Complex patterns

When a candlestick pattern includes three periods' worth of price action (three candlesticks), I consider it a complex pattern. Many complex candlestick patterns require specific price activity over the course of three days for the pattern to be considered valid, and I discuss a range of them in Chapters 9 and 10.

Complex candlestick patterns can be frustrating at times because you may watch with anticipation as a pattern develops nicely for the first two days only to fizzle out on the third.

Complex candlestick patterns are more rare than their simple counterparts, but they can be worth the wait. Because the conditions and criteria for a complex pattern are so specific, it's more likely that the signals they offer will be good ones.

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