The Gartley pattern, one of the most traded harmonic patterns, is a retracement and continuation pattern that occurs when a trend temporarily reverses direct. There are various patterns which fall into the “harmonic” group, but today we will highlight one of the oldest recognized harmonic patterns – the Gartley pattern. “The Gartley is a very powerful, multi-dimensional pattern. It is called a Gartley because it is found in H.M. Gartley’s book, Profits in the Stock Market, .
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I am a big fan of trading with harmonic patterns in the spot forex market because they provide very precise conditions for evaluating the validity of the patterns, and offer a high reward to risk ratio when traded garfley.
In the following material, will dive into some rules and best practices around trading the Gartley pattern. Gartley is a special chart pattern within the harmonic pattern universe.
And as with the other harmonic trading patterns, it must meet its own specific Fibonacci levels in order to qualify as a valid formation. M Gartley, who lived during the same era as R. N Elliott and W. In the book and specifically on pageH.
And so, the Gartley pattern is also sometimes referred to as Gartley or the pattern by some harmonic traders. As such, the pattern consists of five points on the chart. This is how a Gartley harmonic pattern appears: This is a sketch of the Gartley chart figure. The pattern starts with point X and it creates four swings until point Gartkey is completed. Since the pattern is a member of the Harmonic family, each swing should conform to specific Fibonacci garfley.
We will now go through each component of the Gartley structure: The XA 2222 could be any price activity on the chart. There are no specific requirements in relation to the XA price move of gartely Gartley chart formation.
The AB move should be approximately So, if the XA move is bullish, then the AB move should reverse the price action and should reach the The BC move should then reverse gartleu AB move. At the same time, the BC move gartlye finish either on the The CD should be a reversal of the BC move. Then if BC is If BC is Then there is the last rule for the Gartley pattern. When the CD move is complete, you should measure the AD move. A valid Gartley on the chart will show an AD move, which takes a Refer to the illustration below which will help you visualize these rules for the Gartley pattern: If these five rules are met, you can confirm the presence of the Gartley pattern on your chart.
But what is the potential, once the Forex Gartley Pattern has been confirmed?
Trading The Gartley Pattern –
Remember, the expected outcome of the Gartley figure could be bullish or bearish depending on whether we have a bullish Gartley or a Bearish Gartley. The Bullish Gartley is the one we took as an example in the images 22. It starts with a bullish XA move. AB is then bearish.
BC is bullish, and CD is bearish again. In this manner, the expectation of the pattern is a reversal of the CD move. This means that the expected outcome from the bullish Gartley is a price increase from Point D: This is the bullish Gartley.
The green arrow on the image represents the expected price move of the bullish Gartley pattern. The full target of the pattern is the However, there are three intermediary targets before that. These four levels on the chart gartkey the four minimum targets of the bullish Gartley. You are always free to use additional price action rules or a trailing stop to attain further out exit points on your trade.
The bearish Gartley pattern is the absolute equivalent of the bullish Gartley pattern, but inverted. This means that the potential of the bearish Gartley is a price decline from Point D. The generally expected price target of the bearish Gartley is the Below you will see a sketch of the bearish Gartley setup.
As you see, the figure is absolutely identical to the bullish Gartley, but everything is upside down. Therefore, the pattern shares the same target rules with the bullish Gartley: Again, when the target at point E is completed, it is not necessary to close your short trade out entirely. You can always stay in for a further price decrease by using price action rules or a trailing stop. Now that you are familiar with the Gartley identification rules, I will show you a simple way to trade this chart pattern.
Our Gartley trading method objectively pinpoints the proper location of the entry point, stop loss, and exit point. In order to enter a Gartley trade you should first identify the pattern and then confirm its validity. To draw the Gartleg pattern on your chart, you should outline the four price swings on the chart and check to make sure they respond to their respective Fibonacci gartleu.
This way you will be able to gauge the general size of the pattern and have a gartlej idea about the parameters. When the Gartley pattern is bearish, then you use the same two rules to open a trade.
However, in this case your trade will to the short side. Regardless of your preferred entry signal, it is always recommended that you use a stop loss order.
This way you will protect yourself from any rapid or unexpected price moves. If you open a bullish Gartley trade, your stop loss order should be located right below the D point of the pattern. If you open a bearish Gartley trade, your stop gartlley order gadtley be located right above the D point of the pattern. Below you will find an image showing you the proper location of a Bullish Gartley stop loss order: The sketch above shows you the exact location of a properly positioned stop loss order of a bullish Gartley pattern.
When you open your Gartley trade and you place your stop loss order, you expect the price to move in your favor, right? And if and when it does, you should know how long you expect to stay in the trade.
My preferred method for trading Gartleys is to enter a full position after the D bounce and then scale out at different levels. As mentioned earlier, the targets that I look for are as follows: Then if the price momentum continues to show signs of strength, you can opt to keep a small portion of the trade open in an attempt to catch a large move. But in general, if the price action shows no signs of interrupting the new trend, just stay in it for as long as you can.
Now we will apply the rules we discussed above into a practical trading example using a Gartley indicator. We will open trades after identifying the pattern rules and after the price action bounces from the We will place a stop loss order beyond point D on the final Gartley swing.
We will attempt to stay in our trades until price reaches the four targets we discussed. The image below is gartlej bullish Gartley pattern example: At the same time, AD is Since this is a bullish Gartley setup, the expected price move is to the upside.
When this happens, we want to go long putting a stop loss below point D as shown on the image. The first target of gwrtley long trade is located at the level of point B.
The price bounce after the creation of point D is sharp and it instantly completes this target. Then 10 weeks later the price action reaches the level of point A, which is the next target garrtley the chart. However, we are not done yet. We have our last target on the chart. It is located at the This target takes a little bit longer to be complete.
Twenty-seven periods after the previous target is achieved, the price action manages to reach the We can attempt to stay in this trade for further profit and use price action signals to guide us.
As you see, the price creates a couple more peaks on the chart. Notice gsrtley adjoining bottoms of these peaks create a small bullish trend line on the chart yellowwhich we can use to settle a final exit point on the agrtley. The breakdown through this trend line is very sharp and it is created by a big bearish candle.
In this case, we would have been better off had we exited the trade altogether at the last fixed target. Now we will demonstrate an example using the bearish Gartley pattern.
The image illustrates another Gartley pattern, where we apply our trading strategy. The figure starts with a bearish XA move.
Trading the Gartley Pattern: Ratios, Rules and Best Practices
AB is then bullish and BC is bearish. CD then reverses the bearish BC move. BC is the CD reaches the When the CD move is finished and the price creates a bearish bounce from the The first target at point B gets completed at the moment of the bearish bounce after the CD move.