Butterfly

The Butterfly is another form of Gartley patterns. It was discovered by Bryce Gilmore and Larry Pesavento. This pattern usually forms near the extreme lows and highs of the market and foretells a reversal.

Butterfly pattern

The main special thing about the Butterfly pattern is that CD extends beyond XA.

Here are the key parameters of a Butterfly pattern:

  • Point B is at up to 78.6% retracement of XA.
  • Point C can be at the 38.2%-88.6% retracement of AB.
  • Point D can be found at the 161.8%-261.8% extension of AB or at the 127.2%-161.8% extension of XA. The difference from a Gartley pattern is that D is not at the retracement of XA but at its extension.

How to trade Butterfly pattern

  1. The entry is at the point D, which is a potential reversal zone.
  2. Take Profit may be at 61.8% of CD (TP1), and/or at 127.2% of CD (TP2). You can also target points B (a conservative approach) and A (an aggressive approach).
  3. Put a Stop Loss in line with your rules of risk management.

Here the example of a bearish Butterfly pattern.

bearish Butterfly pattern

The point B is at the 78.6% retracement of XA. The point C is at the 76.8% retracement of AB. The point D is at the 127.2%-161.8% extension of XA. 

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