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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.