Read This if Trading Charts Scare You
Reading charts isn’t as hard as it might seem, so you should face your fears and learn how to successfully use this great technical analysis tool in your day-by-day trading. To ease up your work we’ll start with Candlestick Charts. The reason this chart type might be simpler to understand is the fact that each candle shows what the overall trend of the asset was, within a certain amount of time.
As you might’ve noticed, with eXcentral you have the choice between 9 time-frames, from 1 minute (1/1m) to 1 month (Mo/1M). All you need to do is decide what time-frame you want to choose between short term (1 minute, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours), medium-short term (1 day), medium term (1 week) or medium-long term (1 Month). Once you decide, you will visualise the trend of the asset within that certain period, as one candle.
Obviously, and you should know this by now, each green candle represents an increase in the value of the security you’re visualising, while each red candle represents a decrease in its value. You will notice that certain candles have some longer lines below or above them. We call those frail lines tails, and they’re a lot more powerful than they might seem.
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The longer the candle’s tails, the higher the asset’s volatility, during your chosen period of time. For this reason, your chart will show 4 different values:
- O – the opening value of the candle within your chosen time-frame
- H – the highest value your asset reached within that candle’s time-frame
- L – the lowest value the asset reached within the reference time frame
- C – the closing value for the asset on that specific period
While Open and Close are values where the price managed to stabilise or maintain for more than a fraction of a second, the High and Low are in fact values the price of the asset reached even for a very short period of time, nonetheless, over that predefined period.
Knowing these valuable pieces of information, and how to interpret charts over various periods of time, gives you the possibility to create Trading Plans, for longer or shorter periods of time, based on the time-frame for which you create your expectations on.
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Now that you understand these simple facts about charts, you can apply what you learned. Make sure you choose an asset you understand, and try to figure out what trend it follows. If you’re still having a hard time identifying the trend that your chart is displaying, make sure to change between different time-frames, as for certain periods charts can remain pretty flat, without showing any up or down-trends.
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