Our Favorite Chart Patterns

There is NOTHING better than an awesome W bottom.  The downtrend halts with a seies of smaller range days as the volume profile shifts and price gets ready to take off.  Bulls are nervouse to come in, and late bears get trapped.  It's a great place to look for a trade.
Continuations after an initial thrust and a lower volume consolidation are a great place to look for trades.  They offer great entry, understandable risk/reward and the moves are quick.  Keep your eyes peeled for these bad boys.
We like W bottoms and Head and Shoulders bottoms.
Dream of all dreams.  Breakouts look simply beautiful after the fact.  Look at this amazing runs.  Moves like this happen about 10 - 20% of the time after a breakout so they're not east to find, but when you wind a long base breakout like this you'll be glad you did.
I love these trades.  They're typically found after the first thrust of a W bottom. 'll be honest with you, you'll find no mention of The Dragon in classical charting books -- but hey -- that doesn't mean I can't discover it.  Go ahead, ltell me you don't see a dragon.  :-)
There's nothing better than a solid breakout with strong volume.
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We trade chart patterns for one reason -- they work for us! That's because chart patterns give us the information, the outlook and the framework we need to make the right decisions at the right time.

There's a reason why most of the great retail traders like Darvas, O'Neil and Sykes use chart patterns in one form or another -- and so should you.
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