Learning to use trendlines should be one of the first things you learn when developing some sort of stock trading strategy.

Why? Because it's one of the easiest things you're going to learn while studying and may just be one of the most valuable as well.

Experience will show you that trading or investing without knowing the trend is not a good thing at all. It doesn't matter whether you're trading using 1 minute charts, 5 minute charts, 15 minute charts, daily, weekly or even monthly charts, once you learn to help identify the trend, you'll be much better off.

The article below is an additional article from a series of recent articles I've published, that have been provided by Elliott Wave International and has the option to download a free ebook. The offer originally was set to expire soon, but they've just announced that they will be extending the free offer until February 14th, 2011.

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Trendlines: How a Straight Line on a Chart Helps You Identify the Trend
A free 14-page Club EWI report shows you 5 ways trendlines can improve your trading decisions
January 31, 2011

By Elliott Wave International

Technical analysis of financial markets does not have to be complicated. Here are EWI, our main focus is on Elliott wave patterns in market charts, but we also employ other tools -- like trendlines.

A trendline is a line on a chart that connects two points. Simple? Yes. Effective? You be the judge -- once you read the free 14-page Club EWI report by EWI's Chief Commodity Analyst and Senior Tutorial Instructor Jeffrey Kennedy.

Enjoy this free excerpt -- and for details on how to read this report in full, free, look below.

Trading the Line -- 5 Ways You Can Use Trendlines to Improve Your Trading Decisions
(Free Club EWI report, excerpt)

Chapter 1
Defining Trendlines

Before I define a trendline, we need to identify what a line is. A line simply connects two points, a first point and a second point. Within the scope of technical analysis, these points are typically price highs or price lows. The significance of the trendline is directionally proportional to the importance of point one and point two. Keep that in mind when drawing trendlines.

A trendline represents the psychology of the market, specifically, the psychology between the bulls and the bears. If the trendline slopes upward, the bulls are in control. If the trendline slopes downward, the bears are in control. Moreover, the actual angle or slope of a trendline can determine whether or not the market is extremely optimistic, as it was in the upwards sloping line in Figure 1-1 or extremely pessimistic, as it was in the downwards sloping line in the same figure.


You can draw them horizontally, which identifies resistance and support. Or, you can draw them vertically, which identifies moments in time. You primarily apply vertical trendlines if you’re doing a cycle analysis.

Chapter 2
Drawing Trendlines

In this section, I’ll show you how I draw trendlines. I’ll start with the most common, simple way to draw them...

For more free trading lessons on trendlines, download Jeffrey Kennedy's free 14-page eBook, Trading the Line – 5 Ways You Can Use Trendlines to Improve Your Trading Decisions. It explains the power of simple trendlines, how to draw them, and how to determine when the trend has actually changed. Download your free eBook.

This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Trendlines: How a Straight Line on a Chart Helps You Identify the Trend. EWI is the world's largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.

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