Renko Mechanical System(close | pdf)
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Renko Chart Definition:
A Renko style chart is a type of chart, developed by the Japanese, that is only concerned with price movement; time and volume are not included. It is thought to be named for the Japanese word for bricks, "renga". A renko chart is constructed by placing a brick in the next column once the price surpasses the top or bottom of the previous brick by a predefined amount. White bricks are used when the direction of the trend is up, while black bricks are used when the trend is down. This type of chart is very effective for traders to identify key support/resistance levels. Transaction signals are generated when the direction of the trend changes and the bricks alternate colors. Renko charts work in a similar way as Point & Figure charts, however they are easier to read and follow.
Renko Mechanical Trading System:
One of the most difficult things about trading (if not the most difficult) is controlling one's emotion. There are a vast number of books written on technical analysis and the study of chart patterns, and these are important, however it is emotion that is often the most difficult to control or master for many traders. Mechanical systems that have hard-set rules for buy/sell signals, take away the emotion that makes trading so difficult.
Renko System Overview:
Renko charts are very effective at defining support/resistance clearly and they ignore a lot of 'noise' that often occampanies normal candlestick charts. However Renko charts can be subject to noise, and in order to mitigate this noise, I have a serious of indicators that I employ in order to generate reliable mechanical buy/sell signals.
1.) 7 day EMA - you need to see the candles close either above or below this MA, this is a guide, not a buy/sell in itself unless combined with other indicators
2.) The 14,3 period Stochastics works very well via crossovers. Buy/Sell signals generally need to be confirmed via the Stochastics crossing below 80% or above 20%
3.) Buy/Sell signals MUST have a Parabolic Sar buy/sell signal. I use a PSAR setting of (0.09,0.2).
4.) I like to use a MACD Histogram with a 5 EMA to look for divergences.
5.) Putting it all together: Buy/Sell signals must be confirmed via a PSAR siganl, Stochastics crossover, and a crossover of the 7 EMA - this combination eliminates many whipsaws.
The Renko systems seems to be very good at keeping you in the majority of a major trend and at the same time keeping your losses small. Yes the system will produce whipsaws, however the whipsaws are generally more than made up when you catch a strong trend.
Below are chart examples along with a video:
Below are examples of charts using the Renko style of charts along with my indicators; buy and sell signals are noted via the blue arrows. You can also see that I indicator the net gain and loss with each signal, as you can see, the Renko charts work pretty well...
Disclaimer - please note:
One last thing that I must point out before you get too excited: This system, while it looks impressive, IS NOT the end all magic system. I've noticed that it works great on some charts and stocks, especially when thy trend, however sometimes it doesn't work very well depending on the stock or market index. Therefore check to see if the stock or index you want to trade has been working with with the Renko chart. And always, remember that you are looking at past data and just because it worked well in past for a particular stock/index, doesn't mean that it will continue to. Again the Renko charts are not magic, however they appear to be a useful tool to have in one's arsenal. The nice thing about the system is that it has its own built in stop loss i.e. your stop loss is basically the next signal.
Use Money Management & Common Sense!
One more thing, you must use proper money management just you do for your normal trading. For example, don't 'back up the truck' and go out full margin, use common sense. If you normally put 5% - 10% of your money in a particular stock, then do the same with a mechanical system.