What Is the TRIX Reversal Trading System?

TRIX Reversal Trading System Explained

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The TRIX reversal trading system is a short-term system day traders use as instructions for making trades within minutes. It can sometimes be adapted to suit longer trades occurring over a period of several hours.

Explore techniques and examples to use the TRIX reversal trading system in your day trading.

What Is the TRIX Reversal Trading System?

Trading systems provide exact entries and exits, so that day traders can trade as efficiently as possible. Day trading systems usually use a price chart, and one or more indicators, and the charts are updated in real-time.

The TRIX reversal trading system is calculated using a triple smoothed exponential moving average, which is the same as three consecutive exponential moving averages and can be adapted for long-term trading.

How The TRIX Reversal Trading System Works

The TRIX reversal trading system uses a bar or candlestick price chart based on a short-term timeframe, from 1–5 minutes, with a short-term TRIX of between 3–15 bars, using the typical price as its input (the average of the high, low, and closing prices of each bar). The trade is based on the TRIX reversing its direction, which indicates that the price has started moving in the opposite direction.

The TRIX value is the difference between the previous and current moving average values and is displayed as a value above and below a zero line. When the TRIX is above the zero line, the price has upwards momentum, and when the TRIX is below the zero line, the price has downwards momentum.

The following step-by-step tutorial of the TRIX trading system uses the NQ (NASDAQ 100) futures market, but the same steps should be used on whichever markets you are trading with this system. The example charts are 3-minute bar charts, with a 9-bar TRIX of the typical price.

Step One: Open a Chart

Trix Reversal Chart

Open a 3-minute OHLC (Open, High, Low, and Close) bar chart.

Step Two: Add the TRIX

TRIX Reversal Chart

Add a 9-bar TRIX of the typical price—calculated by adding together the High, Low, and Close, and then dividing that amount by 3. If you are using Sierra Chart (or other charting software that allows you to color the TRIX bars), color the bars green when the TRIX is moving upwards, and red when the TRIX is moving downwards. The color difference will make it easier to identify when the TRIX has changed direction.

Step Three: Wait for the TRIX Reversal

TRIX Reversal Chart

Wait until the TRIX changes direction, which should be indicated by the TRIX bars changing color. For example, if the TRIX was moving upwards (its bars were green), and it starts to move downwards (its bars change to red), then the TRIX has changed direction, and vice versa for the opposite direction.

Step Four: Enter Your Trade

TRIX Reversal Chart

Enter your trade when the high or low of the entry bar (the price bar where the TRIX changed its direction) is broken by a subsequent bar.

On the example chart above, the first trade is a long trade because the TRIX reversed upwards (turned green), and the high of the entry bar (shown in white) was broken by the next bar. The second trade is a short trade because the TRIX reversed downwards (turned red), and the low of the entry bar (shown in white) was broken by the next bar.

Step Five: Manage Your Trade

TRIX Reversal Chart

The TRIX Reversal trading system does not have a specific exit, except for an entry in the opposite direction. For example, if you are in a long trade, and the chart shows a short entry, you would exit the long trade and enter the short trade. On the example chart, the long trade only went three ticks into profit, so it would probably have been a losing trade, but the subsequent short trade went 34 ticks into profit, so it easily covered the losing trade and made some additional profit.

If your stop-loss is reached before an entry in the opposite direction, you will exit with your stop-loss, and then remain flat (no active trades) while you wait for the next entry.

Step Six: Repeat the Trade

TRIX Reversal Chart

Repeat the TRIX reversal trade from Step 3 (wait for the TRIX reversal), until either your daily profit target has been reached, or your market is no longer active—meaning it is closed or no longer moving decisively.

Key Takeaways

  • The TRIX reversal trading system is used by day traders.
  • It is a system primarily showing pricing and indicators to signal when to enter and exit short-term trades that occur within minutes.
  • The TRIX can be adapted sometimes for day trades occurring over several hours.
  • The trade is based on the TRIX reversing its direction, which indicates the price has started moving in the opposite direction.