Art of Chart Reading Online: Learn to Read Any Market the Right Way

Written by Lawrence Chan. Copyright © 2011-14 All Rights Reserved

Art of Chart Reading Online provides the best online lessons on learning and applying chart reading techniques to profit from any financial markets. The roadmap style approach to chart patterns is both easier to understand and more efficient to apply. Great for day trading and swing trading in stock markets, emini and forex.

If you ever want to make money from trading, you should start studying the lessons now. Here you will find:
  • Chart reading lessons you wish you have learned from day one
  • Effectiveness of price patterns confirmed by original research
  • Fill in the missing pieces hindering your performance
  • Correct your bad habits in chart reading
  • Build a solid foundation for your trading career

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Introduction to Chart Reading

Two opposing views on chart reading dominate the trading world and the public in general. Many people think that price charts are just fancy presentations of historical price data that has no real analytical value. Others take chart reading seriously ...

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Trading with Probabilistic Mindset  premium content

Many people have weaknesses in decision making related to matters that are probabilistic in nature. Trading is exactly the kind of activity that requires many probabilistic decision making. Trading decisions are complex in nature because future of th ...


Stop the Madness – Stop Asking for Guru Opinions Whether Something is a Buy or Sell  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Many people likes the comfort of guru opinions, especially when that opinion agrees with their own. When the guru opinion, even if it is a great one, when reduced to a buy or sell, will loose most of its meaning and li ...


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Can I Still Make Money Trading When Markets Are So Manipulated  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading One of the most common beliefs among non-traders is that due to the excessive amount of corruptions and manipulations at the top it is not possible to make money trading the financial markets. There are also traders with ...

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Trade As A Chart Trader  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Many people need an identity to anchor their minds. There is also a practical need because of social pressure. Pretty much like the security blanket Linus has in Peanuts (the comic strip), identity is not necessary but ...

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How To Read Your Charts Objectively  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading All the Key Things To Remember I listed in the Introduction is about one thing - reading your charts objectively. By detaching your emotions from reading your charts, many problematic issues related to chart reading ca ...

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Structure Of Price Movements

Price Moves Like We Breathe  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading The basic types of price movements are just contraction and expansion. It is similar to how we breathe. It cannot be simpler. Contraction Is Decision Time Contraction is price movement trapped with lim ...

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Classes of Chart Patterns  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Recognition of chart patterns is for the purpose of assisting us to make unbiased judgement on what is likely to happen after the chart patterns are in place. In general chart patterns can be classified into 3 basic clas ...

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The Minimalist Approach To Chart Patterns  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading There are chart readers who use many patterns. They use so many patterns you have to wonder if it is feasible to recognize them all. Of course one can computerize the patterns and automate the recognitions. But for nor ...

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Complex Chart Patterns Are Just Combinations Of The Simpler Ones  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Many traders are obsessed with the idea that there exists secret uber chart patterns that produce superior returns with virtually no risk involved. If you are one of them, you should reread what I have written from the ...


Trend And Trend Lines

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Swing Highs And Swing Lows  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading The terms swing high and swing low often show up in all kinds of technical analysis discussions. They are simply the local extremes that are visible to us in a particular timeframe. It is not difficult at all to recogn ...

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Classic Definition Of A Trend  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading The concept of trend has be a very controversial topic for years ever since the first generation technical traders from early 1900s introduced the idea. I will present the one that I was taught and how to utilize the c ...

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Other Trend Identification Methods  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading There are many trend identification methods other than swing trend. The number of trend definitions exploded in the late 1990s as that was the time where every person with a personal computer can play with historical p ...

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The Psychological Effects Of Swing Extremes  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading The Pursuit Of More Timely Trend Identification I started my chart reading education with the swing trend definition because that was the one that my mentors use. It works great back then and works even better nowaday ...

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Trend and Trend Quality  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Trend has been one of the more elusive concepts in not just chart reading but trading in general. The swing trend definition I have provided is just one of the many ways to filter the price data into a structured view of ...

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Before There Were Chart Patterns There Were Trend Lines  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Chart patterns are combinations of price swings that exhibit consistency in their expected outcomes. Before the discovery of the various useful chart patterns, trend lines were the dominating technique for chart traders. ...


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You May See Only One Trend Line But There Are Many  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Many chart readers rejecting the concept of trend lines because the drawing of trend lines is pretty arbitrary. Worse yet some technicians will sworn by their specific trend lines as if these lines have magical powers ...

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Breaking Of A Trend Line  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Once a trend line is broken in the opposite direction, it signals the potential start of a new trend. To be able to utilize the setup, you need to know the projected target of the trend line break. Classic trend line bre ...


Basic Patterns

Essential Chart Patterns  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Here is the core set of chart patterns I find essential to get a grip of any markets I follow. Each pattern that has an article written to explain how it works will be linked to the article. Not Just Another Site w ...

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1-2-3 - The Foundation of Potential Change in Trend  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Summary If there is only one chart pattern you are allowed to learn, 1-2-3 is the one. 1-2-3 is often a reversal pattern that marks the termination of a trend. The pattern is made up of 3 swings where the first and ...


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Double Top  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Summary Classic technical price pattern featuring 2 swing tops that stopped at almost exactly the same price. Once the neckline is breached to the downside with the neckline turning into resistance, you ...

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Wyckoff Up Thrust / UpThrust  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Summary Wyckoff Up Thrust (a.k.a. Wyckoff thrust, w. thrust) is a terminal pattern for an uptrend. It is not a type of false breakout. It is not double top or other classic topping formations. Wyckoff Up Thrust is uni ...


Bear Flag  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Summary Bear flag is one of the most common price patterns appearing in charts of all timeframes. Bear flag is a continuation pattern in a downtrend. It is useful to identify the pattern early in its de ...


Channels  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Channels is an interesting structural behaviour with non-random price movements. With purely random generated data series, channels rarely show up. It is one of the most important evidence that real market data are not ...


Measured Move (a.k.a. 1-to-1 Swing, ABCD Move)  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Summary Measured move is a name given to a highly structured price movement that consists of 2 swings in the same direction with a pause in-between. The 2 swings are supposed to be very similar to each other, meaning ...

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Rising and Falling Wedges  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Rising and falling wedges are chart patterns leading to violent breakouts. Most of the time, the breakout direction is opposite to the direction of the wedge. Hence, they are often named as reversal patterns although t ...

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Pockets  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Pockets have a very special position within the core set of chart patterns. Unlike any other chart patterns, pockets are not defined by what is being there but what is missing. Pockets are very powerful price magnets o ...

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Complex Patterns

Head and Shoulders, Not The Shampoo  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading People often talks about the head and shoulders formation. I have seen many websites showcasing charts after charts that are NOT head and shoulders at all, although they claim so. It is not a good idea mixing up price ...

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Three Pushes  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Summary Three Pushes is one of the more reliable chart patterns that work very well across almost all financial instruments. The pattern is easily recognizable and many of its formations can be computerized, making it ...


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Spike And Ledge  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Summary Spike and ledge is a terminal pattern that happens more often in indices and post news shock environment. The concept is simple and easy to follow. It is one of the best short term trading patterns in terms of r ...

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False Breakout - The Most Misunderstood Pattern  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Traders often focus on how accurate certain chart patterns are and how much money you can make from using the patterns. The more experienced ones would add to their consideration of the risk reward profile of the pattern ...

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Parabolic Run  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Parabolic Run is a complex chart pattern that classic chart patterns often fail to capture. Example Chart Following is a British Pound / US Dollar hourly chart. 1. The Trend Starter (the move in the b ...

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Multiple Timeframes Principles

A Trend Is Not Over Until It Is Over  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading One of the beginners' mistakes in chart reading is seeing top and bottom in the making everywhere. It happens when you learn to read a chart without a proper framework in mind. It is important to read the charts with cer ...


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Price Discovery Cycle  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Price discovery is the process of buyers and sellers interacting at the marketplace to determine the price of an asset. If this sounds like ancient Greek or Latin to you, don't worry it is absolutely normal because it is ...


Multiple Timeframes Bootstrapping Technique  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Being able to read your charts proficiently using multiple timeframes to improve your decision making is similar to graduating from secondary school (or middle school). After completing secondary school, you are supposed ...


Differences Between Intraday and End-of-Day Charts  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Price movements from different markets do not behave the same way. They all have different characteristics. The lesser known fact, however, is that price movements for a single market can behave totally different from ...

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Applying Chart Reading

From Chart Reading To Trading  premium content

Many people confuse the analysis of the price charts and the projections on the potential outcomes with the act of trading or investing. Chart reading is just a tool to assist us in making our trading decisions. However, chart reading itself is inade ...

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Secrets In Applying Chart Reading Correctly To Day Trading  premium content

Due to the many limitations day trading has, a day trader cannot apply chart reading the same way like a swing trader whose primary timeframe is daily or weekly level. Many beginner day traders make the mistake of analyzing their charts using all kin ...


Chart Lessons

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Examples in Reading Charts Using Basic Chart Patterns  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Straight to practical applications of the basic chart patterns. Use Measured Move to Identify Price Targets Measured in 2 different ways back in late 2010 to early 2011 gave you the same price move. Isn't it wise to ...


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Chart Lesson: Silver Long Play Jan 29, 2013  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading As a routine, I review at least the daily charts on all the markets I trade. It does not matter if I have a position on or not. It is important to have an idea of how the charts look like and how they usually move. In an ...


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Chart Lesson: Emini S&P May 31, 2013  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading I have marked up this chart with my technical approach in analyzing the Emini S&P intraday chart. You can expand the chart bigger by clicking on it. Sequence of Analysis 1. The previous week rang ...


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Chart Lesson: Emini S&P Jun 11, 2013 and Jun 12, 2013  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading This is a continuation lesson from the previous chart lesson on May 31, 2013. Chart below use a similar mark up scheme like last time. Should make this easier to explain. Sequence of Analysis 1. Pre ...


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Chart Lesson: Emini S&P NFP Week July 5, 2013  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading Counter-trend move setup from consolidation week. 1. Previous week range is defined after it ends 2. Previous week was trend week expects more upside so projecting at least touching 25% higher 3. Mo ...

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Chart Lesson: Emini S&P Week of July 8 to July 12, 2013  premium content

Part of Art of Chart Reading This is a perfect example of parabolic run. I mentioned that back on Monday (July 8, 2013) we have a parabolic run in place in ES and that all other seasonal and cyclical tools point to the same. Take a look at the chart ...

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Advanced Chart Lessons

Advanced Chart Lesson: Emini S&P Jan 17 to Jan 31, 2014 Waterfall Formation (Part 1)  premium content

Overview Half of the battle in trading successfully is developing good trading habit. What happened to Emini S&P during Jan 17 to Jan 31, 2013 is an excellent case study on what proper chart reading can do for you. Chart readers often find it d ...


Advanced Chart Lesson: Emini S&P Jan 17 to Jan 31, 2014 Waterfall Formation (Part 2)  premium content

Overview Before we engage the market in real-time, we have to be aware of the various potential scenarios. Daily chart analysis from Part 1 provides us the big picture setups while day-to-day trading do not often trigger these powerful setups. Hence ...


Advanced Chart Lesson: Emini S&P Jan 17 to Jan 31, 2014 Waterfall Formation (Part 3)  premium content

Overview Actual engagement on Jan 22, 2014 was pretty easy. Execution of the battle plan is just a matter of reacting to the possible outcomes and paying attentions to the development of the price actions. Positive expectancy is built implicitly int ...