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Navigating Near-term Stock Market Volatility

Stock-Markets / US Stock Markets Jul 29, 2007 - 03:10 PM GMT

By: Joseph_Russo


Nothing can be more exhilarating or rewarding than trading profitably amid fast-moving markets with expanding daily ranges.

Conversely, there can be nothing much worse than having to take personal responsibility for having your speculative trading account destroyed in a matter of months, weeks, days, or hours.

Below, we have provided a chart history of the Dow Industrials illustrating results of Elliott Wave Technology's recently archived trade-triggers and price-target captures from the Near Term Outlook .

Our Complete and Objective Focus

We provide all analysis with patience, discipline, flexibility, and proven adaptive dynamics. Since we do not “trade” that which we forecast, we harbor no emotional or financial interest in the outcome of any particular set-up or guidance measure.

Our only focus is to identify all evolving bi-directional trading dynamics. Simply put, we effectively map out variant market paths, patterns, and price projections before they unfold.

Do You Have What it Takes

There are a several essentials, which are continually required to execute profitable trading campaigns in any market climate. All of which carry proportionately more impact amid heightened periods of market volatility.

In certain cases, it may be prove wise to step out of the fray to avoid expanding levels of risk exposure.

For those maintaining strong directional opinions, and are intent on exercising those views in the marketplace, allow us to suggest a short list of attributes to assist with such endeavor.

First and foremost, one should make diligent attempt to abandon all strong directional opinions. Although such efforts are in direct opposition to ones initial motivations to trade, the less emotional commitment one has to specific outcomes, the better-prepared one will be to adapt to rapidly changing conditions.

Additionally, one must fully accept the increased risk, and be steadfast in limiting losses, while maintaining swift and decisive ability to accept respectable profits when presented.

The Bottom Line

By no means is the process a cakewalk. It requires a lot of hard work and diligence on the part of the analyst, and an equal amount of effort and diligence on the part of traders.

We routinely map, and archive all of the highest probable outcomes. All short-term trading charts clearly illustrate trade-trigger locations, price-targets, and risk-levels.

How Does it Work

Often times, traders will be required to exercise discretion and trade style preferences when conflicting signals of equally plausible merit present themselves. For example, say a market is overextended, and both the wave-counts and momentum readings suggest it prudent to evaluate campaigns to launch relatively low-risk counter-trend trade probes. At the same time however, various price patterns exist, telegraphing prospects for a further advance in the direction of the current trend.

What we are called upon to consistently deliver

As such, our primary obligations are to alert traders of all pending prospects, and to provide them with as much ancillary information surrounding each. As the market unfolds, we maintain responsibility for monitoring status and progressive conditions relative to all working targets, forecast preferences, and probes.

Each session brings with it fresh data points forming a continual dynamic evolution to every given price series. Each new set of data-points either supports or negates progression toward achieving targets outstanding.

In addition, all new price action lends itself to generating new signals, be they bullish or bearish. Naturally, we are also obliged in keeping traders informed of every new development be it large or small. Upon achievement, failure, pending, changing, or vacillating price movements surrounding each signal, trigger, and target, we graphically update our charts with easy to grasp color references and label tags.

How are traders expected to take advantage of actionable information

Despite the enormous advantage of possessing a concise mapping of trade triggers, price targets, and signal alerts, it remains the task of the individual trader to prudently access and appropriately align his or her money management, trade style, and risk tolerances with the opportunities routinely presented.

Once a position is on, traders must then take responsibility in managing their trade according to similar criteria along with the evolving market dynamics monitored by the outlook.


For instance, your strategy and opinion may favor the counter-trend set-up. Having as much information as to how much further the market may extend in opposition, will provide valuable insight as to where it may be most prudent to provide cover prior to launching counter-trend campaigns. If such levels are outside of your money management boundaries, you then have critical foreknowledge in aiding decision for either placing a trade with acceptable levels of risk, or passing it up until conditions improve.

Conversely, your strategy and opinion may favor trading momentum in the current direction of trend. Not only we will have defined clear trade-triggers and price-targets for such set-ups, but we will have also provided you with ancillary information regarding risks and boundary levels associated with the opposing counter-trend signal. Should your short-term trade elect and hit target - great! However, what happens if your trade elects, but your target fails to achieve prior to the market turning against you? Having clear understanding the opposing counter trend forces at work, knowing what may set them off and where, will provide you with immense advantage in knowing when to take early pre-target profits, cover losses, or completely reverse your position on the side of the counter move.

Can You Sense the Truth

The levels of accuracy and achievements depicted in the chart above are archived, and routinely commonplace in the Near Term Outlook . What the chart does not depict is a systematic record of specific time-sequential buy and sell-recommendations. Expectation or allusion to such would be unrealistic, impossible, flat-out hype, and a rather insulting misrepresentation of services rendered.

The art and science of effective short-term forecasting is compromised the moment an analyst embarks upon issuing individual trade recommendations, or becomes overly emotional relative to his or her ongoing duties. To do so would be akin to taking an emotional stake in the outcome of each specific recommendation or market call.

Further complicating such endeavor would be the follow-up necessity required by the analyst in rendering specific ongoing management advice for every cited market call.

Bogged down in arriving at, and administering to a one-size fits all trade management doctrine; such analysts are likely to lose touch with their craft and forecasting acumen.


In order to render and realize the competitive edge inherent to the highest levels of bi-directional accuracy in forecasting guidance, there will be times when:

•  General guidance turns out to be flat-out wrong. (very rare, but possible)

•  Multiple opposing signals and/or trade triggers are present at the same time.

•  An identified trigger fails to meet its target objective or flat-out fails.

•  Counter trend signal alerts require a succession of low-risk probes prior to paying off.

•  A position taken from guidance will experience an uncomfortable level of drawdown prior to reaching its intended target.

•  Traders inadvertently mismanage campaigns or tactics even though guidance targets ultimately succeed.

•  Traders will not be at resource to enter orders at the time a signal triggers.

•  Set-ups and triggers develop between regularly issued posts.

•  Traders become over-confident and begin faltering after a string of big wins

•  Nothing seems to work in your favor and times when campaigns string together with stunning brilliance and perfection.

In closing, to maintain a true and lasting grip on where the major markets are heading in both the long and short-term, there is simply no better roadmap than the Near Term Outlook .

Look for our regular market update for index traders in a separate post.


Should you have interest in obtaining special access to Elliott Wave Technology's forthcoming blog-page, forward the author your e-mail address for private invitation.

Until next time …

Trade Better / Invest Smarter...

By Joseph Russo
Chief Editor and Technical Analyst
Elliott Wave Technology

Copyright © 2007 Elliott Wave Technology. All Rights Reserved.
Joseph Russo, presently the Publisher and Chief Market analyst for Elliott Wave Technology, has been studying Elliott Wave Theory, and the Technical Analysis of Financial Markets since 1991 and currently maintains active member status in the "Market Technicians Association." Joe continues to expand his body of knowledge through the MTA's accredited CMT program.

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