Saturday, February 09, 2019

Some thoughts on defining market states

When people talk about the four market states, typically they refer to these as trending, non-trending, stable (low volatility) and volatile.

However, what you need to consider is there is no definitive answer to how you identify each state, and the answer may differ from trader to trader.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Letting the downtrends run

Having more losing trades than winning trades is to be expected as part of a trend following process. 

Part of the joy of trend following is that you never know when you will end up in a profitable trade, and once we do, we have no idea how long the trend will last for, and also how far price will move in our favour.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A look at some recent trends in other markets

While my primary focus is stocks, I do keep an eye on other markets for potential trades - these include commodities like oil and gold, the stock indices, some of major forex pairs and cryptocurrencies. 

It is more unusual for me to get setups which meet my own criteria in these markets, but they do add some diversification to what I do.

Below are some charts showing some recent trending movements in these markets, as well as highlighting some of the aspects I look for when taking a trade (or not).

Saturday, December 08, 2018

A Turtle talks about trend following on stocks

Almost a month ago I posted this article about how that, given the recent price action, I was currently shorting individual stocks. I also mentioned that I had recently taken a couple of long trades, again purely based on meeting my entry criteria and triggering an entry.

Well, since then the long positions taken ended up generating small losses, but some of the short trades taken are still going strong. No reason to exit if the trend is still intact and the trailing stops haven't been hit...