Basic Trading Startegies


Before understanding forex basic strategy we should know, what is a strategy? Strategy is a process to achieve a certain goal, it involves planning, organizing, coordinating, managing & controlling. When we talk about forex strategy we generally talk about trading strategy, how do you develop a trading strategy that can provide you more of winning trades than losing ones.
Forex Strategy or trading strategy consists of everything starting from trading plan, technical analysis, fundamental analysis, sentiment analysis and emotion control etc., Our main emphasis will be on understanding technical analysis and all the other aspects which should be considered in developing a good trading strategy.

If you want to become a champion in the forex market, there are three types of analysis that are necessary. First is technical, second is fundamental & third is sentimental. All the 3 are very important to master the art of trading. Retail traders give more emphasis on technical analysis but we should understand what is fundamental and sentimental analysis?
Fundamental analysis is used to know the fair value of a currency pair because it is believed that in a long term market the fair value of currency is very important. Fundamental analysis is achieved keeping in mind the economic outlook, GDP rate, interest rate, balance of payment, the political climate of different countries etc.
Sentimental analysis is basically an opinion of individual of what they think about the market, if more people think that they should buy a certain pair of currency then that particular currency pair would rise in value, the best way to know about sentimental analysis is to know how hedge fund managers, banks, financial institutions, Central Bank chiefs think?
Technical Analysis works on a concept that past events repeats itself. It is applied & used by accumulating & analyzing historical forex data. It is based on a principle that past price movement reflects the current price and future potential price, as it is believed that all the market information is reflected in prices. When we talk about technical analysis it means we talk about charts. Technical analysis consists charts to predict future price movement. Different kinds of charts and indicators are used to gaze future price action. Technical Analysis is mostly used for short to medium term price movements for different time frames like 1 minute, 5, minutes, 30, minutes, 1 hour, 4 hour 1, day, 1 week, and 1 month.

Prices move with Trends
Prices move in three directions, up, down or sideways.
A trend is defined as a term when prices persistently move in one direction either up or down. When prices move in sideways then there is no trend.
In the above image first there was an up trend when prices continuously move upward, green candlesticks show the upward price movement however after some time prices took a reverse course of action when there was a continuous down trend shown with red candlestick, both types of trends are good for a trader, in either case you make money if your prediction goes with the market price movement.

Recognizing trend is the most important factor of forex trading. Trend lines provide support to identify trends, if the lines are drawn properly.

How to draw trend lines?

It requires at least two tops or bottoms to draw a trend line.
More steeper the trend line, less reliable it would be and more chances are that it would break.
Trend lines become stronger, the more they are tested.

Uptrend line is drawn by identifying support areas (valleys) from the bottom to the top.
Downtrend line is drawn by identifying resistance areas (peaks) from top to bottom.

The channels provides a range between which you can buy & sell, both top and bottom of the channel defines areas of support and resistance.

Ascending channel can be created by drawing a parallel line to the same angle of uptrend line and then move the line to the position where it touches a recent peak.

Descending channel can be created by drawing a parallel line to the same angle of downtrend line and then move the line to the position where it touches recent support

Horizontal channel is also called range bound when price moves in the channel range. Bottom of the channel is considered as buying area while the top of the channel is considered as sell area. Buy when price hits bottom trend line and sell when price hits the top trend line.
The Meta Trader 4 Platform allows users to create channels using Equidistant Channels. Simply click on Equidistant Channel button and draw the line.



Moving average smoothen the price action. It uses by taking closing price over X number of periods. It creates a slope through which future price action can be predicted. If closing prices are taken for a longer period of time than it reacts slowly to price movement, however if closing prices are taken for a shorter period of time than it reacts quickly to price movement.

How to Instal Moving Average?

At the top of the toolbar in Meta 4 select Insert, Indicators, Moving Average
In the Moving Average window select the desired period, color and style. In this example, 10 periods are selected.a6
Below mentioned chart shows the 10 period moving average

How to Trade with Moving Average (Moving Average Strategy)?
The above image shows uptrend as MA is below the price action. The image below shows that the downturn is going to reverse as price action goes above MA however it is a fake out and it is confirmed by the next image.

How to overcome fakeout signals?

Fakeout signals can be removed from trading by using two or 3 moving averages with different speed. In an uptrend, the faster MA would be above the slower MA and in a downtrend slower
MA would be above the faster MA.
In the above chart faster moving average SMA 10 is above SAM 20 throughout the uptrend and price actions are above the MA most of the time.
In the above image SMA 10 was above the SMA 20 during an uptrend however reversal happened when the downturn started, price action during uptrend was above the MA but it went below the MA once the downturn started.

Support and Resistance is one of the basic features on which technical analysis was built. Support and Resistance is not a static process but it is a dynamic process that continuously changes. Today’s support level will become tomorrow’s resistance level and tomorrow’s resistance level becomes a support level in future. We can understand this with a chart.
In the above chart suppose prices goes high and then pull back before going high again. The highest point the price reached before, is the resistance level and pull back point becomes the current support level. After pullback rally breaks the previous resistance level then the previous resistance level becomes the new support level, the same applies in case of a downturn.
Joining all the resistance levels (peaks) creates a top line & joining all the support levels (valleys) creates a bottom line (shown in the image below).
Support and resistance describes the price levels where the market repeatedly rises or falls and reverses. It reflects the phenomenon of basic supply and demand as well as human psychology.
Support and Resistance Strategy – Sell at the top peaks and buy at the bottom valleys
Bollinger Bands – Bollinger bands were developed by John Bollinger and the purpose of it is to check market volatility. It works on the basis of expanding & contraction of bands. When the band is expanded then the market is highly volatile, however when the band is in contract mode then the volatility is very low. It works by providing mini support and resistance level. Bollinger band has two functions.
Bollinger Bounce – It works on a range bound market and works on the notion that prices always tend to be middling between Bollinger bands. You buy when prices hit lower band and sell when it hits higher band. It acts like dynamic support and resistance level. The longer the time frame the stronger the band will be.
Bollinger Squeeze – It is used to get breakout signal, if the band squeezes then the market is quiet and in low volatility and breakout is going to happen sooner. If the candle stick breaks out above the top band then the price would continue to go up. If the candle stick breaks out below the lower band then the price would continue to go down.
How to Instal Bollinger Bands in Meta trader 4?
From the toolbar select Insert, Indicators, Bollinger Bands
The ideal parameter for Bollinger Bands is 20 period and 2 standard deviations however it can be changed as per requirement & strategy.
Change the parameters as required. We have chosen 20 periods and 2 standard deviation.

How to trade with Bollinger Bands (Bollinger Band Strategy)?

When the market is quiet and trades in a narrow range, the Bollinger bands would squeeze together and it shows that the market has an extremely low volatility and breakout is going to happen sooner.

In the above image, after a narrow range of trading and low volatility prices break above the top band and rises further, breakout confirms the uptrend.

In the above image we can see a long rally of uptrend happens after the breakout. After a narrow range of trading, breakouts can happen either at the top or bottom of the band, normally these breakouts carry a very long rally & money making opportunity.

Parabolic SAR (stop & reversal): It is important to know when a trend is going to start however along with starting trend if you also know when the trend is going to be over, it gives you a double bonanza. Parabolic SAR (stop & reversal) solves the problem by providing signals for exit strategies. Parabolic SAR is developed by Welles Wilder & is used by placing Parabolic SAR dots, or points on a candlestick chart that indicates potential reversals in price movement.

How to instal Parabolic SAR?

From top of the Metatrader 4.0 toolbar select Insert, Indicators, Trends, Parabolic SAR
How to use the Parabolic SAR (Parabolic SAR Strategy):

We use it for bullish and bearish trend so when dots are below candlesticks then it is a buy signal, when the dots are above the candlesticks then it is a sell signal. Don’t use it when the market is choppy.

In the above image initially there was a strong uptrend and parabolic SAR dots were below the candlesticks however after the reversal of the trend dots go above the candlesticks, and confirms the downtrend.


We have learned what is strategy, how to develop strategy, types of forex analysis, why technical analysis is so important, what the trends are, how to create trend lines, what channels are and how to trade with channels, we also learned how to develop strategy and trade with various indicators like Moving Average, Bollinger Band, Stop and Reversal & parabolic SAR etc.. Finally, I would like to say using basic strategy with technical analysis is good to make money in the forex market however you should always keep an eye on fundamental aspect of trading and market volatility caused due to news events.