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A scalping strategy you were hungry for
2022-08-26 • Updated
Information is not investment advice
We all know how you love scalping, right? This trading approach helps you to take advantage out of trading on small (less than 1 hour) timeframes. In this article, we will introduce you to another scalping strategy that requires the usage of the Bollinger Bands indicator.
The rules of the strategy
Currency pairs: GBP/USD, EUR/USD
Indicators: Bollinger Bands with the following settings: a period of 20, 2 standard deviations; Stochastic Oscillator with standard settings (14, 5, 3) as a filter.
The whole strategy is based on finding a flat Bollinger band. That means, we are looking for a flat market situation, where the price does not make new highs or lows. It is recommended to trade this strategy during the early morning hours or at night when Europe is still asleep and volatility is low. The trading algorithm is very simple. You just need to follow the steps explained below.
A trading algorithm for a long entry
1. Open a long position when the price touches a lower Bollinger band and the stochastic oscillator is in the oversold zone.
2. You can place a Stop Loss 10 pips below the level where you placed an order.
If you think that this Stop Loss is too risky for your trading approach, you can calculate a distance between the middle and the lower Bollinger band. The wider the range between Bollinger bands, the bigger will be your stop loss.
3. Close your position when the price touches an upper Bollinger band.
Let’s consider an example of GBP/USD. The pair was trading sideways on January 12, between 00:00-07:15 MT time. When the price touched the lower Bollinger band, we looked at the Stochastic Oscillator. At that time, it entered the oversold zone. We opened a long position at 1.3507. We placed a Stop Loss 10 pips below the entry at 1.3497. Take Profit was located at the upper Bollinger band at 1.3527. We successfully earned 20 pips!
An algorithm for sellers is exactly opposite.
A trading algorithm for a short entry
1. Place a short order when the price touches an upper Bollinger band and the Stochastic Oscillator is in the overbought zone.
2. Place Stop Loss 10 pips above the level where you placed an order.
Another option of placing a stop loss: calculate a distance between the upper and the middle Bollinger bands. Sum the result with your entry level. Place your Stop Loss at the level you get.
3. Close your position when the price touches a lower Bollinger band.
As an example of this strategy, we will look once again at the M5 chart of GBP/USD. On January 14, somewhere between 23:00 and 05:00 MT time the cable was consolidating. We waited when the price touched the upper Bollinger band and the Stochastic Oscillator reached an overbought zone. We opened a short position at 1.3695. This time, we tried another calculation of stop loss. Firstly, we calculated the distance between our entry and the middle Bollinger band (1.3695-1.3688=0.0007). Therefore, our Stop Loss goes 7 pips above the entry level (1.3702). Take Profit goes at 1.3680 (where the price touches the lower Bollinger band). As a result, we earned 15 pips.
The strategy we explained above has several main advantages for you. First of all, it is very easy to implement and it requires only two oscillators. Secondly, it allows you to trade during "sleepy markets" when the volatility is low and you don't know what to do. Finally, it’s scalping, beloved by literally everyone! So, why not give it a try?
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