I don't often trade after midday Eastern Time. It's the middle of the night here and I'd much prefer to get some sleep.

But from time to time I'm alert and awake and there is no chance I'd be able to sleep even if I tried.

So I'll complete some of my post-session review and then go on with other work, while keeping an eye on the markets.

The default intent is to NOT trade… unless it's screaming out to be traded.

What does that look like?

Here's one example. A trade that is so damn obvious I would have been kicking myself if I missed it.

It's a YTC PB trade. But what is important is not so much the trade itself, but WHERE it happens in the "bigger picture" market structure.

<image: First Pullback after Significant Structural Change>

<image: First Pullback after Significant Structural Change>

<image: First Pullback after Significant Structural Change>

<image: First Pullback after Significant Structural Change>

Dropping down to the Trading Timeframe to see the outcome:

<image: First Pullback after Significant Structural Change>

<image: First Pullback after Significant Structural Change>

1. Structure!!!

2. Break of structure.

3. First pullback against the break of structure.

It's no Holy Grail. Sometimes there will be losses. And sometimes you'll miss the trade.

But it's opportunity I do NOT want to miss.

Happy trading, 

Lance Beggs



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  1. Hi Lance,

    Many Thanks for your effort on writing this blog. I started reading your blog recently and one of the beneficiary of techniques.

    I have a quick question, I see you are using 15EMA for 5 minutes chart. What will be the recommended EMA for 3 minutes and 1 minutes charts.


    1. Hi Aristatle,

      I’m not sure why you think I’m using the 15 EMA? Or 5M charts? I use clean charts with price action only.

      If you want to use EMA’s to structure the chart, that’s fine. But know that there are no “right” EMAs. Instead you need to determine what it is that you want to use the EMA for and then adjusting the setting so that you find the one that best provides that solution.


  2. Lance,

    Love the break of structured first PB trade, especially on 30-40 degrees upward trend breaks. For a quick scalp.

    But I often miss it because I am either too cautious (stemming from lack of confidence I suppose) or I wait to much and I don’t get filled eventually (never use market orders). Seeing how the LTF chart went, I am sure I would have missed that.

    Could you please tell me How did you enter into the trade – with a market or limit order?

    What is your stance on using market orders in general?

    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Mihail,

      The order entry type varies depending upon conditions. I would guess that approximately 80% of the time I enter through a STOP LIMIT order. The other 20% would be either LIMIT or STOP MARKET or MARKET order entry.

      It’s a matter of choice. Do you want a fill but are willing to take slippage – then use a market order. If you want control over price (no slippage) but are willing to accept missed trades or partial fills – then use a limit order.

      In this type of trade where there is a break of significant structure, there is good potential for directional conviction and follow through. It’s a trade I didn’t want to miss. So entry was STOP MARKET. As best I can recall, the entry order was placed below the LTF candle on the second push higher (the one prior to entry). Had the pullback moved deeper then it simply would have trailed below the low of these LTF candles, triggering when they eventually broke. This way – there was no way I’d miss entry. But it did come with slippage.



  3. Wonderful Lance , if I got it right …at the entry point ,due to weak pullback it means not strong buying pressure …and market would head to Target where buy pressure looks more …since at that point market moved up fast ..and many buy orders might be pending

    1. Hi Dhrub,

      At the time of entry, weakness in the bulls was likely, simply due to the context. When it’s a significant structural change which traps a whole lot of market participants, it’s reasonable to expect a strong directional move (until proven otherwise).

      And this was then observed through two LTF attempts to push higher, both failing to reach the breakout point.

      The presence of bullish orderflow at the target zone is not known at that time. The level was chosen as a target simply because it’s a structural area with potential to halt the move. You’ll note however that I didn’t take my exit at the target zone. On reaching there I assess potential to break through the zone so I held the trade open. It wasn’t to be though. Exit was taken as the bullish orderflow came into the market and drove back higher.


  4. Hi Lance,

    In trending market, when do you expect a CPB and when you expect PB.
    As you said, anticipating future trend direction gives a trader an edge, I am still trying to figure it.


  5. Hi Lance,

    How would you place your stops for these quick scalps?

    How much should the afternoon dull range have before you take note and look into such trades? When would you ignore such trades?


    1. Hi Cw,

      Stops are no change from standard practice – they are placed at the point at which price should NOT go, if the trade premise is to remain valid.

      How long should the after noon range settle before I would trade these? There is no required period of time. It’s more based upon whether or not the break from structure is significant. If you look at the structure and think “Wow. That is a big change! That is going to stop out a LOT of people!”, then you’ve found something worth trading.


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