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Technical Refresher Overview: Trading With a Plan

  • Chart Basics

  • Time & How we use it

  • Support and Resistance Basics

  • Moving Averages

  • Understanding: Direction, Duration, & Destination

Notes Summary:

Coming prepared with a plan

“trading plans” are highly debated but the bare minimum we need to know getting into the trade would be the following

- Direction (is the chart going up or down)

- Duration (how long do I plan on trading this)

- Destination (what are my expectations or target)

Having these understood before opening positions will keep us safe and help us use our alerts with higher efficiency. These are also great topics to bring questions around.

- Buying support; selling resistance

Paired with the D’s above, and using moving averages and support and resistance to identify key moments in the charts, if we are patient, it will be difficult to have a poor position. 

Moving Averages

In the lecture we discuss two specific crossovers used in swing trading that help us identify critical moments in the chart and anticipate larger directional changes. Using the 20ema(yellow), 50ema(red), and 200ema(purple) we understand the following.

Referred in alerts as “20/50” when the 20ema crosses over the 50ema we get an indication of bullish intent and often a small pop past this point. The consolidation into the 50ema after this small push is our “value zone” entry point and is extremely useful for picking up positions at a safer entry.

50/200 crossing (is known as a golden cross) and suggests a larger move

We typically use these pairings on the daily to confirm direction or anticipate larger moves.

With things happening relative to the time frame. Weekly creates stronger moves than daily, so finding these crosses on the weekly is a wonderful thing but they do take longer to play out


Time is relative, and larger time frames need to be respected with more weight and significance in their changes. This translates to moving averages as well.

For example:
13/20 ema’s crossing (waffle bat) - The ‘Chris Cross’ works on all time frames

20/50 ema’s crossing (wooden bat) - ‘Value Zone’ entries play best on the daily/weekly

50/200 ema’s crossing (metal bat) - ‘Golden Crosses’ play best on the daily/weekly

With a larger moving average the move is more significant and the weight behind it, a key note in this is the duration has potential to increase as the weight does.