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I would like to thank everyone who has helped me to ,finally get to the end of

the beginning of my trading.


Davin Clark, Chris Shea
Toni Turner-short-term trading in the new stock market.
John Carter-mastering the trade.
John l person-candlestick & pivot point trading triggers
ATAA conferences
Martin & all the other ATAA members
Charles Brownes great Brisbane Atta conference talk & all other talks about
human thinking & theory of mind.(if you haven't seen it get a copy)
Zac Zacharia who started my intra-day trading journey(the best live trader I
have watched in person) & whos work I use. go to one of his night sessions.
Lance Beggs - www.yourtradingcoach.com the best $300 I have ever spent
& the one blog, website, trading course that changed the way I look at
markets.
Look at his website & blog its worth the cost of the course for trading plan by
it self.(He also let me use his stuff for my presentation without any dramas,
thank you)

I trade 3 systems
1) a weekly position trading wealth building
Weinstein/Wyckoff system with my own checks. This is
my most important system as most of my money is put to
use this way.
2) a daily pattern based system used to trade swings in
bigger moves. I now pay less attention to this as my index
trading is taking a lot of time as I try to perfect it.
3) day trading system which is also acting as a method to
teach me about price structure . I am finding markets
really are fractal.

Know who you are

Must take the time to find out who you are, maybe a mechanical or a
based trader.

How much time you have to trade. In my opinion intraday swing trading is like a part time job &
needs to be treated as such.

Need patience to watch, learn & have confidence in yourself & strategy(testing is very hard with
discretionary trading)

Why are you trading intra-day?

By far the hardest form of trading(due to trading psychology-I know what you are thinking it is a
load of bull s but it is important)

Longer term trading for growth, to me is much more important than short term or intraday
trading.

Picking important turning points longer term will make more money for the average trader or
investor than day trading.

I started to learn intra-day in 2010 after being killed in the sideways moving Aussie markets.

After thinking about it, and losing a lot of money, I stated to think that true market
diversification might be trading in different time frames.

discretionary rule

So I started the journey.

What?
I use Ig markets cfds against market indexes, gold, oil ,Aussie 200 cash & look at
euro/used & $au/$used
Started with the dax mainly, but had to move to the euro stoxx50 after losing a lot
of money due to the nature of the market & struggling with my stop losses.
I needed to find what I wanted from these markets - know what your plan is before
you start ,otherwise it will frustrate - only income for me & are happy with 10/20
points
Need to know when to trade & when not to trade.
Tired , sick ,angry & when time could be better spent
When do you start with full positions-leave sim account.

- a very big question

What are markets?Most people see markets simply as price movement & look for
indicator or pattern set ups, to me this is only a small part of
intra-day trading.
After trading like this for a long time, giving away a lot of
money & really taking a
- confidence hit, I started to look at what
really moves markets.
I would look at stochastics , moving averages & breakouts for
example & trade them out of context . In my opinion most of the
books I had read were based on bull market breakouts &
simply did not work in bear markets & intraday trading.
I needed to know why I could not get a mechanical system to
work when everyone had told me this was the only way to go.

So what are markets & what really moves


them??

. To me markets are traders making decisions & the


emotions that they are feeling. Its about people not
price.
Traders make decisions , which lead to order flow , which in turn leads
to price movement.

what makes you think that you are going to be one of the 10% that makes money .

What is your edge in the market?

You must be able to answer this question straight away!!!

If you cant answer this then any intra-day or forex


trading will crush you.

My edge is knowing on a chart where other traders will have to make


decisions
If you can see on a chart fear , greed(hope) , regret & where other traders will have to
make decisions - you can have an edge.
I'm trying to buy at areas where others will buy after me & to sell at areas where others
will sell after me.
I'm looking for areas where I have been caught before & will trade against
trapped traders.
This together with good trade management , patience & trust in your strategy should
lead you to make a profit.

One thing about spending 12 months feeling pain & frustration & disgust at losing thousands of
dollars is that you learn or its over quick.

You need to view all price movement from the perspective of other
traders & how price movement influences their decision making
In times of stress ,human actions become a lot more predictable & are carried out with greater
urgency. E.g.- When a position has moved against them & theyre in drawdown, at some point
theyre going to reach maximum stress & finally accept theyre wrong & exit their position.- More
simply at areas where traders are coming to accept theyre wrong.
Regret at missing a rally & having an impulse to just jump on before it moves further without you
- the fear of missing out can cause decisions in which we can profit.
Find the areas on a chart where other traders will make trading decisions , with good trade
management & patience then youve found an edge.

These areas are support & resistance on higher timeframes, swing highs & lows , changes in
trends , pivot points, news events(non-farm pay rolls),extended pullbacks, complex pullbacks(abc
moves) ,areas in the past where you have felt pain, & not letting changes in trends prove
themselves before we trade.
My biggest one is feeling regret at missing rallies & impulse buying. I call them regret bars.

My first thought is to get onto the rally-may be a regret bar

Next candle or 4 min later it is a regret bar - oh why did I buy the top again

1)

DEFINE STRUCTURE

2)

DEFINE TREND

3)

IDENTIFY STRENGH & WEAKNESS

4)

IDENTIFY FUTURE TREND DIRECTION

5)

VISUALISE FUTURE PRICE ACTION

6)

AREAS OF TRADE OPPORTUNITY

Will go through each point.-got 6 out of place sorry

I will use a higher timeframe 30min to 4 hour


I will use a trading timeframe 3/5min depending on traded markets.
I will use a lower timeframe 1min/25 tick chart depending on markets traded.

1) Define structure a framework in which our trading timeframe will

move. Framed by 30min , 1 & 4 hour support & resistance with major
attention paid to 30min structure.
2) Define trend used to asses trend direction - up , down or sideways.
Used to identify swing highs & swing lows on 5 or 3 min chart.
Used to see strength & weakness in extensions & pullbacks.
3) Strength & Weakness compare current price swings with previous
price swings in the same direction. We are trying to buy strength & fade
weakness.

Compare the momentum of the current price swing with the one in the opposite direction.
Seeing if current price is accelerating or decelerating , compare extensions & projection of price
swings.
Take note of every candle when it is finished & put into context with structure & our indicators
that we use on the trading timeframe. (3/5 min time frame).

4) Identify

future trend direction - within support/resistance frame work.

These are kind of the rules i stick to.

Has 6 price principles most of my trading is done between S/R lines .we
use these to decide what set up to use.
I look for these on the trading timeframe.

First principle we expect an UP OR DOWN TREND to continue in its current

state until the next s/r barrier , unless displaying evidence of weakness within the trend.

Second principle -

when an UP OR DOWN TREND shows evidence of


weakness , we expect a higher likelihood of a complex correction rather than a reversal,
until such time as the market shows both price acceptance & strength in the new trend
direction. ----- to me one of the hardest things to get used to , but one of the main things
that stopped me losing so much money. (suspect it is like an Elliot wave ABC pattern)
ALWAYS trust the trend to continue , until it shows clear evidence of weakening.

Third principle a SIDEWAYS trend within the framework is expected to continue in


its current state , unless displaying evidence of strength towards a range boundary.

Still part of future trend direction

Fourth principle when a SIDEWAYS TREND shows evidence of


strength towards a range boundary , we expect a break of the boundary.
we observe the behaviour of price post-breakout for clues as to future
direction.

Weakness following the breakout the expectation is for a breakout failure &
reversal back within the trading range.
Weakness on the pullback the expectation is for a breakout pullback &
continuation, simply just a retracement move.

- the first 4 principles are within the support/resistance framework, the


final 2 are at the edges of the support/resistance framework.

Still part of future trend direction

Fifth principle

we expect a test of our framework S/R to hold unless


strength is displayed on approach to the S/R boundary.

Sixth principle

if strength is shown on an approach to an S/R barrier ,


we expect a breakout & watch the behaviour of price post-breakout for clues
to future direction.
Weakness following the breakout the expectation is for a breakout failure &
reversal back through the area of S/R . maybe upper tails on candles
Weakness on the pullback the expectation is for a breakout pullback &
continuation. basic retracement to support.

everything requires patience & waiting & if a move gets away from you
dont worry about it. remember the next 1000.

Where do I think price will go

Buying strength , fade weakness & trade


against trapped traders.
trying to do this as simply as possible by watching strength & weakness in the
extensions & pullbacks of price action. almost start with price & add indicators as
conformation
I trade a mixture of John Persons /John Carter pivot point trading with some
indicators. I also use some of Zac Zacharias methods.
some Woddies CCI system & reading price action similar to Lance Beggs & Davin
Clark.- price action is my number 1 concern.

I will start with looking at other trader perspective.

AGAIN I THANK Lance Beggs for letting me use his material , he


was pleased to help & it is the way I read markets now.

This is a very quick & basic look at price structure in the


trading timeframe

This could be a talk by itself.

Compare swings in opposite


direction

compare angles of bullish & bearish


swings

Increased projection is a sign of potential


trend strength
Decreased projection is a sign of
potential trend weakness

Increased depth is a sign of trend


weakness

Decreased depth is a sign of


potential trend strength

Same price action as previous slide-happened as I was doing power point

6) IDENTIFY AREAS OF TRADE OPPORTUNITY


Looking for areas where a trade may take place & set alerts.

THE ENTRY remember price is the main indicator.


- Basically set S/R lines.
- Define trend on 3/5 min chart & look for set ups.
(Buying breaks of these candles is like buying at retail prices)

-TRY TO LOOK FOR BETTER ENTRIES ON THE LOWER TIMEFRAME 1 min or 25 tick
chart, these entries are more like buying at wholesale prices e.g. spikes, springs, breakouts,
patterns.
- Check support/resistance lines mark previous days high & low.
-Check direction & slope of moving averages lines.
Check every average after each 5 min candle has finished.
Like to really watch 9 period pivot point average & 20 EMA average.
-Check all pivot lines.
- Best trades are when 5 & 15 min. indicators are in line.
- Check price action & look at price extensions & price projections.
- Check divergences, trade in path of least resistance. Dont trade announcements, I dont
trade at US open time. Know what you want and the market you want to trade (Eg - 10 Points
on Euro Stox 50, 20 points on Dax). And whatever else you might want to use.

SIMPLE IS BETTER-YOU THINK YOU KNOW THESE


BUT DO YOU REALLY??
My main price set ups

Opportunity is found at higher timeframe s/r levels, change of trend, trend line breaks,
pivot point lines ,
swing high / low pivots & pullbacks within a trend. It is identified in these areas by
weakness within the price action & trapping other traders into taking bad positions.
I use 5 price setups, 3 which occur at price support & resistance lines
And 2 which occur within a trend
1)

TST a test of support or resistance which is expected to hold;

2) BOF a breakout failure, as price breaches an area of support or resistance & then
reverses;
3) BPB a breakout pullback, as price breaches an area of support or resistance & it
holds;
4) PB a simple ,single leg, pullback within a trend;
5) CPB a complex correction(multi-swing or extended duration) pullback within a trend.

non price setups include watching for trend line breaks on price & some indicators
- rsi & cci trend line breaks
alerts set when cci crosses +/- 50
.
I am playing with the aroon indicator (I use this on my main weekly trading) as it is a very
basic measure of highs & lows against time.
Also looking at a keltner channel / bollinger band break (john carter) in times of low volatility
to take away some of the screen time.

Remember make price your main indicator


Entries are taken when my market analysis is done & looking at what price principle I might
be able to use.
I can enter off a 3/5 min chart but will look for a better entry off my lower timeframe as my
preferred market , the stox 50 has a 2 point spread & I need good entries.
I keep a record of which setups work best, this way I can see what to use & avoid.
I sent an email to Lance Beggs for some help with my breakout failure entry.
The answer was simple dont use the set-up(is counter trend trading & some people cant do
it).
Right now my best performing set up is the breakout pull back.
If you get it wrong, dont stress you can stop & reverse.

I FIND MOST NEW TRADERS LOOSE HERE-SWING LOWS HAVE NOT BEEN
BROKEN IN THESE SLIDE-UP TREND STILL IN PLACE

Closer look at complex pullback-I found it hard to get my


head around it.

All my trade examples are basically taken the week after ATAA movie
night-did this so I could not cherry pick trades & to show the good & the
bad.
-smallest position size taken ,as I may have been forcing trades & trying
to save slides for power point. (not really a fan of paper trading as you
feel no emotion)-not good with computers.
My normal euro 50 size is 5 contracts as I am aiming for 10 points($100 a
night) as my trading gets better I will increase size.

This came about after having heavy loses on the Dax


My theory was that most currency trading courses cost between $5000
8000 so if I lost $4000 learning I would be in front.
With no real plan this happened real quick.
Start small & leave your ego away from the charts.

TEST OFF MS2 SPRING TOOK PROFITS WHERE MOST WILL ENTER

TEST OFF MS2-TAKING PROFITS WHERE MOST WILL ENTER

3RD TEST DIDNT


HOLD-EXCEPT
BREAKOUT.
TRADE IN DIRECTION OF
M/AVERAGES.
ABC DOWN TO MS2,
SCALP ENTRY LONG.
Real happy with this as I sold at a
point I would have entered 9
months ago

BOF OR BPB SETTING UP.


SHORT TAKEN ON
RETRACEMENT.

FULL POSITION- DID NOT PRINT CHART.

Trading timeframe setup & lower timeframe entry.

Might have been a little early but went early to beat


the spread.

Enter long-got it wrong with a small loss

-but you can stop & reverse.


Dont get upset because you got it wrong , just move
on.

ENTERED LONG TO EARLY-CAN STOP & REVERSE


SS

Reading market wrong & walked away

QUICK SCALP-ANGRY ABOUT MISSING D-PIV BREAK

SCTRATCHED SHORT TRADE AFTER LONG-NOT READING MARKET

2 WRONG-WALK AWAY FOR 1 HOUR

Bof entry got out early-no reason to hold for a full target
Breakout pull back entry-felt better, but let the better one
go, close to getting points though

Was looking for a test entry but to much strength shown in fall

Bof entry-not good almost gambling .- scratched here

Felt better about this pullback entry.

Held trade -but suspect risk reward as blue line below is 4 hour support

Made money , but not happy as it would have been high risk with full position , tst
may have been the better trade

Complex pullback or/& test entry second principle (up trend shows
evidence of weakness ,we expect a higher likelihood of a complex correction
rather than a reversal)
Up to swing high now looking for a breakout & will asses after breakout

A little while ago I would have looked to short here.

9 months ago I would have shorted here.

Right now treat breakout bof setups with caution as they


have been quickly reversed it seems everyone now is fading
the breakout.
Trend change at 2390

Decision time , at swing high , 200ema & 30min resistance-took points

Wait for next trade

I dont trade around news events no matter how tempting.


-have lost $ hundreds trying to find ways to trade these things
-its the whole get rich quick thing now I walk away from them.
Should have got the pullback to the 20ema though.

Indicators have a place-I call them gates that


we have to pass through

Indicators helped here.

Daily example ran out of time to get my own examples.


Beggs example & entry

Using setups on a day chart

3)Strength &
weakness

This is where it gets


hard, having to wait
for the next setup if
you missed the top.

4)Future trend
direction

5)Visualise future
price action
tricky

Beggs entry for this trade

Where do I stop , there is so much more?

-how to set targets & stops.


-pre & in market trading process
-have you had enough sleep very important.
-business plan , targets & goals, when do you increase position size.
-what sort of entries limit ,stop orders or market orders
-the learning process , how are you going to handle drawdown.
-reading candles.

For anyone who thinks the setups are a little simple , remember some of the
big boys are using similar ideas.
Bruce Vanstone( AI expert & speaker at the last ATAA conference)told me
that one of their better systems uses % moves around pivot point lines &
around key support & resistance lines.
They keep good stats & can back test these sort of setups easily.

You must keep a journal of what setups are working ,I keep hearing now that all
breakouts fail & we must now fade the breakout.
These AI people keep better stats than us I am now very careful in fading the
breakout.-this is what I did in 2009.
I will now pay much closer attention to the breakout pullback entry.

remember
- patience

-wheres strength ?
-wheres the weakness ?

-hold while the premise is valid


-trust the trend to continue , until it shows clear evidence of weakening

-forgive yourself & move on , remember the next 1000