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Frequently Asked Questions

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I trade using Japanese candlesticks and patterns. Why should I move to heikin-ashi?

  1. Heikin-ashi candles are also price candles using modified open, high, low, and close values.
  2. Heikin-ashi charts show clear trends and reversals, eliminating the need for guesswork.
  3. This technique is both visual and quantifiable.
  4. Heikin-ashi takes one bar/candle at a time. If you look at price candles and patterns in the 'context' you add subjective judgment. Who needs it?

How can heikin-ashi remove Japanese candlestick patterns from my trading?

You have choices. Heikin-ashi is versatile and offers flexibility.
  1. Work only with heikin-ashi and other technical indicators.
  2. Leave candlestick patterns in a separate chart, add the heikin-ashi technique, and confirm patterns.
When I look at heikin-ashi charts I immediately think of a mechanical trading system.
Heikin-ashi as all other visual and quantifiable techniques is not a printing press. It is a better instrument to visualize trends and reversals in addition to its proven quality to warn about future reversals. You may try to use it with other systems you may use or design.

My trading platform does not have heikin-ashi charts and indicators?
This is an issue you may discuss with your broker or providers of your trading software. There are many technical analysis platforms using this revolutionary technique today such as TC2000,, Metatrader.

I am a FOREX trader. Which is the best time frame to use heikin-ashi with?
Heikin-ashi is successful when applied to any time frame and when used with all other instruments. Time frames are related to your personal profile. Try heikin-ashi charts in several time frames and you will see the clear results. It is obvious that instruments that historically display stronger trends will be better candidates for your heikin-ashi approach.

I trade many Japanese candlestick patterns. How many patterns should I expect with heikin-ashi?
The challenge to learn, memorize, identify, and apply patterns is completely removed when using heikin-ashi technique as a visual instrument. Heikin-ashi as a visual tool has no patterns and only three candle types.

I have seen that a doji on a heikin-ashi chart is a sign of immediate reversal. Are there any other indications?
The doji is the typical reversal warning. The sudden change of candle color is another sign of trend reversal.