22# Gap Trading System
Submit by JanusTrader
The Forex market is closed from Friday evening until Sunday evening (assuming GMT time to make it easier for everyone).
Quite often the price that currency pairs open at on Sunday is different from what they closed at on Friday – this different is called the ‘Gap’.
Now, price almost always “closes” the gap, that is, price trades up (or down) to where price was on Friday within 24 hours (but occasionally a lot longer).
Sometimes the gap can be 20 pips… and sometimes it can be 200!
Take a look at the following – a 30-minute chart of the USD/JPY pair:
So by selling on Sunday as the market opened there was 20 pips available… which was fulfilled over the next 4 hours.
This is a valid strategy – just look for gaps… however there becomes a fairly significant issue and that is: What if the market goes the other way?
Remember, the market does not have to close the gap, it can take as loooooooong as it wants – even if that means going 800 pips in the otherdirection before closing the gap (which can happen, I saw it once on the EUR/JPY, it eventually closed the gap four days later on a Thursday!).
Take a look at this example:
In the pictures Gap forex system in action.
So there was a 14 pip potential profit on this gap… but just buying on Sunday when the market opened would either result in a large loss as the market went against you and you’re squeezed out… or you try and stomach the large drawdown.
Either way not a great trade at all in the case!
This is where we “tweak” this market gap thingy…
We require knowledge of candlesticks to help us. If you don’t know anything about them… you’ll probably do okay as I explain it pretty well anyway!
We’re going to use our knowledge of candlesticks and how they work to “tweak” the Sunday Gap strategy into something that we can trade with security and confidence!
What we do is actually really simple; we look for a gap on a currency pair and then, instead of just jumping in, we wait patiently until we get a solid candlestick pattern.
A candlestick pattern does three things for us:
#1 – Confirmation, with the occurrence of a reliable candlestick pattern, of what we are hoping the market is going to do.
#2 – Somewhere to place our stoploss – we do not trade without it!
#3 – We will typically get an even better entry price!
As always, the best way to explain is with actual examples, so let’s get to it
We get a decent gap and then a solid-looking Harami pattern occurs:
The next trade is again on the EUR/USD 1-hour chart.
We get a 25 pips gap on Sunday… then we wait for candlestick confirmation; we get this around 2-3 hours later in the form of a Hammer candle AND a Bullish Engulfing together:
You could however have entered right after the Hammer formed – this was a good signal itself!
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