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08.10.2010 Post in Trading

Intelligence, intuition and instinct are the base for trader’s perception of the currency market activity.

Intuition allows one to gain an insight of things not by reasoning or logical thinking, but by means of immediate, unconscious inspiration. As a result, the trader can understand the market, but with his heart, not his mind. Nevertheless, even the most insightful trader has to understand that he/she should not entirely rely on the intuition while trading.

Intelligence provides the ability to logically analyze the activity around trader and make the simplest and the most correct decision. Intelligence enables the trader to break any deadlock.

Instinct is only revealed materially. Any action performed by the trader is originated from his/her desire to satisfy his/her material needs. If the trader fails to accomplish any deal this can be compared to procuring food while which the trader faced an unforeseen obstacle and lost one of his/her body parts. A normal person would retreat and never come back.

In case the trader finds a way to earn without spending much physical and mental effort this can be compared to finding abundant lands with lots of untamed game. Therefore the trader will come back to obtain as much benefit as possible. This is how market’s tendencies can be identified when strong one-directional rate dynamics supports itself.

Added by Ekaterina Pobedisnkaya,
InstaForex International clients´ Chief Manager

01.10.2010 Post in Trading

Any indicator, giving signals, is aimed at helping a trader to make a correct decision. The indicator is to provide clear and distinct signals so that they did not appear ambiguous to a trader.

The Ichimoku indicator was developed in Japan by Goichi Hosoda for Nikkei 225. Today this indicator is combined with Japanese candlesticks’ analysis due to the inability of the latter to determine market entrance and withdrawal levels and also market stop and limit orders.

Ichimoku is a trend indicator, detecting the generating trend, the one that has just originated and the reversing one. However, the Ichimoku indicator is not as effective for a flat market than for a trend one. Using this indicator, a trader can determine the currency status: flat or trend and the direction of the movement.

The Ichimoku indicator provides much information about the existing trend, its direction, support and resistance levels. It is represented by the five lines on the price chart. Four of them show the mid-point of the price spectrum for a certain time span. These lines can be also interpreted as the border line between bull and bear dynamics of the market.

The indicator’s lines:

  • Tenkan-sen (red line) shows an average price for the first time span, seen as the sum of low and high for this time span divided by two.
  • Kijun-sen (blue line) signifies an average price for the second time span.
  • Senkou Span A (yellow line) indicates the mid-point between the two preceding lines, shifted forward for the second time span.
  • Senkou Span B (brown line) shows an average price for the third time span, shifted forward for the second time span.
  • Chinkou Span (green line) indicates the price at which the current candlestick has been closed has been shifted back for the second time span.
The distance between Senkou lines is hatched in another colour, depending on which line is
situated above, and called ‘the cloud”.

The distance between Senkou lines is hatched in another colour, depending on which line is situated above, and called ‘the cloud”.


The key signal given by this indicator is the price crossing Senkou Span B line. The price crossing it from top downward is a signal to open a sell order and vice versa.

If the market is flat, the price is detected in the hatched area of the indicator. Crossing Tenkan-sen line from top downward suggests opening buy orders and vice versa.

If the mid- or short-term lines of Kijun-sen and Tenkan-sen are parallel to Senkou Span B it means that the market is being stable.

If the price is displayed in the hatched area and crosses Chinkou Span line from top downward, buy orders can be opened and vice versa.

Senkou Span A and Senkou Span B lines shape the resistance and support line in the hatched area. If the levels are higher than these lines then Senkou Span A and Senkou Span B lines are the first and the second resistance correspondingly.

The Ichimoku indicator signal is the Tenkan-sen line direction. If the line surges, the trend uprises; if it falls, so does the trend. If the line is parallel then the market is flat.

Added by Dmitry Antipov,
InstaForex Clients’ relationship manager

16.09.2010 Post in Trading

Every beginning and experienced trader must know what does Forex rollback mean or in other words market correction. Market correction or rollback is the price movement in the opposite direction from the dominative market trend. Correction emerges in case of overbought or oversold financial instrument which is considered.

At the moment when the market participants find out that the financial instrument price is underestimated – the market is in the oversold condition and it starts to fix the profit of the orders opened earlier. That is how the upside market correction arises amid the downward trend. The downside market correction appears if the up-going trend is to take place. At this moment, the most traders see the oversold market condition and begin closing the “buy” positions opened before, as the financial price is overestimated.

Forex rollback is a strategy which completely depends on the changes taking place on the market. The major trends correction is average trends, short term – the average trends correction. The trends show the peaks and drops of the market as there are no frank trends on the currency market.

Experienced traders can predict and use corrections in their trading which open the previous trend by some percentage point. 50%-Forex rollback is the most well-known one. The core of this Forex rollback is that the price having overcome the range from 20 to 40 will surely drift back by 10 points more that will total to 50% before its uptrend restarts.

Forex rollback is a price feature which is proper for the trend extents. The price rollback always moves at least by one third from the preceding motion. The essence comprehension of rollbacks on Forex market affords an opportunity of choosing the time for buying or selling the currency.

For a potential currency purchase a trader has to determine during the upward trend where Forex rollback is fixed by one third from the previous movement, remember this level, after that it should be used as a starting point for a potential currency purchase. Forex rollback by one third determines a potential sale point within the down-going trend.

The levels of the upper and lower trends are of a great significance. Forex rollback amounts to two thirds very seldom when there is a correction. Due to a program software used by the traders in the work the Forex rollback rate can be determined by means of charts. The percentage rollback of Forex market can be: 33%, 38%, 50%, 62% or 66% and each trader sets the necessary level by himself.

Added by Evgeny Galaev,
Chief Manager of InstaForex Client Relations Department

07.09.2010 Post in Trading

Daily Forex market popularity gathers pace. Today almost all trading markets of the world depend on Forex currency market. Every day hundred thousands of traders come into the market. Despite that a great many of trading speculators join the market you have a chance to become more successful trader. In order to earn profit permanently a trader must remember that a great role in the trading belongs to charts.

Exactly due to charts usage in the work on Forex the trader will not miss the whole point focusing on the most important aspects.

Charts usage will allow you to evaluate the importance and significance of all capital investments in any currencies or shares; this is the functioning essence of Forex charts. If you desire to have a success on the market then you have to learn comprehending Forex graphs. Applying to Forex charts you will be able to determine the current market trends and dynamics of the rate fluctuations.

Forex charts have become available recently that was caused by a violent development of computer technologies. They have become the main element of the market behavior analysis in distinct from the news line and fundamental outlooks mostly used previously.

In a simple trading terminal the charts of Forex operations are presented by 4 types: candlesticks, bars, lines and noughts-and-crosses. To this day the most popularity was captured by the Japanese candlesticks because of their usability as the charts of the Japanese candlesticks make it easy to lay on them the indicators and other marks.

Each trader must use in his trading the Forex work chart, as operating without it is a risk of funds loss. The currency fluctuations occur every minute or even second, that is why Forex charts suit well for online trading. Even by means of very insignificant movements a trader can make huge gains using Forex charts.

The major success component on Forex market is operational flexibility which is supplied for you by a chart. The key is to follow its work closely and in this case you will reach your goals.

At the chart you will be always able to monitor even the slightest fluctuations of currency rates that comes as a recipe for success and beneficial trading on the international currency market Forex.

Added by Alexandr Demkin,
InstaForex Clients’ relationship manager