Massive Run In $GBPUSD Ahead

I think this is going to happen. The market is set up for it. The trend has already changed from bear to bull on the weekly despite the endless sell off we saw. The sentiment is extreme on Europe and Brexit and everything.

Follow the trend!

* Remember, I don’t give investment advice. I write these posts for myself and entertainment purposes. Take responsibility for your trades and analyses and don’t ever blame me or anybody other than yourself. I might or might not be positioned in the instruments I write about.

GBPUSD Ripe For A Bounce

GBPUSD suffered heavily in recent weeks. It lost approximately 1500 pips without any retracement to speak of. Now it trades at a level which can serve as a springboard. In my opinion $GBPUSD is ripe for a bounce.

Short-Term Base

Check the 15-min chart and see for yourself. Looks like a dependable base to me. If there is any such thing as dependable. Anyway, clearly something to trade against and speculate for higher prices in the coming sessions.


Sentiment at lows

Sentiment on the pound must be at lows with all these absolutely horrific news. Brexit disasters painted every day. Nobody is bullish the pound it seems. Anyway, you know that logic, everybody has already sold the pound…which never makes sense to me, because someone was on the other side of those sellers and bought from them.  But, and that’s a but I find more appealing: Taking out a prior low and utilizing triggered liquidity to either offload shorts or build longs makes a lot of sense. Let’s see if there are any big boys out there playing the pair in that direction.

* Ok, always remember, no investment advice here. I write these posts for myself and entertainment purposes. Take responsibility for your trades and analyses and don’t ever blame me or anybody other than yourself. I might or might not be positioned in the instruments I write about.

Spotted some bulls in crypto currencies

Fundamental Scepticism

I consider myself a crypto currencies sceptic. I am fascinated by the technology behind it (distributed ledger, blockchain), but I have never traded any and still am not trading them…yet. I despise the costly transactions and do not see how the existing crypto currencies can revolutionize the financial world without widespread application and acceptance in everyday life. And yet, I believe I have spotted some bulls in crypto currencies.

I believe that at some point governments around the world will pick up the tech and simply implement their own version of bitcoin. Backed by the force of the gun this new coin will make the “free” versions obsolete or condemn them to a niche existence.

Hedera Hashgraph

By the way, coming from an IT background I looked into the stuff a few months ago. I tried to understand how it works. The one place the made sense to me so far is hashgraph which has nice explanatory videos. So make sure to check that out!


But back to trading. I noticed that some of the coins trade at interesting levels. See the Iota ($IOTUSD) chart for example:

This is the kind of charting situation where turnarounds like to occur. Faking out the bears, buyers eat the supply from trapped breakdown sellers to build meaningful long positions. (You can see the same pattern in my recent post about the $EURUSD)

Same same in bitcoin ($BTCUSD):

Need more? Here’s Litecoin ($LTCUSD):

OK, I think you get the point. I am sure there are others with the same pattern. If correct, the upside is huge from a charting perspective. The downside…well that’s basically up to you to decide when to pull the plug. But safe to say, a meaningful drop below the most recent lows invalidates this trade.

Anyway, compelling stuff, thought I would let you know about it. Tell me in the comments what you think! And stay safe out there!

* Never forget, this is not investment advice. I am not recommending the purchase or sale of anything I write about. I am not allowed and don’t want to be an investment adviser. I might or might not trade the instrument I write about for my own portfolio. Do your own due diligence, take responsibility for your own trades, don’t blame others when it doesn’t work out, especially not me!


Silver Bull Market Ahead? XAGUSD Setup With Fantastic RRR

Silver went nowhere since a few months, probably frustrating a lot of traders in the process. Pulling them in, shaking them out. Rinse and repeat! And yet my analysis suggests a new silver bull market is in the making.


The scenario is very simple, as trading should be. From the healthy base the metal formed in 2014/2015, in 2016 it moved strongly and impulsively upwards to a new high at around 21.00 USD. The subsequent long and grinding correction already lasts more than 2 years. And price action has been crammed into a tighter and tighter range. See the congestion on the chart for yourself:

Accumulation and a great RRR

I assume that big players currently accumulate large positions, hence prices don’t fall and congest to increasingly smaller ranges as they withstand the downside. In my scenario I anticipate silver to bullishly extend the drawn channel in the next couple of months (see chart below). There is a clear invalidation point of my trade idea. As soon as price action breaks the downside channel boundary I was wrong and want to be out of the trade and reassess.


This trade idea has a few things going for itself. From a risk to reward perspective this is as good as it gets. We have a very long-term scenario which allows us to turn to shorter timeframes to accumulate a sizeable position at favorable prices. The market sentiment is extremely negative towards metals after a massive and prolonged drop from 50 dollar highs in 2011. All these factors combined make this a very tasty trade which I will be looking to exploit.


* Never forget, this is not investment advice. I am not recommending the purchase or sale of anything I write about. I am not allowed and don’t want to be an investment advisor. Do your own due diligence, take responsibility for your own trades, don’t blame others when it doesn’t work out.

Conviction trade in USDSGD

Base and Rally

USDSGD is one of the pairs that currently sparks my interest. After a decade long decline the exchange rate has based in the years following 2010 and subsequently shot out of that base with a powerful rally, appreciating from below 1.25 to a price of 1.45 at the peak.

But this rally did not continue and the rate has been sold back down to current levels around 1.30.

Liquidity level triggered

So to recap, I see a base, a strong rally and a vicious pullback in USDSGD which has run into an important level defined by the prior low at approximately 1.3150.

For large players, these are the ingredients to build a meaningful long position. Frustrate the long speculators and run their stops placed below the prior lows. Trigger short speculators who might play this as a short breakout trade. Collect all this short volume to stack up longs and reap profits in the coming months.

Outlook for my USDSGD scenario

In the end it’s simple. I am long and looking to stack up if more opportunities present themselves. But as always, I try to cover my butt. Trade small, very small in fact! This is long-term – sit back, relax and rejoice the carry you are collecting! Patience is key. Find a healthy balance between stacking up and taking small profits. Remember, no matter what you do, you will not have done the optimum!

Trade small

This trade, like any other, is uncertain. I might be completely off with my idea. But if that is the case I am confident my disaster recovery mode will get me out without much or any damage at all, because the sell-off in USDSGD has stretched so far already. This game is risky and the Mr. Market knows no mercy. Trade small! Trade small! Trade small! I can’t repeat it too many times. I have seen people puke up their account in no time!

Work the trade

Trade around your positions. Stack up only on great entries. My first profit taking areas are the highs at 1.3280 and 1.3340. That’s where I will trade around my position. Afterwards, I aim higher for 1.37 and above. This is going to be fun 🙂

Disclaimer: Don’t take this as investment advice. This is just my view of the market I am an amateur. Do your own analysis and take responsibility for your trade!

How To Decide Which Trading Strategy Is Right

A common trait among beginning and unsuccessful traders is the fickle abandonment of trading strategies that delivered a string of losses. And I am absolutely guilty for as long as I can remember. The underlying motivation is sound.  You want to improve your results and not trade a system that does not work in the long run. So which trading strategy is right?

All Strategies Suck

It’s inherent to all systems to deliver strings of winners and losers. In that sense all strategies suck. That makes finding something that fits your personality both harder and easier. Why? If they all suck it means you have to decide for yourself how to approach the markets. And there lies the crux. If you have the confidence to decide and persist with your decision chances are you will eventually make that approach profitable. Lesson? Make a choice and stick with it. And I don’t mean to religiously stick with the tactical parameters of your approach and now fine-tune them. But stick to your paradigm of choice.

My Choice

So here’s the deal for myself. I am drawn to a trend following approach to the markets, it is my choice. I like it, I am too dumb to interpret fundamental data better than others. It’s an easy traffic-light-type style indication for the market, up down or sideways. Trend following allows me to trade the markets without any knowledge about fundamentals whatsoever. If sound, I will be trading on the side of the insiders and experts who anticipate the trends. And there is strong empirical evidence that trend following works. For details I refer you to Michael Covel’s book Trend Following on Amazon. Get the book and blow your mind with what’s possible.

The Point

So the point is, how do you decide which approach is right for you? The question to ask yourself is very basic.

Say you are looking at trend following. The central question to answer would be: Do trends exist?

Say you want to trade fundamental macro. Ask yourself if macro data determines market prices?

Likewise with any other approach. If you can put a check mark behind that basic question of validity then for god’s sake stick with that approach and make it work for you. Force it to work for you.

Has The Market Correction Ended? Dow Jones Chart Analysis

The recent stock market correction was one of the biggest and fiercest corrections in the history of American capitalism (point-wise), with its selling climax last Monday. Yet the recovery rally seems equally strong. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s price already negated half of the sharp decline. What’s next?

Status Quo

I don’t have a crystal ball and neither do I believe anybody else has one. (If you do, please get in touch!) As I mentioned before, the best we can do is find situations in which the probabilities are tilted in our favor. Let’s take a look at what the charts show us and if we can potentially take advantage or protect from further losses.


It’s clear that the market correction has damaged the trend on faster timeframes. But make no mistake, we have intact bullish trends in the DJIA charts on the weekly and monthly timeframe. The weekly actually presented a beautiful long setup to buy the dip which paid off handsomely. Hence it is not at all clear that the selloff marks the end of the multi-year bull market.

On the other hand I notice the recovery rally does not nearly show the same strength as the previous selloff. We are slowly grinding higher.

Level To Watch

What particularly catches my eye is the 4 hour chart. As painted on the image above, I expect at least a temporary resistance at about the 25460 level.

If you think the selloff has meaning and continued downside then pay attention at that level. I will be taking profits on longs and possibly enter a short if we get there.

Let me know in the comments what you see happening.

Please always remember, I am not a financial professional and give no financial or trading advice. I present my opinion, that’s it. Do your own analysis and take responsibility!

Top 2 Reasons Why Trend Trading Is So Hard For Me

Trading and speculation in the financial markets is an appealing endeavor for many people. And so it is for me. But the percentage of people that find success is rather small. 95% of traders reportedly drop out of the game as losers. One of the most popular trading strategies is trend following. Arguably it is also one of the most successful (to learn more about trend following and how some of the richest traders on this planet milk money read Michael Covel’s excellent book Trend Following (Amazon Link)). So why is trend trading so hard?

What Is Trend Following?

Before answering why trading a trend is so difficult we first have to define what it is. So let us break it apart. The term consists of two words, “trend” and “following”. Let’s look at the first one.


So to be able to follow a trend we have to know what a trend is. It is one of those terms that intuitively makes sense but taking a closer look the devil is in the details. A trend is a sustained movement of prices in one direction, either up or down. Yes, we can all agree. But when does a trend start and when does it end? As with so many things in trading there is no one definite answer. A trend is pretty much anything that you define to be a trend. You can look at highs and lows, you can use the inclination of moving averages, you can use moving average crossovers, you can utilize trendlines or whatever else is out there. None of these tools is going to give you a satisfactory result in all circumstances. Because honestly the market does not care about your definition of a trend. It will always create moves and price action which will fake you out because your definition of a trend has been violated.


The second term is “following”. The meaning of this is that when you apply a trend following strategy you will always be looking to trade in the direction of a trend that has already been established. The basic tenet of trend following is that a market will continue to move in the direction it is already heading. Well, that is not quite correct. As traders we are not actually assuming or making predictions. All we do is find trade setups that give us a favorable reward to risk ratio. (That is the tenet all trading strategies have in common by the way.) So trend followers find favorable setups in the continuation of trends. As a consequence a trend follower will never be the first to enter a trend manifesting in the markets. A trend follower will never buy the bottom or sell the top. In this sense, trend following is a reactionary strategy.

Entries Are Counterintuitive

So trend following means your strategy will never allow you to buy market bottoms or sell market tops. But what does our brain tell us we have to do to make money in the market? Exactly, it wants us to buy at a low price and sell at a high price. And the lower the price of an instrument falls the higher it can rise later the more money we will make with less risk. Right? Wrong, wrong, wrong. In trading it is all about reward to risk. It does not matter whether we buy low and sell high and make 500 pips or whether we buy high and sell a little higher and make only 100 pips only to watch the market rise another 100 or 200. All we have to consider is the reward/risk ratio (and our winning percentage, see my post about why trading strategies work). The trend following trade which takes 100 pips of “the meat in the middle” with a 33 pip stop-loss is superior to the trade grabbing 500 pips with a risk of 250 pips. As simple as that. But this is against what human nature and our brain want us to do!!! You always think you are late. And you will always look stupid if a trade does not work out, because your brain sees that the trend had started way earlier and you were just late with your entry. You would have made money had you entered the trend earlier. So there you go, this is one of the top reasons why trend trading is tough as hell.

Contradictory Data

The other top reason why trend trading is hard is that for any definition of a trend you will have contradictory data. If you are like me at least. Whenever I trade I do my due diligence and analyse markets top down. I look at monthly charts all the way down to 15 minute charts if need be. The nature of charts is that whichever instrument you look at in 99% of the cases you will find contradictory trends depending on which time frame you look at. Here is an example of cable ($GBPUSD):

What is the trend? My (arbitrary) definition of a trend is the 89 period exponential moving average and looking at these charts the answer to the question is “it depends”. We have a monthly downtrend, a weekly transition from down to up, a strong daily uptrend, same for the 4h, the 1h is choppy sideways and the 15 min has fallen strongly to establish a downtrend. So again, you can let this contradictory information paralyze you or you take a stand, follow your rules and look stupid when your trade goes sour. Why look stupid? Let say I trade the uptrend on the 4h for a trend continuation and get stopped out then my brain will see the 15 min and tell my what an idiot I was to enter long. The 15 min trend was clearly down!!!

Oh yeah, you might decide to wait until all timeframes line up in the same direction. This is of course possible, but unless you want to wait for record breaking markets like the $SPX500 or bitcoin each time you trade you will have to make some compromise with the circumstances.

Trading Countertrend

There you have it, those are my top two reasons why trend following is so damn difficult! And at the same time that explains why trading against the trend, buying a falling market or selling a rising market is so appealing. Because in those cases, all timeframes are aligned to give the same signal. What looks oversold on the monthly and weekly will definitely look oversold on the daily, 4h and 1h. That comforts our brain and lures us into counter trend positions that are often the wrong decision. And it animates us to double down when prices falls even further because what was oversold before us then mega-oversold, right? But a weak market is usually weak for very good reasons and no one knows when the decline will stop. It might go to zero and destroy your capital. The only protection that traders have is to know when their idea is wrong and get out of the trade, at the risk of looking stupid when the market turns right back in its original direction.

Even though the rules we define for ourselves are arbitrary they are the only option we have. If you have no rules you will sooner or later have no money because you take the mother of all losses and get margin called.

I hope this is useful. What are your thoughts on trend following and this article? Please let me know in the comments below.