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Higher Timeframe Forex – When The Market Can’t Push Lower

 

One of the key tasks I was looking forward to this last week, having recently overcome my long-term internet outage, was in catching up with Aaron Fifield's Chat With Traders podcast.

And I must say it was AWESOME to come across episode 117 with Larry Alintoff.   (Yeah… I'm a long way behind!!!)

The reason…

Despite the fact that we likely trade very different timeframes, markets and methods, I was really pleased to hear Larry describe one way that he seeks trade opportunity – when things that "should" happen, don't happen.

That is one of the themes I've shared through YTC over the last few years.

To have a trader of such high regard validate this idea… well I must say I felt just a little pleased with myself!   🙂

You'll find dozens of references to this idea if you search back through the archives, in either the blog or my social media posts.

The most recent, from memory, would probably be this one – http://yourtradingcoach.com/trading-process-and-strategy/studying-a-higher-timeframe-trap/

And of course, those with the YTC Price Action Trader should look to Volume 2, Chapter 3, Page 143.

So I thought, why not look at another example of this idea.

GBP/USD offered an interesting example during the last week. One which is perhaps not as obvious as some of the prior examples.

Let's look to the 4 hour chart at the close last Friday, 9th March.

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

So let's look at Monday's data, still on the 4 hour chart.

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

And now Tuesday…

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

Ha ha!

Ok, it's not all bad.

This is why I wanted to share this one. It makes a nice difference from the previous one which I linked to above (here again if you missed it).

In that prior article, price did break the swing low.

This was the setup in that prior article.

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

As we've seen though, it doesn't always happen this nicely.

Sometimes price doesn't quite break that low.

But it doesn't matter.

Often, just trying to break that low is sufficient.

YTC Price Action Trader readers – see Figure 3.78 on page 143 for another example.

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

Let's drop down to a typical trading timeframe chart, the 5 Min chart, to see how we could have recognised this failure to continue lower.

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

In fact, just the day before, on Monday, I'd shared this example from the emini Nasdaq futures, via social media:

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

Here is the outcome…

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

A strong momentum drive often leaves an expectation in many traders of continuation, should price break the momentum drive extreme. Any failure of that break, or an inability to even quite get that far, can provide a reasonable move back in the opposite direction.

I'm a big fan of this concept – when things that "should" happen, don't happen.

Keep an eye out for it in your markets and your timeframes. Archive and study a few examples. And consider adding it to your trading toolkit, should you also find them to offer great opportunity.

Higher Timeframe Forex - When the Market Can't Push Lower

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

That is a LONG TIME to be without Internet

 

Thursday 16th March to Friday 2nd June!

That is a LONG TIME to be without Internet

Yes, that’s how long I was without any fixed line Internet at my house.

But that’s what you get when the Government monopolises the internet infrastructure!

Aussie readers, AVOID THE NBN as long as possible.

So thankfully I was prepared and had my backup mobile broadband system in place, ready to take over and keep me trading (albeit with reduced size due to concerns over stability).

Granted, the backup system was only ever expected to be a short-term measure, put in place for short-term outages. Not 11 weeks. But it performed well and did the job it was meant to do.

So… the task for you this weekend…

  • What is your backup plan in the event of internet failure? How quickly can you get back online to manage (or close out) any positions?
  • What is your backup plan in the event of long-term internet failure? How will you manage to continue trading?

 

And if you feel up to it, consider other system failures as well:

  • What is your backup plan in the event of computer failure?
  • What is your backup plan in the event of power failure?
  • (Repeat for any other system your business relies upon!)

 

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

Metagame Entry – After You’ve Made a Dumb Trade!

 

I often talk about identifying the areas where "other traders" are trading in really dumb places. Places where they've found themselves trapped in a really low odds trade. Or trapped out of a position they wished they were in.

Places of emotion – fear, anger, regret!

These areas of the chart often provide us with great trade opportunity.

But one thing I don't recall discussing is the obvious fact that sometimes we find ourselves taking these dumb trades.

We all do it!

The trapper… becomes trapped.

But that's fine. It's information. We read the market wrong. Now we've got feedback that helps correct our bias. And sometimes, if we've maintained a calm mindset, we might still find trade opportunity as price retests the area of our dumb trade.

Let's look at an example…

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Metagame Entry - After You've Made a Dumb Trade!

Too often we let a losing trade get to us. Especially when it's immediately clear that it's a dumb trade.

We can't allow any negativity to remain for long though.

It is IMPERATIVE that you have some kind of routine in place to briefly get away from the charts and clear your mind.

YTC Price Action Traders, refer to the FOCUS and REGROUP sections in Volume 4, Pages 49-50. Maybe consider printing out those two pages and sticking them on your wall.

Shake off that loss. It's small. It will be overcome by one good trade. Now focus. And prepare yourself for the next trade.

If the context suggests potential for a second chance entry, it could be coming up VERY SOON.

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

Trade Opportunity at Spike Highs

 

The market has opened and rallied. Not with great strength. In fact it's quite slow. But it rallies with a clear bullish bias.

It's clear of all S/R levels, above the prior day's high resistance (now support) and well short of the next higher timeframe resistance level.

Trade Opportunity at Spike Highs

Trade opportunity in such a case is ideally sought in the bullish direction.

YTC Price Action Trader readers – the first and second principles apply here and we're looking ideally for PB/CPB opportunity, with the trend.

However, there are times when I'll also look to take counter-trend opportunity, within this market environment.

Not always. But sometimes it's just screaming out to be traded. This is one of those times.

And not with any intention of catching a reversal. Just a scalp from the edges back to the mean.

Here's what I was seeing. We'll look at the TTF first, but we'll follow that up with the HTF chart, because it stands out better there and is much easier to see.

Trade Opportunity at Spike Highs

Trade Opportunity at Spike Highs

Trade Opportunity at Spike Highs

Trade Opportunity at Spike Highs

Trade Opportunity at Spike Highs

Trade Opportunity at Spike Highs

Trade Opportunity at Spike Highs

Keep watch on the charts for anything unusual. Anything that is different.

It may just provide trade opportunity.

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

Opportunity Exists where you find Frustrated Traders – Part 2

 

Feedback suggests that people got a lot out of last week's article, so let's continue with that topic one more time.

Check it out here if you missed it – http://yourtradingcoach.com/trading-process-and-strategy/opportunity-exists-where-you-find-frustrated-traders/

This was the general idea though –

I'm always looking at the market from the perspective of "the other trader".

In particular, seeking out the places on the chart where others might become frustrated.

Where is someone stuck out of a trade they wished they were in?

Where is someone stuck in a trade they wished they weren't in?

That's where I want to trade!

This concept can be applied on any timeframe. You can use it on the Trading Timeframe to find quality trade locations. You can use it on the Lower Timeframe to time your entry.

It's this Lower Timeframe application that I want to look at today.

Timing an entry at the point of maximum frustration for our poor friend, "the other trader".

Let's start with the general trade idea.

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

And so let's now step through the data to see how this trade idea unfolded.

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

Opportunity Exists where you find Frustrated Traders

 

I'm always looking at the market from the perspective of "the other trader".

In particular, seeking out the places on the chart where others might become frustrated.

Where is someone stuck out of a trade they wished they were in?

Where is someone stuck in a trade they wished they weren't in?

That's where I want to trade!

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Opportunity exists where you find frustrated traders

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

An Entry Mindset with a Whole Lot Less Fear

 

The whole analysis process for a novice trader is aimed towards finding a winning trade.

Sure, they know intellectually that not all trades will win.

But surely this one… the one they worked so hard for… the one that all their analysis says is a good trade… it's just got to win!

And then they enter the trade…

An Entry Mindset with a Whole Lot Less Fear

Gripped by the fear that comes with every tick of price movement, they increase the risk of mismanaging the trade. They increase the likelihood of underperforming. And they risk potential damage to their self-belief.

What if there was another way?

What if you had a different mindset?

What if you stopped trying to find winners?

An Entry Mindset with a Whole Lot Less Fear

An Entry Mindset with a Whole Lot Less Fear

An Entry Mindset with a Whole Lot Less Fear

That's a key difference.

A novice is trying to find a trade that will win.

I'm trying to find an entry that is worthy of being one of twenty.

I don't need a winner.

I place all the odds in my favour. And I take the trade.

An Entry Mindset with a Whole Lot Less Fear

This is an entry that is worthy of being one of 20 within the group.

It doesn't need to be a winner.

The whole group of 20 needs to win.

So this trade just needs to get me off to a good start – profiting if it can, and just minimising the damage if it can't.

A slightly different mindset…. but with a whole lot less fear.

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

Trade Review – Should He Have Exited?

 

I received a question from a reader who made an exceptional trade but was concerned that he should have exited the trade much earlier, scratching for a small loss and then possibly seeking re-entry.

I love this!

I would typically expect most traders to be ecstatic about a win.

But it's a sign of someone much more advanced along the journey, who is more concerned about developing good process than in just celebrating the win.

Here is the trade, along with their question. I've had to shrink the image a bit to fit here.

I'll discuss the question below so it's not essential to be able to read the text. But if you are interested, click on the image and it will open a full-size copy in your browser.

The trade... and question...

The Trading Timeframe is the 5 minute chart, shown in the small insert to the upper left. The main part of the image shows the 1 minute Lower Timeframe.

But let's take a look through my charts, starting with the 60 minute timeframe for some wider context and then stepping down through both the 5 and 1 minute charts.

Higher Timeframe

Trading Timeframe

Lower Timeframe

Awesome!

I love it. That is a very nice BPB trade.

But here's the question, courtesy of the trader who we'll just call M.I.

The question...

M.I. is correct in his understanding of my style of trading. Over the years I've developed a preference for active management of my positions, in particular around the entry point. My preference is to not just hold and HOPE. But rather to be taking off risk if I feel the position is threatened. And re-entering if the trade premise does remain intact.

It's always impossible to say exactly how I would have traded something live, when I wasn't actually there to experience the price action. Hindsight knowledge of the outcome DOES alter the way we believe we would have traded.

So taking this with a grain of salt, here is what I "believe" I would have done:

My entry and active management style

Here is the thing though – IT DOESN'T MATTER.

There is no right or wrong method of trade management.

Either way is fine – completely passive set and forget, or quite active like I prefer. Or in fact anything in-between.

What is important is finding and developing your own style and then using that consistently.

Sometimes passive management will have outperformed. Quite likely in this case, M.I.'s management method would have resulted in greater profits than mine. At other times though, active management will be far more profitable (such as here).

Find what fits your personality. And just be consistent.

Here is the IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER, regardless of which style you choose:

Know where the trade is invalid

We both have the same area at which we deem the trade invalid.

A passive style.

An active style.

Either way is fine. Find what best fits your personality and just be consistent. Active, passive, or any blend in-between.

Your style will likely develop over time, regardless of which you start with. Track your results. And work to improve.

Even better, if you can afford the time, track both methods and compare the results over time.

Most likely though, personality will play a greater part in the ultimate style, rather than which offers the greater profitability.

A little tip though, if you're unsure where to start. Look at the worst case for each scenario and see which offers the maximum regret. Then avoid that option.

Passive management – the worst case scenario is when the trade does fail and you could clearly see that it had lost it's edge, having tons of time to scratch the trade for a small profit or small loss, but instead hold the trade for a full-size loss just because someone told you "that's how you're meant to do it!".

Active management – the worst case scenario is when the trade idea works, but you've scratched the position for a small profit or small loss, and then can't find any way back in, watching the market move to your original targets without you.

Visualise placing a trade. And then work through both scenarios. Which feels the worst? Now, avoid that method and start with the other.

For me, I'm quite comfortable missing a trade. I'm happy to let it go. It wasn't mine to catch. And I'll just move on to the next.

But holding a position for a loss, when I could see it coming well ahead of time. That's just stupid (IMHO).

I choose active trade management.

But it's not the only way. And it's not necessarily the right option for you.

M.I., you chose a passive style of management for this trade. And it was a GREAT TRADE. Perhaps that is the style that suits your personality the most at this stage of your development? If so, don't worry about how I would have traded the position. Take notes on your trade. Keep your stats. And continue to monitor and grow over time, allowing your trade management style to naturally evolve over time.

That was a great trade. Well done. Keep it up.   🙂

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

Wrong Wrong Wrong Right

 

This was an interesting sequence of trades – three which I got completely wrong, followed by one which I finally got right.

The key takeaways:

  1. You won’t always get it right. Sometimes your timing is out. Other times, like in this sequence, your assessment of bias is just wrong.
  2. Good entry location and good active trade management can ensure that even when you get it wrong, you still don’t lose much. Or, as in this sequence, you don’t lose anything.
  3. One right trade can more than make up for numerous wrong trades.
  4. Profits come from a series of trades. Not from individual trades. In this business, individual trade results are irrelevant (assuming they do not break your money and risk management limits).

 

Market open

The plan

Wrong

Note importantly on the Trading Timeframe that the entry was very much near the low. There was absolutely NO waiting for confirmation of price moving higher. Instead, entry was taken when price showed it could not move lower.

Note also how active trade management allowed the trade to profit, with half taken off at the first target area and the remainder scratched for a smaller loss once it was clear this trade was wrong.

Good decision making with regards to entry and trade management ensured that I did not lose here, despite being wrong about the direction of the market.

Let's try again

Wrong

Again…

Note importantly on the Trading Timeframe that the entry was very much near the low. There was absolutely NO waiting for confirmation of price moving higher. Instead, entry was taken when price showed it could not move lower.

Note also how active trade management allowed the trade to profit, with some risk taken off when I wasn’t happy with the post-entry stall. This turned out premature, but it’s a good decision. Price should have moved quicker. Of the remainder of the position, half is taken off at the next stall area and the remainder scratched for a smaller loss once it was clear this trade was wrong.

Good decision making with regards to entry and trade management ensured that I did not lose here, despite being wrong about the direction of the market.

One more time... cause it's working so well so far!!!

Wrong

Yes, the temptation to not show bad trading is GREAT. But sometimes there are good lessons.

Once more for effect…

Note importantly on the Trading Timeframe that the entry was very much near the low. There was absolutely NO waiting for confirmation of price moving higher. Instead, entry was taken when price showed it could not move lower.

Note also how active trade management allowed the trade to profit, with some risk taken off early (in the area of the prior pullback lows) and the remainder scratched for a smaller loss once it was clear this trade was wrong.

Good decision making with regards to entry and trade management ensured that I did not lose here, despite being wrong about the direction of the market.

A better plan

Right

Repeating the key takeaways:

  1. You won’t always get it right. Sometimes your timing is out. Other times, like in this sequence, your assessment of bias is just wrong.
  2. Good entry location and good active trade management can ensure that even when you get it wrong, you still don’t lose much. Or, as in this sequence, you don’t lose anything.
  3. One right trade can more than make up for numerous wrong trades.
  4. Profits come from a series of trades. Not from individual trades. In this business, individual trade results are irrelevant (assuming they do not break your money and risk management limits).

 

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs