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.
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.
I’m going to do a basic series on the Andrews Median Line tools we use. We will start with the standard Median Line set and then make the distinction for a pullback Median line set. Our objective is to see what Allan Andrews saw, not mimic him. We want to use our tools and not be used by them. Everything is about zoom retest, price going out to an extreme eliciting trader’s impulses, and then coming back eliciting trader’s impulses the other way. This is why most traders throughout history are on the wrong side of the market most of the time.
In the previous post to “Mapping The S&P E-Mini Weekly. It’s About Them, Not You“. We calmly mapped the weekly S&P E-Mini with swings right into the apex of the storm. In this video, we follow up on that along with the weekly stocks mapped (AAPL, VRTX, AVGO, SQ, BAC, and GILD). I used 2 simple techniques, swings, and where price came from. It’s not the method that’s important, its the presence clarity it can bring to our trade decisions.