Stocks & Commodities V. 26:2 (24-28): Trading With The Directional Ratio by John “Jay” Norris

Stocks & Commodities V. 26:2 (24-28): Trading With The Directional Ratio by John “Jay” Norris
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Trading With The Directional Ratio by John “Jay” Norris

Whether you trade long term, short term, or intermediate term, you need to know the direction of the trend. Here’s a simple way to find out.

If you are an active trader, or if you manage traders, you probably already know the importance of differentiating between a “trend trade” and a “countertrend trade.” By using the highs and lows on the chart to determine overall direction, it should be a simple matter to determine a market’s current stance for a particular time period, be it 15 candles or 60. However, once you add up the long-, intermediate-, and short-term trends on the daily, 240-minute, and 60-minute charts, the moving parts start to blur.


To help gauge the trend on the different time frames, I break it down into simple numbers. There are three things a market can do: go up, go down, and go sideways; and there are three different time frames to do it in: long term, intermediate term, and short term. That’s nine directional determinates, or a directional ratio, that when tabulated can help define trend trades versus countertrend trades at a glance. Imagine how this can help you in the decision-making process when scanning multiple markets on multiple time frames in search of familiar patterns and trade setups.

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