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Boredom is Catastrophic to Trading

Boredom in trading

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Hi Everyone.

The markets have been a bit schizophrenic these last few weeks. They are moving along at a snail’s pace and then they have these sudden surges of activity that subside as quickly as they come and back to snail’s pace again.

In addition to watching out for the sudden volatility, you also have to fight the boredom as boredom is catastrophic to trading.

Of all the places boredom is not welcome, trading is where it can bring the most damage. In my lifetime, I have done some really interesting things so that I wasn’t bored any more; some good, some not so good.  And when it comes to trading, some really bad……

Boredom

How does boredom show up in trading you may ask?

Have you ever been waiting for your set up and it seems to be taking forrrrrevvvver?

All of a sudden, you glance over at your email that may be open on the other screen or start ‘chatting’ with a friend or trading buddy.  Next thing you know, five minutes have done by. You look over at your trade screen and your set up has passed you by.

Then you may become ‘irritated’ (my word, you may have another.)  That ‘irritation’ may lead to revenge trading or worse, calling yourself all sorts of names that don’t help the situation. Or, maybe you’re bored and so you start looking for ANY trade you can take just to DO something. (Naw, you’ve never done that, she says tongue in cheek.)  Ok, maybe you haven’t, but I can honestly say that I have. And on more than one occasion in my trading life time.

Boredom is catastrophic to your trading because it costs you 1) Opportunity and 2) Money!

And none of us want that.

Oh, but I can watch the markets and answer emails, you say to this newsletter as you read it; I’m a good multi-tasker.  Be honest with yourself, are you really?

Fully Focused

You are the only one you have to answer to and you are also the only one that knows your reality.  Many studies have shown that, while we can multi-task and get things taken care of, we can not FULLY FOCUS on more than one task at a time. And when you are trading, you want to be FULLY FOCUSED on your trading and the gyrations of the market that make you money.

The reason I bring all this up now is because I got bored the other day while watching my charts and waiting for my 3-Step Entry to appear.  It felt like it was taking forever!!

You may remember me talking a couple blogs ago about Every day be a better version of you.  I still practice that daily, and today I identified how boredom creeps into my trading day.

So I spent some quality time watching my charts and experiencing what my body and mind want to do when it thinks I am bored.  It was quite interesting being the outside observer.

Here is what I noticed; my concentration wandered time and time again, thinking about checking my emails or Skype to see if there was someone I could talk to. I had to consciously will myself not to do those things as I know how they take my focus off the markets.

When I hear the signal set up, and I’m not fully focused, I do not take the care I need to make sure the signal is a good one to take. While software can guide us, only the human mind can see the big picture and that takes focus!

I also recognize that sometimes we have to keep our hands busy and so I came up with a few ideas:  Shell pistachios, skin soaked almonds to make your fresh almond milk, play with a slinky, squeeze a grip strengthener, play with worry balls.  Anything to mindlessly occupy your hand.

Finally…

The key word here being ‘mindless’. I am sure you can think of a few others and I hope you do.

Disclaimer, I thought about adding yoyo to the list but it is not as mindless as one would think and you have to look away from your charts to untangle the mess that was just made 🙂

I hope you discover what ‘boredom’ looks like in your trading so that it will not be catastrophic to your trading career.

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

 


 

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US (next session postponed until Wednesday, November 7th). You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

False Breakouts

False breakout illustration

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Hi Everyone.

A Day Full of False Breakouts

I hope the week is finding your trading going well. 

Today was an interesting day in the markets. What made it so interesting you may ask… 

It turned out to be full of false breakouts. 

I did my morning trading routine starting with looking at my higher time frame charts and noticed the YM (12-19) contract was moving back and forth between two 60 minute zones.

Trade Chart 1

Determining Direction

Today was Friday and it was also contract rollover time so I was not surprised by the range. But which way was it going to break? I had no way of knowing…

As the markets opened, I watched volume and price action just like the Trade Plan says. Watching for the Hawkeye indicators to line up and give me a signal per my rules.

After some time, the market gave what some would think was an indication that it had picked a direction to the downside based on a breakout of the opening range.

Well, the Hawkeye indicators told me to hold off and wait.

Hawkeye Volume

Avoiding a False Breakout

Hawkeye showed a signal on one time frame but the volume on the second time frame indicated that this move may not advance further.  And, as you can see by the following price action, it didn’t.

It was a false breakout that did not get me!

This day ended up being a range day in the YM market with only false breakouts at both sides of the range.  Following my plan and the Hawkeye 3-Step Entry criteria, I stayed safe.

It was a slow day but I got to keep my money by following my rules.

I hope you did too.

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

 


 

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Every Day Be a Better Version of You

Be a Better Version of You

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Hi Everyone.

Be a Better Version of You

I was talking with my mentor a few weeks back and I was marveling at how he saw the market and how it reminded me that I have so much more to learn. I half-jokingly said to him “when I grow up I want to be just like you! :)”

He replied, “Don’t be like me, be a better version of you!”

I had one of those ‘ah ha’ moments. If I set a goal every morning to be a better (trading) version of me, what I could accomplish would be endless.

We all say ‘that would be nice’ and ‘I am going to do that’ when we hear something interesting but when it comes down to the mechanics of figuring out how to do it and then implementing it, I frequently fall short.

So, How to Change for the Better?

This time the desire to do this resonated deep inside me. The one thing that eluded me was ‘how?’.

I thought, I can just let it set like all the other neat things I came across that never actually got done or I could make concrete plans on how. I chose the latter.

Now, how do I do that??

I sat in front of my charts and stared at them wondering, what can I do (or not do) that would make me a better trader, a better version of me? So many things came to mind. How could I possibly address them all?! I have to admit, there was a bit of overwhelm and I wanted to run and hide.

Well, that won’t accomplish anything I told myself.

Then a light bulb went on, what is the biggest thing I do now that hurts my P&L? That, if I stopped doing that one thing, would make me a better version of myself?

I found my answer.

Changing to a Better Version

Before I started with Hawkeye’s trend following system, I was a counter trend trader. I had success with it for some time until the market volatility changed about three years ago and trading that way killed me.

But, because I had had success with it, I still had a nasty habit of taking counter trend trades (and getting killed in the process.) If I just stopped doing that, not only would I not be losing my profits gained by my trend trades but I would also be following my Trade Plan more effectively.

That is my one thing to concentrate on changing.

Every morning I set my intentions to be a better version of myself from the day before. I bring it to the front of my mind and let it sit there. I form a plan around how I am going to accomplish my goal.

First, I had to identify how I started to feel and act prior to taking the counter-trend trade. For me, I would get antsy to ‘do something besides just watching the charts waiting for the trend to develop.’ I would start to sit closer to the charts, start reaching for the mouse and start clicking around looking for a reason to take a trade.

Once I had identified my physical and emotional reactions, now I could work on relaxing myself when they appeared. And that was what I did.

Every day I concentrated on achieving my goal for the day. And every day it got easier and easier to do.

My P&L got better also.

Being a Better Version – Every Day

Now I do not have to worry about that urge and subsequent giving in to it hurting my trading. It is gone and a thing of the past. I am a better version of myself in that regard.

I have not taken a counter trend trade in three weeks!

And I have also learned a new skill that I am using to work on other trading issues that I want to make better.

I hope this note helps you to also be a better version of you as it has me.

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

 


 

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Trading Friends Are Good to Have

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Hi Everyone.

Making Trading Friends

It has been a little while since my last blog post and I have learned so much. I spent the last few weeks with a trading mentor and other traders who use the Hawkeye system and they are all invaluable on my journey. It has taught me that trading friends are good, no great, to have!

Being a trader can be a lonely business. As traders, we are usually isolated with our computers and screens. We usually can’t talk to our loved ones much about trading because they don’t understand, no matter how much they would like to. That is why having a mentor or a group of trading friends is so important to our success, especially in the beginning when you’re learning.

Why We All Need Friends

Although you may think of yourself as a ‘loner’ or ‘introverted’ (or whatever you might call it,) the human race are social creatures. In our DNA from caveman times, we know our survival is dependant on having others around us that show us our strengths and make up for our weaknesses. Be it brainstorming, fact checking, learning or . . . we learn and adapt faster when we have other like minded people to interact with. Just ask Ray Dalio, the billionaire owner of the hedge fund Bridgewater. He has been lighting up the news channels with his philosophy on brainstorming and employee interactions.

Find Trading Friends in the Hawkeye Chat Room

Hawkeye Traders has created a chat room for all Hawkeye members and it is a wonderful place! When I first joined, the room was a little quiet. But lately there have been many, many posts about trades and strategies for trades. And everyone has been open as to whether they took the trade or saw it after the fact and other details.

One person has been working on a particular entry set up that meets the 3-Step Entry with one added criteria that he has found great success with. Another has picked it up and is also sharing along with his twist. Between the two of them, I have been able to see the mistakes and successes of others and also share in their knowledge. This made my journey easier as I did not feel like I was the only one making mistakes.

Questions and answers have been flying in the room and the camaraderie has been amazing. I have also posted some of my trades to get feedback as to whether I may have missed seeing something about the set up or if I was, indeed, reading the market correctly. This has given me more confidence as I learned to pick out the right market movement and equate it to the lessons of the 6 Ways the Market Moves.

Having the mentor in addition is just icing on the cake.

Join the Hawkeye Chat Room Now!

I invite anyone that feels like it’s only happening to them to seek out and find a group to join where you too can interact and learn from and with. And, if you are a Hawkeye Member, reach out to [email protected] and ask to be added to the group. You won’t regret it.

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

 


 

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Following Your Trade Plan :)

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Hi everyone.

Creating Your Trade Plan

Not too long ago, in this very newsletter, I wrote about creating my Trade Plan. We discussed how important having a trade plan was. That it is one of the most important things in your trading success.

Here is the question I ponder today, why didn’t I follow my trade plan . . ?

After I finished writing the outline of my Trade Plan, I continued the day with creating it. I had all the items in it; Mission Statement, Descriptions of my entry criteria and my goals broken down into steps. The one step I failed to follow today was, take ONLY your set ups (as I write this, I can only lower my gaze and shake my head).

The second most important thing in trading is to Follow Your Trade Plan! I did not do that today.

Following Your Trade Plan?

Two days ago, I followed my trade plan perfectly and I was rewarded for my efforts.

Trade Chart 1

Today, I did not…..

Trade Chart 2

I submit the proof here….

Tell me, does this bottom chart look anything like the chart above it? I hear a resounding “No” coming from you, dear readers.

This day I was not patient. I did not wait for my entries to be clear. I had hubris as I “knew” the Dow was going down and I reacted to almost every “opportunity” to get on instead of being patient . . .

You can say that I was not wrong with my “predictions” however, did I follow my trade plan? No, I did not! And then, to make matters worse, I cut my winner short because I had taken such a beating earlier and I got spooked.

It seems hard to believe that the person who traded the top chart so beautifully is the same person who, two days later, traded the bottom chart.

Are Your Emotions Getting in the Way?

I find it very interesting how our emotions can get in the way of our trading. One of the purposes of a trade plan is so you can trade without emotions, so-to-speak. We all have emotions and it is not easy to trade without them being triggered. That is why having something in writing with specific instructions on what you are looking for and what to do when you find it is important. Without it, we end up with days like I did.

I have come a long way in working through my emotions so they don’t affect my trading. Occasionally, some wires get crossed and I don’t follow my trade plan. So I am baring my soul to you in hopes that it keeps you from letting your emotions and hubris from taking over your trading day.

And, if by some chance it doesn’t, I hope you find solace in the fact that you are not alone.

Now it is time to pick myself up, dust myself off and pull my trade plan out of the folder and keep it by my side for tomorrow’s trading adventures so that I do not repeat today’s mis-steps.

Here’s to Following Your Plan and Happy Trading!

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

 


 

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Micro Futures

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Hi everyone.

I have been watching the Micro Futures market ever since May 5th when it was made available to trade by my broker. I thought it would be a perfect market to move from Sim to live with as a new trader to the Hawkeye System.

Why Micro Futures?

The micro markets would be a great way to get my feet wet live without investing too much capital. For the dow it is $0.50 point (I know, that’s not saying much but it is better than $0.00 that I get in Sim :)) and the dow mini is $5.00 point.

Let’s put this into the perspective of a trade.

In the e-mini market I put at risk $5 for every point I need my stop to be on the other side of my entry to safely give the trade room to breath.

If a trader is worried about risking, let’s say, $100 of their small account then a person might tend to make the stop smaller to ‘conserve capital’. This may make the trade a much riskier one since the stop is not in the best place possible.

If that same trader were to use the Micro futures, they would comfortably be able to put their stop at the appropriate place as they would only be risking $10 and not $100.

Seeing their trades work out because they are not worried about the dollar amount time after time puts a trader into a better mental frame of mind. This gives them confidence to keep making the right trading decisions and growing their account instead of being worried about losing the money and making their stops too tight.

Another benefit I see of the Micro futures market is that you can move up on your time frames for entry without risking more than you would in the Mini futures market.

Using the Hawkeye 3-Step Method for the Win

Hawkeye has the 3-Step Entry method which I have been practicing. Due to my risk tolerance, I have been trading a smaller time frame than the recommended 3 minute.

As many traders know, the smaller the time frame, the more gyrations. So, I was getting stopped out a little more than I liked.

The method still worked. But the win ratio was smaller than what I was seeing from 3 minute time frame traders. Higher win ratio translates to higher P&L and I want that. I think trading the micro futures is my way to achieving that win rate and higher P&L.

Is There Enough Volume in the Market?

Since Hawkeye is strongly volume based, I wondered if there would be enough volume to trade the system well.

For the first week the volume was low. On the second week I noticed that volume was good during the New York trading day but not good outside of that time. The daily volume after market open has grown slowly but steadily over these last couple weeks. Today however, the volume shot up (compared to the other days). The micro Dow futures has been hovering around 10-15% of the Mini’s market for the last week. But today, it was 23% by the writing of this blog.

I think it will only get better from here.

Daily Volume Micro Futures

A small caveat; the price bars can be a bit ‘gappy’ with the smaller volume. So, I have taken to using the signals from the 3 minute YM (emini) and placing the trades on the MYM (micro). Fills have been decent however there can be a bit of slippage. But at $0.50/point, I’m not worried . . .

I look forward to seeing this market grow and, maybe, see some of you join me there.

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

Full disclosure: I only trade the Dow and so am not familiar with the volume on any of the other micro markets. Please check your market before trading.

 


 

 

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Trade Plan

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Why We All Need a Trade Plan

Good Day All!

I am here today to talk about Trade Plans. I know, groan…. But remember, Trade plans are one of the most important steps to any trading career.

Every business has a Business Plan and our business of trading should be no different. You wouldn’t go back to your favorite hamburger joint if they didn’t have a plan to build your burger properly so you could eat it.

Just as it is important for a business to have their plan, it is equally important that we each build a Trade Plan of our own.

Make Your Plan

It’s wonderful that Hawkeye has so many videos to learn from. And I have been learning and working on the 3-Step Entry Method these past couple months.

Now that I am feeling more sure of myself and I have worked with this method, I see myself putting my own small spin on it. I have learned over and over that you can teach somebody to do just about anything but until they put their own ‘words’ to it, they will not be able to fully internalize it.

The information on the Hawkeye website is a great starting point. You still have to learn how the execution works best for you and the way you see and analyze the markets.

Trade Your Plan

By nature, I am a contrarian and so I tend to be a counter-trader (one of the main reasons I came to Hawkeye was to learn to be a trend trader.) Trading with the trend did not feel right to me. I have this constant doubt that ‘the trend will continue’ after I enter. Practicing the 3-Step Entry has gone a long way in taking this doubt away. It has also given me a structured entry and exit plan that I was able to practice and learn how I see the markets.

Randy from Hawkeye has a saying ‘Trade your Plan, or plan to fail.” Benjamin Franklin liked to say “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Two very wise men!

So, while I know the entry criteria from the videos and website, it is time for me to write out MY plan the way I see it. In doing this, it solidifies and gives me a document, a job description, of what is expected of me while I run my trading business.

My Trade Plan

The general outline of my Trade Plan is as follows:

Mission Statement: Why do I want to be a trader?
I think it’s a good question to ask yourself. Not everyone has the same reason for wanting to be a trader.

Name of the Trade I will be describing.
Each type of trade should have it’s own name. (i.e. 3-Step Entry, Counter-Trend Confluence, etc.) This section is where I further describe the rules for my entry in detail. Don’t leave anything out. It is important to be very clear about what your entry looks like. As we have all learned, there are plenty of trades that come along that look [a lot] like your entry but not quite and when we take these tricksters, the trade fails more than it works.

Remember the burger joint, what if they gave a general ‘make a burger’ statement but didn’t say how. You might end up with dressing on the outside of your bun instead of the inside, or maybe your patty would be the base instead of a bun. Sounds like messy hands to me….. I know it sounds silly and that everyone knows ‘how to make a burger’ but they didn’t always. Burgers were invented by someone at some point in time and that person had to teach others how.

Goals.
Every trade plan should have goals that can be broken down into steps that feel like they can be accomplished. Maybe you take a big goal and break it down into many small steps. Make sure the goals are specific so you know if you are on track. It’s great when they have due dates but it is not imperative.

That is the general outline for my Trading Plan. Now it’s time for me to get it all on paper and then implement it.

What good is a Trade Plan if we don’t follow it??!!

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

 


 

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Patience is Key

Patience is Key

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Good Day All!

For those of you who went to the Hawkeye Seminar in Charlotte, I envy you. I was unable to make this one and hope to be at the next one!

I’m sure your learning curve was parabolic just for having attended. Even though I could not attend, I am continuing to learn.

This Week’s Lesson

What I learned this week is… Patience is Key!

What do I mean by that?

Learning to be patient and to wait for your setup is the KEY to fulfilling your trading dream! You could say Discipline to wait is key but I like the positive reinforcement of saying Patience is Key.

We could go into the subconscious mind and how it works but that is for another time…

Practising the 3-Step Entry Method

Today I worked on the Hawkeye 3-Step Entry method. As you may have read in my past blogs, I have chosen this entry method to learn and perfect in Simulation before risking my hard earned capital.

So today was a day of practice and patience.

A picture is worth a thousand words!!

Practicing Patience

Learning to Wait

As you can see from my chart, I was not always patient for my set ups.

Part of it is the learning curve of remembering the entry criteria and the other part is pure impatience. I have a known problem with that and so am working with the Hawkeye software to curtail it.

There are two entries where I was ‘anticipating’ (yes, my other problem) where I thought the market was going and so I traded into the belief that I know more than what the volume indicators are telling me.

Boy, was my hand slapped on those.

Practicing Patience

Thankfully, properly following the entry criteria and sticking to it showed me that being Patient and waiting for the proper set up is Key to a nice profit.

Tomorrow, and the days that follow, will be more practicing my patience until I am strong in trading the 3-Step Entry Method. I hope you practice your patience also.

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

 


 

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Best Laid Plans

Closed

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Making Plans

When something doesn’t go as planned, I remember a phrase my grandparents used to say “Best-laid plans of mice and men…” Growing up I didn’t completely understand what that meant as I never heard the rest of the saying “…often go awry”. As an adult, I know all too well exactly what the saying means.

As humans, we like to make plans about all sorts of things. We like to plan what we are going to be when we grow up, what school we are going to go to, where we will live. We like to plan our vacations and our life goals.

And, sometimes those particular plans don’t work out. Something gets in the way of our “best-laid plans” and so we adapt and change our plans. This helps us grow (we hope.) That is what happened today.

Ready to Go Live. . .

I have been practicing my system (the one I shared with you in my last blog post.) Formulating and learning the rules around it. Successfully Sim trading it for quite some time, and I felt it was time to take the next step.

The plan was to get up this morning and move to trading my system in my live account with 1 contract and 1 target. Starting slow and ramping up is a solid plan for risk management and mental preparation.

. . . Or Not

When I wake up to trade, I do a morning routine. I do this without fail every trading day to get me mentally and physically focused and ready to take on the day. This morning, as I was doing my routine, I noticed I was having a hard time staying focused on my process. This routine has been my process throughout my trading career and I have noticed that when I am unable to focus on my routines, my trading day is not good.

So, although I was very disappointed, I decided not to start my live trading today. I did trade but it was in Sim. And again, I proved to myself that trading with live money on these unfocused days does not pay…I ended the morning negative.

I think I only made one trade that truly fit my rules the whole morning.

Best Laid Plans - example bad trades

Permission to Call It Off

As traders, we are our own boss. We can call in sick any time we want but we know it affects our bottom line. Unlike a J.O.B, we don’t have someone else paying for our time so we usually don’t ‘call in sick.’ As business owners, we usually power through these days and then wish we had stayed in bed. We forget that we are people and sometime need to take a day off when we are not at our best.

I hope you all give yourselves permission to ‘call in sick’ when you are not feeling/acting 100%, like I did today. It is important to protect our capital, not to mention our sanity, so we can be successful and live to trade another day.

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

 


 

Join Randy in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

Square One

Image Stuck at Square One

By Guest Contributor, Michele Hurlbut

Stuck at Square One?

It is time to open the Hawkeye website and learn about what I’ve gotten myself into. I am excited about the possibilities, and a little nervous about the feeling I have of being “back at Square One.” Have you ever felt that way? Maybe a little frustration about it?

But then I ask myself, “am I really back at square one?”… I am not!

There is so much I know now that I didn’t know when I first started out. I know about support and resistance, what they look like on a chart and possible reasons they form. About trends and how to identify them. And, I know about price action. All these things I did not know when I was at ‘Square One’.

How much do you know now that you did not know when you first started? Or maybe you are at Square One and now you are looking forward to knowing these things soon.

Ah, the relief I feel as I realize I am not at square one. I let it sink fully in. This is only a single step on my trading journey forward. I can’t wait!

First Steps

So I dive in and watch the most recent Members Monthly Webinar (watch the webinar herethis monthly training is normally available to Hawkeye Members only). It is on the Hawkeye 3-Step Entry Method. Randy explained clearly how to use the Hawkeye Heatmap for the current time frame and then Hawkeye Roadkill for the next two time frames higher. He answered tons of questions and by the time I was finished watching the video I felt I had a basic knowledge of what to do.

Learning From Wins…and Losses

With this new knowledge, I set my charts up like he suggested using the time frames I am familiar with. I added the indicators and did some basic backtesting to become familiar with the patterns he showed us to look for. After that, I spent the next two weeks watching the live markets and taking (in Sim) the set ups I thought fit the pattern. There were some good choices and some not so good choices but they were all learning choices. It has been shown that we learn more from our losers than our winners when we study them and don’t just brush them aside.

The Pay Off

And it is paying off. Today I took this trade:

3 Step Entry Method Example Trade

Great trading everyone and speak with you again soon.

 


 

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Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

How Important is Your Win-Loss Ratio?

How important is your win loss ratio?

In today’s article, I want to look at the win to loss ratio and its importance to a trading system.

Let me start by posing a conundrum; would you prefer to walk down the high street with a verified badge on your chest showing off a 92%-win loss ratio or would you prefer to drive down that high street in a top of the range sports car?

The bottom line is that the win loss ratio is just a measure of a system and we should only focus on being profitable.

What happens if we get fixated on our win ratio?

Focusing on our win ratio can result in premature exits from profitable trends, and holding losing trades far too long.  Systems based on a high win loss ratio are also higher risk. They usually result in few losses, but these losses are extremely large and can massively damage your account.

If we get emotionally upset by taking a loss then it suggests that we are more interested in being right than focused on being profitable.

What win ratio should we aim for?

The answer in short is that we should not focus on the win loss ratio as this is only a measure of our system. Our focus should be entirely on our trading rules; to make a profit.

How then should we use our win ratio?

Different trading systems need different win ratios to be profitable.

As an example, if a system has a win loss ratio of 2:1, and we risk $50 per trade, then a win will produce $100. In this scenario, so long as we have a win ratio above 34%, then we will be profitable.

To demonstrate this let us say that we take 100 trades and win 34% = 34 trades.

Wins = 34 x $100 profit = $3,400
Losses= 66 x $50 loss = -$3,300
Total profit $3,400 – $3,300 = $100.

Now, taking 100 trades to only make $100 is not profitable. So setting a minimum 50% win ratio would be more reasonable to trade this system, which yields:

Wins = 50 x $100 profit = $5,000
Losses= 50 x $50 loss = -$2,500
Total profit $5,000 – $2,500 = $2,500

We then test the system over 10 rounds of 100 trades and find out if the system is profitable.

If the system is profitable, we then focus entirely on the trade rules and executing the trades. We are not concerned about losing trades since we only need to win 50% of our trades, and that the system will provide that.

Closing out trades the Hawkeye Tomahawke FX Suite

In the Tomahawke scalping system, the strength of a currency can quickly change since we are trading fast time charts. If we focus on the current combined profit of all trades at one time, and reach our profit target, we should be happy to close out the trades, even if 4 are profitable and 2 are losing trades, as shown in the example below. Don’t be concerned that the -$5.04 trade would be counted as a losing trade as its value is insignificant to the overall profit.

Tomahawke Win Loss Example Chart

In summary, my hope is that this article has helped you think about win loss ratios in trading. Understanding win loss ratios will aid you in becoming a better trader.

If you would like to find out more about the Hawkeye Tomahawke system, please visit us at https://www.hawkeyetraders.com/tomahawke-forex-trade-room/

 


 

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Good trading,

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

My Top 4 News Websites You Should Be Reading

Whether you trade stocks, Forex, futures, or options, you need to be up-to-date on financial news. I can’t emphasize how important it is to be aware of pending economic news announcements, or earnings reports if you are currently in an open trade. Not only will it protect you from possible financial ruin, but it can help you to capture a potentially huge windfall. News is important to both fundamental and technical traders alike.

So, here is an overview of my top online sites for news about stocks, forex, futures, and the economy. I do look for different types of information from each one, but I wanted to share my favorite ones with you:

Forexfactory (www.forexfactory.com)
This is my go-to site for economic news releases. The daily calendar gives all the major news that can affect any of the international markets, including GDP, Crude Oil inventories, Unemployment and NFP, FOMC and other world releases and reports… to name a few. Economic releases are important to keep track of, as they can dramatically affect how the market moves. Each scheduled release also has an “Impact” key that shows the expected effect the report can have on the specific region noted.

MarketWatch (www.marketwatch.com)
This is a good site for market news, especially related to stocks. The information is good to know, but remember that they are writers and not traders… so keep that in mind.

finviz – Financial Visualizations (www.finviz.com)
Great overview site for stock traders. This site gives “top 10” lists of specific pattern stocks and signals that have potential trading opportunities. It also gives a great “heatmap” which is a color-coded chart showing sector strength/weakness based on specific companies. It is also a good source for a newsfeed of headlines related to specific names. Lower on the page you can find info on Insider Trading and key Futures stats, including Forex and Bonds.

TradingView (www.tradingview.com)
TradingView is awesome. If you setup a free account, the charting is really good for a web-based application. It is so good that Hawkeye will be developing our suite of indicators specifically to run on TradingView in the near future, and we will host it on our own website, thus freeing you from the attachment to any specific platform. More about this as we get closer to the finish line. Anyway, I like this site because I can filter news based on my interests (specific stock for example). On a single screen, I can review the technical chart and beside it are all the headlines related to the stock on the chart. What a great time-saver.

Of course, there are many others, like Yahoo! Finance, Google Finance, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, etc… I just highlighted my favorites. What is important is the overall sentiment you get from the major headlines and articles, not necessarily what is specifically written in the articles… remember, they are writers, not traders.

Thanks for following my blog.

Trade safe!

 


 

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Part II – Why Volume is So Important

In last week’s video newsletter, I highlight a short trade in GBPJPY which was a beautiful example of volume leading the way to price action. In that example, I used a lot of the Hawkeye tools in harmony to show volume and price action working together (the edge using volume).

Today, I want to show you “Part II of Why Volume is So Important” from the perspective of Hawkeye Volume tools ONLY. You should see quite easily how understanding Hawkeye Volume can give you a distinct advantage (the EDGE) in your trading.

Why Volume Is So Important - Part II (Video)

Last week’s video newsletter was shown on the NinjaTrader Platform. Therefore, this week’s video newsletter was shown on the MT4 platform. Hawkeye tools work in any market and any timeframe, to give you the volume edge you are looking for.

Join me in the next free LIVE Hawkeye Demonstration Room held every Wednesday at 9.30am EST US. You will learn more about volume and volume price analysis and see more examples and live trade setups. It is open to all.

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Learn to trade the Hawkeye way.

Good trading,

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders, LLC

You Must Learn This Entry Technique

I always preach that you are trading risk rather than a market and the example below highlights just that.

EURUSD Chart Setup

Look at the slowest time frame (bottom left). The Heat Map on the bottom stayed red, both bright and dark, throughout the whole day, indicating the bias was to the downside.

The other two time frames, especially the faster (on the right hand side), gave buy signals. But they were not elected as the slow time frame indicated too much risk.

Hawkeye Perspective

Using triple time frame entries filters the potentially negative trades and ALWAYS  keeps you the right side of the market. 

We demonstrate this and many other methods in our live demonstration room held every Wednesday, and this is open to everyone. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Good Fortune,

Nigel Hawkes
Hawkeye Traders

[The red arrows are for illustration only and do not form part of the software]

Who Would Have Thought It?

The Crude market is showing weakness in all time frames. If you were using Hawkeye, your positions would be extremely profitable. So let’s go and do our volume analysis using our Hawkeye tools.

Crude Monthly Chart

Crude Monthly Chart
As you can see, price was rejected by the Hawkeye Zones, and where I have placed the magenta arrow shows Hawkeye Volume indicating selling for the last two months. Great signs of crude oil weakness are evident.

Crude Weekly Chart

Crude Weekly Chart
The magenta arrow shows selling last week. The trend is down, and the bottom of the Zone at 38.50 is the next area of resistance. Again, great signs of crude oil weakness.

Crude Daily Chart

Crude Daily Chart
The story unfolds. For the last seven days sell/no-demand Volume has been dominant, and where the magenta arrow is you can see the red Trend dot has broken out of congestion to the downside.

Hawkeye Perspective

All time frames are short. The weekly bottom of Zone at 38.50 must hold or the market will be in serious danger of free fall. These are all great signs of crude oil weakness.

We demonstrate this and many other methods in our live demonstration room held every Wednesday, and this is open to everyone. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Good Fortune,

Nigel Hawkes
Hawkeye Traders

[The magenta arrows are for illustration only and do not form part of the software]

Get Ready for a Potentially Great Trade

Are you ready for a potentially great trade? The dollar index is breaking out of an 8-month trading range. This is happening on some of the strongest economic numbers since 2009. The Fed was requiring stronger economic data – and that arrived on Friday.

The sentiment is that there will be a rate raise at the next Fed meeting. If this is the case the dollar rally is just starting and Hawkeye will show the way.

Dollar Index Monthly Chart

Dollar Monthly Chart
We are now approaching the high that was established 8 months ago and a Hawkeye Zone at 104.13, but we require more volume to provide the market energy to breach this overhead resistance.

Dollar Index Weekly Chart

Dollar Weekly Chart
Price is now in a Hawkeye Zone, with the top side being 101.45. However, attendant volume is not rising, which it needs to do to be able to break out to the upside.

Dollar Index Daily Chart

Dollar Daily Chart
Now this really tells us the story: Good increasing daily volume on a Hawkeye Wide Bar on Friday. As a result, price should retrace back into the Wide Bar in the early part of the week.  Then, look for volume to push price up to the Hawkeye Zones area

Hawkeye Perspective

A potentially great trade is in the making. If 101.45 is breached we should be on our way to a substantial Dollar rally, and a potentially great trade. Overhead resistance has to be taken out, so no maverick trades please. But have this on the radar as a potentially extremely profitable trade is being set up.

And remember, if the dollar goes up look to a short bond trade… yet another potentially great trade.

We demonstrate this and many other methods in our live demonstration room held every Wednesday, and this is open to everyone. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Good Fortune,

Nigel Hawkes
Hawkeye Traders

[The magenta arrows are for illustration only and do not form part of the software]

Which Market Shall I Trade?

I often get asked which is the best market to trade; my reply is Bonds. They are world’s largest market by volume of trades (contracts), and have extended trends. As always, look for the longer time frames and here Hawkeye’s Gearbox does the trick.

Bonds – Yellow Time Frame

Bonds Hawkeye GearBox Yellow Timeframe

Here, on the left of the chart, you can see the Hawkeye Gearbox producing the correct tick speed to set your charts to every day, and below is the Gearchanger showing you during the day which speed to trade i.e. yellow = the yellow tick speed etc.

Now look at the chart, you can clearly see where the magenta arrows are indicating where to go short with a full Hawkeye setup.

Bonds – Red Time Frame

Bonds Hakweye GearBox Red Timeframe
The magenta arrows show Hawkeye entries. There is a minus trade (indicated by the cyan arrow), but students of 6 ways a market moves would probably exit when the price entered the congestion zone (indicated by the red circle)

Hawkeye Perspective
Bonds give extended trends. And Hawkeye, using the yellow and red tick speed, gives many swing trade positions

We demonstrate this and many other methods in our live demonstration room held every Wednesday, and this is open to everyone. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Good Fortune,

Nigel Hawkes
Hawkeye Traders

[The cyan and magenta arrows are for illustration only and do not form part of the software]

Is this the start of US Dollar strength?

The euro had a break down on Thursday and Friday. Why? Well, Europe is a mess – with the huge number of immigrants from the Middle East, the European Central Bank hinting at more QE, and exceptionally high unemployment.

Technically? Well, let’s look at the charts, starting with the EURUSD monthly.

EURUSD Monthly

Since July 2014, there has been selling volume (indicated by the lower magenta arrow) as price exited the Hawkeye Zones (the upper magenta arrow), red selling volume continued and Hawkeye Trend went to bearish.

EURUSD Weekly Chart

In the weekly chart we can see that since early August the euro has been in congestion (indicated by the cyan arrow), price went to the Hawkeye stops (indicated by the magenta arrow) – which, as I have pointed out many times, is an area of resistance.

On Friday Hawkeye showed selling volume, and is now indicating a further bias to the downside.

EURUSD Daily Chart
The daily chart shows us how price has tested the Hawkeye Zones and been rejected (indicated by the upper magenta arrows), volume has been short all week (indicated by the lower magenta arrow), and the Wide Bar (indicated by the yellow arrow) has been taken out with a lower close on Friday.

Hawkeye Perspective
Weakness across all time frames. Look for support at the Zone areas shown on all time frames, but a test of the monthly Hawkeye Zone area is on the cards.

We demonstrate this and many other methods in our live demonstration room held every Wednesday, and this is open to everyone. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Good Fortune,

Nigel Hawkes
Hawkeye Traders
Understanding Price and Volume: Now that’s trading!

[The cyan and magenta arrows are for illustration only and do not form part of the software]

Hawkeye Tips for Consistent Trading Success.

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Below are some “tried and true” Tips we use for consistent trading success.

  1. Clear your head before you start trading . Keep yourself well hydrated with clean fresh water. If you are really having a bad day, don’t trade.
  2. Take a step away until you are able to come back with a clear mind.
  3. Take a moment and think about your trades before you execute. You will need lot of patience to wait for the right setups. A good trade is worth waiting for.
  4. Focus on the quality of trades, not quantity of trades. Trade less, but win more!
  5. Use a trade journal. It serves as a tool to reveal past mistakes and enables you to identify weaknesses or strengths in your day-to-day trading. Without an accurate trade journal, common mistakes are often repeated.
  6. Develop a trading plan that works with your trading style and stick to it. Understand it is YOU making the mistakes not the market and not your indicators! Practice and strive for FLAWLESS EXECUTION.
  7. Trust your setups. Don’t abandon the weeks and months of work invested in building your trading plan. If you start doubting your signals or trades, go back to a simulated account until you build the confidence you need to trade your plan successfully. Once you begin to “cherry pick” your trades, you are done for.
  8. Develop multiple trading strategies for varying market conditions. For example, have a strategy for trading trending markets, and have a different strategy for choppy market conditions.
  9. Be flexible and practice trading multiple markets. This will broaden your trading skills and present you with more trading opportunities.
  10. Read the news of the day before you start trading, and know when major news events are being announced so you are not caught in a trade during an announcement.
  11. Practice sound money management principles. Begin small and don’t increase your lot size until you have earned the right to do so. You earn the right to increase your lot size by showing consistent trading profits.
  12. Never add to a losing position (unless that is part of your strategy).
  13. Pactice your trading plan in a simulated account until you are consistently successful for a minimum of 3 weeks. Adjust it as necessary until you prove that you can show weekly profits for 3 straight weeks minimum.
  14. Remember that trading is your business profession. Give yourself time to learn the skills needed to get the job done.
  15. Find a good trading “buddy” to help you focus on success, and help keep you accountable to following your trading plan.

We demonstrate this and many other methods in our live demonstration room held every Wednesday, and this is open to everyone. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Good Trading,

Randy Lindsey
Hawkeye Traders
Understanding Price and Volume: Now that’s trading!

Hunters Wait For the Perfect Shot And So Should You

Let’s begin with a short update on the ES, that I discussed last week. We are still in daily and weekly congestion. Although the market is rallying up, it will struggle to get above the Hawkeye stops on the daily chart. The critical point we have to look for is a breakout of the weekly pivot high that was established on February 27. If that weekly pivot high is taken out, then all bets are off, and we are off to the upside. But at the moment, we are having distribution volume profiles at the top of this market.

Now, I would like to look at the GBPJPY cross. Let’s begin with the Fatman indicator.
fatman daily

On the daily chart above, you can see I’ve placed a red arrow where the brown line (GBP) is starting to bend down.

And, if we look at the weekly chart (below), you can see that the brown line (where I have placed the arrow) is still in steep decline.
fatman weekly

This shows us that when we get setups occurring on the timeframes of daily, weekly, and monthly, we have a low risk entry.

I’d also like to say that the fundamentals on the British pound are very bearish. We have an election coming in about four weeks in the UK, and it looks like a hung Parliament. In other words, no party will have a majority, so there will be a lot of compromise. The markets don’t like it when there is no solid government in power. So, I recommend that you really start paying attention to all the pound crosses.

On the GPBJPY daily chart, see where I have placed a red arrow, just below the last pivot low extension?
gbpjpy daily

On Friday, the market closed underneath that pivot line extension. Now, because this is a daily chart, and I want to swing trade it, I want to wait until there is no part of a bar that is straddling that pivot line extension (the yellow line that goes through the price that occurred on Friday). So, we will have to wait until Tuesday for a 100% setup on this market.

If you are an aggressive trader, you may already have a short in place on the daily. However, when we come to the weekly chart, you’ll see that the danger signs occur, and you have to be cautious. Now, if you look at the second arrow on the daily chart (on the gray little dot), which shows us an aggressive entry now to the downside. So, everything is in place on the daily. However, we need to have at least one more day (Monday) to get a real confirmation and a low risk entry.

If you look at the monthly chart (which I’m not going to display), you’ll see that the trend dots are starting to roll over. Again, showing us this up move on the GPBJPY is over, and we should expect a decline.

Now, let’s look at the GPB weekly chart, and you can see I’ve placed a red arrow.
gbpjpy weekly

This is the danger area. Can you see that it’s coming right down and touched the Hawkeye stop (the cross)? And if you look on the cross line, you can see that it has come down to that support area seven times. So, as soon as it breaks that support (which might come this week), you have a sure fire, low risk entry to trade the GPBJPY to the downside. But, you must be cautious and wait, like a hunter waits for the perfect shot. So, you must wait for the perfect set up. I do believe we will get a perfect setup this week. So, stay alert and good fortune.

Nigel Hawkes

We teach this and many other methods in our live training room held every Wednesday. Click this link for more information or to join us in class.

Please contact us at [email protected] for any questions you might have about using Hawkeye Indicators in your trading!

[The red lines and red and blue arrows are for illustration only and do not form part of the software]

Forecast for the GBP/JPY

gbp/jpy daily chart
GBP/JPY – Daily Chart

With the US markets closed today for the annual Thanksgiving holiday, focus in the currency markets has centered around the Japanese Yen once again, as money flows continue to move into other currencies ahead of the Japanese elections in December. Both the USD/JPY and several of the cross currency pairs have seen sharp moves higher, with the GBP/JPY one of these, and climbing on the daily chart once again today, following yesterday’s wide spread up bar, which added further impetus to the move.

Following the breakout above the 130.00 price level, the bullish trend is now firmly established, with both the daily and three day trends firmly established. The Hawkeye Heatmap has also returned to bullish, following a period of transition, and with sustained and rising buying volumes on the daily chart, supported by buyers on the three day chart, the outlook for the GBP/JPY remains very positive. Finally of course, Hawkeye has delivered a conservative entry signal this week giving a solid entry for longer term trend traders in this currency pair.

Oil continues to trade in congestion

oil futures chart
January WTI Oil Futures – Daily Chart

January oil futures closed marginally higher yesterday, closing the oil trading session at $87.38 per barrel, having touched an intraday high of $87.89 per barrel, before ending the oil trading session just 10 cents per barrel higher. The current lack of direction for crude oil has been a feature of many markets over the last few weeks, as commodities in general trade in a consolidation phase as we move towards the year end, with the price congestion for oil clearly defined by the pivots above and below this current range.

To the upside, we have two isolated pivot highs, just below the $90 per barrel level, and below, two isolated pivot lows in the $85 per barrel price area, which define the limits of the current congestion phase. The most recent of these was on Tuesday, which is pushing the market lower as a result.

The Hawkeye widebar of early November was never validated, suggesting a lack of downside momentum, with the market pulling back to trade within the spread of the bar and failing to continue the bearish trend, with the daily trend now in transition to white. The three day trend however remains firmly bearish, with no transition as yet, and supported by heavy selling volumes in this time frame.

On the daily chart buyers have returned, but counterbalanced by yesterday’s rising selling volume in a narrow spread day. The Hawkeye Heatmap is in transition from bearish to bullish, but has yet to complete the full cycle, and the key now for the oil market, is whether we see a break above or below the current congestion. For a move higher, the $90 per barrel level is now key, and if this holds then we can expect to see a retest of the deep price congestion in the $92 per barrel area and beyond. A break below the $85 region, could see the market sell of sharply again, and test the $78 per barrel level in due course. As always, Hawkeye will reveal the future direction of the market, using volume as the only leading indicator.