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Economic Uncertainty Benefits Futures Traders

eurozone tradingIn these times of great economic uncertainty, Germany is in the spotlight as the country assumed to take part in saving its debt-ridden Eurozone counterparts from total collapse. Due to a weakening Euro, German exports became more attractive to the world marketplace. Investors, noticing the decline of Greece and Italy, then invested in Germany. This transfer of money has made borrowing much easier in Germany compared to other Eurozone countries. In many ways, the European debt crisis has made many Germans wealthy; however, there is concern about its financial role in assisting the country’s less fortunate neighbors.

Italy’s newly appointed lead economist, Mario Monti, is said to share Germany’s modus operandi in terms of economic principles. These principles consist of a capitalistic free market, fair competition and social equity. As stated by an Italian newspaper journalist, “His (Monti’s) idea of a social market economy is very near the German model. You do have competition, you have capitalism. But at the same time, the government is very active in the economy, you have a generous welfare state.”

The U.S. dollar is considered to be the world’s benchmark for comparing the relative costs of country exports. In many cases, the values of non-U.S. currencies are fixed to a set level to reduce export costs for these countries. A perfect example of such price fixation comes from a report released just yesterday (Nov. 14, 2011):

“The yen dropped as low as 79.55 against the dollar following the intervention (by Japanese authorities) after it reached a record high of 75.31 yen earlier that day. On Monday the dollar was around 77 yen.”

On the other side of the coin, there are also those who want to shift away from the Euro. Instead of a total (and likely chaotic) dismantling into self-sustained country units, the belief is that a gradual breakup will ease debt management. Countries would then be able to manage their own currencies and exports. In fact, a British CEO is offering a $400,000 prize (second only to the Nobel in terms of monetary reward) to the person who comes up with the best plan for one or more countries to leave the euro.

What can we learn from these recent events?

  • The world operates on a delicate framework of money deliberately pushed around by governments and private financial institutions.
  • Exports are used to determine a country’s financial health and worth in comparison to others
  • There is great disparity in proposals for coming up with a solution to debt resolution

Since we at Day Trade to Win are primarily futures traders, we can profit in the short term with minimal leverage, unlike stocks. Stocks are usually longer-term and are less liquid and are less affordable (more expensive). Additionally, our trading is based on price action. We trade real-time conditions. If the Euro is on the ride down, there is usually a direct correlation in the E-Mini S&P, and we’re entering to make profit all the way down. We do trade the Euro and other currency futures as well, but this is just an example of our preferred market (the E-Mini). This is why we’re seeing an influx of interest coming from former stock traders who want to get in on futures volatility. For the next year at least, it looks as though the ride will continue.

What are your thoughts?

  • Is the manipulation of currency values essential for maintaining worldwide economic stability?
  • Will there be a ‘trigger’ moment that will cause Eurozone countries to abandon the Euro? If so, do you think this trigger event will be social, political or (hopefully not) a natural disaster or act of war?
  • Is there a fix to the world’s current economic tension? Is this the cause of an increasing population and income disparity?

E-Mini Volatility – The Sky is Falling!

Did you get your $200 per contract today?
That doesn’t even count the Pullback trades the Atlas Line provided…just the initial short trade!

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Again, here’s another large down day trading the Emini. The Atlas Line was dead on telling us to go short 1235.25 due to two consecutive closings. The last couple of months, the E-Mini was very slow. The ATR is now around 3 to 4, showing an improvement in volatility, making for better trading. In the video, John acknowledges non-US traders who prefer to trade the E-mini’s overnight Globex session. Overnight, the Atlas Line produced a short entry at 1257.75. It’s important to check the ATR if it’s above 1 before trading the overnight session. Many times, the ATR is not volatile enough to produce decent results. In this case, we recommend moving to a market with more volatility. This applies to other strategies besides price action trading.

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John Paul, day trading coach, teaches traders how to recognize opportune times for trading along with identification of custom Atlas Line trades the the Pullback and Momentum setups. This day trading education is included with purchase of the Atlas Line.

Atlas Line Produces 2.25+ Points Today E-Mini

The Atlas Line called a great short trade on June 6, 2011 worth about 2.25 points, equivalent to $112.50 with a single contract or $1125 for those who trade with 10. Remember that each time you enter long or short, have a reason to do so. The Atlas Line provides a reason for how to day trade, and also provides an indication of the future direction of price. Once the short signal was generated, we knew to stay short because of the blue Line above the candles. An Atlas Line Pullback trade occurred around 10:30 a.m., with a red candle confirming price would drop again.

E-Mini S&P – Atlas Line Trading – June 6, 2011
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Remember, we don’t post every time the Atlas Line has a winner – the software has really been on fire the last few months, even more than usual.

A private training webinar (like a mini day trading course) is included with purchase of the Atlas Line. You can learn how to use the software and identify these unique setups. Also, the Atlas Line works with every market: Emini trading, Euro, Russell, Dow, Forex, etc. and is available for NinjaTrader, eSignal and TradeStation.

Is E-Mini Trading Asleep or Alive?

What happened today? the market was asleep then BOOM! E-mini Trading is back or will it be short lived? No one knows, but one thing is for sure if a trader learns day trading correctly then regardless of which Futures Market traded, profits can be consistently made. The tools needed, well not much here when trading price action, but a good coach and trading mentor is key to cut down on costly mistakes that do and will occur. Today I’ve attached the Atlas Line to demonstrate how early in the day a price action tool caught the entire day’s move. Don’t expect every day to be like this, but they do happen and you should be there to catch them!

Four Profitable E-Mini S&P Trades on June 1, 2011
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How to Day Trade Smartly Before a 3 Day Weekend

If you’re from the United States (like us), you’re probably aware that Monday is Memorial Day, a federal holiday. Considered the unofficial start of the spring / summer vacation season (while commemorating fallen military service personnel), Memorial Day is always the last Monday of May. Every year, millions of Americans look forward to this three-day weekend. The lucky ones are also able to take off Friday before (today). As traders, we are somewhat dependent upon these lucky individuals who are normally trading with big money, creating volatility in the markets.

Whenever you encounter a trading day before a major U.S. holiday (like today), you can expect to see relatively low volatility for Emini trading. For example, today’s price action trading was bound within a range. Traders collectively decided on the highs and lows of the day, making the same mistakes and assumptions. Days with better price action / volatility are not range-bound. Instead, they show more of a gradual slope in the rise and fall of price instead of the zig-zag choppiness and periods of flat price action. This same behavior occurs on all U.S. based markets, having a great affect on all of futures trading.

Using the Atlas Line®, it’s still possible to make money on days like today (ES – May 27, 2011)
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In the chart above, we purposely removed all of the text pointing out the profitable Atlas Line trades so you can see the price action. You can see how the Atlas Line was right on the money calling out the Long Trades and the Short Trades despite the relatively “flat” trading that was offered. If you’re not using a trading tool like the Atlas Line or one of our day trading courses other price action trading systems, then it’s best not to trade on days like today.

If you’re still going to attempt to trade anyway, at least try to stick with the morning session. The morning has traditionally offered the most consistent movement. Some days are really cut out do be traded ONLY the morning session. We refer to these days has “half-day trading.” A day like today offers some good morning trades and no reason to stay in to subject yourself to losses later in the day. Take advantage of the markets and give yourself an early start to the holiday weekend!

Here are some general tips on how to day trade around holidays:

  • Be careful trading on days before holidays. The big players are already out boating, so don’t expect the same amount of volatility
  • Trade with the professional traders, don’t trade against them.
  • Trade with the professional traders, don’t trade against them.
  • Learn day trading based on price action so you’re not trading an indicator / algorithm that’s meant for a volatile market
  • If you must trade, trade the morning session. It offers the best price action you’re likely to encounter that day

Power Price Action Webinar – Futures, Currencies and Forex

We had a great turnout yesterday for the Power Price Action webinar sponsored by Optimus Futures. For those of you who were unable to attend, you can watch the recording here:

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This presentation, shows how to day trade price action using techniques traders of all markets can put into practice:

  • Basic price action principles for futures trading
  • Emini trading vs currency trading vs Forex trading
  • How to set up your charts for optimal price action results
  • Common price patterns and how to use them
  • Why it’s never a good idea to use indicators
  • How to enter trades and fill orders more consistently
  • How to take advantage of mistakes other traders make (and their common trading behavior)
  • …And much more

While this webinar doesn’t show the unique methods taught in the full Power Price Action day trading course, there’s still a ton of valuable information. To learn day trading properly using the Power Price Action method, you can visit the Mentorship Program page (it’s included) or the Power Price Action website.

Learn Day Trading – Contract Rollover

CME ContractFutures trading has almost been around since the beginning of time, in one form or another. A major difference now is the accessibility to markets all over the world and the way orders are instantly placed. Another difference is that rules and regulations are set in place to protect the buyers and sellers. Along with all the red tape is the notion of contract rollover. A beginner day trading course will most likely not provide the information needed to prepare traders to rollover when the time is right. I have daily conversations with day traders all over the world, and how to day trade consistently is a common theme discussed. You may like E-Mini trading or maybe you fancy Currency trading, but truth be told that all traders should know the basic concept of rolling over to the next contract month when the time is right. To start you off on the right foot, I want you to learn day trading right from the start, and that means that learning to rollover a futures contract correctly is key!

The rule of thumb is to rollover to the following contract month on the 2nd Thursday or Friday of the expiring month. That’s it!
Simple, to the point and now you know.
E-mini and financials indexes, futures currencies and any other futures markets all work the same way. Find out more about futures contract rollover.

1.5 Points E-Mini Trading with the Atlas Line

We heard from one of our Atlas Line users today about how much the Atlas Line has been “on fire” the last few months, producing profitable trades nearly every day. This emini trading chart shows how 1.5 points were possible today. The Atlas Line saw how price was going to climb and produced a Double Bar Long signal. Using the ATR, we knew to get out of the trade, allowing for the 1.5 points. Using the ATR is covered in the online day trading course / how-to-webinar that comes with purchase of the Atlas Line. Traders who were not using the Atlas Line probably went short soon after market open, resulting in loss. The Atlas Line makes futures trading very easy.

Nice E-Mini Trade Worth 1.5 Points
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Atlas Line Now Available for eSignal

Day Trade To Win’s proprietary and powerful Atlas Line™ method is now also available for the eSignal trading platform!

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The Atlas Line™ method produces real-time market behavior signals on your eSignal, NinjaTrader or TradeStation chart in two ways:

  • Short or long entry signals prior to an anticipated spike or drop in price
  • The line itself advises staying short or long depending on whether price is above or below the line

With these complimentary capabilities, the Atlas Line™ consistently pulls in profits for traders of futures, currencies and other markets.
The Atlas Line™ was created by price action trader and mentor, John Paul. What’s unique about this method is that it can be applied to all markets, instruments, time zones and chart configurations. This robust filtering method can be used as a standalone solution or used in conjunction with other trading methods for entry confirmation.
Atlas Line™ customers receive access to an online video manual, free customer support and a live webinar for questions and answers. In the manual and webinar, John covers:

  • How to configure the Atlas Line™ properly (loading the software, customizing entries for day or night trading sessions, etc.)
  • How to enter trades with extreme accuracy (where to place stops, prevent slippage, types of signals the Atlas Line™ produces and how to respond to them, etc.)
  • How to determine resistance and support and overall market strength (dealing with volume, the average true range, volatility, etc.)
  • Once the Atlas Line™ begins plotting, its users have an edge over other traders: advance knowledge of where the market is headed and how to respond.

Currently, the Atlas Line™ is available in two forms:

  • A six-month license for $599
  • A lifetime license for $1800

By trading one contract, many customers have found that Atlas Line™ pays for itself in less than one month’s time. In the business of day trading, there are no other day trading systems that can produce a comparable level of consistent accuracy. The Atlas Line™ is the only tool you’ll need to trade the E-Mini S&P, Euro, Crude, or any other liquid market. eSignal traders can now expect the same results as experienced by NinjaTrader and TradeStation users.

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This video, revived to HD format, is one of the best we’ve done in terms of explaining how effective the Atlas Line™ is.

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Where do you enter?
Where do you exit?
Which indicator to follow?
Where do you reverse?

All of these questions come to mind when dealing with day trading indicators. In this video, John Paul pushes aside confusing indicators and replaces them with the Atlas Line™. Using the Atlas Line™, the questions above are clearly answered at all times during trading.

As a trading tool, the Atlas Line™ is extremely easy to use:

Trade according the long and short signals that are provided automatically.
Go short when price is below the Atlas Line™, go long when price is above the Atlas Line™.

There really isn’t anything else you have to configure or be aware of other than these easy rules.

It’s the one tool you need for every commodity, stock, or even Forex!

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