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What is a Flag and Pennant?

Flag and Pennant Definition. A Flag and Pennant is a familiar forex trading pattern characterized by an upward movement with a large slope followed by a period of consolidation. It is considered a bullish pattern overall, as a breakout from the consolidation phase is expected. The formation resembles the outline of a flag, the previous upward trend being the flagpole. The consolidation tends to be sloped in the opposite direction of the slope of the previous trend or simply flat. Resistance and support lines border the consolidation period, thereby suggesting a flag pattern. When the currency resumes its former trend by breaking out of the consolidation phase, the forex trader expects a price objective approximating the length of the “flagpole” measured from the breakout price level. However, even though this pattern is considered “bullish”, the breakout can go either way. A prudent forex trader would arrange a combination “buy stop” and “stop loss” orders as shown in the diagram below:

Flag and Pennant


Risk Statement: Trading Foreign Exchange on margin carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. The possibility exists that you could lose more than your initial deposit. The high degree of leverage can work against you as well as for you.