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Sergey Golubev, 2014.03.13 09:39
Keys to Investor Success - Elliott Wave Theory (based on thetechnicaltraders article)
Elliott Wave Theory - Plenty of people will freely offer you
advice on how to spend or invest your money. “Buy low and sell high,”
they’ll tell you, “that’s really all there is to it!” And while there is
a core truth to the statement, the real secret is in knowing how to
spot the highs and lows, and thus, when to do your buying and selling.
Sadly, that’s the part of the equation that most of the advice givers
you’ll run across are content to leave you in the dark about.
The reality is that no matter how many times you are told differently,
there is no ‘magic bullet.’ There is no plan, no series of steps you can
follow that will, with absolute certainty, bring you wealth. If you
happen across anyone who says otherwise, you can rely on the fact that
he or she has an agenda, and that at least part of that agenda involves
convincing you to open your wallet.
In the place of a surefire way to make profits, what is there? Where can
you turn, and what kinds of things should you be looking for?
The answers to those questions aren’t as glamorous sounding as the
promises made by those who just want to take your money, but they are
much more effective. Things like careful, meticulous research. Market
trend analysis. Paying close attention to extrinsic factors that could
impact whatever industry you’re planning to invest in, and of course,
Elliott wave theory. If you’ve never heard of the Elliott wave, you owe
it to yourself to learn more about it.
Postulated by Ralph Nelson Elliott in the late 1930’s, it is essentially
a psychological approach to investing that identifies specific stimuli
that large groups tend to respond to in the same way. By identifying
these stimuli, it then becomes possible to predict which direction the
market will likely move, and as he outlined in his book “The Wave
Principle,” market prices tend to unfold in specific patterns or
The fact that many of the most successful Wall Street investors and
portfolio managers use this type of trend analysis in their own decision
making process should be compelling evidence that you should consider
doing the same. No, it’s not perfect, and it is certainly not a
guarantee, but it provides a strong framework of probability that, when
combined with other research and analysis, can lead to consistently good
decisions, and at the end of the day, that’s what investing is all
about. Consistently good decision making.
For many, its not practical to employ Elliott Wave analysis with
individual stocks and trading, but it can be done with experience.
Knowing when to enter and exit a position whether your time frame is
short, intermediate, or longer… can often be identified with good
Elliott Wave Theory practices. Your results and your portfolio will
Something Interesting to Read March 2014
Sergey Golubev, 2014.03.13 09:30
Ralph Nelson Elliott
The Elliott Wave Principle is a form of technical analysis that some
traders use to analyze financial market cycles and forecast market
trends by identifying extremes in investor psychology, highs and lows in
prices, and other collective factors. Ralph Nelson Elliott, a
professional accountant, discovered the underlying social principles and
developed the analytical tools. He proposed that market prices unfold
in specific patterns, which practitioners today call Elliott waves, or
simply waves. Elliott published his theory of market behavior in this
book "The Wave Principle". Elliott stated that "because man is subject
to rhythmical procedure, calculations having to do with his activities
can be projected far into the future with a justification and certainty
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Sergey Golubev, 2013.10.19 12:21
How to Understand the Three Building Blocks for Trading Elliott Wave
Putting the market in context for you is of great help. For starters, if
you know a market that has recently been in a strong trend is
correcting, you can look for a resumption of the prior trend to enter at
a favorable price. Also, you can look to see if the pattern is starting
to break down to see if the prior trend has exhausted itself, and look
to either take profits or enter a new trade in the direction of the new
Understand the Basic Pattern
The picture above is a mock-up that shows the progression of markets as
seen in Elliott Wave. As you can see, the market is often broken up by
strong trends and minor moves against the trend. The with-trend moves
are known as impulse or motive waves and the counter trend moves are
known as correction.
Another key aspect of Elliott Wave is that trends are fractal. Simply
put, that means that each impulsive wave can be broken down into 5
smaller waves and each correction can be broken into 3 smaller segments
of a counter-trend move. However, it’s often not overly necessary to
label every single aspect of the wave.
How to Understand Corrections vs. Impulses in Markets
As illustrated above, the trend or impulse unfolds in 5-waves whereas
corrections unfold often in a 3-wave pattern. You’ll often hear Elliott
wave fans discussing trading based on 5-s & 3-s and that is because
they identify the trend and countertrend moves based on the unfolding of
a move in 5 & 3-wave patterns.
Furthermore, in understanding the basic 5-wave impulse or trend, you can
be on the lookout for a 3-wave correction or developing correction. The
purpose of looking for a correction is that as the trend resumes, you
can look for the correction to be losing steam so that you can enter at a
good price. What many traders who are unfamiliar with Elliott wave
often end up doing is chasing the price or enter on the extension of the
trend right before the correction begins. This causes them to get
stopped out because they did not understand the context of the market
and current trend when they entered the trade.
When looking at the 5-wave pattern and 3-wave correction to get context,
you can see how the breaking down of GBPUSD has us looking for a
correction to continue. Therefore, I’m taking the context as provided by
Elliott Wave to get a better feel for GBPUSD. Once this corrective move
to the downside completes, then I can look for a buy on a resumption of
the overall trend to higher prices.
If you’re not trading GBPUSD, you can take a look at the chart you’re
trading and see if you can identify any 5-wave or 3-wave structures.
That will help you grab a context of the current market so that you can
look for the maturity of the current trend or ideally the exhaustion of
the correction. After you’ve identified a current market as ready to
resume the trend, you can then look to Fibonacci numbers in order to see
where the market is likely go to go as according to Elliott Wave.
How to Understand Fibonacci In Relation To Wave Development
“When R.N. Elliott wrote Nature’s Law, he explained that the Fibonacci
sequence provides the mathematical basis of the Wave Principle”
-Elliott Wave Principle, Frost & Prechter pg. 91
Once you’ve been able to get context for the current trend, you can then
look to Fibonacci numbers in order to find price objectives within
Elliott Wave. In other words, the reason why Elliott Wave traders often
utilize Elliott Wave is because you can have definitive levels as to
where the correction may end with Fibonacci Retracements. Furthermore,
you can have price objectives by utilizing the Fibonacci Expansion tool.
One key thing to note when utilizing Fibonacci retracements within
Elliott Wave is that there are levels to watch out for but rarely a
level that the market must hit. Therefore, you want to focus on price
action near levels like the 61.8% on a wave 2 and a 38.2% on wave 4. If
you see a lack of conviction past these levels then you can look to a
resumption of the overall trend off of these levels.
In terms of price objectives, you can use the Fibonacci expansion tool.
The expansion tool takes three points on the chart to project the
exhaustion of the next impulse. The most-commonly used targets are the
61.8%, 100% & 161.8% expansion. This simply means that this impulse
is either 61.8%, 100% or 161.8% of the prior wave and simply shows you
the progression and strength of the current trend.
Elliott can be a headache if you worry about labeling every wave and
every correction. Instead, I’d recommend focusing on the big picture. In
other words, are we in an impulse or a correction? More importantly, if
we’re in a correction that’s about to be exhausted, where can we enter
on the resumption of the trend?
Sergey Golubev, 2013.12.15 14:24
Elliott Wave (based on thetechnicaltraders article)
Every investor has seen the odd phenomena of stocks going down when
there is good news about the stock or conversely stocks going up when
there is bad news about the stock. Is there a system that can be used
to help analyze these trends and to be able to then predict stock
trends? The answer is yes, and one possibility is Elliot Wave Theory.
Elliot Wave Theory examines how groups of individuals react en
masses to things in their environment and the psychological reasons for
such reactions. Elliot Wave Theory then groups those reactions into
predictable patterns or ‘waves. Once you have identified a particular
trigger, you can then predict the coming waves and how groups will
behave in accordance to those waves.
Elliot Waves: mini waves make up bigger waves
The key component of Elliot Wave Theory are the Elliot Waves
themselves. Several mini Elliot Waves will make up one bigger wave. The
bigger wave is known as a fractal. Fractals can then be grouped together
to create an even larger wave showing a complete trend based one
Elliot Wave Predictions
The stock market is an excellent vehicle to use Elliot Wave Theory to
analyze potential market trends. Once a potential trigger has been
identified, the potential movement of the stock can be predicted by the
applying the Elliot Wave principles. Opportunities for solid Elliot Wave Predictions exist whether the stock is moving in an upwards or downwards trend as Elliot Wave Theory accounts for upwards and downwards movement.
Elliot Wave Gold
Elliot Wave Theory can be applied to anything that is traded,
including gold. Elliot Wave Gold systems can provide an opportunity for
excellent growth. The key of course is being able to identify a trigger,
understand that triggers implications, and then predict how groups of
investors will react. That’s where solid, proven Elliot Wave Theory
application can give you an edge in your invested strategies.