Forex Tips – Why You Should Consider Trading The End Of Day Charts

When you first start trading the currency markets, it is easy to find yourself drawn to the short term charts such as the 1 minute, 5 minute and 15 minute charts. This is because you can bank profits in a very short space of time, and can be in and out of a trade very quickly. However you shouldn’t rule out the daily price charts because these can be just as profitable, if not more so.

What you have to bear in mind is that when you are trading the short time frames, you can only really expect to bank modest profits from each of your trades. These are often in the region of 5-20 pips at most. However when you go up to the daily charts, you will be in trades for a lot longer, maybe as long as a week or two, so you can potentially bank huge profits of several hundred pips from just a single trade.

The beauty of this is that you don’t have to stress yourself looking for multiple trades every single day. You can simply switch on your computer at the end of the day’s trading session, ie when the daily candle closes, and look for any high probability trading opportunities amongst the various currency pairs. If there are not any decent set-ups, you can wait until the same time tomorrow. However if there are one or two opportunities, you can enter your trade, set your stop loss and target price, and watch it slowly unfold over the coming days (and weeks in some cases).

Your overall success rate should be a lot higher on the daily time frame because technical indicators tend to work so much better on this time frame than many of the shorter time frames. With day trading you may struggle to make any money because there are so many false moves and whipsaws throughout the day.

Of course you still need a profitable system in place even when trading these end of day charts. However it should be a lot easier to come up with a winning system. You just need to come up with a way of trading breakouts or price reversals, which is not all that difficult if you look for things like pin bars, EMA crossovers, MACD crossovers and divergence on some of the most popular indicators.

So the point is that if you are not having too much success trading the short term price charts (like most forex traders who try trading these time frames), you should seriously consider trading the daily charts instead. These are far easier and less stressful to trade, and you should find that you can make more money because the price moves are easier to predict.