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How to use multiple timeframes to improve your trading? 

Last Updated: May 12, 2022

By Rayner Teo

It’s no secret that…

Using multiple timeframes can improve your trading entries.

But the problem is… most traders are confused on how to do it.

For example, one of my subscribers recently asked me…

Rayner, how do I use multiple timeframes in my trading?

Should I be looking at the daily, weekly or monthly timeframe?

What if I have a long trading opportunity, but the higher timeframe is against me. Do I take the trade or skip it?

Those are all valid questions.

But first… let me share with you something important.

How to use multiple timeframes and improve your trading entries

Your higher timeframe (HTF) is dependent on your entry timeframe.

For some traders, their higher timeframe could be the 1-hour chart.

And for others, their higher timeframe could be the weekly chart.

Now, you’re probably wondering…

How do I know what’s the “correct” higher timeframe for my trading style?

That’s a good question.


Go watch today’s video below, and learn how to trade using multiple timeframes, the “correct” way.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to know…

How do you use multiple timeframes in your trading?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

  • Thank you Rayner. Makes perfect sense! Taken away loads of un-necessary confusion and dilemma 🙂

  • Dear superman,
    This name really suit you.Previously i always confuse when see trend before enter where different timeframe different direction.But after watched this video i will see H1 and enter my position in M15.You post the video at the right time.I think this video will benefit all the traders out there.

    • Hi Thooshiva,

      I’m really glad to hear it has clear up your confusion.

      Don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s anything, I’ll be glad to help.


  • Hey Rayner,

    Just a quick question, so how should we start with our analysis? from the HTF or the Entry Timeframe first?

    Should we identify a correct entry setup on the ETF and then go to HTF to confirm the swing?

    or should we wait for a setup/area of value on the HTF first before heading down to the ETF and look for price action trigger?

    Please help!


    P.S: Loving all your blog content!

    • Hello Dmitriy,

      I’m glad you found the website useful.

      Don’t hesitate to let me know if you’ve got any questions, I’ll be glad to help.


  • Hi Rayner

    Thank you for posting this very informative video.

    Jackson asked the following question “…so how should we start with our analysis?”
    With regard to currencies, start by analysing multiple timeframes of a CSI (Currency Strength Indicator). This should help to inform which currency pair you could enter.

    The following site has a interactive CSI and content to help with your analysis:

    Hope this helps

  • Hi Rayner,

    Based on your example in your video for the swing.
    The price already swing up so high, still continue to long?

    • Hey Noob,

      I’ll have a long bias but I wouldn’t look to enter just yet.

      Rather, a pullback towards the moving average would be something I’ll look for.


  • Hi Rayner,

    I have seen one of your video on using COT report to trade.
    Have you use it to trade forex and how is the result?

    • Hi Hekamaru,

      I focus primarily on price. COT report is just a secondary indicator to me.

      But for traders like Larry Williams, they use it as a basis for their trading ideas.


  • I must say that you really are a great marketer Rayner. A professional internet marketer I might add with selling your trading course and such.

    By the way why did you take down the results tab on your blog? Making money in internet marketing selling your courses more lucrative than your trading now?

  • Hi Rayner!

    Thank you buddy for the efforts to make everything so clearly and simple as much as possible.

    Well done!!


  • Rayner, you are an excellent teacher… the details you give are so easy to understand that a 10 year old could learn from you! This type of teaching is exactly what I need – hearing you explain things, you make it so clear! Thank you!!! 🙂 I love it when I see new videos pop up from you!! Keep them coming!!

  • Hi Rayner,

    I have been trading for years but have been reading the HTF wrongly and
    as a result keep losing. After your explanation that we should look at the last swing it make a lot of sense. Now my trading results has greatly improved.

    Thank you.



  • Hi Rayner,

    Great video n clear teaching. Love it n thanks a million. Btw don’t ever let those naysayers bother u, they aren’t worth it.


  • Hi Rayner,

    I watch all your videos and they are really helpful. I have a question though. When the overall trend is down in HTF and the current swing is up [against the major trend] , should we not go short at the resistance that the current swing high will inevitably reach?


  • Well this just 11 min video worth a million. It’s very useful and clarifying! Goog job!

    I just need to share which were my thoughts till now to know your opinion mates:
    – I usually were looking for trends in the HTF which directions was respected by the ETF and then just looking for set ups in my ETF (in your example, surely I’d just wait till a resistance in HTF, wait till the direction get changed in daily and then look for set ups in ETF.

    After this video, I guess my thoughts weren’t that wrong, but i was losing opportunities, right? Because I’d just stay away from this pair…but of course this period lasts for a lot of time and opportunities.

    • Hey Benni,

      Yes that’s right. You get lesser trading opportunities since you are only waiting to trade in direction of the trend.

      You can take counter-trend setups but be more prudent with your exits. Or look at more markets.


  • Hi Rayner, Great. Very useful. I had been looking at the daily chart before trading on the 5 min chart. The concept of using 4 to 6 times higher is sensible. Also the idea of using the current swing on the higher timeframe as the basis for entry. Thanks

  • Rayner, I would just like to say Thank You your videos are clear, you keep simple, and very understanding.
    I have watch other videos on Time Frame but yours was the best.

    Thank You

  • Pardon me for my noon question.

    Qn: if I use daily chart as my htf and 4hourly as etf…

    Do I plot trend lines , look for r&s , find areas of value on the daily or the 4 hourly time frame?

      • Sorry Rayner, what I mean is if I analyse the charts on the daily timeframe (plot trendlines etc etc), do I enter a trade when I see a breakout or a pullback on this daily chart?

        How does a lower timeframe (such as the 4hourly) come into play?

        Or a weekend timeframe help in my analysis?

        • Hi Fabian

          If your entry timeframe is on daily, then you trade the daily and ignore the lower timeframes.

          The weekly can be your higher timeframe to let you see where you are in the big picture…

  • I struggled with this concept a long time till I figured it out for myself, and you have just summarised my 3 years of confusion! thanks boss! i’ved been to countless seminars and they have not explained the the way you did!!

  • this video makes a lot of sense. thank you Rayner for clearing the multiple time frame analysis. let me dig into other materials you post

  • In the above video the example Wat u shown entry time frame is not matching with higher time frame trend so will you wait for to both align in same? What you would have done personally in those scenarios?

  • Your video was fabulous.. you made it so easy to understand. Thanks a lot. Can you plz show the trade setups with 1 hour and 15 mins tf.. It will be of great practical help..??

  • Say your daily is downtrending but the current swing up up and is approaching a daily resistance area.
    1 hour is trending hard. Should one still buy pullbacks in 1 hour?

    Thank you for your help

  • I am using 3 time frames:
    STF small time frame to place orders
    ITF intermediate time frame to evaluate trend (I use lower/higher lows and highs) – do not trade in the middle.
    HTF for curve (curve is between supply and demand zones on HTF – I prfere not to trade anywhere except extremes).
    HTF=3 to 6 x ITF
    STF = 3 to 6 * ITF
    HTF – curve
    ITF – trend
    STF – entry orders
    Always the same way but I take any time frame as HTF depending how long I want to be in position, never less than 15 min for STF though.
    No indicators, only price action and zones.
    I am watching everything you producing. Everybody needs extra edge. You provide me with some additional perspectives.
    Great job Rayner.

    • Hey Tony

      Thank you for sharing and awesome to hear that!

      Don’t hesitate to let me know if you’ve got any questions, I’ll be glad to help.

  • Wow Great video Bro!!
    I was using 1 min chart as Day Trader but didn’t know how to use higher to lower time frame but I am sure this is going to help me for sure. I will study more and let you know how it goes. hanks again.

  • Hi Rayner. I have been using the correct 4-6 factor and following trends until the bend but have had a horrendous run of losses (all relatively small). I think what you said about going with the move of the most recent swing on the higher TF could be where I have been going wrong. Am I right in saying then that the latest swing is more important than what the MAs are saying at that point?

  • Raynor, thanks for the vid. It was timely for me as I’ve just been working on refining my use of multiple timeframes.

    One question, however… let’s say I look at HTF for the general trend and it’s up. I look at the LTF and enter. Price goes with me, up, significantly and holds for a bit. Then in LTF it turns down. and breaks the LTF MA. It hasn’t yet broken the HTF MA though. Do you exit or hang on until it breaks the HTF MA?

    I ask because if you exit with LTF break, you could get stopped out of a higher HTF trend. But doing this risks losing out on much of your profit, and increases trading fees if you’re wrong.

    Thoughts on a good balance?

    • Also, just as a side-note, I’d love to get an email when there are responses to these comments, rather than having to remember to check back on this post. I see you are using WordPress, and there are plenty of email notification plugins available to use. Thanks!

    • Hey Nate

      My suggestion is to exit based on your entry timeframe even though the HTF trend is still intact.

      You can always re-enter again when another opportunity presents itself.

  • Hi Rayner, I believe I’ve watched most of your videos on your website and they have bee a tremendous help. But I have a question regarding this video. I primarily trade 4hr TF so that would be my entry TF and daily would be my trend timeframe. I understand that more often than not, it’s safer to trade with the current swing on the daily chart and use the 4hr TF to enter but of course provided that prices on the daily are not near any market structures that signals a potential reversal. But let’s take the example from your video, you mentioned that we should be looking to Long on the 4hr chart because the current swing on the daily is up. But I don’t see the point of using the higher timeframe anymore? Because if you ignore the primary trend on the higher timeframe, then whatever trend you are looking at on the 4 hr chart would be the current swing on the daily. So effectively, if we only trade swings on the daily and enter on the 4 hr chart, then wouldn’t just using the 4 hr chart to assess trend is enough? The daily chart is only meant for looking out for potential market structures ? Are there any other uses on the daily chart?

  • Rayner, very cool video. Only one question.. if I do trading in 1 minute timeframe y need to see the 5 minute timeframe? Watching the 5 min TF can I advance decisions? Thanks

  • Great video Rayner, thanks. Clears up time frames for me.
    Have looked at them previously but never fully understood
    how to use them.

  • HI Rayner,

    Does this mean that if my entry time frame is daily, then I need to look at weekly or 4 days time frame (if possible)?

    I learned a lot from your website:-)
    Thank you very much.


  • Rayner,

    I have watched several of your vids. You do a great job of teaching. Very short and concise.

    I have the same question as Jason: Why use the HTF if you are focused on its most recent swing which is shown in the entry TF? What use is the HTF.

    Also, I understand the Factor 4-6 principle to select the HTF. How do you select the entry TF?

    Thx, Jim

    • The HTF shows you where you are in the big picture, it could help in deciding whether you want to ride the move longer or just take something off the table quickly.

      If your HTF is 4-hour timeframe, your entry can be 1-hour which is a factor of 4.

  • Hi Rayner, I have learnt a lot from you and recently my account (about 2 weeks ago) started going into positive territory after 2 months of declines and I somehow managed to claw my way back. Thanks for your help!! I really enjoyed the PATI course too.

    I have been using multiple time frames the other way around to you and I find it works for me. I pick my trades and set take profit levels on the daily time frame and then move to a lower time frame to place stop losses and to trail stops. If the price is really moving I will trail on the 15 minute time frame. Otherwise I will use the 4H or 1H chart for stop losses and trails. I get stopped out more often but lose much less each time and it seems to work for me that way.

    Have you ever tried doing that Rayner? Any comments? Thanks again.

    • Hi Mark

      Great to hear that!

      I’d usually trail my stops on the entry timeframe or the most one timeframe higher.

      That’s how I do it.


  • dear rayner,

    would you be kind enough to publish transcripts of your videos for better understanding of the topics please.

    thanks a million

    4 june, 2018

  • Fantastic information and something I never new Rayner.
    Can you tell me when you say “swing” do you mean trend?
    Would I be right in saying that you look for the trend on HTF and place your entry on LTF. Im a end of day trader so my HTF is weekly and trade from Daily.

  • Dear Rayner,
    Thank you for all your efforts in helping traders like me.

    I have a question, I always see in your post about using the 20, 50 and 200 ma.
    If the price is above 200ma you said its uptrend.

    Question, which time frame are you talking about regarding these ma’s?

    Pls kindly clarify.

    Thank you very much.


  • Hi Rayner, Thank you for what was looking like another great presentation but the video keeps cutting out at around the 5minute point.

  • I always look as high as the charts will allow and as low as is useful. Trend and support lines from the upper time frames are the most important, while the details and the action within the bars can be very telling.

  • Thank you Rayner. I like your presentation. It is very clear and also has an example. I have not used this method but I will use/apply it on my next trade.

  • I’m really impressed with your lessons which undoubtedly educate me say in day out. Keep on with the good work.

  • Hi rayner, i love your videos and thank you for doing this free of charge, your videos made me understand somethings i didn’t on the market, even though i was making profit, i never really understood why i was and i eventually lost, but when i began to watch your videos and read your blog, i now know its not all about the indicators or candle stick patterns alone. well I’d like to thank you for this and above all doing it free of charge. which at some point i can get under your mentorship. and i a friend of mine makes money of harmonic patterns. I’d be honored if you did a video or post of harmonic patterns and scanner. thank you mr rayner. love you

  • Very insightful video but am a little confused! You have previously strongly advised NOT to go against the major trend. I understand that the latest HTF swing is the current trend direction for the LTF, but if the HTF is only a retracement from the trend, isn’t this dangerous because it could flip at any time? (By the time the HTF swing direction is confirmed, it may be half over?)

    Wouldn’t it be better to wait for signs of a reversal on the HTF so it is sync with the major trend?

    Or, if the HTF is the daily or weekly, perhaps it is worth the risk because the move would still be a substantial number of pips?

    Please elaborate I case I am not fully understanding. Many thanks again.

    • Hey James

      Many ways to skin a cat.

      I can’t give any right or wrong answer but only suggestions for you to think deeper about your own trading.

  • How do I complete starters guide to your courses and set-ups and how to trade guides from chart set up and preferred FX brokered chart choice to ABC Guide – ?

  • One the best forex educational presentation I have listened to in recent time. You have a knack of making complex topics easy. Thank you

  • Hi Rayner

    Thank you for such informative video,it really cancels out so much contradiction,much appreciated,keep it up “My friend”.

  • Can we profitable trader by doing only price action trading?
    Because I don’t know about fundamentals.

  • Quick question Rayner:
    I’d like to wait for a setup in the lower timeframe that aligns with the trend in the higher timeframe, especially if in the higher timeframe it is a strong trend. What do you think?

  • Ragarding the timeframe you have cleared all doubts which I and many of us have… You have presented very nicely… great… Waiting for your other videos eagerously… Thanks

  • Hi Rayner, excellent video, very clear and helpful. Thanks Ray!

    May I know if my entry timeframe is 5min, which higher timeframe should I refer to?

    Thank you.

  • Excellent content Rayner. I always found this strategy efficient and useful. Glad to have had it explained like you did.

  • From High T/Fs to Low T/Fs is one of the important principle for having a good view of market trend but that’s not a good method for placing your position and you can check it at the time of trading that you may see down trend with H4, H1, M30 but when you open position it goes up even 40 pips although at the end it goes down trend but it’s very vital to consider 2 other important issues whenever you wanna open position and whenever i analysis pairs on Facebook and my twit i suggest those issues till my followers be able to get profit easily

  • Thanks a million. This video has cleared the confusion that I had about trading multiple time frames. This is a foundational concept that is not taught in most forex courses.

  • I’m confused. If I am using a daily chart, the lower timeframe would be the 4 hr chart and the higher timeframe would be the weekly?

  • You are so generous with information to help new traders succeed. Thank you very much Rayner. God bless you. I am yet to be profitable in my trading, but i believe i will be profitable very soon with all the insight you are sharing. Thank you so much.

  • Dear Rayner
    Thanks a lot for this useful video, i was not using the multiple time frame correctly. i hope this video will improve my trading.

    All the best.

  • What if my entry timeframe is already at the extreme, though it’s still pointing bullish, should I still go long? As in the case of the example you showed on the video. Thanks

  • Hello Rayner. I’ve been following you for months and I learned a lot about the intricacies of trading. I’m happy to inform you that I effectively follow your teachings. I don’t know how to express my deepest thanks to you. You guided me to become a better trader. More power and may God give you and your family more blessings.

  • First of all , I am a big big fan of yours. Really appreciate the way you try to explain concepts in detail.

    I have a couple of queries.
    Do we trail our SL even if we have a fixed target in mind?
    Targets and SL/TSL are decided on Entry or Higher Timesframes?

  • This is an important subject that training gurus hardly ever cover. They must think we were born knowing it. So Mr. Rayner, thanks for clearing things up for me.

    • You’re most welcome, Cameron!

      We’re glad you found the website useful.

      Don’t hesitate to let me know if you’ve got any questions, We’ll be glad to help.


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