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Tackle Today: Bear Market tip #3: Scaling In

January 5, 2022

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Tackle Today: Bear Market tip #3: Scaling In

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Today we return to our series highlighting five tips from the bear market playbook. Recall that tip one was “if in doubt, stay out,” and tip two was to reduce your position size.

The third tip is to scale-in.

One of the key characteristics of a bear market is high volatility. Overnight gaps multiply. Up days are frequently followed by down days and vice versa. Choppy prices aggravate directional traders, and the Average True Range (ATR) expands. In markets like this, it’s crucial to find a way to use the volatility to your advantage.

Scaling in does this. It consists of splitting your trade into multiple smaller trades. For instance, say you want to buy 100 shares of a stock. Instead of buying all at once, you might buy 50 shares twice or 33 shares three times. That gives you the flexibility of adding more shares at a better price.

And the high volatility usually means prices do go against you at some point. But rather than sucking on that lemon, why not take it and make some lemonade?

Adding size at a better price is sometimes called dollar-cost averaging. It lowers your cost basis, thus improving your probability of profit. We use this technique nearly every day in my Team Phoenix trading lab. Of course, it works in bull markets too, but it’s during the excessive volatility of bear markets that the tactic really shines.

Chart of the Day:  Dow Jones Industrial Average Historical Returns

The year is over and the stats are in. The Dow Jones Industrial Average delivered over a 20% gain with dividends reinvested. Here’s a great chart from Albert Bridge Capital categorizing the Index’s performance throughout history. Note the summarized numbers on the bottom left. Impressive, most impressive.

Video of the day: Gino’s Gems: How to add and interpret custom technical indicators arrows on Thinkorswim charts

In today’s Gino’s Gems, Coach Gino Poore teaches how to add and interpret custom technical indicators arrows on Thinkorswim charts (TOS).

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