Monthly Archives: August 2017

Let It Fail First – Then Get In

 

Although we trade very differently, I am quite a fan of Al Brooks first book, "Reading Price Charts Bar by Bar".

One of his quotes which has stuck with me over the years is the following:

  • Countertrend setups in strong trends almost always fail and become great With Trend setups.

 

This quote came to mind earlier in the week, as I took a counter-trend entry against a strong trend, despite my predominant thought prior to entry being "This is too obvious. It has to be a trap!".

<Let it fail first - then get in>

The drop from point 2 was just over 30pts (120 ticks) in 15 minutes. Ok, it's maybe not the strongest trend. But there was very little opportunity in the way of pullback entries SHORT. And bears still felt in control.

<Let it fail first - then get in>

<Let it fail first - then get in>

<Let it fail first - then get in> 

And that's when the Al Brooks quote came to mind.

  • Countertrend setups in strong trends almost always fail and become great With Trend setups.

 

<Let it fail first - then get in>

The outcome:

<Let it fail first - then get in>

<Let it fail first - then get in>

<Let it fail first - then get in> 

Happy trading, 

Lance Beggs

 


 

Reverse Trendline Breakout Failure

 

The market opened and settled quickly into an uptrend.

It was an environment I found difficult to trade for some reason. Decision making was poor. And I just couldn't get in sync with the price movement.

This was a fact that became clearly obvious after two suboptimal trades (small profit so it's all good).

So here's the plan on recognising the fact that I'm out of sync with the market:

  • Stand aside until price breaks from the current structure.

 

Here's what I mean:

The current structure was an uptrend. But not a nice one. Small swings, getting smaller.

I don't use trendlines, but they will help show what I was seeing within the structure, as the trendlines above and below price both converge on each other.

(Reverse Trendline Breakout Failure)

This is what I wait for:

(Reverse Trendline Breakout Failure)

(Reverse Trendline Breakout Failure)

This time we got a break of the reverse trendline.

(Reverse Trendline Breakout Failure)

From a strength/weakness perspective, an acceleration of price like this gives an appearance of strength, but it's not usually the case. Such a steepening of price is unsustainable and will exhaust itself. Any strength is actually short-lived and will often (but not always) provide opportunity back to the last area of congestion prior to breakout.

(Reverse Trendline Breakout Failure)

Here is the outcome:

(Reverse Trendline Breakout Failure)

Lessons:

1. Two suboptimal trades are an indication that you're potentially out of sync. Pause. Step back from the charts. And reassess.

2. When you recognise yourself being out of sync with the market, consider standing aside until price breaks from the current structure.

3. A reverse trendline breakout is usually played initially for reversion to the mean, with the remainder held for potential reversal (until proven otherwise).

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

Clues to a Quiet Trading Session

 

Some days the market offers complete rubbish.

Monday was one of those days.

Clues to a quiet trading session 

Clues to a quiet trading session

Clues to a quiet trading session

Clues to a quiet trading session

Clues to a quiet trading session

Clues to a quiet trading session

Clues to a quiet trading session

Clues to a quiet trading session

Clues to a quiet trading session

So far we mentioned the following price action clues which helped form my decision to stand aside and watch and wait for better conditions.

  • Overlapping price bars with little directional conviction
  • Plus narrow range price swings
  • Both combining to form a narrow range channel which just drifts slowly in one direction

 

In addition, a big part of the decision is the following:

  • "Feel" – The price movement itself intra-candle just "feels" slow and sluggish. And while it's present through all price movement, it's particularly felt when sitting in a position and it's just NOT moving the way you like.

 

However, there is another quite important input into my decision, which I haven't mentioned yet. (This was actually the whole point of the article when I conducted my planning… yes, I've digressed again!!!)

It's a factor which gradually became clear between 5 and 30 minutes after the session open.

So let's get to the whole point of my article and check this out.

We'll begin by looking at the DAILY chart.

Clues to a quiet trading session

Of note is the fact that the volume of the day (with hindsight) turned out to be the lowest volume in a LONG TIME (excluding holiday sessions). I don't know how long. I'm not a stats person. If you are, feel free let me know how long!  🙂

But it was a long time since we've seen the daily volume so low.

And low volume is often (not always) an indication of a dull, lifeless session. Just the kind of session I prefer to avoid.

Of course, the exchange does not publish the end-of-day volume before the session starts.

But it's not all bad.

Here's a tip I learnt many years ago:

  • The opening 30 minute volume gives a clue as to the kind of day we'll get. A very low opening 30 minute volume suggests low participation and (in the absence of any reason for this to change) a higher likelihood of a lower volume day.

 

In other words, if the 30 minute volume is really low, expect dull, lifeless conditions ahead.

So here's the opening 30 minute volume. Again, very low compared with recent historical averages.

Clues to a quiet trading session

And rather than wait till 30 minutes, we can take a quick peek at 5 and 15 minutes into the session.

Clues to a quiet trading session

Clues to a quiet trading session

There is no need to build and display these chart templates which show only the first 5, 15 and 30 minutes of data. Just glance at the volume after 5, 15 and 30 minutes and you'll get a feel for whether it's low, about average or high.

A low opening five minute volume is a warning sign. Participation is low. Interesting! Take note.

If it continues after 15 minutes, this is a bigger warning sign. Take care in these markets.

And if the volume remains low at the 30 minute mark, when compared with historical averages, expect a potentially dull and lifeless session. At least until something shocks the market out of it's slumber and shifts the sentiment of the market participants.

TRADE WITH CAUTION.

A+ SETUPS ONLY.

Or not at all.

Sometimes it feels good to take hold of your small profits and call it a day. There is a life to be lived out there, away from the charts.

On this particular Monday, the volume was low after 5 minutes. And again at the 15 minute mark. Price action had felt slow and sluggish. In particular when in a trade. Price structure had the appearance of potential grind – one of my least favourite trading environments. And then at the 30 minute mark, volume was clearly the lowest for at least the last few months.

There was no need to trade any further.

Tomorrow will be a whole new day and a chance for much more favourable trading conditions.

Happy trading, 

Lance Beggs

 


 

Sometimes You Get It Wrong Before You Get It Right

 

On Tuesday I shared one of my older facebook posts via social media. Copied here:

Stop expecting perfection. Instead, learn to manage your imperfection. 

Repeating the key points for effect:

  • Learn to survive… and even occasionally profit… in the times when your read of the market is wrong.
  • And that will leave you with confidence to attack the opportunity available at the times when you are in sync with the market.

 

I sought out this old post in response to a similar sequence on Monday.

One in which I was positioned wrong in the market. Not once, but twice.

Before taking a step back from the charts and looking with a wider perspective and switching to the right side.

Here is Monday's opening sequence:

Wrong - Wrong - Right

In email Q&A with a reader (Josh) during the week, he asked me the following question, "Do you feel like you're in sync with the market everyday?"

Great question.

The reality is that no, I'm not in sync with the market every day.

There are many times when I've approached the market in a "less than ideal" mental or physical state and it has clearly influenced my ability to get in sync with price movement.

And even when in an optimal state, there are many price sequences which are not simple to read.

That's the nature of price movement – traps, retests, fakeouts.

The market seems at times to take great delight in deceiving us.

So our job as traders includes the following:

  • Managing those times when we're not in sync with the market to ensure we contain any loss and prevent it getting out of hand. Profiting of course, if possible, but our priority is to limit the downside and stay in the game.
  • And then recognising when we are in sync with the market so that we can squeeze as much profit out of it as possible.

 

Wrong - Wrong - Right

Wrong - Wrong - Right

Here is the link to last week's article if you missed it – http://yourtradingcoach.com/trading-process-and-strategy/trading-an-uncertain-trend/

Wrong - Wrong - Right

Wrong - Wrong - Right

Wrong - Wrong - Right

Wrong - Wrong - Right

Wrong - Wrong - Right

Once more:

  • Learn to survive… and even occasionally profit… in the times when your read of the market is wrong.
  • And that will leave you with confidence to attack the opportunity available at the times when you are in sync with the market.

 

Don't expect to always be in sync with the market.

Sometimes you have to get it wrong a few times, before you can get it right.

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs