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Trend Lines Trading Strategy – How to Potentially Buy Low and Sell High?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When trading using trend lines, you are waiting for a moment when the price of an instrument gets to a certain price level, off of which the market is very likely to bounce.

When using this strategy, every trader has to remember that the market can react two different ways:

  1. The market on the trend line bounces off, meaning it maintains the trend.
  2. The market pushes through the line, changing the trend and creating a new, opposite trend line.

The example of the trading strategy here was designed to show only the above-mentioned option No. 1.

For a trader to be able to fully take advantage of the potential of the trend line strategy, he first has to be able to correctly draw trend lines.

How to draw trend lines and how to improve?

To draw a trend line, you need at least two points. If a trader wants to draw a trend line for an upward trend, the market has to create at least two swing lows. For a downward trend, the market has to offer at least two swing highs.

See the graphic explanation of how an upward trend line is drawn:

For some traders, it might be easier to draw a trend line on a line chart (like on the picture above), where the swing points are marked and connected with a trend line.

We can also switch to a candlestick or a different type of chart and draw a parallel line (yellow in this case), starting at the first swing low. When the price hits the trend line, we can either sell or buy depending on whether the trend line is marking an upward or a downward trend.

This strategy can be used with various time frames, even instruments. When using this strategy, you don’t need any indicators, but it can only help you if you know candlestick patterns as they can warn you ahead of time about a changing trend.

Visual representation of the illustrative potential trading opportunity:

1) Drawing a blue trend line (explained above).

2) Drawing a yellow trend line (explained above).

3) Hitting the blue trend line and a potential entry signal.

4) Placing a Stop-Loss order 1-2 pips under the current value of the yellow trend line.

5) Placing a Profit-Target order at the level of the highest Close candlestick of the previous swing (with selling positions, it is the lowest Close candlestick) -> Be careful! Don’t confuse Close with a Swing High/Low!

Buying rules:

  1. Drawing an upward trend line – using at least two lows (more lows show a stronger trend and theoretically also higher validity of the trend line).
  2. Waiting for the trend line to be hit – don’t ever buy unless it is hit!
  3. After the trend line is hit and the market, ideally, reacts (bounces off), you can enter a long trade.
  4. A Stop-Loss order can be placed 1-2 pips under the yellow trend line.
  5. A Profit-Target order can be placed at the top of the closest previous swing.

Selling rules:

  1. Drawing a downward trend line – using at least two highs (more highs show a stronger trend and theoretically also higher validity of the trend line).
  2. Waiting for the trend line to be hit – don’t ever buy unless it is hit!
  3. After the trend line is hit and the market, ideally, reacts (bounces off), you can enter a short trade.
  4. A Stop-Loss order can be placed 1-2 pips above the yellow trend line.
  5. A Profit-Target order can be placed at the bottom of the closest previous swing.

The disadvantages of trading trend lines

Every strategy has its pros and cons. The cons when using this strategy are:

  • The trend line being pushed through, followed by a change in the trend.
  • The market often follows the trend line but does not hit it (in such cases, the trader must be well prepared mentally and stick with his rules, which partly protect him from potential losses!).
  • With time, the market creates corrections of the trend line and changes its slope – you need to have experience and respond to the situation by redrawing the trend line.

The advantages of trading trend lines

We truly believe that the graphic illustration of the Price Action strategy will be an inspiration to you as far as approaches to trading go. We wish you many successful trades!

  • It’s a strategy based on Price Action.
  • The profit / loss ratio is, in some cases, very high.
  • When eliminating flaws, the trader is often able to buy at the market low and sell nearly at the top of the market.

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