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Trading Rules

Do any of you guys use "trading rules" as some authors of technical trading suggest? If so would you mind sharing a summary or your thoughts without giving up the recipe to your secret recipe?

Gary Bird


  • markdmarkd ✭✭✭
    edited February 26
    Take a look at this link

    especially the Richard Rhodes article and the Donchian Trading Guide article. John Murphy's 10 Laws is also must reading.

    Note "trading rules" are different from systems or methods - systems and methods should conform to the rules, but they are more specific about entries and exits. For instance, "trade with the trend" is a rule, "buy when the rising 5 MA crosses the 21 MA and prices are above the rising 200 MA; sell when price closes below the 21 MA" is (part of) a system.
  • I use the presence of a dynamic CSS pattern on the point and figure chart. There must be at least 3 consecutive sell signals (CSS) on the default PnF chart. After that, I look for a column of X's that is at least 7x's high. Or 2 columns of 6x's but the second column of 6xx must have a higher bottom than the first. This is an initial stalking pattern for me. It must have at least 3xCSS and then a column of 7xx or 2x6xx. The CSS is a sign of significant distribution or supply being in control. The presence of a 7xx column is a sign of significant accumulation.

    After the dynamic CSS pattern is shown, I then review the month markers on the chart. The month markers are the numbers and letters you see on the PnF chart if you have don't check the Hide Months option in the PnF chart. A line connecting the last 2 month markers (MM) and the 7th X point (or the 6th X in the 2nd column of 6xx) should have the last point be even or higher than the 1st point or MM.

    After that I review the 1 box reversal chart for signs of a fulcrum forming on the PnF chart. A fulcrum is a reversal pattern. The fulcrum pattern's significant features are a clear down channel. Sideways movement out of the down channel and a spike up out of the down channel. The 7xx column will appear differently on the 1 box reversal chart and may be the fulcrum spike.

    After the fulcrum spike the stock should then test the bottom of the fulcrum column(s). Then an emergence completes the fulcrum pattern. An emergence is the breakout. There are some excellent texts on point and figure analysis. Asset Allocation Techniques and Financial Market Timing is an excellent under appreciated book. Jeremy DuPlessis also has some fantastic books on the subject. Clearly developed fulcrum patterns can take on at least 8 different types.

    So basically looking for stocks in clear downtrends as evidenced signficant supply represented by the CSS, then significant demand entering the picture as evidenced by the 7xx or 2x6xx rising bottoms. Confirmation with the MM and a fulcrum pattern forming signs of reversal. It's actually quite a bit Wyckoffian in some respects. "Failure" and sale is shown by a simple sell signal below the low of the 7xx column.

    The secret sauce is identifying a stock's DNA. I maintain a couple of shared portfolio at Dorsey Wright for stocks in the Naz100 as well as the SP600 and SP400 that meet these criteria. Actually dumber than these criteria. So a pool of approximately 1,100 stocks. The security only needs a 7xx sometime after the 3xCSS or greater. Entry is at the 7xx level. That portfolio is showing an average return of greater than 90% for stocks held over a year. >70% for stocks held 6 months or longer.
  • Thankyou very much for sharing this information.That's an awesome plan and return on your portfolio. I am a vaguely familiar with Dorsey Wright and PnF. But when you say you maintain a couple of shared portfolio at DWA what does that mean exactly?

    Sorry it took me so long in replying to your post, I have been sidetracked with family matters. I will see if I can somewhat try and mirror what you are doing.
  • At DWA you can create portfolios of stocks. It's similar to a chartlist at StockCharts. The exception is a portfolio can be built with paper dollar trades so historic returns are capable of being saved. If SC added a portfolio tool, then I would ditch my DWA membership. So I built a couple of "real time" portfolios and shared them with a group of interested CSS Strategy advocates to use for ideas and study. It's quite a remarkable strategy but it does take a bit of time and effort to learn new things, which are actually old things. I studied it for a full year before I took the plunge and implemented. Very happy with the results.

    Anyway, similar to creating a Public Chartlist at SC, one can "share" portfolios at DWA with other members. I have two shared portfolios there. One is contains Dynamic CSS patterns in the Naz 100. The other contains Dynamic CSS patterns in the SP400 and SP600.
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