Trading With Rsi & Stochastic Indicators

By: Harold Hsu

Technical indicators are data points that try to predict how the market will move in the future. While they are not always 100% accurate, technical indicators have proven to be rather reliable signals. In this article, we will briefly discuss the RSI and Stochastic indicators.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

Without going into too much technical detail, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) compares the recent upward and downward price movements in the market. This comparison is expressed as a ratio and the result is normalized between a range from 0 to 100.

When we see that the RSI 'line' crosses above 70 points, the currency pair is considered to be 'over-bought'. This means that the buying pressure has been 'too strong' and that prices are likely to come down again soon.

Conversely, when the RSI 'line' crosses below 30 points, the currency pair is considered to be 'over-sold'. This means that the selling pressure has been 'too strong' and that prices are likely to go up again soon.

For best results, the RSI indicator should be used as a trade exit signal, NOT a trade entry signal.

Stochastic Oscillator

Similar to the RSI, the Stochastic Oscillator is mostly used to indicate 'over-bought' and 'over-sold' market situations. Also, it is scaled from 0 to 100, just like the RSI.

This indicator measures the ratio of closing prices with the recent market volatility.

These buying and selling conditions for this indicator are expressed by two lines: %K and %D. The divergence between these lines and the market price action can be a reliable trading signal.

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