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  1. Introduction to Five Chart Patterns You Need to Know
  2. Symmetrical Triangle
  3. Ascending/Descending Triangle
  4. Head and Shoulders
  5. Double/Triple - Bottom/Top
  6. Minimizing Risk
  7. Maximizing Your Return in Up or Down Markets
  8. Conclusion - Top 5 Reasons to Try Chart Advisor

Profitable Pattern Number One

The Symmetrical Triangle: A Reliable Workhorse

You’ll recognize the symmetrical triangle pattern when you see a stock’s price vacillating up and down and converging towards a single point. Its back and forth oscillations will become smaller and smaller until the stock reaches a critical price, breaks out of the pattern, and moves drastically up or down.

The symmetrical triangle pattern is formed when investors are unsure of a stock’s value. Once the pattern is broken, investors jump on the bandwagon, shooting the stock price north or south.

Symmetrical triangle pattern

Symmetrical Triangle Pattern - To form your symmetrical triangle pattern, draw two converging trend lines that bound the high and low prices. Your trend lines should form (you guessed it) a symmetrical triangle, lying on its side.

How to Profit from Symmetrical Triangles

Symmetrical triangles are very reliable, allowing you to profit from upwards or downwards breakouts. You’ll learn more about how to earn from downtrends when we talk about maximizing profits.

If you see a symmetrical triangle forming, watch it closely. The sooner you catch the breakout, the more money you stand to make.

Watch For:

  1. Sideways movement: A period of rest before the breakout.
  2. Price of the asset traveling between two converging trend lines.
  3. Breakout three-quarters of the way to the apex.

Set Your Target Price:

As with all patterns, knowing when to get out is as important as knowing when to get in. Your target price is the safest time to sell, even if it looks like the trend may be continuing.

For symmetrical triangles, sell your stock at a target price of:

  1. Entry price plus the pattern’s height for an upward breakout.
  2. Entry price minus the pattern’s height for a downward breakout.

Symmetrical Triangles in Action

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Ascending/Descending Triangle
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