Trading on the 8 Hour Charts

Hello all I hope you are having a restful and enjoyable Sunday! I find Sunday’s are always great to take some chart reviewing time, and plan out your upcoming trading week. As expressed in some of my previous posts I am partial to price action trading from the Daily Charts, and more recently the 8 hour charts. “8 hour charts?”; some of you may ask. Yes, 8 hour time frame charts are now offered on the MT5 platform. I recently started trying out the 8 hour time frame to see how it compared to the daily time frame with respect to providing reliable signals and frequency of the signals.

There is a great blog post on the Forex4Noobs website which offers some insights as far as using the 8 hour time frame for forex price action trading. For those of you using the MT4 platform the blog also provides a great indicator that you can download to allow you to convert your 4 hour charts into 8 hour charts.

As noted in his blog post Nick B prefers the 8 hour charts over the daily charts because in his opinion it offers more tradeable setups without giving up the time saving and quality aspects that the daily charts provide.

In reviewing my charts today I particularly noticed the nice bearish pin bar that formed at a key level on the EurUsd 8 hour chart.

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On my chart I have marked a key resistance level at 1.30000. You can see how price has retraced and extended about 30 pips past this level but then snapped back and failed to close above the resistance level. EurUsd is curently on a nice downtrend which makes this setup even higher quality in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how this setup pans out over the next day or two.

If you have never experimented with the 8 hour time frame for your price action trading you just might want to give it a try!

Once again this post is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be regarded as trading advice. If you enjoyed this post please, comment, share, and like!!

Cheers 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Trading on the 8 Hour Charts

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the post on 8H chart trading. Can you name some forex brokers that offer platforms with 8H charts and that take US citizens?

    Thanks

  2. Hi,
    I’m answering my own question, above.
    This is certainly not a definitive answer, but what I’ve found. There are very few brokers that take US traders that have 8H charts. FXCM’s Trading Station has 8H charts; and they have 2 accounts with 8H: a Mini Account, which can be opened for even $50, a Standard account, which can be opened with thousands, and, I think, a higher level account which can be opened with the highest minimum. Trading Station is said to be the Rolls Royce of platforms, and I opened a demo of their Mini (no difference in capabilities of platforms, it seems), and I like it. Also, 8H charts can be inserted in MT4 with period multiplier software (free); and I think MT5 has 8H.

    Happy Trading,
    Norm

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