I've been writing online for over a decade now. And for that whole time I've been promoting the idea of daily study in both Market Structure and Price Action.
It's a simple task that takes no more than five minutes, but which offers incredible value to your own learning and development.
Sometimes this study fits within certain themes, if there is a particular feature of market structure which I want to focus on for a period of time.
Often though, it's completely unstructured. Simply searching for whatever captures my attention.
Either way, every trading day after the session is over, I look to the charts to find something interesting. Having done this for so long the findings are usually just reinforcing prior lessons. But occasionally, they'll uncover something new which can lead to further exploration, further learning and further growth and development.
As I'm away from home for the month of April, celebrating my 50th birthday, and unable to prepare any new articles for the YTC newsletter, I though I'd simply preload the email system and blog with a few articles which share some daily market structure and price action study.
I hope you find it useful. If you do, consider starting your own Market Structure & Price Action Journal.
Monday 12th March 2018
Studying a high-of-day breakout failure:
- Price breaks the high of day (A) right into an area of overnight-high resistance (yellow shading B).
- Regardless of whether you consider this setup a BOF of A or a TST of B, it's a good reminder that reversals are not always a single-touch V-turn.
- Entry at C would at best be scratched for breakeven or very small profit. Re-entry would be required at D.
- Further potential opportunity is available through the engulfing candle (E) or the retest of the breakdown at F.
- If you miss a trade setup, remain patient. There is often (but not always) another chance to enter.
Tuesday 13th March 2018
Studying opportunity available after a period of volatility contraction:
- Context = down-trending market (G)
- Price finds some support around 11:30am and settles into a period of sideways contraction (H).
- The contraction itself offers no real clues in terms of strength or weakness of either side. It can't go up. It can't go down. Wait. Be patient.
- Seek opportunity SHORT in the yellow shaded region (I), once price has broken the volatility contraction pattern. While there is potential for a trap, all effort should be made to trade these. The risk is often minimal, especially if the breakout occurs very close to the apex of the triangle. And the potential reward is often multiple-R.
- A trap and reversal to rally through the upper boundary of H could be considered for entry LONG, should that occur.
- Volatility contraction leads to expansion. Always seek opportunity on a break from the area of contraction.
Tuesday 13th March 2018
A bonus extra one for today – a place where my expectations were wrong!
Increasing the timeframe up to the 15 minute chart…
- The 13th March opened above the prior days high and moved through the full prior day's range to break the low at J.
- My expectations following an engulfing of a prior day's range are for price continuation lower.
- Instead, the breakout proved false and price rallied back within the prior day's range, providing very smooth and easy-to-read bullish price movement.
- The market cares little for my expectations. It goes where orderflow tells it to go.
- As always, some of the best signals come from failed expectations. If I'm stopped on any breakout pullback entry SHORT, get over it. There is potentially now even better opportunity for a breakout failure entry LONG. Find it and take it.
More to follow next week!