Welcome to the SentiFX Methodology.
If you've traded the markets for any amount of time, you will likely feel like someone is out there hunting your stops. You may feel like your trades are constantly being targeted.
Guess what - your stops are being hunted. Not just your stops, but all of the over-leveraged retail traders stops as well.
The Markets are Manipulated by those with deep pockets. The Market Makers and Banks have access to the order book. They can see the liquidity at each pip and push price to those levels to exit their trades with huge profit.
You hear that 90-95% of retail traders fail, but have you asked why? Is there something about the way that retail traders think that is causing consistent losses over time? I believe so.
If you're anything like me, you love trading. Trading is your passion, your hobby, your side business. Trading is your life.
You probably have a trading style already that you enjoy and makes sense.
You've seen the manipulation in the markets. Your stops get hit. You lose more than you win. You want to quit that frustrating and boring day job and become a Full Time Trader but there is something that you're just missing.
I know, it hurts. Like many trader, I've also been there before I had the aha moment.
I know what it's like to take profits too fast. To let losses run. To watch my account slowly bleed out. To have back to back loses and start revenge trading.... and then to be afraid to hold on to winning trades. After all, I've blown 2 accounts over the last 16 years trading.
That all changed when I finally figured out how the market actually worked and I'm here to share that with you.
You'll see over and over and over in these posts how I call what happens BEFORE it actually happens.
The Crystal Ball ... the Holy Grail... is Sentiment + Market Structure.
It's the strongest edge in the Spot FX Market and I've been using it for years to ride the Market Maker's coat tails for profit.
Learn how the Market Makers manipulate the Markets by targeting Retail's resting orders (STOPS).
Learn How Market Makers specifically use behavioral finance to target retail traders psychology and play tug-of-war with retail's emotions. It is possible to catch tops and bottoms once you know how.
If you don't want to blow up your account and want to grow your capital then you need professional Sentiment Analysis Tools to give you the added edge needed to win this game.
If you want to win more trades then you need to align all of your trades opposite of the retail herd.
If you want the confidence of getting into trades and holding onto winning trades then use Sentiment + Market Structure.
If you want Emotional Control then you need tools to tell you that you're on the right side of the trade before you ever get in.
If you want to quit your day job and become a professional trader then you'll need to think like a professional trader. Start hunting the over-loaded and over-leveraged retail liquidity.
Is it possible to think differently and trade the opposite to become profitable instead? Yes.
In this thread we will explore over time how stops are hunted for both entry and exit so that you can get in at wholesale and get out at retail.
We will explore how sentiment can be a strong driver of price absent a news catalyst... and how Market Structure really works and why.
You'll learn how Sentiment gives a clear directional bias that you can exploit week after week.
We will explore Liquidity Gaps, Liquidity Gap Fills, and Trapped Traders.
If you're already consistently profitable, keep doing what you're doing.
For everyone else, the journey of thinking differently is about to begin.
Let's make money together,
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*** UPDATE 12/11/2019 ***
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The thing to consider is, if retail is becoming heavily LONG and you are a MM (Market Maker), and you wanted to take their stops, where would you push price to?
Keep in mind, trading is always about probabilities, never certainty. We are in the risk and probability business.
What is LIKELY to happen??
Absent NEWS that could drive price in either direction, what is more likely to play out here? Retail is Long EURUSD.
For every buyer you need a seller, and ever seller you need a buyer.
If retail is BUYING EURUSD, they have to SELL at their stop loss. If you are SELLING EURUSD, you can BUY their stops to close out.
I always think in terms of what would a broker need to do to price, to get retail to BUY / SELL their current position ?
If retail is only 5% of the entire FX market, how could they ever move the market? Why would brokers try to hit their stops? It's 275 billion dollar plus market daily, so even if they would want to do that. Do you really think they could?
Smaller banks & institutions can also be retail. The large Banks (LP's) can & do move the markets.
On the above chart, price broke above last weeks high by 10 pips to entice further Longs into the market, you know the rest.
One of the reasons is because most traders don't know what market phases they are trading in,
and entering the trades with tight stops. It's a non stop tug of war between institutions, banks and retailers.
But here comes the point, What can you do about it? How can you profit from this edge?
How can I find a method to validate this hypothesis? Solve these puzzles and you will head
towards profitability. Don't chase the unicorn. Trade safe
It is not nice to see all of your stops eaten by bigger traders with more money, but that's just retail forex trading and it can't change, at least I can't think nothing that can help except the right risk management.
Another one problem that is bothering me for days is why and how a market will turn, let's take AUD & NZD/JPY for example the trend is always tricky for the retail trader, it moves up and then it takes down another low. Why be a buyer here, but this is why I am trading and I am a risk trader, also I don't use sentiment like a contrarian indicator, but as a tool to help me with my confidence and I like buying scary bottoms, or sell tops too, who doesn't, but I use caution.
Does the FX market determine the price of a currency? Or is the price of a pair determined by the value of an individual currency?
FX is not centralized. How come brokers quote the same prices (more or less). Doesnt this decentralization make it harder or even impossible to "move the market"?
Your definition of Value is based on the economics of the two countries, but not always in sync with the fx market.
Markets are there to do business, win or lose.
This diagram might help:
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