TradeStation Systems - Three Powerful "Trading Edges"
Most Traders Know A "Trading Edge" Is Critical
Since a "trading edge" is so critical to success, how does a trader find a "trading edge"?
I am going to share the three most powerful "trading edges" I have discovered.
If you combine all three "trading edges" together you have a powerful trading advantage.
TradeStation Systems - Three "Trading Edges"
To make a really long story about my trading history very short, I have found three vital "trading edges". Each of these three "trading edges" are built on valid fundamental trading principles and can be combined into one integrated powerful trading advantage.
The first critical "trading edge" is to understand and use the following three key fundamentals in priority of importance:
(1) Price Action (the best is using multiple time frame price action)
(2) Volume (the best is using Time Segmented Volume)
(3) Price Action and Volume producing support and resistance (the best is using Fractal Channel)
(Important Corollary: All indicators that do not provide valuable insights into at least one of these three key trading fundamentals listed above is to be considered a non-essential trading indicator).
The second critical "trading edge" is to understand and use the above three key fundamentals to identify and properly trade each of the four market modes, which are:
(1) Up Trend Mode
(2) Down Trend Mode
(3) Consolidation Mode
(4) Trading Range / Choppy Mode
Why does the market mode deserve a spot as a critical "trading edge"?
The reason is that any single strategy logic only handles the one single market mode that it was designed to handle. When the strategy and trading chart market mode are in harmony the strategy makes good profits. When the strategy and trading chart market mode are NOT in harmony you'll experience those unwanted equity draw downs. By keeping the strategy logic and trading chart market mode in sync you improve your trading profits.
The third critical "trading edge", which is the greatest one of all, is Multiple Time Frames (MTFs). To best illustrate why using MTFs is the greatest "trading edge", let's look at a typical single time frame consolidation breakout trade on a 5 min trading chart. These have often resulted in a fair trade that produced a little profit, but the reward to risk ratio is generally around a 1.5 to 1. Compare that to trading a MTF consolidation that spans across the 5 min, 15 min, 20 min, 30 min, 60 min, 120 min, and 240 min time frames. These have historically produced powerful breakouts that moved in a single direction for days. These MTF consolidation breakouts create High Probability trading entries where the stop loss risk was low and the reward was often as high as 20 to 1 reward to risk ratio. That is why MTFs became my third "trading edge" and the greatest "trading edge" of all. More details and a trading video about the "MTF Price Action Indicator - The Greatest Trading "Edge"".
Time Segmented Volume - The Undistorted TradeStation Volume Indicator
Fractal Channel - Real Time Support and Resistance
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