How to uncover price action trading patterns from scratch


Are you fascinated by price action trading patterns? Have you learned about candlestick patterns like the Engulfing và Harami? Have sầu you studied volatility patterns like the NR7 or the ID/NR4?

If you answered yes to lớn the questions above, then you must’ve wondered about their origins.

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More importantly, you must’ve wondered how you can uncover price action trading patterns?

You don’t have sầu lớn wait any longer. In this tutorial, we’ll show you, step-by-step, how to uncover price action trading patterns.

Before we proceed, let’s push two mental blocks out of the way.

First, recognize that no one has a monopoly on price action trading patterns.

Some traders might try lớn hold on lớn the right khổng lồ name them. But the price patterns themselves belong to no one. So don’t be afraid khổng lồ seek out và trade patterns you observe in the market.

Next, let me assure you that price action trading patterns are nothing mysterious. Neither are they extremely sophisticated. With practice, you can uncover them too, & you can start right now.

However, you must be prepared khổng lồ work hard và put many hours into studying price charts.

Now, we’re ready lớn begin.

Uncovering Price Action Trading Patterns: Step-By-Step Guide

We will go through the process step-by-step with the help of an example to show you precisely what you need lớn do.

Then, we’ll review an extra example to help you reinforce it. In no time, you’ll be looking for intriguing price action trading patterns yourself. You might even start to lớn enjoy the process of reviewing price charts.

Here, we will focus on simple price patterns that span two lớn three price bars (or candlesticks). But you can apply the same process to find other pattern types.

Here is an overview of the four steps:

xuất hiện a clean chartDraw a line to determine the biasCircle your igiảm giá khuyến mãi entriesDistill helpful observations

Rinse and repeat.

Step #1: Getting The Basics

Open a blank candlestick chart.

Adjust the zoom level of your chart to show around 200 candlesticks. For daily candlestichồng charts, you can load the price data for the past year.

(For our purpose, I’ll refer to lớn candlestick & bar interchangeably. Both candlesticks & traditional price bars contain the same amount of price information.)

This image below shows a clean candlestick chart of Microsoft Inc (MSFT) daily prices. We’ll use this chart as an example to explain the following steps.


A few points lớn note:

Make sure there are no indicators loaded.

If you need a charting platform, I recommkết thúc NinjaTrader or TradingView.

Step #2: Focus With A Bias

To look for price action trading patterns, we need lớn reviews candlestichồng charts.

But to the uninitiated, a candlestick chart is like an expanse of wilderness. How vày we start?

This step helps us to lớn focus our attention by giving us a market bias as an anchor.

Draw a line connecting the first candlestichồng (left-most) lớn the last candlestick (right-most).


If this line slants down, you will đánh giá your chart with a bearish bias. Within this context, you are only interested in selling.If the line is more or less horizontal, review your chart to lớn look for entries in both directions.

Step #3: Find Igiảm giá Entry Points

Circle the turning points you would, ideally, lượt thích lớn buy or sell at.

As explained in the last step, in the chart here, we are only interested in points to go long (i.e., buy).


There is no correct answer here. Everyone will choose different points due to lớn their preferences in the following:

Holding periodReward-to-risk ratio

So don’t overthink here, & select the entry points that appeal to you.

You can complete the first three steps without understanding candlestiông chồng charts. But for the next & final step, you need basic knowledge of OHLC charts.

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Here are some resources for that:

Step #4: Study For Similarities

This step is the exciting part. We have already identified the price action formations that interest us. Now, it’s time khổng lồ distill them into lớn observations that might be helpful going forward.

Draw broad observations from the highlighted price action.

The difficulty of this step depends on your familiarity with price action.

If you are struggling with this step, don’t fret. Always remember the basics and proceed from there.

Any observations you draw must come from the information in a candlestichồng chart.

So consider this:

What data does a candlestichồng chart show?

A candlestick shows you the Open-High-Low-Cthua (OHLC) prices of a period.

So let’s work with the OHLC data. Here are some questions lớn get you started:

Is the candlestiông xã bullish or bearish? (O>C or CWhat is the range of the candlestick? (H-L)How does the OHLC of this candlestichồng compare to lớn the OHLC of the preceding one? (e.g., Did it have a higher high? Did it cthua trận higher? Did it have a higher low?)Are they Trkết thúc Bars or Dojis?

While this danh mục is overwhelming at first, it boils down khổng lồ describing the patterns using OHLC. The aim is khổng lồ distill helpful price action trading patterns.

Now, baông chồng lớn our MSFT example. We have sầu magnified the candlestick chart below lớn zoom in on the circled price action. (You can clichồng on the chart to lớn expvà it.)

What vày you observe?


Each of the three formations had a bearish down bar. A down bar is one with a lower high và lower low compared khổng lồ the preceding bar.Two of the formations had a bullish gap right before the market took off.

If I observe sầu these formations repeatedly in other charts, they might spur me to:

Look for a bearish down bar in my scans for bullish setups.Use the bullish gap as a way to lớn confirm bullish setups.

Price kích hoạt Trading Patterns: Bearish Bias Example

The steps above sầu are straightforward. But you’ll need practice, và more examples will help.

So let’s review one more example here.

The chart below shows the daily price bars (candlesticks) of the stoông xã for Lumber Liquidators Inc. (LL)


This bearish gap reminds us of the bullish gap we observed in the MSFT example. Do gaps confirm entries?The range (H-L) of the candlesticks expanded at this turning point.

You might have noticed that the entries here look different from the MSFT example.

Instead of neat two-bar reversals, you see more unruly outside bars. You also see more variability in the range of the bars.

What could explain the difference?

Is it because bearish price patterns (in LL) are different from bullish patterns (in MSFT)?Or is it because entries in a steady trkết thúc (in MSFT) differ from entries in a choppier context (in LL)?

Study more charts lớn figure out the answer!

A Word On Expectations

Now, you’re ready to lớn uncover price action trading patterns on your own.

But before you dash off and dive inlớn your charts, let’s talk about expectations.

Many diligent & talented traders have sầu analyzed charts for price action trading patterns. So it’s highly unlikely that you will find something groundbreaking.

Then, what is the value of going through these steps khổng lồ find price action trading patterns?

This simple four-step process helps you to hone your trading instinct systematically.

It also helps you khổng lồ develop your quality understanding of price action.

You’ll learn to read the market from scratch & will not take the words of any trading guru as a given.

In a nutshell, it helps you lớn develop as an independent price action trader.

What’s After Finding Price kích hoạt Trading Patterns?

Now that you’ve sầu found some interesting price action trading patterns, what’s next?


While price action trading patterns are exciting, they are a small part of any trading plan.

So don’t stop after you uncover a new price pattern. Develop it into lớn a complete trading strategy with bias identification và exit tactics. And don’t forget lớn incorporate risk management và psychological safeguards khổng lồ ensure consistency.

This step-by-step process helps you to lớn unearth price action trading patterns. While it is not the Holy Grail, it has enormous educational value. Over time, as you gain experience, you’ll be able to extract practical benefit from it too.

It has helped me uncover many price patterns, including the ones taught in my price action course – the Anti-Climax pattern is one of them.

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