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  1. Looks like a chapter from my book. Nicely done and stated Richard!
  2. Is there any coding for any of Hershey's or Spyder's stuff? I'd like to test it using range bars. Thanks in advance.
  3. Morpheus Reading your posts are like reading quotes out of my book. The rear view mirror statement and trading what you see are my classics. Use them with my pleasure. :-) They are great tidbits that most traders either don't understand or can't imagine how it applies. I'll add a couple other options, if I may. I personally and primarily stay away from daily stock charts, for trading decisions, because of their erratic behavior. I watch a basket of stocks but have learned to lightly speed up my view of their price action, using range bar charts, as to get a heads up on reacting to those nasty declines you talk about or even price ripping higher. I invented constant volume bars but have found range bars to be even more beneficial. Nice to see some intelligence in reading price action. Well done!
  4. HOW TO SAFETY TRADE TRENDS All symbols are in a trend all of the time. That statement will send a lot of people's sensibilities into a tail spin. Allow me to explain. Intraday a symbol might be in ugly consolidation but in a longer term swing or an even longer term position environment that same symbol might be in a solid UP or DOWN trend. The opposite will apply in the opposite direction as well. The first step is to determine the chart increments (intraday, swing or long term position) and symbols (stocks, commodities, futures, ETF's or options) you are going to trade. The second step is to specifically define what the term "TREND" means to YOU both visually and physically! The third step is to look for YOUR confirmed trend on the basket of charts and symbols you monitor. The fourth step is to monitor/track the oscillation pull backs & pull ups on those UP & DOWN trending charts so you can personally confirm the profitable outcomes of "buying pull back oscillation bottoms in YOUR confirmed UP trend & selling pull up oscillation tops in YOUR confirmed DOWN trend. (Once you are confident of those outcomes, after several months of chart watching, start trading small lot positions using the exact same parameters.) The fifth step is go slow, grow slow, be steady, be consistent and be patient. We shouldn't trade trends. We should trade the confirmed pull backs/ups on charts where we have confirmed "A" trend. I only trade using CVB (Constant Volume Bar) charts because I've found them to be drastically more stable and smooth compared to time or range charting. I believe any time we can eliminate the potential of choppiness and consolidation from our charting, it is a huge plus. I've posted a couple chart increments of the same day for the Light Sweet Crude symbol. One is a 5 minute chart and the other is a CVB chart. It's easy to see, visually the drastic difference between the two. I hope this helps.
  5. Looks like you have a solid understanding of price action but you could use an indicator to validate what is happening with price that is a lot more smooth. Let me know if you are looking, are interesting in looking or have looked into any different indicators. I have a couple suggestions but won't offer if you aren't interested in testing them. WS
  6. In my environment, volume based charting, CL provides us a better win rate, less draw down, larger daily range, tighter stop placement (3 to 5 ticks) and more profit per trade than any of the Indices. To us, these equate to a safer trading environment. I can see if you are trading the ES using time charts and the parameters you listed, then that is best for you but not everyone. There are plenty of markets to trade and all kinds of systems and methods. This is what makes this such a great business. Me, a data scientist, researcher and trader with going on 20 years of precise experience of charting and earning a living in this environment (with no experience in chemical engineering) telling JM Eagle how to improve their manufacturing of plastic pipes . . . now that is ludicrous. ;-)
  7. Sorry, I've been trading CL for over 10 years and I've never experienced those 50 to 100 ticks spikes those of you that trade time based charts experience. I strictly use volume based charting. That being said, in the last 12 years I've seen spikes in the ES as well, on time based charts, though not the range that the CL generates. Time based charts are a problem on there own due to news and other events creating unmanageable volume spikes in the market. I've attached a couple charts for comparison. The first is a 5 minute chart that shows how a Crude report creates a nasty spike after its release. You can also see on the 5 minute chart that open to close there was no discernible difference in price. The second chart is the same day but is show using a constant volume based chart. No spikes just a steady smooth flow of readable momentum. Same range but a more safe and readable area for extracting profit.
  8. After about 18 years of research in the futures and commodities arena I can say that the eMinis are no place for the faint of heart. My group and I have done and are currently doing a lot of research on the volume and range associated with the specifics of price action on individual chart increments for over 800 unique symbols and over 100 stocks. What we have discovered was that, on longer term swing or position charts, symbols level out regarding profitability. The problems are in the "intraday" aspects of trading. In order to safely trade and extract profits from the commodity or futures markets, each day, the specific symbols need ample liquidity and volitility to be consistently profitable. Think about it like hitting a moving target that is 10 feet wide or 2 feet wide. The larger target is easier to hit just like the symbol with the larger volume and volitility is easy in capturing profits. We find; Light Sweet Crude, Unleaded Gas, Silver, Gold and the Euro (not in any particular order) are the safest and most profitability. The second tier smbols are; Natural Gas, Australian Dollar, British Pound, Corn, Cocoa, eMini S&P Midcap 400 (ligher volume), Lean Hogs, Soybeans, Swiss Franc, US Treasury Bonds and Wheat (again, not in any particular order). The Indices; S&P, DOW, NASDAQ and Russell all came in at the bottom 10% of safety and overall profits.
  9. We'll be fully in the new digs in January. I promise to participate more then. The automated side is my favorite.
  10. I used to have a lot of free time while watching the markets and trading each day but over the last 18 months, time has gotten a light tighter. I really enjoy interacting with smart people in this field that like to shoot the $hit about stuff that effects them each day. It is the rude flaming morons that have driven me out of the forums though. Chit chat breaks up the routine of the day. Arguing with lower forms of functioning children is not fun. I've always considered you and your posts some of the brighter spots on here though. We just bought a new office building and I have to manage the build out on the technology side. We are building a massive pedabyte server environment that is really a thing of beauty. By next Spring it will house all of our historic data for futures, FOREX, Options, ETF's, Stocks, and electric trading data all while being updated in real time. Backups are a real bugger. It is a lot of fun but I miss trading every day. I go hang out with the couple manual traders we have for a bit every day to "smell" the enthusiasm. Ninety percent of the trades we take each day are fully automated but the manual traders babysit the robots. We are adding a group of power traders as of December 1st to complete the diversity of the group and they are fully manual. This is getting more fun all of the time.
  11. I used to openly share what I do, I no longer feel so giving. Individuals like the mouse have poisoned those waters. When I think of the differences between "reacting" and "predicting", I thnk of reaction points in models that produce consistent outcomes. I think of prediction points in models that produce chaotic random outcomes. This is the extent of what I will say onthe subject.
  12. Sorry, no. I have to use 20 characters otherwise my answer would have been shorter. Logic
  13. Understand that you can use those tools to build "Reactive" signals as well. Reactive signals are completely different than predictive signals. You are absolutely correct when you say that, "we cannot blame technical analysis for building a trading system that loses money". The problem is that very very few people, including the high paid quants, know how to first define the environment they are trying to build signals into and second, they are clueless on how to make them consistently profitable over long periods of time. I used to spend, literally hundreds of hours, trying to persuade people that were hard headed and "thick as a brick" that there was an easier way to create systems but I gave up. Now I co-manage 2 funds, one is a 1/3 billion dollar private fund that has been around for over 13 years and I just keep my mouth shut. We did over 15% last month in the one I am primary on and I consider that a shitty month.
  14. TradersLaboratory decodes Primary Trend? I'm all ears at hearing someone else explain what I've wriiten about, documented and defined for over 15 years.
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