A stochastic oscillator with an option for selecting a timeframe for calculations, which may differ from the timeframe on which the indicator is applied
Author: Nikolay Kositsin
Forum on trading, automated trading systems and testing trading strategies
Indicators: Stochastic Oscillator
newdigital, 2013.10.09 07:23
Pinpointing Forex Trend Trade Entries with Stochastics
By far, traders who trade in the direction of the predominant daily
trend have a higher percentage of success than those who trade the
counter trend. One of the biggest attractions of the Forex market it is
characterized by long trends that afford traders the potential to make
hundreds of pips if they have timed their entries with precision and
used protective stops to limit risk.
But How Can Traders Find Where to Enter with a Risk for Maximum Gain?
The mantra, “the trend is your friend until it ends,” can be found in
many trading books, but it seems that many forex traders have not made
the trend their friend and in some cases, the trend has become the
enemy. Rather than being on the receiving end of those pips afforded to
traders who have correctly entered the trend, many traders have been on
the “giving” end of the trade losing pips while fighting the trend.
As people have turned to online dating services to meet their ideal
match, forex traders can turn to stochastics as a way of making the
trend the their friend again.
In an uptrend on a daily chart, stochastics %K and %D lines moving below
the horizontal ‘20’ reference line and coming back above the 20 line
indicates that the profit-taking correction is coming to an end. The
stochastic crossing up also tells us that buyers are beginning to enter
the market again. In addition, this shows that there is good support.
How to Trade the Trend Using Stochastics
Patience is the name of the game when attempting to trade with the
trend. Getting into the trend too early can expose traders to large
drawdowns. Getting in too late reduces the amount of profit before the
swing is completed.
Use the stochastics indicator to find that “Goldilocks” entry of not too
early and not too late. Once a strong uptrend is found, wait for
stochastics with the settings of 15, 5, 5 to move into the oversold
region below the 20 horizontal reference line. Next, wait for the %K and
%D lines to move back above the 20 line. Enter long with a stop placed a
few pips below the last low. Set a limit for at least twice the size of
Once in an uptrend position, traders will attempt to squeeze as much
profit as possible. Traders usually take profits on their open position
or trail stops once stochastics moves into the overbought region. It is
important to note that a forex currency pair can continue to make new
highs even though stochastics is in the overbought region.
So next time you see a trend and you do not know how to make it your
“friend”, let the stochastics indicator introduce you! Once these swings
are highlighted by stochastics, stop placement becomes easier as well.
stochastics crossovers in an uptrend can help you pinpoint your entries
to join the major trend.
Indicators: Stochastic Oscillator Blau_TS_Stochastic
newdigital, 2014.01.22 12:58
How to Trade with Stochastic Oscillator (based on dailyfx.com article)
Stochastic is a simple momentum oscillator developed by George C. Lane
in the late 1950’s. Being a momentum oscillator, Stochastic can help
determine when a currency pair is overbought or oversold. Since the
oscillator is over 50 years old, it has stood the test of time, which is
a large reason why many traders use it to this day.
Though there are multiple variations of Stochastic, today we’ll focus solely on Slow Stochastic.
Slow stochastic is found at the bottom of your chart and is made up of
two moving averages. These moving averages are bound between 0 and 100.
The blue line is the %K line and the red line is the %D line. Since %D
is a moving average of %K, the red line will also lag or trail the blue
Traders are constantly looking for ways to catch new trends that are
developing. Therefore, momentum oscillators can provide clues when the
market’s momentum is slowing down, which often precedes a shift in
trend. As a result, a trader using stochastic can see these shifts in
trend on their chart.
Momentum shifts directions when these two Stochastic lines cross.
Therefore, a trader takes a signal in the direction of the cross when
the blue line crosses the red line.
As you can see from the picture above, the short term trends were
detected by Stochastic. However, traders are always looking for ways to
improve signals so they can be strengthened. There are two ways we can
filter these trades to improve the strength of signal.
1 - Look for Crossovers at Extreme Levels
Naturally, a trader won’t want to take every signal that appears. Some
signals are stronger than others. The first filter we can apply to the
oscillator is taking cross overs that occur at extreme levels.
Since the oscillator is bound between 0 and 100, overbought is
considered above the 80 level. On the other hand, oversold is considered
below the 20 level. Therefore, cross downs that occur above 80 would
indicate a potential shifting trend lower from overbought levels.
Likewise, a cross up that occurs below 20 would indicate a potential shifting trend higher from oversold levels.
2 - Filter Trades on Higher Time Frame in Trend’s Direction
The second filter we can look to add is a trend filter. If we find a
very strong uptrend, the Stochastic oscillator is likely to remain in
overbought levels for an extended period of time giving many false sell
We would not want to sell a strong uptrend since more pips are available in the direction of the trend.
Therefore, if we find a strong uptrend, we need to look for a dip or
correction to time a buy entry. That means waiting for an intraday chart
to correct and show oversold readings.
At that point, if Stochastic crosses up from oversold levels, then the
selling pressure and momentum is likely alleviated. This provides us a
signal to buy which is in alignment with the larger trend.