How To Structure a Trade Plan: WEAT

This is a Clip from one of our Language Of Markets Live Sessions. I show how to structure a trading plan from beginning to end using a daily WEAT chart which is an ETF of the Wheat futures market. Having a plan of the things you can control goes a long way when it comes to your trading consistency and conserving phycological energy. See Foundations Of Trading Part 6 post for more on trade planning. Your trade plans will be unique to your needs but you can use this as a guide.

Basically, know your method and design rules for:

  • Entry: Know what gets you in
  • Initial stop: know where your stop goes
  • Money management: Know your position size and trade management after in trade
  • Exit: know what gets you out

Simple Swing Trading-Part 1

This is going to be a series on simple swing trading with the objective of capturing swings that have a minimum 3:1 risk-reward. We will take what we have learned about the components of a swing and put it all together into simple swing trading. Swing trading doesn’t have to be complicated and can be quite relaxing. It’s just a solid impulse up showing intent, then a reaction pullback, then the sellers in that pullback getting swapped and showing us a possible new leg up to new highs. This kind of swing trading applies to futures, forex, or stocks in any time frame. In this video, we look at a swing trade in the GBP/USD and SBSW.

The Swap, a Simple Frame for Markets

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when looking at all the crosscurrents in markets along with all the technical analysis that is out there. Trading does not have to be complicated, it’s a matter of using our tools to see if the buyers or sellers are in control and where that changes. We have several simple ways to map and read markets. In this post, we are going to focus on the simple swap area of a swing and use that as a framework to read and trade markets. The swap area of a swing turning up or down is a significant market structure where the balance of power changes. Learn to see it and then make observations as to how price interacts with that area. Then design ways to read and trade it.

Following Live: Theory Into Practice. October 2020

This month we’re going to follow the E-mini S&P and Aussie 240 minute swings. Last month saw a big jump in volatility as we followed silver and the Swiss currency. We learned a lot from these charts as bigger swings carved themselves out and the USD/CHF did a transition from down to up. It’s good to see these transitions take place live as you follow and learn to change with change.

Beginners Mind

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.







How Swings Grow Up and Expand

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.