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April 18, 2022 | Trading Major Indicies With Multiple Time Frame Analysis

Chris Vermeulen

Chris Vermeulen has been involved in the markets since 1997 and is the founder of TheTechnicalTraders.com. He is an internationally recognized technical analyst, trader, and author of the book: Technical Trading Mastery. Chris has developed trading strategies that incorporate technical analysis, position-sizing, and risk management to boost performance while reducing portfolio risk.

There are many benefits to utilizing multiple time frame analysis in your trading. Some of the standard time frames are monthly, daily, weekly, 4-hour, 1-hour, etc. Longer-term traders may also monitor quarterly and annual charts for clues in market price action.

Some traders use this process to hedge their position using options or an inverse ETF. Others use multi-time frame analysis to enter new positions by exploiting counter-trend moves within a trending market.

Longer time frames tend to be more reliable but shorter time frames can reduce risk. Experienced traders who utilize multi-time frames seem to be able to extract the best from all time frames to improve their overall trading efficiency.

Using the SPY ETF (S&P 500) we will look at a simple example of this type of time frame analysis utilizing the daily and a 4-hour chart:

In early January 2022, the SPY reacted at 2.618% of its Covid 2020 price drop.

The -14.55% price drop lasted approximately 50 days until the SPY found buying support at 1.618%.

This price drop took out the 4th quarter 2021 SPY low and the drop was also greater than any other drop that had occurred during the 2020-2021 bull rally.

SPY – SPDR S&P 500 ETF TRUST – DAILY CHART

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SPY PRICE DROP OF -14.55% VIOLATED ITS 4TH QUARTER 2021 LOW

The SPY 4-hour chart shows us the exact same price information as the SPY daily chart. However, in viewing the 4-hour chart we have 6 times as many bars (1-day equals 24 hours and 24-hours equals 6 4-hour bars).

One example of how this might benefit us is when using a 72-period Bollinger Band on a daily chart this would represent a calendar quarter. While a 72-period Bollinger Band on a 4-hour chart is equal to 12- days or one-half of a month.

As we shorten the timeframe of our chart it is like we are looking through a magnifying glass which allows us to see our price data in greater detail.

Once the SPY price violated its 4th quarter 2021 low we were signaled or given a clue that it may be time to liquidate our long positions and consider purchasing an inverse ETF to the SPY like SH.

The 4-hour SPY chart utilizing a 72-period (12-day) Bollinger Band provides us with an excellent opportunity to take profits on our previous long positions by liquidating.

72-period Bollinger Band: 72 4-hour bars equal 288 hours divided by 24 gives us 12-days.

SPY – SPDR S&P 500 ETF TRUST – 4-HOUR CHART

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Using A MULTI TIME FRAME STRATEGY TO PURCHASE AN INVERSE ETF   

There are different reasons for utilizing an inverse ETF. A trader may want to hedge their profit in the underlying market, or a trader may want to sell the market short outright. Regardless of the trader’s motive, an inverse ETF can provide additional benefits and flexibility.

As we analyze the SPY and how it violated its previous quarter low, we need to consider that the SPY may be transitioning out of its bull market phase.

An alternative strategy or counter-strategy is to purchase a SPY inverse ETF like SH – ProShares Short S&P 500. A simple explanation of the inverse is that when the S&P 500 loses SH will gain or when the S&P 500 gains SH will lose. The goal of the SH ETF is to be as close as possible to the exact opposite of the S&P500 index (SPY ETF).

Since SH is an inverse ETF we want to look for a place to buy SH using a multi time frame analysis chart such as the 4-hour chart. The 72-period Bollinger Band (12-day) just gave us a ‘Buying Zone’.

SH – PROSHARES SHORT S&P 500 ETF – 4-HOUR CHART

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KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, AND APPLICATION ARE NEEDED

It is important to understand that we are not saying the market has topped and is headed lower. This article is to shed light on some interesting analyses of which you should be aware. As technical traders, we follow price only, and when a new trend has been confirmed, we will change our positions accordingly. We provide our ETF trades to our subscribers, and in the last six trades we entered in March, all have now been closed at a profit! Our models continually track price action in a multitude of markets, asset classes, and global money flow. As our models generate new information about trends or a change in trends, we will communicate these signals expeditiously to our subscribers and to those on our trading newsletter email list.

Successful trading is not limited to when to buy or sell stocks or commodities. Money and risk management play a critical role in becoming a consistently profitable trader. Correct position sizing utilizing stop-loss orders helps preserve your investment capital and allows traders to manage their portfolios according to their desired risk parameters. Additionally, scaling out of positions by taking profits and moving stop-loss orders to breakeven can complement ones’ success.

WHAT STRATEGIES CAN HELP YOU NAVIGATE The CURRENT MARKET TRENDS?

Learn how we use specific tools to help us understand price cycles, set-ups, and price target levels in various sectors to identify strategic entry and exit points for trades. Over the next 12 to 24+ months, we expect very large price swings in the US stock market and other asset classes across the globe. We believe the markets have begun to transition away from the continued central bank support rally phase and have started a revaluation phase as global traders attempt to identify the next big trends. Precious Metals will likely start to act as a proper hedge as caution and concern begin to drive traders/investors into Metals and other safe-havens.

Historically, bonds have served as one of these safe-havens, but that is not proving to be the case this time around. So if bonds are off the table, what bond alternatives are there and how can they be deployed in a bond replacement strategy?

We invite you to join our group of active traders and investors to learn and profit from our three ETF Technical Trading Strategies. We can help you protect and grow your wealth in any type of market condition by clicking on the following link: www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

Chris Vermeulen
Chief Market Strategist
Founder of TheTechnicalTraders.com

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April 18th, 2022

Posted In: The Technical Traders

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