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Add This to Your Trading Mix and See the Difference

The key to trading is to trade on what I call the strong side of the market. Identifying and then trading on the strong side of the market is more than half the battle in becoming a successful trader.

What do I mean by strong side?

It is the side least likely to see stops run against your position. In other words, the side least likely to get stopped out is considered the strong side to trade. The weak side is the one where stops are vulnerable and at risk of being run.

Stops Drive the Forex Market

The forex market is on a never ending quest to run stops.

This is true across all time frames. It is what drives the price action, especially on an intra-day basis.  Identifying where stops may be lying gives a clue what side of the market is most vulnerable at any point in time. Once you accept this as fact you will be on your way to trading with odds on your side.

Here is a reality check. Given the opportunity, the market, run by the algos will look to trigger stops. When there are no stops left to run, a currency (or any asset class) will lose interest on that side and either reverse course or settle into a range.

Man vs. Machine

In the old days when bank traders ruled the land, they controlled the orders and looked to run stops whenever the opportunity arose. In modern times the algos have replaced bank traders as liquidity providers and some are designed to sniff out potential stops levels and make runs at them to see if stops can get triggered.

You can see it on any chart. When there is a large bar or wick on a candle it is usually an indication that stops were triggered. The key, therefore, is to be able to anticipate the side (and levels) where there are potential stops as this is the side the algos will look to push.

Your Choice

So, your choice is to either anticipate what an algo will do or leave yourself and your positions at its mercy. By doing the former you will be using this knowledge and using algo tendencies to your advantage.

Can I Develop this Skill

If I was reading this article I would ask, How do I identify where there are stops?

The answer is this is a skill you can develop. For example, you can use what you see on a chart to identify the stops levels and thus identify the strong side to trade. Follow the logic explained in Think Like Our Algo and it will eventually become part of your daily mix.

This just scratches the surface as the goal of this article is to explain the logic and rationale behind the market’s never ending quest to run stops and how you can use it to your advantage by positioning on the strong side of the market. See how in…

Think Like Our Algo

Jay Meisler, co-founder

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