December 2016

05- Dec2016
Posted By: adminwmk
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Meditation – The Secret Weapon To Becoming A Better Trader

Do you find yourself repeating the same mistakes in trading over and over again?

Perhaps failing to pull the trigger when you have a perfect setup right in front of you?

Or find yourself afraid to take a new trade for fear of losing?

How about ‘knowing’ what to do, but being unable to do it in real time, yet you can do it perfectly on demo?

The answer to any and all of the challenges above you experience in trading comes down to two things:

1) How Your Brain is Wired
2) Your Mindset

The good thing is you can re-wire your brain for success in trading and life. And luckily you can do this in just a few weeks, for only minutes per day.

In this infographic I explain how top wall street traders meditate to improve performance, how different practices produce different results, and how you can improve your brain for trading and life in just a few weeks.

Comment below with your thoughts on this.

02- Dec2016
Posted By: adminwmk
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How to spot BIG opportunities – using Elliott wave and RSI

When I am setting up a trade, I always use Elliott wave and RSI as a wave count confirmation tool.

In this post I will show you how the RSI can help you confirm the Elliott wave count, and then indicate possible entry points.

Also, how Elliott wave and RSI, can help you stay in the market and ride a trend move to its completion.

I am going to cover:

  • RSI DEFINITION AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR MY TRADING
  • RSI IN TRENDING MARKETS.
  • RSI SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE ZONES.
  • RSI DIVERGENCE AT TOPS AND BOTTOMS.

 

RSI definition, what does it all mean for my trading?

The RSI indicator Has definitely got one up over its competing oscillator in the fact that it has fixed points extremes at 0 and 100.

Rather than the relative floating extremes of say the Momentum or Rate of change oscillators.

In that sense it does give the trader a base to work from in judging one period of market action to another.

The RSI indicator is also smoother than it’s big brothers, Because it uses the Exponential moving average, it tends to be less jumpy and more consistent.

In general the RSI is interpreted as follows;

If the indicator is below 30, then the price action is considered weak and possibly oversold.

If it is reading above 70, then the asset is after a strong uptrend and could be overbought.

Because the RSI is used as a tool to indicate extremes in price action, then the temptation is to use it to place contrarian trades,

Buying when the indicator crosses 30 to the upside means you are counting on the trend reversing and then profiting from it. The same is true for selling when the RSI crosses down below 70 and using this a sign that the market is reversing from a strong uptrend.

Life is never that simple though, and more often than not, you will find that the risk involved in this type of simplistic approach is ruinous to you account balance.

New traders tend to gravitate to the RSI when attempting to delve into analysis for the first time.

It is easy to approach and easy to understand, it has fixed overbought and oversold levels and it tends to be correct over longer periods,

So;

ELLIOTT WAVE AND RSI IN TRENDING MARKETS:

The starting point for me is always the Elliott wave count. Before even thinking about entering a trend trade, I want to see a completed wave structure on the chart.

When the wave structure is complete which calls for a turn in the market, I then look at the RSI add weight to my wave count.

The RSI is a great tool to show a shift in momentum in a market.

The chart below shows the GOLD price off the lows of late 2015.

This low marked a turning point in the trend, and the decline into the 1045 low completed a wave structure off the all time high.

It was time to start looking for a turning point.

This means;

We  look for an impulsive rally in 5 waves off the low followed by a three wave decline, the confirming price action forms a higher low and an inverse head and shoulders pattern, which sets the market up for a corrective rally.

At this point both Elliott wave and rsi are indicating that a turn is on the cards.

Lets look at the RSI in this time period:

I labelled the first rise off the low as wave ‘1’ in blue. Wave ‘2’ blue formed a higher low.

At this point the RSI had begun to rise in a bullish fashion to indicate the rally was getting underway.

A low risk trade would be to  place a buy order at the wave ‘1’ high,

with the idea in mind that wave ‘3’ was about to start and carry the market to new highs.

By reading the RSI as a trend strength indicator, we could trade the rally all the way  to the top.

In this case the RSI is a great tool to guide your trading stance.

ELLIOTT WAVE AND RSI SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE ZONES:

The short rule of thumb is this: the RSI forms resistance to the price rising between 50 and 60, and the RSI forms support between 40 and 50.

Lets see how that works out in trending markets.

 

RSI indicates  resistance in a downtrend.

During the price decline off the all time high, In the GOLD market,  the RSI never registered higher than 60.

This RSI resistance zone held for 9 months solid,

And the first time the RSI broke the 60 level was an indication that the trend had changed to the upside.

The RSI resistance zone acts as a signal that the trader can use to ride a trend trade to its completion, rather than closing a trade too early.

RSI indicates support in an uptrend.

During a trend rally, the RSI acts as a support zone between 40 and 50.

In Dollar Swiss above the move off the low was supported by the RSI 40 level through the most powerful periods of the price rise.

 

ELLIOTT WAVE AND RSI DIVERGENCE AT TOPS AND BOTTOMS:

Again, back to the gold market.

You can see that the RSI had flat-lined even as the price kept falling into the low , this condition is known as ‘divergence’ and is a signal that the price will turn soon.

The first divergence was followed by the largest rally in the gold price in over 9 months.

As the rally matures the RSI starts to diverge from the price again. The RSI forms a lower high into the high at wave ‘a’ in green.

At this point the RSI is signalling that the rally is about to end and the trader should close out the position.

These RSI characteristics are very useful when used to confirm your wave count, The RSI become your friend when riding a trend move and acts as a warning when the trend matures.

02- Dec2016
Posted By: adminwmk
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Nonfarm Payrolls Preview: rate hike priced in, NFP needs to surprise big

The last month of the year is finally here, and will kick start with the release of the US Nonfarm Payroll report. The stars of the month however, will be the ECB and the FED, with the first expected to announce an extension in its stimulus program and the second forecasted to raise rates. Indeed, the employment report will be taken as a new hint of whether the FED can act this December, although for the past month, policymakers have been doing their best to limit the impact of a rate hike, anticipating the move.

The US economy is expected to have added 175,000 new jobs in November, slightly above October’s 161K, while the unemployment rate is expected to remain unchanged at 4.9%. Average hourly earnings are expected  to have rose by 0.3% monthly basis, and to remain flat at 2.8% in the year-on-year comparison.

Earlier this week, the ADP survey showed that the private sector added 216,000 new jobs in the same month, well above analysts´ expectations of 165,000, somehow anticipating a solid NFP. Better-than-expected figures will probably support the greenback, but considering that the market has already priced in a rate hike, the movement could be limited, particularly if the figures result in line with market’s expectations. It would take a strong upward surprise, and not only in the headline number, to re-ignite dollar’s rally.

The US Federal Reserve will meet next December 14th, and should be a shocker if traders save their bullets until then.

EUR/USD levels to watch

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The EUR/USD pair has been stuck around the 1.0600 for most of this week after bottoming at 1.0517, a year low, in the previous one. The bearish momentum seen over the previous weeks has somehow eased, but given that the pair has remained below the 1.0700 level, the 23.6% retracement of the 1.1299/1.0517 decline, an interim bottom is not yet confirmed. In fact, the consolidation stage has helped daily indicators to correct the extreme oversold readings achieved early November, but in the same chart, a sharply bearish 20 DMA has extended its decline down to the 1.0680 region, where the pair topped this week.

If the upcoming employment report comes in line with expectations, the most likely scenario is that the pair will remained contained within the 1.0517/1.0700 range. It would take a very disappointing headline number and a recoil in wages to push the pair beyond the higher end of the range and the mentioned Fibonacci level, with scope then to advance up to 1.0745 first, and towards 1.0790 later.

A shocking upward surprise on the other hand, may take the pair down to 1.0505, December 2015 low, while below this last, the dollar can extend its gains, with the pair then falling down to 1.0460, 2015 yearly low.