Trading With Price–Action Pivots by Ken Calhoun
A Turn For The Better
Pivot points have long been used by traders to identify entry & exit signals. Here’s an effective technique that integrates classic candlestick pivot patterns with other indicators.
Trading pivots successfully is best achieved by using a combination of price–action and classic candlestick reversal signals. Traders often lose money trying to enter pivots by incorrectly relying on simplistic single indicators (like pivot points or simple MACD crossovers), which often lead to uncertain, choppy entries. Trying to “catch a falling knife” or entering weak bounces based on a single indicator can be frustrating, causing expensive stop-losses.
Professional traders identify and trade strong pivot entries by combining two (or more) technical confirmation signals, which together provide a better technical trading approach. Less-experienced traders tend to overtrade choppy charts, entering too soon. Veteran traders carefully choose to trade pivots on the widest trading range charts with exceptionally strong volatility, with multi-signal confirmation, making for more cautious, selective trade entries.
Commonly used signals include increasing volume, candlestick hammers or engulfing patterns, bullish cups, and moving average (MA) pivots. I’ll show you examples of how to easily spot combinations of two or more of these pivot signals for intraday and swing trading chart-pattern entries.