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What is Harmonic XABCD Pattern and How to Identify It Easily


what is harmonic XABCD pattern

In the today's article, we will discuss the absolute basics of harmonic trading: I will explain to you what is harmonic XABCD pattern and how to recognize it, using fibonacci ratios.


The foundation of harmonic trading is impulse leg.

Impulse leg is a strong, directional bullish or bearish movement.


Harmonic traders perceive a price chart like a combination of impulse legs.


harmonic pattern trading - impulse leg

Here are the impulse legs on AUDUSD on a daily time frame. All these impulses are significant bullish or bearish movements.


In harmonic pattern trading, the impulse leg will also be called the XA leg.


XABCD pattern is based on 4 consequent price movements.


XA leg will be a fundamental component of each harmonic XABCD pattern and the first price movement within the pattern.


The direction of the XA leg will determine the bias of the pattern:

Bullish XA will be a foundation of a bullish harmonic pattern,

while, a bearish XA leg will be a foundation for a bearish harmonic pattern.


XA impulse leg in harmonic trading

impulse leg in harmonic trading

Above, the examples of a bullish and bearish impulse legs.


After identification of XA leg, a harmonic trader should analyse a consequent price action.


AB leg will be the next movement after a completion of XA leg.


harmonic XABCD pattern structure

BC leg will be the movement after a completion of AB leg.


harmonic XABCD pattern rules

CD leg will be the movement after a completion of BC leg.

CD leg will be a completion point of a harmonic pattern.


harmonic XABCD pattern strategy

In a bullish harmonic pattern, a bullish movement will be anticipated from D point.


harmonic XABCD pattern example

Above is a structure of a bearish harmonic XABCD pattern.

In a bearish pattern, its completion point will indicate a highly probable coming bearish movement.


There are a lot of different types of harmonic XABCD patterns: bullish/bearish Gartley, Bat, Cypher, etc...


The type of the pattern will depend on the fibonacci ratios of B, C, D points of the pattern. Learn Best Harmonic Patterns & Ratios


B, C, D points should have very specific ratios to make a pattern harmonic.


First, a harmonic trader should measure the fibonacci retracement level of B point in XA leg.


harmonic XABCD pattern and fibonacci

In the example below, B point is lying between 618 and 786 retracements of XA leg.


how to identify harmonic XABCD pattern

Then, if a C point is lying beyond the range of the XA impulse, one should measure its fibonacci extension level.

If a C is lying within XA, its retracement level should be measured.


how to spot harmonic XABCD pattern

Below, we can see that C point of the pattern is lying between 618 and 786 retracements of AB.


harmonic XABCD pattern XAUUSD

Depending on the type of the pattern, a D point will either be based on a certain fibonacci retracement of XA leg or extension of AB leg.


harmonic XABCD pattern best strategy

In our example, the criteria for a bullish harmonic Gartley pattern are met.


The completion point of the pattern - D point will be based on 786 retracement of XA leg.


From that retracement level, a bullish movement will be anticipated.


harmonic XABCD pattern and bullish movement


Your task as a harmonic trader is to learn the specific rations of each harmonic pattern. With experience, you will learn to identify impulse legs and trade them profitable.

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