Slow Trader Diary – week 31

Here are our cashed-in trades for week 31: Healthcare Partners Inc + £89, GBP/USD + £687

IG is our broker, costs for the week were – £25.17

Lets take a look at GBP/USD.

Conditional: this is a graphed COT (commitment of traders) report giving us a buy condition.


This graph represents several months so gives us the condition only, important as that is. From left to right, the first arrow is against the trend. Therefore we would not take that as a positive buy opportunity. However, the second arrow, and second buy indication, is good as it is with the recent trend. The buy condition should remain if the blue line on the chart continues to descend to a new low.

The COT report is completed for the previous week on the following Tuesday and is published on Friday. It is therefore about two weeks old by the time we get it. However, it is like the oil tanker analogy where you move the rudder but it takes several miles to turn. Often that is the case with the COT. Even though it is old information it gives us a solid hint at the conditional.

Once we have the conditional we need a matching recent trend. I’ll talk more on the (elusive) trend in follow up blogs.

After trend we concentrate on price – in other words a buy signal. Here is our buy signal for GBP/USD this week. The first graph is in daily bars and the second is the same trade from bottom to top but in 4-hour bars. The second chart gives us a different view as to the dynamic of the trade.


Moving on. You may have noticed the S&P. Here it is today:


Knowing what the S&P is doing is not a trading conditional for individual stocks (or shares in the case of the FTSE). That would be too broad a statement. Interestingly, the movement however of the S&P was more or less mirrored by the stocks on my short list. Even being confident of the future movement of my selected stocks I still missed most of them. ‘How is this possible, B’? I hear you say.

This is an example of what happened.


This is Boeing, We notice by the date that the bottom (blue arrow) coincides with the predicted bottom of the S&P. This pin, at a 50% retrace, is a great buy signal. (Again, we will cover price in more detail in future blogs for those that are interested).

If we choose to: buy on market, that is buy now at current price – or buy on stop, that is buy at a higher future price – or buy on limit, that is wait and buy at a lower price – is a judgment call. And one, on this occasion, I got wrong. You will notice that the bounce was so hard that after the pin the next days opening price gapped up. Only a buy on market would have worked. I went for buy on limit and missed it. “C’est la vie.”

This was the same this week for four trades that I set.

For the coming week we are keeping a sharp eye on gold. The commercials (that is the COT report) are warming up nicely to a buy signal. Beware of the trend however and remember, as well as recent trend, we also need price or more accurately price action. But more on this later.


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