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Know the Different Types of Trends to Help You Analyse the Markets

People often talk about how the trend is your friend. If you don’t follow the trend, you will lose. What is the trend they’re referring to? Trends are defined as the time when the overall direction of the price is in the same direction over different periods. This simply means that the majority of stock prices move in the same direction. It can be either up or downward. Trend less is a market price that is not moving in a straight line. There are many trends to consider, including primary, intermediate, short-term, intra-day, secular, and short-term. Three of these trends are the most important. These are the short-term, intermediate, and primary trends.

* The primary trend

This trend lasts for between 9 months and 2 years. This is a reflection of investors’ attitudes towards the fundamentals of the business cycle. The average business cycle lasts for 4 years. Bull and bear markets last longer as more people invest in the market. Because it takes time to build confidence, but fear abates quickly after major events or negative news, bull markets tend to last longer than bear ones. This is why market prices tend to rise slowly over a longer period but fall quickly over a shorter period.

* Intermediate trend

This trend lasts for 6 to 9 months, but it is rarely shorter. Interrupting the price movement of the primary trend are intermediate trends.

* Short-term trend

This trend lasts between 2 and 4 weeks, with occasional shorter or longer periods. The course of intermediate trends is interrupted by short-term trends, just as the primary trend interrupts the course. This trend is affected by random news events, and it is harder to identify than the primary or intermediate trends.

* Intra-day trend

This is the daily trend traders can identify through hourly and tick-by-tick movements. This emotionally driven trend is susceptible to price manipulation and can be volatile.

* Secular trend

This trend is composed of multiple primary trend cycles. This supercycle typically lasts between 10 and 25 years for bull and bear markets.

* Summary

The length of a longer trend party has a significant impact on the duration and magnitude of each trend reaction. This is true for all other trends, where both the length of the trend party and the magnitudes will be affected. In a bull market secular market, for example, primary bullish magnitudes will last longer and be more prominent than primary bearish magnitudes, and vice versa in a bear market secular market. This means that primary bull market prices in bull markets secular trends will be higher and last longer than primary bear market magnitudes, while primary bear market prices in bear market secular trends will move at a greater pace and last for longer periods.

Price levels in any market are affected by multiple types of trends at once. The way you view the market and your investment strategy will determine how long-term investors are concerned about the direction of the primary trend. However, they should also consider the intermediate and short-term trends in planning entry and exit points for trades. They should at least be able to see the current bull- or bear trend durations when planning their trades. The main concern is the longer-term trends. Short-term traders will be more concerned with shorter time frames. These are intermediate and short-term trends. They must consider the primary trend, as it is the heart of all trades. Trading against the primary trend has a higher chance of losing.

All market participants need to know at least the basics of the short, intermediate, and primary trends. The emphasis will depend on whether traders are investing or trading for shorter periods. One thing to remember about trends that can cause losses is that most traders trade against the main trend.

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