Bollinger Bands in Forex and Stock Trading [With Detailed Pictures]

Bollinger Bands® is the second important indicator I use along with candlesticks. In fact, the combination of candlesticks and Bollinger Bands creates the strong trade setups I look for. Bollinger Bands is a unique indicator with some awesome features that cannot be found in the other indicators.

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What Is Bollinger Bands?

Before explaining how to use Bollinger Bands, lets see what kind of indicator it is, and how it looks like. If you don’t have Bollinger Bands on your chart, please add it now and let the settings be the default settings which is 20, 0, 2.

Bollinger Bands has three lines: Bollinger Upper Band, Bollinger Lower Band and Bollinger Middle Band.

Bollinger Middle Band is nothing but a simple moving average, but it is the base of the other two upper and lower bands.

Bollinger Upper and Lower Bands measure the deviation. The upper one is the maximum positive deviation and the lower one is the maximum negative deviation from the middle band. Therefore, Bollinger Bands as an indicator is a great tool to show the markets overbought or oversold condition. It is overbought when the price has moved up and formed the maximum deviation from the middle band, and it is oversold when the price has moved down and has the maximum deviation from the middle band to the bottom of the chart.

Under such a condition, overbought or oversold, there is the highest chance of forming the reversal signals. Weak reversal signals usually take the price to the middle band again, and then the price follows the same course again. Therefore, strong continuation signals form close to the middle band when the market is trending.

When the market is moving sideways, it usually goes up and down around the middle band and the upper and lower bands get close to each other to show the high and low of the price range.

As you see, Bollinger Bands can give you a lot of invaluable information about the markets condition.

As I mentioned earlier, the middle band is nothing but a simple moving average which is set to 20 with Bollinger Bands default settings:

20 simple moving average (SMA)

The upper band is the 20 x 2 standard deviation of the price added to the middle band:

20 SMA + (20 standard deviation of price x 2)

The upper band is the 20 x 2 standard deviation of the price deducted from the middle band:

20 SMA – (20 standard deviation of price x 2)

That is why Bollinger Bands is so strong in locating the trends and reversals. Combining the candlesticks patterns with Bollinger Bands, creates a great trading system that shows the strongest continuation and reversal trade setups.

In all the below examples, the Bollinger Bands settings is the default settings which is 20 period and 2 deviations. The sift is set to zero.

So, this is the Bollinger Bands default settings: 20, 2, 0

Bollinger Bands

How to Use Bollinger Bands?

As this indicators gives you a lot of information about the price movements and the markets conditions, there are several different ways that you can use it in your trading.

1. Trend Trading:

One of the most important features of Bollinger Bands is that when the market is slow and there is no reasonable volatility, the upper and lower bands become close to each other:

Bollinger upper and lower bands condition when the market is slow

As you see on the above chart, Bollinger upper and lower bands have become so close to each other where the white arrows show. Keep in mind that when the market becomes slow like that, and the price moves inside a narrow range, a breakout that can be the beginning of a strong trend, is on the way. You can easily guess the direction of the breakout with the signals that the market already has formed. Just follow the numbers at the above image and you will see what I mean.

The candlestick #1 has a long lower shadow. What does that mean? It means a big Bullish pressure is imposed to the market suddenly (several buyers have started buying). So the price wants to go up. This is the first signal. You could take a long position after this candle, but if you did not, the market would show you some more signals to go long.

After candlestick #1, market becomes slow and Bollinger upper and lower bands become so close to each other. Candlestick #2 shows a breakout with the Bollinger lower band, but it is closes above. This candlestick also has a long lower shadow that reflects the upward pressure. Then the market becomes slow for several candlesticks, BUT candlestick #3 assures you that the range is broken. So if you didn’t have a long position, you could go long at the close of #3 candlestick. Then some red candlesticks form, but you should know that after a range breakout, the very first reversal signal is not indeed a reversal signal. It is a continuation signal.

The above breakout could be the beginning of a big trend, but it didn’t form a trend actually. I just brought it here as an example of a tight ranging market and its breakout. If the candlesticks movements make you confused, you can shift to the line chart from time to time and find the real support and resistance lines/levels of the range. Line chart is plotted based on the close signal. Close price is very important specially when you want to interpret the Bollinger Bands signals and predict the market. Let’s shift to line chart and see how it looks like:

Line chart or close price with Bollinger Bands

As you see the support and resistance of the range are shown much better in the line chart (blue circles). Numbers 1, 2 and 3 are where the candlesticks #1, #2 and #3 formed on the previous chart. In the above line chart, the range breakout is confirmed while candlestick #3 was forming because the price line goes up, touches and rides the Bollinger Upper Band. This means the price has broken above the range, and now we have an uptrend.

So we learned that the close price is very important when we work with Bollinger Bands. Bollinger Lower Band is not broken, as long as the candlesticks still close above, and Bollinger Upper Band is not broken, as long as the candlesticks close below it.

Like the Fibonacci system, one of the ways of trading using the Bollinger Bands, is finding a range and then waiting for its breakout.

Bollinger Bands are really good in following the trends. Please follow the numbers on the below chart.

#1 shows a good reversal signal (I will talk about the Bollinger Bands reversal signals later in this article). If I wanted to take a long position I would wait for more confirmation which is the #2 candlestick. I would go long at the close of #2 candlestick.

The next a few candlesticks break above the Bollinger Middle Band and the candlesticks after make a small ranging, BUT as you see all of them are closed “above” the Bollinger Middle Band (zone #3). Some of them tried to break down the Bollinger Middle Band, but they couldn’t. What does that mean?

It is another confirmation for the beginning of an uptrend. Zone #3 is the most important part of the below chart. Conservative traders prefer to take their long positions after the formation of such a confirmation. They go long when the price breaks above the thin red line (#4). They place the stop loss below the low of the last candlestick that its shadow is broken down the Bollinger Middle Band. As you see it goes up strongly (first red big arrow). There are some small red candlesticks but they should not be considered as reversal signals. At #5, the price goes down to retest the Bollinger Middle Band. This is the beginning of the second Elliott Wave. It is where some traders wait for the retrace (continuation) to go long. I have explained this here and here.

Can you take a short position at #5 ?

You can, but you’d better not to because it is against the trend direction. When you see the price has been going up strongly for such a long time, you should ignore the first and even the second reversal signal. They are not reversals. They are continuation signals in fact. I mean you have to consider them as continuation signals not reversals.

So the price goes down, retests the Bollinger Middle Band, and it even succeeds to break below the middle band, but keeps on going up again. As I have explained above, although it could break below the middle band, we should not go short.

It starts going up again (#6) and the next candlesticks all close “above” the Bollinger Middle Band. Fibonacci can be a big help here. As you see at #7 and when it wants to break above the 100.0% level, it shows a bearish reaction, but the next candlestick is closed above the Bollinger Middle Band and the next candlestick breaks above the 100.0% level (#8). We should now expect it to break above the 161.80% level, because it is a strong trend. As you see it could even reach the 261.80% level (#9) and break above it (#11).

When the uptrend is started strongly (#4) and when the 100.0% level is broken (#8), candlesticks touch and ride the Bollinger Upper Band. It is the same as when we have a downtrend. Candlesticks touch and ride the Bollinger Lower Band.

A strong uptrend, Bollinger Bands and Fibonacci extentions

2. Reversal Signals Trading:

Bollinger Bands are great in showing the reversal signals too. Usually a nice reversal signal becomes formed when a candlestick breaks out of the Bollinger Upper or Lower Bands, and then it is followed by another candle which has a different color (the confirmation candlestick). One of the best examples can be seen in the above image at #1. Below, I am showing you the signal once again:

Reversal long trade setup formed on Bollinger Lower Band

As you see the candlestick #1 which is a bearish candlestick is formed completely out of Bollinger Lower Band, and the next candlestick (#2) which is a bullish candlestick has covered the body and upper shadow and also most of the lower shadow of candlestick #1. These two candlesticks form a signal which is called Bullish Engulfing. A Bullish Engulfing that breaks out of the Bollinger Lower Band is much much stronger. A Bullish Engulfing is called Bearish Engulfing when it forms at the top of a bull market. It is a strong short reversal signal when it breaks out of Bollinger Upper Band. I strongly recommend you to learn the candlestick signals.

Here is some more reversal signals:

A long upper shadow that has broken out of the Bollinger Upper Band strongly:

A reversal short trade setup broken out of Bollinger Upper Band

Bullish Engulfing:

Note how both candlesticks broken out of the Bollinger Lower Band and how the second candlestick has covered the first one totally.

Strong Bullish Engulfing broken below Bollinger Lower Band

Dark Cloud Cover:

Note how both candlesticks have broken above of the Bollinger Upper Band and how the second candlestick has covered the first one. Also look at the big upper shadow that the second candlestick has formed.

Dark Cloud Cover broken above Bollinger Upper Band

Avoiding the False Signals

False signals always form. Indeed, the form a lot more than the true signal. True signals are easier to catch, because they are stronger and look outstanding.

There are false range breakouts and also false reversal signals. Those who like to trade the reversal signals, will be encountered with more false signals because a trend can be continued for a long time, and it is not easy to say when it will reverse. If you like to avoid being trapped by false reversal signals just ignore the very first two reversal signals when there is a strong trend ongoing.

If you really wait for the big and strong Bollinger Bands breakouts and you don’t rush to take a position when you see a weak and partial breakout, you  won’t be trapped by the false reversals. For example, some traders take a short position when they see the below signal, but as you see this is not a strong signal compared to the signals I showed you above:

A too weak reversal short trade setup which has weakly broken above Bollinger Upper Band

Why Is the above Signal Known as a False Signal?

1. The uptrend is really strong, and this signal is the very first reversal signal on such a strong uptrend. What do I mean by strong uptrend? Look at the uptrend slope. It is a sharp slope that is going up strongly. There is no sign of exhaustion in it yet. A trend has to show the exhaustion signals to tell us that a reversal is close.

2. Although about 50% of both #1 and #2 candlesticks have broken out of Bollinger Upper Band, this can not be considered as a strong breakout because

  1. Both candlesticks are not long enough and are relatively short.
  2. They don’t have any big upper shadow that reflects the power of a bearish pressure.
  3. The second candlestick is very short and it has not engulfed the first candlestick strongly.

Can you mention any more reasons?

Here is two other examples for such false reversal signals:

false reversal signals

Can You Say Why the above Two Signals Are False?

The third signal is a relatively strong reversal signal, but the problem is it is formed when the uptrend was still strong and sharp. Look at the Bollinger Middle Band Slope (the first red arrow). So the trend is still strong and has not formed any sign of exhaustion when this relatively true signal was formed. You could take a short position, but you really had to get out when the continuation signal formed around Bollinger Middle Band.

Now look at the below chart and follow the numbers. Find out why some signals are false, some are true and some are continuation.

As you see Bollinger Middle Band works very well with the continuation signals when there is an ongoing strong trend. In an uptrend, continuation signals are formed when the candlesticks go down, retest Bollinger Middle Band, and then go up again. In a downtrend, continuation signals are formed when the candlesticks go up, retest Bollinger Middle Band and then go down again. Taking the continuation signals are much safer than the reversals, unless you make sure that the trend is really close to reverse and is already exhausted.

This was just an introduction how to use Bollinger Bands in taking the reversal and continuation trade setups on the trending and sideways markets. You need to practice more to become expert in locating the true signals. Learn more about Bollinger Bands:

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  1. I have studied this most effective indicator explanation and got photo copy for ready reference. Indicator has been explained in very clear manner.I will use this strategy in my trade. Thanks a much for such demonstration.

    1. Great man…I have never seen such a great explanation even upon paying tuition fees. U r really Excellent. I am looking forward article from you regarding candlestick reversal signals and false signals…

  2. I am really thankful to you for your valuable advice’s. I am learning from your article and that would be really helpful for all of us basically for me. So, thanks again and please try to help us to get more skilled with the other ways to do better in trading.

  3. hi, im about to begin my trading and very quick temper person easy to irritate if my trading not so good, when my friend recommend me to read it, its quite difficult to understand but its to interesting a perfect tool to use in my trading.

  4. hm.. this article was very helpful.. thanks for the writer for help us understand the BB. From the start i was stick with the BB indicator but not use it with details. This could help me better in BB. thank you very much.. 🙂

  5. The break away gap in the last graph at 7# which was tagged relatively true reversal signal is also a confirmation of change in polarity. This occurred just after the bearish engulfing pattern at #7. My question is does break away gap join in fundamental analysis of a trend in such suitation?

  6. Thank you so much. The fact that you explain everything so clearly is amazing. The fact that you also involve real life examples of stocks and having us do questions helped the info sink in even more!

    This site in general is like the golden key to trading 🙂

  7. -do you know how to configure a two line bollinger band insteand of three by default
    -also need to know the link to download EMA
    -I need MACD where the buy and sell signals are displayed by a curved color pattern. i was using one and now i forgot where i downloaded it. in simple terms, when the curve turns blue simply buy when the dotted lines confirm up moves and when turns red, sell when the dot red line confirm down trend


  8. Hi Mr.(My Coach),

    The above article is clear to understand. But, the confirmation & continuation signals are the ones which are quite difficult (confusing) to understand. Mainly, because they are in the Middle Band region and since it is in Middle Band, it could be retesting the Middle Band or breaking away from the Middle Band, how can a novice trader consider continuation and confirmation as a trade setup? I know we can consider the close price to determine the direction. But, going back on some charts and seeing such signals – it proves to be quite a tricky setup with 50-50 chance. Are there any specific conditions/advice when continuation/confirmation signals are to be considered? How can we differentiate retesting and continuation/confirmation (such an article would be great!)

    Thank you once again Coach!

  9. wow what an article !! just wish i could have read this earlier before i was asking all sorts of silly questions in the other articles !

  10. Hey my confidence in trading confidently increases by every article of yours I read even without paying a dime
    More grease to your elbow and more assets in your arsenal,you did quite well and God will bless all your pips

  11. I am new trader and start trading right now. as a learning /student of trading your article about bollinger-bands is fantastic. Explain in a very simple and more efective ways. although i am new in trading and needs some more time and experince to understand other things….but this article is very good and appreciate to Mr. Pottorff for a such a nice article which specially very helpful for New trader….

    I will apply this technique in my trading

  12. Hello.

    In certain platform (Sirix) when I asked the system to add Bollinger Bands to the chart I was presented with the option of “Field” (to construct the BB) with these choices: Open, Close, High, Low and TrueRange. Which one should I choose to have exactly the Bollinger Bands you are using to trade?

    Thanks in advance for your answer!



  13. Hi,

    What time frame is suitable? what are story behind each different time frame using bollinger band? or is there any situation which should we refer to the time frame?

    Thank you

  14. Hi,

    It’s me again. You know I have got it, when I ask less questions. But at the moment, like a sponge I am absorbing your materials. I can’t believe you wrote so many articles. And they are all good and consistent.

    Referring to point 2 above on reversals.
    1. Does it matter to the strength of the setup if in the piercing line above, the upper shadow is also very long. Isn’t this a sign that the bear is also pushing price down?
    2. What if both candles with beautiful size and long shadows were out of the BB range, and none made back or crossing into the BB range? What do you make out of the strength of such a setup? Do you wait for another confirmation?


    1. What about the chart in the article above on “1. Trend Trading”. GBPUSD.

      What if the candlestick preceeding #1 was also outside the BB range? Say it went bearish body and shadows under the lower BB, and candlestick #1went up bullish strongly but still outside the lower BB? Would it have been a good 100 setup?

    2. Hi,

      I found a semi perfect example of what I was talking about.

      GBPCAD on 2014.09.07 and 2014.9.08; both of them are outside the BB range. Is this a strong trade setup? What would you score it?


    3. Hi Angus,

      Yes, it a 100 score trade setup that we took it and we use it to compare the other short trade setups with:

      It seems you have not read the articles I have listed in my 5 easy steps article, otherwise you would have seen the above GBP/CAD article. I suggest you to read all the articles listed on the below post carefully and patiently. What I understand from the number of questions you ask while you have not read the articles carefully, is that you are excited and in a hurry. This is not good for a trader: -trader-in-5-easy-steps/

    4. Hi,

      Thank you for your wisdom. I really appreciate your helpful attitude and being extremely patient with me.

      You are right that I am excited and in a hurry to understand it. But I definitely don’t want to rush trading with real money until I am very comfortable. I too have lost a lot of money, and we are not talking about just tens of thousands. In fact, I had decided to not trade again but to just invest using value investing. But I still got burnt on good companies because of there are just too many variables, e.g. company directors’ personal issues, product defects, etc. Hence, I find currencies are much purer. And the market size is so large that it is not easily manipulated.

      Having said that, I have actually read so many of your articles. Including the one you mentioned above. But because I read so much, whilst I may remember the pattern, I may not remember the currency pair and the dates.

      your article talks about bearish entry on 2014.08.06. I am actually talking about a bullish entry on 2014.09.07 and 2014.9.08 on GBPCAD daily chart. Are you talking about the same thing?

      You did go long on 2014.09.07 on GBPCAD but only based on weekly chart, and not daily. This is question was to illustrate whether a breakout where the candles are still outside the range (and not making it back into the BB range) can still be considered as a strong trade?

      Now, you are right about not too hurry it up, and read up the articles patiently. A very important advise. I promise to remind myself on that. I am trying to do backtesting now, and see what the outcome is.

      Thank you for your time, help, and patience. God Bless!

    5. Hi Angus,

      That is related to the time that GBP/CAD and also so many other currency pairs formed strong setups on the weekly chart. All reported here:

      We also talked about that too strong weekend gap that GBP cross currency pairs opened with:

      So the answer is no. I was not talking about the same setup. Sorry for my mistake.

      > can still be considered as a strong trade?

      It was a strong setup on the weekly, but on the daily it formed on a too bearish market when the 2014.09.08 candlestick closed. So we avoided it on the daily.

      Please let me know if you still have any questions.

      You are welcome. I wish you success 🙂

  15. Dear
    When we look for nearest resistant or support lines some of them turns from downside to upside the other opposite. So if we think about going long or short which one we should consider? Both or opposite turning point?
    I hope explanation of my question is clear enough. English not my first language
    Thank you

    1. You are talking about ascending/descending support/resistance lines. When there is a downtrend or range, a descending resistance is a better choice to go long. And visa versa for going short.

    2. Dear

      Thank you for time to answer me.
      I hope this is not a silly question.
      But I think I couldn’t explained what I meant. When I want to go long as using line chart over the price level there are some turning points. clockwise or anti clockwise. I know old support and resistance turning to to each other. Do I need to consider all this turning points as resistance or just only clockwise?
      Thanks again

  16. Hi. i’m new here and first of all would like to congratulate for the excelent content and help you are giving us because in my country we have so little information about.
    My question is:
    When I include the BB on my charts (20,0,2) it’s slightly different. I’m not sure why but I can see the sunday data doesn’t appear in your charts but in my charts does. How can I change that and see exactely what I see in your charts?

  17. Hello, thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. Just a quick question about engulfing strategy, does it also work on weekly and monthly timeframes?

  18. Hi,

    Very educational article.
    With my shortage of experience I think I will probably take #4 false signal because of many positive points.
    1. Too strong engulfing candle which is break BUB and engulf too many candles.
    2. Abandoned baby candle above BUB before engulfing candle
    3. BMB breakout and closing price is below BMB.
    4. There are signs of exhaustion and bears pressure.
    Consolidation for almost three weeks after #3 false signal, which I will consider like hesitation.

    Only one positive point to stay in trade and that is lower shadow on engulfing candle.

    Based on that market condition I will probably take this trade signal with riskier SL which is good and after being stopped out, continuation candle while gave me new signal to enter on trade.

    My question is why you treated that signal as a false?

    Thank you


  19. Thank you so much you are indeed a angel. I do have a question though.
    Please how can one use this strategies to trade shorter time frames like 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes also can this be applied to binary options?

    1. Iyaye,

      I already answered you:

      You can use the same way on any time frame or price chart. Just keep in mind that shorter time frames are riskier to trade.

  20. Hello, another great article, but that’s what I don’t get: “A Bollinger Lower Band is not broken, as long as the candlesticks are being closed above it, and a Bollinger Upper Band is not broken yet, as long as the candlesticks are being closed below it.”

    Do you mean that, if the closing price of a candle is above an upper band, there is no band breakout?

    But the closing price of the third candle of the first example, it closed above the upper band, so how can it be a BB breakout? Or were you doing simple technical analysis? Please, help me, I’m very confused at the moment. Thank you very much.

    1. > Do you mean that, if the closing price of a candle is above an upper band, there is no band breakout?

      That is an upper band breakout.

      A Bollinger Lower Band is not broken, as long as the candlesticks are being closed above it.

      A Bollinger Upper Band is not broken yet, as long as the candlesticks are being closed below it.

  21. Oh sorry, english is not my first language. I’ve read another time and got what you wanted to say about the BB breakout.. But, about the middle band, you said we can use it to trade continuation signals, but you also said that is risky or riskier than your normal trading. So, how can I trade continuation signals, if there are no strong reversal signals? Thanks a lot for your time and help.

    1. You trade the strong candlestick patterns that for as continuation setups. The power of the candlestick pattern which is agreeable to the trend is important.

  22. What about the double bollinger bands? Can they be used to trade continuation signals, when I’m not sure about the reversal signals? Are they riskier? Thanks.

  23. Yeah, I read it all, and I think is the easier continuation signal? Am I right? What I don’t understand is, if I want to trade your sistem and kamel’s together, Can I take the double bands on my charts all the time, or do I have to add them just when I don’t see any reversal signal? I’m asking because I’m afraid the double bollinger bands deviation can not be good to trade your sistem. What do you think? Is the BB1 breakout, even realible for your sistem?

  24. Hi
    Really great explanation.

    My question is if a candle shadow break above the upper Bollinger, bullish or bearish candlestick, with out creating any pattern, how it can be explained.
    Thank you

    1. Andy,

      It is just a strong price movement and deviation from the middle band. It means the related party is controlling the market strongly.

      When the shadow is too long, it means the opposite party is trying to take the control, but have not been successful yet.

  25. Thanks
    you always put the psychology of trading and traders in your articles which make them unique. For the first time in my life I can get a little feeling that I really understand how market works. I just need to read your articles more carefully and do some highlights. Your explanation of Bollinger bands in this article was awesome. Thanks a lot

  26. The candlestick #1 has a long lower shadow. What does that mean? It means a big Bullish pressure is imposed to the market suddenly.

    What is happening when the shadow occur above the candle?
    And the explanation is the same if the candle is Bearish?

  27. Basically do we have to follow the candles when breaking out the bollinger bands or the shadows are most important.

    Forgive me if I asking strange questions..trying to understand this theory as better as I can

  28. Hi
    Once again i am surprised by your perfectly written Article.
    So many important sentences in this Article.Again your way of explaining the psychology of the market is so catching for me.
    Thanks a lot

    1. Hi Natraj,

      The stock ex(tcs) has reached the upper band ,still it is bullish one or some reason like some profit booking in tcs can reduce the stock little lower or the index like Nifty is consolidating so tcs can lower so that days the False signal is formed.If Nift is up or tcs has some gud news it will bounce back.If you short that time that will hit your once it will go closed below the middle band.Then only we can short.

    2. Hi Natraj,

      The stock ex(tcs) has reached the upper band ,still it is bullish one or some reason like some profit booking in tcs can reduce the stock little lower or the index like Nifty is consolidating so tcs can lower so that days the False signal is formed.If Nift is up or tcs has some gud news it will bounce back.If you short that time that will hit your once it will go closed below the middle band.Then only we can short.

  29. Hello Dear I am Learning too much From Your articles but i am new learner so i am in little confusion after reading the analysis of strong piercing line pattern article that you said in above paragraph (2. Reversal trends 1st Paragraph ) how candle stick 1 and 2 make piercing line Pattern I mean in that pattern 1st candle is bearish and 2nd is bullish and close little below the 1st candle other wise it would be Bullish Engulfing….. so how it is piercing line? Thanks Sir

  30. Hi

    Can you suggest me how the Bolinger band average period and candle stick time(5 min,10 min,30 min ,1 hour chart) for intraday trading.
    Now I use the Bolinger period average period as 12 days and 5 minutes candle chart for intraday trading in index.Is it fine

  31. Hello,

    Correct me if i’m wrong about Bollinger Band, the upper band and the lower band also act as a support resistant? as you said if its break the upper or lower band the big trend will happen. But some says the upper band is overbought area and lower band is oversold area. that confusing me. but i had read your articles that you said “its not about buying low or selling high” but also buying high and selling low”

  32. Thank you for your clear explanation and your effort. I learned a lot from this course.

    I though have one question;
    Is this Training based on long term period traders, 1 hour, 4 hour,1 day?
    On this page at section;’False Signals’ the first picture i saw that i could go short If I would trade the 30 minutes is that correct?

  33. Deart, do you provide MT4 message / email alert for candlesticks that breakout bollinger bands MQ4 indicator ? It is hard to check one chart by one chart especially during working hours. Appreciate if you could consider, thanks, Chin

  34. About the bollinger bands, I have one question. I know you don’t need to know everything in order to be good at trading, but, as I become more advanced, I like to learn more about the tools and the rules that make the market move. For example, we know that if the bands are too close, it means that the interest on buying and selling is low. But, what does it mean, when one band is downward, while the other is upward? Market indecision and high volatily? If a chart is volatile and is trending down strongly, but the lower band points up, it is because, after an high volatily, the market is oversold, and will likely bounce up from close support level? How do the bands relieve it?

    1. > what does it mean, when one band is downward, while the other is upward?

      This occurs usually when the price starts taking a direction suddenly after a while of moving sideways. After few candlesticks, both bands will follow the price direction.

    1. Hi Ben,

      It was among one of the old articles of this site. I am now reviewing and editing them. I have added some more tips and delete the obsolete parts.

  35. Hello,

    I hope you are fine. Doji article is closed for comment,so I will ask you here.
    What do you think about last closed candlestick on EURUSD Daily chart ?

    Thank you

  36. Hi! As usual, thank you for an excellent article. In the very last chart you reviewed (GBP/USD from 2007) you mentioned that the #7 formation was a relatively true reversal signal. You also said that #8 was confirmation for the #7 formation. What about the two candlesticks immediately following #7? One is a very small bodied bull candlestick followed by a large strong bodied bear candlestick that even breaks the Bollinger middle band. Why would you need #8 for confirmation when you have such a strong bearish engulfment pattern immediately following #7? Are there any negative points that would negate that bearish engulfment pattern?

    1. Hi Alix,

      You’re welcome.

      #7 is a strong short trade setup by itself and doesn’t need any other confirmation. Those small candlesticks are just 2 hours old candlesticks that were used to form on the platforms on Sunday afternoon on the daily chart. It was because of the broker sever time difference and market open on Sunday afternoon. They are not valid daily candlesticks. Now, brokers have resolved this problem and you don’t see those candlesticks anymore.

  37. Hi,

    they say that trend is our friend,and we should not trade against the trend.But sometimes is difficult to determine trend,because after strong trend the market is behaving strangely.

    In chart below we had strong downtrend in previous structure.The angle is very steep, and after then we should wait for trend continuation setup,right.

    But after that the price is start to go up and down, up and down,and we did not have a clear trend.

    How should we behave in those situations ?

    Thank you

    1. > we should wait for trend continuation setup,right.


      > How should we behave in those situations?

      You had to wait for a trend continuation setup after the price went up. But such a setup never formed. As a result, you stay out.

  38. Hi LuckScout! Please tell me is there any filter for BB1 strategy? Maybe MACD (slow macd or standard macd) or RSI or any another? IMHO candle patterns doesnt work at all (((

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