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Why should you trade Retest rather than Breakout?


Any underlying investment can be traded in one of two ways: by pursuing momentum and perfecting your entry, or by trading the breakout. Traders will face challenges from each of them. Breakouts, on the other hand, are more difficult. Why? Because breakouts are frequently referred to as “fakeouts,” you can avoid them. Just have a look at our article on how to avoid phoney breakouts. Aside from that, you should be aware that most traders make money when they trade breakouts or the retest of a breakout. This blog will teach you how to accomplish the same without failing.

But first, let’s clarify what retesting entails.

What Is A Breakout Retest?

We could make things more complicated for you by using fancy phrases to explain what a breakout and retest are, but we aren’t fancy traders. So, here’s a simple way to think about it:

To comprehend a breakout retest, you must first comprehend what a breakout is. A breakout happens when the price breaks through a prior day’s or month’s high resistance and then moves in the opposite direction. Take a look at the daily chart of Bajaj Finserv, for example. A previous resistance zone has been highlighted. With a strong candle, the stock broke through the resistance zone and marched on to new highs.

As you can see in the chart above, the price attempted to pierce the resistance region twice but failed. In contrast to the prior attempts, the price was eventually able to break away from the resistance on the third effort.

Let’s look at what a retest is now that you know how a breakout occurs on a chart.

In order for a retest to take place, the previous resistance must become a support zone. However, seeing a retest on any time frame may be difficult; this is why multi-timeframe analysis must be covered in depth. On the chart, a retest can be seen when the time frame is reduced to one hour.

We can see that the resistance has been switched and is now acting as a force.

Here are a few strategies for trading without losing money:


Trading Breakouts and Retests

Sticking to our simplicity theme, there is only one strategy to trade the retest of a breakout: simply wait and observe.

Because of the stock market’s manipulative nature in hitting the stop losses of many retail traders, we choose to enter at the resistance-flipped support and preserve a logical stop loss just below that support level.

With the help of the basic diagram below, try to grasp the process for trading the retest of a breakout.

In order to achieve a profitable entrance, you should search for engulfing candles or pin bars near the resistance-flipped support.

Why are pin bars and engulfing the only options? Because these candlestick patterns indicate a price reversal from a current short- or mid-term trend.

Volume can be a fantastic confirming agent in some cases if you want to be doubly convinced about the retest-breakout trade you’re going to execute. On the charts, look for unexpected volume growth. On a daily time frame chart, we have an example of Aarti Industries. See how the stock broke out with a pin bar, similar to a candlestick, and increased volume.

Trading Retest & Breakout Thumb Rules

While we’re here to talk about it, there are a few things we should know to make our trading experience as smooth as possible.

Support and Resistance Aren’t Always Clear…!!

Why should you trade Retest rather than Breakout?

It’s important to remember that support and resistance aren’t always obvious, and beginners should first learn about supply and demand zones before moving on to support and resistance zones. Despite the fact that they are similar in several ways. If you try to draw a thin trendline for support, the candle wicks may cause you to become confused. Drawing a zone, on the other hand, will help to reduce the noise and focus on more specific price action.

Instead of manipulative wicks, think about closing and body.

Making an entrance or exit before the candle closes is not a good idea when trading the retest of a breakout. The price is manipulated, and the extended wicks of a candle may cause traders or investors to become confused. As a result, they must always take action.

– Refrain from relying on pending orders

People frequently employ After Market Orders (AMO) or pending orders to enter a trade by putting them around the retest zone they believe exists. The zone, however, may or may not be the retest zone. Instead of retracing, the price may just approach close to those zones and continue in the same path. This is what we refer to as a Fake Breakout, and you don’t want to lose your money to one…!!

Make A Window For The Breakout

Many times, the breakout does not return to the retest zone, and instead continues in the direction of the breakaway. In those circumstances, you’ll need to either look for alternative breakout trades or take a risk.Using a stop loss can help you manage your risk. On a retest, everyone has a distinct timeframe for entering a breakout trade. If you see a breakout on the hourly chart, you should usually wait until the end of the day to retest it. You can use a week or two as a timeframe for the same breakouts in daily charts.


The retest method provides low-risk entry points for trading. To generate continuous profits from it, one should use it and build a trading system around it.

It is, however, one of the methods I utilise in my trading systems, where I have defined certain advanced tactics that we share with students in order to get the most out of core price movement while maintaining defined active trade management.

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