5 Steps to trading the Gartley pattern


Gartley Pattern

STAGE 1:

THE BULLISH IMPULSE LEG

A bullish impulse leg is a strong move in price action to the upside.

The impulse leg can be a mixture of bullish and bearish candles, but must have a bullish overall direction.

The start of the impulse leg should be marked as X and the top of the impulse leg should be marked as A.

STAGE 2:

B LEG RETRACEMENT

Now that you have identified your X to A impulse leg you are now looking for the B leg, which is a retracement of the X to A impulse leg.

Take your Fibonacci retracement tool and draw from your X leg to your A leg.

The crucial Fibonacci levels you are looking for are the 61.80% and 78.60%

Price action must at least touch the 61.80% retracement but cannot touch the 78.60% retracement.

As you can see by the illustration, the candle does not need to close below the 61.80% retracement but must at least spike through.

The bullish Gartley pattern will be invalid if price action touches the 78.60% retracement of the X to A move.

STAGE 3:

C LEG RETRACEMENT

Once you have identified a valid X to A impulse leg and a B leg retracement, you are now looking for a valid C leg retracement.

Take your Fibonacci retracement tool and draw from your A leg to your B leg.

The crucial Fibonacci retracement level you are looking for is the 61.80%

Price action must at least touch the 61.80% but cannot spike above the A leg resistance.

The candle does not need to close above the 61.80% but must at least spike through.

The bullish Gartley pattern will be invalid if price action spiked above the A leg resistance.

STAGE 4:

D LEG COMPLETION

Now that you have a valid X, A, B and C move you are looking for the final leg in price action at which point you will buy the chosen currency pair.

Take your Fibonacci retracement tool and draw from your B leg to your A leg.

You are looking for a 1.272% which will now give you a valid D leg completion of the bullish Gartley pattern.

STAGE 5:

PLACING YOUR TARGETS

When looking to take targets on the bullish Gartley Pattern the first step is to use your Fibonacci retracement tool.

With your Fibonacci retracement tool draw from the A to D leg, you are looking for target 1 at the 38.20% and target 2 at the 61.80%.

To protect the profits you have accumulated at target 1 it is advised you move your stop loss to breakeven once the 38.20% target 1 has been attained, thus giving you a risk free trade to target 2.

KEY NOTES & RULES:

When trading the bullish Gartley pattern, the pattern is meant to be traded at 1.272% D leg completion only.

If you believe the pattern is unfolding but price is only at point B, be patient and wait until price reaches the D leg completion.

The power of the pattern comes from converging Fibonacci levels of all points from X to D.

Point B must at least touch the 61.80% retracement but cannot touch the 78.60% from the X to A move.

Point C must touch the 61.80% but cannot spike above the A leg resistance.

Point D is complete when price action touches the 1.272% retracement of the B to A move.

Stop loss must be placed below the X leg structure support .

Stop loss must also be a minimum of a 1:1 risk reward to the 38.20% target 1.

Target 1 at the 38.20% retracement of the A to D move.

Target 2 at the 61.80% retracement of the A to D move.

CURRENCY PAIR:

This pattern like any other is more profitable with certain currency pairs, you should do your own back testing on this prior to trading the pattern.


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