Impulse Vs. Correction wave: How to spot Market’s Next Move

Stocks market default move as all know is going up unless there is a correction move where prices will go sideways because people collect their profits or down when there is a problem in the company. But that is not the case in Forex Market where the move can be either up when the main currency is stronger than the secondary one or down when the opposite is true. In this type of market, traders who bet in the price action and its movement will find it hard to spot which move is the correct wave and which is the correction wave. It will be hard to know which one the actual direction of the price and which one is the correction of the actual move. The following is some tips that can be helpful for traders to spot which move of price is the impulse and which is the correction. Once these two movement have been identified trading will become more easier, because traders can stick to the original direction of price whenever an opportunity has been rises.

The first approach to identify the impulse and the correction is to use long time-frame such as weekly or monthly, and try to identify if the price in these time frame has multi[pl tested trend line. Once this trend line has been identified then the impulse will be always with the direction of that trend line, and the correction will be always in the opposite diction of that trend line. Like the figure below:

Multi tested down-trend line

Another approach to identify the impulse wave and/or the correction wave is using MACD. MACD has two lines, one of which is called the MACD line and the other is Signal line. When MACD line is above the Signal line and all above zero its an uptrend, and when MACD line is below the signal line and all below zero this is a downtrend. But what if the MACD is above the signal line but both below zero line, or MACD is below the signal line and all above zero line. In these two cases the market is in correction phase and once you identify the original trend you can wait until the correction phase end and the price start move with the impulse direction again . Here where you can use the MACD to see if the price impulsing or correcting:

 Above Zero lineMACD above Signal lineUptrend, impulse
Above Zero lineMACD below Signal line Correction in uptrend
Below Zero lineMACD above Signal line Correction in downtrend
Below Zero lineMACD below Signal line Downtrend, impulse
MACD and impulse and correction waves

As you can see in the below chart:

Note: MACD should be used as secondary confirming tool not as major tool. Never use it by its own, the only major tool that you can rely on is the price action and its movement.

Sometimes the correction wave has an impulse and strong wave where the impulse will be in the opposite direction of the general market, and the correction wave for this impulse is in the direction of market. Here where many traders loss their money in market specially in Forex where there is lack of volume. The only way that will help traders to avoid this types or trades is to make sure that they get in trade with the direction of general market impulse wave after the momentum of the correction wave is faded and that happened when the MACD line is crossing signal line or retrace back from it and all lines are either below zero( for Sell) or above zeros (for buy) which means that the market will resume in the main direction like the figure below.

One of the great tool that can be used to tell if the trend line (either was up or down) about to be broken and the correction wave which suppose to hit the trend-line and resume with movement of main trend line direction is about to become an impulse, is using a momentum tools such as (RSI). Once the price reached a down-trend such as the one in the figure below with high RSI that either at 70 or above , then there is a high probability that the price will valid break the trend line and move up in new up-trend and new impulse wave.

Price Hit Down Trend with RSI hit 70 or above

Those are some tips that might help traders in how to indicated which move is the correct one (impulse) and which one is the correction move. Trader need to stick to the original move and avoid trading in correction move especially if she is not experts. Because as I said before all money that traders make in the original move can be wiped of and more once the price get in a correction wave.