Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Head and shoulders

Listen to a Business English Dialogue About Head and shoulders

Willow: Hi Avery, have you heard of the term “head and shoulders” in finance?

Avery: Yes, it’s a technical analysis pattern used to predict potential reversals in a security’s price trend.

Willow: That’s correct! The pattern resembles a human head and shoulders and consists of three peaks, with the middle peak, or “head,” being the highest.

Avery: How does the “head and shoulders” pattern indicate a reversal in price direction?

Willow: When the price forms the first shoulder, rises to the head, and then falls to form the second shoulder, it suggests that buyers are losing momentum, signaling a potential reversal from an uptrend to a downtrend.

Avery: Can the “head and shoulders” pattern also occur in a downtrend?

Willow: Yes, in a downtrend, the pattern would appear as three valleys, with the middle one being the lowest, indicating a potential reversal from a downtrend to an uptrend.

Avery: Are there any variations of the “head and shoulders” pattern?

Willow: Yes, there are variations such as the inverse head and shoulders pattern, which indicates a potential reversal from a downtrend to an uptrend.

Avery: How reliable is the “head and shoulders” pattern for predicting price reversals?

Willow: While the “head and shoulders” pattern is widely recognized, its reliability can vary, and it’s often used in conjunction with other technical indicators for confirmation.

Avery: Thanks for explaining, Willow. The “head and shoulders” pattern sounds like a useful tool for technical analysts.

Willow: You’re welcome, Avery. It’s one of the many tools analysts use to identify potential changes in market trends.