RSI Trading Strategy
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The RSI indicator is popular among stock market investors and is commonly used for a variety of trading strategies.
If you are looking to learn an RSI trading strategy or want to understand more about the RSI indicator in general, then you're in the right place.
This article will offer a complete RSI trading strategy that can be used by active traders. First, let's go over what the RSI indicator measures.
What Does the RSI Indicator Measure?
RSI is a type of oscillating indicator. It offers investors a way of determining whether a given stock might be oversold or overbought.
If a stock is oversold, it might present an opportunity to profit from buying the stock.
If a stock is overbought, it might present an opportunity to profit from shorting the stock.
It uses the stock's recent price history to determine the RSI value, and the values range between 0 and 100.
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Example of an RSI Trading Strategy You Can Use
An RSI value of 30 or below indicates the stock is oversold, according to the person who created the indicator. An RSI value of 70 or higher indicates the stock is overbought.
By default, the RSI is calculated based on the last 14 periods of price activity. Those periods can be days, hours, or any other increment of time.
For this particular RSI trading strategy, we're going to use a daily chart. That means it would be a swing trading strategy.
You can see it at the bottom of the image. It's depicted as a numeric value that varies as time goes on.
Notice that in the middle of the chart, the RSI value goes below 30. That is an indication that the stock might be overbought.
Entry for the RSI Trading Strategy
The entry for this RSI trading strategy will be as follows:
It's important to note that the current day's price activity needs to be finished. In other words, when we check for stocks that meet this criteria, it has to be after the stock market has closed for the day.
The entry criteria for our RSI trading strategy is very simple. You can see in the image above that right around the end of April, the RSI met this criteria.
If an investor had bought the stock using the trading strategy's entry criteria, you can see that he or she might have profited since the stock price generally moved up thereafter.
This video offers more information about the RSI trading strategy we're describing:
Exit for the RSI Trading Strategy
There are a lot of possibilities here for the exit.
We've found that the benefit of the RSI is primarily for determining an entry as opposed to an exit. So we'll use others means of defining our exit criteria.
For any given trading strategy, it can be helpful to define three different criteria for the exit: profit target, stop loss, and time limit.
Not everyone uses all three, and that's totally fine. Ultimately you can set these values however you want. But for the purposes of this strategy, we will define all three:
We will set the profit target at 2 ATRs away from the entry price.
ATR is an indicator in the stock market that measures a stock's recent price volatility. Most trading platforms have it available as an indicator you can enable.
Our profit target criteria indicates that we will take the ATR value for the stock, multiply it by two, and add it to the price we paid when we bought the stock. That will be our profit target and we can set up a sell limit order at that price.
We will set the stop loss at 2 ATRs away from the entry price. This means we take the ATR value for the stock, multiply it by two, and subtract it from the price we paid when we bought the stock.
That will be our stop loss and we can set up a stop order at that price.
We will set the time limit as one week since this is a swing trade. If the stock has not hit either the profit target or stop loss by the time limit, then we will close the trade manually at the opening bell seven days after entry.
Performance of This RSI Trading Strategy
If we apply this RSI trading strategy to the Tesla example above, the results would be as follows:
The entry price shows as being $152.64.
Since the ATR value at the time of the trade entry was 7.39, it means the profit target would have been set at $167.42 and the stop loss would have been set at $137.86.
Over a one-week span after the entry, the price of Tesla did not reach either the profit target or stop loss. Therefore, according to our RSI trading strategy, we would have manually closed the position after holding it one week.
The chart shows the exit price as being $162.71 based on those conditions. That means this trade would have made a profit of $10.07 per share.
This RSI Trading Strategy Doesn't Always Win
The example above shows a case where this strategy might have generated a profit.
But that's just one example, and it's not enough to say with certainty that this RSI trading strategy would be profitable for you in the long run.
There are plenty of examples of this strategy losing as well, and ultimately the only way to be sure that any given trading strategy has a track record of success is to look at how it's performed in the past.
Our Research on RSI Trading Strategies
Our specialty here at Stock Market Guides is researching how trading strategies have performed historically. We've spent a lot of time researching the RSI indicator.
We did backtests and determined which RSI settings may have been most effective historically.
We also studied which stocks had the best results with using the RSI indicator.
We used that information to create our own RSI trading strategies, and you can learn the strategies and follow our RSI trade alerts by signing up for our service.
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