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Tackle Today: Crystal Ball or Market Voodoo?

August 10, 2022

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«Overpriced or Just Right?»


Have you ever looked at the markets and thought what makes it tick? Ya know, what causes it to go up and what causes it to go down? I gave this a lot of thought as a new trader and it became sort of an obsession to find out what makes the price action happen. I thought if I knew what made the markets go up and down that I can make huge profits and this new endeavor would be easy.

What I learned after many years is that knowing why the market goes up and down is only part of the winning equation. You need other parts of the process such as good money management skills and a solid understanding of probabilities as well as a huge dose of discipline. These other parts of the process only came to light after I spent much time studying the game and lots of practice that included many wins and many losses. This wisdom took time to show up and a lot of perseverance but before it came, I looked long and hard for lots of things that could explain what the markets were going to do next and this included many indicators and many systems that were supposed to hold the key to directional trading. As one can imagine most of these holy grails that I chased were extremely disappointing or actually downright garbage. I did learn that there was some merit in some of the things I found but that there was really no crystal ball for the markets and that the most consistent thing I found was things that represented overbought and oversold conditions.

There are many indicators like the Bollinger Bands or the RSI that show overbought and oversold conditions and these kinds of things can help with understanding why the market does what it does but it really doesn’t ever get us foolproof directional movement. The deeper meaning behind these indicators is that all things tend to revert to the mean given a certain period of time. This reversion to the mean is psychological in nature and that is ultimately what drives the markets. This may be market voodoo to some but it really does reflect the human element of trading and this is really one of the only ways to really understand how markets move.

So, if you are wondering how markets really move and want to understand whether something is overpriced or just right using techniques such as those mentioned above can go a long way to solving that question. You don’t really need a crystal ball one just needs an understanding of the markets and human nature and that can take you a long way down the trading path.

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