Trading Requires Preparation

March 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

In this week’s educational letter, we focus on trade preparation.

Professionals are Prepared – Trading is a Professional Business

A)   Trading Time Table

You trading day opens at 6 p.m. ET (all times mentioned are Eastern Time). Volumes are low at this time; however, there are days, where the market makes an adjustment move in the first 30 minutes after 6 p.m. ET. The next time period to check is: 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. After this, the markets usually halter, until they move again around 2:30 a.m. (London Session). All financial markets usually take a rest at 5:30 a.m. and restart at 7 a.m.; with more heavy trading volume until noon. At around 1 p.m. the market participants then decide if they want to confirm the morning direction or not; ending the day at 4:15 p.m., with an extended our session for specific instruments and restarting their day at 6 p.m.

Your second trading time table comes from considering economic news events that pertain to the asset class you are trading: Futures and Forex traders consider an around the clock time table. Find an example at our news section…click here: Major news events are highlighter in red (“High Importance”). The best way to tackle news events as a day trader: Stay out of the market over the event and to re-enter when the market forces found a new directions, which usually takes between 10 to 30 minutes. If you are holding stocks over highly important economic events, stock earnings or news announcements, we recommend protecting against a potential downside risk by adding options.

Stock and option traders usually stick to the US-economic-news, where this weekly calendar gives you a very good overview of the most important events…click here.

B) Prepare for the Assets You want to Trade

There are assets that trade with-, independent from-, and others that trade against the overall market development. This always gives you the opportunity to either go long or short with favorable instruments.

Why does this matter?

Markets or asset prices fall five to eight times faster than they rise and thus short selling strategies should be an essential part of your way of trading.

Trade where markets move: Fish, where the Fish are.

Either Build yourself a scanner, which is in tune with your trade setups or subscribe to a scanning service that provides you with an overview of assets on the move. Sticking strictly to one asset or a limited number of assets, reduces your probability for market participation and compounding interest.

NeverLossTrading Alerts informs you on multiple levels with assets, which showed institutional attention:

C) Approximate the Risk and Minimum Movements to Trade

Calculate the expected price move of an instrument per time unit observed and only trade when the odds are in your favor.

Example: CSCO moves about 11-cents per hour, which is below the minimum price move expectation, we would recommend to trade a stock or option on, even so the stock is highly liquid, exchanging a minimum of 3-million shares per hour. On a daily time frame, the price of the CSCO share moves about $0.33/day and fulfills the minimum requirements for a trade to take.

If you are looking for a high probability trading system …click here and download an overview (PDF), which will explain how to work with defined trade entries and exits, knowing meaningful risk and reward levels, only entering into trades when the odds are in your favor:

Win in the average series of trades, where the individual trade matters less than the overall performance in executing your trading plan, striving for continuous improvement with the help of our mentorship programs.

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