The chart of SNAP or Snapchat looks like the stock is currently under accumulation. Chinese company 10Cent purchased a 12% interest in SNAP. The earnings reports for SNAP are negative and the Retail stock traders who bought SNAP the day of the IPO have probably sold it already and booked their losses. SNAP looks like the perfect candidate to
make a comeback or be purchased. Only time will tell what the future holds for SNAP. But in the doom and gloom there is a ray of light.
When you initiate a trade in Forex you are trading against Professional traders from banks, hedge funds, and liquidity providers known as market makers. These traders are part of large organizations which employ quantitative experts who write computer programs to automate their trading activities. As these programs enter orders into the market they are executed faster, more frequently, and more accurately than manual traders. This gives them an advantage because there is no human intervention to cause execution errors such as hitting Buy instead of Sell, closing a winning trade early, or letting a losing trade run. These algorithms can be backtested and adjusted by human traders as needed. In addition to reducing trading errors and increasing execution efficiency algo trading reduces transaction costs and improves pricing. Many algo's use mean reversion strategies where orders are gathered from high and low prices before the price moves back to the mean. The algo's can be programmed to weigh volume, average price, etc. or whatever metric is desired. This is how hedge funds reduce market risk in addition to hedging their trades.
The algo's are particularly effective on the down side as sell orders are triggered in a cascading domino effect. Price generally moves up in a slow stair step fashion and when it is time to fall under it's own weight it falls rapidly and some traders can only trade the bull moves and not the bear moves. Our brains are hard wired for excitement and we like to work in crowds of excited participants, not alone when fear is the order of the day. That is one of the reasons that Smart Money has such an easy time letting prices fall under their own weight and they buy as the price is falling through the floor. There is no one else buying as the price falls, most are selling furiously as fear grips them and they want to get out before the bottom. Of course the price always seems to mysteriously bottom out and reverse and move higher again.
Ignoring algorithmic movement in modern financial markets will cost your dearly. Traditional technical analysis needs to be carefully employed while considering how modern algos move price in a never ending mean reverting dance. The algos are programmed by humans and humans tend to do the same things over and over, especially if it works effectively. Observing the algorithmic movement will help you negotiate the order flow if you consider where and when traders are being trapped into bad trade locations based upon general market conditions, fundamentals, news, and market structure.
Trader's success checklist:
An interesting article from http://money.visualcapitalist.com/
The Global War on Cash
The Money Project is an ongoing collaboration between Visual Capitalist and Texas Precious Metals that seeks to use intuitive visualizations to explore the origins, nature, and use of money.
There is a global push by lawmakers to eliminate the use of physical cash around the world. This movement is often referred to as “The War on Cash”, and there are three major players involved:
1. The Initiators
Governments, central banks.
The elimination of cash will make it easier to track all types of transactions – including those made by criminals.
2. The Enemy
Large denominations of bank notes make illegal transactions easier to perform, and increase anonymity.
3. The Crossfire
The coercive elimination of physical cash will have potential repercussions on the economy and social liberties.
Is Cash Still King? Cash has always been king – but starting in the late 1990s, the convenience of new technologies have helped make non-cash transactions to become more viable:
By 2015, there were 426 billion cashless transactions worldwide – a 50% increase from five years before.
Year# of cashless transactions2010285.2 billion 2015426.3 billion
And today, there are multiple ways to pay digitally, including:
The First Shots Fired
The success of these new technologies have prompted lawmakers to posit that all transactions should now be digital.
Here is their case for a cashless society:
Removing high denominations of bills from circulation makes it harder for terrorists, drug dealers, money launderers, and tax evaders.
But for this to be possible, they say that cash – especially large denomination bills – must be eliminated. After all, cash is still used for about 85% of all transactions worldwide.
A Declaration of War
Governments and central banks have moved swiftly in dozens of countries to start eliminating cash.
Some key examples of this? Australia, Singapore, Venezuela, the U.S., and the European Central Bank have all eliminated (or have proposed to eliminate) high denomination notes. Other countries like France, Sweden and Greece have targeted adding restrictions on the size of cash transactions, reducing the amount of ATMs in the countryside, or limiting the amount of cash that can be held outside of the banking system. Finally, some countries have taken things a full step further – South Korea aims to eliminate paper currency in its entirety by 2020.
But right now, the “War on Cash” can’t be mentioned without invoking images of day-long lineups in India. In November 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized 500 and 1000 rupee notes, eliminating 86% of the country’s notes overnight. While Indians could theoretically exchange 500 and 1,000 rupee notes for higher denominations, it was only up to a limit of 4,000 rupees per person. Sums above that had to be routed through a bank account in a country where only 50% of Indians have such access.
The Hindu has reported that there have now been 112 reported deaths associated with the Indian demonetization. Some people have committed suicide, but most deaths come from elderly people waiting in bank queues for hours or days to exchange money.
Caught in the Crossfire
The shots fired by governments to fight its war on cash may have several unintended casualties:
Jeff Desjardins is a founder and editor of Visual Capitalist, a media website that creates and curates visual content on investing and business.
When Conor McGregor steps into the UFC octagon he has one thing on his mind. To submit his opponent as fast as possible. He is confident because he has done his homework and he has a game plan. He doesn't wait for the bell to ring to start doing the heavy work. He does the heavy work in training. He comes prepared physically and mentally. McGregor is not the toughest or the most talented. But he is the most obsessed. And he works harder than anyone else. He has gone from a $180/month Welfare recipient to one of the richest Pro athletes anywhere in the world.
A few takeaways for your Forex and Cryptocurrency trading from Conor:
In the world of investing everyone has the goal of making money, the lure of "easy" money attracts the masses. For some it will become a lifelong career. Others are looking for a quick buck. Many dream of "trading" their day job for an exciting life as a professional trader.
The usual path is to scrape together a small stake and fund a live account to test the waters while learning. New traders and investors will have to be patient while they figure out what investing and trading really are. Everyone brings a little bit of a gambler's mentality because gambling is exciting and entertaining. Casinos fill up every day with those willing to risk their hard earned money at a chance to make easy money. Most leave the casino with less than they went in with but they are satisfied they got their money's worth.
Bringing a gamblers mentality to the financial markets will not serve you well. After paying to play you will have to win a mind game where those you are competing against have more money, more information, and more time to profit than you do. It is an unfair game but those are the rules.
Smart Money always has the advantage. They didn't have to be in on the beginning of Bitcoin in order to profit. They have enough resources and clout that they can manipulate the price and get early investors and traders to sell as much of the coins as Smart Money cares to buy by driving the market lower and into their waiting hands. Timing for them is on a long horizon and they don't have to make quick decisions like day traders.
The early investors in a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin are in good shape if they still own their coins but they could potentially feel the heat when a big correction starts to erode their paper profits. Smart Money has the ability to drive the price to levels that most will look at in disbelief. That is part of their business model. This "shock and awe" manipulation gives them the ability to buy advantageously when the price reaches extreme lows and everyone is panic selling, and sell into the exuberant highs where everyone is furiously buying into a bull trap. The media is Smart Money's marketing department and they do a great job at putting out the rumors just at the right time.
Investors have a long time horizon and they have to have the patience of a saint to sit through the long sideways accumulation and the large corrections as the price reaches into new high prints. The traders are the more skilled and experienced operators who have developed methods to profit from shorter term volatility and fluctuations in price, and the gamblers are the ones that are funding the winners because they are always getting in and out at the wrong time due to their lack of regard for risk and proper execution.
Trading is one of the few things that doesn't get easier the more you do it unless you make the right changes and do certain things and avoid certain things. If you continue to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result you are setting yourself up for disappointment. If you are using simple, widely known and commonly used strategies and methods with very little forethought and effort your results will be breakeven or less. The big players make their profit from those who are less skilled and experienced in this zero sum game. Less skilled and experienced traders all do the same things at the same time and they are part of a group known as the "herd". The "herd" is trading the surface of these markets including stocks, Forex, cryptocurrencies, futures, etc. Changing your "strategy" isn't enough. Changing your broker, platform, etc. will not bring you success. The road to profitability is to take a different path. When the herd is buying as price moves to new highs you want to be out of the market looking for the best place to strategically place your pending sell order, waiting patiently for the market structure to send you a signal that your probability of success is at it's maximum. Ditto on the sell side.
You don't need to spend years learning more technical analysis. The game is about proper execution and order flow not about who knows the most technical analysis. The simpler your system the better. But it has to be used with an advanced understanding of how the trading game is played and what are the best ways to enter and exit the market. You cannot jump into these markets at anytime anywhere in the market structure and expect to make a constant profit. Your active participation will be amply rewarded by trading losses.
You need to condition your mind through repetition and gain the confidence to trade in a way that goes against your inner voice or "gut feeling" to buy at the high and sell at the low. You know from experience that following that inner voice will lead you astray. Start to think outside the box and do things differently and you will probably start to see some improvement in your trading results.
I watched a video today from Johnny Seville at Acorn Wealth Corp. whom I have been following for years. Below are a few screenshots. Smart Money company insiders quietly accumulate stock before it moves up sharply. The points he emphasizes which apply to all financial markets:
Here is the link to the You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWImcWOkFQg
As you elevate your trading start to increase your powers of observation. You will see things you did not see before because your focus was on something else. One important concept which will help you is to observe the intention of the market.
The intention of the market is not market direction. Market direction is which way the market is heading right now. Pick a direction and ride the wave. Doing that will cause as many losses as wins. That is not the way to trade. There is no strategy or tool available that can reliably predict market direction. The market is an auction of price and both buyers and sellers have to be be losing a majority of the time for the market to exist. This is a function of manipulation. If the market were not manipulated the winners and losers would offset each other and the trading fees and costs would provide the incentive for market makers.
The intention of the market is the process of the market playing out over time and moving in the intended direction in a way that keeps the majority of traders from profiting. It includes the stop runs, bull and bear traps, head fakes, false breakouts, mean reverting algorithmic whipsaws, and enough misdirection to keep even the most experienced traders guessing. That is what the market's job is. Your job as a trader is to understand the job of the market so you can see the intention of the market from a helicopter and figure out a way to participate in the market without constantly bleeding money from your trading account.
Even if you knew exactly where the market was heading next you would still have difficulty profiting due to the way price is being moved and the time it takes to get there. The market is that good. It works as intended.
When you start to break down how markets are structured you will realize that most of the movement happens during the shortest periods of time and the majority of the time there is sideways/ranging activity. This is where most traders enter and exit the market. Making a profit when the market is not moving in one linear direction quickly (trending) is challenging. Smart Money has effective tools it its arsenal. Stop runs, bull and bear traps, and news releases all are easy ways for Smart Money to get traders excited about trading the wrong way and once the majority of traders are positioned the wrong way they move the market against them quickly and efficiently. The sudden burst of movement is over fast and the traders getting in at the beginning and also at the end of the move are being setup. If you want to catch Smart Money's profit release during the big fast move you have to be in the trade either before the big move which means you will have to sit through the stop run, or ideally you have enough experience to wait for the stop run to play out and then get in after the stop run ends and trade against what appears to be the prevailing direction. Or you can continue to trade the sideways chop. It is your choice.
Once you really understand how the market is structured and how you are being trapped you can anticipate these traps because they need to be setup and if you have the experience recognizing the setup you can use this knowledge to stay out of the market when Smart Money is enticing you to trade.
Ethereum is down another 13% currently in the $234 range and the sell orders continue to drop money into the Smart Money coffers. Every tick down for Ethereum and Bitcoin, the
flagship of the cryptos currently trading at $3561 is another gold bar for Smart Money. As
the price continues to drop two things are happening-the crypto bulls are losing money if
they bought higher and the gamblers are reloading their positions and buying more because the price is now "cheaper". Smart Money has no intention of letting the average trader get away with a big, fast profit at their expense. Any money they make they will have to earn.
The price of Ethereum dropped 2% as I was writing this blog. Smart Money never
disappoints. They do exactly what they always do. They whipsaw the price in sync with
news releases for maximum impact. Watching Smart Money do their thing is awe inspiring.
Right on cue Smart Money has been selling into the recent rise in Ethereum. After a recent
trap move up just below $400 to test near the recent all time high the price has fallen below $300 again and is currently hovering near $280. Anytime the price sells off Smart Money is setting up the next leg higher. As the sell orders come in from the Retail herd their loss is
Smart Money's gain. Smart Money doesn't care who wins or loses as long as they profit.
Their goal is to generate huge profits whipsawing the weakholding herd out of their buy
positions. They will gladly pay the few "millionaires" whose headlines in the news keep the Retail investors jumping into Ethereum for their slice of the cryptocurrency pie while Smart Money quietly makes a fortune trading against the masses.
Ethereum dipped from $350 to $295 in over night trading and is currently trading around
$305. Ether may retest the critical level below $300 where the recent move to the high
print of $400 started from around $280. If the price dips below $300 the buyers will come
in en masse to buy on a "retracement" and the Smart Money cash register will ring if the
price continues to fall.
The new darling of the digital currencies Ethereum spiked higher yesterday into the $335
area and has slid off overnight. This 10% pop has most likely drawn in new buyers who
ouldn't wait for the price to move any higher before they got in. As the price slides off these buyers will be watching their stop losses and accounts hoping for a reversal in fortune. This range from $350 to $280 is a very important zone for Smart Money. This is the first critical zone to launch the next leg of their move higher. That is why the move to the recent high of $400 was made from this zone, and that is why they are retesting this zone now.