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⚠️A bull trap is a false signal about an uptrend in stocks, indices or other stock assets, in which, after an impressive rally, the rate reverses and breaks through the previous support level . Such a change seems to "catch" traders or investors who acted on a buy signal, and brings losses on long positions. A bull trap can also be called a "saw" trend.

The opposite of a bull trap is a "bear trap", it occurs when sellers cannot push the price below the resistance level .

❗️A bull trap is a reversal of the exchange rate, due to which market participants hoping for an opposite price movement close positions with unexpected losses.

❗️Bull traps occur when buyers fail to continue the rally that has broken through the resistance level .

❗️Traders and investors may fall into bull traps less often if they analyze the probability of further growth after the breakdown using technical indicators and/or divergence patterns.

✅The essence of the concept

⏺A bull trap occurs when a trader or investor buys an asset that has broken through the resistance level – a generally accepted strategy based on technical analysis . Although there is often a rapid growth of the exchange rate after the breakdown, the price can quickly change direction. This situation is called a "bull trap" – traders and investors who bought the breakdown are "caught" in a trading "trap".

⏺It can be avoided if you observe additional signs of a level breakdown. In particular, the growth of above-average trading volume and the appearance of bullish candles after the breakdown can confirm that the price is likely to continue to rise. And a breakdown in which the volume decreases, or candlesticks with a small body – for example, the doji star – may be signs of a bull trap.

⏺From the point of view of psychology, bull traps occur when bulls are unable to continue the rally after the breakdown of the level, this may be due to the lack of momentum and/or profit taking. Bears, if they see discrepancies, may seize the opportunity to sell the asset and thereby push prices below the resistance level , which may trigger stop-loss orders.

⏺The best way to deal with bull traps is to recognize warning signs in advance, such as a low breakdown volume , and exit the deal as soon as possible. Stop losses, especially if the market is moving fast, can help in this and prevent you from making a decision under the influence of emotions.

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