Swing Trading Strategies: Buy Volume Profile Support
Most new traders look for indicators, signals and gurus to follow – because it’s the path of least resistance. But this path of least resistance is also the path of most losses.
In today’s post I will talk to you about a very effective way to swing trade without any indicators, signals or noise.
You will be focusing on reading volume and using volume accumulation to generate precise swing trading opportunities.
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Swing Trading Strategies: What is a Volume Profile?
Before we can talk about the swing trading strategy, we need to dive deeper into what volume profile is.
Most traders are used to watching volume at the bottom of their charts. This volume is time based, meaning that volume is printed every x minutes that pass by.
The problem is that markets do not care about time. Markets care more about price and volume.
For this reason, most professional and successful traders use volume profiles in their regular analysis.
Volume profiles plot volume on the vertical scale and show you how much volume has been traded at each price.
Here is a volume profile example below:
- The right side of the image begins on September 18th, 2017
- The vertical volume profile shows the total shares traded at each price through the entire US trading session
- You can see that the level at which most volume occurred for the session was at $159.40 – this is called the point of control (POC)
- There are high volume nodes around $159.91 and $158. 23 to $153.32
These volume profiles can show you at which price heavy volume of shares traded.
Why is this important?
Because this will show you at which price large institutional traders are making trades and where there will be likely support and resistance in the near future. Also, this will show you where traders have open positions.
More on this in the next section.
Swing Trading Strategies: Buy Volume Profile Support – Entry Criteria
Now that you understand how volume profile works, we can dive right into the swing trading strategy.
This process will work for most stocks, futures and even currency markets (forex).
Here is how the swing trading strategy works:
- Identify the overall trend on the daily chart then trade in that direction
- Where is the next rally or support at Volume Profile peak (point of control)
- Sell the point of control in a rally (for short trend trades) and
- Buy the point of control in a sell-off (for long trend trades)
- Manage risk and move your stop loss to break even on total trade and eventually lock profit
Let’s put this strategy into action.
Here is a one hour chart of Apple stock, with the volume profile added:
- The hourly trend is very clearly bearish
- You will want to sell rallies to enter into the downside (not sell break outs, this is a deadly approach in 2017)
- The last point of control (POC) above the current price of $154.49 is at $155.74 (first red line above)
- Sell this level to enter bearish, with a stop loss above the previous highs at $156.18 (Sep 20th)
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If you get stopped out on this trade, don’t worry, you can try to re-enter on the next volume profile point of control (POC) above.
To avoid too many losses, you can pull up a Fibonacci retracement and only enter until the price is at or before a 61.8% retracement.
If a stock price retraces beyond that, the current trend is likely over and has reversed. Start trading the reverse side with this same strategy.
Swing Trading Strategies: Buy Volume Profile Support – Conclusion
This is one of my favorite swing trading strategies, and is even one of my favorite tools for day trading.
When implementing volume profiles you are entering into trades with the professional money.
You are selling at prices where volume have confirmed them as supports or resistance. There is no way to know this information when using time based volume charts.
I urge you to apply this technique to your favorite charts and strategies, and you’ll be impressed with how accurate it is.
Also, I would love to hear from you – how has this swing trading strategy worked for you? Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Good luck and good trading.
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