As my previous post made unexpected waves within the community, I suppose you might be disappointed by this one ,
but you should still take your time reading this article and take some time thinking about it.
Moreover, you might wonder, why the first article has been about instead of price or the chart itself and now it seems like we’re taking a step back.
To come straight to the point, is playing a decisive role in the feasibility of reading a chart.
Price is secondary, hence it is more important to know how price and therefore structure is built by trading activity.
The Cute and the Ugly I
During my trading education at a hedge fund, we held daily sessions to present trading ideas and charts.
The aim was simple: taking screen time, understanding price (action) and getting used to what to look for from a blatant technical perspective.
Only when we found what we were looking for, we dove into further research (which will not be covered in this article).
By looking at the hourly and of the Zoom Inc. I am exemplifying “beauty” and “readability” by comparing the data feeds
of two stock exchanges: the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores ( BMV ) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (BZX, former BATS).
As the dailies might only differ slightly, there are quite a few visible fissures.
Those are getting even more evident if viewed on a lower time frame like the hourly.
The chart from the BMV stock exchange is riddled, perforated, and a riddle per se consisting of gaps,
flat and overly large candles than on anything providing clear and straightforward information.
Long story short, you should always use the data from the stock exchange with the most traded ,
in general - not always - this ought to be the main stock exchange of the company’s country.
For assets like , ForEx and similar, you should look at the futures’ charts whenever possible,
even - or especially - if you’re trading CFDs.
The Cute and the Ugly II
So now that you know which stock exchange to use the data from, how to choose a stock on a mere glance, rapidly, hundreds of stocks a day by manual screening?
To point this out, we’re having a look at the chart of the GameStop Corp.
Even though this stock was on everybody’s lips, the wicks and tails, the gaps, the (non-)existing patterns and the price action having formed this asset into a biest;
no hedge fund, no prop trading company neither a bank would take the risk on picking up positions, at least not on a short or mid term basis, not based on .
In contrast to this, liquidity - and thus - is playing a key role in building price and structure
and consequent to this enhancing readability as you’re seeing in the chart of Crude Oil below.
What we've found
Now, you should slowly be able to see a chart and the price through the eyes of big investor, although you aren't one .
Big companies are not taking bets, not trading pink sheets for half a quarter cent;
they are stacking the odds in their favor by trying to avoid the unpredictable.
After reading this article, what would you prefer?
Making a small amount on a day-to-day basis or waiting years after years for the one chance to be rich in one shot?
As a colleague of mine once stated: As traders, we're positioning ourselves to make money continuously to then catch a bigger move.
As I’m writing a book about reading a chart,
I am going to post a couple of short articles on this topic and others related to it, e.g. trend, , Dow theory, auction theory and behaviorism.
If you are spotting some errors or if you like to add something, feel free to comment or pm.
p.s.: This article is not intended as any kind of trading advice.
I didn’t expect that my previous article made that much waves. Thanks to all for reading and I hope it will help you in your analysis and your trading career.
Thank you all for the interest in my book and to answer your questions: there is no release date yet as it is still a work in progress and it will be an educational novel.
This is article was not intended to display any patterns ;)
Maybe we can discuss this in the future.