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Support and Resistance VS Supply and Demand. Everything You Need to Know


support and resistance vs supply and demand zones

In the today's post, I will compare support and resistance levels with supply and demand zones.

I will explain to you the difference between them and share important tips and examples.


What are support and resistance levels?


We also call them key levels. These are particular levels on a price chart from where in the past we saw significant bullish or bearish movements.


Key support will be a one single level, that has a historical significance and from where a bullish reaction will be anticipated.


support level example forex

The all-time low on USDCHF will be a perfect example of a key support.

It is one single level that was respected one time in the past and from where a bullish reversal initiated.


Key resistance will be a one single level on a price chart that has a historical significance and from where a bearish movement will be expected.


key resistance example gold

The all-time high on Gold will represent a key horizontal resistance.

That level was respected one time in the past and from that level exactly the market dropped heavily.


What are supply and demand zones?


In comparison to support and resistance levels, supply and demand zones are the areas on a price chart. The zones that are based on multiple touches and consequent strong bullish or bearish reactions.


Demand zone will be the area that was tested at least 2 times in the past, and the price should strictly respect different price levels within that area.

A similar reaction will be anticipated from the demand zone in the future.


demand zone example trading

The yellow area above will a good example of a demand zone.

You can see that the price tested that area 3 times, and each time the market respected different levels lying within that.

These 3 tests compose the demand area.


Supply zone will be the area that was tested at least 2 times in the past and the price should strictly respect different price levels within that area.

A similar reaction will be anticipated from the demand zone in the future.


supply zone example trading

In this example, a supply area on EURUSD is based on 2 touches of key levels, lying very close to each other.


supply and demand vs support and resistance

On the chart above, I underlined 2 horizontal support levels - the single levels that were respected by the market multiple times, and a supply zone - the area that is based on tests of multiple levels lying close to each other.


Support and resistance levels give you SINGLE levels from where you can look for trading opportunities. While supply and demand zones represent the areas. After a test of a supply and demand zone, the market may react to a RANDOM level within that.


For newbie traders, it is highly recommendable to trade single key levels, while experienced traders can broaden their strategies and trade supply and demand zones as well.


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