TIme Tested Trading TIps, May 25…

Steve Palmquist.Author of ‘The Timely Trades Letter’. ‘How to Take Money from the Markets’, and Money-Making Candlestick Patterns. I got an interesting email from a potential trader who was concerned that trading might ‘take too much time’. Apparently the new bailout mentality in the country has people thinking they should be able to make a lot of money quickly with little investment in education, tools, or experience. Trading, like most other professions takes time to learn. It will take a couple of years, not a couple of weekends, to learn the process of trading. It takes time because traders need to see how things work in different market conditions, and it takes time for the market to cycle between these different conditions. On the other side, the actual trading process does not require one to be glued to a computer all day, it can generally be done in minutes. The trading systems I use are based on end of day data. They have been developed and tested by looking at daily patterns, not five minute charts. Since I trade the daily patterns, I do not need to see the five minute charts.
I run the scans, pick the setups, use market conditions to determine whether to focus on longs, shorts, or cash, and then implement the trading plan. It takes me less than thirty minutes to check the setups on the watch list if I do it manually, and less time if I have my broker text me alerts when a setup hits a price level of interest. It takes time to learn trading just like it takes time to learn to be a doctor, engineer, or electrician. Once the trading skills are learned, the actual time spent trading can be quite short.
Holding periods and profit taking should be based on current market conditions. Take profits quickly in trading range markets, and give positions more time to work in trending markets. In non trending markets holding periods are usually not more than a few days. In trending markets holding periods may be several weeks or months. In non-trending markets consider taking profits after the initial pop from the trigger. Look to exit as the stock approaches the Bollinger Band, a recent high, a trend line, or when the market approaches support/resistance. In order to find out what the usual, or normal course of action is, I have extensively tested several trading systems, the results of this testing on specific trading trading tools are outlined in ‘How to Take Money from the Markets’, and Money-Making Candlestick Patterns. The testing process helps us understand how stocks usually behave after forming a specific pattern such as being outside the Bollinger Bands, showing strong distribution or accumulation, or pulling back or retracing during a trend. Understanding what a stock is most likely to do forms the beginning of a trading strategy.

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