1. Introduction:

Bollinger Bands are a volatility based indicator, developed by John Bollinger, which have a number of trading applications.
There are three lines that compose Bollinger Bands: A simple moving average (middle band) and an upper and lower band. These bands move with the price, widening or narrowing as volatility increases or decreases, respectively. The position of the bands and how the price acts in relation to the bands provides information about how strong the trend is and potential bottom or topping signals.
Bollinger Bands are used on all time frames, such as daily, hourly or five-minute charts. Bollinger Bands have two adjustable settings: the Period and the Standard Deviation. The Period is how many price bars are included in the Bollinger Band calculation. The number of periods used is often 20, but is adjusted to suit various trading styles.
2. what is consists of ? :

The Standard Deviation is typically set at 2.0, and determines the widths of the Bands. The higher the Standard Deviation, the harder it will be for the price to reach the upper or lower band. The lower the Standard Deviation the easier it is for price to “breakout” of the Bands.
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good luck

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Good job

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great article

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Hi pip makers;
Welcome to my new article, Normally I spend 12 to 16 hours in the market and tries to find good opportunities to enter day and swing trades using my day and swing strategies. But most of the time I will not trade because market is dead slow or my strategy criteria will not meet so ended up with just market watch so, I have decided to build one scalping strategy to make profit in dead market or average moving market.
I am developed many scalping strategies from past 6 months using different indicators, most of them didn’t gave good result and some of them work in different market condition and will not work in some condition finally I have arrived with online strategy which works in all market conditions with 70% to 95% accuracy which depends on the major currency pairs you are trading which I am sharing with you guys. Please use this strategy with only major pairs and I have tired with cross pairs it will not work as prefect with major pairs and below are my stats from past three and half months with different major pairs:
1.GBP/USD : 80% to 95% Accuracy
2.EUR/USD : 80% to 85% Accuracy
3.USD/JPY : 78% to 83% Accuracy
4.USD/CAD : 75% to 82% Accuracy
5.USD/CHF :…
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good job

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Aaamira 31 May

useful article!

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Muy interesante!

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I like testing different settings for trading. Newest setup and strategy I found is double Bollingers and stochastic. Our chart setup will be:
Timeframe: 5min
Bollinger 1: 21
Bollinger 2: 89
Stochastic: 5;3;3
Bollinger 1 will be our main trend indicator and Bollinger 2 will be bigger trend indicator. Bollinger 2 will tell us when not to trade and when we trade.
We can use stochastic to get enter signal. But scalpers who make short trades can trade without stochastic also.
Our chart will look like this:
DO NOT TRADE when Bollinger 1 is in the center of Bollinger 2 or crosses the central band of Bollinger 2.
BUY: When the Bollinger 1 band is above the central band of Bollinger 2 and price is above the central band of Bollinger 1. We also can buy when Price bounces on lover band of Bollinger 1 when the lower band of Bollinger 1 is on or very close to the central band of Bollinger 2.
Buy signal from stochastic: Stochastic have to be below 50 or 20 and show sign of strength while price slows down on central and lower band of Bollinger 1.
Sell: When Bollinger 1 is below the central band of Bollinger 2 and price is bellow central band of Bollinger 1. We also can sell when price bou…
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Did you have some backtest?

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дуже добре

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good luck in contest

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Ok. Good

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Hi pip makers, in this Article I am gone an explain one of my simple but effective and my favorite strategy.
I like simple strategy same time hate complicated one because it creates lot of confusion while entering and existing the market so I always prefer to use simple two or three indicators to make any of my strategy and hate to see full of indicators in my trading chart.
I believe myself more than anyone else and always stick to my strategy, if my strategy doesn’t make good profit still I won’t do frog jump without back testing and experiment with 1:1 leverage by documenting all the experimental results.
Why i don't do frog jumps?
I would like to illustrate with an example for more clarity. Let’s Consider a blind man walking on the same road every day, Initially he may get confuse for couple of days but once he became familiar with road he can easily walk on the road without any problem because he have analysed all the objects and its positions in his mind and made the imagination road in his mind so that he can tell where is up and down in the road without seeing. That’s the power of revision so I am applying the same formula here. If we practice the same strategy for a while…
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vap61 19 Dec.

автору лайк за проделанную работу,терпения и удачи в торговле))))

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weagull 22 Dec.

good luck

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Yuliya_N 22 Dec.

Nice article

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Dear Dukascopy community. I stated trading in smaller timeframes. Wanted to test scalping. So far it was working. In addition, i want to share it with you. We will need to setup our chart first. I will explain systematically.
Our setup:
  1. We need to add 55 sma and 144 sma.
  2. Then add Bollinger Bands. Setting will be 21 for period and 2 for deviations.
  3. After that, we add Stochastic. Settings will be 8 for period and 3 for both sma.

How we trade?
Rulse 1: Trend is your friend!

144 SMA and 55 SMA are for following general trend. Yes, I know that we try to be smarter than everyone and catch the trend reversal but let us be realists and just keep following trend. When slow sma is above fast sma then we have declining trend. However, if fast sma is above the slow sma then market is in rising trend. We are prefer sharp trends. Sharper than 40degree is better.
We will look into Bollinger’s central and lower Bands in rising trends and upper and central bands for declining trends. Central band of Bollinger have to be above 55 sma and rising for us to think about buying in rising trend. In a declining trend central band and have to be below 55 sma.
Stochastic indicator will h…
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good work

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Vlad_55 30 Sep.

Достойная работа!

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Klaudia25 30 Sep.

great article

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Buen artículo

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In this article am going to describe a strategy that is simple to understand and use by anyone interested in swing trading. It involves a combination of the RSI, stochastic and bollinger bands indicators. Using these three simple indicators and adhering to its rules will help anyone interested in the strategy make a continuous string of profitable trades.
Relative Strength Index
The RSI was first introduced by Wells Wilder in 1978 as a momentum indicator to be used for trading. The RSI is used inconsideration of the 70 and 30 levels which represent overbought and oversold areas respectively. To simplify this, if the RSI is above 30 buy well as below 70 sell.


This indicator was developed by George C. Lane in the late 1950s. The stochastics has existed for over half a century and it has come to be known as the ultimate indicator for timing trading signals. When using the stochastics, a level below 20 is considered oversold and a level above 80 overbought. When using the Stochastics its very important to consider when it is at its extremes to avoid false signals.
Bollinger bands
When using the bollinger bands we consider a signal when price touches the outer band. However…
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great job

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Vlad73 19 Oct.

very good

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Yonggi7 28 Oct.

This article is well presented!

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nice article

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In this Article I will discuss a strategy based on Bollinger band and price action that can not only used with any currency pair, but by anyone interested in forex as a part time job. The system is best for 4hr and daily time-frame but it’s too strong that it can be used on the lower time-frames i.e. 30min, and 1hour timeframe. But my sole focus will be with those that need to only take about 30mins a day looking at the Forex charts and by the end of this article, you can do a back test with any chart and see how trading Forex can be as easy as ABCD.
1. Setting up your Chart
Choose the currency pair you are interested in (if you are a beginner at the method I would recommend the major currency pairs i.e. AUDUSD, USDCHF, USDJPY, GBPUSD, EURUSD and the NZDUSD)
Choose the time-frame (I would recommend the 4hr or 1day)
Add Bollinger Bands from the Indicators
Finally, know your risk management (how much are you willing to lose if the trade goes south)

2. Trade entry

In order to make the best entries for the trades we need to wait for the formation of a strong candlestick pattern i.e. a pattern like the Bearish Engulfing, Piercing Line or Bullish engulfing at the upper or the low…
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good work and best wishes.

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well done

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Very good, I hope you keep

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Having a good system is only half the battle. Knowing when and how to use it is the second and arguably more important part. Some strategies work better during ranges while others excel in trending markets. In my previous article I shared 3 very simple systems to trade range-bound markets. You can read more about them HERE .
As most seasoned forex traders know, the currency market usually enters into a lull during the summer. This period is also called the summer dull-drums.
All 3 of these systems performed great in the EUR/USD this summer. In this article I will provide an update. Let's see how the 3 systems performed from July 1st to August 20th.
Three Wins for the Bollinger Bands System
The Bollinger Bands system already scored three sizeable wins! Here are the ground rules for the system:
1. We go long when prices hit the lower Bollinger Band
2. We exit when the price touches the middle between the BBands, the 20 SMA
3. Alternatively, we place our stoploss below the most recent swing low
For shorts:
1. We go short when the price hits the upper Bollinger Band
2. We exit at a touch of the 20 simple moving average in the middle
3. Alternatively, we define our risk by pl…
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Very insightful! Haven't used systems, but that's what I presume that they're not universal for long term use. And it's important to distinguish which system to use when.

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Wonderful job! And good thoughts!!!! Well done, friend)!

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great article!

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March 2015 - the first month of my participation in Dukaskopi contests. In the month the market situation in the euro-dollar was favorable to my strategy - intraday trends were clear - first big drop in the euro, then pronounced correction. Strategy ended March with a balance of $ 604,000, showing the second result. At the time of this writing strategy is leading the competition in April with a balance of $ 239,000.
The strategy is quite versatile and completely suitable only in a volatile sideways movement when the intraday sharp jumps up and down creating false signals to buy or sell and then change direction. This is trend strategy and is based on the Bolinger Bands indicator.
Bollinger Bands indicator with shift
A distinctive feature of the Bollinger Bands indicator is its variable width due to the volatility of prices. In periods of considerable price changes (i.e. of high volatility) the bands widen leaving a lot of room to the prices to move in. During standstill periods, or the periods of low volatility the band contracts keeping the prices within their limits.The following traits are particular to the Bollinger Band:[list=1][/list]…
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AAARated 28 Apr.

nice article and your strategy works too checked your contest profile and you won the march contest good job though. Thanks for sharing it.

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nat91 29 Apr.

Где я могу скачать вашу стратегию для отработки торгового оборота о которой вы говорили в конце статьи?

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nat91, я не выкладывал ее на сайте, к тому же я ее еще не до конца доработал - тестирование занимает очень много времени. Я могу скинуть Вам предварительную версию по почте.

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nat91 29 Apr.

Why do you use shift 10 of indicator? Why not 15 or 20?

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To be honest, a shift of 10 showed the best results in testing. I tested with a shift of 5, 10, 15, 20 (for 5 months), and 10 were the best results. Perhaps the best option 12 or 13 (although likely for each month it is different). The test is too long for my computer to test all variants.

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Dear Traders,
this is the fourth article in my series Bollinger Band Strategy for Trending Markets. In the first article (December 2014) I described how you get in and out of the trade when we are in a trending market. In the second article (January 2015) it was all about managing Stops and Take Profits. The third article (February 2015) was part 1 of how to determine a sideways market.
This is the part 2. In this second part we go further into the selection of the underlying moving average.
I keep the selected chart with the same settings as in my last article so you can easily compare the different settings. So, let’s go with the EURUSD pair on a daily chart.
First of all, I want to include the standard Bollinger Band settings. The underying moving average there is the EMA – Exponetial Moving Average.
EURUSD, Daily, EMA - Exponential Moving Average (standard setting)
When comparing to the following charts, you see the flaws of the EMA and how you can select a better match.
EURUSD, Daily, KAMA – Kaufman Adaptive Moving Average
The Kaufman adaptive moving average KAMA was developed by Perry Kaufman. He presented it in his book "Smarter Trading" in chapter "Smarter Trendfoll…
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Insightful - very well done!
There are some useful tools introduced informative and helpful. A brilliant article, good luck :)

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Airmike 6 Mar.

To many MA. but like anyway :)

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Olga18375 11 Mar.

Well done!!! Nice article)

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Nihad 19 Mar.

Interesting,Good luck

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Dear Traders,
this is the third article my series Bollinger Band Strategy for Trending Markets. In the first article (December 2014) I described how you get in and out of the trade when we are in a trending market. In the second article (January 2015) it was all about managing stops and take profits.
In this one, it will be all about how to determine a sideways market. This is the time frame, when we don’t trade at all, since we have no underlying trend. Don’t underestimate this – staying aside and waiting for good opportunities is a big part in successful trading.
Te keep things simple and concentrate on the active trades I showed that you are in a trending market when the middle line of the Bollinger Bands is consistently rising or falling. When this middle line – which is just a moving average – is flat or directionless, we are in a sideways market.
This all is completely true, but we can do better: In standard Bollinger Band settings the middle line is a exponential moving average. The parameters don’t matter that much, the key is to keep them on a fixed level to get the feeling how they move.
Back to the middle line - there are numerous ways to alter that line. Jforex is …
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Milian 27 Feb.

хорошая работа!

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verindur 27 Feb.

Thank you : )))))

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garisan 27 Feb.

Interesting. Me myself like the wma because I don't like the line continuously touching the candles. Also another indication of a possible consolidation is when start to appear goups of very short candles side by side, when that happens you have to watch carefully. Waiting for 2nd part :)

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fullmoon 28 Feb.

Hi @garisan, short candles or long candles, like the four above in week 6. Reading Price Action is fun. When I trade my Bollinger Band strategy, I try to keep the Bands always on and only adjust the underlying MA. WMA works great with slightly adjusted parameters, then it's not that slow.

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Annuuta 28 Feb.

Well done!)

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Dear Traders,
first of all, I want to wish you a Happy New Year 2015, let’s make it successful together!
Last month, I wrote about my Bollinger Band Strategy for Trending Markets – the full article is here:
I want to thank community user garisan from Spain for asking a very good question about trade management due to the dynamic nature of the Bollinger Bands and promised him to explain it in more detail. This is what my second article is about.
The In-Trade-Management Strategies pointed out here, do not only apply to my mentioned strategy, but you can use them with modifications in your own trades. In this article, I will explain it with my Bollinger Band Strategy for Trending Markets. The trade entry is described in the previous article. At this point we entered the trade, placed our initial stops and targets and we are now in the trade.
First Example:
Let’s begin with the first illustration. I picked a 15 minute chart of EURUSD. We identified the uptrend, our middle band was hit and entered the trade with a long. We set our initial stop and initial target.
Our initial ri…
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Nicco 14 Jan.

Thank you for this article! If you are interested with BB indicator I suggest to you another article about using /managing the Bollinger Double Band indicator

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fxigor 20 Jan.

I am glad that you implemented BB strategy. " both bands narrowing" is indicator for trend change. Cheers.

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fullmoon 20 Jan.

Thank you @fxigor, it's always an alert when bands are narrowing.

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Mariia 22 Jan.

Good job!

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Good Job

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1.0 Introduction
Bolling Bands are technical trading tool that was invented by John Bollinger in the early 1980s. The main usage of Bollinger Bands is precisely explaining the meaning of the high and low. Defining the prices during the upper bands at a higher rate and low bands at the low ban might help in reaching the methodical interchange choices.His bands explain higher and lower band of the market in relation with values. When trying to interpret the cost of actions, this is very useful. Degree of the alliance, deciding about the objectives for a certain trade, getting into a position to buy and sell the sighs for the currency pair and ability to get a trend streak are some of the key elements of Bollinger Bands.
The Moving Averages that are being used in analyzing the equity trade have the same purpose as the Bollinger Bands. Three lines of moving averages are existent; higher band, lower and the middle. The middle one serves as the starting point of high and low bands. The line that determines volatility is actually the difference of the upper and the lower band with the inner line.
Dukascopy published few articles about Boolinger Bands strategies in the past. I suggest to …
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rasadForex 29 Dec.

Nice strategy, as I see.  I always use ATR and Band together.

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alexanfx 30 Dec.

Naked charts for me are the best. Price action is the most important indicator and I dont use BB. Article is good.

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JockPippin 30 Dec.

For me BB are BS and based on past action. Well done on coming out of nowhere  to hit top spot ( wink,wink,Nudge,nudge ) .

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alifari 30 Dec.

Nice article, well done

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eliotlow 31 Dec.

Like when I see strategy when I can buy or sell afther pullback and follow trend.

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This article will serve as a precursor to my next article in the series, where I go into detail describing my Bollinger Band Breakout Strategy. The article aims to provide a good foundation on Bollinger Bands as a technical analysis tool.
Bollinger Bands are named after the creator John Bollinger. As pictured on the right.
He is a technical analyst that developed the tool as a measure of volatility. He has wrtten a book titled "Bollinger on Bollinger Bands" and is considered the foremost expert on the subject.
He also currently runs a website and has a pay service where he analyzes the markets for setups as per different bollinger band strategies he has developed.
Without going into excessive detail on the construction of Bollinger Bands, to briefly illustrate I will provide some examples of different types of setups and information that can be obtained from the bands. The bands themselves are a measure of volatility based on previous price action. They utilize the simple moving average and the amount of data to be measured back is input by the user. The standard settings, and often the default is based on a 20 period Moving average.
I will illustrate some of the com…
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MobNaga 30 Oct.

bbnads, I like too.

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alincik 31 Oct.

Well done! Good luck!

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Thanks, useful article ! My best wishes to you!

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nice explanation .
this is really helpful for us.
we want more article like this.

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Volatility is the single factor that can have you netting hundreds of pips due to some Central bank statement, or that can have you pulling your hair out while your stop loss is triggered within seconds. Volatility is the difference between making tens of pips within minutes and having your trading funds tied down in trades that don’t want to go anywhere. Trading the FX markets can be summed up in two concepts: trade in the direction of volatility, and respect supports and resistance. I recently read about the Turtles, the “great Richard Dennis experiment”; and it was interesting to note that one of the reasons for their success was knowing “when to trade”. The forex market is a 24-hour, weekday market, so the general impression is that the market is always “moving” during those times. It is expected that such a large market with high liquidity should always give trading opportunities with large price movements. The reverse is the case. The markets actually trend 30% of the time (according to some book I read), while at other times it is in consolidation. This means our chances of getting large price movements are as high as we initially thought. Exploiting Volatility A volatile …
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