Indicators: Relative Strength Index (RSI)


Relative Strength Index (RSI):

The Relative Strength Index technical indicator (RSI) is a price-following oscillator that ranges between 0 and 100. When Wilder introduced the Relative Strength Index, he recommended using a 14-day RSI.. Since then, the 9-day and 25-day Relative Strength Index indicators have also gained popularity.

A popular method of analyzing the RSI is to look for a divergence in which the security is making a new high, but the RSI is failing to surpass its previous high. This divergence is an indication of an impending reversal. When the Relative Strength Index then turns down and falls below its most recent trough, it is said to have completed a "failure swing". The failure swing is considered a confirmation of the impending reversal.

Ways to use Relative Strength Index for chart analysis:

  • Tops and bottoms The Relative Strength Index usually tops above 70 and bottoms below 30. It usually forms these tops and bottoms before the underlying price chart;
  • Chart Formations The RSI often forms chart patterns such as head and shoulders or triangles that may or may not be visible on the price chart;
  • Failure swing (Support or Resistance penetrations or breakouts) This is where the Relative Strength Index surpasses a previous high (peak) or falls below a recent low (trough);
  • Support and Resistance levels The Relative Strength Index shows, sometimes more clearly than price themselves, levels of support and resistance.
  • Divergences As discussed above, divergences occur when the price makes a new high (or low) that is not confirmed by a new high (or low) in the Relative Strength Index. Prices usually correct and move in the direction of the RSI.

Relative Strength Index indicator

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Relative Strength Index or RSI is the most popular indicator used in Forex trading. It is an oscillator indicator which oscillates between 0 -100. This a trend following indicator. It indicates the strength of the trend, values above 50 indicate a bullish trend while values below 50 indicate bearish Forex trend. This Indicator Measures...
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Pretty cool way to use the RSI. How to trade using RSI Trading Strategy


Identify the Trend

The first step to trading any successful trend based strategy is to find the trend! One of easiest ways to find the trend is through identifying a charts swing highs and swing lows. Traders can work from left to right on their graph and identify the outliers in price. If you see the peaks and valleys of price declining consistently, you are looking at a downtrend. If highs and lows are advancing, traders would consider a currency pair to be trending upward.

Given this information, traders should look to sell the AUDNZD as long as price continues to decline towards lower lows. If the trend continues, expectations are that price will decline allowing traders to look for new areas to sell the market.

RSI for Entry

Once a strong trend is established, traders will look to join that trend with a technical market trigger. Oscillators are a family of indicators that are designed specifically to determine if momentum is returning to an existing trend. Below we can again see the AUDNZD 8 Hour chart, but this time the RSI (Relative Strength Index) indicator has been added. Since we have identified the AUDNZD as being in a downtrend, traders will look to sell the pair when the RSI indicator crosses back below a value of 70 (overbought). This will signal momentum returning lower after the creation of a new swing high.

Below you will find several previous examples of RSI entries signaled on the AUDNZD. Remember since the trend is down, only new sell positions should be initiated. At no point should a buy position be considered as price declines.

Manage Risk

Every good strategy needs a risk management component. When trading strong trends such as the AUDNZD, it is important to realize that they will eventually come to an end! Traders have a variety of choices when it comes to stop placement, but one of the easiest methods is to use a previous swing high on the chart. In the event that price breaks towards higher highs, traders will wish to exit any existing sell biased positions and look for new opportunities elsewhere.

Wether you are trading live money or just practicing on a demo it is also recomended to review your trades. This way you can track your progress while making sure you adhere to the strategy rules!