Forex signals

Forex signals and technical indicators are popular tools that can help you trade forex pairs. Forex signals are generated either by an automated programme or by a trader, and identify when to enter or exit a trade. 

They’re often based on specified times and prices, using technical or fundamental analysis to determine the specific level. It’s then the trader’s decision whether or not to act on the signal.

Technical indicators and FX signals

Technical indicators are mathematical calculations that use historic price action and volume to forecast future price movements, providing trade entry and exit signals. These signals suggest a potential time and price for a trader to enter a trade, in order to profit from the predicted move in price. 

Technical indicators are usually displayed over or below price charts to help traders identify trends and overbought or oversold situations. It’s useful to have an understanding of technical indicators when building a forex trading strategy

Identify when to enter a trade

Understanding when to open or close a trade is key to successful forex trading and is a crucial part of learning how to trade currency pairs. Professional traders have years of experience analysing chart patterns (known as technical analysis) and scrutinising current events and news announcements (known as fundamental analysis) to help them assess when to open or close a forex position. Technical analysts will look for signals which guide them on when to enter and exit trades. 

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Forex signal providers

A forex signal is a service which suggests possible trades on currency pairs, often for a fee. For traders with less experience, a signal provider can offer a service whereby they recommend which currency pair to trade, the price at which to enter the market, as well as the point at which to execute the trade. Signal providers usually use the technical analysis of an experienced trading professional, or specialised software to automatically seek out chart patterns. 

Expert Advisors

Some traders rely on trading robots or Expert Advisors (EAs) for their forex signals. An EA is simply a set of rules or an algorithm that places trades when a specific set of criteria are met. EAs can be created by anyone with enough technical knowledge and are often sold online. Find out about automated trading with the MT4 platform

Types of forex signals

Generally the source of forex signals falls into one of two camps:

Technical analysis is the most popular source for forex signals and is based on spotting technical indicators that can appear in price charts. Technical analysis involves assessing historical price action, a complex form of analysis focusing on previous prices and historical support and resistance levels. This is more appropriate for identifying shorter-term price trends, so traders who prefer a trading strategy such as a forex scalping strategy, for instance, will often favour technical analysis. 

Fundamental analysis is suitable for longer-term investments based on the underlying economic health of countries, measured by regular announcements such as inflation data, manufacturing output and unemployment figures. Arguably the month’s key release is the US non-farm payrolls data, which is normally reported on the first Friday of every month. It gives the total number of paid US employees, excluding farm, general government, not-for-profit and private household workers.

Using technical indicators on charts

Using technical indicators with charts is a fundamental part of technical analysis. Usually plotted as a chart pattern, indicators are placed over chart data to try and predict the price direction and market trend. 

Technical indicators are of most use to shorter-term forex traders, as they are less concerned with underlying trends or fundamentals such as exports, jobs, GDP or consumer price indices.

Forex indicators are designed to describe short-term price trends and are useful for finding the right currency pair, price level and time to enter or exit a trade. Common technical indicators include:

Having a good understanding of these technical indicators is useful for effective technical analysis and signal identification. ​While there are a number of services available to forex traders for providing signals, there are few, if any, shortcuts. Learning about technical analysis will help you identify trading signals as well as build your own understanding of technical forex indicators. 


While there are a number of services available to forex traders for providing signals, there are few, if any, shortcuts. 

By developing a deep understanding of technical analysis and indicators, a trader can build a more informed trading strategy. Learning about technical analysis will help you identify market signals, and then the decision of whether to trade on that signal will come to down to the trader’s pot size, risk appetite, time-horizon, among other personal factors.

Whether you’re trading forex using technical or fundamental analysis methods, it’s pays to be aware of risk management tools, such as stop-loss orders.

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