Overview of the RSI indicator
The RSI is an abbreviation from the Relative Strength Index. It is a momentum oscillator and it helps with the technical analysis in identifying the oversold and overbought areas of the asset. It shows the price movements and signals the reversal of the trend.
The RSI oscillates between two levels which are 0 and 100. But in the indicator’s window, you will see three lines of values 30, 50 and 70. 50 shows the middle. 30 and 70 are much more significant because they are shreds of evidence that a given asset is in the oversold or overbought zone. That is, when the RSI line drops below 30, it will mean the asset is oversold. In opposition, when the RSI exceeds 70, the asset will be recognized as overbought.
What the oversold and overbought areas mean? Well, if the asset falls into the oversold zone it signifies the dominance of the sellers on the market. If the asset is overbought, this would mean the buyers’ dominance.
How to set up the RSI on the Olymp Trade platform
The first step is to press the indicators feature button which is located in the bottom left corner of the chart. Then you will see all the indicators on your left. Scroll down to the oscillators. You will find the RSI among them. Now click on it and the indicator is set up.
You can choose to change some of the indicator’s parameters. To do so, click the pen icon in the oscillator window. Then you can adjust the period, the colour and the width of the line. The default period is set for 14. The period here is the time interval in which the RSI measures price changes. 14 indicates that the indicator gathers information about the price from 14 candles.
How to use the RSI indicator at Olymp Trade
The RSI range is between 0 and 100. Whenever it exceeds 30, the asset is considered being oversold and soon the trend will reverse. The same happens on the other side. Whenever the RSI crosses 70 and goes beyond, the asset is considered to be overbought and the trend reversal is imminent.
The big question is how to use this knowledge to your advantage. Let’s look at the below charts.
The RSI exceeds 70
As prices keep rising in an uptrend, the RSI will cross the 70 mark. This signals that buyers are dominant and the uptrend is likely to continue for a while. At this price point, enter a short buy trade. Eventually, the prices are bound to reverse and start falling. Just as the RSI crosses the 70 mark, you should enter a sell trade. You would expect the downtrend to continue for a while.
The RSI exceeds 30
The situation is the opposite now. There was the downtrend and the RSI finally reaches the 30 line. When it crosses 30 you may enter a sell trade for a short time. The asset is now oversold so it means the sellers dominate the market. But not for long. Soon, the trend will start to reverse. When the RSI intersects the 30 line from the bottom, you can open a buy position for a long period.
This is an example of trading along with the trend. The RSI is useful here to show you the best entry points.
How to trade with the RSI divergence at Olymp Trade
The RSI helps you to determine when the asset is in the oversold and overbought areas. You may think that oscillator follows the price fluctuations. Well, not always.
When the indicator is moving in the opposite direction to the prices, it is called divergence. This means that when the prices are falling during the downtrend, the indicator is rising. And when the prices are increasing along with the uptrend, the RSI is falling. It happens quite often.
What indicator’s divergence means? It shows that the trend is about to reverse. The accuracy of this assumption is pretty high, close to 80%.
Consider the exemplary chart below. Normally, the downtrend is characterised by lower highs and lower lows. On the price chart below you can observe it has lower lows and lower highs. Now, look at the RSI plot. See the difference in behaviour? The RSI is not going deeper. Instead, there is a higher low. This implies that the buyers are preparing themselves to enter the market and the uptrend is inevitable.
This is basic knowledge you should have about the RSI indicator. If you want to see how it works on the platform, I advise you go to the free demo Olymp Trade account and practice there for a while. You are more than welcome to share your views in the comments section down below.
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