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As of 01/13/2017
19,886 -5.27 0.0%
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657 -0.99 -0.2%
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625 or 690 by 01/15/2017
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This page describes the truncation pattern of the Elliott wave principle, how price moves not in a straight line but in a series of rises and retracements.

The truncation wave in a bull market. The figure to the right shows what a truncation wave looks like in a bull market. Truncation occurs when wave five fails to move beyond the end of wave three. For this reason, truncation is sometimes called a truncated fifth (or even a 2B). The red line illustrates how wave five fails to meet or exceed the end of wave three.

 

 

The subwave configuration for a truncation. The figure to the right show the subwave configuration of an ideal truncation in a bull market. Waves one, three, and five, are composed of five sub waves. Waves two and four have three subwaves each. Thus the configuration of the subwaves is 5-3-5-3-5.

 

 

 

The truncation in a bear market. This chart is the same as the prior one but the wave occurs in a bear market. Wave five fails to reach the end of wave three as the red line shows.

According to Frost and Prechter, you will see a truncated fifth often after an unusually strong wave 3 thrust.

Truncation Wave Rules

The truncation has rules that govern its shape. They are listed here.

  • The truncation is a motive wave that fails to complete the trend.
  • Subwave five falls to move beyond the end of wave three.
  • The pattern has a 5-3-5-3-5 subwave structure.

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