117# Trendline Trading System
Submit By Aurora Trader 26/01/2012
Timeframes suitable for these strategies are the daily, 4h, 1hr, 30mins.
I use only 1 Metatrader4 indicator called Swing ZZ(zz for zigzag). It is freely available in the net, just google it and you can download it. Thanks to the programmer who wrote it. This indicator is helpful simply because you can identify previous swing highs and lows which act as resistance & support levels and I think it is a handy tool to use in this strategy.
So lets get started shall we? I call this trendline trading strategy because it involvesdrawing trend lines using the swing highs and lows of the Swing ZZ indicator.
SHORT ENTRY RULES:
(a) look at the timeframe you wish to use and identify the main trend. Get the big picture first, that is very important. For me, when I want to trade on the hourly chart, I first check the daily chart and also like to see what is happening in the 4hr chart as well to see if I can spot an obvious trend or channel or congestion happening in the daily and the 4hour charts. I stay out if there is congestion until breakout of the congestion happens and a trend is established. I draw trendlines in the daily or on the 4rhly charts chart then switch to the 1hr timeframe. I identify trends in the hourly and draw trendline(s) as well.
(b) I place a sell stop order, at least 5pips below the LOW of the candle that touches or intersects the trendline. The trendline can be the daily, 4hrly or the 1hr trendline. You must place your order when that candle closes. Why 5 pips? I don’t know, 5 seems like a good number to me… I have five fingers on each arm and similarly for the legs, so 5 is a number I was born with… Put 10 pips if you want. Note you must wait for price to approach a trendline or very near to the trendline before you place your sell stop order.
(c) I prefer to place my stop loss at least 5 pips above the most recent swing
high. You should set your stop loss according to your money management calculations and risk tolerance.
(d) I set my profit target just WITHIN the level of previous swing low.
(e) Trade management: as trade moves in my favour, I move my stop loss to at least 5 pips ABOVE each lower subsequent peaks (lower swing highs).
LONG ENTRY RULES:
Just do the exact opposite of short entry.
(1) Set your buy stop order 5 pips ABOVE the high of the candle that intersects the trendline when that candle CLOSES.
(2) I set my stop loss just below the recent low.
(3) I place my profit target WITHIN the level of the previous high.
(4) As trade moves in my favour I move stop loss to at least 5 pips just UNDER each higher subsequent higher swing lows that form.
SHORT ENTRY EXAMPLE:
The attached is 4hr USD/JPY chart showing short trades that could have been taken and would have been very profitable using this strategy.
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