The indicators we use for this strategy are:
The Parabolic SAR was specifically created to provide better stop levels and better stop management. In this strategy, we use it for placing the stop and also as a confirmation tool for entering trades.
Stop Loss Placement:
The default stop for this strategy is placed according to the Parabolic SAR. What’s important is that this stop changes with each new session hence it becomes a trailing stop. So, as soon as the trade moves into some profit we start to trail the stop.
In order to avoid whipsaws and premature stop outs, it’s even better to use the dots of the Parabolic SAR as a stop on the close of the session, rather than simply to be taken out if price touches this level. However, currently, there is no such default feature in the popular MetaTrader 4 platform, although it can be done by using an expert advisor.
In the case of a stop out because of a volatility spike, it is acceptable to reenter again in the trade if the entry conditions are still in place.
Additionally, you can use the MACD indicator to aid your trade management.
Targets and Take Profits
Take partial or full profits if an important support or resistance zone is hit.
If there is a strong price reaction off a support or resistance zone it is wise to close the full position.
Additionally, if there is no support or resistance zone on the way you can use the ATR to take profits based on the average trading range for a given timeframe. 1xATR, 2xATR and 3x the ATR are good profit targets.
It’s best to take partial profits for example 1/3 at 1x ATR then 2/3 at 2xATR and the last third at 3x the value of the ATR.
Make sure there is at least a 1:2 risk-reward ratio where the risk is the stop according to the Parabolic SAR and the reward is the target based on support/resistance or the ATR.
To see how we can combine support and resistance we’ll use a zoomed-out 4h chart to demonstrate this situation. The support level was an important technical zone on the daily and weekly timeframes.
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