Learn how to recognize reversal and correction of a trend

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You stopped in front of a monitor in a joyful state of temporary insanity, watching as the price goes up, increasing your profit. But suddenly it stops and definitely it planned to turn, although technical indicators point to the continuation of the trend. “What about correction” — you are waving your hand, hoping for continued growth, but the price doesn’t even think again to turn up, and the profit is eaten up faster and faster. You are vainly trying to remember how to calculate the depth correction, but this is no longer necessary, because in front of you is a real trend reversal.

The reversal and correction in the Forex market

The reversal and correction — concepts that novice traders often confuse. Let’s define the basic terms:

  • correction — a temporary market pullback in earlier positions, while maintaining the main direction of the market. As soon as downward (for example) trend traders understand that the price of the asset is too low for current market conditions and economic factors, they begin to take profits on short positions. The trend goes up accordingly. But it can not last long because the fundamental factors are saying about the depreciation of the asset in the medium term. The main drop-down movement of the trend.

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Correction can be downward, upward and lateral. And if bullish correction occurs on a downward graph, the lateral is found on any chart except for the flat.

  • market consolidation — a condition where the supply and demand of the asset are approximately equal, on a chart it appears as a side correction.

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  • reversal — the price reaches the price level of support or resistance and subsequent change in direction of the trend.

The reversal and correction are absolutely different concepts. If the correction — a temporary phenomenon, it is necessary to wait, then the reversal is a change of the main trend direction.

How to calculate the depth of correction, we will explain below, but now focus on why it’s important. No professional trader will be able to say with 100% certainty what shape draws the price chart. To minimize loss it is important to set stop losses. After all too short a stop loss on correction close a successful position too long will bring a loss, if the correction would be a reversal. That is why before setting the stop the likely depth of the correction is calculated and just below (above) of its proposed point put a stop.

The reversal and correction: the signs of change in trend direction

For correction it is typical:

  • profit-taking by short-term traders (low volume closing deals);
  • the appearance on the chart after rapid growth or decline. As a rule, traders, fascinated by opening positions (e.g. long) at some point realize that they were fascinated and it is enough to risk and close the positions. The correction is taking place;
  • correction is short-term;
  • there is no fundamental justification for the occurrence of correction;
  • on the wave of growth in the value of the asset the revival of the traders happens, what is perceived as the start for “shopping rally”.

For reversal it is typical:

  • closure of positions by large traders in large volumes;
  • may occur at any time;
  • reversal has a long-term trend;
  • fundamental factors serve as a catalyst for changing the direction of the trend;
  • in an uptrend, buying interest is restrained, which contributes to slower growth rates and its subsequent reversal.

The most common technical analysis tool to determine the correction is Fibonacci levels. According to statistics, the most frequent unresponsiveness of prices happens at the value of 38.2%, 50,0%, 61.8 percent. If the correction does not fit in this corridor, there is reason to assume that the trend movement is not the correction but a  reversal.

correction of Fibonacci levelThis figure shows that the main trend is upward. After the correction, the price rebounded from level of 61.8 and continued its upward movement.

Another handy tool — Pivot levels. If the price breaks its support level (in ascending level) or resistance (downtrend), then we are talking about the reversal. If the price bounces from the levels –  it is correction.

the break of the resistance reversalReversal and correction often “tickle” the nerves of beginners. Every time there is a change in the direction of the trend, the trader has three choices:

  • wait, which can lead to losses if the correction would be a reversal;
  • to sell on an uptrend and wait till the price goes back up (the Commission is fraught with losses on the spread and lost profits, if the correction will start at the first 38.2);
  • sell and continue to monitor the behavior of the trend (loss of profit).

How to identify a reversal and correction, you already know, but remember that much of the success of Forex trading also depends on experience with intuition. More and more practice on demo account and you will see through the time that it is not so difficult as it seems at first glance!

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  • Abram 31.03.2017 at 19:40

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