Obviously my short-term trade set up is a thing of beauty, and relatively soon – will be made available to the rest of you. But aside from that, I want to pass along a simple little tip – that could provide you an “edge” here in the meantime.
When you drill down to smaller time frames such as a 1H chart (1 hour candle formations) or even a 15 minute, or 5 minute – take out your crayola crayon (and not your laser pointer) and draw a line THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE CONGESTION/SQUIGGLES. It will be this “price level” that is currently at play – and not the “highs and lows” of the given time frame.
For the most part anything smaller than a 1 Hour chart is frankly just “noise” so the highs n lows are really not as significant as the middle ground where price is centered. Once these lines have been drawn – a trader can then focus on a “realistic price” to consider for entry or even stops etc, as the volatility short-term will spike/fall and give you all kinds of levels – not exactly relevant to your trading. On a 1 hour Chart 30 – 50 pips on either side of this “central price” is completely normal, and isn’t enough to even get my heart beating – in consideration of dumping a trade.
If you don’t understand the given volatility on the time frame you are viewing – you will get killed.
Take out a crayon and not a laser pointer – and plot the “middle of the squiggle “.
As simple as it seems – this can easily be the difference in catching many, many more pips in any given trade, based on the fact that you have not skewed your lines of S/R to reflect the highs and lows of smaller time frames….but the center – where price is currently fluctuating.