Trading with the 5 most popular forex chart patterns
Getting the ropes with few key visuals
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If you are an experienced trader, then you must be acquainted with chart patterns. If you are a first-time trader, you might find chart patterns a bit overwhelming and complex to understand but
Chart price patterns help traders recognize trends, movements and the patterns developed from the price fluctuations of currency pairs. Forex chart patterns can help you enter a trade on a low and exit high or as metaphorically known "ride the wave" of a pair's movements.
These are some of the most popular forex chart patterns.
1. Candlestick Patterns
One of the most popular chart patterns is the JapaneseCandlestick Chart Pattern, which as the name suggests, is said to have
originated in Japan in the 1700s. Some variations of the Candlestick Patterns
Single Candlestick- this pattern is separated into the hanging man and the hammer.
The hanging man shows the peak or zenith of a price gain, showing that there is an increase in the number of sellers against buyers and therefore creating a downward shift. On the contrary, a hammer is the signal of an approaching bottom price and a speculation of the price of the pair to rise soon after.
The former happens on an upward trend and shows that even though buyers have tried to increase the price, sellers have exited at a quicker pace.
2. Triangle Patterns
The symmetrical triangle pattern is developed when the high prices of a forex currency
These two slopes come together at the point of a triangle. An equilibrium between buyers and sellers is indicated but the closer the slopes move towards the "apex" of the triangle, the greater the possibility of a breakout. An ascending triangle pattern is developed when buyers push up the price to create a higher lows slope.
The inverse of this pattern is the descending triangle where the lows usually stay on a fairly straight line, with the highs creating a downward movement.
3. Head and Shoulders
Head and shoulders, and its inverse with the predictable name inverse head and
Typically, this pattern involves two minor price highs on the opposite sides of a higher price high. The inverse head and shoulders
4. Double Top/ Double Bottom Pattern
This double top pattern is very similar to the head and shoulders pattern with two peaks indicating that the buyer's interest has waned with the chance of a downwards movement.
On the contrary, the double bottom pattern has two low price valleys which predict an upward trend as buyer interest is piqued.
5. Rising/Falling Wedge
The rising/falling wedge may be similar to the triangle but there is a key difference; this pattern has two sloping movements that are nearly parallel contrasting the converging trendlines of the triangle.
In addition, the wedge does not usually include an uptrend break due to both trendlines sloping down. Another differentiation is that the shallower slopes indicate a longer term pattern, compared to the triangle.
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