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The Complete Guide to Candlestick Chart

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The secret to reading candlestick chart is…

Candlestick pattern.

You’re thinking:

“Rayner, is this some kind of lame joke?”

Nope.

I’ll explain…

When you learn a new language, what do you start with?

The words, right?

Because you can’t form a sentence without understanding the words.

And it’s the same for trading!

You can’t read a candlestick chart without understanding candlestick pattern.

So, the first thing you’ll learn is how to read candlestick patterns like a professional trader — even if you have zero trading experience.

(Or if you prefer, you can watch this training below…)

What is a candlestick pattern and how does it work?

Here’s the thing:

A series of candlestick patterns form a candlestick chart.

So, before I dive deep into candlestick chart, you must first know the basics of a candlestick pattern.

Let’s get started…

A candlestick pattern has 4 data points:

Open – The opening price

High – The highest price over a fixed time period

Low – The lowest price over a fixed time period

Close – The closing price

Here’s what I mean:

Remember…

For a Bullish candle, the open is always BELOW the close.

For a Bearish candle, the open is always ABOVE the close.

How to read and understand any candlestick pattern without memorizing a single one

Here’s the deal:

There are hundreds of candlestick patterns out there.

And it’s silly to memorize every single candlestick pattern because you’ll “burn” yourself out.

Instead, I’ll teach you a trading hack that allows you to understand any candlestick pattern without memorizing a single one.

Sounds good?

Here’s how…

Every time you see a candlestick pattern, you want to ask yourself these 2 questions:

  1. Where did the price close relative to the range?
  2. What’s the size of the pattern relative to the other candlestick patterns?

Let me explain…

1. Where did the price close relative to the range?

This question lets you know who’s in control momentarily.

Look at this candlestick pattern…

Let me ask you…

Who’s in control?

Well, the price closed the near highs of the range which tells you the buyers are in control.

Now, look at this candlestick pattern…

Who’s in control?

Although it’s a bullish candle the sellers are actually the ones in control.

Why?

Because the price closed near the lows of the range and it shows you rejection of higher prices.

So remember, if you want to know who’s in control, ask yourself…

Where did the price close relative to the range?

Next…

2. What’s the size of the pattern relative to the other candlestick patterns?

This question lets you know if there’s any strength (or conviction) behind the move.

What you want to do is compare the size of the current candle to the earlier candles.

If the current candle is much larger (like 2 times or more), it tells you there’s strength behind the move.

Here’s an example…

And if there’s no strength behind the move, the size of the current candle is about the same size as the earlier ones.

An example…

This is powerful stuff, right?

And we’re just getting warmed up.

Let’s move on…

How to analyse candlestick chart and read different market conditions (uptrend, downtrend, and range)

Recall:

A candlestick chart is simply a series of candlestick patterns.

But how do you read a candlestick chart?

  1. Identify the major swing highs and lows on the chart.
  2. Then watch if the swing points are moving higher, lower, or at a similar level

And it’s likely to be in 1 of 3 situations:

  • The swing highs and lows are moving higher, an uptrend
  • The swing highs and lows are moving lower, a downtrend
  • The swing highs and lows are of similar height, a range

Here’s an example…

An uptrend in EUR/USD 4-hour:

A downtrend in USD/CAD Daily:

A range in XAU/USD Daily:

Pro Tip:

A major swing high/low will “stick out” in your face like a red bikini babe.

You’ll spot it easily.

If you’re struggling to find it, then it’s probably not a swing high/low (or you don’t like girls).

Candlestick chart analysis: How to identify strength and weakness in the markets so you don’t get caught on the wrong side of the move

Here’s the thing:

The market doesn’t move in one straight line.

Instead, it goes…

Up and down, up and down, up and down, right? (Something like that)

And you can classify this “up and down” pattern into:

  • Trending move
  • Retracement move

This is important, so let me explain…

Trending move

A trending move is the “stronger” leg of the trend.

You’ll notice larger bodied candles that move in the direction of the trend.

An example:

Retracement move

A retracement move is the “weaker leg of the trend.

You’ll notice small bodied candles that move against the trend (otherwise known as counter-trend).

An example:

You might be wondering:

“Why is this important?”

Because in a healthy trend, you’ll expect to see a trending move followed by a retracement move.

But when the trend is getting weak, the retracement move no longer has small bodied candles, but larger ones.

This tells you opposing pressure is stepping in.

Here’s what I mean…

And when you combine this with another technique I’m about to show you, you can pinpoint market turning points with deadly accuracy.

Read on, I’ll tell you more…

How to “predict” market turning points with deadly accuracy

Let me ask you…

Would you like to be able to “predict” market turning points — and spot trading opportunities with low risk and huge returns?

Well, nothing works all the time.

But the technique I’m about to show you works well for me.

Here’s how…

  1. Wait for the price to reach key market structure on the higher timeframe (like Support & Resistance, Trendline, etc.)
  2. Wait for the trending move to get “weak” by having smaller bodied candles
  3. Wait for the retracement move to get “strong” by having larger bodied candles
  4. Enter on the break of structure

Let me give you an example…

NZD/CAD Daily:

On the Daily timeframe, the price is at Resistance area and has a confluence of a downward Trendline.

The price could reverse lower so let’s look for a shorting opportunity on the lower timeframe.

NZD/CAD 8-hour:

On the 8-hour timeframe, the selling pressure is coming in as you notice the candles of the retracement moves getting bigger (a sign of strength from the sellers).

Also, the buying pressure is getting weak as the candles of the trending move get smaller.

One possible entry technique is to go short when the price breaks and close below Support.

I know this can be complex for new traders, so here’s another example…

NZD/USD Daily:

On the Daily timeframe, the price is at previous Support turned Resistance.

The price could reverse lower so let’s look for a shorting opportunity on the lower timeframe.

NZD/USD 4-hour:

On the 4-hour timeframe, the selling pressure is getting stronger as the candles of the retracement move get larger.

Also, the buying pressure is getting weak as the candles of the trending move get smaller.

If you want to trade this setup, you could go short on the break of Support.

This is powerful stuff, right?

Bonus: How to trade candlestick chart like a professional trader (3 powerful tips)

At this point:

You’ve got what it takes to trade candlestick chart like a professional trader.

But I’m not done yet.

Because here are 3 powerful tips to help you improve your candlestick chart reading skill, fast.

#1: Higher lows into Resistance is a sign of strength

Old Rayner: “Oh look! The price is coming to Resistance, time to short this market.”

New Rayner: “Not so fast…”

Here’s the thing:

You don’t go short just because the price is at Resistance.

Why?

Because how the price approaches Resistance matters a lot.

For example, if you see higher lows coming into Resistance, it’s a sign of strength.

It tells you the buyers are willing to buy at higher prices and the sellers are unable to push price lower (than it did previously).

And this looks like an Ascending Triangle on your chart:

Can you see the higher lows approaching Resistance?

That is a sign of strength.

And more often than not, the price breaks out higher.

Pro Tip:

And the opposite is true.

Lower highs into Support is a sign of weakness (and it looks like a Descending Triangle).

#2: If you see a strong momentum coming into a level, it’s better to trade the reversal

Here’s why…

When you get a strong momentum move lower, it’s because there isn’t enough buying pressure to hold up the prices — that’s why the price has to decline lower to attract buyers.

Now the entire “down move” is called a liquidity gap (a lack of interest) since not many transactions took place on the decline.

This means the market can easily reverse in the opposite direction due to a lack of interest around the price level.

That’s why you often see a strong move down into Support, and then BOOM, the price does a 180-degree reversal.

Here’s an example…

So remember, if you want to trade price reversals, always look for a strong momentum move into a level.

#3: Wait for the false break to profit from “trapped” traders

Has this ever happened to you?

You noticed the market broke out of the highs and you think to yourself…

“This breakout is real. Just look at the HUGE bullish green candle.”

So, you immediately go long… hoping to catch a BIG move.

But shortly after you entered the trade, the market reverses in the opposite direction!

And it doesn’t take long before you get stopped out of your trade.

Here’s what I mean…

So, what just happened?

Well, I call this a False Breakout.

It’s when you trade a breakout only to get “trapped” and have the market reverse against you.

Now you’re probably wondering:

“How can I profit from the False Breakout?”

Here’s how:

Identify the key Support and Resistance where traders will look to trade the breakout

Wait for the breakout to fail when the price trades back into the range

Trade in the direction of the False Breakout

Let me show you an example:

This is powerful stuff, right?

Conclusion

So here’s what you’ve learned today:

  • If you want to read a candlestick pattern, ask yourself: 1) Where did the price close relative to the range? 2) What’s the size of the pattern relative to the other candlestick patterns?
  • Candlestick chart is made up of a series of candlestick patterns
  • Identify the swing highs/lows on your chart. This tells you whether the market is in a trend or range
  • A trending move is the “stronger” leg of the trend whereas the retracement move is the “weaker” leg of the trend
  • If the trending move is getting smaller and the retracement move is getting larger, it’s a sign the trend is weak (and might even reverse)

Now it’s your turn…

How do you trade with candlestick chart?

Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with me.






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