January 22, 2018

Price Action Trading With Candlesticks

Inverted HammerThere are many trading systems to confuse the trader these days and almost all of them have one thing in common…indicators! It seems that price action trading, which is what technical analysis is really all about has been all but forgotten. In my opinion, price action is not only the most effective method for analyzing trades but also a simple method to learn for traders at any level.

Price action trading is the study of price movement using nothing more than the stock chart and maybe some moving averages to show dynamic support and resistance levels. The best method of price action is the study of candlesticks which give simple and reliable signals when following the rules of price action theory. Candlesticks as well as the study of price action are actually easy ways to learn trade entry levels for both long and short trades. Candlestick Trading for Maximum Profits has been teaching both since 2007 and is the reason for our great success. [Read more…]

Why Trade With Candlesticks?

Japanese candlestick charts have been around for centuries and have become increasingly popular among stock traders. Some have heard of candlestick charting and really don’t understand the benefits candlestick analysis can provide. Others use candlesticks on their charts but don’t fully appreciate the power of the signals given by candlesticks. Candlesticks are the study of price action and its ability to gauge market psychology.

I believe today’s trader is so inundated with trading systems based on indicators that they forget (or maybe never knew) that the origin of Western Technical Analysis was also based on price action. Before the computer, technicians would plot daily price movements on graph paper with pencil until familiar patterns would form allowing them to also have a peek into the psychology of the market. In my opinion this is becoming lost by today’s market technicians.

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not against the use of indicators if they help the trader. But it’s important to remember that indicators are mostly numerical algorithms of price movement itself! Forgetting price action and price patterns, even when using Western analysis, is forgetting why price action analysis became so effective in the first place. [Read more…]