WXY Correction: Rules, guidelines and a top example

WXY combo wave is a complex corrective structure that’s also called as the “Double Three” in the Elliott wave principle. It’s a combination of 3 corrective structures of the lower-degree that produces the W, X and the Y legs of the WXY correction.

Jump to the Bitcoin (BTCUSD) forecast of an ongoing WXY formation

Almost all references to the WXY structure[1] explains that the W and Y are the main corrective waves combined with a possibly smaller corrective wave of the lower degree labeled as the X.

So the length and depth of wave X can be quite same as a wave B (subdivision) within the W or Y.

Corrective waves are inherently difficult to label compared to the impulse waves.

Corrective structures can also start with a sharp wave that can be mistaken for the start of an impulse, increasing the difficulty in forecasting.

Because of these reasons, personally I would not anticipate a WXY until after the completion of a possible W and X waves.

At the end of a corrective structure, the obvious anticipation is for the next motive wave. But if the price stalls and continues in the sideways market, this could be a sign of an extended WXY (double three) or WXYXZ (triple three) combo correction.

WXY Rules

All three W, X and Y waves are corrections – either 3 (ABC) or 5 (ABCDE) wave structures. Obviously each of the W,X and Y legs should respect the rules that govern its own corrective structure.

  1. W and Y subdivisions can be ABC or ABCDE in the smaller degree.
  2. X wave subdivision also comprises of any corrective structure, but the context is much like of an even smaller degree.

Bitcoin forecast on W1 chart (possible WXY formation)

Bitcoin forecast WXY correction on the W1 chart
Bitcoin (BTCUSD) forecast of WXY on the W1 chart

In a previous post I mentioned the ABC ZigZag completion of the Bitcoin.
Anticipation then was for the bullish motive wave to begin.

However, the extended sideways market has formed an expanding flat that marks the X wave of a possibly ongoing WXY correction.

The length and depth of the possible wave X is perfectly fitting compared to the possible W wave (ABC correction).

According to this forecast, the massive bullish trend of Bitcoin that everyone is eagerly waiting for, will not start at least until the start of 2024.

update 12/03/2023 : Already bearish BTCUSD dropped even more sharply confirming to the above forecast, following the debacle of SVB bank collapse.


WXY is a complex corrective-wave-structure which is also called as a double-three combo wave. These combo structures, by nature, are formed within extended sideways markets.

Although it’s not advisable to label incomplete WXY wave corrections, current Bitcoin (BTCUSD) weekly chart appears to have formed the W and X waves of a possible WXY combo correction.

In every case the Bitcoin example does not warrant any trade opportunity, as the sideways market of the BTCUSD continues.

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  1. WXY diagram of elliottwave-forecast.com and other related images images collection of Google results for the search “WXY correction”