Many charts right now have formed a CUP AND HANDLE pattern and are almost at the point of breakout. There is a chance these patterns can fail, if we don’t break out from the top of the handle. The safest entry if you are not and ELLIOTT WAVE trader, is on breakout marked on the chart.
WHEN TO BUY
Wait for a handle to form. The handle often takes the form of a sideways or or a triangle. Buy when the price breaks above the top of the channel or triangle. When the price moves out of the handle, the pattern is considered complete, and the price is expected to rise.
While price is expected to rise, that doesn’t mean it will. The price could rise a little and then fall, it could move sideways, or it could fall right after entry. For this reason, a stop loss is needed.
PLACING YOUR STOP LOSS
A stop loss is a MUST if the trade does not break out as it should or rejects at upper resistance. A stop loss will get keep you from losing more than you should is the price drops, instead of rallying, after buying a breakout from the formation. The stop-loss serves to control risk on the trade by selling the position if the price declines enough to invalidate the pattern.
Place a stop loss below the lowest point of the handle. If the price oscillated up and down a number of times within the handle, a stop loss might also be placed below the most recent swing low.
WHAT IS A SWING LOW
The CUP AND HANDLE is one of the easiest patterns to recognize and usually quite reliable. Remember no trade goes the way you want it to go 100% of the time – and that is why MONEY MANAGEMENT is essential to make money over a period of time. If you are winning an average of 50% of your trades with strict money management, you are going to win the marathon!
REMEMBER IF YOU ARE PRACTICING SAFE… TRADING ALWAYS USE PROTECTION
(minimize your risk, use a stop loss. Especially in Margin Trades) ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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