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INTRODUCTION (modified 10/2014)

I originally created this board for the specific purpose of discussing the Phase Chart method of trading cycles that was first presented on the ETF SWING & DAY TRADING board, my main board.
I have since changed that goal.  I now much more favor a community of traders who know how to share ideas with each other and discuss ideas about how to improve cycle trading. That is what we have evolved to, and I like it. So if you have an idea, we would love to hear it.
If you are a new trader and want some help, we will do our best to point you in the right direction to get you started. There are no dumb questions on this board?



All of us do a lot of posting on this board with our ideas and our views of what we see. That doesn’t mean that they are all correct. We all bring our history of trading with us, so there will be lots of times that two traders will see the same event very differently. There is nothing wrong with that. 

I for one am still in a very large learning curve and very much appreciate the views of others, even if I don’t agree or can’t understand. So I try to pick and choose what I think works with my personality and my trading style. I have gotten new ideas from the most unusually places. That search never ends. 

So if you disagree with something that I say, please by all means, post back as how you see things and WHY. The WHY is very important. I have totally reversed my opinion on issues many times after hearing a good argument for another view. I respect your right to a different opinion/view. This board, as all boards should be, is about how to make all of us better traders. We learn from each other.

Personal attacks on posters either directly or indirectly will not be tolerated. Continued useless posts will not be allowed.

Yield Summary for 2016

Buy & Hold 
12.0% SPY 
10.8% SSO (stated as 1x) 
 21.6% IWM 
19.7% TNA (stated as 1x) 

Traded with Daily Phase Chart 
16.3% SPY 
38.8% IWM 
 48.9% TNA (a bit of a surprise, same trade dates as IWM) 

Sector Trading with Daily Phase Chart (The 10 SPDR ETFs) 
Independent Trading
19.3% Each sector invested with the same weighting as in the S&P when long 
Rebalance Trading
24.3% Investing long sectors only with weighting each has in S&P, scaled up to 100% 
 26.0% same as above except scaled to 110% when 9 sectors long 
27.7% same as above except scaled to 120% when 9 sectors long 
29.1% same as above except scaled to 125% when 9 sectors long 

PHASE TRADING - I am changing my focus for 2017 to the Daily Charts. See posts 16950 and 17054 for more detail.
The following is a description of how I normally trade each Phase. In the past I gave guide lines for shorting. With my focus now on Daily charts I do not advocate shorting. Long only.
 Mark Down - Should start MD phase in cash. Hold cash until get long signal. Singal is when MACD
(85,90,24) flattens and MACD-histogram(85,90,24)>MA5.

 Accumulation  - Should be long. A few times the trade fails, but is low probability.  If it does fail, just get out and get ready for the next signal. I like to go back to cash if 
MACD-histogram(85,90,24) drops back below MA10.

 Mark Up  - Stay long. At times I have used 2nd support as a stop, but it is seldom needed.

 Distribution  - Go to cash immediately upon entering Distribution. Go long again with the same rules as going long in Mark Down.


IWM Daily Phase Chart

SPY - Daily Phase Chart

QQQ - Daily Phase Chart

Major Indexes plus BRK YTD

The Big Three


Sector Trading

I have changed my direction for trading in 2017. After trading 60min charts for many years, I have decided to go back to daily charts. I am doing this for two reasons. 1) I want to have more free time in 2017, and 2) I have come to believe that Sector Trading with the use of my Phase Daily Charts will give some impressive results. In 2016 this style of trading gained over 25% vs S&P of 12%. I will be very pleased with anything over 20%.

There are no guarantees that this will work, so it is somewhat an experimental plan.
Sector Trading experiment has been stopped. Yields were fine, just too much work. See Post 18224 for more detail.


List of key posts that I wrote on Sector Trading as I developed my plan. 
16870 - why Sector investing
16901 - Phase trading by Sector
16950 - initial investigation and results for trading by Sectors
17054 - Investors vs Traders
17065 - how to become rich
17090 - final yield numbers for 2016
17130 - Rebalance and Independent Invest plans described


10 Habits of Highly Profitable Traders
1. Create asymmetry in your trading by using stop losses. Profitable trading only happens by making more money than you lose. Big losses are the main cause of not being profitable. Eliminate big losses by cutting your loss when proven wrong. 
2. Have a great risk/reward ratio on entry. Give yourself the potential to make two or three times more if you are right than you could lose if you are wring. Let a winning trade run until there is a reason to exit. 
3. Trade with the odds on your side. Trade historical patterns and price action that has worked in the past. 
4. Trade a plan and a system using quantifiable signals instead of your own predictions and opinions. 
5. Trade your plan with discipline and perseverance. 
6. Limit your capital at risk on any one trade to eliminate your risk of ruin. 
7. Work so hard when the market is closed that all their is to do when the market is open is take your signals. 
8. Have a system that profits in up and down trends. 
9. Have a system that works in multiple markets. 
10. Trade position sizing that does not cause your emotions or ego to get louder than your trading plan.

Linda Raschke's 12 Rules for Technical Trading.

1. Buy the first pullback after a new high. Sell the first rally after a new low. 
2. Afternoon strength or weakness should have follow through the next day. 
3. The best trading reversals occur in the morning, not the afternoon. 
4. The larger the market gaps, the greater the odds of continuation and a trend. 
5. The way the market trades around the previous day’s high or low is a good indicator of the market’s technical strength or weakness. 
6. The previous day’s high and low are two very important “pivot” points, for this was the definitive point where buyers or sellers came in the day before. Look for the market to either test and reverse off these points, or push through and show signs of continuation. 
7. The last hour often tells the truth about how strong a trend truly is. “Smart” money shows their hand in the last hour, continuing to mark positions in their favor. As long as a market is having consecutive strong closes, look for up-trend to continue. The up trend is most likely to end when there is a morning rally first, followed by a weak close. 
8. High volume on the close implies continuation the next morning in the direction of the last half-hour. In a strongly trending market, look for resumption of the trend in the last hour. 
9. The first hour’s range establishes the framework for the rest of the trading day
10. A greater percentage of the day’s range occurs in the first hour then was the case in the past, and thus it has become increasingly important to trade aggressively if there are early signs of a strong trend for the day. 
11. There are four basic principles of price behavior which have held up over time. Confidence that a type of price action is a true principle is what allows a trader to develop a systematic approach. The following four principles can be modeled and quantified and hold true for all time frames, all markets. The majority of patterns or systems that have a demonstrable edge are based on one of these four enduring principles of price behavior. Charles Dow was one of the first to touch on them in his writings. 
Principle One: A Trend Has a Higher Probability of Continuation than Reversal 
Principle Two: Momentum Precedes Price 
Principle Three: Trends End in a Climax 
Principle Four: The Market Alternates between Range Expansion and Range Contraction! 
12. In the world of money, which is a world shaped by human behavior, nobody has the foggiest notion of what will happen in the future. Mark that word – Nobody! Thus the successful trader does not base moves on what supposedly will happen but reacts instead to what does happen. 

Trading Checklist
1. Risking only a fraction of your capital
2. Trade with the trend
3. Trade from an area of value
4. What is your entry tirgger
5. Where to exit if you are wrong
6. Where to exit if you are right
7. How will you manage the trade
8. Are you following your trade plan

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#18692  Sticky Note Over the past year or so Jaws and Duma 01/15/18 02:37:26 PM
#18717   Sold TLRD today for good profit, now cash. jaws57 01/23/18 10:33:06 PM
#18716   Look , see > not playing > Later spdpro 01/23/18 08:55:44 PM
#18715   Moved up my stops. Amat/vsh sold. Still got tlrd jaws57 01/22/18 10:58:39 AM
#18714   Yes actually things are looking pretty good. Found Duma 01/22/18 10:21:04 AM
#18713   Will not do anything until I get home Duma 01/22/18 10:15:51 AM
#18712   At least the sky is not falling. I jaws57 01/22/18 08:01:39 AM
#18711   ring and pinions / differentials on jeep spdpro 01/21/18 05:00:51 PM
#18710   R&P ????? Duma 01/21/18 09:45:55 AM
#18709   D > you ever get your R&P combo spdpro 01/20/18 09:17:48 PM
#18708   Monday interesting for sure, if no agreement gov jaws57 01/20/18 08:59:06 PM
#18707   This is for sure a swing trader's market Duma 01/20/18 04:17:44 PM
#18706   Love this etf, MTUM. Talked about it last Duma 01/20/18 04:14:50 PM
#18705   Always wash as I come home. Spend more Duma 01/20/18 04:09:59 PM
#18704   sounds good > just wash salt and grime spdpro 01/20/18 02:00:15 PM
#18703   I was off 4 wheeling Fri, but portfolio Duma 01/20/18 12:44:38 PM
#18702   You too! jaws57 01/19/18 01:09:38 PM
#18701   have a good weekend gang > Later spdpro 01/19/18 11:28:42 AM
#18700   don't forget this is OpEx > spdpro 01/18/18 03:32:08 PM
#18699   All very good comments about why the drop. Duma 01/18/18 12:47:56 PM
#18698   look,see > Later > Off into the cold spdpro 01/18/18 10:58:12 AM
#18697   our big icemeggadon was a big fail, but jaws57 01/17/18 12:21:57 PM
#18696   snow and ice, going nowhere today, temp 14F spdpro 01/17/18 10:13:17 AM
#18695   Maybe the question is why the pop/gap up. jaws57 01/17/18 12:25:53 AM
#18694   I have read several reports on today's drop, Duma 01/16/18 04:22:50 PM
#18693   I said I used 10ema as an exit, Duma 01/16/18 07:54:41 AM
#18692   Over the past year or so Jaws and Duma 01/15/18 02:37:26 PM
#18691   nice quiet day > Later spdpro 01/15/18 01:19:07 PM
#18690   The DOW is what is doing really well. Duma 01/15/18 10:04:05 AM
#18689   Everyone one of these killed the market last Duma 01/15/18 10:02:54 AM
#18688   FUT's just scared the S%&T out of 2800. jaws57 01/14/18 07:41:54 PM
#18687   Thanks. BOTZ is a good one to have jaws57 01/14/18 07:37:12 PM
#18686   The market is sure on fire so far Duma 01/14/18 12:15:02 PM
#18685   I was watching for a buy on GRUB, Duma 01/12/18 06:39:16 PM
#18684   thanks I forgot about Monday spdpro 01/12/18 06:03:44 PM
#18683   Starting my weekend now. I'll check one more jaws57 01/12/18 02:36:47 PM
#18682   I dont think much happening toward close. No jaws57 01/12/18 02:34:14 PM
#18681   Good luck with trade. I downloaded the IBD50 jaws57 01/12/18 11:00:19 AM
#18680   yep, just watching here till ?? > Later spdpro 01/12/18 10:56:53 AM
#18679   Just watching stuff go up after minor hiccup jaws57 01/12/18 10:35:57 AM
#18678   I bought the same call. Disappointed that they Duma 01/11/18 05:48:18 PM
#18675   wished I had some TNA jaws57 01/11/18 12:32:05 PM
#18674   look,see > Later spdpro 01/11/18 10:54:30 AM
#18673   ALSN stop hit this time, out +6.3%. Leaves TLRD/VSH/MUcall jaws57 01/11/18 09:57:00 AM
#18672   Bgt TLRD. ALSN came within 4 ticks of jaws57 01/10/18 04:07:11 PM
#18671   I got some buy signals on MU 60m jaws57 01/10/18 01:18:37 PM
#18670   Watching here, maybe the much awaited PB? TLRD jaws57 01/10/18 10:03:03 AM
#18669   look,see>later spdpro 01/10/18 09:14:48 AM
#18668   Broke support but not until well into last jaws57 01/09/18 10:16:11 PM
#18667   MU did not bottom like I thought it Duma 01/09/18 05:22:27 PM
#18666   I got took out with my stop on jaws57 01/09/18 04:17:00 PM