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Using Multi-time Frame Analysis To Improve your Futures Trading Results

 

This article on Multi-time frame analysis is the opinion of Optimus Futures, LLC.

Being able to comprehend how price information printed on different time frames connects to yield a complete picture of the market is a very useful skill for traders.

Most trading strategies – built on popular trading mechanisms like common technical indicators and chart patterns – only emphasize the time frame being watched and analyzed per se, with no regards to higher or lower time frames.

This can be a grave mistake to make. As much as it extends your analysis and requires studying the same price action from different perspectives (which some new traders find daunting), it is a much needed aspect of becoming a long-term futures trader.

Regardless of whether you trade on the higher time frames as a swing

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Bookmap Trading Platform: Review and Interview

Tsachi Galanos, CEO of Bookmap, talks to Matt Zimberg, CEO of Optimus Futures, to discuss the Bookmap Trading Software.

What is your personal background and how did you end up with developing Bookmap?

Tsachi: I have over eight years of experience in the financial services industry. In the beginning, I dealt with automated trading strategies and trading systems, including HFT. Roughly two years ago VeloxPro, the company I manage, shifted its focus from proprietary trading activity (mainly algorithmic HFT), to developing an Order Book visualization platform. We named our platform Bookmap (stands for order BOOK and heat MAP).

The reasoning behind the development of Bookmap was the need for a more advanced analysis tool for our HFT activity. Sergey, my partner, and I wanted to visualize the orders we sent to

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Day trading vs. Swing trading – find a trading style that suits your personality

 

Day trading vs. Swing trading

When it comes to trading styles, traders typically differentiate between two styles: day trading and swing trading. Swing traders usually operate on the higher time frames (mainly the weekly, daily, and sometimes the 4H) and they have a longer-term approach to their trading. On the other hand, day traders mainly trade on the intraday charts such as the 1H, 30 min and 15min. Day traders follow a very different approach and their trading is much more short-term. A third trading style that sometimes comes up is called “scalping”, which is basically an extreme form of day trading – Scalpers are usually on even lower time frames (5 min, 1 min and tick charts) and they often hold trades for just a few seconds or minutes.

 

Trading style

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Why changing between Swing Trading and Day Trading can help your results

 

 

One of the main problems we see every day in trading is that most strategies are too static and inflexible, whereas markets are very dynamic and constantly undergoing changes. This then leads to very inconsistent results where traders experience periods with positive performances, followed by periods where nothing seems to work. Usually, this can be traced back to the changing nature of the markets.

A trader who understands how to choose the markets they trade and also knows how to adapt their trading style can often achieve much better results while avoiding some of the most common problems many traders struggle with.

 

Day Trading vs. Swing Trading

There are generally two main approaches to trading: the first one is swing trading, where you typically trade the higher time frames such as the

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Are you compatible with your trading strategy?

 

Traders don’t usually spend enough time and effort choosing a trading methodology that supports their strengths and circumvents their weaknesses. The “one size fits all” claims such as “trend following is the easiest trading method” or “trading higher time frames are more reliable” don’t always work in trading. The incompatibility of a trader with a predetermined trading method without taking their own personality into consideration can lead to a variety of problems.

 

How carefully did you choose your trading method?

Ask yourself: how did you find your current trading method? Most traders usually either stumble over a trading method, read astonishing claims in trading forums or blindly follow suggestions of random people on social media. Very few will actually take the time and audit themselves to get an idea of what works

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