How To Best Determine Entry and Exit Strategies When Trading Markets

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Jim Wyckoff Discusses Entry & Exit Strategies

From our friend Jim Wyckoff
I have received several email messages from my readers asking about how to best determine entry and exit strategies when trading markets. Here are just a few of their quotes:
  • “Though my success rate has been high, I am only breaking even financially, due to getting out too early in profit and letting my losses run too far.”
  • “Many articles are written showing when and where to enter trades… but how many articles are written about “running” positions? Where to exit surely has to be the biggest key to trading success!”
  • “I would appreciate some advice or tips on how to and when to enter a market and when to exit.”
Of course, if a trader knew exactly when to get into a market and when to get out, wouldn’t trading be easy! But even the most successful traders in the world can’t do that. The best they can strive for is to catch a bigger part of any move (trend) in the market, and then get out with a good profit before the market turns against them.
I’ve written past articles on trading with the trend and not against it, on the perils of trying to pick tops and bottoms, on support and resistance, and on letting profits run and cutting losses short, as well as trading the “breakouts.” I won’t repeat all those trading tenets here, but if you’ve missed some of my articles, drop me an email and I can attach some of them in an email to you.
In this article, I’ll get more specific on entries and exits, and what to do if you are in a trade and are accumulating profits or absorbing losses.
First of all, if you are in a trade, you should already have a general plan of action in place, including potential entry and exit points, before you entered the trade. Certainly, you can alter your plan of action in the heat of battle, but you should not enter any trade without having a well-thought-out trading plan. Also in your trading plan you can have a few scenarios that could occur and what you would do if they did occur. Read the rest at:
Many ways to trade any market, many ways to lose money in any market and only very few ways to lock in gainsIf you need help creating a trading plan, visit our broker assist services.  


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Futures Trading Levels

Contract Sept. 2015 SP500 Nasdaq100 Dow Jones Mini Russell Dollar Index
Resistance 3 2125.00 4615.08 17728 1231.80 97.65
Resistance 2 2111.50 4583.67 17619 1222.80 97.38
Resistance 1 2093.50 4546.08 17465 1211.10 96.88
Pivot 2080.00 4514.67 17356 1202.10 96.61
Support 1 2062.00 4477.08 17202 1190.40 96.12
Support 2 2048.50 4445.67 17093 1181.40 95.85
Support 3 2030.50 4408.08 16939 1169.70 95.35
Contract Dec. Gold Sept. Silver Sept. Crude Oil Sept. Bonds Sept.   Euro
Resistance 3 1157.2 15.96 44.69 162 2/32 1.1291
Resistance 2 1145.5 15.64 43.94 160 20/32 1.1215
Resistance 1 1138.9 15.43 42.46 159 26/32 1.1173
Pivot 1127.2 15.11 41.71 158 12/32 1.1097
Support 1 1120.6 14.91 40.23 157 18/32 1.1055
Support 2 1108.9 14.59 39.48 156 4/32 1.0979
Support 3 1102.3 14.38 38.00 155 10/32 1.0937
Contract Dec. Corn Dec. Wheat Nov Beans Dec. SoyMeal Sept. Nat Gas
Resistance 3 388.0 510.8 923.00 321.80 2.78
Resistance 2 385.5 506.7 916.00 319.00 2.76
Resistance 1 382.0 503.3 904.75 315.30 2.74
Pivot 379.5 499.2 897.75 312.50 2.71
Support 1 376.0 495.8 886.5 308.8 2.7
Support 2 373.5 491.7 879.50 306.00 2.67
Support 3 370.0 488.3 868.25 302.30 2.65
Economic Reports


All times are Eastern time Zone (EST)

Date 4:00pm Currency Impact Detail Actual Forecast Previous Graph
ThuAug 20  2:00am EUR German PPI m/m -0.1% -0.1%
2:45am USD FOMC Member Williams Speaks
Tentative EUR Spanish 10-y Bond Auction 1.98|1.7
8:30am USD Unemployment Claims 272K 274K
10:00am USD Existing Home Sales 5.45M 5.49M
USD Philly Fed Manufacturing Index 6.9 5.7
USD CB Leading Index m/m 0.2% 0.6%
10:30am USD Natural Gas Storage 60B 65B

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