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Wolfe Wave






Wolfe Wave





I was introduced to this setup back when Linda Raschke mentioned the pattern
in a market call. Being the ever curious one, I found some additional references
and examples in her book StreetSmarts, saying that "this particular methodology
is perhaps the most unique, effective trading technique I've (Linda) ever came
across! It was developed and shared by a good friend, Bill Wolfe, who for the last
10 years has made a living trading the S&P." The next jump lead to
http://wolfewave.com/, an excellent source of information which was read,
absorbed, and served as inspiration for use in the real world markets. Being very
interested in reversal sequences, this approach appeals very much to my risk
profile and trading style based on chart patterns (classic Edwards and Magee).

The key to recognizing the setup is symmetry. Ideally, waves 1-3-5 are
established with very regular timing intervals between moves. The other key
ingredient is that the wave 4 should revisit the price range established by waves
1-2 for the best results. Another way to describe the pattern is that it comes as a
rising wedge / channel in an uptrend, or falling wedge / channel in a downtrend.
Wave 5 is often a false breakout move beyond the bounds of the pattern. Unlike
either bull or bear flags, the movement is in the same direction as the overall
trend, with the overlapping waves giving signals that an impending reversal is
taking shape. This pattern has different names, depending on the source - Larry
Pesavento describes the pattern as "3 pushes to a top/bottom" and uses
Fibonacci relationships to confirm the setup (waves 3 and 5 are 127% or 162%
extensions of the previous pullback.) Jeff Cooper uses "Cooper 1-2-3 swing"
nomenclature, and Linda Raschke likes to call this setup "3 indians". The
unique quality about wolfewaves, however, is the objective target projection
from waves 1 -> 4.

Despite the great explanation and examples provided on Bill Wolfe's site, I
continue to get questions about how much I trust this setup. Very much so. The

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following are setups encountered over the years - most were called as wolfewaves
right as the pattern was found, trade taken, and real money put to work to
measure the risk and reward in real world cash. Realize that what I have
outlined here is my approach to recognizing and trading this effective pattern
setup. Mr. Wolfe is certainly the expert in this field and has no doubtedly
further refined his methodology. This article was written without the benefit of
his course, but rather born from a desire to more effectively trade reversal
sequences - in particular, rising and falling wedges. Although many charts
(especially some early examples) are not perfect wolfewaves, they document
much of my own learning process. I hope they serve as inspiration for further
study and successful trading.
For the most current setups and examples of daytrading Emini futures contract
using wolfewave pattern setups, please see my voodooo trading blog. It provides
realtime highlights of this pattern setup through the financial meldown starting
in October 2008.

Who needs bulls and bears when you can run with the wolfes?

ES /Emini S&P Futures Contract
Setup This gem was evolving into a rather frothy afternoon session in S&P
trading. Note that is it very helpful to combine the setup evolution with other
key support and resistance levels. In this case, a "measured move" completes
around 902 and price action falls to test the lower bound of rising channel. The
bounce sets up waves 1-4, and it is only a matter of patience to wait for the full
pattern completion of wave #5 - a final stop/limit clearing move into close gives
us the wolfewave setup.



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Target Market opens up next morning at target juncture, and immediately
reverses to retest the previous day's highs.



Setup This is now November 14, 2003 and the markets have experienced the
most astonishing bull cycle run following a 3 year old structural bear correction.
Many daily charts are exhibiting overlapping wave structures in a push to new
highs on waning momentum. This setup is very similar to the wolfewave found
one year earlier on the December emini contract. A slew of good news is released
right at 9:40am into the run up.

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Target Within 30 minutes the target projection is met. A second retest of this
impulse pushes .75 lower, and sets low mark for the morning session.

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Bonds
Setup It all started with a hilarious, but amazingly accurate call by new market
wizard Linda Raschke. The larger perspective reveals wolfewave pattern.



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Various Stock Examples

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XAU /Gold and Silver Index
Setup A longtime favorite sector of mine, gold exhibits wolfewave patterns at
major junctures. Note the two lead-ins (cyan and magenta) are smaller
wolfewave setups before this final move in November 2001. There was also a
compelling similarity to the previous inflection lows established in June 2001.
Take a good look at this chart - it is the first higher-low trendline test in a 14-
year bear market.

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Confirm Within the scope of larger pattern setups, a 3x knock breakout of
trendline is registered on a monthly basis.


Target, Setup The results were outstanding. You should note that despite the
first target measure around 59 in January 2002, the pullback was mild and did
not setup a reversal sequence back down. Why? Because instead of retracing
back and printing prices below the previous inflection high, the 20 day
exponential moving average (gray) was used as support thru the entire uptrend

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move. A conscious decision was made to wait until a 141.4% extension was
achieved, reciprocal of 70.7% retracement experience in previous pullbacks. It
is also interesting to note the symmetry in the first set of impulse November-
January moves, compared to those that followed from January into May 2002.
Positions were exited, and the pullback sequence monitored for a move very
similar to waves 1 - 2.


Reversal Shifting down to intraday action, a reversal top showed on smaller
granularity. Another key element can also be seen here - wave #5 is often made
on a divergent signal versus the MACD (moving average convergence
divergence) technical indicator readings in the form of higher prices, lower high
in oscillator. Once again, pattern is shown as the initial target objective is
achieved.

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Target On larger timescale, the hourly reversal proved to be part of larger
setup that was monitored on a daily basis. Once again, here is the objective
target being met. Given the striking similarity to waves 1-2 in structure, shorts
covered and longs were once again to be accumulated. Yet another wolfewave
pattern count begins.

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Follow Thru Fibonacci retraces were once again used to ensure a valid scalp
entry point presented itself. Price action centered around XAU 60 as the churn
continued to unfold around the 70.7% retrace of the huge move upward. A very
nice bounce ensued, which was once again capped by negative divergence on
hourly chart and a 141.2% extension of a bull flag lift. This proved a correct
signal, and the saga continues below with the clearer illustration of how the
pattern evolved in gold prices themselves (miners, XAU components followed a
similar pullback).

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GC /Gold Futures
Setup Picking up where the story left off above, the actual price of gold was
turned away at previous spike highs. Once again, the wolfewave presented itself,
although numbering isn't present, the cyan target line shows a definitive retrace
back to the levels of 200 day moving average would be in the cards, around 310.

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Target The wave 1->4 projection is hit perfectly less than 2 weeks later. A
similar basing action happens in the GOX and HUI (unhedged miner index),
along with a basing action below 200 dma (200 day moving average) in the XAU
index.


Reversal Wolfewave target line proves to be a low print, and prices reverse off
the lows once again. Who says you can't pick bottoms and tops? To this day I
still watch this pattern evolution with amazement. It is also interesting to note

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the similarity in the price structure following August-September 2002
sequence. This is the most current update after having experienced a huge one
day surge in gold price and breakout above the key $325 Maginot Line. Stay
tuned as the evolution continues - there are currently no patterns to watch except
the strong similarity to A-B pullback wave here.


Top The breakout proves to be the real stuff. Gold makes a solid run, yet is
halted in its tracks on 2/5/03. New York Times is full of gold schemes, CNBC is
featuring "Ship of Gold" ads, and greed is once again running rampant. "9 gold
bulls for every bear." The technical underpinning is a target measurement using
a tool called Andrew's pitchfork off the November 2001 lows and June-August
2002 as midpoint consolidation. GOX, HUI, and XAU index are failing to
confirm the technical breakout in commodity.

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http://zealllc.com/2002/gold325.htm



Confirm Since gold moves inverse to the dollar, a technical channel breakout
in February forces metal lower



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Royal Gold More fun with Wolfewaves. The news is driven by a negative
article in Barron's from some short seller calling for a target at 9. Don't get
bitten by the wolfe trap - cover and move on.


Setup The spike high resolves itself and gold pulls back over the next 3
months. As April approaches, another wolfewave sequence starts building,
reinforced by a repeat of the "Gartley 222" pattern at 78% retrace level. The
key signature is the overlapping structure and 3 pushes lower with a divergence
signal showing on 5/35 MACD indicator. The $325 Maginot Line is now being
tested as a support level in the delicate metamorphosis of past resistance into
future support. It may be the most important price in this now confirmed bull
market in gold.

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http://zealllc.com/2002/gold325.htm



Setup Linda Raschke also likes the trade. Confirms the great setup one day
later. Of key note is now this is the first higher-low attempt following a rather
severe downdraught. Swing distance up is greater than the retrace lower.


Target Bingo.

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http://www.lbrgroup.com/index.asp?page=DailyCharts&date=2003%2D04%2D17�



Setup A pullback ensues which brings prices back to retest the 200 dma, the
thick blue line. The wolfewave is setting up, with a key pivot on August 1, 2003 -
note the use of timing intervals on the MACD oscillator above volume. The
interesting thing about this setup was that the labelling proved incorrect and
could have actually be considered a completed pattern on the test of 200dma.

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Reversal Setup Once more the patterns are redrawn as a contract rollover
needs to be accomodated. In this situation, the correct impulse spacing shows on
the MACD oscillator and is corrected. August 1, 2003 proves to be a swift
pullback to retest 200dma before marching higher. Given the success with using
Andrew's pitchfork to time previous spike high from February, a similar set of
projection lines are drawn, overlapping wave structure starts to show and next
wolfewave is ready to unfold.

Ok .. you get the idea. Indian wedding season has now ended also. You may
want to review how gold generally reacts in the late September - October
timeframe, where this essay on gold futures began.

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Target Another clean, sharp pullback to relieve the negative divergence that
was giving warning signals in the 5/35 macd oscillator. You may even notice the
smaller three push structure on the daily chart as it hit wave 'b' lows. Following
the pullback to target, gold is attempting a breakout similar to a year earlier,
flirting with a move above $400. Pattern players would now consider this a cup
and handle setup on a weekly basis.


Setup The breakout above cup&handle rim proceeds nicely. In typical pattern
evolution, prices often retrace to the breakout point before resuming their trend.

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In this case, we are about to retest the rim around 390+change, and the pullback
starts to once again resemble an a-b-c sequence (see previous March sequences
above.) On the hourly chart, a wolfewave sequence is taking shape - note how
you can use the previous spike lows to time the final push in the series, the
overlapping structure and oscillator divergence giving notice a reversal is
preparing. The divergence is seen on both the intraday and daily charts.


Target, Setup A nice rebound ensues from the previous setup into a retest of
the January spike highs. Looking at the smaller timescale of hourly chart, you
begin to notice the wave overlap. A "3 push higher" sequence is visible on the

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daily chart, combined with bearish divergence on 5/35 macd (equal prices, lower-
high in oscillator.). This mirrors the previous setup above, but at a spike high
juncture.


Target A 5% selloff in 2 days yields the hourly target price. Notice how nicely
the target corresponds with the head and shoudlers (h&s) pattern visible on the
daily chart. Wolfewaves are often most powerful when used in conjuction with
other technical setups - e.g. the previous spike lows from early March were
present at the same level a Gartley (g222) pattern established itself.

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Elliott Context Another interesting aspect of wolfewaves is that they overlap
nicely with elliott wave theory, which breaks wave counts into impulses (trend
movement) and corrections. Since wolfewaves are considered reversal patterns,
the elliott count should match the iii - iv - v3 - 4 - 5 sequence. This is the final
count that is encountered before a trend changes. The expected elliott count is
drawn on the hourly chart, while we ready ourselves for the equivalent
wolfewave pattern on daily. This also corresponds nicely with a test of the
200dma as support, while the US dollar has experienced a similar bounce to test
the 200dma as resistance.

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Setup Same bat channel, same bat time.

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Current gold futures, updated as of yesterday's close. Note the ring low in May,
2004 corresponds with the last reversal sequence show in the chart above.

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Setup This is the first cautionary signal and update in more than 3 years - lo
and behold, another wolfewave has appeared in the daily charts. Most notable is
the overlapping price structure, combined with "3 crows" candlestick patterns
at three different junctures. This all combines to a stong signal = TAKE
PROFITS HERE. This rising wedge will not be pretty if there is a breakdown -
the lower trendline of this rising channel cannot be tested many more times.


Ahh-wooo.. Who needs bulls or bears when you can run with the wolfes?



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7:00pm update - Wow. The Fed announcement that they would be buying up to $300
billion in long-term goverment bonds sends the dolllar into a hard tail spin, ending
much lower than the projected wolfewave target. At this juncture, it has pulled back
exactly 59% of the previous swing high on the daily chart. Interestingly enough, this
is the same percentage at which the swing low was recorded on the weekly chart in
mid-December retracement.





A follow-up to the March 12 setup - markets have now retraced to the January spike
lows around 800. The Advanced GET software is suggesting that a 5-wave advance
has completed on the hourly charts.



The Japanese yen has shown a lot of strength, however, at this juncture a ‘pocket
trade’ is asserting itself. At a smaller scale, a head & shoulders pattern is also visible,
which should take it back to a retest of the 1.06 level. This is a short candidate in any
cross trade for the next week or so.

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http://chart.nu/blog/?p=1454




I also realized that the currencies futures are better served by using the continuous
contract symbols, since they will illustrate overnight and intraday prices ranges more
clearly. Below is an example of the yen continuous contract (J6H9 compared to
above JYH9) and the improved detail.









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following are setups encountered over the years - most were called as wolfewaves
right as the pattern was found, trade taken, and real money put to work to
measure the risk and reward in real world cash. Realize that what I have
outlined here is my approach to recognizing and trading this effective pattern
setup. Mr. Wolfe is certainly the expert in this field and has no doubtedly
further refined his methodology. This article was written without the benefit of
his course, but rather born from a desire to more effectively trade reversal
sequences - in particular, rising and falling wedges. Although many charts
(especially some early examples) are not perfect wolfewaves, they document
much of my own learning process. I hope they serve as inspiration for further
study and successful trading.
For the most current setups and examples of daytrading Emini futures contract
using wolfewave pattern setups, please see my voodooo trading blog. It provides
realtime highlights of this pattern setup through the financial meldown starting
in October 2008.

Who needs bulls and bears when you can run with the wolfes?

ES /Emini S&P Futures Contract
Setup This gem was evolving into a rather frothy afternoon session in S&P
trading. Note that is it very helpful to combine the setup evolution with other
key support and resistance levels. In this case, a "measured move" completes
around 902 and price action falls to test the lower bound of rising channel. The
bounce sets up waves 1-4, and it is only a matter of patience to wait for the full
pattern completion of wave #5 - a final stop/limit clearing move into close gives
us the wolfewave setup.





http://chart.nu/blog/?tag=wolfewave
http://chart.nu/blog/?tag=wolfewave

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the similarity in the price structure following August-September 2002
sequence. This is the most current update after having experienced a huge one
day surge in gold price and breakout above the key $325 Maginot Line. Stay
tuned as the evolution continues - there are currently no patterns to watch except
the strong similarity to A-B pullback wave here.


Top The breakout proves to be the real stuff. Gold makes a solid run, yet is
halted in its tracks on 2/5/03. New York Times is full of gold schemes, CNBC is
featuring "Ship of Gold" ads, and greed is once again running rampant. "9 gold
bulls for every bear." The technical underpinning is a target measurement using
a tool called Andrew's pitchfork off the November 2001 lows and June-August
2002 as midpoint consolidation. GOX, HUI, and XAU index are failing to
confirm the technical breakout in commodity.



http://zealllc.com/2002/gold325.htm

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Confirm Since gold moves inverse to the dollar, a technical channel breakout
in February forces metal lower

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