Trade Breakouts with Pivot Points

By DailyFx | Updated July 30, 2014 AAA

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Talking Points

  • An increase in volatility can cause price to breakout
  • Camarilla Pivots can be designated for planning order entries
  • Traders can use 1x extension of the trading range for profit targets

While price may spend the majority of its time reversing between lines of support and resistance, there will also be periods of volatility when price breaks out. A price breakout simply refers to the price of a traded asset moving through a pre-designated area of either support or resistance. Savvy traders can then prepare to look for these opportunities by finding these values on their graph. To help plan for a breakout, we will continue our review of camarilla pivots.

Let’s get started!

Learn Forex – AUDNZD Breakout

Trade Breakouts with Pivot Points

(Created using FXCM’s Marketscope 2.0 charts)

Support, Resistance, & Breakouts

Before you can trade a breakout, you will first need to identify existing points of support and resistance. While there are many tools available for finding these areas, traders may again choose to use the previously discussed Camarilla pivot points. When added to the graph, these pivots will allow traders to spot a breakout using the R4 and S4 lines now available on their graph. Now traders can consider a series of options for trading.

The easiest way to trade breakouts is through the use of a series of order entries. Entry orders set above resistance will be waiting to buy the market in the event price moves to higher highs. Conversely, orders to sell below the S4 line of support will be triggered upon the market moving to lower lows. Traders that would like more confirmation may also consider waiting for a candle close, then triggering a market order. The key is to get into the market on a new surge in price, which generally transpires along with an economic announcement.

Learn Forex – AUDNZD Entry and Target

Trade Breakouts with Pivot Points

(Created using FXCM’s Marketscope 2.0 charts)

Risk & Profit Targets

As with any trading strategy, traders should spend as much time planning their exits as they do their entry orders. Through the use of Camarilla Pivots, traders again can develop a very systematic methodology for exiting the market. Since the market is breaking out, risk can be managed by placing stop orders inside of the designated trading range. The rationale behind this is that if market conditions change, traders should close their positions and look for other opportunities.

Once a stop is found, traders can then set a profit target. Since our pivot points are calculated using a fraction of the previous day’s trading range, we can again use the designated values for profit targets. Traders can look for a minimum of 1 times the denoted range, which in the example of the AUDNZD above would be 28 pips. This would equate to a 1:2 risk reward ratio when used with a standardized stop.

Practice Your Trading

As with any new strategy, it will take time and practice to develop new trading techniques. To practice setting up orders using Camarilla Pivots, register for a FREE Forex demo with FXCM. This way you can develop your scalping techniques while tracking the market in real time.

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