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Automated-Trading 2013.01.07 15:45 

Breakout Bars Trend v2:

The second (edited and added) version of the alternative indicator for trend definition based on the breakthrough bars and distance from extremums. The breakthrough levels and size of the previous trends are added.

Breakout Bars Trend v2 (Delta = 1%)

Author: Serhii Ivanenko

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Sergey Golubev 2013.12.12 06:17  

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Indicators: TrendLine Touch Alert

newdigital, 2013.10.24 09:01

Simple Way to Trade Trendline Breakouts

Talking Points:

  • Always wait for the current candle to close beyond the trendline to confirm the break.
  • Enter into the trade when price retraces back within a few pips of the original trendline, trading in the direction of the original breakout.
  • Set your Stop a few pips beyond the trendline and set your Limit at least twice as far as your Stop.

Step 1. - Locating the Trendline

As a review, a trendline is a line connecting two or more lows or two or more highs, with the lines projected out into the future. Traders than look at these projected lines and look for future prices to react around those levels.


Step 2. – Wait For a Confirmed Breakout

Next, we need to see how the price reacts to the projected trendline. There are two potential outcomes when price comes into contact with a trendline:

  • The price will bounce off the trendline
  • The price will break through the trendline

So we wait to see if the price does in fact break through the price. But we aren’t ready to place a trade just because the price breaks through the trendline. We need to wait and see if the current candle closes beyond the trendline. We require a candle to close beyond the trendline to confirm the breakout. This is a very important rule.


Check out the chart above depicting a trendline on a current USD/JPY Hourly chart. There were two times in the past week where this trendline was broken, but look what happened. They were false breakouts. Sellers were not able to keep the price down below the trendline and both potential breakout candles closed above the trendline. Had we sold at either of those two opportunities, we would have been crushed two times in a row. Something we definitely want to avoid.

So even though it is tempting to get immediately into a trade as price breaks a trendline in real-time, you would be susceptible to false breaks. Patience is a virtue.

Step 3. Set Up The Trade

Remember the first image I showed you of the GBP/USD Hourly chart? Let’s go back to that example because it actually ended up producing a near perfect breakout setup. Soon after that snapshot was taken, the GBP/USD fell and broke through our trendline with authority. A very short time after that, the Hourly candle closed below the trendline and confirmed the breakout as well. Once this happened, it was time to get to work to setup this trade.

There are 3 things we needed to do to execute this breakout trade:

  • Set an Entry order to Sell just below the original trendline.
  • Attach a Stop order several pips above the trendline.
  • Attach a Limit that is as least twice as large as our Stop (increase your trading profitability by learning the importance of the risk/reward ratio).

There is a saying that goes “What once was resistance, can later become support. And what once was support, can later become resistance.” This is the mantra we rely on when setting an Entry order near the original trendline. We are looking for price to retrace back to the point of support/resistance it just broke through, and then continue back into the direction of the original breakout. Take a look at how the trade was setup below.


Our Entry order to Sell was placed a couple pips below the trendline, our Stop Loss was set several pips above the trendline (approx.. 15 pips from our Entry) and our Limit was set twice as far as our stop (approx. 30 pips from our Entry). Within the next hour, the price retraced back to the original trendline, and then move back in the direction of original breakout, exactly what we wanted.

So to recap, we were able to enter into a trade on a confirmed breakout, we were able to get in at a much more favorable price than entering the break in real-time, and we were able to set an extremely tight stop (read: lower our risk) beyond what should be a valid resistance level.
As it turned out, this particular trade was a success, but that doesn’t mean every trade will be a winner. However, you should take comfort in the fact that as long as you are using a 1:2 risk/reward ratio, you only need to be correct 33% of the time to break even. If you are right more than 33% of the time, you should be a profitable trader in the long run with this strategy.

Breaking Bad

Trendline breaks can be tricky to trade, but hopefully this article gave you a clear approach to mastering them. We've learned that you should always wait for confirmation of a break by requiring the current candle to close. We also learned placing our Entry order near the trendline will give us a better entry price and reduce our risk by allowing a tighter Stop. Setting our Limit as least twice as far as our Stop should also help shift the odds in our favor. Good luck with your trading!


Muhammad Syamil Bin Abdullah
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Muhammad Syamil Bin Abdullah 2013.12.12 10:40  
Good indicator. Can be utilize to formed a trading system.
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