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3 strategies to help you find the best entry point

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A forex entry point is the level or price at which a trader enters into a trade (buy/sell). Deciding on a forex entry point can be complex for traders because of the abundance of variable inputs that move the forex market. This article will cover how to enter a forex trade and outline the following entry strategies.

1.Trend channels

Trendlines are fundamental tools used by technical analysts to identify support and resistance levels. In the example below, the price shows a clear higher high and higher low movement indicating a prominent uptrend. This enables to determine a trading bias of buying at support and taking profit at resistance (see chart below). Once price breaks these key levels of support and resistance, traders should then be aware of a potential breakout or reversal in trend.
Forex entry strategy based on trend channels, weekly USD/ZAR chart:

2.Candlestick patterns

Candlestick patterns are powerful tools used by traders to look for entry points and signals for forex. Patterns such as the engulfing and the shooting star are frequently used by experienced traders. In the example below, the hammer candlestick pattern can be seen as a reversal trigger entry point on EUR/USD.
Identifying the hammer or any other candlestick pattern does not confirm an entry point into the trade. Entry points are just as important as identifying the candlestick pattern. Entry points further validate the candlestick pattern therefore, risking less and giving traders a higher probability of success.
Hammer candlestick pattern trade entry, daily EUR/USD chart:
As you can see on the chart, the hammer formation is circled in blue. It is known that the hammer signals potential reversals, however, without some form of confirmation the pattern may indicate a false signal. In this case, the entry has been identified after a confirmation close higher than the close of the hammer candle. This gives a stronger upward bias to the trader and endorsement of the hammer candlestick pattern.
Traders often look for multiple signs of trade validation such as indicators in conjunction with candlestick patterns, price action and news but for the purpose of this article we have isolated different strategies into their component parts for simplicity.


Using breakouts as entry signals is one of the most utilised trade entry tools by traders. Breakout trading involves identifying key levels and using these as markers to enter trades. Price action expertise is key to successfully using breakout strategies. The basis of breakout trading comprises forex prices moving beyond a demarcated level of support or resistance.
Due to the simplicity of this strategy, breakout entry points are suitable for novice traders. The example below shows a key level of support (red), after which a breakout occurs along with increased volume which further supports the move to the downside. Entry is prompted by a simple break of support. In other cases, traders look for a confirmation candle close outside of the delineated key level.
Forex entry strategy based on breakouts, daily USD/JPY chart:


The most popular forex entry indicators tie in with the trading strategy adopted. Indicators are regularly used as support for the aforementioned entry strategies.
The table below illustrates some of the best forex entry indicators as well as how they are used:
RSI:Identifies overbought and oversold signals. Most effective within range bound and trending markets.
Moving Average (MA) crossover:Using multiple MA’s, traders look for crossovers between short and long periods to generate entry signals.
MACD:Works best in range or trending markets. Taking MACD crossover points in direction of the existing trend.
(by Warren Venketas)


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  • The use of trading entry indicators depends on your practical trading strategy. Indicators are tools and aids in the implementation of strategies.

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  • At what time frame is it also important to choose your entry point

  • 好的入场,你的交易就已经成功了一半。


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