Using Chart Patterns to Become a Better Trader

Reading chart patterns is one of the cornerstones of technical trading. Expert technical traders can take one look at a chart and give you a complete analysis based on the formations that they see.

Today, courtesy of TraderPlanet, we're sharing some of the basic chart patterns and their meanings so that you can implement them into your trading strategy.


Basic Chart Patterns: Reversals

Like their name implies, these patterns suggest that one trend is ending and the market is ready to begin another trend in the opposite direction or, perhaps more likely, move sideways for a while. As with continuation patterns, a trendline is the basic pattern to watch. If prices break through a trendline and then follow through in the same direction, this is the best evidence of a trend reversal. Keep in mind that all chart patterns apply to all trading time frames – daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, hourly or even minute-by-minute bar charts.

Double tops - This phenomenon occurs when prices reach a fresh high, back off from that high, re-test the high and back off again. The longer the time between the “twin peaks” of the highs, the more powerful the chart signal is likely to be. Variations of this pattern that look somewhat similar are called “M” tops or 1-2-3 swing tops, but the second high is usually lower than the first high for these patterns. In all of these cases, the key points are the highs, which mark a barrier that becomes strong resistance, and the interim low. If prices drop below that low, the top is confirmed, and it is signal to sell. Continue reading "Using Chart Patterns to Become a Better Trader"