Inside Bar

6 Characteristics of a Profitable Inside Bar Setup

by Elearnmarkets on Technical Analysis
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An inside bar setup doesn’t come around often. If you ask, why is it? So the answer is, it’s mostly due to the fact that this particular strategy requires a trend that is strong but not exhausted. As markets spend most of their time consolidating or ranging, so finding a favourable inside bar setup within a trending market can be a difficult task. Now, you might be having a question that what is inside bar setup?

What is Inside Bar?

As the name suggests, an inside bar engulf inside of a large candle, some call it as a mother bar. It’s a pattern that forms after a large move in the market and represents a period of consolidation. The inside bar pattern can be a very powerful price action signal if you understand how to trade it properly. Matching lows and highs are acceptable, however the inside bars range must not be outside of the mother candle by even 1 point.

4 quick inside bar fact:

• Inside bar forms within the trading range (or shadow) of the preceding bar.
• It is at least a two candlestick formation
• Mother candlestick can be either bullish(green) or bearish(red)
• The inside bar can be bullish or bearish

Inside bar setup

Under stated are 6 important characteristics to know about the Inside bar setup:-

1) Choosing the correct time frame

First and the most important characteristic is, the time frame you use to setup inside bar is extremely important. As in general, any time frame less than the daily chart should be avoided with this strategy. This is because the lower time frames are influenced by “noise” and therefore might produce false signals.

inside bar chart

An inside bar that forms on the higher time frame has more “relevant” simply because the pattern took more time to form. This means more traders were actively involved in its formation.

2) Works extremely well in trending market

If you are planning to trade based on inside candle, then you should always look for a market trend. This strategy does not work in a choppy market or sideways market as you will be easily stopped out. In fact, trading with the trend is the only way to trade an inside bar setup.

Note that this pair was in a strong uptrend leading up to both setups. This is the kind of momentum you want to look for when trading this strategy.

Also Read: Mastering Inside bar trading strategy

3) Inside Bar Setup on a Pattern breakout

The best inside bar setups form just after a breakout from a preceding pattern. The reason for this is simple… In a trend, the consolidation is triggered when longs decide to begin taking profits (selling). This causes the market to pullback, where new buyers have take charge in and buy, which keeps prices elevated. This pattern continues for days, weeks or even months until new buyers are able to once again outweigh the sellers and drive the market higher.

Below is a great example of a bullish inside bar that formed on the Hindustan Unilever daily time frame. This is actually a trade setup that was called here at Daily Price Action and has worked out beautifully thus far.

Break out with inside

4) Size of the Mother candle and inside bar candle

The size of the inside bar compare to the mother bar is very important. In my experience, the smaller the inside bar is relative to the mother bar, the greater your chances are of experiencing a profitable trade setup. Ideally, we want to see the inside bar form within the upper or lower half of the mother bar. If the mother bar has a weak body then it might not be very sure to trade in it. The body and the size of the mother bar is extremely important, and if the size of the inside bar is small compared to the mother bar it can help you to generate much better results.

5) Entering, Exiting and Stop loss at Inside Bar Trade

Entering: – When the price action completes an inside candle on the chart, you should mark the low and high of the Inside Bar consolidation range. These two levels are used to trigger of a potential trade. Remember, the inside candle clues us in to the eventual breakout and likelihood of a continuation outside the range in the direction the break, however, it doesn’t give us information about the direction of the breakout through the range, prior to the actual move. In simple terms, if the price action interrupts the range upwards, then you should go long. If the price action breaks the range downwards, then you should trade the short side.

Exiting: – Projecting the potential move with Inside Bar Breakouts can be challenging. Often inside bar trades can lead to a prolonged impulse move after the breakout, so employing a trailing stop after price has moved in your favour is a smart trade management strategy.

Stop Loss: – In either case (If you are Long or short), your stop should be located below the bottom of the range, as stated in the picture below. There can be buffer of 1% below the range.

Inside bar pattern

6) Inside bar helps in identifying change in trend

The inside bar candlestick pattern is such a valuable tool because it tells us that the market is not as bullish or bearish as it was in the preceding period. Being able to identify periods of market expansion and contraction will help any trader improve their odds of find a winning trade because we know from history that expansion and contraction can only last so long. When either of those market phases ends, the resulting moves can be explosive!

The great thing about inside bar candlestick patterns is that they provide visual evidence that the market has contracted and may be ready to reverse the current trend.

Inside bar candlestick pattern


There’s no doubt that inside bars can be a profitable way to trade the Forex market, equity, commodity or any other market. After all, it’s a setup that it teaches as part of price action course and one that has served extremely well. To more about inside bar you can enroll Certification in Online Technical Analysis.

However, it isn’t a setup that occurs often, at least not in a favourable context. This is why I don’t advocate using the inside bar as your only setup to trade the market. By doing so, you limit your trade potential to the point that you are likely to begin taking subpar setups. It is, therefore, important to treat inside bars as another tool inside your trading toolbox rather than the toolbox itself.
The inside bar setup is capable of producing consistent profits, but only to the traders who mind the six characteristics discussed above.

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