The Simple 20/20 Channel Breakout System That Made Many Millionaires

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This is a guest post by Ahmad Hassam

20/20 Channel Breakout Trading System is a simple system that was first suggested by Richard Donchian. Richard Donchian is considered to be a pioneer of technical analysis. He was the first person to talk about channel breakouts. He suggested a 4 week rule for trading channel breakouts. It was Richard Dennis who used this channel breakout trading system extensively and made a fortune in the commodities market.

Amazingly, Richard started with only $450 and in the next few years made a fortune of around $150 million trading mostly channel breakouts. Trading Channel Breakouts is a proven and tested trading strategy that has made many millionaires and should be the most important part of your trading toolkit. This system lets you catch the big moves in the market.

This 20/20 Channel Breakout System is the basic part of the Turtle Trading System that Richard Dennis gave to his Turtles. Many turtles also made millions trading with this simply 20/20 system. So, let’s go into the details of this 20/20 System.

20/20 means 20 day high and 20 day low. Richard Donchian had suggested the 4 week rule for trading channel breakouts. 4 weeks translate into 20 days. So, this is how this system works! Every day, find the 20 day high and the 20 day low on the currency pair that you want to trade. Place a buy order just above the 20 day high and a sell order just below the 20 day low. Check again the next day. If the entry orders have not been filled, again find the new 20 day high and the new 20 day low and replace the previous entry orders with new entry orders. Do it every day till the entry orders get filled.

Suppose, you find the buy order filled. The sell order on the other extreme of the 20 day channel will work as your stop loss. Add one more sell order at this level. The first sell order will take you out of the long trade when this price level is hit and the second entry order will make you go short at this price level. In case of a short entry, the buy order will become the stop loss and you will need to place another buy order. So, if you are short, the first order will take you out when that price level is hit and the second order will make you go long.
This is how classic channel breakout works, you go long and short.

This 20/20 Channel Breakout System still works but over the years some improvements have been made like instead of 20/20 some use the 55/22 Channel Breakout System in which you enter on the 55 day high and exit on the 20 day low. You can practice this 20/20 Channel Breakout Strategy on your demo account and see how it works.

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Comments

please i dont understand what you mean by 20 day high and 20 day low

Yeh,can anyone tell me and efe how you get the 20/20 high and low please?.

20/20 is the Bollinger Band Indicator…Click the Input and set it to 20 day period.

Bollinger is very profitable in H4 chart…I don’t recommend using lower time frame.

Thankyou for the info Kukur.

I can’t prove this, but my belief is that simple systems seem to fare better over the long haul than those overloaded with complex indicators.
I knew a Canadian who made a fortune as a commodities trader, and his basic system was very similar – he bought a break above the 10-day-high, sold a break below the 10-day-low, with his only filter being that he only took trades in the direction of the current trend as determined by looking at the daily or weekly charts.
Unfortunately, I think that 24-hour trading has somewhat thrown off systems based on daily highs and lows.
Thanks for the great post. :)

Thanks for this nice post

This doesn’t make sense
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“If the entry orders have not been filled, again find the new 20 day high and the new 20 day low and replace the previous entry orders with new entry orders. Do it every day till the entry orders get filled.”
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if the entry doesn’t get filled in, it means that there was no new 20 day low or high, so why find a new 20 day high or low, there wouldn’t be any

What exactly is meant by the 20 day high/low rule? If the 1st break was successful you WILL NOT take the next break?, but simply enter future transactions as 1/2ATRs.I know the 55 day Hi/Lo rule is you take any breaks, but would like further clarification on 1st if possible with a chart example of what break wouldn’t be taken. thanks.

The 20 day high means the highest point that currency pair or commodity has been within the last 20 days. This is easily seen on the chart. Switch to the daily chart and you will see the highest lowest and close of each candle. You want to look for the highest point the price has reached in the last twenty days. Simply go back 20 days from today to see if today is the highest the pair has gone or not.

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