Question of the Week: 5/1/2006

Can a Terminal impulse end with a 5th wave failure?


Posed by Jacek Filutowski (location withheld), this question addresses a NEoWave pattern discovery I made more than 10 years ago. The pattern is called a 3rd Extension Terminal, which can easily (and usually does) end with a 5th wave failure.

In Trending impulsions, the only time wave-5 can fail is when wave-3 is the extended wave and wave-4 retraces 61.8% (or more) of wave-3 and wave-4 is larger than wave-2 in price. What makes Terminal impulsions different is each segment is corrective in design, plus waves-2 & 4 can retrace much more of the prior wave than is allowed in Trending impulsions. But, the same rules apply as it relates to the above question. To see wave-5 of a Terminal fail, wave-3 must be the longest leg, wave-4 must retrace at least 61.8% of wave-3 and wave-4 must be larger than wave-2.

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