Price action trading part 2 Support Resistance role reversal

The Art of Support and Resistance Role Reversal in Trading

Trading in financial markets can feel extremely confusing, like walking around when there's thick fog everywhere. It's hard to see anything clearly or know which way to go. However, by learning about key concepts like support and resistance levels, it's like having a map so traders can navigate the markets much easier.

Support levels are prices where enough buyers tend to enter which stops the price from falling further. It's the level where people think "this price looks good to buy". Resistance levels are prices where a lot of sellers enter which prevents the price from rising higher. It's the area where people feel "this price seems too high to buy".

These support and resistance zones act like boundaries for the price movement - they tell you the likely high and low range. Knowing these levels from the "map" helps traders plan entries and exits more intelligently.

When the price drops to the support, traders know buyers are willing to come in around that area and push the price back up. So it offers a relatively safer space to enter trades. At resistances, traders expect selling pressure so they can look to secure profits. This way supports and resistances transform chaotic price swings into an orderly picture.

By using these areas like landmarks on a map, even new traders can navigate markets much more easily and with greater confidence, just like how maps help lost travellers!

A Peak Behind the Curtain

Support and resistance levels are key price zones that traders widely use to make strategic decisions. A support level indicates an area where buying interest is strong enough to prevent the price from falling below it. A resistance shows the price point where selling pressure overcomes buying, stopping prices from rising higher.

However, sometimes support and resistance levels can switch roles and behave differently than expected. When this happens, it catches many traders on the wrong foot leading to losses.

For instance, if a support level that was expected to hold instead gets broken decisively with heavy volumes, it switches role to become a resistance. The price may return to this level later but finds fresh selling interest from disheartened bulls here instead of buying demand.

Similarly, a strong resistance if breached forcefully can transform to act as a support. The price may fall back to this but will now find new buying appetite rather than selling pressure.

Being alert to such role reversals allows smart traders to plan profitable trades instead of being surprised. When former supports turn resistances, they can look to sell around that level. When old resistances switch to supports, it presents opportunities to buy around these new floors.

Understanding this dynamic nature of support and resistance flip is crucial for trading success. Like having eyes on both sides, technicians must watch these levels cautiously and update roles swiftly when the market reveals it through price-volume action. Master chartists use role reversals to their advantage.

The Mysterious Art of Support and Resistance Role Reversal!

Most traders have heard of support and resistance (S&R) levels on a chart. But many still find themselves in sticky situations by underestimating their significance. Let's quickly revisit the key concepts, before unmasking how S&R levels shape-shift to trick traders.

What is Support and Resistance

In essence, support and resistance represent price levels where buying or selling activity is concentrated enough to potentially reverse or pause the current market trend.

  • Support levels indicate where buyer demand tends to concentrate, providing lift and a floor for prices
  • Resistance levels signal where seller supply tends to concentrate, adding weight and a ceiling to prices

Markets ebb and flow like the tide. Support and resistance areas are the shoreline separating the ocean of buyers from the ocean of sellers!

Now let’s dive deeper into the various flavors of support and resistance:

Types of Support and Resistance

  • Horizontal levels - Round number levels (like 10,000), previous swing highs/lows, psychological levels.
  • Trendlines - Diagonal support/resistance connecting price peaks/troughs.
  • Moving averages- Popular dynamic zones like the 50 & 200 day simple moving averages.

The Magical Role Reversal

The key to trading S&R levels rests on comprehending their dynamic nature. Support and resistance zones frequently shape-shift from ally to enemy once breached! This is known as role reversal or flip.

Once support is broken, it acts as resistance. When resistance is broken, when price approaches that level, it will act as a support.

Here is the magical morphing:

  • Support levels - Get promoted to resistance when broken downwards
  • Resistance levels - Get demoted to support when broken upwards

In other words, broken supports often transform into resistance levels where rallies fizzle out. And busted old resistances frequently change role to offer support for corrections.

This explains why broken support and resistance zones tend to be sticky areas on the price chart, with lots of back-and-forth. The tug-of-war continues as bulls and bears battle to see which side these slippery turncoats really support!

Trader Tips to Trading Treacherous Turncoats

As traders, how can we profit from this trickery and transform the deceitful double-agent nature of support and resistance flip to work in our favor?

Here are some key ideas to trade S&R role reversal:

  • Expect bull traps at broken support zones

    Former supports are primed to trap bullish breakout traders, fizzling nascent rallies. So trade long reversals or wait for additional confirmation before buying dips here.

  • Expect bear traps at broken resistance zones

    Former resistance zones turned support are designed to ambush early shorts. So trade short reversals or confirm breakdowns before selling into new lows here.

  • Trail stops below key supports and above key resistances

    Lock in profits as the market vacillates around significant S&R flip zones. Let your winners run but get stopped out before price traps you by reversing sharply!

So in summary, do not underestimate the significance of broken S&R zones, as their role reversal injects volatility and traps for the unwary!

Price action Trading Support and Resistance Role Reversal video

Check out video from our youtube channel "Share market malayalam by Muhammad Riyas". Video is in Malayalam.


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This is second part of Price action trading series in our channel share market Malayalam. 
This video explains basic concepts of support and resistance and its role reversal. We have made a 4 part series video on support and resistance before. Please watch that videos also if you are a beginner in stock market and technical analysis.

Support and resistance are significant points in chart. We have explained its definition, types and other things in details in support and resistance video series. Here we discuss role reversal characteristics of support resistance. Once a support is broken, it acts as resistance. Same way when a resistance is broken, it acts as support next time when price falls. This is basic concept. Video explains this in details with live charts.

FAQs About Support and Resistance Role Reversal

Let's wrap up with answers to some frequently asked questions about trading S&R flip zones:

What causes role reversal at support and resistance?

Role reversal tends to happen when sentiment shifts amongst market participants. Old supply zones evolve into demand zones (and vice versa) as new information changes perceptions. Crowd psychology is fickle!

How often does support and resistance reversal occur?

There is no set frequency, but role reversal tends to occur more often than not. The tug-of-war between buyers and sellers causes former broken supports and resistances to be retested many times.

Can I avoid getting run over by support and resistance traps?

It is hard to completely avoid traps. But getting stopped out early once your trade thesis proves wrong is key. Don't stay married to your trading bias when Mr Market reveals his card!

So in this article we peeked behind the technical analysis curtain to uncover why support and resistance role reversal happens and how to profit from these treacherous yet predictable market moves. I hope you enjoyed this exploration and feel free to reach out with any other trading topics you would like illuminated!


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