He has a monthly readership of , traders and has taught over 20, students. In my daily Forex commentary each day, I draw in the key levels of support and resistance that I feel are the most significant in the current market environment. Many traders make the process of drawing support and resistance levels a lot more difficult than it needs to be.
After you have a general idea of how I draw my support and resistance levels, you should have no problem using that knowledge as a guideline to draw the levels yourself. We get tons of emails each week from traders asking how to properly draw support and resistance levels on their charts. Also, we get emails with chart attachments from traders who are clearly drawing far too many levels on the charts, thus complicating the process of price action trading and confusing themselves as well.
You can use this lesson as a reference until you feel comfortable enough drawing the levels on your own. Also, it will help you to make your own commentary each day of your favorite markets; writing down your analysis rather than keeping it all in your head is a good way to stay on track and make sure you have a clear plan for the week and day ahead.
You should draw every level you can find on your charts — Many traders fall into this trap, they end up taking an hour to draw on every little level they can find. What they end up with is a really messy chart that basically does more harm than good.
If you look at our free forex commentary you can see we really only focus on the last 3 to 6 months when drawing in the daily levels, and that goes for my own personal trading too. Below are examples of how I would draw the relevant support and resistance levels on some of the major Forex pairs, Gold, Crude Oil and Dow Futures as they stand at the time of this writing.
Above each chart is a brief explanation of why I drew the levels where I did. In this example, you can see this market is clearly in a trading range right now between about 1. Within the range, we have some shorter-term levels that are still significant albeit less so than the key levels just discussed.
Of special note are the two shorter-term resistance levels marked on the chart below. You will see that the one near 1. This is also seen at the key resistance of the range, note how the line through 1.
In this case the resistance of the current range is really a small zone of resistance from 1. Also of note, there was an inside bar on October 18 th , and after the market broke down from that inside bar it tried to rotate back up to about where it broke down at, and this breakdown level acted as resistance and held the market off from advancing further, and then as we can see the market has since fallen away from that level.
This will work to give you a framework for the current market conditions and gives your analysis some routine as well. In the example below, we can see a very good example of a resistance zone that occurs between about 1. Whereas, shorter-term levels give rise to smaller movements and tend to break easier. In this example we are looking at the AUDUSD daily chart and we can see currently the market is in a large trading range between about 1. The shorter-term level through 1.
Of special note in this chart are the bar tails or wicks. Note how some of the levels are not drawn exactly at the bar highs or lows but rather through the middle portion of the tail.
An example of this is the level at These value areas typically act as support or resistance zones, and this means when price retraces back to them you can watch for price action trading strategies forming at them. You will also sometimes have existing support or resistance levels that basically run right through the center of a value area, showing about the middle of the value area, and we can see this clearly by the blue line in the chart below.
In this specific NZDUSD example that blue value line would be a good support to watch for buy signals if price rotates lower soon. Then, after price finally broke back above that value level it formed a price action setup after it retraced back down to it, as we can see an inside pin bar combo setup formed showing rejection of that same level.
This uptrend has had some pretty large counter-trend retraces, which of course we need to mark with levels. We can see in the chart below the support levels and zones left behind by the different points in the market were the retrace ended and the uptrend resumed. Also, in a trending market like this, we can watch the previous swing points for price action signals as the market retraces back to them.
We can see a clear example of this in the chart below with the recent pin bar trading strategy that formed at the shorter-term support through This is about the farthest back I typically go when drawing in my levels on the daily charts.
This brings me to a very important point you should remember: In an up-trending market, resistance levels will often break, and in a down-trending market support levels will often break. Well, you have to look at the market context that your trade setup has formed in and use some common sense and discretion…not every little level you find is significant. In the Dow Jones futures chart below, we can see the current picture of key levels that are relevant for this market.
Of special note, we can see how consistently these key levels hold as price retraces back to them. Knowing that price often bounces or repels from key levels is a very valuable piece of information. Indeed, a big portion of my trading theory revolves around waiting patiently for an obvious price action setup to form at a key chart level as the market retraces back to it.
In the example below, we are looking at the current Crude Oil chart. This chart shows us a very important lesson. Note the pin bar marked on the chart below, it was an obvious pin bar that showed forceful rejection of a key resistance level, and then the market chopped around about 6 days before finally moving lower.
This exact scenario was very likely in this Crude oil pin bar setup, and I know some traders who panicked when price moved against them. Had they just stayed in the market, their initial stops just above the key resistance would not have been hit and they would have made a killing. I hope you now have a better idea of how I draw support and resistance levels on my charts and why I draw them where I do. Also, follow my daily Forex commentary for a good daily example of how I draw the levels on a major market each day.
Determining where to draw your support and resistance levels is really not as difficult as many traders make it out to be. When in doubt, slow down and take a step back, ask yourself if a level your about to put on your chart makes sense and why.
If it makes logical sense you should be able to easily explain why to someone who has no trading experience. If you just take a logical approach to drawing in your support and resistance levels you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration in the end.
If you would like more help with drawing support and resistance levels and how to use them in combination with price action strategies, checkout my Forex price action trading course for more in-depth instruction.
Support and Resistance are most significant aspect of trading. Excellent piece of information. Nial Fuller, I must say thta your fore knowledge in forex, has help me to know when to begin, where to start the drawing and the required time frame. Learned a lot from this section today. Hey Nial, Thank you for writing such helpful article. It is the best. I have a question to you? How does it work as Support and resistance. Should we use trend line? I know yours is the best.
Rarely looked at trend lines during my entire career. Thank you Nial, now I already have an idea on how to identify the key resistance and support levels in a candlestick chart.
SNR really useful and very accurate on timeframe H4 and above. Hey Nial, this is the part that I am having a hard time to understand. Do I draw key support and resistance levels from the pinbars? How can I recognize better where should I draw these critical lines? More good stuff from you. If you only trade on a raw price action chart, then these lines are essential. Fantastic article full of gems of wisdom.
I now have 10 theories on entry points and stop loss points to test on other charts and in my demo trading, having scrutinised these charts in this article in detail. Great lesson Nial Thank you. The Penny has almost dropped but I think there is no substitute for practice and more practice. From now on, I am going to do my lines When New York closes then compare with yours. What do you think of that idea?
I appreciate your shared knowledge and experience in forex. Most of your articles are very very useful and helpful. Pls may i ask if you do send trade set and signals to your members on daily basis? We have a daily market commentary which talks about potential price action setups, key levels, market bias and other relevant information. Thank you so much very helpful. Thank you for this wonderful article. This simplifies my understanding and will really help. Thanks again for the great article, Nial.
These tend to work as support and resistance too. Thanks for the tutorial. They have been confusing me so much. I learned a lot.
May i also ask if you draw trendlines for your trade set-ups? Thanks Nial, it makes alot more sense now. I have question though.
If I draw these levels on the daily chart, should I comfortably trade off them on the H4 chart or do I have to draw a fresh set of levels for the H4 chart. From my experience, after drawing on the daily chart, on the H4 chart, some levels would match while some would be missed.
Great stuf again,Niall Sam. Something is missing for me…Thanks.More...