The Wedge is a technical chart pattern that is commonly used by the traders, market technicians and chartists to find the upcoming market trend. This pattern is always formed at the bottom/top of the trend, indicating a potential change in the market’s direction. In short, the Wedge is a trend reversal pattern. One key benefit of the Wedge pattern is they it is comparatively easy to identify on the price charts. This pattern is traded by most of the technical traders as it provides precise entries and exits.
There are two types of Wedge patterns – The Rising Wedge & the Falling Wedge.
The Rising Wedge
The Rising Wedge is a bearish reversal pattern, and it appears in an uptrend. This pattern seems to look wide at the bottom and contracts as the price move higher. To form a Rising Wedge pattern, two higher highs must touch the upper line; likewise, two reaction lows to the lower line. The point at which the upper and lower lines merge indicates the completion of the pattern.
The Falling Wedge
This pattern is just opposite to the Rising Wedge pattern. It appears in an ongoing downtrend, and it is a bullish reversal pattern. The appearance of these patterns is an indication for us to go long. This pattern begins wide at the top and contracts as the price moves lower. To form this pattern, the two lower lows must react with the support line, and the two higher lows must react with the resistance line. When both the lines converge, we can say that the pattern is complete.
Trading The Wedge Chart Pattern
The Rising Wedge
The below chart represents the formation of a Rising Wedge chart pattern on the GBP/CAD Forex pair.
There are two ways to trade the Rising Wedge pattern. We can go short when the price hits the upper resistance line, and if the price breaks the below line, holding our positions for longer targets is a wise thing to do. The second and the conventional way is to wait for the price action to break below the support line and take the sell position only after the confirmation.
In the example below, we took sell entry when the price action broke the support line. Place the stop-loss just above the recent high and ride the markets for deeper targets. We had booked our profits when the price action started to struggle as it is an indication of a market reversal soon.
The Falling Wedge Pattern
The image chart represents the formation of the Falling Wedge pattern in the GBP/NZD Forex pair. We can see that both the parties were fighting in a downtrend and when the market prints a Falling Wedge pattern, it is an indication for us to go long.
At the beginning of March, the price broke above the Falling Wedge pattern, and we end up entering for a buy. The stop-loss was placed just below the support line, and the take profit was at the major resistance area.
That’s about Raising & Falling Wedge pattern and how to trade them. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below. Also, to learn advanced trading strategies related to this pattern, you can follow this link. Cheers.