Descending Broadening


The Descending Broadening Formation is a bullish reversal chart pattern characterized by two diverging trend lines, with the upper trend line sloping downward more steeply than the lower trend line. This pattern unfolds through a series of lower highs and lower lows, indicating increasing volatility and uncertainty, but with a bullish undertone as it typically forms during a downtrend. The widening nature of the pattern suggests that selling pressure is being met with stronger buying pressure at lower price levels, setting the stage for a potential bullish reversal.

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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