# The most Powerful Trading Indicator

Of all the trading tools you will ever use by far in technical analysis is in Fibonacci Trading (Fibonacci levels) For this purpose we shall only
be discussing three primary Fibonacci ratios and not minor ratios, ovals, arcs, bands or the time axis.
Background on Fibonacci
Leonardo Fibonacci da Pisa was born around 1170 the son of a city official and merchant. He became a prominent mathematician and is
credited with the discovery of what we now call the Fibonacci series.
After a trip to Egypt he published his now famous Liber Abacci (Book of Calculation) in which amongst other things he comes up with the
sequence of numbers. 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,34,55,89>>On to infinity.
If you add one of the numbers in the sequence to the number before it you get the next number in the sequence e.g. 3+5=8 and so on.
After the first few numbers in the sequence if you measure the ratio of any number to that of the next higher number you get .618 to 1
e.g. 34 divided by 55 equals 0.618. The further along the sequence you go the closer to phi you will get.
If you measure the ratio between alternative number you get .382 e.g. 34 divided by 89 = 0.382 and that's about as far into the
explanation as I care to go. As a Forex Trader you don't need to know any of this. All you need to know is if your charting software has
Fibonacci capabilities. If it does then that will work everything out for you.
The three Fibonacci ratios we shall use are .382, .500 and .618 and how we can use them in our day to day trading.
In an uptrend measure the distance between point A and point B and in a downtrend measure the distance between point A and point B
where point A will always be the lowest recent point in an uptrend and the highest recent point in a downtrend.
In the example below you can see a chart of the daily JPY/USD. Point A is 119.09 and Point B is 123.16. If you calculate the 38.2%
retracement you get 121.61, the 50% retracement is 121.13 and the 61.8% retracement is 120.64. For example.
The difference between 119.06 and 123.16 is 4.07. If you calculate 38.2% of 4.07 you get 1.55. If you then take 1.55 from 123.16 (Point B)
you get the 38.2% retracement of 121.61. You can use the same principal for the other retracement levels.
In the next example of the 1-minute Dow Jones Point A is 7.916.08 and point B is 7.877.70. If you calculate the 38.2% retracement you
get 7892.36, the 50% retracement is 7896.89 and the 61.8% retracement is 7901.42. For example.
The difference between 7.916.08 and 7877.70 is 38.38, if you calculate 61.8% of that you get 23.72. If you then take 23.72 and add it to
Point B of 7.877.70 you get 7901.42 the 61.8% retracement. The only difference between the downtrend and the uptrend is that you add
your calculations to Point B and in the uptrend you subtract from Point B.
So how can this information be used? Well, you would be amazed just how many times a security will find support or resistance at
Fibonacci levels. a Large part of this may be that so many traders use this technique in their analysis that it is a self-fulfilling prophesy
and part because it falls into the natural order of the market.
Apply this technique by first identifying a trend in the market you are following. As soon as you can see that there is going to be a
retracement you calculate your retracement levels. You then enter at the 38.2% retracement level and place my stop loss behind the
61.8% retracement level.
If you feel the difference between the 38.2% and 61.8% level is to great a risk, drop down a time frame and use the same technique but
get a much tighter stop.
Fibonacci Levels Tutorial

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