is to give you a clear, instantly recognizable graphical representation of current price behavior.

If you notice price coming back to test a trend line on the higher time frames, look at other factors. Draw in horizontal lines to mark key support and resistance using previous highs and lows. Draw Fibonacci retracement and extension levels. Calculate the daily pivot points and put them on your chart. Have the 200 EMA (Exponential Moving Average) shown on your charts.

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Trading Stocks With Support And Resistance Levels

What is Support and Resistance Levels in Stock Trading?

Support and resistance are specific price areas or price levels which either support prices on declines in up trends or which resist prices on rallies in down trends.

In an up trend, short term and day traders will attempt to buy at support or at levels of support. In a down trend, short term and day traders will attempt to sell at resistance levels or in resistance areas.

If support and resistance levels cannot be determined, then you cannot define concise levels in which to establish entry or exit positions in your specific trade. It is of utmost importance for traders to develop effective strategies and methodologies for calculating support and resistance levels. These levels can be determined with the use of various trading tools like Point and Figure charts, Fibonacci numbers and Gann angles.

Day traders is in a definite advantage when it comes to the use of support and resistance levels, in as much that the day trader’s trade normally end when the trading day is over and if a bad trade or decision was made based on support or resistance levels it will not be repeated in the next trading day.

Determining support and resistance levels are somewhat different for the day trader than the position trader. This is because support and resistance levels for the day trader must be closer to the current market price that they are for the long term or position trader. Markets can only drop so far in one day, and consequently the determination of support and resistance levels by the day trader must be realistic in terms of what can be expected – however this does mean that day traders must be willing to use realistic technical support and resistance levels in order to establish their positions.

The following rule may appear very simple, yet it is enormously effective at isolating support and resistance levels and can be applied profitably in any market:

1. Follow a 3-day moving average of the highs, and a 3-day simple moving average of the lows.

2. Take the 3-day moving average of the highs to act as your resistance level, and the 3-day moving average of the lows to act as your support level.

3. Add a filter by drawing in the support of the lows if the trade has made a 3-day high in say, the last 3 days (you can use four or five days, depending on your trading methodology) This means that you will only draw in the 3-day moving average of the highs if the stock has made a 3-day low in the last three days – this means that you only want to sell when the short term is down.

This is a very simple method of trading stocks and commodities on a daily basis, and if calculated correctly they will work.

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Technical Indicators – Which Ones Do the Pros Use?

Most people who trade the forex markets use technical analysis to help them decide when to enter and exit positions. Indeed without this facility, many traders would be completely clueless. So which indicators are most effective, and which ones do the professional traders use?


Well the short answer is that there is no combination of technical indicators that is better than all the others. The fact is that the holy grail of trading simply does not exist. No system will generate profits all of the time, whichever technical indicators it uses.

The key to successful trading is to devise a system that is able to generate trading positions that place the odds significantly in your favour so that in the long run you make more money than you lose. Technical indicators are just a tool to help you achieve this objective.

Now you may think that the more technical indicators you use, the greater your chances of success, but this is definitely not the case. You will often find that the more indicators you use, the more confused you will get because there will always be some indicators that give conflicting signals.

I used to load my charts with indicators when I first started out, but found that ultimately it just confused matters and often led to me not taking any positions at all. Also several of these indicators will just tell you the same thing anyway, so you’re better off just sticking to a couple of indicators at most.

Indeed many professional forex traders either just trade price action alone or they use basic tools such as support and resistance lines and fibonacci analysis. They leave all the common technical indicators such as RSI, MACD and Stochastics to the amateur traders.

I myself used to use lots of technical indicators but now I simply identify the trend on the daily chart and then use exponential moving averages to enter positions on the 4 hour charts. I’ve tried adding other indicators but I always found that they weren’t needed because most of the time they would put me off a perfectly good trade, rather than back it up.

So my own advice would be to minimize the number of technical indicators you have on your charts because they simply aren’t needed. The most profitable systems are often the most basic ones, and providing you apply sound money management rules (cutting your losses early and letting your winners run), then even the most basic of systems can be made profitable.

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Technical Indicator Relative Strength Index (RSI)

Relative strength index (RSI) is a technical indicator based on the momentum, referring to the rate (or speed) at which prices change. A strong momentum is a signal of a healthy price trend while weakening trends often have stagnant or decreasing momentum.

In addition, momentum also highlight shorter-term market extremes or exhaustion points referred to as overbought or oversold levels. The logic is that extremely strong and rapid price moves are not indefinitely sustainable and will suffer a at least temporary price reversal. The mathematical definition of RSI is given as:

RSI = 100 − (100/1 + RS)

where RS is the average of the total number of N-day up closes divided over the average of the N-day down closes. The number of days used to calculate the RSI decides its sensibility: the shorter the time period, the more sensitive the oscillator becomes and the wider its amplitude. Figure shows an RSI. with oversold and overbought levels respectively.

relative strength index

1 The RSI agent

The RSI agent will use the mathematical formula stated above to calculate the N-days RSI value. A RSI value above 70 indicates an overbought stock, resulting in a sell signal. A value below 30 indicates an oversold stock, resulting in a buy signal.

2 The short-term RSI agent

The short-term RSI agent will calculate the RSI value over the last 9 days, catching the overbought and -sold levels over a little amount of days and therefore risking many false signals. This agent is appropriate for catching minor trends.

3 The normal RSI agent

The normal RSI agent will calculate the RSI value over the last 14 days. This agent is appropriate for evaluating the relative strength of the secondary trend.

4 The longer-term RSI agent

The longer-term RSI agent will calculate the RSI value over the last 21 days, failing to catch volatile short-term movements but is normally more robust in a sideways moving market.
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Trading Forex With Pivot Points


Forex Pivot Point Trading are used today by Forex Traders and are calculated on the previous days move and trades are entered when the market hits a support or resistance line of the pivot point providing your OB/OS indicator is in agreement. All the support and resist lines are put in place 1st thing in the morning. then you wait for the market to hit those entry Points.

Contrary to what some might believe, trading Forex with Pivot Points are probably the most popular method used in trading the financial markets today. Long before the invention of computers this was the method used by the traders in the pits to determine hidden support and resistance levels.

The Pivot Point is still used by experienced floor traders and technical analysts alike. The major advantage now is that we now have computers and can calculate our points well in advance. Many charting packages can calculate them for you automatically, thus enhancing the use of Pivot Points.

Whilst there is a lot more to Pivot Point Trading in Forex Trading than we will be mentioned in this article, the purpose of this exercise is to introduce you to the concept of trading Forex with Pivot Points.

Remember the market can only go up, down, or sideways. It is like an elastic band that has been stretched, sooner or later it will rebound to an equilibrium point where the market is in balance, and then stretch the opposite way only to rebound and reach another balance point. Then some fundamental announcement or happening will drive the market in a new direction and so on day after day. Pivot Points can aid us in determining how far that elastic can stretch before it rebounds.

Whilst there are many time frames that can be used for calculating Pivots, for the purpose of this exercise lets concentrate on the daily time frame (i.e.: 24hr) Pivot Points are calculated using the previous days, Open, High, Low, and Close figures. There are many Pivot Point calculators available on the web so you don’t have to waste your time doing the calculations manually. Also bear in mind the longer the time frame you are using the longer you must be prepared to stay in the market or wait for the next entry point.

Pivot points unlike many other indicators are an objective tool. Because they are mathematically calculated, there can only be one answer for a specific time period.

Many subjective indicators like Fibonacci retracements, (and I am a great fib fan) Elliot waves etc. can have different people trading in different directions at the same time due to individual interpretation..

The PP’s can help you to predict the next day’s highs and lows in advance. PP’s can give you anything from 4 to 8 support and resistance levels. However you still have to be able to identify the trend to be a successful PP trader. Pivot Points also work best in a trending market.

Entry and exit points

Pivot Points can give you exact entry and exit points, rather than enter markets that are in the middle of a run, or about to turn the other way. Here is where we use other indicators to assist on the entry or exit. If the market stalls at a Pivot Point level, and you have an overbought or oversold indicator that will be a good time to get in or out. Or if a Fibonacci level coincides with a Pivot Point level it can make a strong case to enter or exit a trade. If the market is bullish and your favourite indicator is not near overbought, when it hits the first resistance level then you probably have a good case to stay in the market and make your profit target the next Pivot Point resistance line. The breakout above the 1st resistance level can then become your new stop or stop reverse.

Obviously the reverse is true of the support level as well. By combining the Pivot Points with your favourite indicator you can develop your own trading system that no one else uses.

Trading for the day will probably remain between the 1st support (S1) and resistance (R1) levels as the floor traders make their markets. Once one of these levels is penetrated other traders will be attracted to the market, and should the second level be breached, the longer term traders are attracted to the market.

Knowledge of where the floor traders are expecting support or resistance can be a distinct advantage especially when there is no outside influence in the market. Provided no significant market news has occurred between yesterdays close and today’s opening, the local floor traders and market makers tend to move the market between the Pivot Point (P) and the first support line (S1) and resistance (R1) If one of these levels is breached then expect the market to test the next levels (S2) and ( S3) or (R2) and (R3)

Whilst there are many other aspects to Pivot Point trading why not try this simple method first and see if you can develop your own strategy by using your existing trading technique’s in conjunction with the Pivot Points.

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