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9 Professional Insights on Drawing Support and Resistance Levels like a Pro

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Drawing Support and Resistance on Forex ChartsI get emails almost every day from people asking me questions on how to properly identify and draw support and resistance levels on their charts. This tells me there’s a lot of confusion and probably misinformation out there about support and resistance levels and how best to draw them.

So, in this lesson, I want to give you guys my professional insight into how I approach identifying and drawing in support and resistance levels by giving you 9 easy tips to use…

1. Remove EVERYTHING but the price action from your charts

You don’t want anything distracting your eye when you’re looking for the most important support and resistance levels on a chart, you want the clearest and ‘purest’ view of the chart you can get. For this reason, I take off any moving averages that I may use on my charts and I HIGHLY recommend you do too.

As you already know if you’ve followed my blog for a while, anything other than a couple moving averages should not be on your charts anyways. If you don’t yet know why, then please read my article on why indicators will destroy your trading account.

Just remember: A clear chart with only price bars (candlesticks) is going to give you the best view of the market and the key levels you need to find and draw on it.

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2. Start at the weekly chart, draw in the long-term levels

The weekly chart is what I consider the best place to start in learning to draw in support and resistance levels, because it provides you with the clearest view of the most significant long-term key levels you need to have on your charts.

For example’s sake, I am going to take you through how I would draw in the support and resistance levels on the same market (GBPJPY), starting from the weekly view.

You will notice in the example below, I have zoomed out a good distance on the weekly chart (about 2 years) and placed horizontal lines at what are the clearest and most obvious price points or areas in the market where priced changed direction…

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3. What to do on the daily chart…

After you’ve identified and drawn in the key long-term levels on the weekly chart time frame, it’s time to drop down to what I consider the most important time frame; the daily chart.

At this point, you are now looking for any obvious / key levels that weren’t clearly visible on the weekly chart and that you may have over-looked. You are also going to draw in any obvious closer / near-term levels. These near-term levels are more likely to come into play than the further out key levels, so they are important to identify and draw in.

Let’s look at an example…

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Notice on the daily chart above, I’ve drawn in a new level at 184.22, I consider this a near-term level and notice it was not obvious to me on the weekly, but clearly it’s an important level so I drew it on the daily.

Also notice I’ve adjusted the key support and resistance levels that we drew on the weekly up or down slightly. I did this because after viewing them on the daily chart it made sense to me, based on the position of the level relative to the bar highs / lows, to adjust the level slightly. This is totally fine and you will find that as you view weekly levels on a daily chart you sometimes will see a reason to adjust them slightly as I did in the above example. I am not talking ‘big’ adjustments; if you notice I adjusted mine by about 20 to 30 pips or so.

4. What to do on the intraday (4 hour and 1 hour charts)

The 4 hour and 1 hour charts are going to be mostly for ‘review’ purposes. Meaning, you will review where the key weekly / daily and any daily near-term levels are at, because these levels are very important on the intraday time frames.

Most of the time, I am focusing on daily chart levels as I look at the 4 hour or 1 hour time frames, rarely do I find myself believing I need to draw in any further levels on these intraday charts. But, on occasion, there will be a level or two you want to draw in, more likely on the 4 hour than 1 hour.

Let’s look at an example of this below…

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Notice on the 4 hour chart above, I did draw in a new near-term level at 186.03. This level looked important to me from the 4 hour view, that is why I drew it in, but on the daily and weekly chart it didn’t look significant or obvious.

For in-depth instruction on how I trade the 4 hour and 1 hour charts with the daily and weekly time frames, take my advanced price action trading course.

5. The difference between ‘key levels’ and ‘near-term levels’

You will notice in points 3 and 4 above, I labeled some of the daily chart levels ‘near-term levels’. These differ from the ‘key levels’ primarily because they aren’t obvious on the weekly chart and they are closer or ‘nearer’ to the current market price.

A key chart level will typically be obvious on a weekly chart and a large or significant move will have occurred from it, either up or down. Key levels are the most important levels to watch for signals at and to look to trade from, but near-term levels are important as well.

There are obviously some subtleties involved with drawing in support and resistance levels, and this difference between key and near-term levels is certainly one of them. You will need to use some discretion, and you will improve at determining which levels are ‘key’ and which are ‘near-term’ through training, time and experience. One good way to improve is to see how I draw in the levels in my members daily trade setups newsletters each day.

6. How far back should I look for levels?

One question I often get from traders on the email support line, is “how far back should I draw my levels?”

It’s a valid question, and one that is easily answered by simply looking at the example charts above. Notice on the weekly chart I went back about two to three years, and on the daily about six months to one year, the 4 hour and 1 hour will typically be about 3 months of data or less. Keep in mind, these are only estimates, but generally speaking, you don’t need to get back extremely far in time.

I believe that generally speaking, the further back in time you go the less relevant the levels become, so I put more focus on levels over the last 3 to 6 months than over the last 1 to 2 years for example.

7. Don’t cloud up your charts with levels

I sometimes see traders with charts so full of lines that it looks like a 3 year old scribbled all over it. You don’t need to draw in every single little level you see on your charts, you only need to focus on the key levels and the most obvious near-term levels, as I showed you in the examples above.

Generally speaking, less is more in trading and that applies to levels as well. If you draw in too many support and resistance levels, you will begin over-analysing the market, confusing yourself and getting ‘analysis paralysis’. Learning to draw only the most important chart levels, both key and near-term levels, isn’t too difficult and is something you’ll improve at through education / training, time and experience.

8. You won’t always be able to draw the lines exactly at highs or lows

Remember that you don’t always need to draw the line perfectly touching the highs or lows of each bar, nor will you be able to in many cases. Your lines can and often should intersect the body or middle of the tails of some of the price bars they connect

At the end of the day, you need to use your discretion to determine where the most logical place to draw the level is. It might mean you hit a couple bar highs exactly and a couple are intersected through the candle’s body; this is OK.

Let’s look at an example….

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9. Support and resistance levels vs. zones

Another key point to remember about support and resistance, is that they often are not ‘exact’ levels. Often, you will want to draw in more of a ‘zone’ of support or resistance, you can think of these as ‘value’ areas on a chart; where price preferred to trade recently and consolidated or stayed at for some time.

This will be easier for you to learn by looking at an example of it, check out this article for some example of support and resistance zones.

The best way for you to learn and to improve your abilities to identify and draw support and resistance, is to take my trading course and follow my daily members trade setups newsletter and see how I draw the in the levels there. After you do this, identifying and drawing in the levels will become second-nature for you.

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About Nial Fuller

is a Professional Trader & Author who is considered ‘The Authority’ on Price Action Trading. He has a monthly readership of 250,000+ traders and has taught 20,000+ students since 2008. In 2016, Nial won the Million Dollar Trader Competition. Checkout Nial's Professional Trading Course here.
  1. Yakawonya Rutson September 16, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Always out with a winner post A teacher to cherish Thanks many thanks over

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  2. Nour September 15, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Nial, you are the godfather of the Forex trading.

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  3. NKAMA September 15, 2019 at 12:55 am

    You are too much sir. By this you have solved most of my problems.

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  4. Medi September 14, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    You tha God sent!

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  5. NGUYEN QUOC THANG September 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Pls support me to explain more about ” Event area ” in the line ” Retrace Entry Back to an Event Area or Prior PA signal.

    Thank you
    THANG

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  6. Mahmudul Hasan September 14, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Super Nial bro…..

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  7. Diário de um Poupador March 5, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Hi, i am a brazilian guy who trades for years. I pause my trades during some years, and i came back about 2 months ago. I’ve been trying a strategy with short take, and it has given to me a lot of profits. I am trying to make my mind strong to ignore the market’s movement after i book profit. You have said a very right thing here: the market always makes a retraction.

    This article was very good, thanks. Keep it that way. God bless you.

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  8. Solomon Olusegun Oyeniyi December 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Thank you for this article.

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    • Liton khan September 16, 2019 at 12:14 am

      Very nice Boos.ok go forawd.

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  9. GANDUS December 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Great always to hear you big brooother Nail. God bless you. timely article for me. love

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  10. Noor Azman Abd Aziz November 26, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Nice and very interesting. This article answer the questions why i always close trades with losses while actually I have been profitting during the trading session.

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  11. Sboniso Malambule November 24, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    ive bee reading your lessons im impressed

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  12. Azmi Yusoff October 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Interesting article. This happen everytime. The idea of wanting to wait a little more time may cause us to lose what is supposed to be a profit instead.

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  13. Ayanda Mabuza September 18, 2017 at 10:56 am

    reading such artecles really opens my mind.Thanks Nail

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  14. Roy Peters September 1, 2017 at 2:39 am

    This happened to me recently on Eurgbp. Up 200 pips and thought it’d go higher. Next day market came down and I booked only 40pips!
    I learn a big lesson.

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  15. Rafari July 31, 2017 at 1:29 am

    ok, its been almost 2 years since I start to learn how the market move. I can say most of your articles give me a vision about how to, what to do and don’t. It’s cool because I start move to learn draw some major snr, I got stuck on making it, but your articles show me some clever way to draw “a key level” and some short term. I’ll try my best to practice it everyday !!!

    Thanks Nial, You’re Awesome !

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  16. kgothatso July 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    U ar really a genus.sir u teached me that i should take a risk than to lose the chance **#great things come to those who hustle (lovely)$$$$$

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  17. Alan Gillanders June 25, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Hi Nial,
    Thanks for the lesson. This has been my problem for some time. Greed. Always waiting to take more with a small investment. My profits evaporate and majority of times end in a loss.
    In the last 6 weeks I have been taking the small profits. 100 – 200 points instead of trying to get 500-1000 points. seems to be working ok. Thanks again

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  18. oluwatosn Matthew June 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    That’s a good trading guide. Thanks nial.

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  19. Ages Justice June 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Keep it up Mentor. God bless you more!

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  20. Louis June 21, 2017 at 11:43 am

    This is exactly what was missing from my trading. Realistic exit plans. Thank you Nial.

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  21. endurance oki June 21, 2017 at 8:05 am

    thank you sir for your well prepared article. Im a victim of this very situation , i’ve almost hit my profit target then i said i should let the profit run but to my very face , the profits were evaporating until i closed the trade .

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  22. DAVID SHUBE June 20, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks Nial, booking profits on-time is right, cos too much emotional traits is involved when one realized that the trade is going to retrace unexpectedly.

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  23. PEERALLY June 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you, Nial.

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  24. Kate M June 20, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Thanks Nial, way to go. You keep writing evolving lessons like these, Ill always have something to learn. And again an opportune time to write this particular article, I think you are the Yoda of trading:)

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  25. Lucas Obiora June 19, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Thanks Nial, that’s an eye opener to me, I have that problem of letting profits run into losses, thank you very much for the article.

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  26. Kay June 19, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Thank you Nial, well explained and organized article. Definitively help me to prepare my Profit plan. Regards

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  27. smg June 19, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Thank you

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  28. richadi36 June 19, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Thanks Nial. I really got immense knowledge about booking profits.

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  29. Suleiman Bhadmus June 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Amazing,am definitely going to include all this point in my trading plan. Though am still on demo, but what have learned from this article in very key to a successful trading.
    Thanks a lot Mr.Nail Fuller.

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  30. Matt June 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    This happened to me last week. Was up 700 proffit and closed with 700 loss because i had such an attachment to what i thought was a fullproof longterm move in one direction so i wanted to ride the waves but it looks like it wasnt the long term move in that direction i thouht it was.

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  31. akhtar butt June 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Hi, Dear Nial Fuller, , excellent, well-explained with reality and experience. Thank, cheer

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    • Bebe April 30, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Excellent article,Thanks Nail

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  32. Akpos June 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Nice….this has been my bane in trading. Not booking profit….

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  33. John Promise June 17, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks Nial. My mentor.
    Remain blessed.

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  34. Thendo June 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks Nial.. great advise. Am looking forward to not closing or closing when the trade goes against you but hasn’t hit your stop loss…

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  35. Luis June 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks so much Neil as always, great article!, mm please i have a question, what about the case that all the other trading books and gurus says about let profits run until at least 1:2 Risk reward ratio? , because they say if i close before that 1:2 im cutting my profits and that can damage me in the long run! , but in the real life im bored to wait sometimes for a 1:2 and when im at 90% to achieve that profit target the markets turns down eliminating all my profits and making a loss for me, but when i book the profits i see my account growing, what you can reccomend me about that?.

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  36. Bruno June 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Before reading the whole article, I’m writing this! Just the header alone struck the cord. Toy, Nial, are a mind reading mentor! I’m at that stage in my trading where my edge is consistently delivering profits! But, yes, most times, these profits evaporate. Alot is happening around the political and business world and price is fluctuating between these events. Yes, price still does was it’ll do, but the whipsawing is alarming! I can’t say enough how soothing this article is to me because I make sizeable % of my Acct only to watch some diminish or disappear, even into losers.

    Thank you for this article.

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  37. Mavhungu Lufuno June 17, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Amen

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  38. Elpadrino June 17, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Thanks Nial #Legendary

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  39. Alin June 17, 2017 at 4:20 am

    I am one of those loosers who do not book much profits on the trades, because I’m setting
    way too large TPs. Thanks for the posting!

    Reply
  40. Shankara Motay June 17, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Thank you very much

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  41. Rongsquare June 17, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Amazing thank you Nail

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  42. Mike Coe June 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Your articles just keep getting better and better, Nial! Great stuff! Thank you very much.

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  43. Siyabonga Mkhize June 16, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Powerful thank you sir

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  44. KRISTOFA OKENTA June 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Good Teaching As Always.
    Thank you For Sharing Your
    Heart With Us.

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