What Is Bull Flag In Crypto And How To Identify It

Bull flag in crypto

✍️ 28 March, 2023 - 4:59 👤 Editor: Jakub Motyka

A bull flag in crypto is a chart pattern comprising a price rally, a brief consolidation, and another rally. The consolidation is a pullback with parallel upper and lower trendlines. The pullback is often because of profit-taking by investors.

Bull flags happen in an upward-trending market, and what investors need to know to profit from such market behavior is the exit point or the extent to which the trend will end.

What Does A Bull Flag Signify

The bull flag is shaped like the cloth used to symbolize a country with a pole. In simple terms, the flag signals a continuation of a trend – either downwards or upward, in the case of the bull flag. When it occurs in an uptrend, the price will likely continue going up.

Example bull flag crypto
Example of a bull flag in crypto.

But in a normal market, that is not always the case – as seen in what is often referred to as a false breakout – where the price breaks above the resistance (for a bull flag) and reverses shortly, liquidating poor strategies. To avoid such a case, experts recommend that investors look out for bullish price confirmation signals like a candlestick closed outside of the flag to confirm a bullish breakout.

Calculating The Target Price In A Bull Flag

So how do you calculate the target price in a bull flag? The price usually resembles length of the pole whenever a bull flag breakout occurs. To arrive at the target price, add the pole height to the breakout price, where the pole height is the pole high less the pole low.

Bull flags signify that the market still supports higher prices – meaning the bulls are in control – and could present a buying opportunity where investors can benefit from the next bull market. However, it is not always the case. A perfect bull flag may still yield a different result, a trend reversal for that matter, because of low volumes. 

Traders need to check the volumes before opening a trade at the pullback of the flag pattern. Besides the volumes, other guiding momentum indicators are the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Moving Average Divergence Convergence (MACD).

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