In the previous lessons, we have looked into fundamental analysis. As discussed before, most Forex traders use both fundamental and technical analysis, in order to gain a bigger picture of the market and to make better trade decisions. In this and coming lessons we will dive deeper in to technical analysis, which is also often referred to as “price analysis.”

What is Forex Technical Analysis?

Technical analysis is the process by which Forex traders’ study and forecast price movement. The theory behind this is that a Forex trader can analyze historical price movements and then tries to determine the current trading conditions and potential price movement.
The argument behind using technical analysis is that all the current market information can be seen in the price of a currency pair. What this means is that the price and its movement, either up or down, reflects all the information that is out there in the Forex market. Hence, there are Forex traders out there who solely rely on technical analysis to make a trading decision.
Well, that’s basically what the technical analysis is all about. It’s core belief is that if a price level has formed a trend pattern in the past then it will also act in the same way in future. Some of the other benefits for technical analysis include:

  • Technical analysis reveals patterns that can be traded with a high probability of success.

  • Forex traders can make use of indicators to help them trade.

  • Trading in the direction of the trend puts the probabilities in your favor.

Technical Analysis and the Use of Forex Charts

In the world of FX trading the first thing that comes to mind is a chart. Every technical analyst uses charts, as this is the easiest way to visualize historical statistics. In technical charts, traders can look at past data to spot historical trends and patterns that will help them to analyze some great trading opportunities. As most Forex traders start to take trade decisions on certain price levels and chart patterns, since the more likely that these patterns will replicate itself in the Forex market.
But one thing traders should remember is that technical analysis is very subjective. That means, just because Mr. X and Mr. Y are looking at the exact same currency chart setup or indicators, it is not necessary that they end up with the same idea of where the price may be headed.
In the coming lessons, we will take a look closer to the basic techniques of technical analysis. Hereafter, we will gradually dive into more advanced elements of technical analysis and also we will look into Forex trading strategies based on technical analysis.

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