WRB Trading Strategy in Detail
In this article, I am going to discuss the WRB Trading Strategy in detail. Please read our Support and Resistance article before proceeding to this article. The WRB stands for Wide Range Bar. As part of this article, we are going to discuss the following pointers in detail.
- What is the WRB Trading Strategy?
- Criteria for finding a wide range bar
- What does a wide range bar mean
- Uses of wide range bar in you trading
NOTE: Don’t confuse with wide range bar, trend bar, both are same. In the following paragraph and image, I used both the wide range bar and trend bar
What is the WRB Trading Strategy?
A wide range bar is one that represents a trend within a smaller time-frame. A bull wide range bar opens near its low and closes near its high. A bear wide range bar opens near its high and closes near its low.
Criteria for WRB Trading
It’s basically a candlestick that has a longer body than the surrounding candlesticks
What does a Wide Range Bar (WRB) mean?
Remember that in every bar, the same number of contracts are sold and bought.
- The only reason for a bar to end up with a higher price is that the buyers were committed to one direction and more aggressive than the sellers. The reverse is true for a bear WRB.
- THE importance of wide range candles is that they are one of the few places a chart where supply and demand can be both identified and measure i.e. wide range bars are occur from supply and demand zone. I mean you can easily identify supply and demand zone observing trend candle
Let me explain to you
Did you know that a single candlestick (on its own) is by its nature, an area of supply/demand (support/resistance)?
Let’s take the example of a bull wide range candle: A bullish candle tells us there is a larger volume of buyers than sellers (nothing new here). But this information is based on something that had already happened. How does this help us make trading decisions in the future?
A bull candle tells us at what price there is a pool of sellers in the future (long exit). Does this make sense?
Let’s imagine you’ve just entered a BUY trade, and prices start moving up. Your trade is making money. Soon, however, you notice that prices are starting to move back down close to your trade entry point. What would you do? You’ll hang on to the trade. And wait for it to move back up again. But what happens next when prices continue to move down and down even closer to your entry point?
They will think of getting out of the trade at breakeven or most traders would have already moved their stop loss to breakeven, or if not, they will manually get out of their BUY trades as soon as the market moves towards the breakeven price.
And so, all the traders who entered a BUY trade along this wide range bull candle are now looking to SELL to close the trade. A wide range bull candle thus represents the range of prices where the previous buyers are now looking to sell to close their previous (buy) trade. Reverse for wide range bear candle
How to use WRB in your trading
- ChCo candle (change of character candle )
When trend candlestick occurs as a breakout candle in a sideways market or as a beginning of a new trend. It represents strength. Here I will explain in-depth about breakout trading strategy
Whenever it occurs at the end of an established trend, it is a sign of climax. It represents the end of the move, possible trend change in the near future or trend become a trading range.
ChCo candle (CHANGE OF CHARACTER CANDLE)
Use of ChCo candle
- For identifying swing (The distance between the highest and lowest points is a swing)
- For placement of stop loss
Identifying swing using ChCo candle
Identify the last wide range bar. Look for a reversal bar that closes below/above of the last wide range bar
For placing stop-loss using chco candle
In a very rare situation, where prices will reverse without forming a clear reversal pattern. Then, how do we know whether a counter-trend move is going to be a temporary retracement or reversal? Here’s the trick.
You’ll first have to identify what I call a wide range of candlestick. When a candlestick closes past the opening price of the wide range candle, a reversal is likely to happen. If not, it’s just a retracement.
When traders don’t take into account profit-taking behavior, they’ll often be tricked into placing low winning-probability trades. Here’s what I mean:
If you noticed, the close price of the last bull candle did not go above the open price of the last wide range bear candle. This means it’s entirely possible for most of the buying activity, to be coming from the sellers who are exiting their positions. We’ll need to see more commitment from the buyers before we can say that prices are likely to reverse. Let’s see what happens next.
.Here’s an example:
The market moved up with a strong wide range candle and then dropped back down again. This looks like a reversal… but is it really? Let’s see what happened next:
If you look closely, prices did not close past the opening price of the wide range candlestick. So it was a strong retracement. Here another example.
As you already got the idea for placing a stop loss below or above the wide-range candle for avoiding unexpected reversal. Let me show you in an example