The global financial crises, preceded by subprime market problems and precipitated by the Lehman Brothers collapse, caught the markets and experts by surprise. The magnitude of the collapse in conditions was unprecedented. A closer look at the evidence shows that the signs were detectable, particularly with price break charts. Price break charts also can be a useful tool for detecting key changes in financial conditions and monitoring the status of a recovery. Price break charts can help pinpoint whether incremental signs of a recovery are in fact significant. Many would consider these signs significant if they were able to generate a price break chart reversal up. In the remainder of this section, we will review key financial condition indicators from the vantage point of price break charts.
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