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The limitations of rules in trading

Why there are no rules

Many new traders are brainwashed by various experts out there into believing that there are certain rules in trading. For example some say, “Never margin to more than 10% of your account size.” Others go, “Ignore the RSI totally.” Traders can sometimes become confused about what they refer to as ‘rules’. Rules may be self imposed boundaries as part of a personal strategy or method. However, some traders take these to mean that their rulesRead More

AUDUSD – bearish

AUDUSD is at this time at a potentially critical point. The charts will need much further study. This is not a recommendation to take a position. DISCLAIMER: The information provided herein is opinion only. Under no circumstances do any statements here represent a recommendation to buy or sell securities or make any kind of investment. You are responsible for your own due diligence. To summarise, we do not provide investment advice, nor do we makeRead More

EURUSD – learning from reflection

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. We can learn lessons but in doing so there is a risk of the coulda-shoulda-woulda phenomenon. The following charts show some interesting features in EURUSD. Any lessons there should be applied cautiously. 

The power of time momentum

I’ve now coined the term ‘stealth trading’ to mean trend following. All this is perfectly legal!! The chart below shows generosity to the markets. No longer are we fighting with the markets. We’re being kind in order to get our due returns. This is entirely different to a snatch-and-grab approach. See original assessment here at Tradingview. This is a follow up to EURUSD Analysis on 13th May 2016. (Snapshot reinserted here for ease of reference.)

Trends, micro-trends and time frames

Important in trend-following is to know your time frame and which trend you’re following. It’s easy to forget. Sometimes a trader may start off on a 4H time frame and then see and opportunity on a 1D time frame. The initial acceptable loss (the stop-loss) would have been determined on the 4H. Switching to a higher time frame and keeping the same stop-loss  as a lower one is not a good idea. Why? It meansRead More

How following a trend can work

The chart below shows an ideal situation. In this example the trend was entered quite late. Caution: ideal does not mean representative of all trades. To learn more study the chart, where it is accepted that a very high percentage of setups will fail/lose. This is a game about losing but it’s not for losers! If the trend was spotted in time it could have been followed for a 1425 point gain over the courseRead More

What is and is not prediction?

The nature of what ‘prediction’ means has come up in a couple days ago, in one of my online discussions. The words that caused me to look into this were, “What’s harder to predict? 1 pip movement or 1000 pip movement?” – in the course an exchange of ideas on different methods. This question was partly rhetorical and somewhat argumentative (not that we were having an argument). It came from a seasoned trader who had on several occasions before claimedRead More

EURUSD Analysis

This is my latest analysis on EURUSD. This is based on combining a number of indicators to find a probability estimate of where the trend may go. In this analysis a trend is identified. No prediction is made. A strategy for entry and following of the trend is worked out.  Probability estimates based on standard indicators: 1. EMA50 2. Aroon 19 (a customised version). 3. BuySellSignal 4. ATR stop-loss by Vervoort. 5. RSI. 6. FibonacciRead More

More on trend following

Trend following is where the money really is! Why? Because you’re not bobbing in and out of the markets trying to catch a few quid. Instead you’re finding established trends to ride for quite a long way. There are several ways to catch trends. See: Trading with Guppy and  Revisiting the Williams Vix Fix . The technique in the chart below is based mainly on using Aroon and RSI indicators. This seems more efficient and less energy/timeRead More

DAX v EURO correlation

Correlation is about how certain things are related. Some instruments are inversely correlated i.e. if price goes up on one, then price tends to go down on another. Positive correlation  means they move in the same direction. It is almost never the case that there is perfect correlation between two instruments. Interestingly the DAX (GER30) which is the German stock market index, has a broad inverse correlation with the EURUSD currency pair, especially on higherRead More