Live Trading Example – Forex Head and Shoulders Chart Pattern

Forex Head and Shoulders Chart Pattern - Live Trading Example

In this live Forex trading example I managed to trade one of the best Forex chart patterns – the Head and Shoulders. I spotted the structure of the figure and I shorted the GBP/USD on the assumption that the price is about to decrease. Have a look at the video to see how to tackle the Forex Head and Shoulders chart pattern.

Signals of the Head and Shoulders Chart Pattern

  1. The Cable has been following a bullish trend.
  2. A top was created and the price changed its direction.
  3. Then a retracement occurred on the chart, the price increased and created a higher top.
  4. The price repeated this one more time and the price created a third top.
  5. The last top was slightly lower than the first top, which is a visual characteristic of a Forex Head and Shoulders.
  6. I built a Neck Line through the two bottoms at the base of the head.
  7. I shorted the GBP/USD on the breakout through the Neck Line.

Stop Loss and Target of the Forex Head and Shoulders Trade

I placed my Stop Loss order above the second shoulder on the chart. This way my trade was protected from eventual turnaround. After all, if the price creates a higher top, this will contradict to the structure of the pattern.

I positioned my Take Profit order at a distance equal to the vertical size of the pattern. This is the distance between the tip of the head and the Neck Line.

Live Trading Example

Notice that the end of the trade came with a very sharp price decrease that got the price through my Take Profit level. This sharp move appeared as a result of a strong jobs and manufacturing data coming from the United States.

Bottom line, I collected 28 pips that equals to 0.22% for about 5 hours of trading. Although this is a relatively long period of time considering the amount of profit, the trade is successful and this is the most important thing!

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Damyan Diamandiev
Damyan Diamandiev

Damyan is a fresh MSc International Management from the International University of Monaco. During his bachelor and master programs, Damyan has been working in the area of financial markets as a Market Analyst and Forex Writer. He is the author of thousands of educational and analytical articles for traders. When being in bachelor school, he represented his university in the National Forex Trading Competition for students in Bulgaria and got the first place among 500 other traders. He was awarded a cup and a certificate at an official ceremony in his university.

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