High Probability Reversal Patterns.

One of the keys to success in the Forex business, is having the ability to identify high probability reversal patterns on the chart.

There are many reversal patterns that present themselves on the chart every day, but not all of them are high probability. I am going to talk about some of the better patterns and how you can use them in your trading.

The Engulfing Candle.

engulfing candleAn engulfing candle or outside bar as its sometimes called, represents a complete change in trader sentiment. The way an engulfing candle forms is probably one of the biggest clues that a reversal or a potential reversal is on the cards.

Engulfing candles often form at the end of a trend and can be great reversal signals. The logic behind the engulfing candle is very powerful indeed, and the candle will change bulls into bears and bears into bulls in a very short space of time.

An engulfing candle is a very basic price action set up, but works very well at key reversal levels in the market. For more information on how to trade engulfing candles click here.

The Inside Bar.

inside barAn inside bar is basically a candle that forms inside another candle. Inside bars represent indecision in the market, and can be good indications of a potential reversal. They are not as powerful as engulfing candles, but when traded at good levels, they can produce a successful trade.

Inside bars can also produce a nice breakout trade. Breakouts work best when you have a multiple inside bar set up. A multiple inside bar set up can sometimes be called a flag, or a pennant. Multiple inside bar set ups will produce a much stronger breakout trade than a one bar set up, purely because the volume of orders in the market will be much larger, and as the price breaks out, and the stops are hit the move will be more powerful.

For more information on how to trade inside bars click here.

The Head And Shoulders Pattern.

The head and shouldlers, or inverse head and shoulders pattern, is also a very good reversal pattern and you will often find them at the end of trends, and at major turning points in the market. The head and shoulders pattern can be a very profitable pattern if you know how to trade it correctly.

Below is a picture of a head and shoulders pattern. You can also see that the right shoulder is made up of an engulfing candle, which makes the set up even stronger.head and shoulders

This set up works well when the left shoulder and the right shoulder are at the same level, but this does not always have to be the case for a head and shoulders reversal to work, but the head always has to be above the left and the right shoulder.

These are just some basic price action reversal patterns that you can use to help you in your trading. If you want to learn more advanced high probability reversal patterns please consider my Forex training course.

Forex Candlestick Patterns. How To Trade Outside Bars.

What is an outside bar?

how to trade outside barsAnother very common and successful candlestick pattern is an outside bar, or engulfing bar as they are sometimes called, because they engulf the previous candle. Knowing how to trade outside bars will put plenty of pips in your trading account. Outside bar candlestick patterns are far more reliable trading signals than inside bar patterns are. If you know how to trade inside bars then trading outside bars is very much the same.

The picture on the right shows a bearish outside bar candlestick pattern. Here you can see that the bearish red candle is completely outside the bullish green candle. The red candle completely engulfs it, hence the term engulfing bar.

Why are outside bars more reliable than inside bars?

Outside bars represent a total shift in sentiment (in this case from bullish to bearish). The bearish price action in the red candle is far greater than the bullish green candle, so we have had a total shift in sentiment from bullish to bearish. The red candle is twice the size of the green candle which indicates strong selling pressure.

If you compare the outside bar price action to the price action of an inside bar, where the candle is a lot smaller than the preceding mother candle, you can understand that a bigger candle means a bigger shift in sentiment, which equals a more reliable trade, and that is why outside bars are more reliable candlestick patterns than inside bars are.

How to trade outside bars.

The general rules on how to trade outside bars would be to enter the trade at the breakout of the red outside bar. Some traders prefer to see a retrace of the outside bar before taking the trade. The only problem with taking the trade on a retrace of the outside bar, is you may not get a breakout, you may get another inside bar instead, and then the trade becomes a lot less reliable.

My advice would be similar to the advice i gave on how to trade inside bars, which is wait for the breakout, and then look for the retrace, before entering.

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Forex Candlestick Patterns. How To Trade Inside Bars.

How to trade inside bars.

Of the numerous price action Forex candlestick patterns that present themselves on a daily basis, inside bars are probably seen more often than any other pattern. Knowing how to trade inside bars will give you an edge in your Forex trading.

So what is an inside bar?

price action inside barsIts a pretty simple answer. An inside bar is a candle that forms inside another candle. If you look at the picture on the right you will see an example of a bullish inside bar. For a candle to qualify as an inside bar, it has to be inside the candle to its left, as per the picture. The red candle to the left of the green inside bar is commonly called the mother candle.

If the green candle was to the left of the mother candle it would not qualify as an inside bar. An inside bar has to be to the right of the mother candle. A mother candle that has an inside candle to its left is called an outside bar. An outside bar is a totally different candlestick pattern to an inside bar, and has a totally different meaning. You can find information here on how to trade outside bars.

So what does an inside bar signify?

An inside bar can mean one of 2 things primarily. In a trending market it can mean a reversal is likely, or it can mean a trend continuation is likely. The concept behind an inside bar is the market is showing indecision or consolidation after a big move. The red candle is a big move down and sentiment has changed from bearish to bullish. This could be a temporary change in sentiment, which would result in a trend continuation, or the start of an overall change in sentiment, which would lead to a reversal.

The candles preceding the inside bar are a good indication of whether a trend continuation or reversal is likely. Also the level at which the inside bar presents itself is also a good indication of what the likely outcome will be.

Trading guidelines for inside bars.

The general rule on how to trade inside bars would be to enter the trade at the breakout of the red mother candle. If you are trading the reversal, you would trade the breakout of the mother candle to the upside in this instance. If you were trading a trend continuation move, you would trade the breakout to the downside.

I don’t generally trade breakouts, but if i was trading this set up i would personally like to see a convincing breakout of the mother candle, and then a retest of the inside bar before i would take the trade. I like to enter my trades at the best possible price, and when you are trading breakouts you do often see a little retrace, or re test of the breakout area, before a continuation, and that is where i would like to get in, as you are getting a discount to the price paid by the breakout traders. This strategy does run the risk of missing the breakout though, as the price does not always come back for the re test.

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