In these trades I used several methods of analysis.
1. Chart Patterns
My first trade entry was predicated upon a Top Pattern I identified KNC forming. Tops occur during up trends and when the overall market is , as altcoins currently are, they have a high probability of breaking to the upside.
2. Trend Analysis
Fundamental to my trading strategy is trading in the direction of the overall trend. Trading against the dominant trend is like stepping over dollars to pick up pennies. Using the Daily and 4HR time frame, I identified that KNC was above my Base Line indicator, therefore confirming a and that I should be trading to the long side.
3. Target Measurement
For my initial trade I used Bulkowski's measurement method for Tops, measuring the difference from Resistance to Support and adding that to Resistance. This proved to be successful, however my first trade ended up running quite a bit beyond my target. For this reason I used my primary method of profit taking, 50/50. I take 50% of my profit at a pre-determined level and allow the rest of my position to run to take advantage of powerful trends.
4. Indicator Support
Utilizing my ICYSbot indicator and strategy to help supplement entry and exit conditions.
5. Patience and Risk Management
I used a position sizing strategy where a pre-determined percentage of my account is at risk should my trade hit the stop loss. In this case, I personally used 2% risk per trade. I also did not rush these trades, I let price evolve and the trend emerge as it did. I attached no personal bias or feelings toward the trade.
Overall, quite happy with these trades. I hope this post was helpful in providing insight into how I view the markets and trade execution. Thank you for your support.
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