The forex market is a constant battle between bulls and bears. There is wise saying that “Bulls make money, bears makes money but pigs are slaughtered”. If we do not implement strategic trading considering all the risks, having proper money management and mastering own psychology then the result will be obvious. I often note that in ranging market, one particular strategy always works. It is called “False breakout strategy”. In this article, I will illustrate how I used this strategy. False breakout strategy is based on the major support and resistance levels.

Time Frame and Currency Pair

The false breakout strategy can be implemented in any time frame and any pairs, but for this example, I took 4 hours candlestick chart on USD/SEK currency pairs. This means that each candle on the chart represents 4 H of price movement.

Strategy Concept

In ranging market, the price often reverse after an attempt of false breakout around the resistance or the support levels. This happens because of the buyers and sellers are in hesitant state of mind at tricky levels. (Figure 1 equilibrium condition). Figure 1. In ranging market, equilibrium condition prevails in certain range.

Long Trade Setup The major steps to execute the false breakout strategy for long trade:
  • Draw the support level where the price bounces back at least twice. In this example it is 9.0426 (chart example is taken from one of my Dukascopy demo trading chart)
  • Observe any false breakout candle that that goes below the support level (See Figure 1)

Figure 1. Support Level

  • Wait the next candle whether it is bull or bear candle. If it is bull candle above the support then enter the trade
  • Set a stop loss of at least ½ ratio with the target profit below the low price of the false breakout candle.
  • Set profit targets for this trade at a risk to reward ratio of at least 1:2 (See Figure 2)

Figure 2. Trade entry


The trading strategy is only one of the essential 4 elements of trading. Unless you are mastering in all four it is doubtful to have constantly profitable trading. The strategy gives cutting edge but trading psychology, fundamental analysis and risk and money management is other areas one should be mastering in any trades.
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