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Resistance Level

A resistance level is a price point where the market price pivots and changes direction. They are formed when you can draw a horizontal line between two or more price pivot points.


The resistance level is the highest price that a market trades at, over a period of time. The more frequently a resistance level is tested (i.e. hits a previous resistance level price pivot point but does not rise above it), the stronger the resistance at that level. Some traders believe that the stronger the resistance at a given level, the less likely it is to break above that level in the future. It is said that if a market breaks prior levels of resistance only by a small portion, it will increase until a new level of resistance is reached or established.


A resistance level can become a support level if the price of the market increases above the resistance level; similarly a support level can become a resistance level if the price of the market falls below the resistance level as illustrated in the following EURUSD price chart example:


Support Resistance Levels.png



If the price is moving between support and resistance levels, then a basic investment strategy commonly used by traders, is to buy at support and sell at resistance, then short at resistance and cover the short at support as per the following [1] example:


Support Resistance Levels Channel 1.png


When judging entry and exit investment investment timing using support or resistance levels it is important to choose a chart based on a price interval period that aligns with your trading strategy time frame. Short term traders tend to use charts based on interval periods, such as 1 minute (i.e. the price of the market is plotted on the chart every 1 minute), with longer term traders using price charts based on hourly, daily, weekly or monthly interval periods.


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