Congestion zones are a good source of potential breakout trades.
The market is composed of two phases – expansion and contraction. Congestions are a type of contraction where instead of retracing from a trend, the market starts to have a narrow range where price tends to stay within for a while.
Congestions are the kind of market condition that traders would avoid at all cost. These markets have low volatility and are very choppy. Trading within such a narrow range makes it difficult to profit from the market.
However, savvy traders know that there is an opportunity to trade whenever a market congestion is observable. This is because they are not looking to trade within the congestion area but rather, they are looking to trade the breakout from such congestion. Often, breakouts from congestions have a sudden burst of momentum. This is because most traders stay on the sidelines during a congestion phase. As soon as a trading opportunity is available, a big chunk of the market could trade with high volume and thus causing a strong momentum price movement.
EMA MACD Congestion Breakout Forex Trading Strategy thrives on such conditions. It allows traders to systematically take trades on breakouts from a congestion zone using a combination of indicators that confirm such breakout.
Exponential Moving Averages Signals
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This indicator provides trade signals based on the crossover of two EMAs. The indicator then conveniently displays an arrow at the point where the crossover occurred, pointing the direction of the trade signal.
The MACD Elder indicator is a custom indicator based on the Elder Impulse System as developed by Alexander Elder. It is still based on the traditional MACD indicator, however, this configuration of the MACD is modified.
This indicator is an oscillating indicator that displays trend direction using histograms and a signal line. Positive histograms indicate a bullish trend, while negative histograms indicate a bearish trend. Crossovers between the histogram bars and the signal line also indicate a possible trend reversal.
The indicator’s histogram bars also change colors depending on the direction of the trend. Green bars indicate that the bulls have taken over and that the market is pressured to trend upwards. Red bars indicate that the bears have taken over and that the market is pressured to go lower. Blue bars on the other hand are printed whenever the conditions for a green and red bar have not yet been met.
This trading strategy trades on breakouts from tight congestion zones which are confirmed by the confluence of the Exponential Moving Averages Signals and the MACD Elder indicator.
On the price chart, a congestion zone should be observable. This is characterized by a narrow price range with candles that are showing indecisiveness. The tighter the range, the better.
Price should then break out of the range. As price breaks out of the range, the Exponential Moving Averages Signals indicator should print an entry signal indicating the direction of the breakout. This should also be confirmed by the crossing over of the MACD Elder indicator over the midline. The color of the MACD Elder histogram bars should also confirm the direction of the breakout.
- FasterEMA: 15
- SlowerEMA: 18
- ZZ_YZ-MDAC_ELDER_1-1000. (default setting)
Timeframe: 1-hour, 4-hour and daily charts
Currency Pairs: major and minor pairs
Trading Session: Tokyo, London and New York
Buy Trade Setup
- A congestion zone should be observed on the price chart.
- Price should breakout and close above the congestion zone.
- The Exponential Moving Averages Signals indicator should print an arrow pointing up.
- The MACD Elder histograms should be color green indicating a bullish market bias.
- The MACD Elder histograms should be crossing above zero.
- The bullish signals above should be closely aligned.
- Enter a buy order on the confirmation of the conditions above.
- Set the stop loss below the middle of the congestion zone.
- Close the trade as soon as the Exponential Moving Averages Signals prints an arrow pointing down.
- Close the trade as soon as the MACD Elder histograms cross below zero.
Sell Trade Setup
- A congestion zone should be observed on the price chart.
- Price should breakout and close below the congestion zone.
- The Exponential Moving Averages Signals indicator should print an arrow pointing down.
- The MACD Elder histograms should be color red indicating a bearish market bias.
- The MACD Elder histograms should be crossing below zero.
- The bearish signals above should be closely aligned.
- Enter a sell order on the confirmation of the conditions above.
- Set the stop loss above the middle of the congestion zone.
- Close the trade as soon as the Exponential Moving Averages Signals prints an arrow pointing up.
- Close the trade as soon as the MACD Elder histograms cross above zero.
Trading on congestion zone breakouts is probably one of the best trade setups. This is because trading on such conditions allow for a very high reward-risk ratio.
Tight congestion zones allow traders to put tight stop losses. Some could even place the stop loss on the other side of the congestion zone since most congestion zones are tight enough to allow for it. Then, after the breakout, the market usually expands rapidly toward the direction of the breakout. This allows traders to gain so much, with so little risk.
Trading congestion zones with a confirmation and confluence of reliable indicators improve the probability of the strategy. This strategy does that.
Forex Trading Strategies Installation Instructions
EMA MACD Congestion Breakout Forex Trading Strategy is a combination of Metatrader 4 (MT4) indicator(s) and template.
The essence of this forex strategy is to transform the accumulated history data and trading signals.
EMA MACD Congestion Breakout Forex Trading Strategy provides an opportunity to detect various peculiarities and patterns in price dynamics which are invisible to the naked eye.
Based on this information, traders can assume further price movement and adjust this strategy accordingly.
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How to install EMA MACD Congestion Breakout Forex Trading Strategy?
- Download EMA MACD Congestion Breakout Forex Trading Strategy.zip
- *Copy mq4 and ex4 files to your Metatrader Directory / experts / indicators /
- Copy tpl file (Template) to your Metatrader Directory / templates /
- Start or restart your Metatrader Client
- Select Chart and Timeframe where you want to test your forex strategy
- Right click on your trading chart and hover on “Template”
- Move right to select EMA MACD Congestion Breakout Forex Trading Strategy
- You will see EMA MACD Congestion Breakout Forex Trading Strategy is available on your Chart
*Note: Not all forex strategies come with mq4/ex4 files. Some templates are already integrated with the MT4 Indicators from the MetaTrader Platform.
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