Stock Market Tips for Success
Everyone trades a little differently in stock market. The trading method outlined below is MY personal approach to trading.
It takes some time to learn my method of trading because it’s based on tape reading and getting a “feel” for the market.Instead, this is about developing confidence and trading consistently without fear and without big draw downs.
Here is stock market tips for success:
1. Practice exiting trades at break-even, using a one-tick target, a two or three tick soft stop (mental stop) and a 1.5 point hard stop. Never *allow* the market hit your hard stop. Exit by moving your target toward your hard stop, not by moving your hard stop towards your target. With time, all of this must become a reflex. You won’t always be able to keep your losses down to 2 ticks, but only on rare occasions should you find yourself letting the market hit your hard stop. (“Rarely” means only about once every 50-100 trades after you get the hang of it.)
Even though your entries won’t be good enough in the beginning to make a profit trading these tight soft stops, your entries will gradually improve until you turn the corner and become profitable.
Learn exits and entries separately. Don’t let the one influence the other.
Taking losses this way takes dedication and discipline, so stick with it. It’s the key to confident trading. If you never take large losses (and rarely medium size ones), the fear of loss pretty much goes away, and your confidence grows. Especially after your entries improve enough to support a “scalping” type exit strategy.
2. Every trade *in all market conditions* begins as a scalp. Let me clarify this: if you’re in a choppy market and you’re looking to get small gains, like a point or so, manage your initial hard and soft stops *exactly* the same way you would in a quick trend or any other type of market. That means keeping losses as close to 2 ticks as possible, taking lots of break even trades and exiting every time the market doesn’t give you *instant gratification* (within a minute or so).
No matter what the market is doing, you must demand that it moves in your favor right after you enter, otherwise you get out as close to break even as possible. This means you’ll be closing a lot of trades near break-even within the first minute. This is the foundation of learning to trade for consistent gains.
When there is no longer a high probability situation, exit and take a second look.
3. When Are The Best Times of the Day to be Trading?
For me, the best times of the day for trading are the first hour and the last 2 hours.
Here’s an old rule of thumb (and this used to work like clockwork in the “old days”, and although it has diminished a bit, it still
“The Minor Time of Day”-
If the Market opens higher, then there tends to be a pullback within the first 20 to 40 minutes. If the pullback is weak, there will probably be a continuation of rally into the early afternoon. But, if the pullback is sharp, then
you’ve likely seen the high for the day and you’ll want to be selling the bounces.
“Major Time of Day”-
Around the 2:20pm to 2:40pm time frame, we’ll often see moves reverse or gather steam in that timeframe.
People that have been holding positions all day long become a bit “antsy” – they have to do something with them before the Market
closes for the day. When people holding losing positions into late into the day see the time until the close is near, that can
cause the market to make some sharp turns in the last 90 minutes. The program gang also likes to get active that time of day.
4. How Can Anyone Trade a Choppy Market?
I take a number of scalps in choppy markets. I time entries with Tick extremes, especially when price pops into previous high
areas of congestion, or other intraday support and resistance. Moving averages are not good during choppy days.(Scalps : small profit, “hit and run” type of trades)
5. How Do You Measure Pullbacks
In a trend move, I like to see shallow pullbacks to a steeply sloped moving average on one of the 3 time frames I follow. (more time frames, the better) Pullbacks to symmetry in a persistent trend are useful when present.