Cryptocurrency Chart Patterns

Cryptocurrency Chart Patterns

How to increase your probability of success in trading cryptocurrency. That is the goal of this article. Technical analysis and understanding chart patterns can certainly help you get good Bitcoin-  or Altcoin trades.

All patterns consist of candlesticks (price actions) that draw a picture on the chart. That picture can help you predict the price movement in the near future and tells you if your coin is in a bullish or bearish trend. These patterns happen on all cryptocurrencies and on all time frames. If you look at smaller time frames there can be a slight variation on charts on TradingView and Binance for example.

The chart patterns we will cover are:

  • Continuation Patterns (sideways price action)
  • Reversal Patterns (change in trend)
  • Triangles

Continuation Patterns In The Crypto Market

When there is a rapid price movement, the market needs time to absorb instability generated by that trend’s momentum and this causes both volume and price rate of change to drop sharply.

When patterns mature through the passage of time, there is often a resolution, through either

· Continuation of the trend or · Reversal of the trend

Traders often look at the body of evidence in price and volume when determining whether a breakout from a consolidating pattern will support a continuation of the trend that leads into the pattern or whether a reversal of the trend will occur. The repetition of indecision patterns occurs often when looking at the financial markets and can be useful if a resolution to the pattern can be quickly identified.

What It Means

Continuation refers to the resumption of a trend after a consolidating or pattern of indecision. When looking at the various patterns and formations that can occur on price graphs, patterns are often unreliable as to whether the pattern will ultimately point to a continuation of the trend or a reversal of price trend. Generally, indecision or a lack of enthusiasm results in price patterns that interrupt the trend in prices in the stock market for a short period.

A continuation pattern implies that the previous trend will resume when the pattern is complete. After an advance, a Rectangle continuation pattern marks a consolidation period. The chart suggests that after consolidation in the mid-2000, a continuation of the trend occurs. A break above the Rectangle’s upper resistance line indicates that the pattern is complete and the prior advance should resume.

Continuation Patterns In The Crypto Market

Reversal Patterns

Reversal patterns in an online trade indicate that an important reversal in trend is taking place.

When speaking of a pattern being one of consolidation or continuation, it implies once the pattern is resolved and prices break out they will tend to do so in the direction of the previous trend in the online trade. Conversely, when prices break out of a reversal pattern they tend to do so in the direction opposite from the prior trend.

The most common reversal patterns include; the head and shoulders top and bottom, double tops and bottoms, triple tops and bottoms, key reversals, island reversals, rounding bottoms and tops, “V” formations or spike bottoms and tops.

A reversal pattern implies that the previous trend will be reversed when the pattern is complete. After an advance, a Head and Shoulders reversal patterns mark a change in trend. A break below neckline support indicates that the pattern is complete and the prior up trend has reversed. As shown in this graph we have a -V- formation.

Reversal Pattern Traits

These are a few important characteristics of reversal patterns.

· The presence of a previous significant pattern is a crucial prerequisite for a reversal pattern.

· The first signal of an impending trend reversal is often the breaking of an important trend line.

· The stronger the pattern the more likely the price movement potential. The height of the pattern measures the volatility, the length of the pattern measures the time needed to form and also finish the pattern.

The higher the height of the pattern (the volatility) and also the longer it takes to develop – the more vital the pattern ends up being and the greater the possibility for the occurring price action.

· Topping patterns are generally much shorter as well as more volatile than bottoms. Tops form usually quicker than bottoms.

· Volume is normally more influential on the upside. The completion of a pattern should come with a boost in volume, particularly at market bottoms. Market tops often drop on their own pressure once a trend reversal is underway.

Triangle Patterns

Formation of the triangle, or trader triangle, in the price movements of a  cryptocurrency, indicates that in a smaller trading range, the price fluctuations continue.

They are not easy to use as a forecasting tool. There are some perceptions that give insight into market action but using the triangles, as a forecasting tool is not an easier task.

A triangle could signal a reversal or continuation of the trend but identifying triangle patterns allows for trading opportunity during formation and after a breakout from the pattern. The resistance and support areas in the formation of a triangle are identifiable as daily fluctuations move toward the apex.

Types of Triangles

Various kinds of triangles could be formed and all these various signals different scenarios.

· Symmetrical Triangles are formed when lines drawn connecting peaks and troughs tend to converge at the center of the pattern. There is a high probability that the future price will trend in the direction of the breakout when there is an increase in volume along with a price break outside of the pattern.

· Ascending Triangles are formed when a line connecting the peaks is horizontal while the line connecting the troughs rises and converges with the top line as a series of rising troughs meets resistance at the same level. Volume often remains moderate to low throughout the formation of the trader triangle with marked increases on the breakout.

· Descending Triangles are formed when troughs form a horizontal line while a series of falling peaks create a line that is a downward sloping resistance line.

It must be noted that a trader triangle is subject to many false moves and are among the least reliable of chart patterns. Usually, in triangles, the trend leading into the triangle continues on the breakout of the triangle.

Breakouts can occur usually at a distance of 2/3 to the apex through to the apex itself.

Analysts recommend observing the volume at the occurrence of a breakout. A breakout with rising volume is generally a good indicator of a continuation of the price rising.

The price range of the base of the trader triangle opposite the apex is considered to be a fair estimate of the move that will occur after the breakout from the triangle formation. Are you relative new in the crypto space? Read our article on Cryptocurrency for newbs