Relative Strength Index (RSI) inside Bollinger Bands - Trading Strategy

Relative Strength Index (RSI) & Bollinger Bands (BB) – Trading Strategy

In currency trading on brokers, the trading strategy of RSI indicator combined with Bollinger Bands is very useful for trading orders over 30 minutes with 2-minute candles. This article will guide you on how to make a trade with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicator combined with the Bollinger Bands indicator.

*The article uses illustrations of the Olymp Trade broker platform



This strategy simply uses a combination signal between the divergence of the RSI indicator and the bottleneck signal of the Bollinger Bands indicator. These two signals simultaneously inform us that volatility is coming. Whether the price will go up or down depends on their signal.

Basically, RSI & BB usually use:

  • Bollinger Bands(20,2)
  • RSI(14) or RSI(9)

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Suitable for long term transactions

The reason why this strategy is only suitable for long-term trading is the divergence and bottleneck signals of these two indicators need a little time to confirm. It takes about 5 to 8 sessions. Traders usually set 1-minute session for 10-minute trade, 2-minute session for 30-minute trade, and 5-minute session for 60-minute trade.

RSI – Bollinger Bands signals

The condition of RSI & BB is when the RSI indicator shows divergence signals with the candlestick chart. At the same time, Bollinger Bands are bottlenecked or moving stable without much fluctuation in narrow bands.

An entry for a rising trade

You make a trade when the RSI indicator shows signs of crossing the zero line to the upper. At the same time, the upper and lower bands of the Bollinger Bands indicator are extended upwards. If the Japanese candlestick surpasses the SMA line of the Bollinger Bands, you should open a long Up / Buy trade immediately.

Trading strategy - Bollinger Bands and RSI Signals for rising trade
Trading strategy – Bollinger Bands and RSI Signals for rising trade

Signal to enter a falling trade

On RSI & BB, when the RSI crossed the Zero line and the Bollinger Bands signaled the expansion of the upper band and the lower band bigger and downward. The candlestick moved below and far away from the SMA of the Bollinger Bands, so now you should enter a long Down / Sell trade.

Trading strategy - Bollinger Bands and RSI Signals for falling trade
Trading strategy – Bollinger Bands and RSI Signals for falling trade


When trading with RSI & BB, make sure you always follow the rules:

  • Do not enter short trades for less than 30 minutes.
  • Need to wait for the signal of the Bollinger Bands moving balance with the narrow band line.
  • If RSI indicators do not diverge, make no trade.
  • Just play a single trade at once. You should not make multiple trades.
  • It is possible to incorporate a Stochastic oscillator indicator to increase accuracy.

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