# Trading the Probabilities with Pivot Points

Trading the Probabilities with Pivot Points

Trading with key areas of support and resistance is one way that traders can help keep the probabilities on their side, and to gain a trading edge.

One of the most commonly used indicators that traders plot on their charts are Pivot Points. Almost every charting platform, including the Nadex platform allows you to easily plot pivot points, which can serve as key areas of support and resistance.

Investopedia provides a very nice explanation of how to trade with pivot points, if you are not familiar with them, but you want to learn more.

Trading with pivot points starts with the Current Pivot Point, which is calculated as follows:

The Current Pivot Point is the sum of High (Previous) + Low (Previous) + Close (Previous), divided by 3

Next you have three Resistance Levels above the pivot:

• Resistance 1 = (2 x Pivot Point) – Low (previous period)
• Resistance 2 = (Pivot Point – Support 1) + Resistance 1
• Resistance 3 = (Pivot Point – Support 2) + Resistance 2

You also have three Support Levels below the pivot:

• Support 1 = (2 x Pivot Point) – High (previous period)
• Support 2 = Pivot Point – (Resistance 1 – Support 1)
• Support 3 = Pivot Point – (Resistance 2 – Support 2)

Each of these levels can act as support or resistance as shown on the chart below:

15-Minute Nadex Chart of the GBP/USD on Monday, March 27

The Pivot Point tool can be on the Nadex Technical/Indicator Tab at the bottomof the chart. The Black dotted line is the Current (Daily) Pivot. The red dotted lines above are the R1, R2 and R3 resistance lines. The green dotted lines below are the S1, S2 and S3 support lines.

Each level can act as resistance or support. On this particular day, the EUR/USD traded sideways on the Current/Daily pivot line. On one occasion it traveled up to the R1 Resistance Line, which held, and the market moved back downward. The further the market moves away from the Current/Daily Pivot, the greater the probabilities are that a reversal will occur.

Caution: If the market breaks through a resistance line, then it is possible for that line to serve as a new area of support. The same is true if the market dives through S1 for example, then S1 could turn into a resistance level as the market heads downward.