Chart of the Day: Multiple Inside Days in FRX

I have written before on the importance of being able to identify volatility compression. This chart of FRX shows an example where a chart pattern could have alerted you to volatility compression. Note the two inside bars on the daily chart, which “hides” a triangle on the intraday chart. When you see a pattern like this, it warns you that any breakout is likely to see continuation. How you use this information depends on the situation: it can be motivation for an outright trade, can affect risk management decisions (particularly on higher timeframe), can set the stage for options trades that are long a lot of volatility (though timing can be difficult). At the very least, do not be caught fading a move out of a pattern like this.

Note that this pattern is presented as an example of an historical pattern that may already have played out, not a pattern or setup that is “live” in the market today.


Adam Grimes has over two decades of experience in the industry as a trader, analyst and system developer. The author of a best-selling trading book, he has traded for his own account, for a top prop firm, and spent several years at the New York Mercantile Exchange. He focuses on the intersection of quantitative analysis and discretionary trading, and has a talent for teaching and helping traders find their own way in the market.