Stochastic: What’s it Really Showing You?

Ever heard the expression “getting ahead of the curve?” In trading, this cliche perfectly reflects what every trader wishes they could consistently do. In addition to fundamental analysis, you might turn to charts to forecast price moves. A big part of using charts to make sense of the markets are indicators, but are they really any good? Many traders turn to the Stochastic indicator to check overbought or oversold levels, so just what insights does Stochastic analysis really offer, and how can you use these insights to determine when to open a position?


Here’s an overview of this popular indicator, why you might be struggling to use it, and some top tips that will help you avoid misinterpreting market moves.

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Overbought and oversold

The terms overbought and oversold describe a period where there has been significant movement in price without much pullback or reversion. Simply put, a rise or fall that doesn’t deviate far from the trend line.

What goes up…! You know the saying. Price trends can’t last forever. They eventually reverse, and trading close to that point of reversal is one way you can maximize your profits. In traditional technical analysis, traders expect overbought or oversold currency pairs to reverse, but that’s not always the case and it can be quite an expensive realization. To constantly set your trades based on the Stochastic indicator will yield mixed and likely disappointing results.

How to read the Stochastic

If you’ve already signed up with Exness, then you have access to a trading platform and a risk-free demo account. This is the perfect way to get familiar with any of the free and paid indicators available. Open up your platform and go to the Navigator pane on the left. Scroll down and then drag the Stochastic folder to the chart. A section will appear below the price chart with two lines tracing along, above, and below a central range.

The concept is fairly simple. The lower horizontal line represents a value of 20. The upper horizontal line is 80. Whenever the tracing line breaches 80, it indicates a possible overbought status, and traders expect a price correction. Likewise, if the lines cross below the 20-mark, it signals a possible oversold status, and a reversal might be imminent.

In the above EURUSD example, a downtrend started on May 19 and crossed the 20-line on May 22 [yellow]. Traders using the Stochastic indicator would normally take this as a sign of overbought, and they would set a buy order with the expectations of a reversal. They would consequently be very pleased with the rise that followed. Just five days later, Stochastic indicated another oversold status [blue], but traders clicking the buy buttonprobably lost whatever profits they’d achieved the previous week. So, what’s going on?

Indicators are not fortune-tellers

FX News does not recommend using the Stochastic indicator as a stand-alone forecasting strategy. Indicators are best used to confirm theories, not to create them. Having said that, Stochastic is one of the best indicators a trader can use, but you might consider adding a little common sense to the mix. In the yellow example above, you can see that the price line and the Stochastic lines match rather well in the days preceding the oversold signal—and continue to do so after the fact. The perfect example of how a Stochastic indicator can forecast a reversal!

The blue example a few days later shows a clear divergence. The Stochastic line falls dramatically in a complete reversal from overbought to oversold, but the price line barely moves in comparison. Consider that a warning sign! Another common indicator is that the reversal usually comes when the rise or fall happens in a short period of time. Watch out for steep peaks and valleys that accompany the overbought/oversold range.

Top trading tips for advanced traders

Although we’ve used a price line to better illustrate the price moves in the chart image, FX News suggests using candlesticks when performing chart analysis. Moreover, Stochastic’s default %K period and slowing is set at 5,3,3, but cautious traders usually use higher numbers. On the top menu, go to Insert > Indicators > Oscillators > Stochastic Oscillator and set to 15,5,5. You can run both settings at the same time to see the differences. Certain settings may work better for certain pairs, so play around with the levels before committing to one.


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How One Trader Turned $4 Into Over $5,000 Profit

Think you have to be a financial expert to trade the markets? Think again! This is the story of 19 year old Hoa Nguyen; a small-town girl from Vietnam, who turned a $4 account balance into over $5,000 profit in just two weeks.

We often hear of success stories but seldom believe in them; turning a situation on its head seems impossible after we experience a crushing failure. But if there’s one place where amazing turnarounds are possible, it’s the ever-unpredictable and opportunity-rich forex industry. And Exness trader Hoa Nguyen is living proof of it.

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From $4 to $5,000

After joining the Exness Tradathlon contest earlier this year and very quickly making her way to first place with $4,000 in her account, Hoa found herself on the unprofitable side of a flash crash and saw her winnings dwindle to a mere $4 overnight. Disappointed and discouraged, she stepped away from trading to clear her mind, but just a day later, determined not to give up, she decided to give it another try.

After a day of grinding, Hoa watched her $4 turn into $185 and almost triple to $500 the next. On the third day, the measly $4 had grown to a whopping $2,000 and you can easily guess how it went from there. The result? Second place in the Tradathlon contest, a ticket to compete in the Grand Final in Dubai, and over $5000 cash profit to take home!

What can we learn from Hoa’s story?

No initial deposit is ever too small;No situation is impossible to turn around;Never give up, even when your funds are almost drained;Practice patience and discipline in your trading;Stick to your trading strategy and don’t make rash decisions based on emotion;Grind.

What exactly is a grinder? According to Investopedia, “In financial investing, this describes a person who puts in significant work to bring in small amounts or profits in a highly tedious and laborious, but ultimately effective, manner.”

So for those of you just starting out in forex, don’t adopt a “get rich quick” approach. Start small, work hard, be patient, and believe in yourself and the possibilities this market can give you.

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Do Forex Signals Really Work?

So, you’ve funded your trading account, and you’re ready to make some trades. Now it’s time to analyze the market and find some attractive trading options. Researching currency pairs can take a big chunk out of your free time, and it’s not uncommon to end your market investigation as lost as when you started. If that’s you, don’t despair. You’re not alone, which is why professional market analysts and A.I. programmers got together to create forex signals. But are those signals any good?

Why do traders use forex signals?

Technical indicators, news reports, fundamental analysis, who has time to analyze the dozens of trading instruments available on your trading platform? If your life is like mine, it’s hard to find time to properly research the market. But what if somebody or something could do all the research for us and then send a report with statistics and clear conclusions?

It’s so convenient. Forecasts that normally take hours to perform just appear in your inbox or MetaTrader message board in the form of a signals report, all thanks to a team of professional forex analysts working in concert with A.I. technology.

Traders of all levels and experience use signal provider services and their associated apps. While some forex signals services are free, others have a fee; there are hundreds, so choosing which one to go with takes time and investigation. Moreover, some work better than others.


Which forex signals providers can you trust?

This question is difficult to answer. Forex signals get constant updates and performance changes with each update. Signal performance and accuracy also varies from brand to brand. From as low as 60% up to an unconfirmed 92% win/loss ratio. One forex signal provider’s performance might be strong during the time of writing this article, but things can change in a matter of days. Keeping current with the top signal providers can take up as much time as keeping current with the forex market. Fortunately, there is a solution.

The easy way to choose a signal provider

To make sure you’re getting the latest forex signals, just stick to the more established and popular services. There’s a reason they are so popular! One signal provider worth considering in 2019 is the award-winning Trading Central. For almost 20 years, Trading Central has been supporting investment decisions for forex traders, and it is a consistent leader in the industry. Professional analysts monitor Trading Central’s tried and tested algorithms, and their performance and reputation is solid, which is why Exness gives free access to Trading Central signals directly on your trading platform.

Top tip: Some signal providers have had better performance percentages than Trading Central, but their consistency is lacking and not really worth mentioning. Try comparing multiple signal providers. Keep a diary of the signal forecasts then go back and check to see which ones gave better signals. If the majority of signal providers are saying the same, then you might be onto a sure thing.

As always, FX News recommends that you understand every order you make, and not blindly follow forex signals or forecasts. Find time to conduct your own market research and learn and grow as you go.

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Your Trading Platform: Balance, Equity, Free Margin and More

As a new trader, have you ever felt a little overwhelmed by your trading platform? Like with most software suites, the first encounter can seem confusing and even demotivating, but don’t worry. When it comes to learning how to use all the trading tools available on your platform, you can master them in a relatively short time just by experimenting with your Exness demo account. However, there are five terms in the lower window of your trading platform that need a little more explanation as they often cause a little confusion for the average newbie.

After you’ve read this article, open up your trading platform and see how these figures interact with your orders and each other. Understanding the numbers and calculations you see on your platform will definitely give you confidence and even help you to place trades that better suit your trading budget.

What the trading platform doesn’t show you

Before we can get to those all-important amounts displayed on the lower section of your trading platform, we need to understand one figure that you can’t see when setting orders. Leverage! Your leverage setting depends on which account you are using. Exness allows you to have multiple trading accounts in a single personal area. This is so you can customize your trading conditions to match the currencies you are targeting.

It’s very hard to target serious profits if you only have limited funds to trade with. For example, if you have $100 in your account, the maximum market position you can have is $100, which won’t generate much profit—unless you catch the beginning of a huge price increase. Exness solved this problem by offering a wide range of leverage options. This way, a trader who funded their account with $100 and has a l:100 leverage setting can effectively open a $10,000 order. Higher leverage means your orders are sensitive to even the smallest changes in market prices, which can create attractive profits, but it can also cause rapid and significant losses. Consider which leverage is right for you very carefully. Now you know about leverage, let’s see how it applies to the amounts shown near the bottom of your trading platform.


Your account balance is the easiest of the five figures to understand. It is simply the amount of money in your account, without taking into consideration the profits and losses of your current open orders. This number only changes when you deposit, withdraw, or close a trade. It does not react to the second-by-second price shifts.

Equity: (margin + free margin) and/or (balance +/- profit/loss)

Equity is the sum of your balance and your open orders. It shows the amount of funds that you will have if you close all open orders at that moment. Take a look at your balance, then add or subtract the total result of your open orders. That’s equity.

Margin: (Lot x contract size / leverage)

Fore margin is a portion of your trading funds that becomes frozen or temporarily inaccessible whenever you set orders on your trading platform. Trading margin is calculated based on the size of your open orders divided by your leverage setting.

The margin amount shown on your trading platform is not a fee. Think of it like a car rental security deposit. If nothing goes wrong for the duration of your contract, then you get your money back. Likewise with trading, if you choose the right price direction or close the order at the first sign of danger, your margin will remain untouched.

Free margin: (equity – margin)

How much money is available in your trading account for opening more orders? Free margin shows the amount of usable funds and changes as your profits or losses change. The level of free margin on display should always influence how large your orders can be. Keep in mind that the higher the leverage, the lower the margin required for each order.

Margin level (equity / margin) x 100)%

This is a number you should watch to avoid getting stopped out. Stop out is the level at which your broker will start closing your losing positions. So long as your margin level stays above 100%, you’re in control. If, however, you trade with an ECN account and your margin falls to 50%, some of your positions will be closed automatically.

6 key points to remember

Set your leverage based on how volatile your targeted trading pairs are. The larger the volume and liquidity, the higher you can set leverage.Your balance and deposits should reflect your current financial circumstances. Don’t overextend your lifestyle or bank account to trade at a higher level. Follow a risk management strategy and start low and slow.If your trading strategy requires you to raise your account balance on a daily basis, equity will show you when it’s time to close your orders and call it a day.Whenever a trade turn negative, margin will act as a benchmark for the broker to send you a margin call. Note: Margin call is a notification informing you to add funds or close your orders before your funds are depleted).If you are a more conservative investor, try and keep your free margin equal to around 80% of your equity. Overextending your trading activities to the point where a loss could wipe out your funds is a common rookie mistake. A Stop Loss or pending hedging order can ensure that rule remains unbroken, even when you are not monitoring your trades.If your margin level drops close to 100%, consider closing the open orders that seem to have the least potential.

Write what’s right

Remembering all these terms can be tricky, so be sure to put these observations in your trading journal. Take notes on how these tips affect your trading performance. With every learning opportunity, you are one step closer to becoming a professional trader. Set aside some time to explore your trading platform, and expand your trading budget as your experience and confidence increases.

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