ranging markets IQ OptionToday we will talk about ranging markets. The market is in constant motion. The prices of the underlying assets rise and fall. Nevertheless, we can distinguish two main market phases: trending and ranging.

In the trending market, we can notice a general upward or downward movement of the price. It does not mean the price will rise permanently during the uptrend or fall during the downtrend. The moments of price correction will occur. However, you will be able to indicate a general trend. And this is when you want to open trading transactions.

On the other hand, the market will sometimes go into the ranging phase. You should avoid trading on such occasions so you do not lose your money.

A few ways to avoid ranging markets on IQ Option

In order to be able to avoid something, you must know what it is. So the first step is to learn how to identify ranging markets. It will be helpful to use an indicator here.

Using Exponential Moving Average to detect ranging markets

Go to the indicators icon and choose the Exponential Moving Average. Set its period at 200. You will see its line plotting over the price bars. The moving average is probably the best indicator for ranging markets.

EMA's slope for detecting ranging markets

Only by observing the EMA's line, you can deduce whether the market is trending. When its slope is significant, it means the trend is strong. When the indicator's line is rather flat with small up and down movements, you can assume the market is ranging.

EURUSD hourly chart with EMA200
EURUSD hourly chart with the EMA200

Price distance

Look at the chart and check where the price lies in relation to the EMA200. In the trending market, it will be rather further away. It may come closer to the indicator's line but then it is important how long it stays near it, whether the price touches or crosses the EMA or whether it is kind of repelling it. When the price bars develop in the EMA's line proximity and over it, the market is rather ranging.

EMA200 can act as a dynamic support-resistance level
EMA200 can act as a dynamic support-resistance level

Using Average Directional Index to detect ranging markets

Another indicator that might help in identifying the ranging market is the Average Directional Index. In order to add it to your chart, click on the indicator's icon and find its name. It will appear in a separate window beneath the price chart. The settings should be left as default. It is safe to say that the ADX is a ranging market indicator, as it does a great job of detecting the phase of the market when it is moving in a sideways trend.

The ADX tells us that the market is trending when its line is situated above a certain number. When the indicator's line is plotted below this level, we can presume the market is in the ranging phase.

Now, these numbers might vary but usually, they are 20, 25 and 30.

Market is trending when ADX main line is above 25
The market is trending when the ADX main line is above 25


It is always more beneficial to trade in the trending markets. So my advice is to stay out of the range. As I have pointed out in the article, it might be wise to use indicators' help. The Exponential Moving Average with the period of 200 and the Average Directional Index will both work well for this purpose.

It is also a good idea not to limit yourself to one instrument. Choose multiple assets so in the case of the ranging market, you are not out of trading options. You would simply trade other instruments and go back to the first one when the circumstances change in your favour.

finding trending assets IQ OptionAnd be kind to yourself. It is probably not possible to avoid all ranges and you will likely take some losses during these periods. Do not give up and in case of any doubts, you may test your strategy in the IQ Option demo account.

Of course, it is not necessary to avoid the sideways trend. In such a phase of the market, you can use some ranging market strategy. Even in a sideways trend there are short directional movements most often being multiple alternating bounces from price supports and resistances.

Many successful trades!

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