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A Winner is Not Always a Good Trade

Price action traders use chart combinations such as Weekly-Daily, Daily-H4, H4-H1, and H1-15M, etc. Intraday minor charts’ traders such as the H1, 15M, 5M do not have an undeviating relation with the daily chart. However, it is often seen that if the daily price action is choppy, it gets tough to find out a good entry for the intraday traders. Notably, on a choppy daily chat, it gets extremely tough for the H4 traders to find an entry with good risk-reward. Thus, even a trade that gets us profit may not always be a good one. Let us demonstrate an example of that.

This is a daily chart, which shows that the price action has been choppy. It gets caught within a bullish rectangle. The daily traders are to wait for a breakout. However, the H4 traders know the range. Thus, they are to wait for a daily bearish reversal at the resistance zone and bullish reversal at the support zone. Let us see where it produces the next reversal.

The chart produces an Inverted Hammer right at the resistance. The H4 traders are to flip over the chart; wait for consolidation and bearish breakout to take a short entry. The risk-reward looks good here.

The H4 chart shows the last candle comes out as a bearish candle. If the price consolidates with the support of the candle’s lowest low, a bearish breakout will be the signal to go short.

The next candle comes out as another bearish candle. The candle has a bounce at H4 support, as well. If the price consolidates and makes a bearish breakout, the sellers may take a short entry. There is still space for the price to travel towards the downside.

The price consolidates and makes a breakout at the support. The breakout candle looks good. By setting Stop Loss at the consolidation resistance, a short entry may be triggered right after the last candle closes. Take Profit shall be placed at the red-marked level. Let us find out whether it hits Take Profit.

It does. It gets us profit. The question is whether it is a good trade or not. As far as risk-reward is concerned, it is not a good entry. It gets us less reward than the risk. Thus, traders shall skip taking that entry in the first place.

The Bottom Line

Price action traders may find many trade setups that match with all the norms for taking an entry. However, they must consider risk-reward on every single trade. If it offers less than 1:1 risk-reward, they shall avoid taking that entry. In most cases, an entry offering less than 1:1 risk-reward has less chance to be a winning trade as well. In this example, it is a winner. However, considering entire facts, it is not a good entry.

By Tareq Sikder

Tareq Sikder has been engaged with Forex trading as well as Forex writing since 2010. He mainly is a Technical Analyst and a Price Action Trader. He is an author of E-book, a Live Webinar Speaker. Expertise: Candlestick, Channel Trading, Fibonacci Trading.

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