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Price Channels

Price channels are a chart tool used by traders to set buy and sell points for currencies.  They usually consist of two parallel lines above and below the value of a currency.  They are used by traders most often to catch a breakout, whether it be a bullish or bearish one. 

They are bit trickier than regular trend lines, as they require a somewhat more established pattern.  Traders often force both trend lines and price channels onto charts where they don't belong, and end up acting with overconfidence because of the big line on the screen that's just that, a line on a screen, not reflective of any real trend or channel.

To detail the creative process of a price line at its most basic:  Price channels are drawn by creating a trend line, and then running lines – usually parallel – above and below the trend line.  If enough points on each side match up, then there might be a valid price channel. 

Often times, though, the trend line is a weak trend that signals little in terms of the currency pair's true range.  Traders may make a relatively arbitrary price channel, and then when the price leaves the channel, assume that a breakout is occurring, and place buy or sell orders for no good reason. 

When a price channel is valid, however, traders can use it to place buy and sell orders at its edge, thus catching a breakout before it happens. 

Price channels are easy to use, the trick is knowing when to use them.