Support and Resistance is the basis of most technical analysis chart patterns whether you trade forex, the indices, commodity futures, options or stocks. Yes Virginia, you really do need to be able to recognize it if you want a low risk, sensible way to trade based on what you see in the charts.
Areas of price congestion that create most well known chart formations are nothing more than levels of Support or Resistance. Call it pivot points, floors and ceilings, Fibonnaci, whatever…it’s all based on the same thing. In fact, just about every technical trading system or method uses Support and Resistance, whether their authors admit it or not!
Every Chart Pattern
If you’ve ever looked at a futures chart, a stock chart or plotted the price movements of a forex pair, you’ve seen support and resistance in action. It acts on every market, in every time frame and every trading instrument reacts to it. Every chart pattern that can be identified has a basis in simple support and resistance.
How can any technical trader even think of trading anything at all without having a complete understanding of how it works or at the very least an eye for identifying it’s unique signature in the charts?
What is Support?
This is simply a floor of prices, whether ascending, descending or level. It’s an area where prices tend to return to for varying periods of time.
What is Resistance?
It’s a ceiling of prices, whether ascending, descending or level, and again, prices tend to return to common areas over varying periods of time. The more a price returns to to a specific area, the stronger the support or resistance and the more powerful the bounce off of it.
Once resistance or support has been broken, a price will likely head for the next level of resistance or support before stalling again.
Simplistic explanation? Of course! But now we come to the nuances
Using Support and Resistance to make better Trading Decisions
Support and Resistance is not a new fangled, latest flavor of the month trading system at all…these levels have been around since before Jesse Livermore was but a twinkle in his daddy’s eye. It’s not exactly rocket science to identify Support and Resistance, and it can be applied to any market: stocks, commodity futures and options, spread trading, forex, ETFs and single stock futures too.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that there’s a lot of “tip of the iceberg” canned information out there that’s just plain inadequate. You’re going to have to put in some time getting a “feel” for Support and Resistance on your charts. (Alternatively, you could just have Erich give you his support and resistance levels for each day!)
The cool thing about Support and Resistance is that with a bit of practice you can see it clearly on any type of chart, so there’s no need to make a life-altering decision. The keyword here is practice.
We Have You Covered!
NOTHING will replace good old chart watching, but the other good news is, we have you covered. Erich Senft, CTA is a very experienced and well known Support and Resistance practitioner: he is passionate about S&R. He is also passionately dedicated to his students – just ask any one of them.
You are NEVER left alone with course materials to muddle your way through. Erich is ALWAYS available to answer your questions and concerns, and show you step by step in exquisite detail exactly how he approaches each trade, each market. Need help with entries, exits and stops? Ask Erich!
Detailed Trade Management
Every day, Erich sends out a selection of market analyses with detailed trade management information. You never have to guess at how he arrives at his analysis, where he’d put his stops and why. You can discuss these trades and ask questions any time on the Support and Resistance Forum. You get to see his charts, trades and see his commentary. Any questions you have, feel free to ask.
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