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 :)

 
15/02/15
Once again, Greece is wreaking havoc on the Eurozone. Whether it's almost-bankrupcy or left-wing party rejecting austerity measures, Greece continues to be an eye-sore to all normal EU countries. 

There's something about Balkan countries that prevents people living in them to see the long-term picture. And when I say that - I'm part Greek part Serbian, so trust me I know what I'm talking about. They are all very much concerned with "me, me, me, now, now, now" attitude. If Greece rejects austerity measures, out they go from Eurozone and they can say bye-bye to free trade with EU and visa-free movements and work opportunities throughout EU. Greece refuses to see how their exit from EU would affect them in a highly negative way.

Even if they do exit, Greece will still be broke and would have to turn to IMF for other kind of austerity. And I seriously doubt that it will be as favourable as the one EU gave them. 

Yes, times are hard for the people, yes they lied about their numbers prior to getting into EU, yes they've now made a mess by electing a left-wing party. So shouldn't here be some kind of retribution for their past actions? Greece continues to misbehave politically, playing mind-games when they're not really in a position to do anything. All they're doing is bluffing. Adding self-importance and boosting egos has never ended well historically for the small countries. The only countries allowed to bluff are those with enough power to actually cause serious harm to economy by NOT being a part of a union.

But my frustration on Greece's inability to see further than its own nose aside, I won't be touching euro-related pairs until this is all sorted out. Events this week on euro will likely be news driven as the situation unfolds with the negotiations, but generally at times like these its wise to not rely on technicals. One piece of bad news can send eurusd plummeting down. Another piece of good news will make it sky-rocket. I would rather play the aftermath of the outcome than be caught in trying to predict how the talks will end. And I suggest you do the same. 
18/01/15

My oh my. Wasn't that one of the craziest weeks ever for the markets?

Thursday announcement from SNB about removing their floor for EURCHF at 1.20 brought the house down, literally - Alpari went bust, FXCM had to be bailed by Leukadia tsk tsk tsk. 

Many times I was asked why I don't trade the swissy - after all it's a currency of one of the strongest countries in Europe. The reason why I stay away from swissy is because a) its a smaller currency and b) I really don't like it when I hear stuff like: "we're setting the currency floor at X price" - purely because that immediately means that the currency is widely rigged by the country's central bank. Anything that's being kept afloat by such practices like "defend 1.20 at all cost" is likely to bring a massive amount of volatility once that floor gets removed. Especially in a less liquid smaller currency. It implies that the price we are seeing reflected in the markets isn't a fair value as perceived by market participants, but merely a price that the central bank would like to keep for their own agenda.
 

Hence, 2 years ago when I noticed a massive blip upwards spanning around 2000 ticks, looking like a stop-hunt but in reality just a low liquidity volatility moment, I removed all swissy related pairs from my trading portfolio. Last week, my decision to do so was fully vindicated.

But enough of the carnage and aftermath of brokers going bust and retail traders losing their shirts. Surely, there are now some new millionaires as a result of the SNB floor removal. 

Onwards to the topic of EU QE. 

Draghi obtained support from EU justice court to go through with the new bond purchasing program. I've seen a few people around asking "Why did the DAX jump so much? Does anyone know the reason?!"

So let me help those people put 2 & 2 together and lets review what modern practices of QE have shown us. Using the most recent example of US QE - a ridiculously aggressive policy from the FED has seen their equity markets go on a 5-year rally and generally in hindsight it was an exceptional move from the FED that saved US economy. 
Fed chairman Bernanke began the US QE program and caused a huge long-term rally in equity markets. 
Draghi got the green light for QE, German DAX immediately rallied 2%. 

Will history repeat itself? I say, most likely. I expect to see EU equity markets rallying for the duration of QE, because of the influx of all that new cash into companies. None of that money will reach the regular consumer, just like it didn't reach your average Joe in America. This money is aimed towards business to create jobs and to help propel the economy, not to repay debts - this will come later, once the economy is strong once again. I doubt it will cause hyperinflation, in fact US inflation stayed at historically record lows throughout QE. So in conclusion, I genuinely think that this is another great move from Super Mario and I am looking forward to the next couple of years. We live in turbulent, but interesting times and I'm happy to be a part of the action as a trader. 
 
22/12/14

Very short week ahead, with few releases and no notable speakers.

EURUSD is still being weighed upon by a looming sovereign QE program that Mario Draghi wants to implement in the New Year. This has been the running theme of the whole of 2014. For those not too familiar with fundamentals and why things are happening the way they're happening, here's a bit of history as to why EU officials might be against QE.

Going back to the time after WWII, Germany went through a period of "printing money" ie Quantitative Easing policy to try and repay their debt. What resulted from this was a mad hyper-inflation with groceries costing into billions of deutsch marks and still going up by a few billion by the evening. As a result of this history lesson, Germans deemed any QE programs illegal for themselves in the beginning, but as Germany rose to the top of EU, this stance was adopted by the rest of the European council.

So naturally Angela Merkel is of opinion that a similar hyperinflation will happen again to the whole of Europe. The first debate is whether EU should change the law to make QE legal - after all we now have faltering EU recovery and no real way out of it.

On the other side of this table sits Mario Draghi, a true genius who came up with LTRO program and single-handedly saved Europe from being doomed.

Now let's take a look at a modern example of QE.

If you followed the markets even a little over the last 4-5 years, there was a lot of talk about American QE program. The Fed ran an aggressive "money printing" policy from November 2008 which had no effect on the US inflation at all. The Fed continued to pump $85 billion every month into the banking system, eventually causing stock markets to turn bullish and go on a mad run for 6 years. Before QE, S&P500 index stood at $738. It's now at $2074. Markets almost tripled with very little correction and for now, no real sign of this trend coming to an end.

But the reason behind this rally was a little bit suspect: none of the cash injection reached further than the businesses. Consumers didn't get a sniff of the funds. So QE kept large companies in the game, expanding and growing, but your average disposable income was unchanged.


Even so, Fed's QE proved that a country can print money without adverse consequences to inflation. In fact, US QE is now considered a success, with jobs numbers being back on track and economy largely recovered. However, the Fed decided to keep interest rates at historically low rates, which might be the reason for the lack of inflation. I expect them to do a rate hike in the spring 2015 and we'll see whether the equity markets can sustain their gains even after the rate hike.


So perhaps now we have a successful model of QE, especially if the correction after the rate hike stays limited and above 200 DMA, a model upon which Europe and Mr. Draghi can use to guide EU through another modern QE process in a bid to preserve the economy. All eyes on Super Mario.
 
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