Making Technical Analysis Part of Your Candlestick Charting Strategy

A stunning amount of mathematical ingenuity is applied to security trading analysis. The options for technical analysis can be as simple as the average of a few days of closing prices and as complex as applying calculus to price action to indicate the momentum of prices. The possibilities are endless, and you shouldn't be shy about including some of them in your trading strategy alongside candlestick charts.

Take the time to get familiar with an array of technical indicators to make you a more versatile trader and enrich your work with candlestick charts. For example, it's great when you spot a candlestick pattern indicating that it's time to buy, and at the same time, your favorite technical indicator is also flashing a buy signal. Combining trading tools helps build your confidence and can help you quickly determine when a trade isn't going to work out, allowing you to exit with minimal losses.

I explore several different types of technical indicators in Chapter 11 and clue you in on a few ways that you can combine these indicators with candlestick patterns in Part IV (Chapters 11 through 15). Find a few technical indicators that match up to the type of trading you want to pursue and add them to your candlestick charts. Read up on the choices, and if Chapter 11 isn't enough, you can always turn to Technical Analysis For Dummies (Wiley) by Barbara Rockefeller. The added understanding of technical indicators can really aid you in your candlestick charting efforts.

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