About once every five years, against my better judgment, I get roped into going to a professional baseball game with my friends. I always rationalize how “it might be fun this time,” but sure enough, by the time we get to the fourth or fifth inning I am bored out of my mind.
I mean I can only put up with so much….
…..ball…..strike….step out of batter’s box…..foul ball……foul ball……throw to first to keep runner honest……foul ball……foul ball……naked guy on field…..foul ball….foul ball…….balk……
If I’m going to go to a sporting event it has to be something with some action, like hockey, or basketball, or curling.
Last season I ended up going to a Los Angeles Angels game, and just as I suspected, it was a snoozefest.
However one of the things that I have to admit was pretty cool was how the servers now come to your seat to take your order, and then deliver the food right to you.
In life we are taught from an early age that we have to go after what we want, and that anything worth having is worth is worth pursuing. But sometimes it’s nice to just sit on your ass and have a mega-beer and a double jalapeño nachos placed gently in your lap.
When trading, it can also be to your advantage to have setups brought to you instead of having to hunt them down. By using the “Triple F” method, you can set up your watch list’s to do just that.
The first “F” stands for “filtering”, the process by which you take your macro list of stocks and bring it down to an actionable one. This can be done with EOD technical and fundamental scans or by just visually reviewing charts one by one in order to find candidates that are approaching entry points.
The results can then be put into three different groups; day trades, swing trades, and long-term trades (or no setup). Transferring over your day trade and swing trade lists to your real-time charting software then sets the stage for the second “F”, which is “focus.”
Here you can configure and organize your stocks in a way that will keep non-movers out of your way, and bring potential trade setups right to you.
Swing trade candidates by definition will usually be farther away from entry points than day trade candidates, and you don’t want them to get in your way until they are ready to go. Set alerts on these stocks at 50 cents below your intended buys points, and then minimize the list so it does not take up valuable screen real estate.
Now focus on your day trade list. Set alerts there as well, which will tend to be closer to entry points than those on the swing list, but also make sure to set your list to auto sort every 5-10 seconds. If your software has the capability, you want to sort by the “% change in average volume” column criteria.
This will then constantly push stocks to the top of your list that have the highest increase in volume relative to their average, and volume is what moves stocks. If you don’t have that column criteria available, you can just use “Volume” instead, which although not as effective, will still push movers to the top of the list.
You can now limit yourself to monitoring the stocks on your day trade list that are constantly being brought to the top, and forget about those at the bottom. If any stocks on your lists get near entry points, your alerts will trigger causing them to automatically be loaded into your chart windows. Setups literally are brought to you.
This gives you the freedom to watch the indexes or market barometers, monitor news feeds, or look for intraday setups without worrying that you will miss a potential trade. This system works best when looking for breakout trades, long or short, but can be modified to work for trades off of pullbacks to support or resistance.
And the third “F”….well there isn’t really one, but the “Triple F” system just sounded better than the “Double F” system.