. I believe you also trade individual shares. Do you do
that purely on their charts or do you also take into consideration
what the FTSE is doing?
Yes, I trade (FTSE 100) stocks almost entirely on their charts, but
one of those charts is their FTSE Relative. A lot of movement in
FTSE stocks relates to ROTATION and it always helps to pick
stocks whose relative is in a rising phase.
I think it follows that if you can pick stocks whose relative is rising
while FTSE is also rising then you wont go far wrong.
I am back in cash at the moment looking for a decent
retracement of the FTSE. Would you wait until we appear to be
back in an up trend or trade shares on their individual support
A great deal depends here on your trading style and what length
of trend you have in mind.
If, as your question implies, you think FTSE has now broken its
trend then you may find that individual 'support' levels do not
Bear markets tend to rip through support as everyone joins the
rush to sell.
So it would be 'wiser' to be happy that FTSE has found support
and is once again climbing before taking on too many position
On the other hand, if you are happy that the trend has been
broken and FTSE has not found real support then shorting the
pull backs on individual stocks is the way to go.
It all sounds simple ?
The messy bit as always is, "How do you assess whether the
trend is up or down "
I am sure you have your own rules, but watching to see if stocks
are still responding to their support levels can be an important
part of that assessment.
For my own part, I am not yet convinced that the high on FTSE
is yet in. The sudden rush of blood to its feet in the last few days
may be the start of something but may also be just the result of
a temporary bull consensus as many commentators have recently become bullish.
I hope this helps, but I fear it may not.