What is your most profitable pattern?

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View Poll Results: My most profitable pattern is:
H&S 2 6.06%
Flag 3 9.09%
Pin bar 4 12.12%
Triangle 3 9.09%
Something else 14 42.42%
I don't trade patterns 5 15.15%
I trade against them all the time 2 6.06%
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 7:05pm   #61
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Somebody chose triangles. It's not a bad pattern at all - for me it has clearly defined entry and exit levels:
Except if the liquidity happens to become exhausted after breaking out of the triangle, the whole thing reverses. If triangles work that well, we'd all be using it.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 8:34pm   #62
 
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Except if the liquidity happens to become exhausted after breaking out of the triangle, the whole thing reverses. If triangles work that well, we'd all be using it.
I wouldn't enter it on a weak momentum BJ
That's why I would combine it with few indicators and a bit of previous/historic pa analysis around that level to get additional info. As Jon pointed - momentum takes care of the rest (if there is a strong momentum around trigger time)

I guess it could be entered randomly as well, if you like that approach - r/r can be very good (especially if the break is closer to 1/3 from the apex) to justify it as the 'risk is shrinking' (if you follow it and keep moving the stop)
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 8:35pm   #63
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For those who believe in computer generated patterns

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Old Mar 31, 2013, 8:40pm   #64
 
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You can find patterns everywhere you look if you try hard enough. Here's a trade I took in the midst of what finished up as a pin bar type bar.

You could see it as a bull flag breakout, a channel break out, a minor support play, a fib level play, an MA play - even, at a stretch, a small inverse head and shoulders (more clear on a line chart). Had I been inclined to go short I could probably find some pattern to support it - there's a 1,2,3 reversal pattern for a start.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 9:12pm   #65
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You can find patterns everywhere you look if you try hard enough. Here's a trade I took in the midst of what finished up as a pin bar type bar.

You could see it as a bull flag breakout, a channel break out, a minor support play, a fib level play, an MA play - even, at a stretch, a small inverse head and shoulders (more clear on a line chart). Had I been inclined to go short I could probably find some pattern to support it - there's a 1,2,3 reversal pattern for a start.
You are right. You can always find a pattern to justify what you want to do, anyway. We are such fools, sometimes. Why don't we go ahead and do what we think, regardless? Probably, because we want to explain the reasons for our actions on sites, such as this and, without a pattern, our reasons don't make much sense.
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ZEN archer started this thread No votes for h&s, flags or pin bars so far

Something else is the most popular choice

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Old Mar 31, 2013, 11:18pm   #67
 
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No votes for h&s, flags or pin bars so far

Something else is the most popular choice
Nope, mine is definitely H&S, but used when reversing a short term trend, back in the direction of the longer..just amazing
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 12:18am   #68
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the best patterns in my view are both simple and easily spotted by market participants

below is the pattern and then an example from a trade last week

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Old Apr 1, 2013, 2:22am   #69
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Here's a demonstration of my high probability liquidity based pattern. The trade currently represents a 12%+ account growth. But my previously mentioned holy grail dictates I run this and so I do because I see more liquidity ahead.

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the best patterns in my view are both simple and easily spotted by market participants

below is the pattern and then an example from a trade last week

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I can well imagine there might be an upward sloping moving average running below, perhaps even just touching, those lows on the first chart, and a downward sloping one just above the highs on the second. Which is exactly how I trade. I am embarrassed I have nothing more complex to offer.
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 8:28am   #71
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@ Purple - Absolutely nothing wrong with good old HH HL / LL LH.
Its not as susceptible to time series bias for a start,
as its based largely on levels, not patterns within a certain time series.
Keeping it simple is a very sound approach.

@ Jungles, completely agree.
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 8:57am   #72
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http://www.trade2win.com/boards/tech...ml#post2104826

http://www.trade2win.com/boards/tech...ml#post2104846

TBH I sort of agree with both arguments in part.
Tar is saying that a solid, more guaranteed edge at an
institutional level is by definition something that is more concrete.
NBBO front running on the NYSE, co-location latency etc.
They are hard and fast, quantifiable advantages.
They will only fail outright due to regulation, although competition
still plays a part even here - costs and liquidity to name but two.


I also agree with bbmac that a sound well thought out and tested plan
can also give an advantage over those without such a plan.
As mentioned, aside from the risk of failure due to regulation and costs,
you also face more of a risk of an approach failing at some point.
That is the only additional difference for me.


So in that sense, with the kind of advantages that institutional players
enjoy, they would be insane to resort to a less robust method as employed
by a retail trader.
That does not mean a retail trader can't turn a profit with a plan,
its just harder as a retailer faces greater obstacles:

1 No fixed salary.
2 Greater costs (paying spread, increased comms etc.).
3 No technological advantage.
4 No information advantage.

You also have to remember a retailer does have the following advantages:

1 Less obstructive regulation.
2 No OPM pressure.
3 No shareholders to please.
4 Greater flexibility - in sizing (entry / exit liquidity), instrument choice and duration.

Its far from easy at any level, but its certainly possible nevertheless.
Its swings and roundabout whatever you do.
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 9:43am   #73
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LV , thanks , yes it is possible for retail traders to make money that's for sure and some do make money , whether with TA or PA or buy and hold it is possible for an experienced disciplined good retail trader to make money , that's not an issue , the issue is there is no such thing as an edge in a form of a specified setup or chart pattern that it has to be found , markets are dynamic and competitive and such thing wont exist that's the whole idea behind the markets .
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 10:05am   #74
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LV , thanks , yes it is possible for retail traders to make money that's for sure and some do make money , whether with TA or PA or buy and hold it is possible for an experienced disciplined good retail trader to make money , that's not an issue , the issue is there is no such thing as an edge in a form of a specified setup or chart pattern that it has to be found , markets are dynamic and competitive and such thing wont exist that's the whole idea behind the markets .
I tend to agree with the bold highlight, at least from my own
perspective with automation.
I'm yet to find anything other than semi random entry that
works when automated (I doubt I will either).

Anyone who does so on a discretionary basis is probably using
price action experience more than they think to filter out
duff, low quality 'setups'.

Those same 'setups' without that discretionary PA filter are largely baseless
in my own experience in a none subjective automated setting.
That is backed up by lots of other anecdotal evidence from people whose
opinions I trust (Eckhardt to name but one).
Many research papers reach the same conclusion,
although as a lot of them are from none trading
academics, a pinch of salt is sometimes needed with the conclusions .
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I tend to agree with the bold highlight, at least from my own
perspective with automation.
I'm yet to find anything other than semi random entry that
works when automated (I doubt I will either).

Anyone who does so on a discretionary basis is probably using
price action experience more than they think to filter out
duff, low quality 'setups'.

Those same 'setups' without that discretionary PA filter are largely baseless
in my own experience in a none subjective automated setting.
That is backed up by lots of other anecdotal evidence from people whose
opinions I trust (Eckhardt to name but one).
Many research papers reach the same conclusion,
although as a lot of them are from none trading
academics, a pinch of salt is sometimes needed with the conclusions .


It is not possible to consistently make money with the same predefined static set of rules "setup/pattern" because bets influence prices = self defeating process .
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