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Expert Advisors: Renko Line Break vs RSI EA
Sergey Golubev, 2014.03.28 07:39
Developed in the 18th century in Japan to trade rice, Renko charting is a
trend following technique. It is excellent for filtering out price
“noise” so traders can catch a major part a given Forex trend. It was
believed that the name “Renko” originated from the Japanese word ‘renga’
Similar to Kagi and Point and Figure charting, Renko ignores the element
of time used on candlesticks, bar charts, and line charts. Instead,
Renko focuses on sustained price movement of a preset amount of pips.
For example, a trader can set the bricks for as little as 5 pips or as
many as 100 or more. A new brick will not be formed until price has
moved 100 pips. It could take 24 hours for a new brick to form or it
could take just a few hours. However, no bricks will form until the
preset limit is achieved.
Find the Trend Direction
Renko charts can incorporate many of the usual technical indicators like
stochastics, MACD, and moving averages. Today’s strategy will marry up
Forex Renko charts with a 200 Exponential Moving Average (EMA) to find
trend direction. Very simply, if price is trading above its 200 EMA,
then the trend is up. If price is trading below its 200 EMA, then the
trend is down.
This filter will give us a directional bias much like a compass or GPS.
We will look to only take long trades when the Renko bricks are trending
above the 200 EMA. On the other hand, in a downtrend, if the Renko
bricks are trending below the 200 EMA, then the trend down. Forex
traders will only look to short the market. One of the biggest mistakes
swing traders make is entering trades that go counter to the dominant
When to Get In
After the dominant trend direction is determined, traders can use the
simplicity of Renko charts with a single 13 period EMA as a ‘trigger’ to
signal an entry in the direction of the major trend. First, wait for at
least two green bricks to appear above the 13 EMA. Then enter long on
the appearance of the second green brick above the 13 EMA.
Exiting for Profit and for Loss
Once a trader is “triggered” into the trade, a protective stop can be
set one-brick size below the 13 EMA. As long as the bricks remain above
the 13 EMA, we look to stay with the trend. Just as the 13 EMA can get
you in a new trade, the same EMA can be used to stop out a winning trade
locking in profits.
Traders will need to manually move the stop one brick-size below 13 EMA
and the current price brick. You can see in the example above how the
combination of Renko and the 13 EMA helps traders stay with the trend a
is it possible to build EA that use Renko Chart?
Sergey Golubev, 2014.04.01 07:01
Sergey Golubev, 2013.09.03 11:03
Renko (extraction from Achelis - Technical Analysis from A to Z)
The Renko charting method is thought to have acquired its name from "renga"
which is the Japanese word for bricks. Renko charts are similar to Three Line Break charts except that in a Renko chart,
a line (or "brick" as they're called) is drawn in the direction of the prior
move only if prices move by a minimum amount (i.e., the box size). The bricks
are always equal in size. For example, in a 5-unit Renko chart, a 20-point rally
is displayed as four, 5-unit tall Renko bricks.
Kagi charts were first
brought to the United States by Steven Nison when he published the book, Beyond Candlesticks.
Basic trend reversals are signaled with the emergence of a new white or black
brick. A new white brick indicates the beginning of a new up-trend. A new black
brick indicates the beginning of a new down-trend. Since the Renko chart is a
trend following technique, there are times when Renko charts produce whipsaws,
giving signals near the end of short-lived trends. However, the expectation with
a trend following technique is that it allows you to ride the major portion of
Since a Renko chart isolates the underlying price trend by filtering out the
minor price changes, Renko charts can also be very helpful when determining
support and resistance levels.
Renko charts are always based on closing prices. You specify a "box size"
which determines the minimum price change to display.
To draw Renko bricks, today's close is compared with the high and low of the
previous brick (white or black):
If the closing price rises above the top of the previous brick by at least
the box size, one or more white bricks are drawn in new columns. The height of
the bricks is always equal to the box size.
If the closing price falls below the bottom of the previous brick by at least
the box size, one or more black bricks are drawn in new columns. Again, the
height of the bricks is always equal to the box size.
If prices move more than the box size, but not enough to create two bricks,
only one brick is drawn. For example, in a two-unit Renko chart, if the prices
move from 100 to 103, only one white brick is drawn from 100 to 102. The rest of
the move, from 102 to 103, is not shown on the Renko chart.