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[TOP] Beginner’s Guide to Technical Analysis

This guide will clarify what technical analysis is and how it can help traders build and execute trades. We also include brief overviews of each major chart patterns, how they are used, and links to more in-depth tutorials.

Table of Contents

  1. What Exactly Is Technical Analysis?
  2. Is Technical Analysis Effective?
  3. What Are Technical Indicators and How Do They Work?
    1. Candlesticks:
      1. Methods of Candlestick Analysis That Are Common
    2. Bullish Candlestick Patterns: Do You Want To Bet On A Price Increase?
    3. Bearish Candlestick Patterns: Do You Want To Bet On A Price Drop?
    4. Patterns on the Chart: 

What Exactly Is Technical Analysis?

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Technical analysis is a trading technique that employs charts and statistics to examine patterns in market data in order to forecast future move. Many traders trading in Equities, Options and Commodities employ technical analysis.

These instruments may be used to trade CFDs, forex, futures, stocks, cryptocurrencies, and other instruments.

Is Technical Analysis Effective?

Technical analysis is an ability that requires the use of a collection of learned formulas and resources that are essential components of a trader’s toolbox.

The tool, as with most abilities, is not as valuable as the individual who uses it.

While some consider technical analysis to be untrustworthy at best and junk science at worst, it has proven to be effective for some traders. Technical analysis success is determined by a trader’s ability to apply the techniques.

What Are Technical Indicators and How Do They Work?

Bands, Candlesticks, Exponential, Fibonacci, Momentum, Moving Averages, Oscillators, Regression, Support and Resistance, Trends, Volatility, and Volume are some of the most popular technical indicators.

Candlesticks:

Candlestick price charts can assist traders in better visualising price movements.

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What exactly is a Candlestick?

A candlestick is a method of showing details about the price movement of an asset. Candlestick charts are a common component of technical analysis because they enable traders to analyse market information easily and from just a few price bars.

Methods of Candlestick Analysis That Are Common

The following guides describe the fundamentals of candlestick analysis and how traders should use them.

  • Candlestick Fundamentals – A bullish candlestick is one in which the closing price exceeds the opening price.
  • Bearish Engulfing – When new highs are rejected and the bears drive prices below the previous day’s peak.
  • Bullish Engulfing occurs when new lows are rejected and bulls drive prices above the previous day’s peak.

Candlestick research approaches may be classified as bearish or bullish.

Bullish Candlestick Patterns: Do You Want To Bet On A Price Increase?

These candlestick patterns show that prices are rising. 🙂

A bullish turnaround that happens at the bottom of a downtrend is known as a hammer.

Harami is a reversal trend that may be bullish or bearish in nature.

Inverted Hammers appear more near the bottom of downtrends and may signal a possible upward turnaround.

The Morning Star is a bullish reversal pattern that appears at the bottom of a downtrend.

The Piercing Pattern, like the Bullish Engulfing Pattern, is a bullish pattern.

Tweezer Bottom is a bullish reversal pattern that appears at the bottom of downtrends and consisting of two candlesticks.

Windows (Gaps) are a bullish or bearish trend in which no price or value is traded between the gaps.

Bearish Candlestick Patterns: Do You Want To Bet On A Price Drop?

These candlestick patterns may be used to predict a decline in stock’s price.

The Evening Star pattern appears at the top of an uptrend, and it’s a bearish reversal pattern.

Hanging Man is a bearish indicator that appears at the top of uptrends and warns of a possible price shift.

Harami as discussed earlier, is a form of reversal pattern that can be bullish or bearish in nature.

Shooting Star, When the open, low, and close are all about the same price, a bearish reversal is created.

The Tweezer Top is made up of two candlesticks that form a bearish reversal pattern at the top of the chart.

Patterns on the Chart:

Technical analysts use chart patterns all the time, and if you understand them, you can interpret them easily.

Support and resistance are at the heart of all of these indicators.

Double Bottom – Uses support and resistance concepts to get potential breakout on upside resistance.

Double Top – A typical and highly efficient price reversal pattern is the Double Top. Breakouts above consolidation or below the support helps to define further move. 

Head & Shoulder – Prices can drop below the support provided by the neckline of a head & shoulder pattern.

Support & Resistance – Traditionally, buyers have prevented further price declines at support, while sellers usually resist at resistance.