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In trading the period is simply the timeframe that you’re charting an asset at. For example, if you’re viewing a gold chart at the daily timeframe, this means that each candle on the chart (which equals to 1 period) represents a day’s worth of trading activity. Similarly, if you’re viewing the same chart at the 4 hour timeframe, this means that each period on the chart (candlestick) represents 4 hours of trading activity. The most commonly used periods in charting are the hourly, 4-hour, daily and weekly timeframes (1h, 4h, 1d, 1w), however nowadays most charts offer you the ability to view the chart from 1 minute periods all the way up to 1 year.

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