Here are 6 of the top chart patterns used by technical analysts to sell stocks

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Technical analysts believe that stock prices often trade in patterns, as the motivating driver behind the movement of stocks is humans, and humans exhibit the same emotions when it comes to their money: fear and greed.

These two predictable emotions help create predictable trading patterns that technical analysts try to capitalize on.

Here are six of the top bearish patterns that technical analysts use to sell stocks.

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One of the biggest drivers of stock prices is human emotions, particularly fear and greed. Investors typically exhibit predictable emotions when a stock price moves up and down, and these emotions can lead to trading activity that creates predictable charting patterns. Technical analysts attempt to take the emotion out of investing by relying solely on the patterns found within charts to trade stocks, potentially giving them an edge over investors who are susceptible to making trade decisions driven by fear and greed. While these patterns can be predictable, they aren't bullet-proof. Head fakes, bull traps, and failed breakdowns occur often and tend to shake traders out of their positions right before the big move. That's why discipline is so important in technical analysis. Having a plan before entering a position can help traders weather choppy price movements, increasing their chances of riding an uptrend and avoiding a downtrend. Here are six of the top bearish chart patterns that technical analysts use to sell stocks.Read more:'I'm buying the property with 100% of other people's money': Here's the creative real-estate-investing strategy Josiah Smelser used to complete almost $4 million in deals over the last 12 months
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