Price Action Trading Secrets

I know you might be thinking:

“What are the things that I should focus on?”

“How do I get an objective view of the markets?”

“How do I become a better trader?”

Well, I want you to focus on the price, otherwise known as price action trading.

Price action trading

This is a term that might be familiar with you.

But first and foremost, I want to dispel the myth on what price action trading is…

Many traders think that price action trading is about support and resistance, chart patterns, candlestick patterns, etc.

I’m here to tell you that price action trading is not about all that. Instead, price action trading can be summed up in one simple line:

It’s about identifying the current market condition so you can adopt the right trading strategy at the right time.

For example in a house, you have things like the bathroom, the bedroom, the chairs, the TV, the guest room, etc. These are components that make up the house.

Similarly for price action trading, things like candlestick patterns, support, and resistance, trend lines, etc. are components that make up price action trading.

Price action trading is the framework and concept. The tools that you use will be things like support and resistance, candlestick patterns, etc.

Don’t get confused between the two. This is important because we’ll look at this concept later on and this has to be clear in your head.

Why do you want to be a price action trader? Why do you want to focus on price?

I’ll explain…

You trade what you see

You’ve seen earlier that indicators which can be manipulated by changing the settings to give you different biases where bearish can become bullish, or vice versa.

But when it comes to price action trading, the price is the price. The closing price is the closing price, the highest is the highest. You can’t manipulate it.

That gives you an objective view of the markets because it cannot be distorted to fit your bias.

In essence, if you see:

  • The market heading higher, you want to look for buying opportunities.
  • The market heading lower, you want to look for selling opportunities.

This is the key thing – you trade what you see and not what you think.

You can “predict” what the markets will do

As a price action trader, you can predict what the markets will do.

What do I mean by predicting?

When I talk about predicting, I’m not trying to say I can predict how high the S&P 500 will reach before it reverses, nor the lows of the market.

No, I’m not talking about those kinds of predictions.

The kind of prediction that I am talking about, is knowing what the market will likely do whether will it continue moving higher or lower?

As a price action trader, if you follow the price, more often than not the price will tend to continue in its initial direction. It doesn’t matter whether the news is good or bad.

Here’s an example on EUR/USD:

You can see that on this bar, the European central bank (ECB) had cut interest rates and that is bearish for the Euro. The market continued lower from there.

But if you look at this chart even before the news is released:

You can see that the market is already in a downtrend. It has a series of lower highs and lower lows.

This should give you a big clue that this market is likely to continue lower, even before the news is out.

Here’s the thing:

When the market is in a long-term trend, one macro-economic piece of news isn’t likely to reverse the entire trend. More often than not, the trend will continue.

But sometimes what could also happen is that the news is against the price action.

Here’s what I mean…

NZD/USD

The Central Bank cuts interest rate on this bar over here.

But if you look left, prior to it, the market is in a downtrend. Price is heading lower over time.

If the fundamental news is out should it be a surprise to you? No.

Because if you just follow the price, this should be something that you already anticipated. This is why I say you can predict what the markets would do.

If you just follow the price, more often than not, the news would escalate the current price movement. But sometimes the news is against the price.

Look at NZD/USD:

The central bank of New Zealand cut their interest rate yet the candle is bullish and the price goes up.

But what I’ve seen and experienced is that this is usually just a pullback or a retracement.

After the pullback, the market will continue lower.

Here are a few scenarios that can happen after the news is out:

  • The price moves further in the direction of the trend
  • The price retraces before moving in the direction of the trend

As a price action trader, you will be in the direction of the trend more often if you just follow the price without indicators.

You can better time your entries and exits

As a price action trader, if you use indicators to time your entry, like a moving average crossover, you will always enter your trades late compared to a trader who can read the price of the market.

Let’s say you use the 20 and 50 moving average crossovers for entry. So when the 20MA crosses over the 50MA you’ll be buying somewhere here:

But a price action trader who can time their entries using price action of the markets, where will they enter the trade?

They’ll enter near the lows.

So as a price action trader:

  • You can get in the trade much earlier compared to someone who relies on indicators to time their entry
  • You can exit your trades at the swing high as the market moves in your favour

Compare to the moving average trader who just entered the trade, you’ve already exited the trade to book your profits.

That’s the difference between a price action trader and a trader who relies on indicators to time your entries and exits.

You are in control

Let me explain why this is important as a price action trader.

1. You know what to do at any point in time

You trade what you see and not what you think. You know whether to be a buyer or a seller, whether to stay out of the market because you can read the price action of the markets.

You know what to do at any point in time across any timeframes and any markets.

2. You know when to enter and exit your trades

You can identify potential buying and selling pressure to enter and exit your trades.

3. You know how to manage risk

You know how many units or shares or currencies to buy so you don’t blow up your trading account.

You don’t have to rely on fundamentals to manage your risk.

As you’ve seen, by the time fundamental news is out you can lose a huge chunk of capital.

As a price action trader, you are focusing on technical analysis and that helps you to manage your risks

4. You never have to rely on signal services, expert advisors or copy trading

You never have to rely on someone or somebody or any entity because you are in control – it’s all on you.

You can ignore the news

We have spoken about it earlier, but I just want you to share a few more examples to nail the point.

Often traders are wondering, “What’s the latest piece of news I need to be aware of?”

But as a price action trader, I’m going to show you why you can ignore the news.

An example on Crude Oil:

In the daily timeframe, I have no idea what the news is for this market right now, but as a price action trader, I know one thing.

I want to be selling in this market condition. Why? Because the overall trend is towards the downside.

If you recall, we said earlier that price action trading is about identifying the current market condition so you can use the right trading strategy at the right time for that given market condition.

So firstly, what’s the current market condition?

This market is in a downtrend, otherwise known as a declining stage. It has a series of lower highs and lower lows.

In this market condition, I want to be selling because that’s the path of least resistance.

With that said, let’s do a quick recap.

Recap

  • You trade what you see, not what you think
  • You can “predict” what the market is likely to do
  • You can better time your entries & exits
  • You can ignore the news
  • You’re in control

 

 

    • Rayner needs to answer this, if not I will think he photo-shopped those chat to fit his teaching. A very wrong thing to do. Rayner answer this question

      • Hey Dan S & Guest,

        What Rayner is trying to do is to visualize a concept on what the market might be. and how we would react to such scenario.

        Skip to 6:20 if the video.

        Cheers!

    • To me, If you look very closely to the charts, they are the same exact, difference here is that there has been new candles added to the RHS of the charts…

      • So what are you saying? Rayner is dealing with historical charts, as examples, so, of course there will be an RHS. Or am I missing something here?

  • Wow, thank you so much bro Rayner, i got a lot of lesson from your article.. God bless

  • Thank you for this great master piece sir……..can wait to see entry and exit market point

  • Rayner, this is more powerful. “Trade what you see, not what you think!”

  • Thanks for this. I guess it’s better to be a price action trader.

  • I want you to be my friend, friends in CAMERA if my request could be accepted. I’m a Nigerian, a christian, educated.

  • I’ve been trading for 10+ years and it is still beneficial to me to go over some of the basics in trading. Thank you so much for your videos!

  • Cant wait for the next video to show how to enter and exit based on this video, thanks Rayner

  • Rayner, isn’t the 50MA & 200MA useful to find out buying and selling opportunties.

  • thank you Rayner T for simplifying price action trading strategies. I have been following your post for some times now, its really an eye opener. please, can you make a video about trailing stop on mt5.

  • Hi Rayner,

    I am intraday trader. Sits before screen almost 12-15 hours. I have made huge losses in couple of year. I don’t want to recover my losses, I left job 6 months back and trading full time. Atleast I want to cover my basic needs. I am not asking trading system. But needs something to turn my mind. I am doing mistakes – like 1. Quickly book profit
    2. Do not use SL and never give up till expiry of last penny in hope market will be turn around in my hope direction.
    3. Always fear to enter in trending market.
    4. Always took trades in opposite of market trend in hope it will reverse back.

    And so many like wise problems.

  • Please I want to know how to get a SL price and TP price in trading. By the way I love everything you do…I appreciate it you great..

  • mr Rayner, i have been trying 2 apply the multiple T F analysis to my trading on H 1 for entry. it is possible am not doing it right but i do not know whats wrong.

  • Rayner, thank you, truly from my heart, so much gratitude for your wisdom. I’m a new trader (1 month), in the beginning I had some great success, but over the past couple of weeks I found myself chasing news, getting absorbed in news, and getting lost in my trades. I’m going to go back to trading what I see. Right now it seems like everyday the market as a whole is celebrating economic recover, and the next day contracting because of COVID. It’s an interesting time to be learning to trade.

  • This is very good instruction. I have been following the news and I agree sometimes it doesn’t influence the direction of the stock. Sometimes price increases with no news at all which is always puzzling. Thanks for your perspective.

  • Thank you. As a new trader, I am learning a lot from you. May you continue to gain hugely as you serve to others.

  • Rayner Rayner Rayner, you are such a gem in our time. You have made Forex trading very simple to understand. I am your unknown best friend for life.

  • Hi bro, you are amazing,
    I hope there will be another chapter about this price action trader, can you please explain more what I should learn to be a price action trader? You just explained the reason behind it.
    Btw are you trading base on Daily chart? because you mostly explain with Daily chart, so I guess you hold your entry position for days till it hit the target, am I right?
    I have a difficulty as a beginner, trading Daily chart require a bigger account. Can you please explain how to day trade (in and out in the same day)?
    Thank you so much, GBU

  • you are unbelievable…and give me hope….i was going to throw in the towel this weekend ….but after reading you email…i will have one more go at the markets..

  • Thanks a lot Sir, now you’ve given me more courage to work harder as a price action trader and your insights has been helpful

    • Hi Ebenezer,

      Consistency would take you to greater heights.

      Cheers.

  • Thank you for this! It makes so much sense because there are people always looking for service signals and it has been failing them over time. Thank you again. Look forward to the next video and lesson

  • Thanks Rayner, sincerely I have been following your training materials and I have learnt a lot. I am not blowing account anymore and I hope to turn profitable soon. I have been referring my friends to your site.
    Thanks

  • Wawoo wonderful thank you so much. Didn’t know anything about trading, but now l believe l can place a trade.

  • Nice one. Very interesting. Just for me to familiarized with the lesson

  • Interesting yet very simple to digest. Just one question what is the timeframe you look at to identify the long term trend in the examples shown by you.

    • Hi Surya,

      Rayner’s teaching is mostly on the Daily and H4 timeframes.

  • I’m surely in control by ignoring the news and less pay attention to indicators..you enlightened me…thank you R!!.. I can’t wait for the next take in.!!

  • Thank you for this email, Mr. Teo! I am now making small trades. I notice I still get out too early, but making a little money.

  • Hi… its fantastic add on my journey as biggener in forex trading. I hope to absorbed it and control into consistent profitable trader.
    Thank you and i wish you the best.

  • For identifying trend should we consider latest Higher High, Higher lows or Lower High Lower Low or we need to look at the entire short because I can see both it looks like both uptrend and downtrend.

  • But why do videos about indicators then only tell me to be a price action trader, I could stick to one thing and work on that

    • Hi Pule,

      Indicators are for confirmation, combined with price actions gives you a clearer picture.

      Cheers…

  • Thank man God bless your teachings are every solid and clear thanks for sharing and caring am on my way to be a better profitable trader all thanks to you

  • Yooo man rayner i have been predicting what the market will do amd many times it turns out am wrong but ….with what you just taught me it’s just so super bazukaaaaa

  • Hey Raynor I’ve been price action trading for a bit now and I still noticed the market going against me no matter what I do. As a result I tend to abandon good trading habits (as they don’t seem to work for me) and trade emotionally. Chasing parabolic moves etc which we know is a no no. I always suffer has a result. Is there anything u think ohhh help with having a better entry or maybe picking the right pair at the right time. I’m tired of losing money. My account is bleeding. Best regards your friend, Free

  • I appreciate you subject sir.. I would like to follow you more and more..
    Thanks so much..
    From Tanzania

  • Ever since i followed your YouTube channels and your blogs. my trading skills have improved a lot. My trading accounts are a proof of that. Well said, im never going to rely to anyone. Thank you

  • I want you to know you are the best teacher ever. I hope I can meet you one day. I love your method of teaching Thank you sooooo much.

  • I am amazed at all your knowledge and to share it as you do is just great. Thanks.Keith

  • Hey Rayner,
    This is so enlightening, thanks for all the efforts you put into tutoring and mentoring, it does not go unappreciated.

    Kind Regards

  • I think important to know about foundation for Price Action Trading especially Framwork(Fundamental), Concept(Various Ideas & Applications) and Tools(,Proper Usage & Understanding)

  • As always, very informative, easy to understand, helpful. More power to you Rayner and your team. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  • Raynor, thank you very much I have learned more from you in 2 weeks than I have in years paying so called experts. You are a inspiration.

  • Excellent thanks Rayner, highly appreciated. How much time do u think is need to master these learnings and then be disciplined: that is where lies the key! But I see no crystal ball, that is why the price action technology seems to be the best approach. I would appreciate if you can list down steps that a newbie needs to know for riding the ladder of this great journey of money making!

  • As a new trader in the forex markets, I’m beginning to learn a lot regarding price action. Your tutorials are very helpful for me as a beginner.

  • Its very useful information for any trader. We would like to know how to enter and exit with strategy. please advise

  • Thanks.. this is wonderful.. This gives a good idea overal, but i believe News does play an important role.. This might not be applicable to Stock news like TSLA split and AAPL split..

  • Hi Rayner, thanks for the succinct presentation on price action trading. Sounds like a useful method. Only way to find out is to find out for myself 🙂

  • your doing the one of the best thing in the world which is sharing your knowledge keep doing good bless your eagerly waiting for your next video…

  • Thanks very much. I have been following you as a beginner not long ago and you’re helping me a lot .

  • I feel iam lucky that I ran into you. This Price Action Trading which you are explaining about seems to be very down to earth, understandable and with practice and familiarisation can develop my ability to be in sync with market moves.

    However I have one question, as price action focuses on the current market condition, how confidently can I assume that what I buy i can keep it till my intended target is touched?

  • Fantastic presentation as always.
    Completely agreed & experiencing as you have put it in your video.
    Thanks a lot.
    Shrirang

  • Thanks for this explanation. Good insights and will try it out. Great job putting all these together Rayner.

  • I am new to trading and this is my very first video of yours that I have seen .After watching your video I am likely to understand what actually trading is. I will sure gonna apply this Price Action technique. Thank you.

  • Nice concept. When I started watching ur videos ive let go of all indicators i now base my trading on price action. Pls we need more of this videos to better our knowledge

  • Yes trend is going sometimes I get confused with buying selling . I like to do better with fewer pairs. Are u on telegram how much u charge ..do we get clues to trade with you certain pairs ..

  • Nice one Rayner.

    I become a better trader just watching your videos and reading your books. May what ever you believe in bless you

  • My mentor told me to trade with MA and I noticed by myself that I always enter the market very late and in no time the market will reserve and I will loose alot of money Sometimes 100USD hoping for the chart to turn back appreciating but it all in vain.

    Thank you very much bro for this wonderful insight.
    I will now be a price action trader

  • Thanks Rayner, I understand. What happens in the current market situation in India, where it seems the uptrend looks like it is running out of steam and the market may turn downwards? There is no downward move yet, so should one stay in cash and wait for a trend to appear?

  • Wow….did not realised that is what I am and what I have been doing all along. A Price Action Trader.
    Have no clues until lately about MA or MACD or RSI or BolingerBand….am just relying on uptrend and downtrend to buy or sell. Thanks Rayner….you put a perspective into my trading practices.

  • Great as always Rayner. As traders we do need to be constantly reminded of these basics as we can all be compulsive at times (I have). Keep up your great service Rayner and thank you again for your invaluable advice.

    • Hi Okey,

      I’m glad to hear that!

      Try to know the function of the indicators and complement it with price action for better results.

      Cheers…

  • Thanks Rayner! Its a lot to sink in. Practicing the right way of doing it is the road to price action trading mastery.

  • Thanks again , I really want to trade price action on only day trade within opening secession , don’t like trade overnight. Still building good strategy for myself and collecting knowledge from all available sources.
    Well noted all of your advice and thank you.

    Soe Naing,

  • Thanks for your knowledge sharing..tell me is there a need to consider the spread before trading

  • Wow, I can’t wait for the next video please make it quick. And I deeply thank you for your time and skills you keep giving us. Guys this guy deserves a big applause. ( I do have one request though in the next video may you please tells us more about futures trading ? )
    Thank you.

  • Hey Rayner,
    Thank you for explaining the fundamentals of price action trading in an easy to understand way. Will wait for next article in this series. Appreciate your passion & sincerity in sharing knowledge of Price action trading for beginner’s like me. Have a wonderful day!

  • Hi, I am Dilip from India, You are a very good teacher and you know why I am saying it? A good teacher is not only very knowledgeable in his area but he has the art of explaining the basics and concepts in a very simple way for the audiance or students to comprehend and understand easily. I see both these things in you, you are not just the expert of the subject you deal with but your articulation and simple methods to explain are exceptional. we look forward to continued inputs from you to enable us understand and excell in practicthank you so much sir
    Dilip

  • Thank you sir, for your kindness in sharing your knowledge about forex. I am grateful. May God will bless u with more wisdomand good health so u can help others too

  • Quite a nice piece of article on price action. Am really learning a lot from you Rayner. Thanks a million!

  • Thanks a lot Ray I’ve been trading for a little under a year now and with your content I’ve become quite consistent I appreciate all the help you have given me.

  • Hey Rayner, Thanks bro it’s my learning phase and it’s good to learn from you. Can you suggest me some good stuff to start with

  • Thank you so much Rayner for the information..it felt like you we’re talking to me about relying on someone’s else signals as I am very new to trading I have a mentor or someone who teaches us how to become better traders who sends us signals …but I feel like I need to Learn on my own to be in control of my own trades …Thanks again Sir

  • Wow Rayner, I am new in trading and looking to start. Your explanations are simple and understandable thank you

  • I am a day trader and continued loosing money for 1 year. I Always failed in trading due to wrong prediction.
    Its a new and unique post which seems link a morning star for me.
    I will try this.
    Thanks for giving a new idea

  • You are looking at historical data to prove your strategy. The actual proof is in predicting the correct entry & exit

  • I found this very comforting;
    I had a stroke and couldn’t do my profession anymore to earn money, but I can attempt to trade. I was prepared to learn all the different indicators, but your short video tells me I don’t need to; which takes a lot of anxiety from me.

    thank you!…I’ve ordered your book and look forward to reading it. my goal is £500 per month

    marvellous

  • How best can you read a trend? Do you use a weekly, minute or monthly view to determine the trend? And which platform are you using it looks easy unlike what I use the background is black and candlesticks are both green for bullish and bearish.

  • In this video example you choose to buy in a down trend market , what’s the rational behind it ? How to find such deviations ?

  • Thank you so much for your great job Rayner .
    The higher highs and lower lows I have understood . But what are the other factors of this concept? How can I recognize the moment to take action based on price action strategy?

  • Thank you Rayner .
    Please explain and show much more precise what do mean by price action trading since this topic is very compact for my mind.

  • igonor the news … i thought we have to observed the news cause somethings the bad new in he country such as covid-19 spreading in their country … is that that time the money of that country going down?

    regards from Andy Lam
    AndyLam2000@yahoo.com

  • Thank you so much for this precious information on Price Action.
    I would request you to keep sharing information on Price Action to make this perfect and become a successful trader. Thank you so much.

  • Hello Ryner
    when you are skeptical about taking a trade when the market structure tells you to do so
    in other wards how many higher high and higher lower you need to defined the market structure

  • I believe this principle of Price Action Trading will be applicable to Stock Trading as well.

  • Thank you, i really enjoy it, i also like the first point “Trade what you see and not what you think” thanks

  • Hi Rayner,

    Thanks for this. I am a big fan of price action trading.

    I’ve looked at a number of your videos and wanted you to know that they have all been very helpful, easy to understand and have improved my trading.

    • Just one question though…..

      Is it important to know when the major news events are happening. To avoid placing trades during these events that can cause high volatility or slippage?

  • Hello am realy bless by your efforts bought on facebook, youtube twitter concerning trading but i really need more knowledge on trading i done mine if you can be my mentor please

  • I really enjoyed the lecture. From now on I will trade without fully depending on fundamental.

    Thank you so much.
    Be blessed.

  • Very Great Trading Tools as always Ryner,My question is how to tell that market condition is about to change by only using price action Strategy

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