Wyckoff: Timing Your Commitments
by Craig F. Schroeder
The Wyckoff method ends where it begins — with the general market. Step 5 of the Wyckoff method,
the final step and the topic of this month's discussion of the Wyckoff method, instructs the Wyckoff
student to time positions in individual issues to anticipated turns in the general market.
The logic of this is easy to understand. If the first four steps of the Wyckoff method have been correctly
applied, the results will be enhanced by a market that is moving with a particular position. While it is true
that all markets will have issues that make substantial moves counter to the prevailing trend, most
individual stocks will go with the trend following the line of least resistance. The odds of achieving
success are improved by selecting positions from the majority rather than by trying to identify the
In his course in stock market science and technique, Richard D. Wyckoff stated the basics of his method
in five steps:
Step 1: Determine the present position and probable future trend of the market. Then decide how you
are going to play the game: long, short or neutral.
Step 2: Select from those stocks in harmony with the market the ones stronger than the market in a bull
market. In a bear market, select those that are weaker than the market.
Step 3: Select those stocks that have built up a cause, a potential count for a move in keeping with