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Lesson 6: How to Guard Your Stops
By: Informedtrades.com

Lesson 6: How to Guard Your Stops

In our last lesson we looked at how many successful traders incorporate support and resistance into their long and short term trading strategies. In today’s lesson we are going to expand on this concept by looking at how many traders look for multiple support or resistance levels when placing trades as well as how many chart patterns incorporate this concept already, providing traders with areas in which they can place their stops.

As we learned about in our last lesson, when setting a stop many traders will find a level of support if they are buying to enter the trade or resistance when they are selling to enter the trade and place there stop outside of this level. When entering trades many successful traders will also look for trades which have few if any levels of support/resistance in the direction they are trading, but several levels of support/resistance in the direction in which they are placing their stop.


As we have also learned in previous lessons, one of the key reason’s why traders favor or recognize certain chart patterns is because they often times signal what is next to come in the market. What is often overlooked however about almost all of the most popular chart patterns, but perhaps just as important, is their ability to point out potential places where you want to place your protective stop loss.

As you can see from the below chart the head and shoulders pattern is a perfect example of this. By entering the trade on a break of the neckline and placing the stop just above the right shoulder of the pattern traders ensure that there are at minimum two resistance levels in between their entry price and their stop level if not more.



For patterns such as the triangle pattern which do not already incorporate this multiple support/resistance levels between your entry and your stop concept, it is often wise to find entry opportunities which provide these additional levels naturally in addition to the setup when looking at the chart pattern in isolation.


That’s our lesson for today. In tomorrow’s lesson we are going to look at another way traders use to set their stops: Indicator based stops so we hope to see you in that lesson.

 
 

 



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