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MAE for the (12-noon) trade was "only?" a point and a half and got out with a point and a quarter loss :/
Getting back long on the snap-back profits were taken with +2.75 points and then again at +2.5 points, for an average +2.5 points. Exits were based on a confluence of a Fib. projection (not pictured), resistance (in the form of a prior breakdown point) and the overnight highs (pictured in the 3m chart above).
Unfortunately I didn't take the short entry that is marked with an "X". The setup being a price pullback, indicated by the "2b" criteria on the 15-min 3/10macd.
On the higher time frame I wanted to make a clarification. Going into Wednesday I was leaning with a short bias and the trade failed, but I wanted to run through the bias process.
My premise was as follows:
- We were due for a pullback off of the most recent momentum on the Daily chart.
- On the smaller time frame I was looking for either:
- the fast line turning red, OR
- the fast line turning red, pulling back to the slow line and then turning back down in the fast line.
(essentially an XYZ zig-zag pattern in the fast line). Shorting the initial negative reading of the faster time frame's fast line is always a higher risk trade in my opininion, while entering after a pullback has ocurred in the fast line is more favorable. So...
The distance between the initial short entry (blue down-arrow on the 65m chart) and the lows of the move was $1.42 or about 14.25 points on the e-mini. The official stop-out trigger (Second black down-arrow) was $1.04, or about 10 points on the E-mini.
So, here's the thing; if I know this short entry to be higher risk (because eventually I'm going to be anticipating a pullback in the fast line before getting a higher probability trade) the trade should have been lightened as price comes into support. So if I took half of the position off at support and took a loss on a stop out, damages could have been paired. The approach I use is not meant to be a "system" as exits are more discretionary in nature.
Notice, that in the daily chart price has been increasing while the fast line on the 3/10macd is decreasing. A typical sign of a short squeeze environment and an important lesson in using an indicator, price can still increase while the indicator is decreasing.
From here we could see:
- The daily chart fast line pull back more, where we would look for the 65m fast line to turn red and/or turn red, pull back then tick down again.
- Otherwise, we could see the daily chart fast line tick up, which would trigger on the 65 min chart with an up-tick of its fast line (which would in all likelihood be a price bar close greater than today's highs).