Ascending Broadening


The Ascending Broadening Formation is a bearish reversal chart pattern characterized by two diverging trend lines, where the lower trend line slopes upward more steeply than the upper trend line. This pattern is formed by increasing price swings and volatility, indicating growing uncertainty and distribution among traders. It typically emerges at the end of an uptrend and is marked by higher highs and higher lows, suggesting that buyers are losing control as the sellers start to take over.

Input Parameters:

  • Time Span: Defines lookback period.
  • Bands: Gives the ability to add ATR, Standard Deviation, Constant, or Percentage bands to the trendlines.

Use Cases:

  • Bearish Reversal Signal: The completion of an Ascending Broadening Formation, especially with a strong break below the lower trend line, can be a signal for traders to consider opening short positions or exiting long positions, anticipating a potential reversal to the downside.
  • Volume Confirmation: Traders often look for an increase in volume as the pattern develops, particularly on downward price movements, as a confirmation of growing selling pressure and the pattern's bearish implications.
  • Stop-Loss Placement: To manage risk on trades based on this pattern, stop-loss orders can be strategically placed just above the most recent high within the formation or above the upper trend line to protect against false breakouts or a continuation of the uptrend.
  • Target Setting: Profit targets for short positions might be set based on historical support levels or using the height of the pattern projected downward from the point of breakout.

Traders utilizing the Broadening Formation in their strategy should be cautious of potential false breakouts and consider confirming signals from other indicators or analysis methods to increase the reliability of their trades.

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May 9, 2024

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