How to Day Trade Using Price Action: Support and resistance – Ep. 5

In today’s episode we’ll take a look at something very, very basic when it comes to day trading and price action.

We are going to have a look at Support and Resistance. Today we are going to look at horizontal support and resistance. There is also diagonal support and resistance, and when I say diagonal I mean the nature of the market when it is trending. We will have support and resistance in trends as well. In the candlestick chart an uptrend would be diagonal from the bottom left corner, to the top right corner. But we will take a look at that in the next video.

Today we’ll simply start with the basics, because this is a series in the basics of price action day trading. And horizontal support and resistance is the most basic.

I believe most, perhaps almost all price action traders use support and resistance in some way. There are many ways to use support and resistance in yoru price action analysis and this is a topic that we will revisit further on in this price action day trading series, and take a look at more and more advanced uses of support and resistance.

Let’s start with the basics, and define support and resistance. This is my own definition, if you listen to somebody else they might have different definitions. Perhaps there’s even an official definition for this somewhere, but this is how we define support and resistance, and I’m pretty sure that what we have found to work in the markets is better than what someone has found to work in books of theory.

Alright so, let’s define Support. We define this as an approximate price level where the market is not able to move lower for the time being. The reason for this is because buyers will step in and start buying when the market nears and reaches this price level, and sellers will stop selling because they don’t believe that the market is going any lower. So it’s the combined force of buyers and sellers – the buyers are active and the primary force, they do most of the job. The sellers basically help by not participating, so they are passive and the secondary force. The sellers do not actively sell, so the market is not able to break down through the support level.

So when we think about support, and think about what we learned previously in this price action day trading series – what we learned about supply and demand. In this case the demand will force the price upwards from the level of support. The lack of supply is secondary. If there had been active selling, short selling, then the price would probably not stop at the support level. Or the buyers would have to be more active to overcome the active selling.

The amount of buying could stay constant as well and support would still hold, if the amount of selling would diminish. So the buyer do not have to be actively trying to push the market up. As long as there is more buying than selling the price will move up. That also means that if there is sell selling than buying the prices will move up.

So there are two different things with the same result. More buyers than sellers, then price moves up. Less sellers then buyer, then the price moves up. We get the same end result, but you will either have the buying with bigger force and selling staying at normal levels. Or you will have buying at normal levels and sellers withdraw. So the buyer and sellers can be active or passive at any time, and it is the rate between buyers and sellers that determine where the price goes.

And we define resistance the same way, but opposite of course. It is an approximate price level where the market is not able to move higher. This is because seller will become very active and start selling when the market approaches a certain price level, and buyers will become less active, and stop buying. They see all this supply coming into the market and don’t expect the market to go higher at this time. So here it is also the combined force of buyers and sellers. In this case the sellers are the are active ones. They are the primary force, they are the work horses.

The buyer do not actively participate in creating the resistance. The buyer are simply not buying, because it does not make sense buying when the sellers are hell-bent on pushing the market down.

So just like you would step off the railroad track when you see a freight train coming your way 60 miles per hour, the buyers will step aside as they see all the selling. So they are passive and a secondary force.

Of course, this is simplified. There will always be some buying and selling going on regardless if we are at support or resistance, but the idea is that the amount of buying will be much less than the supply when we are at resistance levels. And we know from a previous video, that when supply is greater than demand, the prices will fall. Same thing at support, there will of course be selling at support as well. But the buying, the demand will be much larger, the buyers will be stronger. And when demand overcomes supply, prices will rise.

So at resistance there is a lack of demand. So the buyers are passive, the role of demand is secondary. If there had been active buying then the price would more easily be able to move through resistance. In that case the seller would have to be more active to be able to push the market down.

You should realize that the support and resistance will not appear at an exact price. Many traders draw lines in their charts, because it is so easy to do in the charting platforms, and they tend to be very stubborn about their lines and want the price to reverse at the exact price, otherwise they lose confidence in their lines.

We on the other hand consider support and resistance to be approximate price levels. We don’t care if the price moves down through the support line as long as it comes back with determination. You will very often have candlesticks that have their shadows penetrate the support line and close above. Same thing with resistance lines, there will be frequent candles with their wicks penetrating the resistance lines but the candles close below the resistance. That is 100% normal market behaviour at the levels of support and resistance. This means that the market is testing these levels. The market tries to push through, but is not able to close above resistance or below support. You can have several candles pushing through and closing on the opposite side of the line, but usually this happens on very low volume and smaller and smaller candles – meaning there is no real force behind the move. Then when you get the move back below resistance or back above support, that move will usually show its determination with big strong candles and higher volume.

Volume is something very important when trading price action. We will cover volume in future episodes. In the next video in this Youtube series we will take a look at support and resistance in trends. That’s something that we call diagonal support and resistance.

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How to Day Trade Using Price Action: Supply & Demand in Day Trading – Ep. 4

Welcome to the fourth episode in the How to Day Trade Using Price Action series!

In today’s episode, we will take a look at supply and demand. This might sound like a boring topic, but I don’t think it is that boring. It’s actually a very important topic, and you need to understand the laws of supply and demand in order to be trading successfully with price action. This is because supply and demand and the relationship between them is the foundation of all price action.

We’ll try to make the topic a bit more fun to learn, with some silly examples and funny pictures. I might even throw in a funny cat somewhere…

So let’s jump right in and begin with the most boring part of this video (the official definition according to the economists)…

Wikipedia defines supply and demand like this:

In microeconomics, supply and demand is an economic model of price determination in a market. It postulates that, holding all else equal, in a competitive market, the unit price for a particular good, or other traded item such as labor or liquid financial assets, will vary until it settles at a point where the quantity demanded (at the current price) will equal the quantity supplied (at the current price), resulting in an economic equilibrium for price and quantity transacted. (Blah blah blah…)

Okay, so what does that wall of text mean for us traders? Why is the law of supply and demand so important?

Well, it is because those forces determine the prices of stocks, currencies, futures or any other security or financial asset. In fact these forces determine the price of any goods or service that is sold anywhere on Earth as well (with some exceptions; like if there is a monopoly, oli-ga-paly (oligopoly) or cartels, price fixing or some illegal or government-run operation.

But when there is a free market and free pricing, then the forces of supply and demand will dictate the prices.

Supply indicates sellers. In our case, it means securities or financial assets, like shares or currencies that are offered for sale. It can also be real-estate, commodities or futures contract.

Demand indicates buyers. This refers to the number of stocks or futures contracts that traders want to buy. So the people who want to own the stock or currency creates the demand.

The more buyers you have, the stronger demand you will have. The more sellers you have, the more supply you will get. That is a simplified model of course. In reality there could for example be only a few sellers, and thousands of buyers. But those few sellers could be offering more shares than those thousands of buyers can afford.

Therefore, it is not about number of sellers or buyers, but the number of shares or contracts that traders are looking to buy or sell. Often these two go hand in hand, but it is still important to understand the difference.

Think about the stock market and a stock like, let’s say, Tesla or Netflix. There are perhaps a few hundred institutions; like mutual funds and hedge funds in addition to the major owners who could be individuals that own the most part of the company and then there are tens of thousands of small-time investors who own a few shares.

When we talk about buyers and sellers, we don’t refer to the exact number of people or institutions of course. It is more like the combined dollar amount; the combined force that buyer and sellers are bringing to the table. So that’s important to keep in mind.

If you’re one of the people who read discussion boards or Facebook groups you might have seen stocks that are hyped up and it seems everybody wants to buy a certain stock. In reality, even if there are thousands of people starting to sell a stock XYZ because of some news, their combined dollar amount, their combined demand, might be peanuts compared to the capital that a mutual fund wants to buy the stock for. Don’t listen to rumors online. This is very important.

Here’s an example that will explain the whole thing with supply and demand and how everything works:

It is a hot day. Mr. Cat sits at his lemonade stand cashing in on the exceptionally hot weather. Most people who pass by stop to buy a glass of that cold refreshing lemonade. There is big demand for Mr. Cat’s lemonade. Business even goes so well, that Mr. Cat can raise the price for a glass of lemonade from 50 cents to a dollar when he only has a few glasses of lemonade left. And as people see that Mr. Cat is about to run out of lemonade, they happily pay one dollar for that sweet cold lemonade, and Mr Cat earns even more money.

At lunchtime, Mr. Cat goes inside to get more lemonade to sell. After lunch, Mr. Cat again sits down at his lemonade stand. Now, he has even more lemonade to sell for a dollar per glass, and already sees himself making a killing. But, now all of a sudden the sun is shaded by black clouds, and it starts raining. All the people that are out, they just run past the lemonade stand. Nobody is buying. There is no more demand.

Now Mr. Cat has all this supply of lemonade, but nobody is buying. There is no demand for lemonade at one dollar per glass. It is good lemonade, but the market is not in need of the lemonade as it rains and it is colder.

In order to get rid of his supply and be able to call it a day and go back inside, Mr. Cat lowers the price for the lemonade. Instead of charging 1 dollar or 50 cents, he decides to set the price at 25 cents, and every buyer of lemonade gets an entire bottle of lemonade to bring home. That’s a good deal. Now, people start buying again, the price appears to be cheap and it seems like a good deal.

Mr. Cat is able to sell his lemonade and he gets to go back inside to dry up.

So, what do we learn from this, and how does it relate to day trading? Well, when there is a lot of demand for a stock and there is limited supply, the prices will rise. Because traders will pay more and more in order to own the stock. That is often because they are afraid to miss out on the big move that the stock is making. They all want a piece of the action. So when the demand is bigger than the supply, prices will rise. If there are 1,000 shares available, and there are 5,000 traders who want to buy one share each, the market maker can increase the price as long as there is somebody who buys.

When traders find the prices to be too expensive, the prices will stop rising and start to consolidate or fall, until more traders find the prices to be reasonable.

At some point when the price of the stock has increased so much that a lot of the traders who bought earlier now want to sell, in order to secure their profit. So 10,000 shares are offered to the market but there are only 4,000 buyers left who want to buy one share each. Now there is too much supply, and too few buyers – too little demand – and this means that the price will start to fall. The supply is bigger than the demand. So the prices will fall until more and more traders again find the stock to be cheap and worth buying.

This relationship between supply and demand is present in the markets all the time, in all time frames. It doesn’t matter if you’re a scalper, a day trader, a swing trader or an investor – you can use this information. The relationship between supply and demand will be shown in the chats. And once you can read the charts, you will be able to take advantage of this knowledge.

In the next video, we will discuss how you can identify supply and demand in the markets by reading the charts like a pro.

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How to Day Trade Using Price Action: Day Trading for Beginners: Trends & Trend Lines – Ep. 3

In the last episode, I introduced the topic of trends. Today, we will look further into this topic, and learn some useful techniques that you can implement in your price action day trading.

We know that the markets move in waves: up for a while and down for a while, up and down, up and down. I call that movement “up waves” and “down waves”.

This fact, this behavior gives us a few different ways to gauge the market’s strength and determine if the market is likely to continue trending in the same direction. Meaning, continue an uptrend or continue a downtrend, or if the market is losing strength and perhaps going to stall or reverse.

In order to be a successful trader, you will need to know when to buy and sell. That is obvious. And pretty ridiculous for me to point out. But if you think about how you are going to produce a profit: when you buy at a certain price and sell at a higher price. Or, when you sell short and then buy to cover at a lower price. In order to do that you are going to have to identify a trend one way or another.

Because a trend is a series of price points that get successively higher or lower, you will need to find out when that behavior occurs. When you have found an established trend, then you can either determine that the trend is going to continue or that it is going to stall, move sideways, or reverse. And then you can profit by following that trend or countertrade it.

In hindsight, it is easy to see when the market has trended in one direction or the other, or if the market trended sideways. But with some experience, you will also be able to determine whether the market is trending in real time when analyzing live charts. For this, you need to develop your own judgment, but there are also ways to identify trends systematically and quantitatively.

There are some techniques that you can use to determine if the market is trending. One way, that is suitable for beginners starting out, is to add a number of horizontal lines to each major price point in the chart. You can simply use every fourth the price levels that Ninjatrader gives you. Then if the price moves through a number of lines upwards or downward you can easily tell if the market is trending or not. I think 3 lines is suitable for identifying intraday trends on a 5-minute chart.

If the market reverses and starts moving in the other direction, then you should still consider the original trend to be intact. The first trend is intact until the price has crossed 2 lines. Then we cannot be sure if the market will continue upwards or downwards, but if it crosses the third line, then you have a new trend.

If the market stays between two lines for a longer period of time, just chopping around between two or even three lines, then you have a sideways trend. Until you have 3 consecutive line breaks, without a pullback of more than 2 line breaks, then the sideways trend is intact.

Another way to determine the trend is to use trend lines. We have two different methods to draw trend lines and I will go through the first one today. This method of drawing trend lines was introduced by Richard D. Wyckoff in the 1930s (“The Richard D. Wyckoff Method of Trading and Investing in Stocks”)

If we are in an up trend, find two consecutive lows, two down waves, and draw a straight line through those lows. This straight line can be extended into the future, into the unknown. This will form a support line. You can also add a resistance line to the chart, so that you can form a channel.

A good reason to use channels is that you have an upper boundary, that will help you determine when the up wave is likely to end and a down wave will form.

To draw the resistance line you will find the highest high between the lows you used to draw the support line. Then draw a similar line through this high point. It is important that you draw the trend line in the same angle as the support line you drew through the lows.

The easiest way to draw this is to use NinjaTrader, select the support line, copy and paste it into the chart, right click the line, select-copy, then right click the chart and select paste. You can also use the short command CTRL+C and CTRL+V. Then you will get the new resistance line and you can click and drag this trend line to make it run through the highest high between the lows in the trend. Now you will see a trading channel.

Trends are more likely to continue than to end. Strength or weakness in a stock or another type of security is more likely to continue than to reverse. The reason for this is that prices are a direct result of the forces of supply and demand. The demand for a stock, demand for some futures contract is not temporary, it is not a one-off occurrence. It is usually more long term. It is not like a thousand traders wake up one morning and all decide to buy Apple, or buy the Euro. The demand for any contract is more long term.

So when you have drawn your trendlines, your trend channel, then you should trade with that trend until it ends. The trend ends when it breaks the lower trend line, the support line.

Trendlines are never going to be perfect, so don’t take anything for granted. Sometimes you will have situations when the price breaks the line, but then immediately moves back inside the channel. Sometimes, you wall have the market respecting the trend line for a long period of time, and sometimes that market will not care about your trend line at all. So you should consider trend lines to be one of the tools in your tool box – you will need more tools in order to be successful in your day trading.

The general idea behind trend lines is the same fact that markets move in waves: fluctuations up and down. When a trend is formed you will have price action that looks like stair steps, stronger up moves, a little bit weaker and shorter down moves. When this happens in a longer sequence, you will get the stair steps of higher lows, or lower highs.

How do you know if the trend is strong or not? For this purpose I use something I call the 50% line. When the market has made an upwave, from a low point to a high point where it starts to pull back. I measure the distance it has traveled and draw a 50% line at that price level. I use a tool in NinjaTrader like this. As the market moves from a low to a high and starts pulling back, I want the pullback to end before reaching the 50% line. If the pullback ends before the 50% line, then the market is strong, the trend is strong.

If the pullback goes past the 50% line, then there is some weakness in the market, the trend is not so strong at the moment and it could well start moving sideways or even reverse.

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Holiday Trading Hours for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Kr. Trading HolidayDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21, 2019. The CME Group Globex holiday calendar indicates that equity produces (such as the E-mini S&P 500) will halt at 1:00 p.m. EST (UTC-5). Equity markets will resume trading at 6:00 p.m. EST (UTC-5). These changes also apply to the CME’s Bitcoin, Interest Rate, FX, Energy, Metals & DME products. You can view the official calendar via this link.

The next holiday in the CME calendar is President’s Day, which occurs Monday, February 18, 2019. A similar halt and resumption will occur then.

As always, be careful trading on and around holidays. Markets can be unexpectedly slow or fast. Also, you don’t want to be in a position, have the market close, and have to place an emergency call with your broker to see if you’re in any danger.

Atlas Line Trade Worth +6 Points

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The Atlas Line software consists of the blue line and signals seen in the video. When price moves through the line and two candles close, a long or short signal is generated. You’ll know exactly when a signal will occur, so you can prepare in advance. From that point, it’s a matter of following the rules. The included training video explains it all.

Often, the Atlas Line can be used as an indication of support or resistance. Price tends to “bounce” off the Atlas Line. We tend to think this activity further validates anticipated market direction.

When you’re in a profitable position, it’s tempting to hold on for too long. The market can suddenly go against you and leave you with a smaller profit or worse. It’s important that you stick to the rules and have the discipline to know when to lock in profits and get out.

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How to Day Trade Using Price Action: Day Trading for Beginners – Ep. 2

Today, we’re going to continue the series of short, but powerful, video lectures on day trading using price action. We will produce longer, more detailed and thorough videos for you later, but I want to introduce the topics in short and simple videos first.

Last time I told you about how I came in contact with day trading using price action and how I became successful with technical analysis some 25 years ago. There are many different topics in the “field” of price action that we will need to go through one-by-one. Today, I want us to focus our attention on TRENDS. I don’t know if this is the obvious topic to start with. It might not be, but at the end of the day, trends are going to be the thing that makes you the money in trading, so I think it is a good choice of topic to begin with.

So, if you look at a chart – whether it is a candlestick chart, a simple line chart or an OHLC bar chart – you will see that the markets always move in waves. It doesn’t matter if you chart the S&P 500, futures, commodities, currencies or stocks – you will see that the price goes up for a while, then starts moving down and then moves up again. And that kind of movement continues all day, every day. It does not matter if you look at a minute chart, a 5-minute chart, or an hourly chart – you can even analyse daily charts or weekly charts they will all look and act more or less the same. Sure, there will be some differences, but the cool thing about price action is that once you learn it, you can apply your knowledge from the most minute intraday charts to long term charts – daily, weekly or even monthly charts.

In this series of videos and articles on price action trading you are going to learn principles that apply to all markets and all time frames. So that’s pretty COOL.

I have been both an equity options trader at an american trading firm, and a private day trader. I’ve been a swing trader and an investor. And I have used the same knowledge, the same techniques all the time for the past 25 years. So what you are going to learn is truly universal, so it is not something that will work sometimes on some specific stock or futures contract.

So we know that the markets move in waves the price goes up for a while and then down for a while, then up again, and then down again. I call these “up waves” and “down waves.”

Sometimes the market moves upwards longer and with more force, more power when it is in an “up wave”, and then just moves down a little when it turns into a down wave and when that happens during more and more up waves and down waves this price action will form an “up trend“. So each “up wave” is another leg in the trend, and the down waves are shorter, weaker intermediate pullbacks. The trend is still up even though the market is currently experiencing a pullback – a down wave, or even a few down waves – back to back.

You can say that the chart is a “battleground” between buyers and sellers between bulls and bears. If the bulls are winning the battle, then the market moves upwards. An uptrend is formed. We will go through this “battle” between bulls and bears in a later video.

So in the uptrend the bulls are winning the battle, but the war will continue – that’s for sure.

And that means if the bears start winning you will get a downtrend. You will have the same principles at play in downtrends. The down waves are bigger and stronger than the up waves, so this time the trend is downwards. So in other words, when you have a series of stronger up waves or stronger down waves, the market will establish a trend.

If the trend is downwards, you can have up waves forming “rallies” upwards, but as long as the major trend is downwards (stronger down waves), those rallies will fade and the market will reverse and continue downwards.

So if the bears are more and stronger than the bulls, then you will have a down trend. At some point in time all trends will come to an end. When that happens, sometimes the market will just consolidate and move sideways for some time. That means you can also have sideways trends, where the up waves and down waves are similar in size and force, or you can have two small down waves, and one big up wave.

So each up move and each down move take each other out  it is a tie between bulls and bears. In “Wyckoff method” theory (“The Richard D. Wyckoff Method of Trading and Investing in Stocks: A Course of Instruction in Stock Market Science and Technique“) – these sideways channels are called areas of accumulation or distribution. Meaning that either the buyers are accumulating their positions – they’re buying stocks or contracts that they want to sell later at a profit. Or sellers are distributing their holdings, that they bought earlier. So these are ideas and methods developed by Richard Demille Wyckoff in the 1920-1930s, and that is a foundation in my analysis and trading. I will go through more of the Richard D. Wyckoff method in this series.

Anyway, The great thing about up trends, down trends or sideways trends is that you can profit regardless of the direction that the market is going. As we move forward in this series you will learn techniques to use in up trends, down trends and sideways markets. This was the first lecture on trends. Next time, we will look at a little bit more advanced trend analysis and I will introduce some ideas how you can gauge and measure the force of the trends. How you can determine if the stock market trend is healthy and likely to continue, or if the price trend appears to be reversing soon?

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How to Day Trade Using Price Action: Day Trading for Beginners – Ep. 1

This will be a series of videos and articles about price action and how to trade using price action, instead of using indicators.

When you browse through the web looking for information on day trading, you will very often come across pages or videos with charts that look something like THIS or THIS…

But, when you see charts like this you can be sure that almost always the trader who uses those types of charts are just trying to overcompensate for his lack of confidence in his analysis, OR simply put… that he does not know what he is doing. He is probably not very successful. I don’t like to badmouth other people, but that is my strong belief.

Because, I speak from personal experience.

I started with trading and chart analysis back in 1995. I still remember how I learned about day trading, and I still remember my very first trade! When I started out, I also thought that I needed to use charts like that with many different indicators that would tell me if there was a trend and if the trend was strong, when that trend was going to end, when it would lose steam. I would also be worried about one indicator not giving me the correct outlook so I would use another indicator that would confirm or reject the first one…and so on…

Pretty stupid. But hey, that’s easy to say in hindsight!

In a discussion I had some years later with an experienced trader who would later be my trading mentor, I asked him how I could become as successful as he was. The answer I got was kind of strange to me at the time, and to be honest I really didn’t understand the implications it would have on my trading back then, but what he said was, “The first thing you need to do is to remove every indicator that you have in your chart.”

I was like, “What?” How would I be able to find any trades without indicators, without the MACDs, RSIs and moving averages?

In wanting to become a day trader, I took his advice because I REALLY wanted to become a successful day trader. I got rid of everything except Open High Low Close bar charts and Volume. Most traders today use candlestick charts, but I use the OHLC bars. They tell you the same thing, but candlestick charts can actually provide a bit more information that you usually don’t have with the bar charts, and that’s the hollow candlestick vs. the solid candlestick. But it doesn’t matter – you can be successful with OHLC bars and you can be successful with candlesticks. If I would begin day trading today, I would probably pick candlesticks, but I’m just used to the
OHLC bars after looking at them for close to 25 years.

Anyway, looking at those “naked” charts without any indicator, at first it was a bit intimidating. I did not really understand what I was looking at. But as time went on, I started to see details I did not get a chance to see when I was just looking at indicators. Instead of looking at a short term Moving Average (that I was using to smoothen out the way the price behaved), I started looking at the bars themselves. I started looking at price itself. I started looking at Volume and realized something that I had not noticed before. How the trading volume would increase, spike, or diminish depending on what happened with the price. There was definitely a relationship between price and volume.

I also noticed that there was something going on with the price bars themselves. Sometimes they would be very long and sometimes they would be very narrow. Sometimes the price bars would be huge and the volume would be huge at the same time. Sometimes the price bars would be very narrow but the volume would be huge. What was going on? The price bars could form a short trend and the volume would increase for each bar until the volume spiked and there was a certain type of bar that formed the top of that trend, of that wave. Then, after the price had consolidated for a while, the price bars started forming a similar short term trend but it didn’t get far this time. Looking at the volume I could see that it did not increase the way it had done the previous time. Something was definitely up with the relationship between price and volume. I became totally intrigued with this idea of only using price bars and volume, instead of looking at indicators and lines. The more I studied charts the more details I noticed. I could see different types of bars, different behaviour of the volume, I could notice different stages of the market, uptrends, downtrends and sideways moves, all with distinct price action that would repeat every time. I knew I had struck gold!

There will be more on this topic next time, I will continue this series of price action analysis videos, so please subscribe to our Youtube channel now and stay updated when the videos are released.

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Futures Rollover & Holiday Trading Reminders

Today is E-mini roll over day. This means that the official time has come to switch over from the December, 2018 contract (ES 12-18 in NinjaTrader) to the March, 2019 contract (ES 03-19). Some traders prefer to wait until the majority of the volume transitions into the new contract period. At the time of posting this, this has not yet occurred (it can take a couple of days). As you can see in the screenshot, the March contract still has less than half the volume of the expiring December contract.

E-mini Rollover

So how does one roll over? NinjaTrader 8 makes it easy:

Go to the NinjaTrader Control Center > Tools > Database Management.

Step 1

Providing you are rolling over on or after the market’s rollover date, the market should appear in the “rollover futures instruments” list. The list shows all markets that will be rolled over along with the current and new contract periods. Click the Rollover button. Click Yes if a message appears.

Step 2

Go back to your charts. They should now be rolled over, where applicable. Verify this by looking at the top of the chart. For example, if you have an E-mini (ES) chart, it should no longer be ES 12-18. Instead, you should see ES 03-19.

Step 3

Note that when you open up a new chart, you probably won’t see the ES 03-19 at the top of the selection list (among recent instruments). You’ll need to go to Futures > ES 03-19. In comparison, any existing charts that you had open at the time of the rollover should now reflect the new contract period.

Other platforms may roll over automatically, so keep that in mind.

Now, what about those upcoming holiday hours? Yes, CME equity products )(like the E-mini) will close early for the Christmas and New Year holidays. See the official CME calendars. To spare you the trouble of using Microsoft Excel to open the calendar files, here’s what you should know (all times are US/Eastern, GMT-5, EST, New York time):

December 24, 2018 (Christmas Eve): markets close @ 1:15 p.m.

December 25, 2018 (Christmas Day): markets remain closed until 6:00 p.m. 

December 31, 2018 (New Year’s Eve): markets close regularly at 5:00 p.m.

January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Day): markets remain closed until 6:00 p.m.

The next upcoming holiday mentioned on the CME is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which occurs later in January.

5 Trading Tips for New and Active Day Traders

You’ve probably heard about how 90% of traders lose money. The actual statistical range is anyone’s guess. To know with some certainty, a study would need to be carried out. It’s doubtful that a broker or other type of firm would want to go on the record admitting that their customers are unsuccessful with the markets. Further, there is little motivation for someone to voluntarily complete a survey about personal financial matters.

E-mini S&P 500 (ES) 5-Min Chart
Confirming Trading Signals

Some traders like to use multiple strategies together to “confirm” the direction of the market. The idea is that multiple systems that say the same thing may indicate a greater chance the market will move in the anticipated direction. Here is a screenshot of an E-mini S&P 500 chart that illustrates this idea. The trade that was “confirmed” by two nearby signals (Atlas Line and ATO 2 long signals) was good. The Atlas Line short trade earlier in the day was good. The market soon turned against the ATO 2 trade that occurred in the middle. See our products page to learn more about trading strategies that may compliment your existing approach.

Are we in the dark in terms of understanding how many people are truly successful? Considering the following. From the various day trading courses and software out there, we can see there is definitely interest (and business) in fulfilling a need to help people trade better. We can reasonably conclude that day trading must involve some level of difficulty that exceeds the skill of most people. Otherwise, most day traders would, in short order, figure out how the markets work and trade them profitably. There would likely be far fewer trading businesses, as self-taught traders would have little need to look elsewhere. If trading was easy, we would see it become a much more popular career or income option. Obviously, this is not the case.

Therefore, trading is not easy and education should be sought. Aside from the problem of maintaining profitability, aspiring traders must climb a rather steep learning curve.

In no particular order, a successful trader needs:

1. Basic computer and operating system proficiency
2. A basic understanding of trading terminology
3. An understanding of how to use a trading platform
4. A way to practice trading (including time set aside to learn)
5. An effective trading strategy (or strategies) to use

At, we service all five components. From what we have seen over the years, most other day trading companies focus mainly on the fifth. Yes, we do answer basic computer questions that we get from our clients. Many of our clients from a Mac background and need some help getting familiar with Windows. Yes, it is up to you to make sure you have enough time in your life/schedule to practice. However, we help provide you with the tools you need to practice with real-time market conditions. Our free educational videos cover terminology, free methods, and general platform use. Our products are designed to help you get to the ultimate goal of finding consistent success. Remember that we cannot provide guarantees. We do not have a crystal ball. The markets can and will do the exact opposite of what is expected. As such, people who try to sell you trading methods with guarantees may not have your best interests in mind.

To help you further, based on a bit of research and our own experiences, we’ve assembled a top 5 list of considerations to improve your trading (in no particular order):

1. Successful trading = proper money management and proper risk management. Don’t trade with rent or food money. Trade based on what real-time market conditions can reasonably provide. If the market is slow, do not expect that big winning trade. Similarly, if the market is fast, that small (lower risk) stop loss may get you out prematurely when staying in for a few more minutes may have produced a profit.

2. Does your trading strategy fit your personality? When people ask us to recommend the Atlas Line, ATO 2, Trade Scalper, or Mentorship, we tend to describe how each one behaves. Some people would rather go for fewer, larger trades than watch a 1-min chart for many trades. In that case, the Atlas Line may be a better fit than the Trade Scalper. Other people like the control the Trade Scalper provides for each trade because of the smaller profit targets and stop losses.

3. Psychology is a real factor. Do not let your ego or feelings dictate your trading. Trying to win back losses can put you in an even worse situation. Instead, it may be better to stop trading for the day and continue the next with a clearer head. Had a bunch of success in the markets today? Congratulations, but don’t get greedy. You can lose it all and more if you don’t know when to call it quits. Follow the rules of the trading strategy, not your impulses. Approach each new potential trade with the same amount of discretion. Have realistic goals and define your limits. Be rational.

4. Markets are unpredictable. If they were predictable, you would probably not be the first to figure it all out. Expect losses to occur, no matter how good you think your strategy is. Always have a reasonable profit target and stop loss ready to go. Be patient. Just because you missed an opportunity does not mean you should jump

5. Practice, practice, practice. You need to practice with real-time market conditions. NinjaTrader makes this type of practice really accessible, which is one of the reasons we like the platform. Avoid referencing historical data to say, “Yeah, I would have done that. I’ve got a winning approach here.” Use your platform’s performance record tools and/or keep a trading journal. Write what works for you and what doesn’t. Develop your own sense of judgement to complement the strategy that you are using.

Have questions about anything in this article or trading in general? Email us at [email protected] for assistance.

All trades should be considered hypothetical. No guarantees or claims of performance are offered. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Day trading is risky and may cause substantial financial loss. Individual performance may vary, as trading subjects your finances to new, unexpected market conditions. You are responsible for executing trades. Before trading, consult with a licensed broker and a financial expert see if day trading is suitable for you.