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How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

Do you know how to trade the double bottom chart pattern? Many traders overlook this profitable
price action trading pattern because they don’t know how to trade it properly. In this addition to

my free price action course, I’m going to show you a few profitable ways to trade the double

bottom chart pattern.
There are many ways to trade this chart pattern, but in this article, I want to focus on three profitable
techniques that I have used to trade the double bottom chart pattern. I’m also going to show you
which technique I prefer to use, and why I don’t trade the traditional techniques for this pattern
anymore.
By the end of this article, you should be able to identify and trade good double bottom chart
patterns. After you learn how to properly trade the double bottom, it may become one of your
favorite price action chart patterns.

What is a Double Bottom Chart Pattern?


A double bottom chart pattern is a strong bullish price action signal that occurs at the end of a
downtrend. It happens when an equal, or almost equal, low forms during a downtrend, instead of
another lower low.
The idea behind the pattern is that failure to make another lower low could be a signal of
momentum leaving the trend. The first low in the pattern becomes support that provides a strong
bounce for the second, equal low.

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

As you can see from the image above, a second horizontal line is also drawn at the middle peak.
This is the traditional breakout point of the double bottom chart pattern. I’m going to refer to this
line as the breakout line.
To get your profit target, you measure from the support line to the middle peak (or breakout line).
Then you take that measurement and duplicate it upward, starting from the breakout level.
Note: There is no ascending or descending version of this pattern, unlike the head and shoulders

chart pattern. All of your important levels (other than the main trendline) will be drawn

horizontally only.

Trading the Double Bottom Chart Pattern


Starting with the standard way to trade the double bottom, your entry is taken after price breaks
the breakout line. Most traders opt to wait for a candlestick to close above the breakout line to
enter. Your stop loss is placed under the most recent low.
Note: As you can see in the example below, waiting for a close above the breakout line would have
resulted in a missed opportunity. Often there is a pullback to the breakout line, but in this case, it
did not happen.

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

The reason I don’t trade the standard double bottom technique anymore is because the reward to

risk ratio is not good enough. Some traders use the traditional take profit target to partially close

their position, leaving the remaining position to ride the trend (which can improve the risk to
reward).
The next technique is more aggressive and provides a better risk to reward scenario. In this
technique, you wait for a candlestick to open and close above the trendline. If that happens, you
enter at the open of the next candlestick (see the image below). Your stop loss is placed under the
most recent low.

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

If you’re going to use this technique, I recommend moving your stop loss to break even before

price makes it back up to the breakout line. The breakout line often acts as resistance, so it’s a
good idea to move your stop to break even, as long as your trade still has a little room to breath.
The reason I haven’t continued to trade this technique is because the reward to risk is still not good
enough. The risk to reward scenario is better in this aggressive entry, but the strike rate is also
lower because you’re not waiting for the double bottom to be confirmed (with a breakout).
This last technique is the way I like to trade the double bottom chart pattern. It is much more
aggressive, but the risk to reward scenario is often excellent. In the example below, you could have
made over 9 times what you had risked.

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

I start looking for a bullish entry trigger where a double bottom chart pattern may be forming. In
the example above, we got a nice bullish engulfing candlestick pattern right on the support line.

Your entry would be the standard entry for a bullish engulfing pattern, which is the open of the
next candle. Your stop loss would be placed under the most recent low, and your take profit would
be the standard take profit target for the double bottom.

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

Do you know how to trade the double bottom chart pattern? Many traders overlook this profitable
price action trading pattern because they don’t know how to trade it properly. In this addition to

my free price action course, I’m going to show you a few profitable ways to trade the double

bottom chart pattern.
There are many ways to trade this chart pattern, but in this article, I want to focus on three profitable
techniques that I have used to trade the double bottom chart pattern. I’m also going to show you
which technique I prefer to use, and why I don’t trade the traditional techniques for this pattern
anymore.
By the end of this article, you should be able to identify and trade good double bottom chart
patterns. After you learn how to properly trade the double bottom, it may become one of your
favorite price action chart patterns.

What is a Double Bottom Chart Pattern?


A double bottom chart pattern is a strong bullish price action signal that occurs at the end of a
downtrend. It happens when an equal, or almost equal, low forms during a downtrend, instead of
another lower low.
The idea behind the pattern is that failure to make another lower low could be a signal of
momentum leaving the trend. The first low in the pattern becomes support that provides a strong
bounce for the second, equal low.

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

As you can see from the image above, a second horizontal line is also drawn at the middle peak.
This is the traditional breakout point of the double bottom chart pattern. I’m going to refer to this
line as the breakout line.
To get your profit target, you measure from the support line to the middle peak (or breakout line).
Then you take that measurement and duplicate it upward, starting from the breakout level.
Note: There is no ascending or descending version of this pattern, unlike the head and shoulders

chart pattern. All of your important levels (other than the main trendline) will be drawn

horizontally only.

Trading the Double Bottom Chart Pattern


Starting with the standard way to trade the double bottom, your entry is taken after price breaks
the breakout line. Most traders opt to wait for a candlestick to close above the breakout line to
enter. Your stop loss is placed under the most recent low.
Note: As you can see in the example below, waiting for a close above the breakout line would have
resulted in a missed opportunity. Often there is a pullback to the breakout line, but in this case, it
did not happen.

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

The reason I don’t trade the standard double bottom technique anymore is because the reward to

risk ratio is not good enough. Some traders use the traditional take profit target to partially close

their position, leaving the remaining position to ride the trend (which can improve the risk to
reward).
The next technique is more aggressive and provides a better risk to reward scenario. In this
technique, you wait for a candlestick to open and close above the trendline. If that happens, you
enter at the open of the next candlestick (see the image below). Your stop loss is placed under the
most recent low.

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

If you’re going to use this technique, I recommend moving your stop loss to break even before

price makes it back up to the breakout line. The breakout line often acts as resistance, so it’s a
good idea to move your stop to break even, as long as your trade still has a little room to breath.
The reason I haven’t continued to trade this technique is because the reward to risk is still not good
enough. The risk to reward scenario is better in this aggressive entry, but the strike rate is also
lower because you’re not waiting for the double bottom to be confirmed (with a breakout).
This last technique is the way I like to trade the double bottom chart pattern. It is much more
aggressive, but the risk to reward scenario is often excellent. In the example below, you could have
made over 9 times what you had risked.

Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern
Trading chart patters How to Trade the Double Bottom Chart Pattern

I start looking for a bullish entry trigger where a double bottom chart pattern may be forming. In
the example above, we got a nice bullish engulfing candlestick pattern right on the support line.

Your entry would be the standard entry for a bullish engulfing pattern, which is the open of the
next candle. Your stop loss would be placed under the most recent low, and your take profit would
be the standard take profit target for the double bottom.

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