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Part 19: Technical Analysis – Consolidation and Divergences

Because our technical analysis show here at the website has become very popular, today we are continuing with our 19th article. In this part, we will explore two basic elements of the technical analysis, both simple albeit efficient. If you are preparing your trading strategy or just want to get a better grasp of the behavior of the Forex market you should certainly read the article.

What is consolidation

If you look at any chart (currency pairs, shares, cryptocurrencies) you can identify a trend, retracement (correction) and consolidation. Consolidation is a sideways movement; the market is not in a trend or undergoing a retracement. Consolidation is typical by having to mark an upper and lower limit in the chart.

Did you know that… Consolidation (sideways movement) is the most frequent movement of most of the currency pairs? The majority of all traders think the most frequent movement is trending (either bearish or bullish). But it’s not.

Consolidation often ends with a triangle-shaped pattern, a wedge. This is another simple but useful price action pattern (we will focus on it in the next part/s of our series).

Consolidation of price

Price consolidation in a chart may look as follows

How to trade consolidation

There are numerous ways how to trade consolidation. As a true Forex trader you should make a test on historical data. The most frequent occurrences include rebound from lower/upper limit back to the range and/or waiting orders in case of leaving the range, when in trend. Reactions can also be seen outside the consolidation range for instance on significant levels of Fibonacci retracement.

All traders who want to be successful and profitable should read the articles dealing with rebounds such as: Confirming rebound by indicators

What is divergence

Divergence is a phenomenon typical for indicators. Divergence occurs when an indicator (typically MACD or RSI) and the price of an instrument are heading in opposite directions. To easily identify this occurrence I recommend that you watch the trend line (both on the instrument and the indicator).


Divergence illustrated on a chart

How to trade divergence

If you manage to discover divergence you are halfway through to win. This is quite a strong trading signal, indicating a trend reversal. Watch the price chart and be ready that an opposite trend or at least the correction of the current trade is about to start.

The two above patterns of the technical analysis are fairly simple and, most importantly, powerful. If you don’t believe make a test on a set of historical data. Another advantage of this pattern is that they occur  in the Forex markets relatively often and as long as your portfolio of currency pairs and time zones (5/30/60 minutes etc.) is broad enough you are likely to come across the two phenomena – consolidation or divergence – nearly each day.


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