How to use fractal trading strategy

Author: Forex Live | Category: Education

A closer look at fractals

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This trading strategy is a bright example of a simple and plain trading system that still has a certain potential to it. The author of the strategy suggests the following currency pairs (and their futures) as the most suitable for the strategy: EUR/JPY, GBP/JPY, CHF/JPY, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, NZD/USD. The only suitable timeframe is H1.

RBFXThe desktop of Fractals

Explication of the desktop:

  • Bill Williams's Alligator with standard parameters
  • Bill Williams's Fractals

👉 Make sure to check our articles about the Fractals indicator and the Alligator indicator by Bill Williams.

A signal to buy by Fractals

For a trading signal to enter a long position to appear, the following conditions must be met:

  1. all the lines of Alligator must be aimed upwards, being arranged (top-down) the following way: green, red, blue.
  2. a local low must appear with at least 2 forex candlesticks with higher lows to the left from it and one candlestick with a higher low to the right.

A signal to buy appears at once, as soon as the candlestick to the right of the local low stops forming.

RBFXExamples of signals to buy

As seen in the picture, the system gives a lot of opportunities to enter the market.

A signal to sell by Fractals

For a signal to enter a short position to appear, the following conditions must be met:

  1. all the lines of Alligator must be aimed downwards, arranged (top-down) in the following way: blue, red, green.
  2. a local high must appear with at least 2 candlesticks with lower highs to the left and one candlestick with a lower high to the right.

A signal to sell appears at once, as soon as the candlestick to the right of the local high stops forming.

RBFXExamples of signals to sell

Where to put a Stop Loss or Take Profit?

A Stop Loss in Fractal must be placed several points above the local high in a buy and the local low - in a sell. In the latter case, always check the spread.

As soon as the buying price passes 10 points (100 pips in the 5-digit system or 3 digits for USD/JPY) from the selling/buying price towards the profit, you can transfer the SL to the entry level.

A Take Profit in the strategy is just two times larger than the potential risk. Positions are not followed, except for transferring them to the breakeven.

Money management by Fractal

As seen in the examples above, risk in points differs a lot. Hence, it would be optimum to risk the same proportion of your current fixed deposit in each trade - something under 1%. In case you are more used to trading a certain lot size, ignore those trading signals that suggest a noticeably higher risk than average.

RBFXAn example of buying by Fractal

To my mind, pay special attention to the signals that presume bounces off one of the Alligator lines. Unfortunately, there are no reliable statistics of the strategy except my own successful trading for 1.5 months. Hence, before relying on this strategy, I suggest lengthy backtests.

By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex
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