Illuminating Trends: An Intro to Japanese Candlestick Charting

by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Bar charts are the mainstay of security charting for most investors. However, over the past few years we have introduced some of the more popular alternative chart types, including equivolume (January 2002 AAII Journal) and point & figure (August and November 2000 AAII Journal; all available at

This article focuses on one of the oldest chart types in existence, Japanese candlesticks, and shows how they can be use

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Wayne A. Thorp, CFA is a vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII and editor of Computerized Investing. Follow him on Twitter at @AAII_CI.


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