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The Definitive Guide to Trading Breakouts

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This post is written by Jet Toyco, a trader and trading coach.

Whenever you read or watch a market analysis report…

You’ll always hear something like:

“This stock is about to breakout!”

“Anticipate a breakout here on this currency pair!”

“This crypto coin has broken out, hold!”

Sounds familiar?

Now, of course…

Reading those breakout calls encourages you to enter a trade or perhaps gives you the confidence to hold a trade!

But here’s what you’re missing out buddy:

Those calls tell you when to buy, but often don’t teach you when to sell.

So…

  • When exactly should you enter when it comes to trading breakouts?
  • How should you manage the trade?
  • When should I take profits?

Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to some of those questions, my friend.

Because in this guide, I will teach you what there is to know about trading breakouts so that not only you would know when to enter them, but also when to exit them.

Sounds good?

Then let’s get started…

Trading breakouts: What is it and how does it work

To put it simply…

Breakouts are similar to opening a pack of pringles!

Those delicious chips are sealed and trapped for a few months waiting for you to open and eat them:

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Breakouts are like being the first one in line when the building opens.

You’re the first one to explore the whole area:trading breakouts

And It’s the same in trading!

Trading breakouts is capturing the price as it “opens” up from its range waiting for you to eat those potential profits:

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And trading breakouts are being the first in line to “enter” the move as the market potentially makes a new swing:

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Makes sense?

In other words, a breakout happens when a certain market is transitioning to a new market condition!

Now…

I know that I’ve only shown you one type of trading breakouts which is this:

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A pullback within a trend is followed by a breakout.

However…

Did you know that there are many other types of breakouts out there?

There are even types of breakouts that let you “predict” breakouts before they even happen!

If you want to know what they are, then keep on reading…

The “secret” to trading breakouts

Trading breakouts can come in different forms such as:

  • Trend continuation breakouts
  • Trend line breakouts
  • Volatility breakouts

Let me share them with you…

(Boy you’re in for a treat!)

Trend continuation breakouts

This one’s easy as you’ve already seen this in the previous section!

Basically…

You want to make sure that you have a valid trend going on.

How do we know if it’s a valid trend?

Easy.

You can use the 200-period moving average to assist you:

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If the price is above the 200-period moving average, then it makes sense for you to look for breakouts towards the upside:

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And it’s the opposite when the price is below the 200-period moving average:

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And by the way…

Whether you want to use the 190 MA, 150 MA, or 112 MA, it doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you’re using a long-term moving average period to identify trends!

So, if you want to learn more concepts about the moving average, then you can check this guide out: The Moving Average Indicator Trading Strategy Guide

Cool?

Let’s move on…

Trend line breakouts

Here comes the interesting part.

Because when it comes to trading breakouts with trend lines…

We are looking for trend reversals here.

That’s right.

Not trend continuations, but trend reversals!

Let me teach you how…

Step 1: Draw a trend line with two valid touches

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Step 2: Wait for the price to make a strong close below the trend line

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P.S. Stay tuned as I will teach you when to enter these types of breakouts later.

At this point you’re probably thinking:

“Wait, that’s now how you use a trend line!”

“Trend lines are meant to be used to capture a trend!”

And you’re right!

Trend lines are often used for you to hop into an existing trend!

However…

You’d be surprised how common trend line breakout reversals are on your chart:

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Volatility breakouts

Now, just in case you’ve no idea what volatility is, it’s simply categorized into two things.

  1. Low volatility market (price movement is still)
  2. High volatility market (price movement is wild)

Let me show you what I mean…

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Now there will be a lot of times when you can’t exactly determine whether the price on your chart is a high or low volatility market.

So, what’s the solution?

Use the Average True Range indicator, of course!

Simply put, the ATR indicator is like an “X-ray” vision when it comes to figuring out volatility:

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P.S. I used the 20-period Average True Range with the “SMA” calculation

Okay so, when it comes to trading breakouts, how do we find it here?

Don’t worry.

I’ll tell you, and it’s this:

The longer the market ranges, the harder it breaks out:

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Repeat after me…

The longer it ranges, the harder it breaks out.

This is important.

You better make sure you remember it!

So, the next time you see that the ATR indicator is starting to quieten than usual…

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Prepare to look for entry opportunities in case the price breaks out from its highs or lows:

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Oh, and by the way, if you want to learn more about the ATR indicator, you can check this out: The Complete Guide to ATR Indicator

Sounds good?

But now that you’re equipped with what the different types of breakouts are there…

Let’s now dive into more technical stuff to trading breakouts.

Shall we?

How to enter trades when it comes to trading breakouts

Let’s put things in perspective.

There are three types of breakouts that I’ve just discussed with you:

  1. Trend continuation breakouts
  2. Trend line breakouts
  3. Volatility breakouts

The next step to identify now is…

How do you exactly enter them?

Do you wait for a candle close?

Do you place a stop order?

Do you wait for the “best” market session?

Not to worry buddy.

That’s what we’ll get into now!

But before I start, here are two questions to get out of the way first:

What timeframe do I use to trade?

The truth is that there’s no absolute answer to this.

Given that the market is liquid, you can apply these concepts in any timeframe and most markets.

So:

  • Choose a timeframe that fits your lifestyle
  • Choose a market where you know how to apply risk management correctly

All good?

Do I wait for a candle close or do I place a limit/stop order?

After using these concepts for so many years, here’s what I suggest:

Wait for a candle close.

You see when dealing with breakouts…

There’s no doubt that false breakouts happen from time to time!

And it looks something like this:

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So, waiting for a candle close won’t eliminate it, but it sure does help you avoid most of it!

Nonetheless…

If you want more techniques on how to avoid false breakouts, then I suggest you watch this training after you’re done here:



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