09/03/20

When I first started dabbling in day trading, I put $500 into a live trading account and placed a random trade.
Over the next few hours the price climbed and I made $4,000.

“This is easy” I thought to myself.


But over the next few days, I slowly bled the $4k down to nothing.

"This is impossible" was my next thought.


In the coming weeks I tried placing more trades on a whim, without a stop loss or any concept of risk management. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.


I am one of those highly analytical people who see any sort of a setback as an opportunity for a challenge.


Over the next 6 years I gathered a vast amount of trading knowledge and experience. I learned professional analysis concepts of supply/demand and market profile trading which culminated with me getting good enough as a trader to land my first prop trading job.


This was my passion for the following several years until I made enough money to carry on trading with my own funds independently.


Most people start their day trading journeys just like I did – they place a random trade, eventually get slaughtered. Only then they realise that day trading is much tougher and so much more complex than they ever dreamed of. At which point most people give up, usually because they squandered all their savings in a week or two due to lack of knowledge, planning or experience.


This notion that trading is easy money is frequently perpetuated by shrewd salesmen promising quick riches and super cars, prestige, respect and power without having to spend much time learning how to trade.

Of course this is completely false. 99% of these people have never held down a job as a prop trader, nor do they know how to trade properly themselves. Most of the super cars and lavish mansions they promote in their videos are rented, leased or borrowed.


At the beginning of my journey I was eager to learn about prop trading and real risk management. I looked high and wide for a course geared towards professional traders.
But still to this day, all that was on offer were the same empty promises and the same material: moving averages, RSI, trend lines and a whole bunch of other retail tools.

Fast forward some 11 years later and I now know that these indicators should mainly be used for long term investments – they are way too lagging to be applied to day trading.


Day trading requires a lot of accuracy and relatively small stop losses. (but NOT 4-8 ticks, it's more like 20-40 ticks).
This means that you must be extremely skilled in reading and interpreting price action.

There are two main strategies used by professional traders – supply/demand and market profile. Many of us also use statistical data such as mean averages of daily or session ranges to adjust the positions to the volatility of the markets.


As a part of our professional development program on Market Stalkers E-learning portal I show you step by step the level of skills required to perform this job to a professional standard.
Learning to properly interpret price action within a framework of hard rules is even more important at times of high volatility.


Over the last two weeks, coronavirus has left a complete bloodshed behind. I’m not referring to the victims who died from the virus, but rather those who lost a fortune in the huge two week stock market collapse as a direct result of the systemic risk to the entire world as we know it.


Those who don’t know how to recognise a black swan event and adapt their trading strategy to the new volatile ranges have suffered badly.

My methodology tends to do very well in volatile markets, purely because it relies not only on a horizontal OR vertical interpretation of developing price action, but instead a combination of the two.
As such it is a rather unique style of professional analysis. It gives a complete picture across various timeframes.




I created my style of trading during the recession of 2008. After that, I honed the strategies further throughout austerity measures of multiple European countries needing a bailout. And now we're living through the coronavirus madness.

My own life has been a series of black swan events: having grown up in war-torn Yugoslavia, my mindset is to always be prepared for the unexpected. From Yugoslavia I eventually made my way to London as a wide eyed 20 year old back in 2000.


Pretty soon, I built a new life for myself. Initially as a high profile session musician, performing with artists such as Rod Stewart and Andrew Lloyd Webber to finding my edge in the markets, carving out a career as a commodities futures day trader.


Bottom line is that many people imagine how trading is something everyone can get involved in. I disagree. The personality traits required to make money with money are not dissimilar to a research scientist or a professional chess master. Even athletes or highly skilled musicians have the transferrable skills of methodical approach and self discipline that is needed to create a set of rules and then follow them indefinitely.




Anyone who even attempts to get into trading must have some sort of transferrable high level skill. In my experience, having trained over 2000 people in the last year alone, the ones who do the best in trading are people coming from engineering backgrounds, commercial pilots and former professional athletes.

While it’s not impossible to eventually develop these skills solely through day trading, you’d be looking at an uphill struggle which may take over a decade or even longer to achieve – in absence of master level skills in other disciplines.
The main reason why people fail in day trading is because their cycle of ‘learning’ looks like this:

Try > fail > try > fail > give up

Instead, the process needs to look like this:

Try > fail > improve > try again > fail/succeed > review > try again




Indefinitely. Even after 11 years in this line of work, I still review my trades to see if I could have done something better or more efficiently.

This constant desire for never ending improvement is what keeps some of us consistently profitable and able to survive (and thrive) in any market condition that the uncertainty environment of day trading throws at us.
There is no real secret to it – hard work, analytics, patience and stubbornness.

I guess the real secret is that there is no short cuts to this process. It’s a performance discipline. As such, it requires empirical data as well as droves of practical experience to form a large enough data set. You then extract the probabilities of your method from these data sets.

For most, day trading will be a rather violent and brutal path of self-discovery. For some of us it is highly transformative. No other discipline reveals your own negative personality traits like trading does. In most other jobs there is usually quite a bit of time that passes from the moment you make an error in judgement to the consequence of that error. In trading, this is almost instantaneous.


This is why trading needs to be done by emotionally resilient people who can look at themselves and their past decisions objectively. Therein lies the biggest challenge for a prospective day trader: not the vast intelligence or lack of decent trading capital.


But instead the ability to test your skills in a simulated environment and then to successfully transfer those skills to real money environment. As you make the transition, you need to ensure that you’re emotionally mature and ready to follow the rules and probability of your method, no matter what the individual trade outcome is. Focusing on the big picture and letting the compounding interest take over, while ensuring your trades have a positive expectancy is key to any good system design.


Ultimately, losing one trade or having one or two losing days doesn’t matter. All that matters in any uncertainty environment is:

Did you follow the rules?


19/07/17

One of the biggest challenges as students learn to trade is staying motivated and positive. Feeling like a victim or justifying your own trading errors on other factors is nothing but egos playing up and brains trying to drag you back into the “comfort zone”.

Learning to trade successfully requires a resilience and stubbornness that few people are willing to endure. This process however is necessary because it ultimately creates an identity shift. Remember that sometimes when things are falling apart, they’re falling into place.

Changing your entire career to a new environment such as trading, which by default requires you to accept uncertainty and to let go of the past, is probably the toughest thing you’ll ever do.

Rising above the “norm” is never easy. Sometimes I have days when I don’t feel like getting out of bed and looking at the markets. However this is my JOB.

As a professional, I have to do my job, regardless of whether I FEEL like it or not. If I only traded when I FEEL like it or if I only exercised when I FEEL like it, I would never achieve anything. Be a doer, not a victim. You and you alone have the power to shift your mind into positivity.

It’s easy staying positive and motivated when things are going right. The challenge is to stay positive and motivated, believing in yourself, even after you’ve messed up a few times and found yourself in a drawdown. Because if you have a mission, a goal that you’re heading towards in your mind, your passion and DRIVE should be enough to shake off the current psychological discomfort and get back on the horse.

Ultimately, success comes to those who don’t give up. No one casually strolls into long-term profitability without going through emotional pain. It’s how you decide to deal with this pain is the difference between failure and ultimate success.

If you want something bad enough, your brain will find a way to get it for you, if you stick with the goal long enough. You have to work hard, analyse your performance, pick yourself apart, do better next trade, do exercise to deal with stress, re-analyse, review review review.

Look for patterns in your own previous performance – analytical nature is of pivotal importance in trading. Write down everything, from stoploss sizes used, to trade durations, track market movements even when you’re not in a trade yourself, write about how you felt. This will become an invaluable journal on your path to becoming a successful trader.
If it was easy, everyone would be a trader.

If you persist, you will be a part of an elite group of humans who have the discipline to stick to a goal for years, in order to live the life they really want.


26/12/16

I waited until after Christmas to bring some very sad news to light.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a close friend and one of our Market Stalkers traders Yana Pankratova, at only 29 years of age.

Yana and I got acquainted through a mutual friend who recommended me as a mentor. But as we started working together, we grew closer and closer as friends. We started exercising together, we spent our weekends together on top of mentoring and chatting for 10-12 hours a day each week while she worked for another prop trading company, trading the Market Stalkers way. She quickly picked up the methodology (faster than anyone ever before) and started generating 5-figure profits each month, after a three week bootcamp mentoring starter with me.

Yana was truly a remarkable young woman, driven beyond belief who frequently wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.

Yana also had a penchant for skydiving, which was her second great passion. I remember we were talking over the phone as she was waiting for her plane ride to go home to Russia when she said: “Oh they have skydiving here, I’ll call you back, gonna go do a jump!” Who does that? Casually waiting in an airport lounge and then instead of a cappuccino, jump out of the plane! This perfectly describes her incredible personality and ambition.

Her biggest dream was to trade the markets. This burning desire was evident every moment I spent in her presence. When the going got tough at one point, she confided in me that if she suddenly couldn’t trade for whatever reason, her life would be over. Little did I know that she had less than a few months to live. Her words now ring in my head with a somewhat sinister undertone. I wish to take this opportunity to remind everyone to live your lives to the fullest, because we never know when the end game is coming. What each of us can take from Yana is that she knew what she wanted and she went after it, willing to do whatever it takes in order to reach her goals.

Although her life was cruelly cut short by a very aggressive form of stomach cancer, what she achieved during her time on Earth will forever leave a memory etched into my mind as long as I live.

The rest of the people in Blahtech referred to us as “the trading twins”, as we were both Eastern European, quite petite, with similar backgrounds and even similar names: Yana and Deeyana. Our similarities went right down to being competitive gymnasts as children and exploring more exotic ways to enhance our spirituality, including dabbling in Kabbalah and Tibetan monk practices. I will forever cherish the orthodox Christmas we spent together in January, just Yana, my husband and me, when I cooked a massive orthodox Christmas dinner including a huge salmon, mushroom soup and some pancakes just for the three of us, after she told me that no one else in London celebrates “our” Christmas. I’d only known her for a couple of months at that time but our bond was already obvious. She had just returned from a brief break in Russia. She bought me a special Russian vodka, a favourite of her father. The only vodka I am able to drink neat.

I hoped that she would somehow get better but sadly after only 4 short months of treatment, she took her last breath on Monday morning, 19th December 2016 almost exactly one week ago. Her demise eventually became quite obvious to me every time she sent a whatsapp voice message, each time sounding weaker and weaker. I was one of the very few people who knew of her horrible affliction. She confided in me as soon as she found out but asked me not to tell anyone, because she wanted people to remember her as a smiley, happy, crazy, beautiful chick who trades the markets and jumps out of planes in her spare time. Although at one point she was joking how she might start a blog entitled: “the cancer daytrader”. She had a great sense of humor and a very unique outlook on life. Brave and daring, she fought until the very end. The world has lost a special soul and I will miss her energy and ambition endlessly.

Rest in peace beautiful.



24/10/16

Most of our students know that our director and founder Deeyana Angelo advocates a heavy fitness regime to keep the instinctual side of yourself away from your trading by depleting the glycogen reserves through lifting heavy weights. Practicing what she preaches (somewhat to the extreme), Deeyana is a bikini fitness competitor. On Sunday, 26th October 2016, Ms Angelo won her Pro card at the Pure Elite Fitness Competition. She is currently training for the Pure Elite World Championship Finals, which is happening on 5th November 2016 at the famous O2 Arena in London.

If you wish to come and support her, she is doing two categories: Bikini Diva and Bikini Short. It's an amazing day out, starting at 1pm. It's a great opportunity to see some of the most amazing physiques from all over the world and to meet very inspiring people. Tickets are available from AXS:



Endurance and self-discipline go hand in hand, both in sports and in trading. Understanding the biology of emotions and how physical fitness can help you overcome your trading gremlins is very important for newer traders who are struggling to control their impulses.

Deeyana Wins Her Category at Pure Elite Fitness Competition
Our pink-haired director takes 1st place in Bikini Diva Pure Elite

04/08/16


The book where it all started!

Market Stalkers Price Action Trading is now available in paperback. We had many requests for the printed version of the book and we finally decided to do it.

Available from Amazon in paperback: CLICK HERE TO VIEW
17/05/16


Some amazing news this week. Blahtech Supply/Demand Indicator has reached no. 1 spot on the Most Popular Indicators on MQL5.com Marketplace.


A massive THANK YOU from all of us here at the Blahtech team!

We will continue to serve a purpose of bringing professional tools to MT4 and soon to MT5 as well. It's been a tough 16 months of development but an exciting 5 months since the indicators have hit the Marketplace. We have filled a gap in the market for supply/demand and market profile traders by creating multi-functional indicators optimised to perfection with features such as Backtest Mode, Q Points locations and Session Ranges, never before seen on any platform. Having James Cater the super-software engineer as a part of the team has been nothing short of amazing.

We now also offer Foundation Courses, making it even more affordable for those traders who wish to familiarise themselves with the concepts of order flow trading, without breaking the bank.

The Professional Development Courses are still available and continue to be the main choice of traders wishing to pursue professional career objectives.


Safe trading everyone
04/03/16
I figured it's time to write another blog post.

There have been a lot of changes behind the scenes here. Since our inception as "Angelo Capital" just over 2 years ago, we've grown as a business and the word of my method has spread around.

As the website gained more and more followers, it became obvious that there was great interest in the method. Our sister company Blahtech Limited decided to step in and help us re-brand the company from a pure prop-trading outlet to an educational and mentoring service for creating professional, independent traders. The success of my ebook "Market Stalkers - Price Action Trading" gave us an idea for the re-branding.

As I was always quite fond of chameleons and their unassuming status as cute ambush predators, we agreed that Bob the Ambush Predator is to become our new logo. Since then, Blahtech Limited and Market Stalkers have come up with some serious tools for MT4 that support my method as a result from a year-long effort and £100k of resourced we've thrown into the development of the indicators. Blahtech Indicators now make the process of finding the Market Stalkers setups fairly quick, eliminating the mundane tasks, while still only relying on price action and distribution curves. No lagging indicators allowed!

Coming up this year are Market Stalkers Online Training Courses, broken down by skill level. Although all 3 courses are aimed at intermediate traders requiring prior knowledge of candlestick charts and basic trading strategies, they still address a lot of the issues that are not really dealt with in other training or trading courses. The courses provide a complete understanding of the stock market and the method is applicable through a wide range of asset classes including foreign exchange (forex), commodities market, futures and equities, including single shares.

You might have already noticed the swanky new videos in the Weekly Levels playlist. The courses are in a similar format, but they are now restructured compared to the old webinars, to give traders a complete education in all 3 building blocks of trading:

1. Strategy - including Supply/Demand and Market Profile
2. Psychology - including behavioural modification techniques and lifestyle changes
3. Risk management/trade management/advanced capital preservation techniques


Since a lot of you have sent me emails asking me to publish the prices of the upcoming courses, we've finally managed to agree on what they should be, so here they are:

Prices will go from £399 to £799, depending on skill level. There will also be an option to buy individual lessons, ranging from £34 - £89 per lesson.

We are also planning an all-access membership for those traders who get all three levels at once, enabling them life-time access to the video courses.

For the first time, I'm opening the doors to my complete method, previously only available to junior funded trader colleagues and well capitalised individuals through my private mentoring.

Safe trading boys and girls.
06/09/15
I've been trading for 5 years and in that time I've already traded through about 3 major crashes. Sadly this is the new normal and we better get used to it.

When trading through potentially tough times, mental discipline becomes even more important. It's very difficult to see all these pips and ticks going up and down in front of us and not pull the trigger.

However, we really need to try and stay focused and only trade our setups. Look for a base on lower timeframes, such as 30 min and 15 min. If it's later in the day, check your market profile for most likely day type development. Ask yourself how far in or out of balance the market is. Compare that information with your possible consolidating levels, also created that day. And then when you see an opportunity that resembles your trading plan, make sure you do take it. If it works it works, if not, leave it alone and go do some exercise.

We are all human and I've also had some discipline slips, which is why I wanted to remind everyone to do whatever they can in order to stay away from gung-ho trading. Whenever I decide to trade without first visiting the gym and beating the ego out of me, I trade like an idiot. I'm not afraid to admit that. Impulse control comes easier to some than others. I am one of those others - I need strict rules, a tough exercise regime involving a lot of weight lifting, followed by creating a zen atmosphere in my trading space. I try to meditate as often as possible, because meditation slows down our alpha waves and make us relax, giving access to our rational brain, creativity and executive decision-making. Otherwise as a Mediterranean girl, I am way too impulsive and not risk averse enough to sit on my hands. But always remember - markets have been around for over 100 years and they'll still be around 100 years from now. So just wait another day to pull the trigger, there will be other opportunities.

Trade well.
30/06/15
While many struggling retail traders will continue to look for magical non-existent Fib levels in the middle of nowhere, re-counting Elliot Waves to see where they've "miscounted" and rubbing rabbit feet while praying to a higher power, those traders who have managed to survive in this job over a number of years will almost always know how to locate the real supply/demand. And for this feat, you don't need any indicators or special level 2 data that costs an arm and a leg. Nor does it require knowledge of astronomy and possible order of seasons on exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb. All you need is your own two eyes. 

Isn't supply/demand just support/resistance?

In short. No, it's entirely different from support/resistance. Comparing apples and oranges comes to mind. Both fruits, but one is a malus fruit, the other one citrus.

Support/resistance is marked whenever there is a low or a high on the chart. Supply/demand is only marked when there is equilibrium prior to the move. Anything else are pivotal highs/lows that are much less important. So you want to be looking for areas of prior large moves that came out of a consolidation - out of previous balance. This implies that prior to the large move, everyone agreed on the price. 

Most struggling traders might look at a chart and know how to read where the price turned. But do they know the REASON why the price turned? I'm not talking about fundamental news - I am 90% a technical trader and news are not a big factor in my decision making process. I am not blind to a possibility of changing interest rates and NFP numbers, but I certainly won't close my trades out if I'm 200 ticks in profit and a UK PMI figure comes out. Why? Because in the grand scheme of things, if my analysis is correct and interest rates are the same, technical side of charts should tell you a very precise story on where market participants agreed on the price previously. In other words, equilibrium. In other words, supply/demand. True supply/demand. 

There are really only about three reasons why prices might change direction. 

First one is profit taking. 

Second one is either short covering or long liquidation. This might also fall into profit taking. 

Third one is a change in supply/demand from previous equilibrium. 

Think about this last one for a minute. If at any one point, all market participants agreed on a particular price, how is that going to look on a chart? 

Something like this? 





A rectangle with several sideways candles. When you see such a price action on your chart, it's a good idea to see what price does AFTER it's created this. Assuming that the price proceeds to move MINIMUM 3x away from the egde of the now very obvious zone (although I aim for 5x because 3x will make you a barely profitable trader until you get your accuracy fairly decent), you can then mark it as your level of interest. If it scores well on the probability enhancers, you may decide on a limit order or a confirmation as your method of entry. 

This works on ANY chart but you have to be VERY exclusive with your levels. 

I mention something called the "normal" formation of s/d zones in my webinars. These "normal formations" are comprised of two candles. When you see these on lower timeframes, like m30 and lower, they are NOT valid levels unless you can find an even lower level base/equilibrium that preceded the move away. Reason for this is because these moves are made by people taking profits, NOT by people agreeing in price!

However if they are located on a 4 hour chart and above I usually go down to lower timeframes to investigate whether there's a "base", indicating agreement on the price prior to the move. If I find my "base" there, I will mark it as my point of interest to make a trade.

Cue Megan Trainors "All about the bass" song :)