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Overview of Algorithmic Trading Strategies

Strategies are a natural way to get the maximum benefit out of algorithmic Trading. Based on the duration of holding the investment, Algo Trading Strategies are classified as Long term and short-term strategies. Automated TradingTrading has been enhanced with specific rule-based decision making.
Long Term Strategies
  1. Pricing Strategies are more focused on the expected returns
  2. Mathematical model-based Strategies are developed purely based on mathematical calculations, models.
  3. Trend Based Strategies follow market trends. By using the statistics, patterns are studied, and further strategies are developed.
  4. Arbitrage strategies use algorithms to figure out price differences and trade according to opportunities for profit.
  5. VWAP (Volume Weighted Average Price) & strategies, break the large volume of stock into smaller and later issues them according to market conditions to earn more yield.
  6. Implementation shortfall strategy uses algorithms to target involvement in dealing when stock prices are high and vice versa.
Short-Term Strategies
Short term strategies are generally executed in Intraday Trading strategies, where assets are bought and sold on the same day. Here stocks are not purchased for investment purpose but to earn the profit by connecting with the stock market trend. Algo trading strategies are incorporated in Intraday Trading to reap more benefits. Following are the Intraday trading strategies using algorithmic TradingTrading:
  1. Reversal trading strategies use algorithms to find out the highest and lowest points of the day. Based on these points as the secure time, price and quantity start reversing; it gives alerts to either buy or sell the assets.
  2. Trend based strategies analyse the trends using Algorithms, and further strategy is developed.
  3. Bull flag trading strategy based on the highest peak and steady decrease in trend during the day. To get the target prices on the patterns of bull flag shape, algorithms are used. Based on these trends, ' strategies are developed.
  4. Pullback Trading Strategy develops the low-risk buying opportunity.
  5. Breakout trading strategy enables us to enter the market when prices change outside a specific range.
3 Efficient Intraday Trading Strategies Used in Algorithmic Trading
Algo trading is an automated practical approach to TradingTrading. Strategies make the trading process very fast and much more result-oriented. The trades can be executed to the point of specified price and volume in minimal time. It reduces the losses due to the time lag between the sale and purchase of securities.
When the algo trading is used with specific intraday trading strategies, it works amazingly well.
Here are a few back-tested strategies used by successful traders as a part of Algo trading. These strategies can undoubtedly lead to maximize profits with the correct execution.
1. Momentum and Trend Based Strategy:
It is the most commonly used and most straightforward strategy. There are no complex interpretations or predictions to be made. It is the momentum and trend-based strategy. You need to follow the trends, and the energy in the market and the trades will be executed accordingly. Trade will be based on technical indicators - the moving averages, the price level movements, channel breakouts, etc. If a set of conditions is fulfilled, then automated trading is generated.
2. Arbitrage Strategy:
When there is a difference in the cost of the securities on different stock exchanges, Arbitrage profits take place. The algorithm identifies the price difference immediately using the computers and executes a trade to enable buying on the low-priced exchange and sell on the high-priced exchange. Although the cost difference is not too much, here, we can compare the speed and accuracy of Algo trading and manual TradingTrading.
This strategy is mostly applicable to forex trading. Once the trade gets executed, arbitrage profits will be credited to the trader.
3. Weighted Average Price Strategy:
This is also one of the most popular and efficient strategies. The objective of this strategy is to quick-execute the order to the volume-weighted average price or the time-weighted average price. The orders are executed in small parts. The order is based at either volume-weighted average price or the time-weighted average price in specific opening price in defined time slots.
The algorithms are successful in releasing the orders in small parts with efficiency and accuracy in nanoseconds, which may not be possible by human traders.
To know more strategies, refer to our Algorithmic Trading Strategies - Part 1.
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Since I can't go to work - Day 1

Since I can't go to work - Day 1
Previous posts: Intro

Yesterday I took positions long in NZDJPY and GBPJPY and set a pending order sell grid under my entries. I'd entered both pairs due to them being in intra day trend upwards and having made new breakouts. Breakouts can lead to another move up. They can also retrace and this means stops are best outside of the range of the last move.

GBPJPY was fully profitable. It filled the sell orders and took profit on them and the buy closed at a profit of around 1%.

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The hedge orders came into effect once the first pullback turned into a lower low. The target for them was the next support level. Price reversed from the support without hitting my stop loss under it.

NZDJPY was partly profitable. It filled all sell orders and only one hit target. So it ran up at 1/3 of the initial risk to hit take profit. I have now sold another position at the resistance and adjusted my take profits on the lower sells to close at reduced loss. If I am stopped out all positions this is a bit over break even and if it retraces a bit over 1% is gained.


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I want to keep buying NZDJPY up to 67 and I want to start to sell a bit over 67. When I am either stopped out or price retraces to let me out without loss I will then set up my next grid of orders to target this move. Either buying breakouts with a grid of orders to hedge retracement or buying retracement with orders to hedge reversal.

All closed trades so far. Open trades have around $250 at risk (close to stop loss now but resistance 67.75 maybe enough to give some retrace.
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Why isnt the dollar tanking, and why is gold crashing? It makes no sense.

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 73%. (I'm a bot)
The premium for liquidity combined with rates plunging across major central banks did not bode well for anti-fiat gold prices.
A price war triggered by Saudi Arabia plunged oil prices in their largest drop since 1991.The risk of volatility remains high with all eyes on stimulus measures from governments and central banks.
Speculation for lower US interest rates may curb the recent pullback in the price of gold as the Federal Reserve is widely expected to deliver another rate cut in March.
US Dollar Forecast: Fed Boosts Liquidity, Expected to Slash Rates Again Next Week.The 'V-shaped' recovery in the US dollar continues despite the Fed announcing a massive USD1.5 trillion liquidity pump on Thursday to arrest a further breakdown in the financial system.
British Pound Forecast: GBP/USD Tumbles in Worst Week Since 2009.The British Pound fell the most since 2009 versus the US Dollar last week, prolonging downside breakouts in GBP/USD and GBP/JPY as EUGBP soared.
US Dollar Technical Analysis: Can USD Add to Explosive Rise?The US Dollar roared higher last week, posting its best performance since October 2008 at the heart of the global financial crisis.
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[educational] Stretgies for day trading based on Technical Analysis

[educational] Stretgies for day trading based on Technical Analysis

1. Breakout

Breakout strategies center around when the price clears a specified level on your chart, with increased volume. The breakout trader enters into a long position after the asset or security breaks above resistance. Alternatively, you enter a short position once the stock breaks below support.
After an asset or security trades beyond the specified price barrier, volatility usually increases and prices will often trend in the direction of the breakout.
You need to find the right instrument to trade. When doing this bear in mind the asset’s support and resistance levels. The more frequently the price has hit these points, the more validated and important they become.

Entry Points

This part is nice and straightforward. Prices set to close and above resistance levels require a bearish position. Prices set to close and below a support level need a bullish position.

Plan your exits

Use the asset’s recent performance to establish a reasonable price target. Using chart patterns will make this process even more accurate. You can calculate the average recent price swings to create a target. If the average price swing has been 3 points over the last several price swings, this would be a sensible target. Once you’ve reached that goal you can exit the trade and enjoy the profit.
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2. Scalping

One of the most popular strategies is scalping. It’s particularly popular in the forex market, and it looks to capitalise on minute price changes. The driving force is quantity. You will look to sell as soon as the trade becomes profitable. This is a fast-paced and exciting way to trade, but it can be risky. You need a high trading probability to even out the low risk vs reward ratio.
Be on the lookout for volatile instruments, attractive liquidity and be hot on timing. You can’t wait for the market, you need to close losing trades as soon as possible.
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3. Momentum

Popular amongst trading strategies for beginners, this strategy revolves around acting on news sources and identifying substantial trending moves with the support of high volume. There is always at least one stock that moves around 20-30% each day, so there’s ample opportunity. You simply hold onto your position until you see signs of reversal and then get out.
Alternatively, you can fade the price drop. This way round your price target is as soon as volume starts to diminish.
This strategy is simple and effective if used correctly. However, you must ensure you’re aware of upcoming news and earnings announcements. Just a few seconds on each trade will make all the difference to your end of day profits.
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4. Reversal

Although hotly debated and potentially dangerous when used by beginners, reverse trading is used all over the world. It’s also known as trend trading, pull back trending and a mean reversion strategy.
This strategy defies basic logic as you aim to trade against the trend. You need to be able to accurately identify possible pullbacks, plus predict their strength. To do this effectively you need in-depth market knowledge and experience.
The ‘daily pivot’ strategy is considered a unique case of reverse trading, as it centers on buying and selling the daily low and high pullbacks/reverse.
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5. Using Pivot Points

A day trading pivot point strategy can be fantastic for identifying and acting on critical support and/or resistance levels. It is particularly useful in the forex market. In addition, it can be used by range-bound traders to identify points of entry, while trend and breakout traders can use pivot points to locate key levels that need to break for a move to count as a breakout.

Calculating Pivot Points

A pivot point is defined as a point of rotation. You use the prices of the previous day’s high and low, plus the closing price of a security to calculate the pivot point.
Note that if you calculate a pivot point using price information from a relatively short time frame, accuracy is often reduced.
So, how do you calculate a pivot point?
  • Central Pivot Point (P) = (High + Low + Close) / 3
You can then calculate support and resistance levels using the pivot point. To do that you will need to use the following formulas:
  • First Resistance (R1) = (2*P) – Low
  • First Support (S1) = (2*P) – High
The second level of support and resistance is then calculated as follows:
  • Second Resistance (R2) = P + (R1-S1)
  • Second Support (S2) = P – (R1- S1)

Application

When applied to the FX market, for example, you will find the trading range for the session often takes place between the pivot point and the first support and resistance levels. This is because a high number of traders play this range.
It’s also worth noting, this is one of the systems & methods that can be applied to indexes too. For example, it can help form an effective S&P day trading strategy

6. Moving Average Crossover

You will need three moving average lines:
  • One set at 20 periods – This is your fast moving average
  • One set at 60 periods – This is your slow moving average
  • One set at 100 periods – This is your trend indicator
This is one of the moving averages strategies that generates a buy signal when the fast moving average crosses up and over the slow moving average. A sell signal is generated simply when the fast moving average crosses below the slow moving average.
So, You’ll open a position when the moving average line crosses in one direction and you’ll close the position when it crosses back the opposite way.
How can you establish there’s definitely a trend? You know the trend is on if the price bar stays above or below the 100-period line.

the source : https://www.daytrading.com/strategies
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GBPJPY Trend Invalidation Signals and Contingency Plans

GBPJPY Trend Invalidation Signals and Contingency Plans
Took multiple losses on GBPJPY as it ran through all the trend continuation setups, and the persistence of how it has done this move is something that gives us reason to re-assess trade plans, and be diligent on risks as well as opportunities the conditions we are now in may present.

I feel like I've seen this movie before. Usually when getting squeezed in a trend continuation, there are a few hits you have to take and then there is a big pay off. As a general rule, the better the move will be the harder it is to position for. So early losses on this were all within the acceptable margin of error in this strategy (I think I also made setup errors, which was bad. I can do better on that). After we ran some more setups (that looked fully valid at time of execution), I noped out. Stopped selling, and waited to see what happened.

Last time I remember being on the wrong side of such a fierce move of this form on GBPJPY was similar. Done well shorting, scalped some buys at a support, then reversed into the "correction" - and it went parabolic against me. I remember this well, because in the coming week there were news reports of the GBP having it's best day/week in a yeadecade (I forget specifics, but GBP was in the news for the rally). In the week after that, the high was made .... because that was when Brexit happened.

What happened there, from a charting perspective, is we went into a 2 week corrective cycle and then started another impulsive wave. If this happens we may see something spectacular in GBPJPY in the near term. This may feature a record breaking rally (or at least strong one) into 145, and even 155 (current price 130). From there, we may start a new trend taking the market into the large chart forecasts of 89 and 61.

I can retire if that happens. Absolutely. I'm going to plan, with various contingencies, for something like that possibly happening. In this post I''ll show what warnings signs we got over the last days as sellers. Where our main dangers will be as buyers. The levels as which we can be more sure buyers have won out in the short term, and also where the possible spikes low could come and how we'd trade them / what we'd do next.

I'll use MT4 charting for this analysis, since it will require a lot of different fibs and patterns assessment, I find fibs on MT4 quicker to work with than cTrader.

The Big Gartley Pattern


So the first thing we want to establish is where the buyers are coming from. Double bottom is accurate, but a bit vague. If we look closer, we can see the daily chart pinging off the 61.8 and 76 fib levels. This would be consistent with a Gartley pattern, and this would be a bullish reversal pattern (If successful). We have a couple probable scenarios here. One is a big break and move lower, and the other is a persistent move up in a small time frame trending chart form.

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Let's look closer and see what the last days of trading have suggested to us about this.
Here is the 1 hour chart around the 76 level.
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We've possibly formed the start of a second trend leg in the recent move up. Our best move here would be wait for a dip, buy into that and then run the trend upwards. We should see more strong moves like today, and these should be in nice structured form giving us easy entries and exits. This would be a good scenario for trading.
If a spike out is to form from this level, we'd now have it in a clear butterfly pattern. So we'd look for a 1.61 extension of this swing giving us a projected low of 125 area. This would be a harder move to trade. We either have to keep selling into the resistance levels and risk multiple small losses, or wait for momentum downwards and use breakout strategies. I feel method one has failed this week. We can perhaps look more at method two in a close under 128 (which will not happen if we are to trend).

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As buyers, the possibility of this take out low move is our main danger. We have to be aware this can happen and it will be a fast move if it does. Risk control is important.

Bullish Scenarios

For now I am going to work on trade plans for if price remains above 128.50 and indicates bullish momentum. I want to work on targets and then reversal areas.

When we use the analysis above and consider we may be entering into big corrective leg, we can consider that this might be a 'ping swing' like move.

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Remember the main characteristics of a ping swing. It's very strong. The move is parabolic. There's a spike out of major levels, and then there is an impulse leg.
Weigh that against the price action I described the last time I seen the same setup on GBBPJPY running into Brexit. The market followed that same template of price movements, and then came down in spectacular fashion.
This is where our main opportunity is, and this is where it seem the smart way to be betting is at this time. If the lows made here are taken out, we can look for positions around 125 to load up for this (a spike out and rally is still valid).
In the immediate term, we can just buy dips. Use tight stops and get high RR if it runs up, have very small losses to the downside. A correction from 130.20 to 128.50 gives us a great buying opportunity to get started in this move (buying over 130 but under 130.60 I think is a bad trade. Better to wait)
If we can establish a good buy position and see a ping swing move (which would be 2,000 pips - and GBPJPY can do this without many pullbacks, it's wild) the profit potential on this is enormous. Very small risks can be taken for extreme profits on the other end. If we do this and make good profits in the run up to that, we can then use a portion of these profits to position aggressively on the 61.8 spike out, and maybe have big positions in a decade long breakout to the downside in GBPJPY.
Whether or not there is a spike out low, when buying our first target is 145.00. This is either buying from 128.50 or 125 if that trade does not work out.
It would be very dangerous to sell if there is a spike out low into 125. Selling here could be brutal in the whip against you (as could selling in the leg we have but not getting out quick). For some perspective on this, GBPJPY went from 145 to 160 in only a couple strong trading days the last time we had conditions similar to this. The possibility of this, makes it a bad time to be a seller - horrible time to be a stubborn one.

Wrap up.

No buys 130 - 130.50. Possible buys if there is a break of this.
Sells possible in this area, but risky. Not great RR. I'd not bother.
Buy level 1 - 128.50. 143 could be swing target here.
128 major bear break area. Danger of fast move here. Cut buys.
125 if met in spike, big buying area. Target 143 and stop 123 (tighter with price action).
145 first major upside resis. If we break this, 155.
Absolutely no selling into parabolic moves on GBPJPY at levels not mentioned here, isn't worth it.
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Forex Trading Courses - How to Choose the Right One to Lead You to Success

In Forex trading 95% of all traders lose money and this isn't because they can't win they just make the mistake of believing they will enjoy success with no effort. They buy the ridiculous stories of easy money sold by vendors of Forex Robots or Expert Advisors or they believe myths on how to make money. The strategy we will look at here works but the bulk of traders simply don't use it, here it is.

If you look at a chart of a currency pair you will notice two facts which are: Currencies trend for long periods in one direction and these trends can last for many weeks or months. If you buy them and hold them, you can make great profits but what is the best way to get in on these trends? The answer is:

Any currency that starts to trend up, does so by breaking to new highs on a Forex chart and furthermore, it continues its trend by breaking to new highs again and again. You can look at any chart and see this and if you continue to buy these breakouts you can make huge Why don't Most Traders Buy Breakouts?

The reason is simple, they like to buy lows and sell highs and predict and cannot enter a move in motion, as soon as a break occurs they don't want to buy it, they want it to come back to the low, so they can get in and what they consider is a better price but of course the best breakouts, don't pullback and the trader misses the move and the profit.

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free forex trading signals from Diamond Tops and Bottoms

free forex trading signals from Diamond Tops and Bottoms
The identification guidelines for diamonds and generate free forex trading signals Look for a quick price rise or decline. Diamond tops have prices entering the diamond from the bottom and bottoms have prices entering from the top. The quick rise or decline, a straight-line run, is key. Yes, you will find other diamonds forming as a normal congestion pattern, but the ones when prices race forward are easiest to spot.
Look for prices to broaden out (higher peaks and lower valleys) then narrow forming a diamond shape. The diamond usually tilts to one side.
Price should touch each trendline one or twice, but it depends on how you draw the diamond and whether prices cooperate with you. Don’t be alarmed about cutting off price tails when you draw the trendlines. Sometimes you have to use your imagination to see the actual diamond shape.
Sixty-six percent have a downward volume trend within the diamond.
Trading and Trading Tips
Here are additional trading tips for free forex signals • Diamonds with short-term price trends leading to the pattern perform better than intermediate- or long-term trends. Diamond tops with downward breakouts show the best results: Short-term declines leading to the pattern yielded 24% declines postbreakout; intermediate-term trends averaged a 22% decline, and longterm declines had postbreakout declines of 15%.
Avoid overhead resistance or underlying support. Diamonds with throwbacks or pullbacks have postbreakout performance that suffers. For example, diamond bottoms with upward breakouts and throwbacks show rises averaging 30%. Those without throwbacks climb 43%.
Select tall patterns for the best free forex signals performance.
The measure rule for diamonds is no different than for other chart patterns. Measure the height (highest peak to lowest valley) and add it to the price of an upward breakout or subtract it from the breakout price of a downward breakout. A breakout occurs when price closes outside the diamond trendline boundary.
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Broadening Formations Right Angled and Ascending and trading signals

Broadening Formations Right Angled and Ascending and trading signals
Shape. The overall shape of the formation looks like a megaphone with one side horizontal. Horizontal bottom support line. The bottom of the formation follows a horizontal trend line, while an up-sloping trend line bounds the top side. Up-sloping top trend line. The top trend line touches at least two minor highs. The horizontal trend line also shows two minor low touches as prices descend to the trend line. The various touch points help define the boundary of the formation.
Premature breakouts. I define premature breakouts to be prices that close outside the formation boundary but return before the formation ends
Price action before breakout. In some ascending broadening formations, prices make higher highs and form a solid, horizontal base at the start but then move sideways for many months. Eventually, prices rise above the formation top or slide through the bottom trend line and stage a breakout.
Downward breakout. Once a breakout occurs, a pullback sometimes happens. Prices may continue moving up but they usually bounce off the lower trend line and continue back down. A pullback gives investors another opportunity to short the stock or add to their short position. Before shorting, however, make sure the pullback is complete and prices are declining once again.
Measure rule. The measure rule predicts a target price. Compute the height, the difference between the highest high and the horizontal trend line in the formation. For upward breakouts, add the height to the highest high in the pattern. For downward breakouts, subtract this value from the value of the horizontal trend line. The result is the target price.
Wait for confirmation. If you own a forex pairs and it shows a broadening pattern, get worried. Many times the breakout will be downward, so be ready to sell. Only sell when the price closes below the horizontal trend line. Premature breakouts are rare, but they do occur. Do not be fooled; wait for a close below the lower trend line.
Intraformation forex trading signals . If the pattern is tall enough, consider trading between the two trend lines. Buy after prices bounce off the lower trend line and sell after they turn down at the top. If you are lucky, the pattern will breakout upward and you can ride prices even higher. Use progressive stops to protect your profits. When the fx climbs above the nearest minor high, raise your stop to just below the prior minor low. That trading strategy should give the forex pair or gold price plenty of wiggle room.
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How to Develop a Profitable Bitcoin & Altcoins Daytrading Strategy - Fundamental & Technical Analysis - An Intermediate Tutorial

Abstracted from my blog post. Read the Full Post at: http://alunacrypto.blogspot.nl/2014/03/how-to-bitcoin-altcoins-daytrading-fundamental-technical-analysis-profitable-trading-strategy.html. Follow me on Twitter for my latest Bitcoin/Altcoin trading advice @onemanatatime (https://twitter.com/onemanatatime).
Fundamental Analysis
I believe that for an Altcoin to be worth anything at all, it MUST first have technical aspects which are built with the future in mind. This is what solely determines if a cryptocurrency has the potential for the mid to long term. Even with 5 new altcoins launching everyday, you barely see 1 a month that can last even the mid-term.
Then, after that I judge the coins based on 7 mediating factors; developers, community, branding/marketing, popularity/virality, novelty, infrastructure, and liquidity. For more about fundamental analysis and an explanation of these factors, read up on the first few sections in my previous post about picking and trading the next profitable altcoin. In this post, I will focus more on technical analysis and trading strategies instead.
With so many coins out there, I like to use these above factors to weed out all the weaker shitcoins, and focus on altcoins which are substantially different from others, and more importantly, provide more value than other cryptocurrencies. After which, I use Technical Analysis to judge entry/exit positions for trading them.
What else do you think makes a cryptocurrency fundamentally better than another, and more sustainable as a currency?
Technical Analysis
Many will probably agree when I say that the Altcoins market is akin to the "penny stocks" of cryptocurrencies. In this sense, most altcoin markets have much lower liquidity, but have much higher volatility. Since there are over 200 different cryptocurrency markets to date, I prefer to narrow down my list of altcoins to a small handful, and buy under-valued coins or trade the breakouts. You're going to find it really tough to be watching more than 5 altcoins at the same time, so I highly suggest keeping your list small, and adapt your watchlist to the fast changing markets.
If you're new to technical analysis, here's a really good beginner's video on daytrading Penny Stocks, which also explains the basics of chart reading and an introduction to basic trading jargon that I'll be using throughout this post. The important concepts to take note of are resistances & supports, breakouts that coincide with high volume, and the general idea that "what goes up must come down". See video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYK2a77TjvU
So after you get the basics sorted out, you should be ready to learn how to trade! I'm gonna break this intermediate technical analysis tutorial down into five main portions, and have compiled videos from other trading experts to give even beginners a better overall idea, and teach you all you need to know to devise your own Bitcoin & Altcoins trading strategy.
1. Top Down Analysis
Firstly, lets look at the top down analysis method of reading charts. I always begin by trying to understand the market from a bird eye's view. Compare both charts from a long term period (e.g. 1d) against one from a shorter period (e.g. 15m) to get a holistic view of the market. This will help give you a general perspective of market trends, while peaks & troughs give you an idea of market resistances & supports.
Use these basic resistance & support levels to judge entry/exit prices. In general, previous high and low points are new resistances or support depending on where the price is, and points where u can see big breakouts will be the new short term resistance/support. To get a better idea of what I mean, watch these videos by Jason Stapleton who explains top down analysis, resistances & supports, and structure.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9yCc7lD21Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJmMU-8yicM
2. Retracements
The concept of retracements is, in my opinion, the most important one that any trading enthusiast must grasp in order to understand how the markets flow. In essence, a retracement is a temporary price movement against the established trend, and helps us understand that the markets move in wave patterns as highlighted by the Elliott Wave Theory. One way to look at it, as highlighted by this video below, is that most price-actions follow a pullback rule to fibonacci retracement levels (38%, 50%, 62%).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VSWqM0jfIQ
The most important concept to take away from this is "what goes up must come down"; that price movements in one direction are always followed by retracements in the opposite direction. Of course, not all movements will follow the same pullbacks, and these levels should only be used as a guide. Here's another video: "Understanding Fibonacci retracement lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzHjxPxGzMw".
So the question then is, how will we know if this counter-movement price action is a retracement or a reversal? There is no way to say for certain...
Read the full post on my blog at: http://alunacrypto.blogspot.nl/2014/03/how-to-bitcoin-altcoins-daytrading-fundamental-technical-analysis-profitable-trading-strategy.html.
3. Trading on Volume
Another important concept you need to understand is that large price movements almost always coincide with high trading volume.
With this in mind, this is where the liquidity of an altcoin also comes into play; the higher the trade volume of an altcoin, the lower the spreads, and the more likely you will be able to make some profitable trades from it. In general, the trade volume is a good indicator of, and is proportional to the popularity of the altcoin at the current time.
Apart from the actual trading volume itself, another good indicator is the change in volume over time; if you realize that the trading volume of an altcoin has been steadily increasing over the last few days, it could be an indication that a big price movement is coming up.
4. Breakout Patterns
The last concept I want to share is breakout patterns. Although most people are familiar with this concept, many do not know how to profit from them. This is one of the best tools to use for planning your entry positions, while there are various ways to do so, which are highlighted by these first two videos below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YZ4ORz-UJ0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gN-6D8nH0E
5. Advanced Trading Strategies
Now comes the fun part: how can we take all that we've learnt so far and put into good use for trading Bitcoin/Altcoins? Here are some pointers for you:
In the next videos, more advanced trading strategies and chart patterns will be shared. These strategies may seem very specific, but my goal is to give you better understanding of how these analysis tools are used, and to give you an idea of how different tools can be used to develop a single trading setup. The specifics are not important; what I hope to achieve is to open up your minds to new ideas, expand your trading knowledge, and ultimately encourage you to explore a diverse variety of trading strategies.
Read up more on some of the main ideas discussed:
Others
Read the full post on my blog at: http://alunacrypto.blogspot.nl/2014/03/how-to-bitcoin-altcoins-daytrading-fundamental-technical-analysis-profitable-trading-strategy.html. If you'd like to discuss any ideas or have burning questions, feel free to email me at alvinlee133(at)gmail.com or hit me up on twitter @onemanatatime.
P.S. If you're new here, make sure to check out my previous posts about Bitcoin & Altcoins daytrading: http://alunacrypto.blogspot.nl/2014/02/how-to-pick-trade-next-profitable-altcoin-bitcoin-daytrading.html http://alunacrypto.blogspot.nl/2014/01/beginners-guide-margin-trading-bitfinex-exchange.html http://alunacrypto.blogspot.nl/2014/01/embarking-on-my-bitcoin-trading-journey.html
P.P.S. If this post helped you, feel free to buy me a cup of coffee!
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Setups This Week (29th May - 2nd June)

Hey all, I'm back for another week so let's dive right into it!
Recap from last week
1) GBPUSD: The prediction regarding this pair's consolidation area seems to have been spot-on as we can see the price has moved and adhered to the area between 1.286 and 1.297 quite religiously. There was a brief fake-out that may have netted you a few pips (if you had a good trailing stop), but overall the price has opted to go for the "lower play" and has proceeded to hit the outlined target perfectly for just over 100 pips. I expect the price to rebound back to the consolidation area to retest the "upper play". Graph
2) EURCHF: The expected breakout has continued quite well, going as far as hitting the first target. As expected, there was a brief pullback to the entry price level but I expect it to continue its climb to Targets 2 and 3 over the next few months. Graph
New Setups
1) EURJPY: What we have here are signs of a potential rising wedge formation on EURJPY due to the higher highs and higher lows being formed since the 18th of May. Fibonacci levels applied on a larger timescale seem to show the price working well between the 0.5 and 0.618 levels - an idea supported by the recent rejection of a new high on the 16th and on the 24th. If the pair adheres to the rising wedge formation, we can assume that it will hit at least 3 different targets: Target 1 is a relatively new S&R level that seems to have formed at the beginning of May, Target 2 is a strong S&R level that stretches back a few months and happens to coincide with the 0.382 fib level of the yellow retracement lines, and finally Target 3 which is the area between the 0.236 fib level and the price where the rising wedge originated from.
In a longer-term view, we can see a double-top forming following a price rejection at 125.82. In keeping with how I usually approach double-top formations, there are two targets: A conservative target that is placed at the neckline and an aggressive target that is equidistant from the neckline. Despite all this analysis, the consensus on the Euro remains bullish . However, now that the French elections are behind us we can position ourselves quite nicely if the Euro ends up cooling off and losing momentum. In the event that it stays bullish and breaks through the 125.82, we have a simpler play worth about 65 pips which should tide us over until things clear up. Rising Wedge Play (Medium Term) Entry:124.965 (Price has already been hit but it is still worth a look) TP: 124.554, 123.813, 123.355 SL:125.643 Double Top Play (Long Term) Entry:124.965 TP: 123.074, 120.704 SL:125.643 Graph
2) USDCHF: I've given this pair another look since my last analysis on USDCHF 0.14% very recently hit its final target. Following that last target, we can now see that the price has been consolidating in the area between the 0.382 and 0.236 levels on the blue fibonacci retracements. From here, the price can push up through the 0.382 level to test the upper level of the channel again. The three targets outlined here are all based on important S&R levels that often coincide quite well with the fibonacci retracements on the larger time intervals.
Conversely, the price may opt to break through the 0.236 level with a goal of testing the lower wall of the descending channel . Again, we can 'safely' assume that it will hit three targets that are also derived from a combination of S&R levels and fib levels. What is interesting about this particular idea is that an "upper play" means that there is a strong potential for the formation of a potential wedge (marked by the red triangle). This would mean that the price already hit the wall of the wedge back on the 22nd of May and that the descending channel would be giving way to a falling wedge - which has implications on the long-term plans for this pair. Upper Play Entry: 0.97827 TP: 0.98142, 0.98534, 0.99039 (area) SL: 0.97549 ; Lower Play Entry: 0.96905 TP: 0.96791(area), 0.96286, 0.95503 SL: 0.97145 Graph
I truly hope you guys enjoy the read! Getting a lot of feedback goes a long way in helping me improve the quality and frequency of the posts!
Previous Weeks:
20th - 24th March
27th - 31st March
2nd - 7th April
17th-21st April
24th - 28th April
8th May - 12th May
I wish it was, but this isn't the gospel so please take the necessary precautions when trading
Have a good week and good luck!
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James Stanley's "Fingertrap" Scalping Strategy (also good for longer term trading)

I posted this elsewhere a while back, but I thought I'd put it in /forex and not on the blog, because it's my absolute favourite tool in all of Forexland.
James Stanley is a (very good) trader and educator at DailyFX (Twitter: @JStanleyFX). He's also very friendly and helpful on Twitter if you have serious questions.
Here's the link to the original article but what I'm going to do is explain it in a little more detail, show you how James uses it, and then explain how I use it for finding entries on longer term trades and breakouts.
There's also this helpful video you can watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrxOiAhIlaQ
Right, so before I explain what it is, here's a checklist for WHEN the Fingertrap strategy is effective:
If the answer to all those questions is yes, you're ready to go:
1: switch to an hourly or 2hr chart, so you can see what movement on the day is like. You should be able to spot a strong directional bias if there is one, and you may have already done analysis to find important support and resistance.
2: Add two indicators: an 8 period EMA (Exponential Moving Average) and a 34 period EMA. I don't know why those numbers, and different combinations might work better on different pairs (EUJPY tends to throw a lot of false signals with this, as does gold, so it's worth experimenting). We use EMAs and not SMAs because they respond more quickly. Here I'm looking at EUJPY on 2hr chart, on 26 April 2013):
http://i.imgur.com/9wqd36U.png
3: Is price clearly above or below BOTH moving averages (eg. it's a downtrend and price is below both, or an uptrend and it's above) AND has the 8 EMA crossed over the 34 EMA (crossed to the downside if you're looking at a downtrend). These two factors are a strong confirmation of a trend, if you need one.
4: Once you have confirmed that a trend is in place, switch to your preferred scalping timeframe. I usually use 5m or 1m charts. You'll now see that the 8EMA (which is the only one we're looking at from now on) hugs the price quite closely.
5: If we're in a downtrend, what we are looking for is for price to ideally break through some kind of support, and then to rebound to the 8EMA. It can push through it, even close a whole candle above it, but should eventually move back down below it.
This is your signal to enter short. As you can see from the chart below (same time, 5m chart), it's essential that you determine that there is a trend first and not just some jumping around.
http://i.imgur.com/pvjgeKg.png
6: The idea is to use relatively small trade sizes, and scale in and out of the trade rapidly. When price extends quite a bit away from the 8EMA, that's the time to take partial profits, wait for a rebound to the 8EMA, and then enter again.
7: The game ends when the 8EMA crosses the 34EMA again, and price is on the other side of both of them
The idea is that, even with strong moves, there are quick pullbacks. This strategy helps to give you an edge in determining where those pullbacks are likely to stop. It's not perfect, but no strategy is. The point is that it gives you a higher probability of entering at a good time (buying relatively low, or selling relatively high), and it also means you can have a lower risk entry (being closer to the last swing high).
Now, I don't get to do a lot of scalping because I have a day job, but I do use this for breakouts, and just any regular old entry as a matter of habit (unless I'm doing a fairly long term trade and 10 pips either way doesn't matter that much to me).
What I will do is wait for a breakout or a strong move in the direction I want. Then I put my Fingertrap template on, and wait for price to "reload" to the moving average before getting in, placing my stop above a nearby swing high. My stop will always be placed while thinking about how long I plan to hold the trade. If I'm looking for a move in GBP/USD from 1.56 down to 1.50, I'm not going to place my stop above the nearby swing high on the 5m chart - I'm going to place it around 1.5650. So you have to use your discretion obviously.
For example, I will be watching EUUSD very closely for a break of 1.3000 or 1.2950, and then employ it from there.
For scalping, the nearby swing high is definitely a good place to put it - if the trade goes that badly away from you, you definitely want to be out.
Give it a try, and let me know if you find it to be helpful! Let me know if you have any questions.
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Why are Intraday stock charts more "stable" than global macro intraday charts?

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I've traded the global macro markets (forex, indices, bonds, metals) for a few years now. Have noticed that the intraday markets have become more inconsistent with lots of whipsaws, especially in recent years (2015). For instance, FDAX (DAX futures) can whipsaw around a range for about 2-3 hours at times, with many significant breakouts and pullbacks failing or getting faded at insignificant areas. Pardon my lack of understanding of market dynamics, but what is causing these changes with lower time frame charts getting more choppy?
Thanks in advance!
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