Divergence is a technical price indicator that happens when a live quote and oscillator being compared by a trader go in different directions. Divergence signals signify a change in oncoming trends. They can either be progressive or retrogressive. Divergences are important because if you observe them properly, you know when you can trade profitably.

Since divergence is influenced by price action and oscillator indicators like RSI, CCI or MACD, you know when the market is about to change direction and position yourself to profit accordingly. A major advantage of using divergences is that they can be carried out either at the top or bottom where they attract minimal risk. This means they are comfortable in a bearish or bullish market. The main thrust of divergence traders is to pinpoint higher highs or lower lows being created on the charts. It is a valuable strategy that helps you spot a receding trend or a looming one.

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