Combining Doji Candlestick Patterns with Bollinger Bands and Stochastic

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Doji is considered to be one of the most important candlestick patterns. Appearance of a Doji signals the beginning of a minor or an intermediate trend reversal. Failing to recognize the Doji pattern, means you run the risk of buying at the top or staying far too long in a trade. As a trader, you must be able to immediately recognize the four different type of Dojis. The four type of Dojis are:

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Divergence Trading Using Stochastics

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One of the most popular ways to use Stochastics is divergences. A divergence takes place when the price and the stochastics diverge from following the same path. For example, if the price makes a new low but the stochastics don’t, it is a divergence. In the same way, if the stochastics make a new high and the price doesn’t, it is again a divergence.

Now, keep this in mind that divergence on a daily chart is quite different than the divergence on the weekly chart. Divergence on the daily chart means that the price will make a short term counter trend move in the next one to five days.

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Stochastics For Forex Traders


Stochastics is one of the most popular indicators in forex trading. You can find it on almost all platforms and charting services. But most traders use them incorrectly. Stochastics is an oscillator that has two components %K and %D. This is the formula to calculate K=100(C-L)(H-L) where C is the Close, H High and L the Low of the period. Typically this period is 14 days. However, 9 days period is also popular. %K is the 3 day MA of K and %D is the 3 day MA of %K.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go into all this maths unless you want to fiddle with it and see if you can make it work better. One common question is how many days to use in Stochastics. Stick with 14 days as it is the default. Longer period means lesser signals and lower whipsaw while shorter periods means more signals and more whipsaw.

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