MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading Strategy

MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading Strategy

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Hi Traders! MACD (Moving Average Convergence/Divergence), is a powerful trading indicator used in technical analysis. Its function is to reveal changes in the strength, direction, momentum and duration of a trend in any given instrument. Due to it’s unique functionality, MACD is used for trend trading but also to spot divergence.

RSI (Relative Strength Index) is another powerful indicator used in technical analysis that aims to chart the current and historical strength or weakness of an instrument based on the closing prices of a recent trading period. RSI is mainly used to spot overbought and oversold situations on the market but also to find out the current momentum of a given instrument.

Both these indicators very popular, reliable and loved by many traders and play a crucial role in technical analysis. When combining both these powerful indicators together we get a high accuracy trading strategy which I use in my trading to look for trend reversals. In this article, I will explain in detail about this strategy with an example.

How Does This Strategy Works?

The first step here while using this strategy is to look for the MACD indicator to show weakness(divergence). Once the MACD indicator starts showing weakness, we start following the asset for potential reversal and potentially very good risk-reward ratio setups. Next, we want to confirm the potential setup using RSI indicator(Breakouts of important RSI Support/Resistance zones tell us a lot!) The final step is to validate everything that the indicators are showing by price action. Once this step is done, we are ready to trade! 


To present this strategy in action I will take an example (AUDNZD) from my Traders Academy Club report.

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MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading Strategy


As always I start my technical analysis from the highest timeframe (in combination of three time frames of multi time frame analysis) which in this case will be the H4 chart. Looking at the H4 chart we could see that the price has created three descending waves which pushed to the downside and ended up with bullish divergence. This bullish divergence can be clearly seen on the moving averages and histogram of the MACD indicator and on the RSI indicator as well as you can see on the screenshot below.

MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading StrategySo basically both the indicators indicate to us that the bears are running out of steam and the buyers might take control here. At this moment the area shown in the screenshot below becomes a strong support zone, as we got three fake attempts to break below this area to the downside.

MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading StrategyWhile the bullish divergence is building up, we can in the screenshot below that the histogram and moving averages of the MACD indicator is crossing to the upside (even though it has crossed several times before but after crossing, it missed the next important step). At this moment while looking at the RSI indicator we could see that it is breaking above its own resistance and stabilizing its levels above it. Now, this resistance area has turned out to be a support area.

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MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading StrategyMainly at this time, we can see that the price is creating lower highs, lower lows and the RSI indicator is creating higher highs, higher lows.

MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading StrategySo when we spot such a thing we can understand that the bears are potentially losing their control.


How Can We Find The Buyers Are In Control And Enjoy From This Strategy?

One of the principles that I love to follow is bullish and bearish control based on the pure definition of price action that “buyers create higher highs, higher lows and sellers create lower highs, lower lows”. So in this case, in order to confirm the H4 chart turnaround, we need to see the price creating higher highs, higher lows on the lower timeframe which will be the H1 chart here.

MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading StrategyAlso on the H1 chart, we can see that the RSI indicator has created higher highs and higher lows (bullish trend or momentum here as well and the MACD indicator does the same exactly while the price has created lower highs, lower lows. This is yet another evidence that shows that the bears are losing their control.

MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading StrategySo we can see that these two powerful indicators indicate to us that there is a good chance that the buyers might take control from here (we don’t know for sure if they will, but we do know that based on the technical analysis the bears are losing their momentum)). If they do then this is where your risk and reward will come into play in your favor and might provide you a great opportunity.

At this moment we can see that the multi-timeframe reads in the same direction, as you can see it starts from the turnaround on the H4 chart, and it fits into the turnaround. The H1 chart gives you the official signs and falls into the same direction that the indicators hint to us, and you get yourself a fantastic opportunity to enjoy from the buys.

How Long Are We Going To Ride The Buys?

You are good to ride the buys as long as both the H4 and H1 timeframes are gaining the bullish momentum. My suggestion is always to pay attention to the key levels on the go and since we are starting from the H4 chart the next key levels to pay attention to for this pair are the ones shown in the screenshot below.

MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading Strategy

Can We Predict In Advance Where The Market Will Manage To Stop?

The answer is no, it doesn’t matter how much we try we don’t know if the levels we marked would reject or not. But you do know that if the price goes through the levels then we are good to continue further and if they are not then you are good to manage your position and enjoy your profits.

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MACD + RSI Powerful Forex Trading Strategy

What Makes This Strategy So Powerful And Accurate? 

This strategy is so powerful and accurate because in this strategy we are going to combine two proven in time indicators using multi time frames. Using the price action along with the technical indicators provides very high accuracy trading setups along with a great risk-reward ratio.

Why Is Multi-timeframe Analysis So Important?

If you have no idea about the larger picture on the given market, you are likely going to fall into traps. While the main trend is bullish, why would you be looking for sells? You get the picture. Knowing what is happening on the higher time frames is crucial for successful trading. The synchronization between multiple time frames is one of the strongest weapons you can use for high accuracy trading setups. This is why multi-timeframe analysis is very important.

Why Do We Get This Amazing Risk-Reward Ratio?

Simple, when we are joining the new trend from the very beginning we get to enjoy very large moves from tops/bottoms which provides us an amazing risk-reward ratio. The potential target zones are determined using price action (strong/key support and resistance zones depending on the direction of the trade).


So traders this is how I use this strategy in my trading to find great possible trades. When you are able to spot this turnaround (and\or join bigger trends) on the two timeframes combined with these two powerful indicators (MACD + RSI) then you got yourself a fantastic risk-reward opportunity which can work in your favor with high probability and end up as a winner.



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Thank you for your time in reading this article.


Yours to success,

Vladimir Ribakov
Certified Financial Technician

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