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There is NOTHING better than an awesome W bottom.  The downtrend halts with a seies of smaller range days as the volume profile shifts and price gets ready to take off.  Bulls are nervouse to come in, and late bears get trapped.  It's a great place to look for a trade.
Continuations after an initial thrust and a lower volume consolidation are a great place to look for trades.  They offer great entry, understandable risk/reward and the moves are quick.  Keep your eyes peeled for these bad boys.
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We like W bottoms and Head and Shoulders bottoms.
Dream of all dreams.  Breakouts look simply beautiful after the fact.  Look at this amazing runs.  Moves like this happen about 10 - 20% of the time after a breakout so they're not east to find, but when you wind a long base breakout like this you'll be glad you did.
I love these trades.  They're typically found after the first thrust of a W bottom. 'll be honest with you, you'll find no mention of The Dragon in classical charting books -- but hey -- that doesn't mean I can't discover it.  Go ahead, ltell me you don't see a dragon.  :-)
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There's nothing better than a solid breakout with strong volume.
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We trade chart patterns for one reason -- they work for us! That's because chart patterns give us the information, the outlook and the framework we need to make the right decisions at the right time.

There's a reason why most of the great retail traders like Darvas, O'Neil and Sykes use chart patterns in one form or another -- and so should you.
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If you've been trading for any time at all then you know that the term "retail trader" is used in a negative fashion to describe the small time, little guy trader.

The guy who's always losing, always buying the top and selling the bottom, always trading the news and always controlled by fear and greed.

I say forget that! There are winners and losers in every profession -- and if it's the trading pros that win -- then why not take the time to become one?

Six years ago when I began trading I knew nothing about the market.   I did all of those things I listed above and more.  And during that time I bought a bunch of worthless crap that did nothing to help me get better at trading. 

Subscriptions services, gurus, books, online seminars, you name it.  If you could buy it, I bought it.  In the end I found out that there's only one way to get better as a trader -- to trade!

So that's what I did. 


And during that time I compiled a ton of free trading resources and tools so I could save all of my money for trading. 


Which is what this site is all about.





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