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How to Trade the Head and Shoulders Pattern

Head and Shoulders

A head and shoulders pattern is also a trend reversal formation.

It is formed by a peak (shoulder), followed by a higher peak (head), and then another lower peak (shoulder). A “neckline” is drawn by connecting the lowest points of the two troughs. The slope of this line can either be up or down. Typically, when the slope is down, it produces a more reliable signal.


Head and Shoulders Pattern
In this example, we can easily see the head and shoulders pattern.


The head is the second peak and is the highest point in the pattern. The two shoulders also form peaks but do not exceed the height of the head.

With this formation, we put an entry order below the neckline.

We can also calculate a target by measuring the high point of the head to the neckline. This distance is approximately how far the price will move after it breaks the neckline.


Head and Shoulders Pattern Breakdown
You can see that once the price goes below the neckline it makes a move that is at least the size of the distance between the head and the neckline.


We know you’re thinking to yourself, “the price kept moving even after it reached the target.”

And our response is, “DON”T BE GREEDY!

Inverse Head and Shoulders

The name speaks for itself. It is basically a head and shoulders formation, except this time it’s upside down.

A valley is formed (shoulder), followed by an even lower valley (head), and then another higher valley (shoulder). These formations occur after extended downward movements.


Inverse Head and Shoulders Pattern
Here you can see that this is just like a head and shoulders pattern, but it’s flipped upside down. With this formation, we would place a long entry order above the neckline.


Our target is calculated just like the head and shoulders pattern. Measure the distance between the head and the neckline, and that is approximately the distance that the price will move after it breaks the neckline.


Inverse Head and Shoulders Pattern Breakout
You can see that the price moved up nicely after it broke the neckline.


If your target is hit, then be happy with your profits. However, there are trade management techniques where you can lock in some of your profits and still keep your trade open in case the price continues to move your way.

You will learn about those later on in the course.




       它是由一个高峰(肩膀),接着一个更高的高峰(头),和一个较低的高峰(肩膀)所构成。“颈线”通常是,连着两个底谷的最低点,画出的切线。 这条颈线的斜度可以是向上或向下的。 通常的情况,当颈线向下倾斜时,它会是个更可靠的反转信号。




       我们还可以测量从头部的高点 到颈线的距离。这距离将是价格突破颈线后,大约的移动距离。



       但我们的回应是,“ 不要太贪心! “






       我们的止盈目标的计算就像头肩型形一样。 测量头部到颈线之间的距离,这就是价格突破颈线后,大约的移动距离。