Technical Analysis

Symmetrical Triangles

What are Symmetrical Triangles?

  • Symmetrical triangles consist of two lines of equal slope converging to a point in the future. The result is the appearance of a sideways triangle with the base to the left and the point the right.
Symmetrical Triangle

Why are Symmetrical Triangles important?

  • A symmetrical triangle implies that the market cannot decide whether to break up or down. Once the triangle is broken by the price, there may be a substantial move in the direction of the break.

So how do I use them?

Symmetrical triangles can be used to interpret large breaks in price. If the price breaks through the triangle to the downside, there may be a large move down. Similarly, if the price breaks through the triangle to the upside, there may be a large move up. We may use these to help identify trend or to confirm a Gartley or butterfly pattern.

Symmetrical Triangle (EUR/USD, 4 hour)


Symmetrical Triangles Chart 1

Symmetrical Triangle (USD/SEK, 4 hour)


Symmetrical Triangles Chart 2
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