Today I want to show you a powerful, yet simple, chart pattern.
Using this pattern in the forex market has brought big, consistent profits over the years for Andy and me… And today, I’ll show you how to do the same.
I’m talking about the Head & Shoulders pattern.
This pattern is one of my favorite technical trade setups. It takes its name from the distinctive shape it makes on price charts – appearing as a left shoulder, a head, and a right shoulder as the price on the chart makes corresponding peaks and valleys.
There’s also the neckline – which is a trendline connecting the left shoulder to the right shoulder.
Using the pattern is simple: Once the price breaks through the neckline after forming the right shoulder, you can typically expect a sharp sell-off to begin.
So, let’s take a look at what this pattern looks like in action…
Here’s a chart of the AUD/USD currency trading pair (the Australian dollar against the U.S. dollar)…
This was a textbook Head & Shoulders setup. Once the price of the AUD against the USD fell below the neckline of the pattern, the price cratered 2.4%. (That’s a pretty big move for a currency pair.)
And best of all, the Head & Shoulders pattern made this move predictable – and tradable…
You see, the Head & Shoulders pattern doesn’t just provide us with high-probability setups with great risk/reward ratios. It also gives us clear entry and exit points – something many traders struggle with.
Now, let’s take another look at the chart from above. But this time, I’ve circled our entry point in red, and our exit point in green…
How did we determine our entry and exit points?
In the chart above, the only potential issue we had with this pattern was the presence of the lower blue supporting trendline connecting the lows from October 2 and November 29, 2019.
In one of my early video trading lessons (which you can watch in full here), I advised that once we cleared the blue trendline, this trade would be in play.
So, when the daily candlestick closed below the bottom trendline on January 24, 2020, that provided an ideal entry point for the trade.
But what about risk management, should the trade not move in your favor? And how do you find the best exit point?
For that, we use stop-losses and profit targets. Here’s how we determined them…
The stop-loss point for a Head & Shoulders pattern usually goes just above the peak of the right shoulder, marked by the red dotted line in the chart above.
The profit targets (dotted green lines) were based on a series of prior lows for the AUD/USD pair, from November 29, October 10, and August 7, 2019.
This trade worked out perfectly, and there were multiple ways to take your profits from the market.
Whether you decided to scale out parts of your position as each target was reached… or used a trailing stop-loss… the end result was a showcase of the power of the Head & Shoulders pattern.
So as you scour the markets for trading opportunities, keep this classic pattern in mind. It can provide many predictable – and highly profitable – trading setups.
Editor, Money Trends
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