Daily ETF 2015 – 03 – 24

5 simple steps to build, understand and use charts

  1. Trend definition: A bullish trend is a succession of Higher Highs and Higher Lows. A bearish trend is a succession of Lower Lows and Lower Highs.
  2. Paint and annotate price bars: This is a simple intuitive visual aid. Olive for bullish, Tomato for bearish. Swing Highs are in green, swing lows are in red
  3. Draw Volatility Channels: Volatility channels are the dotted lines with annotations. They are only featured and colored in the direction of the dominant trend: Olive for bullish, Tomato for bearish. They are calculated as: Bullish Volatility Channel = Swing Low – 1 * Average True Range of 14 days (ATR[14])
  4. Annotate the Distance from Volatility Channel: This is the distance from the Volatility Channel to the Bar when swing is identified. Think of it as a simple position sizing algorithm: what size should be traded to risk 1% of the portfolio ?
  5. Bullish weakness and Bearish strength: are short term counter-trend signals. Weakness is over, bullish trend resumes. Strength is over, bearish trend resumes.


JNK SPDR High Yield Bullish Weakness

HYG iShares High Yield Bullish weakness


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