Classic patterns

Did you know there are about 20 different types of traditional patterns?

They come in different shapes and sizes but they all share something in common : they are well-known shapes you can draw in your price chart.

Every classical pattern detailed with their performance and reliability stats

Below you’ll find the ultimate database with every single classic pattern (you can find other types of pattern here: candlestick patterns or harmonic patterns). You’ll find detailed articles for each going into detailed explanation, giving you examples and data for each pattern. No more doubt about what makes a specific pattern and how well it works.

Moreover, this extensive cheat sheet will definitely give you an edge and let you understand and recognize every pattern. Plus at PatternsWizard, our absolute focus is to bring you data-driven performance statistics. So for most classic patterns (articles below) you’ll find data about each pattern’s performance statistics and reliability (how often they confirm, reach the target or stop, how often they appear, …) to adjust your trading strategy of financial markets.

What are classical patterns?

Classic, traditional or common patterns refer to the same kind of patterns.
Classic chart patterns are aggregates of price drawing some well known forms.
They often form around support or resistance levels. These trend lines indicate areas where traders were interested in exchanging their assets holding and time + trades will draw these patterns.

Ascending triangle illustration
They are believed to be great indicators of market sentiment. Let’s consider for example an ascending triangle (as illustrated on the right). As time goes on traders step in to repeatedly sell at the same given high price (the horizontal resistance) and new buyers step in to repeatedly buy at new higher prices (the ascending trendline). It shows upward pressure and an expected move is a break up of the horizontal resistance level. Keep in mind technical analysis is probabilistic (hence why we created PatternsWizard) and it can sometimes not break out or do a false breakout.

Some of the best known classical chart patterns are the head and shoulders pattern, the wedge pattern, the double top or triple bottom. They can form as a bullish pattern or a bearish pattern. For example a bearish reversal pattern (such as an inverted H&S) in an upper trend is a strong hint for a trend reversal to the down side. Same can apply to a bullish reversal pattern (in reverse).

How can they help you enhance your trading strategy?

Depending on the pattern (each pattern can tell a different story), they can be a hint for :

  • Reversal pattern : it predicts price will reverse and move in the opposite direction.
  • Continuation pattern : it predicts price will continue its move in the same direction.

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Patterns help you better predict and understand what the markets will do. Learn about classic patterns so you can get an edge in the market and profit from your trading.

Want to go into the details of a specific pattern? You’re at the right place!

These patterns often have very illustrative names. Feel free to discover the detailed article for each classic pattern right below :

Channel Pattern: What is it? How to trade it?

Channel Pattern: What is it? How to trade it?

The channel pattern is a technical analysis pattern that capitalizes on the trending tendencies of the market.It is also known as price channel.This pattern appears in the market when price oscillates between two lines with the same slope.It can be a rising channel or...

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Bullish & Bearish Flag Pattern: How to trade it?

Bullish & Bearish Flag Pattern: How to trade it?

The Flag pattern is a continuation pattern. Its formation is a strong sign of consolidation (price stops to trend for a while to build back momentum).It is identifiable with 3 components: the flagpole, the flag (the consolidation part) and the continuation. The flag...

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Broadening Top Pattern: Full Guide

Broadening Top Pattern: Full Guide

The broadening top pattern is a bearish reversal pattern.It's tougher to trade than other classical patterns as lows and highs get taken out one by one.It can also be called the "megaphone pattern". What is the broadening top pattern?  The broadening top pattern...

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Triple Top Pattern: What is it? How to trade it?

Triple Top Pattern: What is it? How to trade it?

The triple top pattern is a bearish reversal pattern.It's created when price bounces off resistance 3 time at similar levels.It's a sign the sellers are coming in the market to avoid the security price to shoot higher. What is a Triple Top pattern? Triple top is a...

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Rectangle Pattern: What is it? How to trade it?

Rectangle Pattern: What is it? How to trade it?

The Rectangle pattern is bullish or bearish depending on the direction of the breakoutIt forms when price oscillates between a horizontal support and resistance. What is the Rectangle pattern? The rectangle formation is a classical technical analysis pattern shown by...

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Triple Bottom Pattern: Definition & Strategy

Triple Bottom Pattern: Definition & Strategy

The triple bottom pattern is a bullish reversal pattern. It's created when price bounces off support 3 time at similar levels.It's a sign the buyers are coming in the market to avoid the security price to drop lower. What is the Triple Bottom pattern? The Triple...

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Head and Shoulders Pattern: The Ultimate Guide

Head and Shoulders Pattern: The Ultimate Guide

Recognizing chart patterns is one of the most reliable techniques for trading the market. There are various chart formations that traders can observe and apply to their arsenal. Today, we will go through one of the most dependable chart patterns: the head and...

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Bullish & Bearish Pennant Pattern: Definition

Bullish & Bearish Pennant Pattern: Definition

The pennant pattern is a continuation pattern.The pennant shows a time of consolidation before to (likely) continue of the same trend with a breakout.The consolidation period should have lower volume and the breakouts should occur on higher volume. What is the Pennant...

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Falling Wedge Pattern: Ultimate Guide [2021]

Falling Wedge Pattern: Ultimate Guide [2021]

Out of all the chart patterns that exist in a bullish market, the falling wedge is an important pattern for new traders. It is a very extreme bullish pattern for all instruments in any market in any trend. Depending on the educator and educational material you’ve read...

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Inverse Head and Shoulders Pattern: Full Guide

Inverse Head and Shoulders Pattern: Full Guide

Traders apply charts when studying various patterns in market trends, including the inverse head and shoulders pattern. This pattern is characterized by three troughs (both the upward head and shoulders have peaks), with the middle trough being the deepest. An inverse...

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Cup and Handle Pattern: Definition & Strategy

Cup and Handle Pattern: Definition & Strategy

Chart patterns usually occur when the cost of an asset goes towards a direction that a common shape, like a rectangle, triangle, head and shoulders, or in this case, a cup and handle pattern. These patterns are great ways to trade visually. They offer a logical point...

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How to trade a Rising Wedge classical pattern?

How to trade a Rising Wedge classical pattern?

A rising wedge forms when two converging upward slope trendlines encapsulate the priceIt is a bearish pattern What is a Rising Wedge? Rising wedge is a popular reversal pattern that can easily be predicted in nature. It offers clues to traders on the direction and...

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Ascending Triangle Pattern: Full Guide [2021]

Ascending Triangle Pattern: Full Guide [2021]

The ascending triangle pattern is a continuation pattern. Price typically breakout in the direction of the prevailing trend.It forms between a horizontal resistance and an upward slope trendlineIt helps traders frame their trade, giving an entry, stop and target If...

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How to trade a Double Top pattern?

How to trade a Double Top pattern?

The double top looks like the letter "M"Price touches twice a resistance levelThe double top pattern follows an uptrendIt signals the reversal and the beginning of a potential downtrend What is the Double Top pattern? A double top is a very bearish technical reversal...

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How to trade a Symmetrical Triangle pattern?

How to trade a Symmetrical Triangle pattern?

A symmetrical triangles forms when the price of a security consolidates between two trend lines with similar slopesIt can break in both directions, up or downThe symmetrical triangle helps frame your entry, stop and target What is the Symmetrical Triangle pattern?...

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How to trade the Double Bottom pattern?

How to trade the Double Bottom pattern?

The double bottom looks like the letter "W"Price touches twice a support levelThe double bottom pattern follows a downtrendIt signals the reversal and the beginning of a potential uptrend What is a Double Bottom classical pattern? A double bottom pattern is a classic...

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How to trade the Descending Triangle pattern?

How to trade the Descending Triangle pattern?

A descending triangle forms with an horizontal resistance and a descending trendline from the swing highsTraders can use the descending triangle pattern as a signal to enter a short position at breakdownThe opposite technical pattern is the ascending triangle What is...

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