I can’t tell you guys how important it is to stop whatever you’re doing and take a step back. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in the day to day noise and forget about the underlying trends in the market. We’re human. We’re built to be this way. But recognizing this flaw is an important step in correcting it and trying to benefit from the fact that others are unaware. One of my favorite ways to do this is to look through a series of Monthly Candlestick Charts at the end of every month. Remember, we don’t want to look at these mid-month as candles are incomplete. It is the final results that we are most concerned with.
We want to use this bigger picture strategy to identify the directions of the underlying trends in the market. This goes for all markets: Stocks, both U.S. and Globally, Interest Rates, Precious Metals, Energy, Currencies, etc. This is how we know what the trends are so we can then go to our weekly and daily charts to look for more tactical opportunities within those ongoing trends. This is a very important element to our top/down approach. [Read more…]