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Using Trailing Stop: An Art to Be Learned by Traders

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Using a trailing stop is a way to lock a profit in trading, at least with some profit. A floating profit trade may not always hit its Take-Profit level. Thus, traders use Trailing Stop to lock-in some profits and let it run to hit the target. Otherwise, some trades may result in a loss instead.

In today’s lesson, we are going to demonstrate an example of that.

The price heads towards the North with good bullish momentum. The buyers are to wait for price correction and bullish reversal candle to go long on the pair. Let us proceed to the next chart to find more about the correction.

The correction looks very bearish. However, a flipped support level holds the price. Thus, it is going to be an interesting battle between the bull and the bear. Let us find out who wins. Does it make a downside breakout or a bullish reversal candle?

The chart produces a bullish reversal candle. We can see that this is an Inside Bar, which is the weakest reversal candle. A flipped support creates a bullish reversal candle but does not make any breakout. The buyers are to flip over to the trigger chart to get consolidation and breakout to go long on this. This is the daily chart. Let us flip over to the H4 chart.

The H4 chart looks suitable for the buyers. The level of support produces a bullish engulfing candle. It has started the price correction. An upside breakout from a good level of support is the signal to trigger a long entry.

The price goes upward and consolidates. Upon finding support, the last candle breaches the level of resistance. Setting Stop Loss below the level of support, an entry may be triggered right after the last candle closes. The Take Profit shall be placed at the highest high of the previous bearish wave.

The price continues to go towards the upside for a while. It has started having consolidation. The price has found its support. An upside breakout is to push the price towards the North further. On the other hand, a downside breakout may push the price towards the South and even change the whole equation. Thus, the buyers are to move their Stop Loss. Have a look at the chart below.

The buyers shall move their Stop Loss below the level of support and hope it makes another upside breakout to hit the Take Profit. Let us find out what happens next.

This is what Forex trading is all about. You never know what exactly happens next. The price comes down. It would hit the Stop-Loss, where it was set at the very outset. By using Trailing Stop, the buyers have made some profit. Otherwise, they would have to encounter some loss.

The Bottom Line

Using Trailing Stop is an art. It needs a lot of practice to be master at it. Without knowing how to use it properly, it may hurt a trader instead. Since it is an important trading feature to save us from encountering a loss with a profit trade, a trader must study/work hard on this.

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