What if there were no books or any instruction anywhere on how to trade and you figure it out by just observing and discovering? You would begin to trade based on your fresh observations, trying this and trying that, until you found your way, getting more efficient at it as you went, like a child learning to walk. If you did this, you would be learning from the price itself as it flowed, from a place of discovery and not-knowing. In our live Language of Markets session, we did an exercise where we took an active Emini-S&P market and learned as we went. I did this video later that afternoon to demonstrate how that exercise led me to my own beginner’s mind.
In these blogs, we have done a lot of work on mapping markets with swings. In this post, we will look at how minor swings grow up to be major swings and ways we can read and trade this dynamic. These will fall under the category of type 2 trades, expand then continue. Its a type of waiting outside the immediate price action that can be very relaxing. You can read about “The 3 Types of Trades” options on the Language of Markets home page.
To find the true structured support and resistance levels in a market, we use a contraction of price and a wash of that contraction. You can see these true levels on this 20 minute E-Mini S&P chart I posted for our members. In the video, I describe the steps to the process of a wash and rinse structure as a pivot component of a swing and how that can help us to read the true supply/demand levels.
This is a live clip from the Aug 3rd Language of Markets Live session where we discuss how approaching any method, structure, or trade with predetermined expectations blinds us. It’s a valuable thing to eventually have our expectations disappoint us. We are forced to give up and this frees us to see the whole picture. I then demonstrate how to discover the essence of swings by discovering controlling buyers and sellers in the live AUD/USD. I also give an example of how reading price action (bar-by-bar) easily shows us the controlling buyers and sellers that showed the swing to project for an entry.
In reviewing the USD/CAD and the E-Mini Russel we learned that markets can go sideways for a while not swinging much. I also introduce a percentage measure to test out how far price might go past a balanced swing and confirm a change. This month we will follow Silver futures and CHF/USD. Mapping swings is a simple way to frame and understand any market. One of the lessons I touch on is a video about approaching mapping swings or any method without expectations to get the most out of it.
I show two trades in this video, one by me in the USD/CAD 20 minute and one by a student in the E-mini S&P 2 minute. Both look a bit different but have the same understanding that comes from learning about the process of market structure and the essence of each structure. Sustained trading is not about pattern recognition, its a personal understanding of the whole read and structure that develops from practice. In the video, I show how you can see the structure no matter what time frame it shows up in or its shape. You can see this same structure and understanding in a post I did a year ago, “Trading The Valley In The CAD”.
In our live sessions, we spent much of the month learning to read and trade with just one line. We can anchor this line consistently on various components of the swings that we structure and then use it to learn. This is one of our simple practices that will enable your own personal learning and insight into how markets move. True learning must come from intuitive comprehension. Approach the practice with curiosity and discovery and leave expectations behind.
In this post, we are going to make the distinction of what side of a pivot we are entering and understand the pros and cons related to each type. Left side entry is like having a limit order waiting as price is coming into your area and right side entry is like waiting for a turn or confirmation. It’s good to make the distinction and practice getting the experience of each one to see what might fit you personally and in what situation. It’s not that one is better than the other, its the motivation behind the decision that matters. Left-sided entries can be motivated by an out of control impulsiveness and right-sided entries can be motivated by an attempt to avoid risk. Both these motivations are fear-based and will cause trouble. If you haven’t already, check out the “Map Any Market At Time Frame” series that sets the foundations for many of these posts.
In part 3 we’re going to use our price action bars to come up with some pivot requirements which can be used as a confirmation technique for entering into a swing. It’s about using these significant bars to see buyers or sellers making effort and getting that effort reversed. In the video, you will how the price bars are related to swings and Median Lines and how they can be used to see a pivot created.
First, we review last month’s Copper futures and the AUD/JPY to see what we can learn. Keep in mind that I set these up as a vehicle so others can learn in their own experience from price flow as it unfolds. You start with the instructions for mapping swings and then learn to see beyond the instructions how swings swing and how you can read and trade them. This month we will follow the Russel Futures and USD/CAD.