Learn to Trade: Beginner and Intermediate Traders Welcome

Advanced traders are encouraged to watch these videos as well. DayTradeToWin has taught thousands of people about trading using price action. There’s no doubt some of these people are advanced traders. In fact, some of the DayTradeToWin testimonials say that success was finally achieved after many years of trying various types of systems. Does that sound like you? They’ve also helped people who have never even looked at a trading chart for more than a half-hour. And if you’ve had some time to get familiar with charts and trading, but do not consider yourself a pro, then there’s much to learn as well. You see, the approach John Paul, founder of DayTradeToWin, takes is much different than anything else out there.

Here we have his latest price action webinar split into two parts. He begins by discussing his general approach, risk management and what price action means. The ATR (Average True Range) is the indicator that dictates much of his trading. For just about every trade he takes, he looks at the ATR to determine the profit target and stop loss. You can think of the profit target and stop loss as the reward and risk potential, respectively. In the NinjaTrader chart, the ATR typically appears at the bottom. John Paul has thickened the line and changed the color to a yellowish gold.

The Long and Dbl Wick Long signals that you see belong to the Trade Scalper indicator software. There are different price options for the course and software: 6-Month or Lifetime. If you’ve been following John Paul for some years, you may be ready to jump into a Lifetime license. If you’re just getting your feet wet, by all means, consider a 6-Month License. Toward the end of this first video, he explains what counter-trend trading means.

Moving forward, we continue with John Paul’s explanation of counter-trend trading. He discusses more price action dynamics then goes into overbought and oversold market conditions. This is similar to the large candle explanation he gave in another recent video.

There’s also some time spent scrolling through the charts, so you can see all of the recent Trade Scalper signals: good and bad. He readily points out a Long signal that wasn’t so great, as the market soon turned around. To mitigate against some losses, he recommends using three different stop strategies: a time-based stop, a prove-it stop, and the catastrophic stop. The catastrophic stop is used as safety net and is the default stop applied when he places a trade using an ATM Strategy. If the trade doesn’t go well, he can try to lock in profit or close it out according to the other two stop loss rules.

Big Candles May Indicate a Trend is Over

When day trading, how do you know if you’re looking at the beginning or end of a trend? You need to follow trend identification rules that tend to work more often than not. Of course, just because a method has worked well historically does not mean it will continue working well in the future. Please understand there are no guarantees of future performance.

In this video, John Paul from DayTradeToWin says to be cautious around large candles. They may indicate a trend is over, as the trend may be “exhausted.” Some traders make the mistake of thinking large candles are a sign that the market is about to move further in that direction. That’s not always the case, and from John Paul’s experience, it’s more likely the market will soon stall out or reverse, as demonstrated around 3:43 in the video.

Sideways or choppy markets are almost guaranteed problems for traders unless you’re scalping and have a really good technique that gets you in and out fast with accurate prediction. As mentioned, the market can go sideways after a trend. If that’s the case, you probably want to wait it out until you see some constant direction, up or down, again.

If your connection/data provider supports it, you can always take a look at the buying and selling action, also known as Level II data. In NinjaTrader, this information is displayed in the SuperDOM. The buying and selling numbers move rapidly. Typically, we focus more on price action (patterns) than DOM action.

It’s important to enter at the beginning of a move up or down, not at the end, once the trend is over. By the way, just because there’s a period of stagnant activity does not mean that you should see a trend. As shown here, it’s entirely possible a big candle will emerge out of nowhere. Then, it’s possible to again see stagnation or a period of large candles.

In the 8-Week Mentorship Program, you’ll learn how to identify trends with specific rules. Also, the signals that you’re provided are designed to get you in at the start of a move.

E-mini Sets New Record: Trade Scalper and Atlas Line Winners

When there are historic highs in the market, you better hope that you’re using a trading system that accurately calls them out ahead of time! That’s what the Trade Scalper and Atlas Line successfully did multiple times throughout this historic trading day. We saw the E-mini S&P 500 climb well above the 4,000 level. If you were guessing or waiting for a short opportunity and took it, we hope you found success. If you held a position for any length of time, ouch.

Using two of DayTradeToWin’s price action systems together can give you a sense of improved clarity and ease. The Atlas Line can help qualify opportunities identified by the Trade Scalper as well as give a projected direction of where price may go throughout the day. If both systems line up, John Paul believes that’s double confirmation and all the better for trading.

How many times can a trading system be correct in a day? Many times. That’s what scalping is – many traders per day, in and out. You don’t have to take every trade. By all means, take only the best according to the ATR and any other systems you’re using. People get very excited about all the signals and potential of the Trade Scalper. It’s understandable. Once a signal appears, there’s an opportunity to place a trade right away. If you have an ATM Strategy set up that matches current market conditions, you can jump in easily.

John Paul of DayTradeToWin is expecting 2021 market conditions to climb even further. If he’s right, that means there are plenty more days like this in the future. The year isn’t even halfway over yet. By the way, if you need NinjaTrader 8, DayTradeToWin will set you up. They have a full video and written guide that may be some of the best unofficial documentation out there on the platform. The video focuses on getting up to speed quickly and skips out on features that you may not use.

Pro Trader Predicts Big Sell-Off in January 2021

Within the last month, a couple of predictions have emerged regarding how they market will be in early 2021. John Paul, founder of DayTradeToWin.com has said that he expects a big sell-off to occur in early January 2021. Below, you will find two more videos mentioning this prediction.

What is a sell-off? It’s a sustained period of bearish activity. In other words, a “great fall” in the markets. It’s not exactly a crash. A crash implies less control (i.e. a disastrous free-fall), whereas a sell-off is more of a series of thoughtful actions or consequences via controlled market mechanisms, trading, or business strategy.

John Paul says it is possible for regular “intraday” traders to capitalize on the anticipated sell-off, providing they have the right signals and trading systems. He points to the DayTradeToWin Atlas Line and Trade Scalper software specifically for finding short (sell) trades during a sell-off. Recognizing a sell-off can add an additional level of confirmation. And as a trader, are you not always looking for an extra indicator of confidence?

In the December 31, 2020 trading video above, you can see how the Atlas Line helps confirm anticipated price direction and can lead to profitable trades. Though there is inherent risk in trading and hypothetical performance is not indicative of future results, you can get a sense of how the signals appear to inform traders of a potential favorable condition in the near future. For instance, in the thumbnail image, you can see how there is an Atlas Line Long (buy) signal. Price continue moving up afterward. This should have led to a reasonable profit target being hit, thus a profit.

Normally, trading New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve is best avoided. These are times to spend with family and friends. And if you must trade, because the big players tend to be away, there may be unusually slow periods. When these slow periods occur, the market can suddenly chop back and forth without any clear direction. This makes it extra difficult to trade. Fortunately, trading systems such as the Atlas Line and Trade Scalper can add “clarity.”

If we go further back in time, we see another video where John Paul predicts a January 2021 sell-off. What is your opinion? Do you think it will occur? There may be many headlines as we switch from one U.S. president who has been quite controversial to another, who also is involved in some controversy. We’re living at an unusual time where the world is trying to mitigate a contagion. This has set up a number of complexities at a time when the greatest number of people on earth exist, where all sorts of organizations, companies, and governments want to prosper, which can be disadvantageous to various populations, some of which do not have the means to grasp any portion of the picture. Also, there is the mindset of going into a new year and expecting change. Maybe that will happen. So when it comes to the markets, we have so much reason to expect some turbulence.

See What Happened With This Student’s Real-time Scalping Trade

The support team at DayTradeToWin.com occasionally receives charts and videos from students/clients who use the ATO 2, Trade Scalper, Atlas Line, and other price action trading methods. When such media is shared, it’s easy to point out any mistakes being made by the trader. This is what happened here – a video from a student was provided. For the benefit of all, John Paul, founder of DayTradeToWin, provided commentary and described what he would have done differently.

The highlight of the video occurs around 1:43. That’s where the student places a real-time Long (buy) order based on the advisement of the Trade Scalper signal software. The historical data shows that multiple trades can occur intraday. In most cases, you won’t be holding a trade more than four or five candles. Remember, holding onto a trade longer only guarantees risk. The goal is to minimize risk and focus on signals that have the greatest chance of providing profit.

Of course, no trading method can guarantee profits. If that was the case, the trading method would have been made secret with its proprietors silenced, for they have figured out how to foresee the future, some pattern in nature, or mass scheme to make the data seem random. What a novel that would be!

Back on topic, the idea is to make the futures markets accessible to beginner traders. DayTradeToWin provides throughou details and multiple how-to tutorials/guides on almost every aspect of NinjaTrader. That’s why they’re a great resource for all experience levels. There are many veteran traders who switch over to NinjaTrader and can’t figure out the platform. After an hour-long tutorial video from DayTradeToWin, they’re up and running with a basic understand.

Best Trading Conditions: $100+ Per Trade Possible?

Market conditions don’t always allow for $100+ per trade. The 2020 Election and whatever else impacts the markets has increased the volatility. Does that mean you should abandon rationality to make some big money? Of course not. In fact, we’ve been saying for a while now that it’s best to use a 1-Minute chart instead of a 5-Minute chart as well as continue use of the ATR (Average True Range) to determine tradeability.

The recent January Effect video shows there are many great long trades. But what about those inevitable intraday price drops? What do you do with those? As seen in this video, the Atlas Line and Trade Scalper day trading signal systems have been effective in finding winning opportunities…

The real-time trade was worth +2.25 points. That’s nine ticks at $12.50 each, thus $112.50 with one contract. That may not seem like much, but if you have multiple winning moves per day and can afford to trade multiple contracts, there may be enough profit for you with commission covered. Let that be no indication of guaranteed performance. We have to state everything is hypothetical to comply with regulations.

NinjaTrader was designed with the intention of replicating conditions as closely as possible to live trading. In fact, when sim trading, you won’t be filled every time – just like in live trading. When practicing, you may want to limit the simulator account to less than the original amount of $100,000. Maybe drop that to something more reasonable like $5,000. This way, you can use the Trade Performance tool to get a sense of how it goes with the Sim101 account over a period of time. If that works for you consistently enough, consider trading with a live account and start off slow and carefully.

Beginner Day Trading Methods: How to Place Orders

Are you 100% sure that you’re using the best types of orders for your style of day trading? For example, if you’re scalping for a few ticks, you’ll want to use an order type that has decreased slippage because every tick is important. Slippage, extra risk, timing, etc. are all factors one must consider when using a specific order type. Many day trading platforms offer multiple order types, such as stop-limit, market, and MIT. Each order type has pros and cons.

This video is a detailed 45-minute presentation. You’ll see descriptions along with examples in the SuperDOM. Yes, you can use Chart Trader for order placements, but we prefer the more robust and professional tool for the job. However, a clear distinction must be made: Chart Trader also consists of the red profit target and green stop loss lines that appear on the chart. Therefore, Chart Trader must be enabled to see these lines, although the panel for order placement is not necessary. This setting, “Chart Trader (Hidden)”, is preferred. By the way, the Dynamic SuperDOM is preferred because the Static SuperDOM involves extra costs added due to its use and patent/licensing agreements with a third-party.

Throughout, you’ll see Short and Long signals from the Trade Scalper and Atlas Line. These are price action trading methods described in more detail at DayTradeToWin.com.

One common mistake when using a SuperDOM is not selecting the Instrument (aka market) or a mismatch between the selected instrument in the SuperDOM vs. the chart. Make sure they are one and the same. The SuperDOM’s display of the instrument’s real-time price (in yellow) should match the real-time price of the chart. Yes, if you want to observe and trade multple markets, have multiple charts with DOMs for the respective markets.

Big Buying/Long Opportunities Predicted for End of 2020

Day by day, we move closer to 2020’s conclusion. DayTradeToWin’s John Paul, for many years, has used a technique called the January Effect to determine whether or not the year will be an “up year.” Determining whether 2020 will be an up year is determined fairly easily.

In preparation, it’s best to switch to an ES (E-mini S&P 500) daily chart. After doing so, scroll back in time so January 2020 is in full view. Compare price at the beginning of the month with the end of the month. Did price close higher at the end of the month? If so, the January Effect says the year, meaning by the end of December 2020, price will be higher than in January. This was the case for 2020, so we can say the January Effect says that 2020 will be an up year.

The January Effect is a predictive technique. There are no guarantees of its accuracy. John Paul, for many years, has vouched for the January Effects accuracy, however. As with any trading method, strategy, technique, etc. use your own discretion and read disclaimers on this day trading site and any other.

Well, what’s the use of an “up hear?” Well, my friend, if you have a strong indication price will move up during the year, could you not look for buying (long) opportunities? Indeed and that’s what’s described in the video above. In fact, John Paul relays an exact method for identify these long opportunities. According to him, they occur after price has dropped and regained at least 50% of its prior high. Once the 50% value is surpassed with requisite closing bars/candles, that is the entry opportunity.

Wait a second, are you talking about holding a position through multiple days? Exactly – this is not intraday trading as you have commonly seen associated with DayTradeToWin’s other techniques. This free trading strategy focuses on much larger profits over longer periods of time. The common term is “swing trading.” Generally, brokers require a larger account size to allow overnight trading.

We hope you find this compelling, if not useful!

2 Videos: Multiple Days of Price Action Trading Reviewed

When evaluating any day trading system, it’s important to look at multi-day performance. How did the system perform over multiple days? What about consecutive days? How big were the wins, if any? How big were the losses, if any? What’s the recommended trading account size? What markets can be traded? What is the underlying mechanism – price action?

DayTradeToWin.com’s Trade Scalper and Atlas Line price action day trading systems are seen in many day trading videos. We can see signals that promise to be the same as what a regular trader would see via their personal computer. Long and Short signals are equivalent to Buy and Sell, in trading vernacular. When a signal appears, the trader is supposed to follow the rules and place a trade. If the market is too volatile or too slow, it may be best to wait until conditions return to normal. This is one example of many. Fortunately, the rules for those two price action trading systems appear to be relatively straightforward.

Both allow customization of the signal text including color and size. This is especially useful if you’re older and prefer not to squint. The NinjaTrader platform allows dark and light charts. Some traders are colorblind, so offering the ability to change colors to contrast with background is very important and overlooked in indicator development.

On the bottom of the charts, you will see a gold-colored line. That’s the ATR (Average True Range) and included with many trading platforms, such as thinkorswim and Trading View. It should be configurable, allowing you to specify the time frame or period value for the primary “averaging” calculation. Four bars is recommended, as greater values consider longer periods of time. This depends on the type of chart in use, of course!

Do You Want to Become a Professional Trader?

Do You Want to Become a Professional Trader?
More screens, more problems?

Even a trader who has years of experience can become anxious and lose passion. The dedication required to look at charts on a regular basis, maintain focus and optimism through ups and downs, and have the discipline to follow the rules can be a struggle.

Remember that human behavior focuses on the reward for things we are already good at. However, markets are dynamic. If they were predictable, you would be constantly rewarded and there would likely be too many traders in the world (thus reducing the monetary reward of trading). Like any other successful learning experience, trading involves a level of direction – a willingness to fail, strive for better, understand what has and has not worked, and regulate emotional impulses. In some cases, the best way to trade is to not trade at all.

Price action trading often involves identifying price patterns and following specific rules. Traders may prefer price action because it reduces emotional reliance. Can you boil your trading strategy down to a series of questions? First, is the market too slow, too fast, or just right? How about those price patterns – have any occurred recently according to the rules? If so, is it too late to place a trade? Will another trade occur in the near future? The ability to trade in an objective manner is often regarded as an attribute shared by successful traders.

If you are currently a profitable trader, congratulations! You are one of the few who have figured it out. For the other 99%, you have a few options.

For one, you could spend a lot of time and money developing your own techniques and testing them in live market conditions. If you work a full-time job or make a middle-class income or less, you may struggle to find the time or the finances to support this approach.

You could read books and learn valuable information. However, many trading books are theoretical and may not provide actionable strategies. And if they do, do they really work in today’s markets?

There are many trading courses in existence, but which ones are effective? Many people are capable of putting together a website with compelling content. Do you really have the time to research? And if so, which trading methods have stood the test of time?

Becoming a professional day trader is no easy task. If you would like more insight on trading methods that have proven to be effective for other traders, leave a comment!