The Authority’ on Price Action Trading. In 2016, Nial won the Central forex general trading Dollar Trader Competition.
A Brief History of Japanese Candlestick Charting Patterns. Candlestick charts originated in Japan during the 18th century. Since no defined currency standard existed in Japan during this time rice represented a medium of exchange. Various feudal lords deposited rice in warehouses in Osaka and would then sell or trade the coupon receipts, thus rice become the first futures market. In the 1700s legendary Japanese rice trader Homma Munehisa studied all aspects of rice trading from the fundamentals to market psychology. Homma subsequently dominated the Japanese rice markets and built a huge fortune. His trading techniques and principles eventually evolved into the candlestick methodology which was then used by Japanese technical analysts when the Japanese stock market began in the 1870s.
The method was picked up by famed market technician Charles Dow around 1900 and remains arguably the most popular form of technical analysis chart in use by today’s traders of financial instruments. Candlestick charts show the same information as bar charts but in a graphical format that provides a more detailed and accurate representation of price action. Candlestick charts visually display the supply and demand situation by showing who is winning the battle between the bulls and the bears. Candlestick formations make all single bar and multi-bar patterns significantly easier to spot in real time, thus increasing your chances of catching high probability trade setups. Western technical signals used on a bar chart can easily be applied to a candlestick chart. Candlestick charts offer everything bar charts do and more, using them is a win-win situation because you can use all the trading signals normally used on bar charts with the added clarity and additional signals generated by candlesticks. Candlesticks charts are more fun to look at.