# Simple Tools for Competent Trades

Improve your Financial Decision-Making Skills with Guidance from EWI Chief Commodity Analyst Jeffrey Kennedy.  Courtesy of Elliott Wave International.

### Simple Tools for Competent Trades

As a high school freshman, I had a friend over to do math homework after school.  It was cold in the room, so I stood on my chair and jumped up and down to try and bat open a closed heating vent.

My dad walked in and commented on the geometry problem we were working on, as I continued to struggle, unsuccessfully, to open the vent. Then, he handed me a ruler from the table and said:

"Simple tools are what separate us from the animals."

Without another word, he left us to finish our homework.  Sadly, I don’t remember any of the geometric formulas that I was trying to master on that winter’s day.  But you can bet that I have never failed to reach for a simple, practical tool since.

Here at Elliott Wave International, our technical analysts provide you with simple, practical tools that can help your analysis and trading. EWI Senior Analyst Jeffrey Kennedy has spent years using and mastering — among many other technical trading tools — several well-known moving average techniques. In the process, he has even developed his own personal moving average method that he calls the "Stoplight System."

For a limited time, the first two chapters of "How You Can Find High-Probability Trading Opportunities Using Moving Averages" are available FREE when you join (free) Club EWI.

In these excerpts, Jeffrey explains:

• Defining the Moving Average and Its Components
• The Dual Moving Average Cross-Over System
• Moving Average Price Channel System
• Combining the Crossover and Price Channel Techniques
• The Most Popular Moving Averages

Jeffrey’s insights are meant to help you become more successful and highly evolved in your endeavors.  Here is one of the charts showing how moving averages are similar to the Wave Principle in signaling buying opportunities:

This chart of Corning shows how each time the market moves into the price channel (marked by the short vertical lines), it signals a buying opportunity.  When Corning’s price breaks through the price channel (indicated by the short diagonal line), the trend has turned to the downside.  So, we have a clear uptrend followed by a clear downtrend.

Remember, "Simple tools are what separate us from the animals."

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What separates the 10% that make money from the 90% that don’t?

10,000 hours.

In his recent book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell describes the 10,000-Hour Rule, claiming that the key to success in any cognitively complex field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours. 10,000 hours equates to around 4hrs a day for 10 years. For some reason most people that ‘try their hand’ at trading view it as a get rich quick scheme. That in a very short space of time, they will be able to turn \$500 into \$1 million! It is precisely this mindset that has resulted in the current economic mess, a bunch of 20-somethings being handed the red phone for financial weapons of mass destruction. The greatest traders understand that trading much like being a doctor, engineer or any other focused and technical endeavor requires time to develop and hone the skill set. Now you wouldn’t see a doctor performing open heart surgery after 3 months on a surgery simulator. Why would trading as a technical undertaking require less time?

Trading success, comes from screen time and experience, you have to put the hours in!

Education, education, education.

The old cliché touted by politicians when they can’t think of anything clever to say to their audience. The importance of education to success in trading cannot be placed on a high enough pedestal. You have to learn to earn, the best traders work obsessively to…

# A Classic “Fade The Gap” Day

### A Classic “Fade The Gap” Day

“What’s so special about 1130? It’s downtrendline resistance and a 50% fibonacci level” [Click here for a video on Fibonacci retracements.

One look at the SPX chart below tells the story, all in a news driven pop based upon the Yuan.

Sure enough the opening gap took us right to those levels.

So are the markets really up today or are they down? Just look at the two charts below.

So in answer to the question of whether we are up or down for the day — how about BOTH?  To those who have been in the market before Friday’s close yes it’s up.

But to those who had to chase the market at the open and REACT AFTER THE FACT the market is down. This is what they mean when they say “Fade The Gap”. Folks going into today we were overbought to begin with and the Chinese Yuan news was just the icing on the cake to set up the fade the gap and lock in some gains.

Think about it, anyone who basically bought anything today is basically down from their entry.

Moral of the story — listen to the charts and above all NEVER CHASE BUSES BY REACTING.

The markets are stretched and hitting key resistance levels and a lot of individual stocks are also showing this — AKAM, SNDK,NFLX — all have technical indicators and nano-timeframe toppiness showing up as well. Right now we are going slow and protecting what we have.

“What Do I Need To See To Make Me Take A Trade”

You would do yourself well by printing off that phrase and pasting it to your monitor somewhere to keep you focused and to ingrain it in your subconscious.

On the long side it’s all about “Pullbacks Off Highs” patterns.  It’s really all you need to know and how to trade them of course.

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Adam at Market Club put together a lesson on Fibonacci retracements, an important tool many traders use to determine turning points in the market. Like all tools, it has its flaws and should be…

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@LukeGromen Externally-financed twin deficit nations with insufficient external financing (ie the US, not Japan) cannot abide rising real rates for long.

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It created a “Double Top at (2), then it proceeded to decline more than 60% in four months.

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