Trend Trading For Dummies
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You can trade when only four of the five energies align, giving you a buy or sell signal. That is true, with this one caveat: The energy of scale must always support your trade. This is the one energy that can’t be left out.

This energy acts as either a filter to keep you out of an otherwise valid trade setup on the short-term chart or as confirmation to take the trade. In this way, the energy of scale is the most important of the five energies because you can’t take any trade without its permission!

Look for setups on the setup chart, which is the short-term chart, where you analyze the first four energies and make sure they align:

  • Is the trend up, and is it early in the trend?

  • Is the trend strong as indicated by the MACD line being above 0?

  • Is there a retrace against the trend and a mini-divergence pattern on the stochastic indicator?

  • Is the retrace in price bouncing up off a support level?

After you find those four energies aligning in that manner on the short-term chart, look for confirmation of the energy of scale on the long-term chart.

The only signal you need to confirm the trade is that the MACD line on the long-term chart is angling in the direction of the trade. It doesn’t matter whether the MACD line is above or below the 0 line. Only its angle is important to confirm the trade.

The figure provides an example of how simple it is to read that confirmation of the energy of scale. A fairly steep angle is preferable, but as long as the angle of the line is clearly in the direction of the trade, you can consider it confirmed.

If you aren’t sure whether the MACD line is angling up or it looks flat, refer to one of the basic rules of trading: “If it’s not clear, pass on the trade.”

[Credit: Figure by Barry Burns]
Credit: Figure by Barry Burns

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Dr. Barry Burns is the founder of, which he created to help students shorten their learning curve in becoming professional traders. He was also the lead moderator for the chat room, has written numerous articles, and has been featured in several books and online trading radio interviews.

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