Japanese candlestick patterns are useful because they allow traders to quickly visualise price action in the market. There are many different patterns and many different opinions on their effectiveness.

In this article we will look at a trading system that attempts to dynamically select the best performing candlestick pattern from the previous six months and trade that pattern for the next month. Amibroker formula will also be provided. Read more »


Debate has raged for years as to whether or not technical analysis is actually a useful tool in helping to generate long run profits in the markets.

For some, technical analysis is no more than hocus pocus. An approach that is based on faith rather than legitimate science. For others, technical analysis is the foundation of profitable trading and those that dismiss technical analysis are usually not ‘real’ traders. Read more »


Several months ago I was thinking about candlestick charts and whether or not these classic patterns had any predictive ability for trading. I had a look around but all I could find were vague speculations and cliches. I couldn’t find any solid evidence of whether they actually worked or not.

So… I thought I would casually test out a few candlestick price patterns and see if any of them actually worked.

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Last Friday the S&P 500 formed a shooting star candlestick pattern on the daily chart. This is a Japanese candlestick formation that is normally a bearish reversal signal. Sure enough, the S&P 500 moved lower the next day, dropping around 15 points. We saw this happen last September too. But how often does this bearish pattern really play out?  Read more »