11 Chart Patterns to Know to Better Anticipate Bullish or Bearish Movements in the Bitcoin Price
From Ascending Triangle to Flag and Pennants. All you need to know in one place.
A 2010 Northeastern University College of Science study found that human behavior was 93% predictable. This figure is quite incredible when you think about it, and the director of the study said at the time that spontaneous people were mostly absent from the population:
“Spontaneous individuals are largely absent from the population. Despite the significant differences in travel patterns, we found that most people are equally predictable.”
The director of the study refers to travel patterns here because the study focused on the mobility patterns of anonymous users. While the common perception is that our actions are random and unpredictable, this study established the opposite.
This predictability of human behavior can be exploited in many other domains. It can be exploited in a field that will be of great interest to you: the prediction of asset movements in financial markets. When we carefully study the way an asset's price evolves, we realize that certain patterns frequently recur, and more interestingly, that the way the asset's price evolves afterward is identical to what happened previously.
This is where Mark Twain's famous quote comes into play:
“History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes.”
By doing a thorough technical analysis of an asset's price movement, you can bring out these chart patterns that will allow you to make better decisions on what to do next.
While some fundamental investors are very critical of trading patterns as being nothing more or less than astrology, this is wrong in my opinion. If the charts of an asset's evolution are not magical in themselves, the way the human mind will interpret and react to these charts can be predicted in a more refined way.
This is where the study of human behavior I mentioned in the preamble comes into its own. It is the psychology of human beings that plays a major role in determining how markets will evolve. Since human behavior is mostly the same, you can define more or less precise strategies after having identified certain chart patterns.
In the following, I will present you with the most common chart patterns that you need to know to better anticipate future developments in the price of Bitcoin. Note that this also applies to Altcoins if that's what you're interested in. Finally, be aware that these patterns become more effective the larger the number of participants in a market.
What applies to Bitcoin will not be as accurate on an Altcoin with very few participants.