How to combine RSI with support/resistance into powerful strategy at Olymp Trade


RSI and support-resistance

The support and resistance levels are widely used among traders to determine the points of the trend reversal. However, they are not saying much about the direction of this reversal. And this is why it is a very good idea to use some other indicators along the way. This guide’s purpose is to show you how to trade using the support/resistance lines and the Relative Strength Index (RSI).

How to configure the RSI on the Olymp Trade interface

Once you are logged into the Olymp Trade account, find the graphical tools feature and click on it. A new window with an indicators list will appear. Scroll down until you will reach “Oscillators” and select RSI. The Relative Strength Index is now set up.

How to attach RSI indicator to the chart
How to attach the RSI indicator to the chart

How to set the support and resistance levels on the Olymp Trade platform

You will need to draw the support and resistance lines yourself because a predetermined indicator like this does not exist. But it is not a difficult task. You start by clicking a graphical tools’ icon. You scroll down until you will find “Drawing”. Now you have two choices. The first one is to draw a line with a “Horizontal line”. You just need to place the line you will see on the chart, in the right place that is on the level where it connects at least two lows for the support line or two highs for the resistance line. The second way is to draw the support and resistance levels with the “Trend line”. In this case, you need to determine the beginning and the ending of the line.

You can use either horizontal line or trend line tool to draw support-resistance levels
You can use either a horizontal line or trend line tool to draw support-resistance levels

Perfect for long-term trades

As was mentioned before, the RSI is the Relative Strength Index and it represents the relative strength of a particular asset. Its value is indicating the strength in the number of candles defined as a period. For instance, 14 RSI stands for the relative strength of 14 successive candlesticks.

One other notion worth to know about RSI is its divergence. This is basically a valuation of an asset’s price versus its relative strength index. As the price increases, the index decreases. When the price falls, the index is rising. And this announces the upcoming reversal of the trend.

The support and resistance levels help identify the point, which the price is likely to achieve before the reversal of the trend. Use them together with the RSI and you will get a pretty clear picture of a forthcoming trend reversal.

Using a combination of the RSI and the support/resistance levels in trading on the Olymp Trade platform

Prepare your chart, choose the asset and candles’ timeframe. I will trade EURUSD currency pair with 5-minute candles. I think this is the best choice because they give a pretty good picture of what is happening on the market. The smaller period like 1 minute is more difficult to read. Especially that the trades we intend to open will last 15-30 minutes.

After you do the above, configure the RSI.

Next, analyze the chart and determine the level of support/resistance.

Trading 15-30 minutes long positions at Olymp Trade

Look at the chart beneath. I determined the support level and drew a line with the help of the “Trend line”. At some point, there is a pinbar formed on the support level. At the same time, the RSI is rising. The uptrend is inevitable. When the pinbar is fully developed I enter a 15 or 30 minutes long position.

RSI is rising and we have a nice pinbar at support level
The RSI is rising and we have a nice pinbar at the support level

The most important thing here was to identify the support line correctly. It takes some time to become an expert in the support/resistance lines, but it pays off. Setting 5-minute candles is of great help because it gives an overview image.

Trading 15-30 minutes short positions at Olymp Trade

This time I drew the resistance line. At the moment the price touched it again, the RSI indicator was falling, resulting in a divergence. Based on these signals, I open 15 or 30 minutes lasting short positions.

Second bottom of RSI is much lower when price is revisiting resistance level
The second bottom of the RSI is much lower when the price is revisiting the resistance level

Your focus, while trading the RSI combined with the support/resistance, is not on the price touching the levels. It should be directed to the RSI line. If you see it is dropping, you can be pretty sure the downtrend is coming. When the RSI is rising, you can expect an uptrend.

Maybe you find this method somewhat challenging, maybe you are afraid to lose money. Do not worry, because there is a free demo account on the Olymp Trade platform. There you can practice new strategies without the risk of money loss. Use the comments section below to share your doubts, thoughts, and successes.

Have an enjoyable experience!

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Bart Bregman

Full time day trading, and helping out with Olymp Trade wiki in my spare time to create an awesome platform for beginners. I'm a digital nomad that travels the world while working from everywhere!

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