What is the Best Timeframe for Swing and Daytrading in FX? http://www.financial-spread-betting.com/course/technical-analysis.html PLEASE LIKE, SUBSCRIBE AND SHARE THIS VIDEO SO WE CAN DO MORE! I’m going to give you an answer based on the timeframes that I specifically use for my day trading and when I’m swing trading. I’ll also include timeframes I know other traders use who are successful in currency trading in particular (and one guy I know who does very well with equities)
1 min, 3 min, 5 min, 15 min, 30 min, 60 min, 120 min, 240 min
If you’re day trading, try to still know what is happening on the higher timeframes.
1 day, 1 week, 1 month
100 tick, 50 tick.
From a day trader’s perspective the combination that I personally like is this. I like to first glance at the daily timeframe. I want to know what the key levels are; key support, key resistance, fresh highs, what’s happened after earnings if its a stock..etc Then I will pivot things a bit. I will switch between a 15 min and a 60 min timeframe depending on what has happened. I prefer the 15 min as I’m going to get more information on the screen/charts. But if I feel this is not giving me what I need to see, I’ll switch to a 60 minute timeframe just to see how we are on a longer timeframe. Most of the times, particularly if you’re trading very short-term timeframes you will find that this is less relevant..
Then, I also like to see what happened on the 3 min/5 min periods for executions. The danger comes if you try using too many timeframes.
When swing trading I still like to look at the daily timeframes but I still look at what is happening on shorter timeframes. Swing trading for me is that; I generally hold for days; very rare that I will hold a market for months.
If you’re an extra aggressive day trader or scalper then moving to tick charts can help. Now, I don’t suggest that you go down the route of scalping aggressively because it does add a heck of a lot more noise.