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Deepen your knowledge of technical analysis indicators and hone your skills as a trader 



Grow your understanding of trading-chart patterns to better predict market trends

 

Here are some of the best-known technical indicators and chart patterns for you to learn about.

Markets move in trends and many traders rely on technical-analysis tools to better predict what is going to happen to an asset’s price. This is an essential skill to be able to time your trades and pick the best entry and exit points.

Technical indicators are also helpful in keeping your finger on the pulse of the market and try to gauge sentiment, which is a huge factor in determining what happens next to the price of an asset, or currency pair. This knowledge also comes in handy for managing your risk and helps with placing your take-profit and stop-loss orders to protect your capital once you are confident enough to trade with a live account.

Scroll down the menu to find detailed guides to popular indicators and patterns.

Indicators

 

ADX Indicator

ADX Indicator - Learn to Trade | ThinkMarkets

The ADX (Average Directional Movement) indicator represents an average of price ranges.

 

ATR Indicator

The ATR Indicator - Learn to Trade | ThinkMarkets

The Average True Range indicator, or ATR, measures the volatility of a financial asset by analyzing the price range.

 

Force Index

Force Index - Indicators | ThinkMarkets

The force index indicator is a technical tool used by traders to measure the power behind price movements.

 

Momentum Indicator

How to Maximize Momentum Indicators in MT4/MT5

The best momentum indicators can detect potentially profitable setups. This is how momentum indicators can be used to trade trending and range-bound markets.

 

Parabolic SAR

Parabolic SAR - Technical Indicators | ThinkMarkets

Parabolic SAR is a technical indicator used to determine the price direction and spot potential reversals.

 

Relative Strength Index

Relative Strength Index (RSI) - Indicators | ThinkMarkets

The relative strength index is a momentum indicator that helps identify when the market is overbought or oversold.

 

Relative Vigor Index

Relative Vigor Index - Indicators | ThinkMarkets

The Relative Vigor Index (RVI) is an indicator that calculates the power behind price movements.

 

Simple Moving Average

Simple Moving Average - Indicators | Think Markets

The simple moving average (SMA) is one of the most trusted basic indicators that traders use to determine trends.

 

Zigzag Indicator

Zigzag Indicator - Learn to Trade | ThinkMarkets

The Zigzag indicator is a basic tool for traders to use to assess the likelihood of a trend reversal in an asset.

Oscillators

 

Alligator Indicator

Alligator Indicator - Learn to Trade | ThinkMarkets

The Bill Williams Alligator Indicator is a trend-following indicator, and comes built into the Metatrader platform.

 

Awesome Oscillator

Using the Awesome Oscillator Indicator | ThinkMarkets

The Bill Williams Awesome Oscillator is an oscillator that traders use to measure momentum in a market.

 

Bill Williams Accelerator

Bill Williams Accelerator Oscillator | ThinkMarkets

The Bill Williams Accelerator Oscillator looks at when momentum changes, which can lead to a change in price.

 

Bill Williams Fractals

Bill Williams Fractals - Learn to Trade | ThinkMarkets

Fractals are a series of five consecutive candles where the middle candle is the highest or lowest.

 

Commodity Channel Index (CCI)

Commodity Channel Index CCI - Oscillators | ThinkMarkets

The Commodity Channel Index (CCI) is indicator that many traders use to determine the overbought or oversold conditions of the market. | EN

 

DeMarker Indicator

DeMarker Technical Indicator | ThinkMarkets

The DeMarker indicator, or DeM, is a technical tool used by traders to measure the demand for the underlying asset.

 

Gator Oscillator

Bill Williams Gator Oscillator - Learn to Trade | ThinkMarkets

The Gator Oscillator helps determine whether a market is in a trend or if it’s simply consolidating.

 

Money Flow Index (MFI)

Money Flow Index Indicator (MFI) for Effective Trading

The Money Flow Index indicator is used to measure supply and demand, which is probably going to be the simplest way to determine where a market may be going.

 

Stochastic Oscillator

Stochastic Oscillator - Indicators | ThinkMarkets

The stochastic oscillator allows traders to see the overbought or oversold condition of a market.

 

Williams Percent Range

Williams Percent Range - Indicators | ThinkMarkets

The Williams Percent Range is a momentum indicator that traders use to identify overbought or oversold conditions.

Bullish Patterns

 

Ascending Triangle

Ascending Triangle Chart Pattern | ThinkMarkets

The ascending triangle is a bullish candlestick chart pattern that signals a likely continuation of the overall trend.

 

Bull Flag Pattern

Bull Flag - Chart Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The bull flag is a continuation chart pattern that signals that the overall uptrend is likely to continue.

 

Bull Pennant Pattern

Bull Pennant Pattern - Chart Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The bull pennant is a bullish continuation pattern that signals the extension of an uptrend.

 

Continuation Patterns

Continuation Candlestick Patterns | ThinkMarkets

Continuation patterns signal that the prevailing trend is likely to continue after a temporary pause is finished and the breakout is confirmed.

 

Double Bottom Pattern

Double Bottom Pattern - Bullish Patterns | ThinkMarkets

A double bottom pattern is a bullish pattern that occurs near the end of a downtrend. It is a reversal pattern.

 

Falling Wedge

Falling Wedge - Bullish Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The falling wedge pattern occurs when the price action creates the lower highs and higher lows, with two trend lines that are converging. It occurs in a bullish trend.

 

Triple Bottom Pattern

Triple Bottom Pattern - Bullish Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The triple bottom is a bullish reversal candlestick pattern that signals a change in the trend direction.

Bearish Patterns

 

Bear Flag Pattern

Bear Flag - Chart Patterns | ThinkMarkets

A bearish flag is a candlestick chart pattern that signals the extension of the downtrend once the temporary pause is finished.

 

Bear Pennant Pattern

Bear Pennant Pattern - Chart Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The bear pennant is a bearish chart pattern that signals the continuation of a downtrend.

 

Descending Triangle

Descending Triangle Chart Patern | ThinkMarkets

The descending triangle is a bearish pattern that signals a likely continuation of the existing trend.

 

Double Top Reversal

Double Top Reversal - Bearish Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The double top pattern is a bearish reversal pattern that signals an impending reversal.

 

Hanging Man Candlestick Pattern

The Hanging Man Candlestick Pattern | Bearish Patterns | ThinkMarkets

A hanging man candlestick pattern is a bearish candlestick pattern that issues a warning that the market may reverse.

 

Head and Shoulders

Head and Shoulders - Trading Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The head and shoulders and the inverse head and shoulders are among the most popular trading patterns.

 

Rising Wedge

Rising Wedge Pattern - Bearish Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The rising wedge pattern occurs when the higher highs and higher lows create two converging trend lines.

 

Shooting Star Pattern

Trading the Shooting Star Pattern | Think Markets

A shooting star candlestick pattern is a single-candle bearish pattern that generates a reversal signal.

 

Triple Top Pattern

Triple Top Pattern - Bearish Patterns | ThinkMarkets

A triple top is a bearish pattern that occurs at the end of an uptrend, signalling a change in the trend direction.

General Patterns

 

Divergence Patterns

Bullish and Bearish Divergence Patterns | ThinkMarkets

Find out how to spot regular and hidden divergence setups using oscillators such as the RSI and MACD.

 

Doji Candlestick Pattern

Detailed Guide to Doji Candlestick Pattern Types

Different doji candlestick pattern types show market indecision and can signify a potential change in market.

 

Engulfing Candlestick Patterns

How to Trade Bullish & Bearish Engulfing Candlestick Patterns

Bullish and bearish candlestick formations are reversal patterns that occur at the end of a strong trend. Both patterns signal that the reversal is imminent.

 

Hammer Candlesticks

Hammer Candlesticks - Indicators | ThinkMarkets

Hammer and inverted-hammer candlestick patterns are among the most popular technical indicators with traders.

 

Heikin Ashi Candles

Using Heikin Ashi Candles in Your Trading Strategy

The main purpose of using Heikin Ashi candles in your trading strategy is to see past the choppiness and volatility that is so common in the markets.

 

Ichimoku Cloud

Ichimoku Cloud Trading Guide & Ichimoku Kinko Hyo Indicator

Ichimoku Cloud trading strategy is based on moving averages. Once the basics of the Ichimoku kinko hyo indicator are understood, you can apply it on MT5

 

Marubozu Candlestick Pattern

What is the Marubozu Candlestick Pattern? | ThinkMarkets | EN

The Marubozu candlestick pattern is a straightforward formation that is easy to spot as it generates an important and strong message to traders. | ThinkMarkets | EN

 

Morning and Evening Star Candles

How to Trade Morning and Evening Star Candlestick Patterns

The morning and evening star candlestick patterns are reversal formations that occur at the end of a strong trend.

 

Reversal Candlestick Patterns

Reversal Candlestick Chart Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The opposite of continuation patterns, reversal patterns signal an impending change in a trend's direction.

 

Spinning Top Pattern

The Spinning Top Candlestick Pattern | ThinkMarkets

A spinning top is a candlestick pattern that signals indecision regarding the future trend direction.

 

Symmetrical Triangle

Symmetrical Triangle - General Patterns | ThinkMarkets

The symmetrical triangle is a consolidation chart pattern that occurs when the price action trades sideways.

 

Three Soldiers - Three Crows

Three White Soldiers - Three Black Crows | ThinkMarkets

The three white soldiers and the three black crows are reversal patterns that initiate and confirm the trend reversal.

 

Tweezer Top and Bottom

Trading the Tweezer Top and Bottom Candlestick Patterns

The tweezer top and bottom are reversal candlestick patterns that signal a potential change in the price direction.

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